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This week (and always!), Mother Sara and many others offer gratitude for you, this community of people, and your gifts. Watch the collaborative Thank You video above in response to a wonderful — and continued — season of stewardship.
Praying the Daily Office
A Community Hour class, Dec. 17
Claim your place in choir of saints who pray the daily prayer of the Church by learning to use the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer. Join Father Rob for a brief class on the Daily Office, held in the chapel during Community Hour (between 9 and 11:15 masses) on December 17.
Christmas Flower Dedication
If you’d like to offer flowers for Christmas at St. Paul’s in remembrance or gratitude for someone or something, complete the Christmas flower dedication here. Hard copies of the dedication form will be available in this Sunday’s bulletin. Dedications are due by Sunday, Dec. 17.
About the 2018 Parish Book: A Peculiar People
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
In some ways, though we may not think about it, the people of St. Paul’s are peculiar. We gather regularly to hear an ancient story from halfway around the world, to respond to that story in prayer and song, in the hope that our lives and our life together might be shaped by that story, and we do all of this with a simple meal of bread and wine as the center of our life together. To a growing number of people, this seems like a peculiar way to live. The temptation may be to make our lives less peculiar so that we might be more attractive to spiritual seekers. In his book A Peculiar People: the Church as Culture in a Post-Christian Society, Rodney Clapp invites us to embrace and live into our peculiarity, since what makes us peculiar is essential to our identity as Church, and, is, therefore, precisely the great gift that God offers through our life together.
Pick up a copy of A Peculiar People this Sunday after mass and consider signing up for a neighborhood book group to read the book in community.
Women’s Shelter Open
It is with thanksgiving that we announce the formal start of our relationship with SHARE/WHEEL, which opened its newest overnight shelter for women last Tuesday evening, December 5 in our Parish Hall. Representatives from the shelter steering committee were on hand to welcome them the first night. A St. Paul’s representative will be on-call as their contact for urgent and non-urgent concerns. Thanks to all of you that have donated practical gifts so each woman will have a storage tub with fresh toiletries and dinner for them their first night. The shelter hours will be from 9 PM to 8:30 AM most days. There will be changes to that from time to time due to calendar events. On Sundays, they will be leaving a little earlier in the morning, and arriving back “home” a little earlier as well. If you have any questions, you can reach the committee anytime at email@example.com.
Sign-up for December’s Fatted Calf
We need you! We’re so grateful for the huge outpouring of support at last month’s Fatted Calf Cafe. This month, the last Tuesday of the month falls on December 26th. It is a busy time for all of us, but we don’t want to lose momentum on this important community meal that reaches many in need. We reach minds, hearts and bellies, and that doesn’t change the day after Christmas. Sign-up for one of the shifts available here—there is a time and space for everyone. And thank you!
2018 Convention Delegates
Are you interested in what goes on at the Diocesan Convention? The 2018 Annual Convention will be held October 26-27, 2018, at the Double Tree by Hilton Seattle Airport. At our annual meeting on February 4, we will be electing two delegates and two alternates to serve for two-year terms. If you are interested in being nominated as a delegate, please contact Mark Taylor, Senior Warden.