St. Paul's Episcopal Church


The Episcopal presence in Doylestown since 1846.



This Week at St. Paul's — September 16, 2018




The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
   8:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I
   9:15am – Youth Formation
   9:45am – Children's Liturgy
   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: 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.

The Daily Office: Tuesday Mornings & Thursday Evenings
Do you wish to make time during your week for prayer? Starting this week, St. Paul’s will offer the Daily Office on a regular basis: Morning Prayer on Tuesdays (8:30am) and Evening Prayer on Thursdays (5:30pm), both in the Nave. These are rather informal (though no less beautiful) services. Come to the first one this Thursday—Evening Prayer—and see what it’s all about.

Mass in the Chapel next Friday
St. Paul’s will observe the Feast of Saint Matthew, the Apostle on Friday, September 21. All are welcome at this simple mass, starting at 12pm in the Chapel. Enter through the office doors on Pine Street. Come and spend a few moments with us as we keep this feast.

                                                …what is it? …and how can you help?
Christmas in Doylestown (aka ‘CID’ for short) is the super big OUTREACH project that our church undertakes each December.  It is primarily a House Tour of four borough homes, but is also a Tea, Bake Sale, Raffle and Christmas Attic. 
Planning is now under way and we need your help!  This year marks our 25th annual House Tour which is a remarkable achievement.  In the past 24 years, we have opened 92 different homes to the public, most of which were decorated by our parishioners.  The outreach aspect of this event is that we give the Doylestown Homeless Shelter (via the Bucks County Housing Group) a full one-half of our profits.  To date, the BCHG has received over $162,000 from our church as a direct result of Christmas in Doylestown. 
A CID planning meeting is scheduled for 7:30 PM on Wednesday, September 19th in the education wing conference room.  Please join us if you’d like to participate in the planning and organization of Christmas in Doylestown.  If you just want to ‘help out’ or learn more, then check out our CID table in the parish hall during coffee hour in October.  This will be the place to ask questions and sign up to help.  Saint Paul’s is blessed with many new parishioners and we welcome your ideas and help. 
SAVE THE DATES:  this year’s House Tour will be:
Friday, Dec. 7th 6 to 9 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 8th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kay Johnson, Lisa Farina, Jean Rollo
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!



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!


Feed My Starving Children Food Packing Event
We have been invited again this year to participate in the Feed My Starving Children event at Delaware Valley University. This organization has a goal to pack 1,360,800 meals to support children on the edge of life as a result of malnutrition and starvation. The cost is $.22 per meal, but more importantly, 3,728 children are fed for a year.  Many large organizations have signed up so the available time slots for smaller groups, like ours is limited.  So, if you are available on:
                        Friday Oct. 5th 3-5 PM
                        Sunday Oct. 7th 3-5 PM 
                                    8 people can be accommodated on both of those days
                        Monday Oct. 8th 8-10 AM, 11AM-1PM, 2-4PM
                                    15 people can be accommodated on this day per shift.
If cancellations occur for other time slots, I will be notified, and we can attempt to fill them.  This is a great event that not only has the blessed benefit of feeding children, but also is a great family activity and is a lot of fun!!!  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Mary Lou Parry or call 215 783 4066.  Thank you

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


The Saint Paul’s Market is Open
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 NurseryNew 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: Joe Farina, Ruth Carlson (Chalicer)
10:00 am: Pike Stephens, Christopher McCall

10:00 am: Sofia Leonardis, Jack Grande, Fiona Mayorga

8:00 am: Mary Ellen Wilson
10:00 am: Patrick Callanan

8:00 am: Ann Laughlin, Nancy Dunston
10:00 am: Bob Byerly, A.J. Mayorga

Altar Guild:
Team C:  Linda Chinn, Carol Fox, Maureen McGraw

Michael Kelly, Dan Lawler


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


9/16    Paul Wildermuth
           Austin Zaks
9/17   Dorna Bauder
          Joyce Holderer
           Dorothy Schmidt
9/18    Connor Klebek
9/19    Grant Massey
9/22     Stephen Gosnell
            Alex Kelly

9/16  Patrick Friel
9/20   Carol DelPizzo
9/22    Nicholas O'Donnell

9/16    Jay and Pam Dozier
9/20     Richard and Margaret Beck


Readings for 9/16: (click to read)
Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

Hymns for 9/16
Processional: 525 (The Church’s one foundation)
Sequence: 443  (From God Christ’s deity came forth)
Offertory: 448 (O love, how deep, how broad, how high)
Communion: 136 (I have decided to follow Jesus)
Closing: 523  (Glorious things of thee are spoken)

From the Ledger: (pledge & plate)
2018 Pledge & Plate needed each week: $4,806
2018 Pledge & Plate received 9/9: $4,343
Surplus / (Shortfall): ($463)
2018 Cumulative Surplus / (Short): ($992)
Borrowed from Line of Credit for Operating Acct:  $0

Last Sunday Attendance, 9/9
8:00am: 27
10:00am: 79
Total: 106