Welcome to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, an Anglo Catholic parish where neighborhood people have gathered to serve God since 1849

UPCOMING EVENTS

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 25th

Prayer Day, in the Library

This is part of our on-going Covenant of Prayer with Bishop Provenzano.  Lilo Carr-Rivera will guide the group through several type of prayer techniques in a workshop situation.  These Prayer Days have proven to be very transformative.  Please plan to join us.

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10:00 am, Sunday, August 26th

JAZZ MASS

St. Paul’s is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating a jazz mass on a Sunday morning in the summer.  Parishioner Willie Martinez is again coordinating the musicians for the popular event.

BOILER/WATER METER PROJECT

Dear Friends,
Two necessary building projects have been thrust upon St. Paul’s over the past month.  The first is that the boiler that heats the Church and Parish Hall is worn out and need substantial repair.  The second is that The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requiring us to install a water meter, and before the water meter installation can begin, an ancient valve connecting the water supply to the church must be replaced.  St. Paul’s, as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt institution, will not be charged for water usage, but the work must still be done.

Both of these projects are immediate and necessary.  If we do not repair the boiler, we will not have heat for the winter; if we do not tackle the water meter situation, we will be fined by the city until we do.  In other words, there is no choice.  We must address both issues right now.

The total cost of both projects is $30,000.  That includes all the parts, labor, permits, etc., plus a little padding for unexpected costs.  If you have ever undertaken this type of work before, you know that there are nearly always unanticipated issues and additional costs, especially with an older building like ours.

We put our trust in God, and God indeed doth provide.  Two St. Paul’s families, who wish to remain anonymous, have stepped forward to offer a fund matching donation of $15,000, half of the total cost.  The challenge is for the parish to raise the other $15,000.  If we are able to raise more than $15,000, all the better, but $15,000 from the parish is the goal.

The deadline is September 30, giving us two months to collect donations, but we ask that you commit to this fundraiser as soon as you can so that we can track our progress toward our $15,000 goal.  The work on the boiler has already started.  Any amount, great or small, is acceptable.  Your contribution to the Boiler/Water Meter project is above and beyond your 2018 pledge, but, like your pledge, is tax deductible.  Also, spread the word and reach out to family and friends.  Some employers, especially corporations, have not-for-profit donation matching programs for their employees.  If you choose to pay by check, please note “Boiler/Water Meter Project” in the memo line.  You may also donate through the St. Paul’s website at:  http://stpaulscarrollst.org/donate/.

Please consider your contribution with prayerful discernment, and may God continue to bless you as he has blessed, and will continue to bless, St. Paul’s through you.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Wallace

DEAR FRIENDS,

As I mentioned in my sermon this past Sunday, it is your obligation as a Christian to be in Church as often as is possible, for the benefit of your spiritual health, to “rest in the Lord,” and to invest in your relationship with Almighty God, your Creator and Savior, through participation in worship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.  But there is an important secondary benefit, one which has an effect on church growth and outreach, and it’s a very simply formula:  people are more likely to return to a church which is full of people and less likely to return to a church in which the congregation is sparse.  We have visitors nearly every Sunday at St. Paul’s, and the Jazz@Mass is popular and we will have even more visitors than normal on those Sundays.   A full church, especially on a hot Sunday in the summer, communicates to a visitor that something important and special is happening here, that people want to be a part of it, and that maybe it’s worth coming again.  A sparse and scattered congregation communicates the exact opposite.  We have a rather large space at St. Paul’s, as you know, so it takes more people to make it look and feel “full.”  Add to that a friendly smile and handshake and enthusiastic participation in the service–yes, that means responding and singing, not just standing there–and you’ve got a winning combination.  It’s a win-win, as they say.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Wallace