Water is essential for life
We have certainly had our share of rain this spring in the Berkshires so water has been in abundance.  Our readings this week all mention water either in the context of healing or baptism.  In the waters of baptism we die to sin and are raised to new life in Christ Jesus.  This Sunday we will participate in the baptism of Abigail Grace Mitchell, granddaughter of Jo Dare and Bob Mitchell, and daughter of Lori and Shawn Mitchell.  In addition to welcoming Abby into the church and the Christian life, we will renew our own baptismal covenant.  We will renounce those things which pull us from the love of God and dedicate ourselves to loving God and our neighbor and respecting the dignity of every human being. Come to St. Paul’s this week to welcome a child of God into the life of the Church and to remember your own baptism when you were sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever. 


Collect:
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Altar Flowers this week are given in memory of my mother, Beulah Hill Jones.

Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestions are soup and 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 Prayer Circle will take a break for the summer season beginning this week.

Don’t Forget!
Summer Worship Schedule
Beginning this Sunday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend) and continuing through September 1 (Labor Day Weekend) St. Paul’s will have one service only at 9:00 am. And (weather permitting) we will worship in the churchyard in the month of July!

Godly Play Takes a Recess!
Godly Play will be on hiatus now through Sunday, June 5, while our Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator, Anne Skakel, is away. As always, children are welcome in Church on those and any Sundays! Anne suggests the children might work on memorizing the Lord’s Prayer, and also experience the service and think of questions they might have. Godly Play will resume on June 9 (when there will be one service only beginning at 9:00 am).

St. Paul’s Field Trip!
On Tuesday, May 28, members of the vestry invite you to join them on a trip to Needham, Massachusetts, to visit the studio of Marshall & Ogletree, Organbuilders and experience firsthand their magnificent instruments. This Massachusetts firm creates custom digital organs for churches, with the goal of creating instruments that can exceed the musical qualities of the greatest pipe organs of the world. Father Sam and organist Nancy visited the studio in March, and came away impressed with the possibilities of such an instrument for St. Paul’s. We will leave the St. Paul’s parking lot at 8:30 am this Tuesday, May 28, and will be back no later than 4:00 pm. Contact Father Sam to join in, or for more information.

Sunday, June 9, 3:00 pm
County-wide Event to Rise Against Hunger
On the afternoon of the day of Pentecost, the Episcopal Churches of Berkshire County, along with our friends, will join together to celebrate the Holy Spirit by packaging 20,000 meals for those who are hungry throughout our world. We will also make summer activity bags for local kids who are served by our local food pantries and other charitable programs. This family-friendly event will conclude with a meal for all to celebrate!
     As part of this effort, we are asked to provide 240 juice boxes to put in the activity bags. Please help us reach that goal by signing up on the Tower Room bulletin board. Questions? Ask Father Sam.

Join us on Friday, June 14
The Spirit of Summer
As part of our ongoing series of St. Paul’s events for the entire community, on Friday evening, June 14 at 7:30 pm we will again host the singing duo of Oakes and Smith here in the church for a concert to ring in the summer. Join the St. Paul’s family and our friends as we celebrate this season that is the crowning glory of the Berkshires – and tell all your friends! The concert is free of charge, although attendees will have an opportunity to give a free-will offering to support the ongoing restoration of St. Paul’s Church.

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, May 26

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Jane Tillman

9 am:    Diana French, Greeter

              Vaunie Graulty, Usher

              Martha Bodine, Lector

              Carl Sprague, Intercessor

              Robin Race, Altar Guild

              Hospitality – POTLUCK

              Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, June 2

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

9 am:    Devyn Fillio, Greeter

              Ryleigh Fillio, Usher

              Matt Fillio, Lector

              Martha Bodine, Intercessor

              Ginny Willcox, Altar Guild & Hospitality

              Nancy King, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Martha, Tom, Deborah
  • Prayers of repose for the soul of Bill Rousseau
  • 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: Gideon’s Garden and Construct
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Trinity Church, Milford
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: all members of the Anglican Communion around the world
  • Birthdays: Bill Higgins (25th), Tracy Johnson (28th)