The Vicar’s Voice
Dear Beloved of God,
We had a wonderful annual meeting hearing all about the ministries of St. Paul’s in 2018. I have highlighted many of our accomplishments in my annual address and would like to add some additional comments I made about our future. I’m not “new here” any more, therefore, it is time to try new things. Some will be fruitful and some will fail. We must try anyway. In doing new things we must be gentle and kind with one another and give each other the benefit of doubt instead of thinking the worst. We need to focus on inviting others to come to St. Paul’s and experience God’s great love for them.
We have some practical things that need to be accomplished. We need to build a storage closet downstairs. We need to sort and clear space for all the new things God has in store for us. We need to create an inviting place for our youth to gather and learn. We need to seek ways to invite our Sharing Closet clients and those we encounter in our fundraising efforts to join us in worship. We need to see to their physical needs, as well as their spiritual needs.
Our Adult Sunday morning study during Advent focused on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life”. We heard about Turning, Learning, Praying, Worshiping, Blessing, Going and Resting as a way of establishing “Our Rule of Life”. At our Annual Meeting we watched a short video from our Presiding Bishop telling us about these teachings. You can access this video www.stpaulsplymouthwi.com.
It is an exciting time to be a part of St. Paul’s!! We can see God working in this place with all the different gifts and talents He has given each one of us. We are ALL the Body of Christ, we all have different talents and gifts, we all work for the good of the entire Body. My challenge for each of you is to pray about what this will look like in your life today. Who is your neighbor and how can you invite them to join us in this loving community we call St. Paul’s.
In His Mercy,
Nick’s Group: February 20
Wednesday, February 20 from 6:00pm-7:30pm is the gathering of Nick’s Group, a support group for families who have lost a loved one to a drug overdose. Julie Walzack leads this group to help others through the grieving process. If you know of someone who has lost someone to drugs, please tell them about this group. If you have further questions, call or text Julie at: 920-838-2562.
Mother Michele continues her teachings about God’s love story to each one of us. God loves us so much that he has given us the Bible to teach us the history of our faith through the writings of prophets & people like us, who have failed & succeeded following God, especially through the teachings of Jesus. Come at 9:00 am & start to learn how the Bible is your story & what God is saying to you about following Him.
Family Game Night: February 22
Sharing snacks & playing games with other people is a great way to get to know others at St. Paul’s and it is a wonderful way to bring friends to our church for a fun activity. The Youth Group is sponsoring this event from 6-8 pm. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite game or perhaps come to learn new game.
Lenten Book Study: March 3
Starting on March 3, we will be discussing the book: Sabbath as Resistance, Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann. In this book, popular author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Importantly, Brueggemann speaks to a 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. Keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Brueggemann offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance.
If you would like a copy of the book please contact the office by Sunday, February 17th
Shrove Tuesday - Mardi Gras: March 5
Before we start Lent, we plan on having a final celebration of eating rich foods and celebrating Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday, March 5. Dinner will be served from 6:00-7:30 pm. Get out your Mardi Gras beads & masks!! This is a great opportunity to bring family, friends & neighbors to share a meal & get to know us. A sign-up sheet will be posted for assistance with this activity.
Ash Wednesday: March 6
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. We will celebrate with Eucharist & the imposition of ashes at a 7:00 pm. service on Wednesday, March 6th.
Fellowship & Hospitality
Everyone is encouraged to sign up to host a Coffee Hour immediately following each Sunday worship service. Hospitality is NOT just a special gift that some people have, but each one of us is encouraged to extend hospitality to others. Hospitality is not just providing a snack, but even more importantly, spending time getting to know others in our church family & perhaps offer Jesus’ great love to a stranger.
Join in the fun & learn about many saints. Everyone is encouraged to participate in Lent Madness, 32 saints are up against each other in a bracket, each saint seeks to win the coveted Golden Halo. Lent Madness starts Thursday, March 7 and you can find more details of how to vote and read comments on their website: www.Lentmadness.com. You can pick up your official guide, the “Saintly Scorecard” in the Fellowship Hall & view the brackets to see who is winning. The official guide features the biographies of all 32 saints in the bracket for the coveted Golden Halo.
The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch. Join in the fun!!