Weekly Newsletter
Today, December 11
St. Paul's Wednesday Night Community Dinner-5:15 pm
Veggie lasagna and fresh greens and homemade dressing.
Dessert will be Tiramisu and fresh fruit.  

Celtic/Healing Service
6:10 pm in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd
This Sunday, December 15
Third Sunday of Advent
8:00 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:00 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Image: Peaceable Kingdom, John August Swanson, Serigraph, 1994. Swanson makes his home in Los Angeles, California, where he was born in 1938. His art reflects the strong heritage of storytelling he inherited from his Mexican mother and Swedish father. He addresses himself to human values, cultural roots, and his quest for self-discovery through visual images. He studied with Corita Kent at Immaculate Heart College. His style is influenced by the imagery of Islamic and medieval miniatures, Russian iconography, the color of Latin American folk art, and the tradition of Mexican muralists. His art is in no way "naïve." It is detailed, complex, and elaborate. Prints are available at the artist's website.
No Coffee Class
Advent Wreath Lighting - St. Joseph's Guild aka Woodcutters
Representatives from the guild will be lighting the Advent Candles this season. The Guild members cut firewood, which they sell. About half the wood is given to people with limited incomes. Proceeds from wood sales are given to community charities.
Upcoming St. Paul's Events
Wednesdays Evening Activities -
Join us on Wednesday evenings for a delicious meal at 5:15 pm ($5/person, $10/family), followed by our Celtic-Inspired Eucharist and Healing Service at 6:10 pm where we will commemorate a specific saint each week. All are welcome! Here's a look at the menus and saints to come:

December 11: MENU: Veggie lasagna and fresh greens and homemade dressing. Dessert: tiramisu and fresh fruit.  SAINT: Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, co-founders of the Order of the Congregation of the Visitation in 1610, a religious community dedicated to spiritual direction and care for the sick and needy.

December 18: MENU: Breakfast for dinner--baked quiche with breakfast meats and fresh fruit.  SAINT: Dorothy Sayers, 20th century English novelist and Anglican spiritual writer.

December 25: Christmas Day (service is at 10:00 am--no evening service)

January 1: Feast of the Holy Name
(parish closed; regular schedule resumes January 8)
We have received a solid number of pledges so far. For all of you who have gotten your pledge information to us, by card or online, thank you very much! We have received many pledges with increases, and a good number of new pledges. For all of you who have yet to make your pledge, this is a friendly reminder that we need you. Here is a summary of what we have received:  

                       Total Pledges:  176     Pledged Amount:  $424,504     New Pledges:  23
Contemplative Prayer
Join us for Contemplative Prayer on Thursdays at noon in the chapel. No experience, no RSVP required -- just curiosity and an open heart! For more information, contact Bill Ryan or the church office.

Contemplative prayer is the heart centered practice of resting in the presence of God. Please join us.
Flower Sign-ups: It is time to consider and sign up for altar flowers for 2020. This is a great way to celebrate loved ones, special occasions and share with the congregation.The new sign up chart will soon be posted on the wall by Kati’s office.If you have questions please call Linda Lange, 503-364-9668 or email LangeLange@comcast.net.
Altar Flowers and Greenery: Remember a loved one with a donation for Advent greens or Christmas Poinsettia plants. Altar greens $60.00, Chapel greens $30.00. Poinsettias $15.00 Sign up at the Church office or call 503-362-3661.
SPY Update: Regularly scheduled SPY groups are taking a short break. Stay tuned for when they will resume. Look for special events here in the bulletin announcements, in the weekly emails and on Instagram!
Evensong: Gian Carlo Menotti's miracle operetta  "Amahl and the Night Visitors"  will be staged in the main church at St. Paul's on  January 4 at 7 p.m. and January 5 at 4 pm.  There is no service of Evensong.

This child-friendly 50-minute operetta tells the story of a poor crippled boy and his mother who greet the three kings on their way to meet the Christ child During the king's visit the boy is healed and joins them on their quest.   Two pianos and two oboes accompany this music gift to the community of Salem. The church will be transformed into a theater with lighting and special costumes. Mikaela Starr plays the part of Amahl and Brooke Brooks plays the part of the mother. David Nelson, Barry Nelson and Sean Brooks take on the role of the three kings with Ray Phipps playing the part of the page. Written in 1951, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" was the first operetta to be broadcast live on television. The performance is open to the public. Contributions at the door are gratefully accepted.
Announcements and Local Events
Check out the latest issue of The Word for articles, events, and updates. The printed copy will be in the mail very soon. Click here to read now:
This Week's Birthdays
Matthew Tiffany

David Porter

Barbara Lacey
Simon Staples
Roy Bryan

John Hammill

Parviz Samiee

SUBMISSIONS:   If you have an announcement for the weekly email or bulletin, please send text to  stpauls@stpaulsoregon.org by  Wednesday at 10am for it to be included in that week's edition.
ONLINE PRAYER REQUEST FORM:   We have an  online prayer request form available on our website. You can click the link above to submit a name. You can navigate to that page by visiting  stpaulsoregon.org and click "Church Forms" on the homepage, then click Prayer List Request. 
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