I want to take the time this week to commend to you this year’s Capital Campaign, the renovation of the 3rd-floor apartment in St. Andrew’s House (a.k.a., The Rectory). Many, if not most of you, have never seen the 3rd-floor apartment, but it was in dire need of renovation, having not been touched in nearly 30 years. It has been transformed from 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, with an awkward floor plan, into a lovely and much more accommodating 3-bedroom, 2 bath apartment. Both the old kitchen and old bathroom have been redone, as well. This is not a “sexy” project―one that is self-evident and obvious like the boiler last summer or the church ceiling restoration a few years ago―but it is important and necessary. We are stewards of God’s property here, the Rectory as well as the Church, and it is part of our responsibility as Christians and members of this community of faith to take proper care of it and to pass it on to the next generation of Christians to enable them to continue God’s work in this place. Not only is it good and proper stewardship, but it is also an important part of this parish’s preparation for the new rector. We need your help. Please consider your gift to this project. Envelopes are available on the rear table of the church, or you may donate through Paypal on our website at stpaulscarrollst.org.
We are indeed stewards of this property and also stewards of God’s creation. This Sunday is Rogation Sunday, and, as we did last year, we will go outside to bless the gardens, thanking God for the beauty of creation, for his divine Providence in providing for us, and for a blessing on the spring planting. During the last hymn, follow the altar party and choir out the west door and gather on the sidewalk in front of the church. Remember to bring your bulletins with you. We’ll process down the Carroll Street side singing Psalm 104 and blessing the gardens with Holy Water as we go. Mass will end in the courtyard outside the entrance to St. Andrew’s House.
See you at Mass,
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN THE ANGLICAN TRADITION
This Sunday, May 19, 1:00 pm, in the Library; presented by Fr. Garenton;
Have you wondered about the history of Eucharistic prayer? Do you know why our American Prayer Book did not use the 1662 English prayer? Learn about the origin and growth of Eucharistic prayers. Recommended: In advance of May 19, familiarize yourselves with the Eucharistic prayers on pp. 333, 340, 361, 367, 369 and 372 of The Book of Common Prayer. Prayer books will be available at the presentation.
CONCERT THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Sleep With Open Eyes—Park Slope Singers
3:00 pm, Sunday, May 19
Music from the 12th, 20th & 21st centuries, including compositions by Hildegard von Bingen, Arvo Pärt, and Grammy classical composition nominees Eric Whitacre and Mason Bates. Timothy Parson, Music Director; Balint Varga, piano; Tickets: $15; $10 for students and seniors; Information and advanced tickets: parkslopesingers.org.
CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS
Thursday, May 23, 9:00 am
Now that the renovation of the 3rd-floor apartment in the Rectory is nearly complete, it’s time for it to receive a good cleaning. Please join us Thursday morning, May 23, to give it a final rub down. It’ll also give you a chance to ooh and ahh or over the new digs. Mops, buckets, water, cleaner, and rags will all be provided. We just need your strong arms and willing hearts.
SUNDAY SCHOOL LEMONADE STAND SUCCESS!
The Sunday School is pleased to announce that the lemonade stand made $114.36, all of which will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Sunday School kids hope you all enjoyed your glasses the lemonade and iced tea, and the children also want to thank everyone for helping to make the lemonade stand fundraiser such a success!
Renovation of the third-floor apartment in the Rectory is underway under the sage guidance of Ben Ellis, in preparation for our next rector to occupy the space. This much needed work will create a safer and more flexible building to better serve the needs of the parish and wider community for years to come. The newly designed three-bedroom, two-bath apartment is nearing completion.
Our goal is to match these gifts
by raising $28,000 by June 30th.
Please send a check marked Capital Campaign 2019, or donate online today! If you have any questions, speak to Nick or Nancy, campaign co-chairs. Our deadline is June 30, 2019.Thank you for doing your part to put St. Andrew’s House in order. You won’t get a tote bag or some other token; just the satisfaction that you have helped to sustain St. Paul's into the future.
In this Easter season of renewal and rebirth, please give generously. Remember: some employers will match your donation. You are also encouraged to spread the word in your community, and reach out to family and friends.
All help is welcome.
Nancy Webster & Nick Mancino
TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND: DEADLINE EXTENDED!
New Deadline: May 20
Journey’s Unlimited has kindly extended the deadline to receive a $100 discount on your deposit to May 20. Eleven people have already committed to St. Paul’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land, January 20th―29th, 2020. Won’t you join us?! 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.
UPCOMING MASS SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 30: The Feast of the Ascension; Low Mass in the Lady Chapel, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 9: The Feast of Pentecost, First Communion, and the last Sunday of the Program Year
Exploring ties between past and present, this concert pairs musical masterpieces from the Middle Ages and Renaissance with music from the most recent two centuries. Featuring works by Hildegard von Bingen, Palestrina, Byrd, Victoria, Bruckner, and Messaien, as well as the winners of Cerddorion’s seventh annual Emerging Composers Competition. Information on tickets available at https://cerddorion.org/.
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: TEACHING MASS
Sunday, June 2, 1:00 pm, in the chancel
Ever wonder why we do the things we do at mass? Why we cross ourselves when we do and stand and sit when we do? What all the vestments are about? Why do we use incense? Now’s your chance to find out and ask questions; presented by Fr. Wallace.
SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS SUNDAY, JUNE 16: Mass at 10:00 am
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:
O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, we beseech thee, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light,, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Search Committee:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on St. Paul’s, and so guide the minds of Keith, Monika, Anne, Michael, Willie, Julie, Cynthia, Ken, and Rob, and all those who shall call a rector for this parish, that they may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for thy people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THIS COMING SUNDAY: May 19, 2019
The Fifth Sunday of Easter & Rogation Sunday
Appointed Readings and Sermon
The First Reading—Acts 11:1-18
For the Epistle—Revelation 21:1-6
The Gospel—John 13:31-35
Psalm at the Rogation Procession—Psalm 104
Homily: Fr. Wallace
Mass Setting: Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena―Healy Willan
Organ Prelude: Rhosymedre—Ralph Vaughan Williams
Hymn at the Entrance: “I sing the almighty power of God,” Hymnal, 398
Anthem at the Offertory: And I Saw a New Heaven—Edgar Bainton
Hymn at Communion: “All things bright and beautiful,” Hymnal, 405
Hymn after the Blessing: “All creatures of our God and King,” Hymnal, 400
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Clinton & Carroll Streets, Brooklyn.
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The Rev. Dr. Sean M. Wallace, Interim
Alex Canovas, Music Director
Nathan Taylor, Organist