The biggest news of the week is that the Rector Search officially opens this weekend! See the announcement below for details. There are lots of other important announcements below, as well. I invite and encourage you to read over them all and prayerfully consider each.
See you at Mass,
RECTOR SEARCH OPENS!
St. Paul's Rector search will officially open with the national Conference of Transition Ministers taking place this weekend. Our information will not only be published on the national Church database, but also has been made available on the new and improved St. Paul's website, stpaulscarrollst.org. You're encouraged to look at the Parish Profile, which can be found by clicking on the "Rector Search" button. If you know a qualified clergy person who you think would be a good match for St. Paul's, please reach out to them and ask them to apply. The deadline for receiving materials is May 15th.
Cerdorrion―The Splendour of Gabrieli, Schütz, and Monteverdi (TONIGHT!) Friday, March 22, 8:00 pm: Tickets: $20; more information here [https://cerddorion.org/].
The New Consort―Subtler than Light: Music of the Dow Partbooks
Sunday, Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00 pm; Tickets: $20 advance, $30 door, $10 students; more information here.
CABINETS, CABINETS EVERYWHERE!
Would you like to be able to tell your new rector that YOU helped make their apartment the cozy, cute, livable place that it is? Here is your chance: announcing a Parish wide call for volunteers to assemble IKEA cabinets for your next Rector's new kitchen! This Sunday after church we'll gather and get to work. Experience assembling IKEA cabinets helpful but not necessary. Many hands make short work! Please let Ben know if willing and able. (Ben is your intrepid buildings and grounds go to guy) Email or call him if you can help either this Sunday or during the week. (There'll be opportunity to continue this good work during the next week.) Pizza and beer to follow. Thank you!
COLUMBARIUM SERVICE FOR GLADYS CUDJOE
This Sunday, March 24, just after High Mass
The etched stone covering of Gladys’ niche in the Columbarium has finally arrived. It will be put in place with prayers for the happy repose of her soul just after High Mass this Sunday. Members of Glady’s family will be on hand, and everyone is invited to attend. Please gather in the Columbarium immediately after the end of the organ postlude for the brief service.
EVENING MASS: FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION
Low Mass, 7:00 pm, Monday, March 25, in the Lady Chapel
EPISCOPAL MINISTRIES OF LONG ISLAND ANNUAL APPEAL
Let us Continue to “Walk in love as Christ Loves Us”
Episcopal Ministries of Long Island responds to Christ’s call to care for our neighbors, as if directly caring for Christ, establishing, nurturing and funding parish-based programs and community partnerships that affirm the dignity of all people. Information about the work of EMLI is available on the back table, as well as envelopes for your donation. Bishop Provenzano’s letter is available by clicking here.
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: LENTEN DISCUSSION FORUM—Christians and Politics
Continues this Sunday, 1:00 pm, in the Library
We had a great beginning to our Lenten Discussion Forum this past Sunday. This will not be a lecture-style class, but rather moderated discussion, on the subject of the ways in which Christians enact their faith in a political world. Please plan to join us. Everyone and all political viewpoints are welcome and encouraged to attend.
GET READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UPS!
April 14th, Palm Sunday is photo day. Kathy Lord will be here after mass to take more excellent photos of your lovely faces. So, if you are not already featured on the photoboard in the Parish Hall or would like to update your picture, please be sure to join us at Coffee Hour on Palm Sunday.
Don’t forget to play!
What better way to explore the mystery of our faith than a head-to-head popularity contest? Lent Madness is an engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints. Following an elimination bracket format, a group of 32 saints have been selected, and each week participants vote for their favorite saint in a one-on-one match up. For example, one week might have "St. Francis vs. St. Antony” or “St. Joseph vs. St. Benedict.” Every week the votes are tallied and the winning saint proceeds to the next round until a single saint is left. The “official “voting will be done on the Lent Madness Facebook page, and we will be putting up a poster in the Parish hall to track the progress over the Lent Period. You can participate by just checking out the board as it’s updated every week, or you can really commit and buy an official Lent Madness Scorecard booklet for $5 (all proceeds go to St. Paul’s). The scorecard booklet contains bios of the saints and a personal scorecard. For the really enthusiastic, you can predict the outcomes of all the match ups beforehand and compare your picks with the actual results. Lent Madness is published by Forward Movement, a publisher of books associated with the Episcopal Church. You can visit Lentmadness.org and forwardmovement.org to learn even more.
LENTEN FOOD DRIVE
The Sunday School invites you to bring donations for their annual Lenten food drive. Beginning Sunday, March 6. Bins will be available back of the church throughout Lent to receive your donations. As usual, the food will be donated to the food pantry at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights. The children will deliver the food and stock the shelves on Good Friday. Of particular need are the following foods: peanut butter, tuna fish, Vienna sausage, canned vegetables, apple sauce, pasta, rice and canned soup. Please make sure that the donations are unopened and have not expired. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with Jean Del Colliano. As always, thank you for your generous donations, and please take the opportunity to thank the Sunday School kids for their dedication and hard work.
ST. PAUL’S LIBRARY OPEN AND AVAILABLE
An extensive Library of over 2500 books on the Bible, theology, ethics, prayer, liturgy, history, music and literature, located on the second floor of the Rectory, is available to parishioners. The collection is systematically organized and labeled. A guide to the arrangement on the shelves is posted, and all you need do is sign out books on the sheet of paper provided. If you have books you’d like to contribute to the collection, please speak to Fr. Garenton or merely deposit them in the Library on the top shelf to your left as you enter, and they will be catalogued. It’s not just a meeting room, it’s actually a Library, your Library!
It is traditional for Christians to make their Confessions during Lent. If you have made your Confession before, simply schedule a time with Fr. Wallace. Confession is a spiritually fulfilling Lenten Discipline, drawing you closer to God. For those who have never made their Confession, or have not done so for many years, some instruction is required in order to prepare properly. Please see Fr. Wallace.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND!
April 20 Deadline for Discount
Eleven people have already committed to St. Paul’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land, January 20th―29th, 2020. Won’t you join us?! There is a $100 discount if you put down at $350 deposit by April 20th.
We are using using Nick Mancino’s company Journey’s Unlimited. Please see the poster in the Parish Hall and the flyers on the back table for details. This is an extraordinary opportunity for experience a life-changing event. Please don’t miss it! Ask Fr. Wallace or Nick Gjeca if you have any questions.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, April 13, All-Parish Clean Up Day (Watch for details)
HOLY WEEK SERVICE SCHEDULE
April 14, Palm Sunday―11:00 am, Solemn High Mass, Blessing of Palms and Palm Procession
April 18, Maundy Thursday―7:30 pm, Mass; followed by the Watch Before the Altar of Repose
April 19, Good Friday
12:00 pm (noon)―Mass of the Pre-Sanctified
5:30 pm―Stations of the Cross (designed for children, but everyone invited)
April 20, Easter Vigil―7:30 pm, Solemn High Mass (Easter Repast in the Library following mass)
April 21, Easter Day―11:00 am, Solemn High Mass of Easter
CONTACTING THE SEARCH COMMITTEE
In the course of the Search Committee presentation on the status and process of the rector search at the parish Annual Meeting on January 27, the Committee offered interested parishioners a tool to reach out to it regarding any concerns they might wish to voice related to the search. If you want to provide your suggestions or comments, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYERS FOR ST. PAUL’S DURING THE TRANSITION AND RECTOR SEARCH
As you read the Eblast each week, it is a good opportunity to take 30 seconds and offer a prayer for St. Paul’s during its transition and for the members of the Search Committee. Prayers to that effect will be included each week in the Eblast.
For St. Paul’s:
Almighty and everliving God, Ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind with your holy Church: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Search Committee:
Direct the Search Committee, O Lord, in all their doings with thy most gracious favor, and further them with thy continual help; that in all their works begun, continued,, and ended in thee, they may glorify thy Holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THIS COMING SUNDAY: March 24, 2019
The Third Sunday in Lent
Appointed Readings and Sermon
The First Reading—Exodus 3:1-15
Epistle—1 Corinthians 10:1-13
The Gospel—Luke 13:1-9
Sermon: Fr. Wallace
Mass Setting: Merbecke
Organ Prelude: Chorale Prelude on “Hereford”—Malcolm Riley
Hymn at the Entrance: ““Eternal Lord of love,” Hymnal, 149
Offertory Anthem: “Let us Worship and Fall Down,” from 6 Motets—Healey Willan
Hymn at Communion: “If thou but suffer God to guide thee,” Hymnal, 635
Hymn at the Dismissal: “What wondrous love is this,” Hymnal, 439
Organ Postlude: Herzliebster Jesu, Op. 122, No. 2—Johannes Brahms
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The Rev. Dr. Sean M. Wallace, Interim
Alex Canovas, Music Director
Nathan Taylor, Organist