St. Paul's Episcopal Church


The Episcopal presence in Doylestown since 1846.



This Week at St. Paul's — September 9, 2018




The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
+ 8:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I
+ 9:45am – Children's Liturgy
+ 10:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Blessing of the Backpacks
+ 12:00pm – Parish Open House

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





This Sunday at St. Paul’s: A New Program Year Kicks Off

This Sunday, September 9, the new “program year” officially begins. Sunday formation starts up for children and youth; the choir returns to the 10:00am mass; and new programs of formation for adults and opportunities to gather and pray together will soon be offered. Here are the details for this Sunday, in addition to our normal service schedule:

Children’s Liturgy begins (9:45am, in the Chapel): for children ages 4 years-old through 6th grade, the Children’s Liturgy is where our children can hear God’s Word in a developmentally-appropriate way while the Liturgy of the Word takes place in the Church. Children then join us mid-way through mass for the Holy Communion. Sunday is a Move-Up/Rally Day, and on this special day we invite the Youth Group and their friends to join us for this celebration. Parents: please click here to register your children and youth for Sunday formation.

The Blessing of the Backpacks (10am mass): September 9 also marks the first Sunday of the new school year. As such, all school-age children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to church for a Blessing of the Backpacks at the 10am mass. May God bless and keep the little ones among us, in our homes and in our schools. 

Handbell Choir Interest Meeting (11am, Music Room): a new Handbell Choir is forming at St. Paul’s, with the goal of being multi-generational. Youth and adults interested in learning more about this choir are invited to a brief information session with director of music Ed McCall after the 10am mass in the Music Room. Musical beginners/novices are welcome. Come and hear about this special group. 

Hotdogs & Parish Open House (12 noon, corner of Oakland & Pine): in addition to the above, Doylestown Borough’s annual Bike Race is this Sunday, which passes right by St. Paul’s. Like last year, we will join the festivities by offering hot dogs and water to onlookers and passers-by; we will also open our building as a place of rest, refreshment, and for tours. This event is being coordinated by our Outreach Committee and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Come and join us for this exciting event happening right outside our church doors! Questions? Ask Michael Kelly or Mary Lou Parry.

Youth Kickoff (12 noon): for 7th-12th grade youth. We’ll start at the church and eat lunch at the Open House, and then head over to the Rectory for sundaes and lawn games, wrapping up by 2pm.


Road Closure: this Sunday, September 9th
A further item about this Sunday: the intersection of Pine Street and East Oakland Avenue will be closed as of 6:00am due to the annual Bike Race. The race begins at 12:00pm and last until approximately 3:00pm. Here’s what this means for getting to St. Paul’s:

  • Parking will still be available in our main lot (on Pine St). You will need to turn onto Pine from Ashland St. in order to access it.
  • This will prevent parking or dropping off in the front of the church. Please use Pine St. (by way of Ashland) in order to drop off and park.
  • Other options for parking: on Ashland or Oakland Ave. east of the church. Plenty of parking is available at the Library (150 S. Pine St.—a mere 2 blocks from St. Paul’s) if other options are limited.  

A New Choir Season at St. Paul’s
In addition to our new Handbell Choir, we’re looking for a few good men and women for our 10:00am Choir! September is choir try-out month. Why not join the fun on Thursday night from 7:15pm – 8:45pm, with no obligation. You don’t need a degree from Julliard or even know how to read music—so long as you have a love for singing and a desire to make a contribution to the liturgical life at St. Paul’s. Ed McCall, Director of Music
Book Group Meeting
The St. Paul’s Book Group is planning to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 7:30 in the Ed. Wing Conference Room to discuss The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey. All are welcome.

Aid for Friends Cooking Day: September 15th at 9:00 am
Aid for Friends offers food and friendship to isolated and homebound individuals in the greater Philadelphia area. St. Paul’s supports this ministry through regular “cooking days” in our church kitchen. Our next one is Saturday, September 15 at 9:00 am. Casseroles or main courses are needed; meats and pasta are provided. Hope to see you there!

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting the 3rd Saturday of September (Saturday, September 15) 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.
WANTED: Help with Livestreaming the 10am Mass on Sundays
Mark and Jacky Grande are looking for those who are interested in helping to livestream the 10am Mass on Sundays. This process only takes a few minutes and does not require any attention during the mass itself. Those interested can contact Mark or Jacky Grande or call 215-491-6113.
The Reason For God
Why does God allow suffering? Does hell exist? Why is there so much evil in the world? These are just some of the questions the Brotherhood of St. Andrew will discuss as we watch Timothy Keller’s series, “The Reason for God: Conversations on Faith and Life” at our monthly meetings, starting September 16. All the men of St. Paul’s are invited to join us as Pastor Keller addresses the doubts and objections that many have with Christianity in this “Age of Skepticism”.  The Brotherhood meets on the third Sunday of every month at 9am in Paxson Hall so please join us for any meeting that you can from now until the end of May.  We also provide free food and drink. Thank you. Michael Kelly and the Brothers of St. Andrew



Sunday Bible Study @ St. Paul’s
St. Paul’s has not offered a regular Bible study for some time—but this month, a new Bible study is taking shape. Starting September 23rd, you are invited to a Bible study on Sunday mornings between services (9:00-9:50am), on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Meetings will be held in the Ed. Wing Conference Room. The study will be facilitated by lay leaders John Humphreys and Nancy Gifford, and will start by focusing on the Gospel of Luke. Here are the details:

  • Bring: A Bible (or at minimum, the New Testament). Any translation.
  • Background: No previous experience of opening the Bible is expected.
  • Content: John and Nancy come from a Catholic and Anglican background and will be starting a study of Luke. The format of each meeting will be an opening prayer; reading of scripture with some background to the text, interesting parallels with other gospels, etc., then followed by active contemplation on the passages that have been read. In other words, each session will be a mix of theology (hopefully at its most interesting) and some spiritual exercises. We will read as much or as little each week as the Spirit and the participants wish!


Acolyte Training on Sunday, Sept. 23rd
Calling all Acolytes new and old! Next Sunday, Sept. 23rd we will have an Acolyte Training session after the 10:00am mass. We’ll start with a pizza lunch together (downstairs in the Ed Wing Conference Room) before heading into the church for training, and wrapping up by about 12:45. This training is just as important for seasoned Acolytes as it is for neophytes, and new techniques and tips will be offered. RSVP to our coordinator of Acolytes, Pike Stephens by email. Hope to see you there!

The Saint Paul’s Market
Gardeners: If you are growing more than you can use, please bring in your extras!
Buyers: Please make a generous donation for what you take. 
The offerings may be small as our gardens get going, but be sure to check each week to see what is available. Proceeds benefit the ‘Little Red House’ Collection, used to buy food for the residents of the Doylestown Homeless Shelter.


The St. Paul’s Nursery — New Location
St. Paul’s offers nursery care for our littlest ones during the 10:00 service on Sundays in our new Nursery location—now downstairs in the Education Wing. Parents of children ages 6 months to 3 years can drop them off starting at 9:30am. Our Nursery is very kid-friendly, with toys, books, and even a crib for those needing a nap. 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. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…”

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Sunday Servers, Prayer List, Anniversaries, Etc.




Eucharistic Ministers:
8:00 am: Robert Ball, George Wiemann (Chalicer)
10:00 am: Pike Stephens, Jeff Tackett

10:00 am: Alex Kelly, Liam Kelly, Sarah Hutchison

8:00 am: Arnold DuBell
10:00 am: George Achilles

8:00 am: Nick Molloy
10:00 am: John Fraser, Ted Hopkins

Altar Guild:
Team B: Elizabeth Pitts, Eve Byerly

Mary Ellen Wison, Mark Grande


Weekly Intercessions: “For this community, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.” (BCP, p. 384)


Peter LaRosa, nephew
   of Ann Laughlin
Steve Rubenstein
Richard Howard, uncle
   of a parishioner
Jim Picarro
Polly Wright
Cynthia Zayon
Mark Elliott
Lynda Butcavage
Michael Blakesley
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
Faye Gomez
Tamara Payne
Uvette, friend
   of Dorothy Schmidt
Ray and Jeri Subers
David Ladd
Katherine Curtis
Julie McGill, sister-in-law
   of Janet McGill

Laura Heberley, friend
   of Sam and Joyce Palermo
Richard Podlovits, father
   of Donna Leonardis
Carolyn Sadowski
Ron Prybycien
Rhett Keefrider
Angel Cruz, friend of Libby Wheeler

Linda Horton, friend of Libby Wheeler
Gary Derr, friend of Libby Wheeler
Mae O’Brien
Roy Andrews
June Price, cousin of Myra Parker
Leslie Murphy, sister of Jan Weidmann
Peter Murphy, brother-in-law
   of Jan Weidmann
David Walter, friend of Sam
   and Joyce Palermo
Mr. Aristidis
Eileen Reilly
Patricia and Al, friends of the Kirk family
Patricia Reed
Bill Houghton
Ann Laughlin
Ben Cottrell, cousin of Mike Roberts


9/9      Grace Canterbury
           Keira DiFulgo
9/11    Sofia Leonardis
9/12    Jay Folkes
9/14    Joel Rubenstein

9/10  Lori DiSandro
         Anna Tiech

9/10    David and Deborah Taylor
9/12     Shih-Ying  and Carol Hsu
9/15     Bruce and Trudie Benton


Readings for 9/9: (click to read)
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125
James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

Hymns for 9/9
Processional: 47 (On this day, the first of days)
Sequence: 603 (When Christ was lifted from the earth)
Offertory: 371 (Thou, whose almighty word)
Communion: 306 (Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest)
Closing: 493 (O for a thousand tongues to sing)

From the Ledger: (pledge & plate)
2018 Pledge & Plate needed each week: $4,806
2018 Pledge & Plate received 9/2: $7,454
Surplus / (Shortfall):  $2,648
2018 Cumulative Surplus / (Short): ($529)
Borrowed from Line of Credit for Operating Acct:  $0

Last Sunday Attendance, 9/2
8:00am:  34
10:00am 76
Total:  110