The Bishop is Coming!!!

This Sunday, June 30, at 9:00 am, our diocesan bishop, The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, will be with us to lead worship. He will also confirm and receive three people who are recommitting themselves to the Episcopal Church: Meredith McCandless, a member of St. Paul’s for many years, coming to be confirmed; Anthony Maggio, new to St. Paul’s, who will be received into our church; and Dave Potts, an active part of the Episcopal Congregation in Southwick (where our own Libby Wade recently served as Interim Rector), also being received into the Episcopal Church. It is a day of celebration!

     Following the service, a festive coffee hour will provide the opportunity to meet and converse with the Bishop. Please be sure to be in church this Sunday for this important occasion.

     The Bishop’s visit is a wonderful moment for us to rejoice that we are part of something so much larger than St. Paul’s Church or the Southern Berkshires. We are part of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts; the Episcopal Church; the Church Universal. And even more importantly, as Bishop Fisher likes to say, we are part of the Jesus Movement!

     Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we rejoice to work with our Bishop and the entire church to change the world into the dream God has for it.


Collect:

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Altar Flowers are given by the McCandless family in honor of Bishop Fisher; St. Paul’s clergy, Sam and Jane; and those being confirmed or received today: Meredith, Anthony, and Dave.

Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestions are pasta, rice and beans. 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 item for next week is: peanut butter).

Community Summer Reading Project
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, then sign up on the Tower Room bulletin board beginning in July. Questions? See Father Sam.

Volunteer This Summer: Help a Child Soar!

The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) is again looking for volunteers to support a vital program helping kids learn and grow. For the past five years, JWF has coordinated a literacy initiative at the Project Connection summer camp, a grant-funded program for high needs students in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

     The Project Connection summer camp offers a blend of typical summer camp activities and engaging academic programming to help its high-needs students who would normally experience summer learning loss. JWF coordinates volunteers for the intensive literacy block for students in grades 1-4. JWF volunteers have been able to help some students make more progress in weeks than they had made in months during the previous school year! You may choose what day you would like to volunteer, which age you prefer and if you want to work with a teacher or on your own. Project Connection is only four weeks, July 8 -Aug 2. We will work with the kids one hour (9:15–10:15am) Mondays, Tuesdays, and/or Wednesdays to help them maintain/improve their reading skills.

     To learn more and to volunteer, contact the program’s coordinator Phyllis Cohen at 413-528-4225 or phyllis111cohen@gmail.com. (Volunteers are needed in other areas as well—see the information sheet a the back of the church, or ask Phyllis if you’d like more information.) This hands-on opportunity has a very positive impact on these children and is a wonderful way for us to demonstrate our love for, and commitment to our Berkshire neighbors!

Altar Flowers
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: Sep. 22; Nov. 10; Dec. 1, 8. To sign up, please email stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.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 stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.com.)

This Sunday, June 30

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Right Rev. Dr. Douglas John Fisher

9 am:    John Davies, Greeter

              Natalie Boyce, Usher & Lector

              Don Temples, Intercessor

              Jennifer Carmichael, Altar Guild

              Hospitality – POTLUCK

              Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, July 7

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

9 am:    Peter Dillon, Greeter

              Diana French, Usher

              Darryl Lafferty, Lector & Intercessor

              Ginny Willcox, Altar Guild

              Hospitality – Lemonade on the Lawn

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, George
  • Long-term prayer list: 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: Cathedral of the Beloved
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Nativity, Northborough
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: United Church of Pakistan
  • Birthdays: Vaunie Graulty (28th), Mary Berle & Ginny Willcox (30th), Jessica Maloney (3rd), Jorja Marsden & Kathryn Sirois (6th)
  • Anniversaries:  Jonathan & Donna Gray (28th), Donna & Jim Touponce (29th)