We have had two very busy weekends these past two weeks with High Mass and Solemn Evensong on November 4, which was the Feast of All Saints and the Anniversary of the Consecration of our church building; then the Annual Requiem of the Guild of All Souls this past Saturday, followed by our Remembrance Day celebration and the all-parish meeting this past Sunday. All of these services and activities have been smashing successes, and I want to offer my personal thanks to everyone involved─Monika Torrey, Keith Edwards, and the Search Committee; JillEllyn Riley and the Hospitality Guild; Sheila Read, Brad Winters, and the Acolytes Guild; Rich and Madge Willner and the Sacristy Guild; Ben Ellis; Drew Helstosky; Fr. Lau, Don Barnum, and the Choir from Christ Church Cobble Hill; the guest singers from Young New Yorker’s Chorus this past Sunday; and Nathan, Alex, and our own intrepid Choir─for all the extra hard work that made it all so glorious and moving. It is stunning how many, many people it takes to make all this work, and I hope you take every opportunity to show your appreciation, now and in the future.
I am particularly grateful for the success of the Guild of All Souls Annual Requiem and to Fr. Barry Swain, the Guild Superior. The beautiful black, velvet pall that covered the catafalque at Saturday’s Requiem and on Remembrance Sunday was loaned to St. Paul’s from the Guild for these two occasions. Most of the members of the Guild Council and many Guild members from around the city were in attendance at the Requiem. The majority of them had never been to St. Paul’s, and they were effusive with their compliments about our magnificent church and with gratitude for our hospitality. It was good exposure for us, and both the Guild and I are hoping to reinvigorate the Chapter here at St. Paul’s.
I will be away this Sunday. My younger daughter Heather is being confirmed by The Right Rev’d Andrew Dietsche, the Bishop of New York, at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea, and I am taking the Sunday off in order to attend. Fr. Garenton will celebrate mass, and we have a guest preacher, The Rev’d Howard Williams. Fr. Williams is a retired priest from the Diocese of Long Island and represents Food for the Poor, an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization based in Coconut Creek, Florida, that provides food, medicine, and shelter, among other services, to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. Please thank Fr. Garenton for his willingness to serve, and please give Fr. Williams a proper St. Paul’s welcome!
Yours in Christ,
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: BIBLE BASICS CLASS
Fr. Wallace’s Bible 101 class is not meeting this Sunday because Fr. Wallace is away. We will resume next week, Sunday, November 26.
There will be no Morning Prayer or Open Door on Thursday, November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day, and the church and church offices will be closed.
IT’S THAT AUCTION TIME OF YEAR!
Find out about this year’s exciting offerings here.
Mark your calendars, invite your friends, and buy tickets now for St. Paul’s Annual Auction on Saturday, December 1st! Celebrating its 30th year, the auction is our major fundraiser and relies on your participation and support to make it a wonderful night. If you’d like to volunteer to help set up, assist the kitchen crew, and work on the night, please contact Sandy Miller, Rob Snyder, Madge Willner, or JillEllyn Riley.
CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S BOOK DRIVE
St. Paul’s annual Christmas Children’s Book Drive will begin next Sunday, November 25, and continue until Sunday, December 16. Donations of NEW children’s books (ages 4 to 18, with emphasis on elementary and middle school children), cash or checks (made out to St. Paul’s and labelled Book Drive) are most welcome. Please note that paperbacks are the best choice for books. The books will be taken to the Miccio Community Center in Red Hook for distribution.
St. Paul’s is collecting socks again this year to be distributed to the homeless during the winter months. The collection bin is in the Parish Hall. See Eoin if you have any questions. Socks will be collected through Sunday, January 6, 2020.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday Evening, December 1: Auction
Sunday, December 2: First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 16: Rose Sunday and Crèche Service
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:
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: November 18, 2018
The 26th Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday's Appointed Readings and Homily
The First Reading— 1 Samuel 1:4-20
The Gospel—Mark 13:1-8
Sermon—Guest Preacher, The Rev’d Howard Williams
Organ Prelude: Chorale Prelude on “Quem Pastores”—Healey Willan
Hymn at the Procession: “Come, ye thankful people, come,” Hymnal, #290
Anthem: “Ave verum corpus,” Op. 2, No. 1—Edward Elgar
Hymn at Communion: “We gather together,” Hymnal, #433
Hymn at the Dismissal: “We plow the fields and scatter,” Hymnal, #291
Organ Postlude: Choral—Joseph Jongen
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