St. Paul's Episcopal Church


The Episcopal presence in Doylestown since 1846.



This Week at St. Paul's — February 18, 2018




The First Sunday in Lent:

+ 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 next cooking day is February 17th.
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.


The Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting the 3rd Saturday of February (Saturday, February 17) at 11 am in the Conference Room in the Education Wing.   All knitters and crocheters are welcome. Bring what you are working on or get some ideas and yarn from our Stash.  Also, bring a snack, drink or sandwich if you would like.



Wednesday Nights in Lent: Soup & Speaker Series
Starting this Wednesday, Feb. 21 @ 6pm
On Wednesday nights during Lent, St. Paul's will host a weekly dinner and talk on the theme of "loving our neighbor in practice."A potluck-style supper beings at 6:00pm, followed by a talk on this theme. This first week our speaker is Fr. Daniel Moore, with an introductory talk: “And who is my neighbor?” This is a child-friendly event: nursery care and children’s programming will be offered after dinner, during the talk. You are warmly encouraged to this Soup & Speaker Series—it will be well worth the time, both for children and adults.

Sign up to bring food to the Soup & Speaker series by clicking here.

The event is preceded by the Way of the Cross, which takes place at 5:30pm in the church. All are welcome to this ancient Lenten prayer service.


This Sunday: The Great Litany
This Sunday we begin our worship of God with the Great Litany. It is one of the oldest prayer forms in The Book of Common Prayer, going all the way back to 1544 (five years before the first BCP was even published). It can be used as a separate prayer service, but it is especially appropriate for use during the season of Lent. It gives us the chance to name the sins of “thought, word, and deed” which we confess more generally every Sunday. At the 8:00 service, the Great Litany will be said; at 10:00, it will be sung in procession (and the Prayers of the People and Confession are omitted). Here is what the original Litany would have looked like:



Lenten Collection
All Lenten donations will go to support the food cupboard at the Church of the Holy Apostle and the Mediator in West Philadelphia. Please use the Lenten envelopes available in the pews for your donations. Thank you for your generosity.


Breakfast Bag Food Donations
Our church school children will be making Breakfast Bags for Aid for Friends on Sunday, February 25 during Sunday School, and are seeking donations of breakfast foods. Items such as oatmeal packets, small cereal boxes, Pop tarts, cereal bars, protein bars, peanut butter crackers, apple sauce (no foil tops), raisins, tea bags, hot chocolate, instant coffee, fruit cups (no foil tops), etc. All donations are greatly appreciated. Questions? Call Mary Smith at 215-340-0153.


Service Recordings Online
In an effort to reach out to parishioners and to gain a broader audience, St. Paul’s is recording its services for broadcast on the internet. You can view our weekly 10:00am mass, listen to sermons, and see other events in the life of our parish by going to (click “subscribe” to get updates when new videos are published).


Youth Group: Items Needed for SPCA collection
The St. Paul’s Youth Group is collecting items for the local SPCA. There will be a bin set up in the Parish Hall where you can place donated items. The list of items needed can be found in your Weekly E-Notes email, and is also posted by the bin in the Parish Hall. We will be collecting these items until Sunday, February 28. Thank you for your help!  Jen Esser



Purina ONE Dry Dog Food & Purina ONE Puppy Dry Food
Purina ONE Wet Dog &
Purina Pro Plan Wet Puppy Food
Pig Ears and Rawhides
Adaptil Comfort Collars for Dogs
Merial Frontline Plus for Dogs
Soft, mini training treats (no milk bones)
Kong or other sturdy dog toys (no plush toys)
Dog waste disposal bags
Collars (all sizes)


Laundry Detergent
Lysol Floor Cleaner
Liquid Hand Soap
Liquid Dish Soap
Paper Towels (roll or c-fold)
Latex exam gloves
Gift Cards: PetSmart or Pet Supplies Plus
Used towels and blankets


Purina ONE Cat Dry Food & Purina ONE Healthy Kitten Dry Food
Purina Pro Plan Wet Kitten Food
Friskies Pate & Fancy Feast Wet Cat Food
Hill’s Feline Perfect Weight Dry & Canned Cat Food
KMR Powder for Kittens and Cats
Adaptil Comfort Collars for Cats
Merial Frontline Plus for Cats
Bayer Advantage II for Cats (over 9 lbs.) & for Kittens (2-5 lbs.)
Tidy Cat Unscented Non-clumping Clay Litter
Cat Toys and Collars (all sizes)

Small & Furry or Scaly
Fresh Romaine Lettuce & Carrot Tops
Hamster Food
Yesterday’s News Litter
Small animal toys



Free the Girls
TAG is partnering with the other Episcopal Churches in our area by promoting a program called “Free the Girls,” an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to helping sex trafficking survivors with a path to true freedom. By donating your new or gently used bras, you're giving economic opportunity to these women so they can change their lives. Your financial donation helps survivors of human trafficking start their own businesses selling bras in their local second-hand clothing markets while they recover and build their new lives. We accept both new and gently used bras of all sizes and styles, including sports bras, nursing bras, and camisoles.

A bra is a unique item that has the power to bring freedom and hope to survivors. The second-hand clothing market is a thriving industry in many countries around the world. Bras are a sought-after item and command top dollar in the marketplace. By receiving a starting inventory from Free the Girls, the women can begin their business and become an entrepreneur in their own communities. This income allows them a safe economic opportunity, and for many of the women, provides not only for themselves, but their children as well! For more information:

We invite you to several events in our area:

Monday/Feb. 19 - Lipstick Mondays Benefit Drag Show- 9:00pm
The Raven, 385 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA9pm Miss Martini Madness and special line up of drag queens ready for a fun night of good laughs with old and new friends.

Thursday/Feb 22 - Book Discussion , 7 p.m. St. Philip's,
Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children by Linda Smith  with Cindy Coloma. Step into the darkness of the trafficking underworld. Meet the actual people who live there. Hear their words – and sense the terror and despair. Is there hope?

*Donations may be placed in the “Free the Girls” box located in the coat closet.


The Toddler Room at St. Paul’s
St. Paul’s offers nursery care for our littlest ones during the 10:00 service on Sundays in our 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…”


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Thursday, March 22, 2:00pm to 7:00pm in Paxson Hall
Appointments are preferred.
To register online, visit
and enter sponsor code: episcopal
or call the church office 215-348-5511 ext. 10 or Widgette Kelly




Sunday Servers, Prayer List, Etc.




Eucharistic Ministers George Wiemann, Ruth Carlson (Second Chalice), Robert Ball, Pike Stephens
2/25 Eucharistic Ministers: Joe Farina, Ruth Carlson (Second Chalice), Christopher McCall
Acolytes: Emma Ward, Jack Grande
2/25 Acolytes: Ben Callanan, Grace Cowhey
Lectors: Stephen Donato, Jeff Tackett
Ushers: Ann Laughlin, Jim Happ, Kelly Family
Counters: George Wiemann, Jacky Grande
Altar Guild: Team C: Linda Chinn, Carol Fox, Maureen McGraw

Choir: George Achilles, Trudie Benton, Bob Binkley, Wendy Brumbaugh, Faith Donaher, Jill Dulany, Palmer Haffner, Nick Lindberg, Mike Roberts, Sue Roberts, Anne Shute, Jim Shute, Caitlin Stein, David Taylor, Deborah Taylor, Kate Thompson


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
Mark Elliott
Lynda Butcavage
Kristen Wheeler
Michael Blakesley
Alexandra McCullum
Annette Ragusa
Valerie Gardner
Helene Grande
Nina Kirk and baby Grace
Jean Ruger, sister of June Psculkowski
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
Ray and Jeri Subers
David Ladd
Katherine Curtis
Bryce Mongillo
Jennifer Palermo, granddaughter of Sam and Joyce Palermo, for a healthy pregnancy
Edward McGill, Sr.
Julie McGill, sister-in-law of Janet McGill
Laura Heberley, friend of Sam and Joyce Palermo
Richard Podlovits, father of Donna Leonardis
Laurie Clemmer, daughter of Lynn Gibson



Pike Stephens (2/18)
Barbara Lawler (2/20)
Caroline O’Malley (2/20)
Diane Happ (2/21)
Carol Hsu (2/22)
Alison Johnson (2/22)
Rick Gladysz (2/24)
Eddie Rollerson (2/24)
Tom Smith (2/24)


Readings for 2/18: (click to read)
Genesis 9:8-17
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15
Psalm 25:1-9

Hymns for 2/18:
Sequence: 641 (Lord Jesus, think on me)
Communion: 121 (Christ, when for us you were baptized)
Closing: 150 (Forty days and forty nights)

From the Ledger: (pledge & plate)
2018 Pledge & Plate needed each week: $4,806
2018 Pledge & Plate received 2/11: $6,061
Surplus / (Shortfall): $1,255
2018 Cumulative Surplus / (Short): ($5,792)
Borrowed from Line of Credit for Operating Acct:  $0

Previous Sunday Attendance 2/11:
8:00am: 29
10:00am: 78
Total: 107

Ash Wednesday Attendance:
12:00pm: 40
7:00pm: 61
Total: 101