Dear Good People of St. Paul's,

This is the third of our monthly updates about important transitions at St. Paul’s in worship, the Search Committee work, and progress on the reconstruction. We hope you will find them encouraging and that they will prompt many questions.

Susan N. Eaves , Interim Rector
Jane Nelson , Senior Warden
Lee Switz , Junior Warden

Worship News

Services in Scott Hall continue to bring us together. Some in the congregation have requested to stay in the space, or at least to avail ourselves of Scott Hall for worship during future summers! One benefit has been the opportunity to see each other’s faces rather than our backs, which, along with the increased use of name tags, has improved our sense of knowing who is in the congregation. Many have also remarked on the increasing participation in singing, which is very welcome! The children’s space has become popular with our younger members and has provided an emphasis on the importance of our next generation and their inclusion in worship.

A corollary effect of utilizing Scott Hall (and indeed, this wing of the church) has been the increased fellowship both before and after the Eucharist, so do take time to acquaint yourself with people you do not know well or do not know at all. There are new faces all the time as people visit St. Paul’s as a potential home for their faith. We continue to work on the best way to receive communion and thank you for your patience!

Renovation News
Excavating below the chapel floor to prepare the ground for the footings of the new steel structure that will support the chancel floor has been completed. It took longer than expected due to the depth required to excavate below both the 1890 and 1845 foundations - 9 feet in one instance! In addition, the 1845 foundation was obstructing the location of two of the eight footings. That work is now complete and the foundations are scheduled to be poured in the next two weeks.

The gold marble, both the center diamond design and the rectangular frame, from the chancel floor has been removed. The diamond design has been stabilized and will be used in the center of the new chancel. The contractor is working to stabilize the rest of the gold material to be used in the new floor as well. The white marble in the chancel and nave front is being removed.

The progress of the project is being recorded on a photo blog at . Please feel free to sign up on that site to receive a notice when new information is posted so you don't miss a thing!

Search Committee News

On July 11 the search committee and junior and senior wardens engaged in a conference call with Robin Strain, Senior Consultant with Holy Cow! Consulting for a question and answer session to help us determine how this firm and the tool they developed would aid us in our search. Based on that call and additional research by this committee, we decided to engage Holy Cow! Consulting to administer the parish survey, which we will kick off September 9, Homecoming Sunday .

On July 25 we met with Sarah Foote, our new Director of Communications, to discuss the new and improved website for St. Paul’s and how the search committee’s progress can be tracked. Sarah indicated that once the new website is launched in late August, there will be a separate page where parishioners can go to track the rector transition progress.

Our search will consist of several phases, all of which will involve the members of the parish. The first phase of the search process is listening . We feel that this phase is foundational to the rest of the search. Starting this upcoming Sunday, August 5 and continuing on August 12 and 19, we will be seeking your thoughts on St. Paul’s by developing a Word Cloud . You are invited to give two or three words in response to three questions to describe your thoughts or feelings about St. Paul’s, which will result in a parish-wide Word Cloud illustration.

Then, in September, we will ask all of you to participate in an assessment which will provide a clear picture of who we are as a church and what is most important for our future . Also, during September and October, we plan to meet with all parishioners either individually or in groups to gather information that you feel is important to the search process and may not have been covered in the assessment.

On behalf of the search committee, we ask that each of you take time over the next few months to share your thoughts and wisdom with us . We are grateful for your wisdom, your support, and, above all, your prayers.

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