8 May




Parish Newsletter for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 8, 2023


Reverend Suzanne preaches on John 14


Are our hearts and our homes warm enough and wide enough and deep enough and welcoming enough for all the people in our lives, those who are dear to us and those whom we have yet to meet?




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. (Collect for May 14)


Calendar for this week:

Monday, May 8                     6:30      NA in Ed. Wing

Wednesday, May 10                    6:30      Bible Study in Parish Hall

Saturday, May 14                   10:00      AA in Parish Hall

Sunday, May 15                       10:15     Eucharist with Rev. Suzanne



PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR!  Sunday, June 4. The Congregation is invited to learn about and discuss St. Paul’s Sacred Space initiative.  The goal of Sacred Space is to ‘Strengthen our ability to identify and evaluate ideas for using the church building and grounds to further our ministry.’  Sacred Space is funded by a grant from the Lilly Corporation.


On April 26, some St. Paul’s members and community representatives met to begin the process of looking at St. Paul’s as a focus for community activity.  Possible community partners in attendance were Paulette Feldman from the Port Fulton neighborhood, realtor Stephanie Wilson and Barbara Anderson from Clark County Care.


Here are some ideas that came out of the April 26 meeting as recorded by Charlene McAndrews:


*Outdoor concerts:  ‘tiny porch concerts;’ possibly coordinate with downtown events (Like Abbey Road on the River)

*Livestream concerts (Erin Hill?)

*Host UofL or IUS recitals; livestream for those who can’t attend.

*Walking tour of Jeffersonville starting at St. Paul’s.

*Bicycle Rack (encourage bicyclists to attend)

*Art Exhibits with time for open viewing; congregation takes turns being present.

*Space sharing – Clark County Cares is interested.

*Put space sharing on website:  Showers, Birthday parties, small family reunions.

*Open space for prayer 1-2 days per week; congregation takes turns being present.

*Host an Interfaith dinner.



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 celebratingour 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 beginning a study of ‘Hazardous Saints’ where we will get to know both ancient and modern Christians who risked all for their faith.  Our first ‘saint’ is Paul’s friend and compatriot Barnabas. Our next gathering will be Wed.May 10, 6:30 PM, Parish Hall. 



3. Our Un-Choir is for anyone who likes to praise God through singing.  No experience necessary.  Come and sing with us!  We will end our season on Pentecost, May 28, take June and July off and resume in the middle of AugustContact Mariane or Jim with questions. 






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 for coffee hour.  Episcopalians are famous for our conversations and coffee!  The signup sheet 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.