St. Paul's Episcopal Church


The Episcopal presence in Doylestown since 1846.



This Week at St. Paul's — October 7, 2018




The Twentieth 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.






Welcome to Deacon Matthew Simpson
This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Deacon Matthew Simpson as the deacon at mass, and preacher. Rev. Simpson is a vocational (permanent) deacon, ordained at the Cathedral just this past June. He is presently serving at Trinity Church in Buckingham. Dcn. Simpson has been active in organizing numerous outreach ministries among the parishes in our deanery, particularly in the wintertime Code Blue effort to shelter homeless persons. To hear about Dcn. Simpson’s ministry in our area, join us for conversation after mass: 9:00am, with the Outreach Committee in the Miller Conference Room; and 11:00am, in the Parish Hall Classroom.
Outreach to the Homeless: Blessing Bags
Deacons in our diocese are sponsoring a movement to fill Dignity and Blessing bags for the homeless during the upcoming Diocesan Convention. St. Paul’s will be participating with other parishes in our deanery and diocese in collecting items for distribution to homeless persons around the Diocese, including Bucks County. Our task will be to collect small metal nail clippers (with swing-out nail files) for the bags. Click here for the full list and a quick link to the clippers. We will collect items at St. Paul’s until October 28th. Local Episcopal churches will be distributing the Blessing Bags throughout the Bucks County region. Please help us raise awareness about the poverty and homelessness in Bucks County! Questions? Contact Deacon Matthew Simpson.


Sunday & Monday: Feed My Starving Children Food Packing
We have been invited again this year to participate in the Feed My Starving Children event at Delaware Valley University. Presently, the available dates and time slots are:

  • Sunday, Oct. 7th, 3-5pm
    • 8 people can be accommodated
  • Monday, Oct. 8th, 8-10am, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
    • 15 people can be accommodated on this day, per shift.

This event will feed children, is a great family activity, and a lot of fun! Questions? Contact Mary Lou Parry or  call 215-783-4066.
Next Sunday: Fall Parish Picnic @ 11:00am
Join us next Sunday for a fall parish picnic at St. Paul’s! It’s been several years since we’ve had one, and the time has definitely come. This is a potluck-style picnic, so bring a dish to share with others (you can also sign up to bring something by clicking here). If the weather is nice, we’ll gather in the parking lot and let the kids run free in the playground and Rectory backyard; the rain location will be the Parish Hall. Help us get a sense of the count by sending a quick RSVP to Maureen McGraw – and see you there next Sunday!
Youth Lock-In – Oct. 26-27
The youth of St. Paul’s (7th grade and up) are invited to an all-night Youth Lock-In—6:00pm on Friday, Oct. 26 to 8:00am on Saturday, Oct. 27. Includes a pizza dinner plus an early evening outing to the Aerial Adventure Park in Plumsteadville (multiple adult volunteers will be present to ensure a safe and smooth lock-in). Cost is $25/youth (scholarship are available on request, please contact Fr. Daniel). Click here to get details and to sign up – or send an email to Fr. Daniel.

Sunday Bible Study @ St. Paul’s
We are off to a great start with our new Sunday Bible Study on the Gospel of Saint Luke! The Bible study meets on the 2nd & 4th Sundays between services (9:00-9:50am). The next meeting is next Sunday, October 14, downstairs in the Ed. Wing Conference Room. The study is facilitated by lay leaders John Humphreys and Nancy Gifford. No previous experience of opening the Bible is expected—this is a study for novices, not experts. Come and join us as we read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the holy scriptures, so that we may grow in our faith.

The Daily Office: Tuesday Mornings & Thursday Evenings
Do you wish to make time during your week for prayer? St. Paul’s offers the Daily Office on weekdays: 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. Whether you’ve prayed the Daily Office all your life or never at all, come and see and pray with us.

Are You Registered to Vote this November?
Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
There will be a table in Paxson Hall after each service this Sunday with voter registration forms and information.  The Pennsylvania deadline to be eligible to vote in the November 6th mid-term election is Tuesday, October 9th.  If you’re looking for information or know someone who may need it, stop by and talk with us. Our world, and our democracy in particular, works best when everyone uses their voice. Questions? Contact Jill Dulany or call 267-664-0227.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting on Saturday, October 13 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.

Christian Family Game Night
Please join the Christian Family Group on Saturday, October 13th for Minute to Win It Game Night at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.



Calling all Bakers!
It is almost time to begin baking 7,000 butter cookies for the Christmas in Doylestown Bake Table. Help us out with a donation of ingredients or by volunteering to help us with the baking. Last year we had a couple of guys show up and they were great! We work on an assembly line and there is always an experienced baker at every shift. Donations are needed by October 21. Baking takes place on 8 different days between October 24 and November 14. If you’d like to learn more about how the cookie baking works, be sure to visit our table in the parish hall October 14 and 28.

For details and to sign up to bring ingredients or bake cookies, click one (or both!) of the buttons below: 




Christmas Attic & Christmas in Doylestown
The Christmas Attic, formally part of Christmas in Doylestown, is now an event on its own!  The Attic has grown so much that it no longer fits in the Parish Hall alongside the CID House Tour events.  The Attic is great fun…it’s like a rummage sale of just Christmas stuff.  This year the Attic will take place the weekend after Thanksgiving.
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.  Parishioners decorate the houses, bake cookies and donate items for the raffle.  We share half of our profits with the Doylestown Homeless Shelter.  This year the House Tour will be two weeks after Thanksgiving.

If you’d like to help out or learn more, then visit us in the parish hall during coffee hour on October 14 and 28.  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. 
Christmas Attic: Friday, Nov. 30th 5 to 8 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 1st 9 a.m. to noon
House Tour & Bake Sale: Friday, Dec. 7th 6 to 9 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 8th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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

Follow Us Online
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Service Recordings Online
View our weekly 10:00am mass, listen to sermons, and see other events in the life of our parish by going to our YouTube Channel (click “subscribe” to get updates when new videos are published).

Auditions for Handel’s Messiah
The Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society will hold auditions for the solo arias in their 6th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along Sunday, October 14 at 7:30 PM and Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, Choir Room, 2631 Durham Rd, Buckingham, PA. To schedule an audition, contact Lee F. Milhous or call 215-348-8872. The performance will be Saturday, December 15, at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and will be accompanied by a 40 piece orchestra at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. For more information, please see their website.




Sunday Servers, Prayer List, Anniversaries, Etc.




Eucharistic Ministers:
8:00 am: Joe Farina
10:00 am: Pike Stephens, Mark Canterbury

10:00 am: Ben Callanan, Jack Grande, Fiona Mayorga, Olivia Frustaci

8:00 am: Rea Boylan
10:00 am: Ike Johns

8:00 am: Ann Laughlin, Nick Molloy
10:00 am: Kelly Family, A.J. Mayorga

Altar Guild: Team A: Jacky Grande, Erika and Grace Canterbury, Jean Rollo

Counters: Mary Ellen Wilson


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
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
Judy, mother of Susan Roberts
Jean, mother of Susan Roberts’ sister-in-law
Joni Nelson



10/7    Robert Karwowski
10/9    Chad Happ
           Kevin Johnson
10/10  Caroline Canterbury
10/11  Jessica Josko
10/13   Douglas Benton
             Cydnee Brill
             Ian Farina

10/7   Lynn Gibson
10/9   Michael Rubenstein
10/10  Libby Wheeler


Readings for 10/7: (click to read)
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

Hymns for 10/7
Processional: 376 (Joyful, joyful, we adore thee)
Sequence: 397 (Now thank we all our God)
Offertory: 480 (When Jesus left his Father's throne)
Communion: 827 (O Lord, hear my prayer) from Wonder, Love and Praise
Closing: 657 (Love divine, all loves excelling)

From the Ledger: (pledge & plate)
2018 Pledge & Plate needed each week: $4,806
2018 Pledge & Plate received 10/7: $5,101
Surplus / (Shortfall): $295
2018 Cumulative Surplus / (Short): ($1,287)
Borrowed from Line of Credit for Operating Acct:  $0

Last Sunday Attendance, 9/23
8:00am: 22
10:00am: 106
Total: 128