Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Monte-Carlo -- a community of Light on the Côte d'Azur
St Paul's Church Newsletter: Tuesday, 4th April 2017
The newsletter is now published on an occasional basis.
Blessing of the Palms
This year's Blessing of the Palms takes place outside Église Saint-Charles (in front of the Habitat store) THIS SUNDAY at 10:15.
A group will leave from Saint Paul's Church at 10:00 to walk up to Église Saint Charles.
AGM 2017 
AGM on Sunday 2 April 2017
More than 50 members of the Saint Paul's Church community attended the church's Annual General Meeting on Sunday 2nd April, 2017. A very friendly and congenial atmosphere reigned throughout the meeting as the church community took time to review church activities in 2016, approve financial accounts for the past year, and elect the members of the Saint Paul's Church Council.
The Church Council
Members of the Church Council, from left to right: Samantha Stirling, Mary de Vachon, Ben Rolfe, Stephen Kenyon-Slade, Rupert Katritzky, Tim Humphreys, Frank Megginson, Father Walter, Philippa Casey and Brian Fenwick-Smith. Not pictured, members unable to attend the AGM: Dani Carew, Jane Roffe, Chris Sladden and Tom Turrell.

The AGM was pleased to return all of the members of our Church Council for another year of leadership at Saint Paul's. Ben Rolfe was appointed to serve as our Treasurer with Brian Fenwick-Smith staying on as a member of the council. Dani Carew, Samantha Stirling and Mary de Vachon were elected to serve as our Delegates to the Archdeaconry Synod for 3 years beginning in June 2017.

The Saint Paul's Association President, Frank Megginson, closed the meeting with an expression of gratitude to Father Walter who will retire in July. Father Walter responded offering thanks for the many in our community who give so generously of time and resources for the mission of our church, and who have earned for Saint Paul's a truly merited reputation as a warm, welcoming and effective community of Christians.
Brian Fenwick-Smith: job well done! 
Brian Fenwick-Smith
Standing down as the Honorary Treasurer at the church AGM, after a three year term in that office, Mr Brian Fenwick-Smith was praised for the progress made over the time he has been responsible for our church finances. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to Brian for the tremendous effort he made over the past three years to standardise and simplify our financial reports; to consolidate and streamline our banking procedures; to keep proper records of cash receipts and payments; and to legally declare the work of all our employees.

Brian is particularly pleased to have found funding for the church choir and, indeed, how much do we all appreciate the arrival of Drew Hopkins as lead chorister thanks to the very generous donation that established the choir fund two years ago. He was also pleased to report to the members of our church, that the funding is now entirely in place for the Library Lift which will be installed over the summer. In Brian's 3 years as our Treasurer, we saw our savings grow 19% to a total reported at the end of 2016 of over € 2.2 million.

Thanks to Brian's leadership we have also seen the development of the Charitable Donations Committee, reflecting our commitment as a church to direct approximately 10% of our annual income beyond Saint Paul's to respond concretely to the needs of our region and our world.

So much has been accomplished in just three years and, Brian notes, "all achieved in very constructive and friendly council meetings!" Well done Brian: we are all very grateful to you for all you have done for us as our Treasurer.
A Note from Néné     
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Many of us recently had the pleasure of meeting and perhaps even spending a little time with a delightful girl from Mali. Néné had a serious heart condition and was brought to Monaco thanks to the wonderful charity Children & Future (beneficiary of the annual No Finish Line) for life saving surgery in the Principality.During her stay in Monaco, Sara & Frank Megginson welcomed her as a member of their family, providing a foster home for her in Monaco. Sara filled in for her mother and accompanied Néné on visits to see the doctors, for tests, and then sitting at her bedside after the surgery.

When the time came for Néné to return to her home, after a very successful surgery in Monaco, Sara was delighted to receive the following from Néné. 
N_n__s letter 
 
SUNDAY-Lenten Food Drive for Migrants
Volunteers Needed in Ventimiglia    
 
Lora Bernabei-Reynolds reports that volunteeers are need in Ventimiglia on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. to help with the distribution of clothing. If you are able to help or would like more information, please Our very successful food drive in support of refugees in Ventimiglia draws to a close this week on Palm Sunday. We are collecting the following:  
Potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, seasonal vegetables, apples, oranges, bananas; Sunflower oil & olive oil; Canned: chickpeas, lentils, peas
Rubbish bags, rubber gloves, disposable gloves, sponges, laundry detergent.
No cakes/cookies/sweets please. Diabetes & dental problems are common.
Donations in cash or by cheque (made out to Saint Paul's Church) are also most welcome! To date (2 April) €2,100 has been received in cash donations.  
Curry Night resounding success!
Curry Night at Saint Paul_s
An estimated 80 hungry fans of Indian food descended on Saint Paul's Church on Thursday, 30 April, for a wonderful Curry Night fund raiser supper in the Church Library. Ben Rolfe, photo: upper left corner, gave a short presentation during the supper providing background information about the gruelling " Marathon des Sables" that he and his daughter Emily (16 years) have trained for months to run. The Marathon begins in a week and requires participants to cover 250 kilometres in just 6 days.  Donations for the supper were collected to fund the purchase of a sophisticated microscope needed for research on the effects of diabetes on kidneys, and a whopping 2,350€ was raised at the Curry Night at Saint Paul's. Many thanks to all the many volunteers who helped cook the curries, prepare the Library, serve the meals and tidy up afterwards.
Click here to see Simon Wynne's photos from Curry Night at Saint Paul's.
Father Walter's Retirement: Save the Dates 
Father Walter_s Retirement
Three dates have been set to mark Fr Walter's retirement, please plan to attend one or all: 
Sunday, 30th April - Father Walter's 25th anniversary of Ordination - 10:30 service
Sunday, 25th June - Father Walter's farewell beach party, following 10:30 service
Sunday, 2nd July - Father Walter's last Sunday 
Weekly Services
Sunday Mornings
Holy Communion (traditional language) at 8:30 a.m.
Family Communion at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday Club for Children
Wednesday Evenings
Healing Prayer (for oneself or for others) 18:30 p.m. with Holy Communion

Calendar of Services & Events at Saint Paul's 
Thursdays in Lent, until 6th April, 18:30 to 20:00 p.m. - Lenten Studay Group 
  Saturday, 1st April - Ristretto Concert: Bach Cantatas 20:00
Sunday, 2nd April - AGM Sunday, 10:30 with meeting at 11:30
Palm Sunday, 9th April - Blessing of the Palms, Place des Moulins - begins at 10:00 
Easter Sunday, 16th April - Services at 08:00 & 10:30


Saint Paul's Church, Monte-Carlo| +377 93 30 71 06 | www.stpaulsmonaco.com
Father Walter Raymond OGS, Chaplain: walter@monaco.mc

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