St. Paul's Episcopal Church


The Episcopal presence in Doylestown since 1846.



This Week at St. Paul's December 17, 2017




The Third 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.






Aid for Friends cooking day: tomorrow, 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!  For questions, call Steve Rubenstein: 215-345-9276.


Advent Offering: the Food Larder
This year, our Advent Offering—which goes to support outreach in our community—is designated for the Food Larder in New Britain, which provides food for needy individuals and families throughout the Central Bucks area. This offering from St. Paul’s is our corporate response to Jesus’ call to feed the hungry: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…” (Matt. 25:35). You can make your offering by placing it in the Advent envelopes available in the pews. Thank you for your generosity and participation in this essential Christian mission to our local community.


This 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.


Also this Sunday: Help us decorate our Parish Christmas Tree
This year we have a Christmas Tree in Paxson Hall sponsored by The Farina Family. The Sunday school children have made decorations to hang on the tree. 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. Bring your ornament to Paxson hall during coffee hour and we’ll find a place for it on the tree!


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.


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 by December 17th. 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.


Funeral for Bill Angell
The burial mass for Bill Angell will be held at St. Paul's Church on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:30 in the morning. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall, and a private committal will be held for family members later that afternoon. Please continue to keep Bill and the Angell family in your prayers.


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.


2018 Offering Envelopes Available
2018 offering envelopes are available in the atrium for pick up.  If you have not signed up to receive envelopes but would like them, please ask for assistance from Treasurer, Mary Ellen Wilson.


2018 Episcopal Church Ordo Calendars Available
Our 2018 Ordo Calendars have arrived and are available in the Narthex. Please pick up yours today, and perhaps an extra if you know of someone who might like one.



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…”


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!



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.


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: Michael Kelly, Robert Ball (Second Chalice), Mark Canterbury, Christopher McCall
12/24 Eucharistic Ministers: 10:00 a.m. Pike Stephens, Mark Canterbury
5:00 p.m. Michael Kelly, Christopher McCall
11:00 p.m. Widgette Kelly, Christopher McCall
Acolytes: Maddie Leonardis, Grace Cowhey, Jack Grande
12/24 Acolytes: Ainsley Massey, Madelynn Massey, J.T. Massey
Lectors: Mary Rose, Christina Hopkins
Ushers: Ann Laughlin, Mary Smith, Nancy Hunter, Ray Seckinger, Bob Byerly
Counters: George Wiemann, Dan Lawler
Altar Guild: Team C: Linda Chinn, Carol Fox

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
Parish Breakfast hosted by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Visit by Bishop Nikolaos of Myra

Tuesday 12/19: Vestry Meeting 7:00 p.m., Conference Room in Education Wing
Thursday 12/21: Choir Rehearsal 7:15 p.m., Choir Room
Friday 12/22: 12 Step Group Meeting 7:30 p.m., Paxson Hall


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
David Ladd



Kali Maxian (12/18)
Mark Canterbury (12/19)
Blake Maxian (12/20)
Nick Lindberg (12/22)
Sophia Kalayjian (12/23)
Tori Moyer (12/23)


Marriage Anniversaries:
Erich and Jean Kessling (12/21)
Steve and Pat Rubenstein (12/22)


Readings for 12/17: (click to read)
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8,19-28
Psalm 126

Hymns for 12/17:
Processional: 56 (verses 5 and 6) O come, O come, Emmanuel
Sequence: 66 Come, thou long expected Jesus
Communion: 772  from Wonder, Love and Praise The desert shall rejoice
Closing: 59 Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding

From the Ledger: (pledge & plate)
2017 pledge & plate needed each week: $4,886
2017 pledge & plate received 12/10: $4,161
Surplus / (Shortfall): ($725)
2017 Cumulative Surplus / (Shortfall): $3,613
Borrowed from Line of Credit for Operating: $0

Pledge Status as of 12/11/17:
Pledges: 90
Amount: $246,372
Pledge Goal: $250,000
Goal Percentage: 98.5%
New Pledges: 12

Previous Sunday Attendance:
8:00am: 22
10:00am: 76
Total: 98