This Sunday we are delighted to welcome to St. Paul’s The Rev. José Reyes, Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries here in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. José grew up in Springfield and received a degree in psychology from Williams College before working in various social work positions in the area. He then attended Virginia Theological Seminary (where he met his now wife, The Rev. Mary Rosendale, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Ware, MA), being ordained to the priesthood in 2015.
We look forward to hearing from José about ministry to our Latina/o sisters and brothers, as well as how we might become better neighbors. As a bonus, he promises to lead us in singing hymns in Spanish! Welcome, José, to St. Paul’s as we work at creating deeper and more meaningful connections to all of God’s children.
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son 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 Harry A. and Bertha Bourn, Adeline Pierce, Lawton P. Bourn, Sr., Gertrude M. French, Barbara L. Spinney, Harry A. Bourne, Jr., Mary Ellen Bourn and Martha M. Muir.
Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestion is cereal. 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 are: fruit & vegetables).
Godly 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 substitute for books in the life of a child.” — May Ellen Chase
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.)
This Sunday, July 21
Celebrant: The Rev. Sam Smith
Preacher: The Rev. José Reyes
9 am: Vaunie Graulty, Greeter
Matt Fillio, Usher
Bill Higgins, Lector
Kendra MacLeod, Intercessor
Robin Race, Altar Guild
Hospitality – Lemonade on the Lawn
Next Sunday, July 28
Celebrant: The Rev. Jane Tillman
Preacher: The Rev. Sam Smith
9 am: Chris Johnson, Greeter
Jean Rousseau, Usher
Diana French, Lector
Jean Rousseau, Intercessor
Jennifer Carmichael, Altar Guild
Hospitality – Lemonade on the Lawn
Doug Schmolze, Guitarist
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: Laundry Love
- Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church, Rochdale
- Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda
- Birthdays: Lilliana Newsome (20th), Susan Croll (20th), Ginger Schwartz (24th), Tracy Weston & Matthew Cosby (25th)