This Week at St. Paul's December 10, 2017








The Second Sunday of Advent

+ 8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
+ 9:45am Children's Formation
+ 10:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

The schedule of Sunday servers, the prayer list, and other information follows the announcements.












Save the Date
Fr. Daniel’s installation has officially been scheduled! Please save the date and time of January 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. God willing, on that day, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutiérrez will formally install Fr. Daniel Moore as the Rector of St. Paul’s. We hope you will join us for this special event in the life of our parish. Invitations to follow.




A note about the Trisagion
You may have noticed a different song of praise at the start of mass: the Trisagion, rather than the more familiar Gloria or Kyrie. Trisagion (pronounced tree-SAY-jee-on) is Greek for “thrice holy,” and it is an ancient hymn that originated in the Eastern churches. It has a long history in the Prayer Book (Thomas Cranmer included a version of it in the 1549 Book), and it is one of the three options for use in the entrance rite at mass. The Gloria is used during Christmas and Easter and on most Sundays of the year; the Kyrie is used during Lent; and the Trisagion is especially suitable for use during Advent. For more information, see p. 406 of The Book of Common Prayer.




New at St. Paul’s: a Toddler Room
St. Paul’s now offers nursery care for our littlest ones during the 10:00 service on Sundays in our brand-new Toddler Room, located right on the stage of Paxson Hall. Parents of children ages 6 months to 3 years can feel free to drop them off starting at 9:30am. Our Toddler Room is very kid-friendly, with toys, books, and even a crib for those needing a nap. Parents should feel free to make use of it as needed, whether for the whole service or until Communion. Children of all ages are always welcome in church—and so our Toddler Room is simply an option, not a requirement. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…”




Christmas Music and Flower Memorials
Please find forms for submitting Christmas Music and Flower Memorials in today’s bulletins. Deadline for submission is Sunday, December 17.




Congratulations to the winners of this year’s raffle prizes:
Wine Basket:  June Psculkowski
Johnny Walker Blue Label:  Carolyn White
Gift Card Tree:  Pat Laurich
Beer Basket:  Michele McGroggan
Basket of Cheer:  Gary Gamorrdella




Aid for Friends next cooking day is December 16th.
Come help others and enjoy some fellowship. Casseroles or main courses are needed. Meats are available in the freezer as well as pasta on the shelves. Hope to see you there at 9:00 in the church kitchen!  Any questions call Steve Rubenstein 215-345-9276.







Doyle Elementary Mitten Tree Information
This year we will once again be helping the families from Doyle Elementary by helping with their Mitten Project. The mittens will have a number and gender and a suggested gift. After purchasing the gift, wrap the gift and attach the mitten on the wrapped gift. There will be a bin in the coat area of Paxson Hall marked the Mitten Project. Please bring in all gifts within the next two weeks. Also, please make sure the mitten is securely attached to the gift. This is an easy way to make someone's holiday a little brighter. Any questions, see Mary Smith.




Hey, children! Can you find the Magi?
Did you notice the empty creche in front of the altar in church? In these weeks before Christmas, we are in a season of waiting for wonderful things—and we are waiting for Jesus to be born! The Magi (or Wise Men) were also waiting, and traveled far to find the infant Jesus. For the next few weeks, they will be traveling around our church until Jesus finally arrives. Can you spot them? Keep a close lookout—they keep on moving!











You're invited to the St. Paul's Holiday Carol-sing!

What is this?  This is a holiday carol-sing for people of all ages! We'll begin with a few carols on the outside steps and then continue caroling on foot, as in the days of yore. Songbooks will be provided, and we'll sing all the good ones—and a few "santa claus" ones too! The plan is to do a short loop around town (with minimal street crossing), stopping at various locations to sing a carol or two. We'll do this for about 45 minutes, before returning to the Parish Hall for a party with warm food and drink (cider, hot chocolate, cookies, etc.) around the newly-installed live Christmas tree.
When?  Friday, December 15, 6:00pm. We'll gather on the steps around 6:15 and go caroling around the neighborhood, and return at approximately 7:00pm.
Who is invited?  You! And your children—this is a family-friendly event. Also, please invite your friends, whether or not they are members of St. Paul's!
Where?  84 E Oakland Ave, Doylestown.
What to bring?
  Warm clothes (scarf? mittens?). A few small flashlights wouldn't hurt. If you play a hand-held instrument, feel free to bring it along. And don't forget your holiday cheer!
Why are we doing this?  It's a fun opportunity to have fellowship together in the weeks leading up to Christmas, before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. St. Paul's is located in the heart of the Borough; caroling is a tradition in desperate need of recovery. It's a great excuse for a party. Why not?
Mark your calendars; we hope to see you there!
P.S. If you would like to help out in any way, especially with the food and drink for the party, please contact the church office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .







Sunday, December 17
On the 3rd Sunday of Advent (December 17), we will have two very special events:

  • An in-service visitation by the Rt. Rev. Nikolaos of Myra—a.k.a. St. Nicholas! Bishop Nikolaos may also make a special appearance at breakfast…
  • A parish breakfast in Paxson Hall, hosted by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and taking place after both services.




Help us decorate our Parish Christmas Tree
This year there will be a Christmas Tree in Paxson Hall sponsored by The Farina Family. The Sunday school children are making decorations to hang Sunday the 17th. Let's all join them by bringing in something to make the tree extra special! Some ideas include: your Christmas Card, photo of your family, an inspirational quote or meaningful ornament to you to hang on the tree. Please keep your "ornament" to appx. 5" x 7". Hole punch and ribbon will be provided to hang your "ornament".




Call for Vestry Nominations
In January 2018, St. Paul’s will elect its next class of members to our Vestry. If you wish to nominate someone (or yourself) as a candidate for election to the Vestry, please contact the parish administrator, Mrs. Angela Stoots, by email or phone. The Rector and Wardens will then reach out to nominees directly with more information about the process. Please submit nominations to the church office by Monday, December 18. And please continue to keep the Vestry in your prayers as they strive to lead and serve our beloved church.




Join the Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Societyand members of our community for their fifth annual “Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along” on Saturday, December 16, with performances at 2:00 PM and at 7:30 PM, at our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown. The Sing-Along will be conducted by Lee F. Milhous and Bob Binkley and accompanied by the 40-piece Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Orchestra. For more information, visit Admission is $10, with children 13 and under free.




Sunday Servers, Prayer List, Etc.








Eucharistic Ministers: George Wiemann, Ruth Carlson (Second Chalice), Pike Stephens, Christopher McCall
12/17 Eucharistic Ministers: Michael Kelly, Robert Ball (Second Chalice),
Mark Canterbury, Christopher McCall
Acolytes: Jack Grande, Emma Ward, Sarah Hutchison
12/17 Acolytes: Maddie Leonardis, Grace Cowhey
Lectors:  Mae O’Brien, Stephen Cauller
Ushers: Ann Laughlin, Nick Molloy, Nancy Hunter, Ted Hopkins, Maureen McGraw
Counters: Michael Kelly, Jacky Grande
Altar Guild: Team B: Elizabeth Pitts, Eve Byerly
Choir: George Achilles, Trudie Benton, Wendy Brumbaugh, Faith Donaher, Jill Dulany, Palmer Haffner, Nick Lindberg, Mike Roberts, Sue Roberts, Anne Shute, Jim Shute, Caitlin Stein, Deborah Taylor, David Taylor




Events: (highlights of the week)
Sunday: Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Education Wing
Monday 12/11: Finance Committee Meeting 4:00 p.m.Miller Conference Room
Thursday 12/14: Choir Rehearsal 7:15 p.m., Choir Room
Friday 12/15: Holiday Carolsing followed by Party in Paxson Hall, 6:00 p.m.
Friday 12/15: 12 Step Group Meeting 7:30 p.m., Choir Room




Intercessions: In your prayers this week, please remember the following members of St. Paul’s Parish Community and their families:




Peter LaRosa, nephew of Ann Laughlin
Steve Rubenstein
Richard Howard, uncle of a parishioner
Jim Picarro
Mary Howe
Polly Wright
Cynthia Zayon
Paula Laughlin
Mark Elliott
Lynda Butcavage
Kristen Wheeler
Michael Blakesley
Alexandra McCullum
Matthew Ragusa
Annette Ragusa
Valerie Gardner
Helene Grande
Nina Kirk and baby Grace
Jean Ruger, sister of June Psculkowski

Betsy Kitzman, cousin of Donna Leonardis
Gail Kessling
Paul Sullivan
Mary Jo Jenkinson, friend of Robyn and Allan Mohr
Dorothy Schmidt
Harold J. Wilson, Sr.
Faye Gomez
Nancy Deakin, grandmother of Grace Deakin
Jake Urich, friend of the Kirk family
Paul U. Stebner, father
of Erika Canterbury
Tamara Payne
Uvette, friend of Dorothy Schmidt
Nancy Dunston
John Fraser
Ray and Jeri Subers





Mike Dulany (12/11)
Tina Valdes (12/12)
Jessica Jackson (12/14)
Emma Ward (12/14)




Marriage Anniversaries:
Mark and Jacquelyn Grande (12/10)




Readings for 12/10: (click to read)
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

Hymns for 12/10:
Processional: 56 (verses  3 and 4) O come, O come, Emmanuel
Sequence: 75 There's a voice in the wilderness crying
Communion: 65 Prepare the way, O Zion
Closing: 76 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry

From the Ledger: (pledge & plate)
2017 pledge & plate needed each week: $4,886
2017 pledge & plate received 12/3: $8,886
Surplus / (Shortfall): $4,000
2017 Cumulative Surplus / (Shortfall): $4,338
Borrowed from Line of Credit for Operating: $0

Pledge Status as of 12/4/17:
Pledges: 88
Amount: $245,072
Pledge Goal: $250,000
Goal Percentage: 98%
New Pledges: 12

Previous Sunday Attendance:
8:00am: 30
10:00am: 107
Total: 137