Last Pentecost – Sunday, November 20
“The days are surely coming, says the Lord.”

Thresholds are have been on my mind today. There was a sense of waiting for the anticipated snowstorm, alongside awareness of positive transitions underway in the life of the Cathedral. There are people for whom I am praying who are at thresholds, with time seeming suspended. And in practical terms, I walked across thresholds throughout the day, as there were things to be done and items to move between the church, the ministry center, and my apartment. And I was distracted and forgot things on several of these trips, so it meant looping back to where I had already been. Sometimes, I just need to stop, re-focus, and remember both where I have been and that which I am about to enter – or at least where I think I am going. This Last Sunday after the Pentecost is a lot like that. It presents us with a threshold between where we have been with Jesus and the entrance into Advent. We mark this as a new year in the Church. Colors will change. Lest we head out into this next season and forget important details, our scripture texts take us back around to Christ’s Passion, to forgiveness, to the reason Christ came into the world. As we cross this seasonal threshold, may we remember why we are on this journey and who is traveling with us. Twila+
At this writing, around 11 p.m. Thursday, it looks like snow is predicted through much of the weekend, in significant amounts. Notices will be sent out this weekend and posted on the Cathedral Facebook page with details on worship, programs, and events. We will have worship, with online opportunities, and the 9 a.m. forum will be offered on Zoom – links and more information to come. Please be safe, avoid travel unless necessary, and keep our neighbors who are vulnerable in your prayers.
Sundays: Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10:15 a.m.
All are welcome for in-person worship, at 8 and 10:15 a.m. Sundays. View or download the bulletin for this week or read the lessons here or access a simple file to print the “propers” for the week. Watch the livestream at SPCBuffalo.org/livestream and see videos posted on YouTube.
Between worship services: 9 a.m. “Caring Cafe,” in the Walker Room – see details below
After the 10:15 worship service: coffee and conversation in the Narthex
Giving Thanks
Thank you to the Urban Redemption Foundation and all who helped with the Community Thanksgiving Dinner (and coat giveaway and more!) on Wednesday: Katherine, Judy, Bill, Bob, Latanya, Canon Mike, and Ron, and to Teresa for her help with preparations. We also had support from members of the Diocesan Partnership – Deacon Martha, Bill, and Robin – driving in from Lockport to volunteer. On a cold, gray day, there was a lot of warmth to share with our neighbors, in the church and Cathedral Park.  
Advent Preview – begins Sunday, November 27 
Several programs and preparations are planned in the season ahead. Among them ... 
Advent Greening – 9 a.m. Saturday, November 26 – see below for details
Advent Quiet Day: Fragments of Blessing – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, December 3
This Advent “mini-retreat” will offer space for gently entering into the blessings of the season, with time for quiet, prayer, creativity, and peace. Led by Dean Twila, for our region – all are welcome to attend and you are encouraged to invite friends/family. Light lunch provided; no cost (love offerings gratefully received). rsvp
St. Nicholas Day – Tuesday, December 6 – come and help hand out St. Nicholas candy and cards at the transit stop.
Advent Day of Prayer – Wednesday, December 7 – Join churches from across our Diocesan Partnership in prayer, starting at the Cathedral with “outbound prayers” for our city, on the first morning run of the Metro, from Church Street Station (5:14 a.m.)!
It’s time to deck the stalls. The chancel stalls with greenery for Christmas, that is. If you think elves come on Advent 1 eve and put up the greens in the Cathedral, well ... We need all hands on deck, and that means you! We will meet in the cathedral at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, to get the wreaths and greens out of storage and into place in the church. If you have never been a part of this activity, this could be a first for you. It will put you in the mood for Christmas and you can glow with pride of accomplishment when you come to church on Advent 1 Sunday to celebrate a New Year for the church. Coffee and other goodies will be provided. Come one, come all. We hope to see MANY of you there!
• If you can’t make it on the 26th, then join us on December 17 when we put up the trees and creche. More on that later. 
From the SJAT Notebook
The Social Justice Action Team of St. Paul’s shares information on issues and ways to get involved in our local community. If you have been in the Episcopal Church awhile, you are likely familiar with the United Thank Offering or at least the little blue collection boxes that are part of an annual effort to raise funds and awareness for missionary efforts of the church. The UTO was established in 1889, primarily as a missionary effort led by women in the Episcopal Church. United Thank Offering grants have funded a variety of ministries over the years and we will be holding a collection drive in the spring. Social Justice Action Team member Kathy Reiss draws our attention this week to grants that were awarded by UTO and shared through a webinar, “Becoming Beloved Community – Indigenous Perspective” – both the video link and an information sheet are on this site.  
The Cathedral will be hosting an observance of St. Andrew’s Day, at 4 p.m. this Sunday, November 20, featuring the Pipes of the Erie County Sheriff’s Band, the Declaration of Abroath, and, of course, lots of tartans! The Rev. Jack Marshall will officiate. Whether you have Scottish heritage or not, come and remember the faithful witness of St. Andrew and join in this festive occasion. All are welcome!
Transitus: Healing Sounds of the Harp
The Transitus offers a gentle, candlelit hour for music and meditations, to hold space with grief and loss, to remember – 5 p.m. this Saturday, November 19. This month we will draw from readings and prayers of gratitude for life and journeys shared, with inspiration from a prayer in the burial rite which gives thanks for the lives of those we know and love as companions on our earthly pilgrimage. We will be joined by Harpist Beth Anne Breneman, a Western New York native and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, who has played with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Do you know someone who might find comfort through this service?
Gratitude for Giving
So far, we have received pledges for 2023 from 37 households, totaling $110,000. This compares to just 20 pledges by late December of last year – an 85% increase! Pledges for 2023 continue to be received and we are grateful for all gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
• To make a financial commitment for 2023, pledge cards are still available at the back of the church or requested through the church office.
• You may place offerings (and pledge cards) in one of the alms basins in the church or give electronically.
• To give electronically, see the “DONATE” button at the top of the Cathedral website or go to the giving site here. From this link, you may make one-time offerings or set up regular giving (weekly, monthly, etc.). If you need assistance, please contact Teresa in the church office.
“Caring Cafe”
9 a.m. Sundays in the Walker Room (downstairs, main church)
Come for coffee, community, and conversations on matters of faith – expressions of caring for one another.
This Sunday“Who Are Our Neighbors?” Dean Twila will share data about our Cathedral neighborhood, changing demographics downtown, and issues people in our area have said are important to them.
November 27 – Advent series begins: “Practicing Simplicity With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind.” Devotional booklets will be available at the Cathedral on Sunday, November 20 (no cost). You may also download a free PDF or purchase an e-book (99 cents).
Forward Day by Day
New editions of the Forward Day by Day devotional booklets are available at the back of the church, with daily readings for November-January. For those who prefer an online option, you can find the daily reflections here, the Daily Office prayers and readings, and many more resources on the Forward Movement site. There is also a Forward Movement app, to help you keep prayer close at hand.
Garden of Love – Donation Update
While we are grateful for those who have donated clothing to the Garden of Love, we cannot accept any further clothing donations at this time.
Coffee HostsSunday mornings
Thank you to all who have signed up as coffee hosts for our (growing!) gatherings after the 10:15 a.m. worship service. There are “host” openings on December 18 and 25, and January 1, 22, and 29. Contact Bob Ludwig for details.
The Week of November 20 at St. Paul’s
Tuesday – 11:30 a.m. Garden of Love, Flickinger Ministry Center
Wednesday – 5:30 p.m. Property Committee, on Zoom
Thursdayno 12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Thanksgiving Day)
Saturday, November 26 – 9 a.m. Deck the Stalls, Greening for Advent, Cathedral
Sunday, November 27 – Advent 1; beginning of Lectionary Year A
Prayer and Pastoral Care
• If you have requests to add to the weekly Prayers of the People or a name to add for the prayers of clergy and the Pastoral Care Team, please email prayerrequests.
• If you know someone in need of pastoral care, please contact Judy Elliott or Canon Barbara Price.
If you are with a group meeting on Zoom,
use the following link, unless specified otherwise:
Meeting ID: 716 855 0900 Password: 4cathedral
By Phone: 929-205-6099 Access code: 716 855 0900 Password: 535 007 8352
Diocesan Partnership and Church News
• See the most recent Diocesan Partnership newsletter here.
A report on the Partnership offers updates on the work of our two dioceses.
• For more news about the Dioceses of WNY and NWPA and to sign up for emailed newsletters, go here.
The Episcopal Church website offers resources for individuals, congregations, and various ministries.