Church news for the middle of August

  • Welcome to worship this Sunday August 12 as we hear more good news from the Gospel of John-- Jesus is the bread of life.  A reading from Ephesians helps interpret this gospel as we are called to be imitators of God and how Jesus shows us the way.   
  • This Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Sasha Jennifer Ray who has been with us this summer.  She is from Arlington and a student at State University of New York at Purchase where she is a journalism/philosophy major.  Sasha connected to a Lutheran Church near college and has prepared for baptism over the summer.  We look forward to welcoming her!
  • Last Sunday Taryn Walsh completed her ride for the Pan-Mass Challenge for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  She raised $9,615, which included support and prayers from many members of Saint Paul.  She was one of 64 Arlington residents to ride this year.  See story here from the Arlington Advocate.
  • Also, after we shared the news that our Sexton Guermo's sister Coralia lost her family home and all their possessions in  Antigua, Guatemala from the volcanic eruption, Saint Paul responded with gifts totaling $1,700.
  • This month, all of our Sunday School teachers are taking a new on-line safe church course administered by our Children Youth and Family Director Kourtni Brown.
  • Vicar Andrew Baumgartner preaches on his last Sunday August 19, followed by a farewell reception in the fellowship hall.
  • We welcome Vicar Christephor Gilbert on Sunday September 2. 
  • While a group from St. Paul will be on retreat at Camp Calumet August 24-26 and we will be Vicarless that weekend, Pastor Goodman will be ready and able to welcome all on the last Sunday of August. 
  • In case you weren't here last Sunday Pastor Goodman is back from a three month sabbatical and a welcome back cake at coffee hour was enjoyed - and gone in minutes.

St. Paul Is Going Solar

After a few years of research, discussions, and negotiations, St. Paul will be getting all of its electricity from a soon to be installed solar energy system. We have signed a contract with Sunwealth Power, Inc. to install an array of solar panels on the roof of the Route 2 side of the building, with construction commencing one month from now. It will consist of 91 solar panels producing approximately 35,000 kwh of electricity per year.

As a result of this installation, we will see two immediate benefits. Initially, we will achieve a further reduction of our carbon footprint. GreenFaith, an interfaith organization dedicated to environmental leadership, writes as part of its mission statement: “protecting the earth is a religious value, and environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility”. We began to reduce our energy consumption a few years ago, by having an energy audit performed at the church. This led to the installation of energy efficient bulbs and fixtures, lowering our electricity consumption by 33%. Secondly, this solar array will save additional money in the annual budget. We are looking at an annual cost savings of 25% from what we currently pay for electricity. Responsible stewardship of limited resources should include striving to make what we do more effective and efficient for ourselves and the world in which we live.

For more information on this project, please contact Paul Ricci, Business Manager at the office (781-646-7773).

Confirmation Sunday

Confirmation Sunday is May 6th
Two of our youth will be completing our two-year confirmation course.  Share in their celebration.  Reception to follow the 10:30am service.

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St. Paul Women's Book Group

Women’s Book Group

Join the conversation on the second Saturday of the month at 9:30am in the upper lounge. 
Upcoming selections are: 

 

July 14:  Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
August 11: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
September 8:  The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Gather Groups Forming

Gather Groups are Starting Up! 
Gather Groups are groups of church members who meet together in each other's home for shared dinners. They are a great way to meet the people in our congregation and to deepen our connections to one another.    Gather Group signup sheets are available in the Narthex as well as at coffee hour in Fellowship Hall.  Once the groups have been put together, a team leader will contact all the members of the group to begin scheduling the dinners.  Would you like to be a team leader? Questions?  Speak with Ross, Andrew or Lisa; you can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call the church office (781-646-7773; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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We invite you to Rally Sunday September 9th

  9:30 AM Worship with Holy Communion followed by Fellowship Brunch

Sunday services beginning September 16th

  8:15 AM Worship 9:15am Education Hour 10:30AM Worship with Holy Communion

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