11 Feb 2020

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter February 11, 2020
Calendar
Feb 16 at 10:15—Homily and Holy Eucharist, Chaplain Baldridge.
• Ushers: Mike L and Jackie
• Lectors: Robyn and Marylee
• Chalicist: Jackie
• Counters: Debbie and Robyn
St Paul’s Outside the Walls – In February we will be collecting food for CLM.
Feb 12 at 10:30 – Spiritual Companion Group
Feb 15 at 7:30 – There will a pancake breakfast with JeffBoat workers in the Parish Hall.
Feb 16 at 9:25 – The Kinship Project: More information is available below.
Feb 19 at 6:00 – Pitch-In and Bible Study Feb 19 at 6:30 – Vestry meeting
From the SPTW team . . .
If you have something you’d like to add to the next SPTW, please email the team at stpaulsjeff@gmail.com by Monday morning. Please put SPTW in the subject line. Many thanks.
In the Church
Prayers for Beth S as she prepares for a medical test. Prayers for the family of Charlie Ewalt (Mike and Phyllis N). Prayers continue for Sonny and Bill as they recover.
   
Indy Diocese News
1. On April 18 (Saturday) at St Paul’s Indianapolis the Episcopal Women’s Ministry will have its Spring Luncheon. Bishop Jennifer will be the speaker. There will be a paper on the table at the back of the sanctuary.
2. From St. Paul’s New Albany about Holy Hikes
I'm looking for a contact person at St. Paul's Jeff who might be interested in helping me to coordinate a joint hiking program with New Albany. We (New Albany) are members of the National Holy Hikes program, but have found that we don't have enough interest to support it alone. We only have a small number of people who participate, and when one or two of those are unavailable because of other commitments we often have only 2 or 3 attendees... if that. We're not looking for financial support, only people interested in participating in the program.
Rhonda at barckhoffwolfe1@gmail.com
The Kinship Project: Inner work, outer works
In this coming Sunday’s forum we will talk about the feelings that naturally arise when confronted by a challenge as large as climate change. Emotions are part of living, and we can react in a variety of non-helpful ways, or we can respond thoughtfully and usefully. We will learn about making friends with our emotions. Pamela will be leading this segment, and we will be moving through this material in a way that is fun and enlivening.
Words from Deacon Jim
Why Do We Do What We Do? - 2 The Via Media
For over 500 years the Anglican Church (and its descendant the Episcopal Church) has walked the via media, the middle road. The middle of what, you may ask? Well, midway between the Catholic and Protestant faiths. Our worship is influenced by both! Catholics visiting one of our eucharists would recognize the basic structure of the service. Protestants would recognize the strong emphasis on preaching. The via media saved many lives during the turbulent Protestant/Catholic wars of the the 16th Century and it bound believers together by liturgy rather than doctrine. For us, it is all about worship and not belief. Take a look at our prayers and you can sense our faith. There is a Latin term for that as well: lex orandi lex credendi, which means;praying shapes believing!
John Westerhoff and Sharon Pearson say;Liturgy is the work of the people; Episcopal liturgy is communal worship, connected to our daily life and work as ministry. We bring the

reverence and rootedness of an ancient liturgical tradition alongside a clear devotion to the Bible.
Walking the via media doesn’t mean we’re wishy-washy in our commitment to our faith. It means we value the journey as much as the destination!
Let us pray: 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 everl! Amen. [Collect for Proper 8] (BCP, p.230.)
[Material from A People Called Episcopalians by John Westhoff and Sharon Pearson]
REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR
THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!
Notes from the Annual Meeting
January 26, 2020
The Senior Warden called the 184th Annual Meeting to order at 10:15 am. There were 33 members of the Church present. The reports from the Senior Warden and the Deacon were given at the time of the sermon.
A summary of reports from the Sr. Warden, Deacon, Treasurer, Endowment Committee, Altar Guild, Spiritual Companion Group, Bible Study Group, Kinship Project and Celtic Services project was distributed to the members present before the meeting. The Sr. Warden offered an oral report from the Concert Committee. He will continue as Chair of this committee. Changes for the coming year will be that we will not hire performers nor solicit sponsors to pay them. We do expect to have the Jeffersonville HS group back, as well as Erin Hill and others who would accept a free will offering.
The first order of business was to appoint a clerk of the meeting and appointment of the parish treasurer. The nominees were Marylee James and Ginny Stroh, respectively. There were no nominations from the floor, and the clerk and the treasurer were elected unanimously.
The nominating committee submitted Susan Madaro and Luke Stifler to fill the two open vestry terms. There being no nominations from the floor, the slate was elected unanimously.
There being no nominations from the floor for two Diocesan convention delegates, the vestry will recruit nominees to appoint as delegates.

Currently, nine members have been appointed to serve as the Search Committee for a new rector. The vestry has unanimously requested the bishop to vet and assign a part-time priest in charge because as finances now stand the vestry believes we cannot afford a full time rector.
Also, the search process will be far less expensive. The search committee will interview the person(s) the bishop selects and we have the right to refuse the appointment. The Search Committee is charged with the creation of the Parish Profile document, which must be submitted before the bishop makes her choice.
The Treasurer presented the draft budget for 2020, which was a balanced budget based upon income from pledges to date. The end of year report of income and expenses was also presented, with a motion to accept made by the Sr. Warden and seconded by Mike Lankert. There was no opposition.
Mike Lankert presented an oral report from the Property Committee and expressed their appreciation for the church members who have taken over the cleaning of the church on a regular basis.
The Senior Warden thanked the outgoing Vestry Members for their service.
There being no further questions nor business to come before the Annual Meeting, the motion to adjourn was made by Mike Nelson, seconded by Steve Fleece and unanimously approved.
The meeting was adjourned. Respectfully submitted Marylee James

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