Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Monte-Carlo a community of Light on the Côte d'Azur
St Paul's Church Community Newsletter 14 March 2018 .
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A PERSONAL TRIBUTE
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The recent death of Billy Graham, the evangelist, aged ninety-nine, should cause all Christians of whatever church or denomination to stop and give thanks to God for the amazing work of one of God's greatest servants of the Gospel of Christ.
His name first hit the headlines when I was a teenager in the 'fifties of the last century, during his first Great London Crusade. Nearly all my friends and family as Roman Catholics were most critical and suspicious of this American 'import'! He was accused - generally by those who had never attended his meetings - of fostering emotional hysteria and of manipulating crowds to come forward and 'give their lives to Christ.' Such words and challenging preaching were regarded by many, as not 'quite English' or proper, protesting that religion is a very private matter!
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When I went up to Cambridge, I had rejected Christianity and objected violently when the Vicar of the University Church, during my first term, invited Billy Graham to preach to the university at the popular 8.30pm Sunday evening service.
It was only many years later that I learned that Robert Runcie who taught me at Cambridge, had 'come to Christ' during Graham's first London Crusade and that he subsequently, personally invited Billy to his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Billy Graham was a personal adviser to two American presidents and on two occasions Queen Elizabeth invited him to come and minister to her and help her in her faith and practice. It was much later, during my work in America in the 'eighties that I was privileged to sit on the stage along with Billy during one of his preaching missions in Denver, where I observed first-hand the authenticity of his Gospel preaching, empowered by the Holy Spirit. He never claimed particular gifts of healing or speaking in tongues: it was just straight biblical expository preaching, without frills.
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Several features I think marked Billy Graham out uniquely as an evangelist, but perhaps what saved his ministry from degenerating into a personality cult was that - unlike so many self-styled evangelists - he never set out to found his own church. He himself was rooted in the southern Baptist tradition, yet, when people came forward to give their lives to Christ, they were always told to go back to the church of their origin and to witness to their new found faith there. May seeds sown by this faithful servant of the Gospel continue to bear fruit in all the churches for many years to come.
   
Bishop Michael Marshall
Oecumenical Vespers Choral Evensong
Sunday 18 March 17h00  
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St Paul's will be hosting an Oecumenical Vespers (or 'Choral Evensong' as we know it in the Anglican Tradition), to which we are inviting our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters together with Christians from all the other churches. Please make a note of this in your diaries now, and make a special effort to come along to worship and pray together with Christians of other traditions, the prayer that Christ himself continues to pray - even 'that we may all be one' as He is one with his Father ours, in the unity and communion of the Holy Spirit of Love. 

Rev. Canon Elaine Labourel to Lead
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Cyara Oasis Retreat
 
Paul and Muriel Geraghty have invited the Rev. Canon Elaine Labourel to lead their CYARA OASIS retreat on Pastoral Care the weekend of 23-25 March, to be held at Bodighara. Memebers of St. Paul's may remember that Elaine gave a widely appreciated, two weekend Lenten study on Pastoral Care at St. Paul's several  years ago. Elaine is the Director of Layreader Training so is constantly giving training, conferences and direction in the Diocese. She is witty, loving, compassionate, dedicated, spiritual, knowledgeable and makes theology a reality and fun. You will not regret a weekend with her. Add Paul and Muriel to the equation and the weekend is guaranteed to be a spiritual uplift. Call Paul, sign up
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      For details on time, location, cost and reservations, please click here   
 
BISHOPS LENT APPEAL 2018
Sustaining a Ministry of Hope for Refugees in the Calais area of France

Bishop Robert Innes has chosen for 2018 to aid the plight of unaccompanied child migrants in the Calais area. The funds raised will be shared between two projects. Firstly, a safe house and outreach ministry to welcome the children run by an Old Catholic monk, Br. Johannes Maertens, who is a member of the Anglican congregation in Calais. Johannes asks us to help in the following words:
"The average age of refugees is youth to young adults, some from 14-16 years. These are very vulnerable to being trafficked as they are often unaccompanied minors. We need an urgent Christian response to this inhumane situation."
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In partnership with Canterbury Diocese and the USPG, a priest is being recruited to serve as Chaplain to the Pas-de-Calais congregations and as a refugee project officer to give pastoral support and assistance. The second purpose of the Appeal is to raise funds to support this priest with financial resources for helping the children and supporting small projects.
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        During Lent an urn will be at the back of the church to receive your donations.
For more information click here and checkout  the website for updates

Eco Logo Competition 

 
This is a reminder about the competition to create the new St Paul's ECO logo that will be used to support our Eco Church campaign to achieve bronze, silver and gold awards for our environmental performance. This competition is open to all parishioners of all ages so let your creativity flow and email your designs to
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A very cool prize will be given to the person (be they young or less young) who designs the winning logo. The closing date is 29th March and the winner will be announced at the Easter Day service.

     Tea for all
     Next Friday Drop in 
       16th March 2018
Everyone welcome for a chat, cup of tea and cake in the Church Library once a fortnight from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Meet the Voluntary ladies
Margaret Helen Gillian and Tess
You are all invited to join them

Are you buying new Appliances
such as a new TV, washing machine, tumble dryer, cooker or hob?
When you buy a new appliance or replace an existing one, by choosing an energy-efficient model you can save money on your bills, reduce your energy use and improve your carbon footprint without compromising on any of the product features you would expect to enjoy.
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The EU efficiency rating system is based on new appliances being rated at "A" (for the least efficient), moving through "A+", "A++" and "A+++" for the most efficient models.  For each "+" added to a rating the machine becomes 10% more efficient.  This means that an A+++ machine is at least 30% more efficient than an A rated machine. Obviously, the aim to buy the highest rating you can afford.  Any additional purchase cost can be recovered many times over the life of the product sothe effects are positive for the environment and your pocket.
 
Go on check out the energy-efficiency labels the next time you buy a new appliance and make a real difference to God's world.
     
                    Lift Update 
 
We are receiving many requests for information about the ongoing lift project. Unfortunately we are experiencing considerable difficulties with the lift manufacturer, which has given us many promises about the completion of the lift over the last year, all of which have, to date, not been honoured. This is causing understandable frustration to everyone at St Paul's, from the House Committee that it trying hard to bring the works to a conclusion to those members of our community who would benefit so greatly from being able to use the lift.  
We are continuing our efforts to get the lift operational as soon as possible and will give you a further update in newsletters as soon as we have any further information.
 

Volunteers to bring Members to Church
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We have a few members of our church community who have difficulty getting to
church on Sunday. Often, they are given a ride but often, if that ride is not available, they simply stay home. If you could volunteer to be on a list to be called when needed, please let us know.

Volunteer Rota 2018
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Time to organise the next Rota for  Sunday Volunteers
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  For the months of April and May 2018
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Thank you all for your continuing willingness
to serve the church.
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Please include in your reply the dates that you are
available to serve along with a brief indication of the
roles you are willing to fulfil.
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If you would like to join us as a Sunday Volunteer please contact us
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Thank you for your help in planning the next
Rota  for Sunday Duties at St Paul's 
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please reply to this message at
rota@stpaulsmonaco.com
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SPRING FORWARD INTO SUMMER TIME
Sunday 25 March 2018
put your clocks forward 1 hour" .. in Spring, you spring forward.
Sundays in Lent at 10.30 am
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            'THE LOVE OF POWER OR THE POWER OF LOVE
         sermon's will be based on each Gospel Reading of the day.
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2nd Sunday in Lent       True Power   Mark 8  31 - end                           25 February  
3rd Sunday in Lent        The Abuse of Religious Power  John 2 13-22     4 March Mothering Sunday         The Power of Parenthood  John 3 14-21           11 March 
Passion Sunday            The Power to Change John 12 20-33                18 March
Wednesday evenings in Lent at 6.30 pm
                  BIBLE STUDY, HEALING MINISTRY & EUCHARIST 
The healing ministry of Christ then and now' 
 
On the five Wednesday evenings in Lent, we will build on the long standing tradition at St. Paul's with a special evening programme to include a Bible Study SPA (Scripture, Prayer Action); the Ministry of Healing & abbreviated Eucharist.
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             28th February     Mark 2:1-2         'Take up your bed and walk.'    
               7 th March         Mark 8: 22-26     'Can you see anything?'
             14 th March         Mark 7: 31-35     'Open up!'
             21 st March           Acts 3: 1-10         ' A crippled beggar  
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                      6.30pm to 7.00pm : SPA (Scripture Prayer Action)
                                                     bible study instead of Liturgy of the Word .
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7.00pm to 7.30pm: Eucharist with the Healing Ministry
Calendar Forthcoming Events
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                     11 March   Mothering Sunday       10:30
                     18 March   Passion Sunday          10:30
                     18 March   Ecumenical Vespers   17:00
                     20 March   Church Committee Meeting 18:30
                     25 March   Palm Sunday               10:30
                     29 March   Maundy Thursday
                     30 March   Good Friday
                       1 April      EASTER SUNDAY     10:30
Weekly Services
Sunday Mornings
Holy Communion (traditional language) at 8:00 a.m.
Family Communion at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday Club for Children
Wednesday Healing Service with Holy Communion 6:30pm

Saint Paul's Church, Monte-Carlo
Chaplaincy +377 93 30 71 06
      Mobile  06 43 91 69 58 
Email:    chaplain@stpaulsmonaco.com
  Website :  www.stpaulsmonaco.com