Saint Paul’s Epistle.
september 2019 Vol. 6, No. 9
September 2 - Darlyn Barnett September 8 - John Kanish
September 17 - Robert Silvis, Jr. September 19 - Phillip Silvis, Sean Silvis September 21 - Alice Aubrey
September 9 - Frank & Pat McKinney
September 16 - Mike & Laura Falchetti
If we missed your birthday or anniversary, please let us know!
New parish directory photos
If you haven’t had your photo taken for the new directory, please do so. It will be so nice for our new minister. If you want to purchase additional photos, please put in your order soon. Call Stephen Butler at 913-449-9349.
Dennis Piccoli, Frank McKinney, Anne Kinsey & the Rev. Doug Kinsey, the Rev. Canon Shawn Malarkey, Father
Howard & Mary Gillette, Ron Routhrauff, the Rev. Jay & Jenny Geisler, Tami Headland, Linda Lyshol, Bob Shumaker, Anna Lasher, Leita Rosamilia, Carol Cecchi & John Sell, Jr.
Prayer list update
An important part of your worship is the opportunity to pray by name for people in need. We pray for members of our congregation and for many others for whom our prayers are requested. It is during this time that we make a fresh start with the Prayer List included in the Sunday bulletin and the newsletter. In order to keep our prayers current, we are asking for your help. If there is someone whose name you would like to keep on the list, call the office 724-543-5402 or send us an email. The renewed list will only have the names of those have been given to us. We are happy to keep people on the list for as long as necessary, because we know and understand that some needs are on-going. Whenever someone is ready to be removed, please let us know. Thank you.
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but, those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
I was probably 10 or 11 years old when I remember receiving my first Bible. Now, I had children’s Bibles or picture Bibles before that; but, there was something wonderful, something powerful about maturing enough to be given my very own, grown-up copy of the Word of God. Upon receiving it, I really wanted a case in which to carry it. So we went to the Christian Book Store and I picked out a tan case with a zipper and handles that had a small bald eagle embroidered on it. Below the eagle was the Scripture reference of Isaiah 40:30-31. I didn’t know it then, but God would use that Bible case to speak His truth into my heart. I picked that case because I liked the look of that eagle. God picked it for me so that I might come to treasure those two verses in my heart.
This amazing truth from scripture, given to us by the hand of the Prophet Isaiah, has always spoken mightily to me. The reality that, when we act on our own power, when we think we can keep it all together by our own might, even the strongest among us will “stumble and fall.” But, with thatcaution we are given the blessed assurance that whenwe simply “hope in the Lord” He will take over. Hewill permit us to act by His power and His might to the end that He will allow us even to “soar on wings like eagles!” How amazing!
More than ever in my life, these words that have sustained me for so many years are speaking to me now. The call to serve as your pastor is, without a doubt, one of the greatest and most humbling moments of my life. In and of myself, I am wholly unable to live up to this call by my own power and might. Nevertheless, I have no doubt that Godbrought me to you and you to me ... for such a timeas this. I am so blessed!
The reality is that, during this next season oflife and ministry at St. Paul’s, together we are being called by the Spirit of God to soar on those eagle’s wings. I don’t have all the answers. I don’t pretend toknow where God will take us. But, I do know that He is taking us somewhere and that, If we “hope in Him” along the way, we will “run and not grow weary, we will walk and not be faint.”
My promise is that I am here for you. I love and support you. I am in it with you. We are family! Thank you for putting your trust in me.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
Boiler fund report
We have collected $29,825.00 towards the new boiler for the Parish Hall! This past week we received a very generous check for $10,000! God Bless You! Also, the Vestry agreed that the proceeds from the Folk Festival be added to the Boiler Fund. These additional amounts put us within range of paying for the new boiler in full!
Thank you all for your generosity!
The new schedule for the Fellowship Luncheons is posted on the bulletin board in the parish hall. June 16th and July 21st are still open. The next luncheon will be on August 18th. It will be hosted by the Vorpes at their home. If you wish to host a luncheon, you will be responsible for the main course and clean-up. Everyone else brings the side
dishes and dessert. Let’s have some fun!
Fort Armstrong Folk Festival
The Folk Festival is fast approaching! Again, we are asking for donations of canned pop. Please bring your cases to the parish hall. Closer to the festival we will be also asking for home made baked goods. Pies sell best. Please be thinking of what to bake. If you can’t bake, consider donating your time by helping. Help is always needed. Your generosity will be very much appreciated. Thank you.
Sunday School info
Sunday School will begin
September 8, 2019.
Date Teacher Helper
9/8 Stephanie Fair Margy Pracek
9/15 Deb Denardo A. Frederick
9/22 Lisa Anderson Krissy Akins
9/29 Diane Laughin Kammerdiener
To all helpers: It is possible that there will not be enough kids to need a helper on the day you are scheduled. Even if there are only a couple of students you may be needed to help with art of craft projects. Please check with the teacher that day to see if you are needed. Thanks.