27 February





Parish Newsletter for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

February 27, 2023

 Church Office: 812-282-1108                                                                            email: stpaulsjeff@gmail.com 



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Ten Things to Add to Your Lenten Journey


1. Bring a jar of PEANUT BUTTER to church each week to support the Center for Lay Ministries.

2. Practice one random act of kindness each week.  Remember the words of Philo of Alexandria:  “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”

3. Contribute to the Easter Baskets for the 10 middle and high school girls and boys at the Clark County Youth Shelter.  See Debbie Tucker for info.

4. Turn off your cellphone on your way to work or to the grocery.  Savor the silence.

5. Consider ordering an Easter Lily for Easter Sunday.  See Phyllis Nelson for info.

6. Bring in a pair of old shoes for Project Waterstep, a program for bringing clean water to developing countries.

7. Bring in your tin cans for recycling.  See Mike Nelson for info.

8. Take a few minutes in the morning and evening to pray the daily devotions from the Book of Common Prayer, Page 136.  AND/OR Pray the end of day prayers, the Compline, on Page 127.  Don’t have a BCP?  Please borrow one.  These can be done alone or with the family.

9. Carve out time to do something relaxing, even artistic; something that doesn’t involve the TV.

10. Make one call per week or write one note to someone who has made a difference in your life.          



CALENDAR for this week:

Monday, February 27               6:30      NA in Ed. Win

Saturday, March 4                     10:00      AA in Parish Hall

Sunday, March 5                           10:15      Eucharist with Rev. Suzanne




Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will be visiting St. Paul’s and leading worship on Sunday, March 19.  This is an opportunity to meet and converse with Bishop Jennifer on the challenges of the Church in this troubled age.  Bishop Jennifer will want to meet with the Vestry prior to the Service and will be staying and visiting with the congregation at the PITCH-IN lunch afterward.  Please join us on this special Sunday!    


COLLECT for Sunday, March 5, SecondSunday in Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


READINGS for Sunday, March 5:  Genesis 12:1-4a;   Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17;    John 3:1-17.

HYMNS for Sunday, March 5

Opening H82  376   Joyful, joyful we adore thee

Offertory LEVAS 30 v. 1-3 & 5   At the cross

Closing     H82  371  Let there be light






1. The Offertory during our worship service is much more than just ‘taking up the collection.’  The Offertory is the time to prepare for communion by celebrating our Oneness in Christ and with that in mind we will observe the Offertory by singing our favorite hymns!  Do you have a favorite?  Let us know!



2.  Our Bible Study group is doing a study of the Gospel According to Mark.  It’s a great way to meet the scriptural Jesus.  We are currently examining the Mark’s Gospel.  Our next gathering with be Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 6:30PM in the Education Wing.     




3. Our Un-Choir is for anyone who likes to praise God through singing.  No experience necessary.  Come and sing with us!  See Mariane or Jim for details.  






Morning Prayer is an important aspect of Episcopal worship and invites us to discover God in our midst.  Please consider being a Morning Prayer leader!  See Marylee or Rev. Suzanne.  

  Please sign up to prepare and host a future coffee hour.  Episcopalians are famous for our conversations and coffee!  The signupsheet is in the Parish Hall.  Help us extend our hospitality after the service.  

A Giving Opportunity!  St. Paul’s supports the Center for Lay Ministries’ Food Pantry serving the food insecure in Clark County.  Look for the Little Red Wagon in the side door vestibule to leave your food contributions.  The Top 10 requested foods are: Peanut Butter, Soup, Canned Fruit, Beans, Rice, Tuna, Cereal, Fruit Juice, Pasta, and Canned Vegetables.



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 We WELCOME you to worship! St. Paul’s is a WELCOMING Faith Community and Christ’s Table is open to ALL. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time member you are a Blessing to us. You are invited to worship with us live on Sundays at 10:15.  (Plan on joining us for coffee after the service!}  You can also tune in on Facebook Live:https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJeff/live_videos/  

Also, check YouTube for videos of past services:



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 LICENSED LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS,Dennis and Charlene McAndrews, remain ready and eager to bring communion to any who are unable to be present at services.  Whether you regularly attend Sunday service but cannot get here for any reason on a given Sunday, or you are homebound and would like to have the Eucharist brought to you once, or on a regular basis, please contact Marylee at the church office:  812-282-1108, or stpaulsjeff@gmail.com .



MANY THANKS for your continued faithful responses to the need for funds. 



PARISH OFFICE HOURS  12 Noon to 4:30pm Monday – Thursday (Other times by appointment)


If you have something you’d like to add to the next newsletter (including a brief update on what you and/or your family have been doing since last we met together), let us know atstpaulsjeff@gmail.com 







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    Q & A from the BCP


Our Book of Common Prayer contains an Outline of the Faith (P.845-62) that forms a framework for the way Episcopalians look at God and God’s work in the World.  Each week we will feature a couple of these questions and answers!


Q.  What is the New Covenant?

A.  The New Covenant is the new relationship with God given by Jesus Christ, the Messiah, to the apostle; and, through them, to all who believe in him.


Q. What did the Messiah promise in the New Covenant?

A.  Christ promised to bring us into the kingdom of God and give us life in all its fullness.

Q.  What response did Christ require?

A.  Christ commanded us to believe in him and to keep his commandments.


Q.  What are the commandments taught by Christ?

A.  Christ taught us the Summary of the Law and gave us the New Commandment.


Q.  What is the Summary of the Law?

A.  You shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and the great commandment.  And the second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.


Q.  What is the New Commandment?

A.  The New Commandment is that we love one another as Christ loved us.






A Prayer for Our Parish


Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family.  Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent.  Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.








A Thought for Lent