Are You Joining Us to Fight Hunger on the Day of Pentecost?
Next Sunday, June 9 is a special day in the life of our community. The Day of Pentecost marks the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Church. We will have a festive worship service in the morning (one service only at 9:00 am!), and the, that afternoon at 3:00 pm 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! This event is a part of the ongoing Western Mass Revival, Year Two.
It is a great opportunity for us to join with others who share our values to make the world a better place. I sincerely hope that St. Paul’s will make a good showing. Even if you don’t usually participate in such events, I urge you to join us next Sunday—we need you!
And Have You Brought in Juice Boxes?
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.
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Altar Flowers this week are given in memory of Monika Dillon.
Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestions 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 is: fruit and vegetables). St. Paul’s will volunteer at the Lee Food Pantry on Saturday, June 8th.
Summer Worship Schedule
St. Paul’s will have one service only at 9:00 am on Sundays through September 1 (Labor Day Weekend). 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).
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.
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: June 30; Sep. 22; 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, June 2
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Sam Smith
9 am: Devyn Fillio, Greeter
Ryleigh Fillio, Usher
Matt Fillio, Lector
Martha Bodine, Intercessor
*OPEN- If you are able to help please let Sam or Gretchen know.
Next Sunday, June 9
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Sam Smith
9 am: Natalie Boyce, Greeter & Altar Guild
Don Cook, Usher
Vaunie Graulty, Lector & Hospitality
Diana French, Intercessor & Hospitality
Nancy King, Organist
Parish Prayer List
- People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, 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: Lee Food Pantry and Berkshire Community Diaper Project
- Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. John’s, Millville
- Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Mexico
- Birthdays: Janice Jones-Thomson (2nd), Alice Sherwood (5th)