Who Is My Neighbor?
Last winter a group of St. Paul’s parishioners joined me in thinking about how we might become better connected to our community. The result was our slate of “alternative evangelism events” for 2019, including concerts, celebrations of the flora and fauna that make up creation, and even the upcoming Ice Cream Social (see below). We are hoping that members of our community will learn that St. Paul’s is a good neighbor.
Of course, this ties to our gospel reading this week: Luke 10:25-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan. A lawyer, in conversation with Jesus, asks, “Who is my neighbor?” We are reminded that neighborliness is not just about proximity, or familiarity, but about caring relationship. We have many neighbors here at St. Paul’s, and they grow in number in the summer. Are we in right relationship with our neighbors? Would they consider us good neighbors? What more can we do?
Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we hear God’s call to love our neighbors.
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Altar Plants are given in memory of Raymond Rubicam Pollock.
Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestions are soup & tomato sauce. Please bring this or other non-perishable food items with you to church on Sunday to share with those in need in our community. (Suggested items for next week is: cereal). St. Paul’s will volunteer at the Lee Food Pantry this Saturday, July 13th.
Play Takes a Recess!
Godly Play will be on hiatus now through Labor Day Weekend. As always, children are welcome in Church on Sundays!
Join us for an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social: Saturday, July 20, 3:00-5:00 pm
On July 20 St. Paul’s will share the joys of summer with the community, aided and abetted by ice cream and refreshments for people of all ages. This church yard event will be a sort of block party for Stockbridge, timed to occur before folks go to theater and concert events in the evening.
In anticipation, we need two things from you: 1) Volunteer to assist us that afternoon—see Don Cook, Natalie Boyce, Duncan Pollock, or Sam Smith to offer your help; and 2) Invite your friends and family! We hope to attract a big crowd!
Help Us Fill Our United Way Book House
“There is no better investment than the one we make in our children. The successes of children in education transform into success in life. ” ~ Father Sam
This summer we would like to refill the Book House in the church yard to provide more opportunities for children to access books. Donations of new or gently used children’s books can be placed on the table at the back of the church. Questions? See Anne Skakel.
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, by David Brooks
This Summer we are joining with First Congregational Church here in Stockbridge and Christ/Trinity Church in Sheffield to read David Brooks’ latest book The Second Mountain. This book explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. It is about embracing a life of interdependence rather than independence.
After reading the book, beginning around mid-July participants will gather in small discussion groups around the area in different formats, at different times, and in different locations like a home, a coffee shop, or the church, so that everyone can find an option that fits their summer schedule. Finally, on Sunday, August 25, all participants will gather for a picnic to talk together about their experience and discuss the final section of the book about building community.
If you would like to be part of this Inter-church summer read, get the book and start reading, and sign up on the Tower Room bulletin board for a group. Questions? See Father Sam.
CONSTRUCT Celebrating 50 Years
Construct, the nonprofit which helps low-income folks with housing solutions and onward fiscal planning, is celebrating 50 years of work here in the Berkshires. Help them celebrate at Butternut on July 20th, 5:00 PM. Details are posted on the Tower Room bulletin board. It promises to be a wonderful family event!
Save the Dates to Join the Summer Kids Choir
The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge is hosting a brief summer Ecumenical Kids Choir for children, K-8. Choir will be directed by Jill Wheat & accompanied by Dr. Gene Kalish. Both spirited and soulful music will be fun and easy to sing. This is free of charge to participate. Rehearsal dates are 7/28 & 8/4 from 2PM-3PM. The concert will be held at 2PM on Sunday, August 11 with the dress rehearsal beginning at 1:15 that same day. Free will donations toward local nonprofit programming for children will be collected at the concert. Please email Jill, email@example.com, the names and ages of interested family members or for more information..
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: Nov. 10; Dec. 1, 8. To sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us the date you’d like to reserve, the wording of the announcement, and whether or not you’d like the office to order the flowers for you (cost is $60).
Worship Teams (If you exchange shifts with someone, please notify the Church Office by Thursday morning at email@example.com.)
This Sunday, July 14
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Sam Smith
9 am: Deborah Pege, Greeter
Don Temples, Usher
Vaunie Graulty, Lector
Kendra MacLeod, Intercessor
Natalie Boyce, Altar Guild
Hospitality – Lemonade on the Lawn
Doug Schmolze, Guitarist
Next Sunday, July 21
Celebrant: The Rev. Sam Smith
Preacher: The Rev. José Reyes
9 am: Vaunie Graulty, Greeter & Intercessor
Matt Fillio, Usher
Bill Higgins, Lector
Robin Race, Altar Guild
Hospitality – Lemonade on the Lawn
Parish Prayer List
- People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia
- Long-term prayer list: George, Jeff, David, Doug, Barbara, Charles, ZsuZsa, Tom, Rich, Ronnie, Karen, Michael, Christy, John, George
- Our partners at Grace Church, Great Barrington and the Rev. Janet Zimmerman; Trinity Episcopal/Christ Lutheran, Sheffield and the Rev. Erik Karas; the Austen Riggs community and the Riverbrook Residence; victims of violence, abuse, persecution and disaster at home and abroad
- Outreach Ministries of the Week: St. Paul’s Children’s Center
- Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Stephen’s, Pittsfield
- Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Church in the Philippines
- Birthdays: Caroline & Robert Maloney (11th), Ben Wheeler & Helen Davies (13th), Sarah Graulty & Anne Covell (15th), Lilliana Newsome (20th)