December 19, 2018

St. Paul's Community Dinner tonight, December 19, is Lasagne, Cheese Ravioli (vegetarian), garlic bread, salad, fruit and dessert. All are welcome, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

There will be no community dinner on December 26 or January 2, 2019.  See you January 9, 2019!

This Sunday, December 23, 2018
The Fourth Sunday of Advent

  8:00 am:   Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
10:00 am:   Holy Eucharist,  Rite II    
11:15 am:  No coffee class
  5:30 pm:   Grace Notes Rehearsal
Lighting of the Advent wreath: Each year a group of people are asked to light the candles on the Advent wreath before each worship service.  The people being honored this year will be the participants for Education for Ministry. EfM is a four-year study group reflection process for the formation of Christian ministry through the development of knowledge, attitude, skill, and identity as Christians.


  4:00 p.m. - Family Service with Pageant and Holy Eucharist
  8:00 p.m.- Holy Eucharist
10:30 p.m. Carols with Choirs and Congregation
11:00 p.m.- Holy Eucharist
Readings for the 8:00 and 11:00 pm services: 
                                      Isaiah 52:7-10; Titus 3:5-7; and Luke 2:8-20

Children of all ages  are invited to play a part in the Christmas pageant at the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Service. No rehearsals and no lines to memorize! Parents be sure to have children arrive by 3:30 pm for costumes and some quick instruction.
       10:00 a.m.- Holy Eucharist
                       Readings for Christmas Day 

Morning Prayer: Morning prayer is on hiatus until further notice.

Wednesday Evening:  Celtic-inspired Healing Eucharist, 6:10 pm on December 19 in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.  All are welcome. (Please note there will be no Wednesday evening Eucharist on December 26 or January 2.  Wednesday night Eucharist will return on January 9, 2019.)

A THANK YOU FROM PARISH LIFE MINISTRIES: Dear friends, thank you for the generosity and fellowship extended to members of our community.  St. Paul's Christmas Share Ministry wrapped up this week with the delivery of gifts and food gift cards to 30 families. A heartfelt thank you to Shasta Barnes and Rebecca Mayer who coordinated this ministry for St. Paul's.  As the saying goes, it does take a village, so  kudos to the volunteers who delivered the gifts, to Kati and office volunteers who created the data bank, Jim Sellers and Terese Gillespie who managed the purchase of the food gift cards and in particular to St. Joseph's Guild and St. Clare's for their financial contributions. Feliz Navidad.  Parish Life Ministries     

2019 FLOWERS FOR THE ALTAR  2018 has been another year of beautiful flowers at the altar, provided by St. Paul's members. Thank you!  Now, it is time to consider flowers for 2019.  There will soon be a sign up chart by Kati's office. The expense is $100.00 for the bouquets. If you do not wish to reserve a Sunday, donations are certainly welcome to help cover the cost.  Another option is to share a Sunday.  If you have questions, please call Linda Lange at 503-364-9668, or email,

ANNUAL REPORTS:  It's that time of year again. Please mark your calendars . I f you are staff, chair or co-chair of a ministry, program or committee. Kati will need your annual reports by Monday, January 7, 2019. Please submit your reports to . If you any questions please call Kati at 503-3623661.

ROOM IN THE INN: For seven years, the Salem Missional Community Network has been organizing Room in the Inn, which provides meals, housing, and gifts for
individuals and families who might otherwise have no place to go at Christmas. Nearly 200 people will be sheltered at Aldersgate Camp in Turner, December 23-25. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available, and financial contributions are warmly welcomed. For more information, please email Gabi Vincent at .

ST. CLARE'S GUILD EPIPHANY LUNCHEON:  Our annual Epiphany Luncheon will be held Tuesday, January 8 at 1:00 pm at Santiam Wine and Bistro, 1555 12th Street SE, in Salem (same venue as last year).  All past and present members of St. Clare's Guild are invited to attend.  Because of space limitations at the restaurant, no spouses for this event, please.  

EVENSONG CONCERT SERIES:   The sacred feast of the Epiphany falls on January 6th. In celebration of this final day of the Christmas season, the Trinity Choir at 
St. Pauls will present the sixth and final cantata of  J. S. Bach's "Christmas Oratorio." This particular cantata illuminates the story of a deceitful King Herod, the worshipping three kings and Christ's birth as a victory over death and the forces of evil. An orchestra of strings, oboes, piccolo trumpets and timpani will accompany the choir and soloists for this 35-minute work. Vocal soloists are: Megan Miller, Madison Hall, Leah Brakebill, Nicholas Ertsgaard, David Nelson and Barry Nelson. The public is welcome at 4:00 p.m. Donations to the St. Paul's Music
Guild are appreciated.


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The following was sent to St. Paul's via Marge Walling on behalf of Edie Badenoch by her daughter:
Subject: Thanks!
Mom wanted me to tell you how much she has enjoyed all the cards from her friends at St. Paul's.  We did find the old directory and it was very helpful in putting names to faces.  It took several days to get them all opened, and she tried to remember things about the sender.  Good brain exercise!  Amazingly, each card was unique.
Thanks so much for organizing the congregation and taking the time to deliver them.  Please pass along her thanks to all who sent her birthday wishes.
Take care,

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Cover Image:   
Visitation of Mary, Jacopo da Pontormo (1494-1556). Pontormo was one of the most extraordinary painters and draftsmen of sixteenth-century Florence. By the end of the 1520s, he had created one of his most moving and groundbreaking works, the Visitation. The painting is the pride of the Pieve dei Santi Michele e Francesco, a small parish church located in Carmignano, a picturesque town west of Florence. Standing over six feet tall, it depicts the intense moment of encounter between the Virgin Mary, shown at left, and her cousin Elizabeth, who reveal to each other that both are pregnant. Mary is pregnant with Jesus and Elizabeth with John the Baptist. In the background is a cityscape that depicts the door to the house at the far right along with buildings on the left that frame the scene. Two tradesmen engaged in conversation linger in the bottom left corner, while a Florentine housekeeper hangs a cloth from the window of a once-abandoned palazzo. In this altarpiece, Pontormo captured both the human and spiritual elements of the encounter in a composition that has influenced many other artists.