Feast of Pentecost
May 23, 2021 - 8am and 10:30am
Veronica Dimae, The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Australia: International Catholic Charismatic Renewal, 2010), acrylic on canvas. 130 × 100 cm.

Picnic following 10:30am service in the Parish Hall. Vestry cooking burgers and hotdogs, buns and condiments provided. Church members who can provide sides is appreciated. St. Paul's School new Director Julie Hensley and her family will be introduced and we hope to be joined by St. Paul's teachers and parents and their families.
Vestry Highlights
At the May Vestry meeting, the Vestry:

1.  Discussed Kevin Martin’s Parish Leadership Guide for the New Normal and discerning a parish’s purpose/mission.

2.  Heard that the three main thrusts of ministry at St. Paul’s are: one, traditional Anglican/Episcopal worship; two, care of parishioners; three, outreach to the community, especially through our day school.

3.  Heard that background checks are ongoing.

4.  Discussed the changes in worship due to the easing of COVID restrictions.

5.  Discussed the Pentecost Picnic on May 23rd, and the St. Paul’s Day BBQ on June 27th.

6.  Heard that Bill Rolston’s burial service is scheduled for 11 am on June 5th at St. Paul’s.

7.  Heard that The St. Joseph Guild resumed meeting on Saturday, May 15th, and completed numerous tasks.

8.  Heard that there has been some leakage in the new roof on Clardy Hall, and the roofer has been responsive in correcting the issue.

9.  Heard that a Trauma Team of seven persons has formed to assist in situations involving significant injury. Team members have completed, or are completing their training.

10.    Heard that should Texas allow “Constitutional Carry,” St. Paul’s armed Safety Team will require background checks and firearms training. Open Carry of firearms will continue to be prohibited on parish property.

11.    Was reminded that the Vestry decided to support For the City with a donation of $3,000. $2,000 will come from church funds and $1,000 from the Vestry.

12.    Approved the motion of the Columbarium Committee to fold the Columbarium account into the main parish account, and retain it as a restricted fund.

13.    Heard that the regular maintenance of the Bell Tower and Columbarium falls to the Building and Grounds Committee & St. Joseph’s Guild.

14.    Heard that the April income was $11,678 and expenses were $15,156, thus we had a negative cash flow of $3,478.
A Morsel for Meditation
Christ says: “Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” The Pharisee answers correctly, “The one who showed mercy to him” (Luke 10:36). This means that by doing your duty you easily discover who your neighbor is.… He towards whom I have a duty is my neighbor, and when I fulfill my duty, I prove that I am a neighbor. Christ does not speak about recognizing our neighbor but about being a neighbor yourself, about proving yourself to be a neighbor, something the Samaritan showed by his compassion. Choosing a lover, finding a friend, yes that is a long, hard job, but your neighbor is easy to recognize, easy to find – if you yourself will only recognize your duty and be a neighbor.
Søren Kierkegaard, Provocations

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The readings may be found here
Communion Hymns


Recessional Hymn    
Pray for the Church, the Body of Christ
Please pray for those on our prayer list this week:

Please Pray for those on
our prayer list this week:
Judy Shaddox, Julia Schwartz, Gail Rolston and Family, Beverly Gish, Bob Lanier,
Marcy Walsh, Paula Reeves, Mike Lavigne,
Dolores & Father Gordon,

Contact our church office to
add a name to our prayer list: 903-455-5030. Names remain
for one month unless
renewed or canceled.
We also pray for our Daughters of the King Ministry as they bring their strength and service together by praying for friends and for the people.

You may also add people to the list by filling out a DOK confidential prayer card and putting them in the blue box located in the Narthex.

The Daughters of the King support your prayer needs and wishes. Each Sunday a prayer team will be available to pray with you after the Worship Service in the choir area after the 10:30 service. If you would like additional information, please see a DOK member.

They also have a intercessory prayer box on the table in the Narthex to deposit prayer requests. Prayer request cards may be found in the pews and beside the box in the Narthex. Daughters pray daily. All prayers are confidential. Each person is prayed for one month. If you wish for continued prayers, please complete another request card or contact a Daughter.

You may call the church office (903-455-5030) and specify it is for the DOK intercessory prayer list. You can hand the card to a Daughter (she is always wearing her cross).

You can make your checks payable to "St. Paul's Episcopal Church" and mail them to:

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
8320 Jack Finney Blvd. 
Greenville, TX 75402
You can also make your donations at http://stpaulstx.org/giving/ to make a donation using your credit or debit card via PayPal or Tithe.ly.
Just For Laughs
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  • Our Sunday services are available live at 10:25 am (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCmlrRFxbQF7CSAnFS8H9FA) and Facebook (https://facebook.com/stpaulsepiscopalgreenville). Our recorded Sunday service is broadcast on the GEUS community Channel (Channel 34) on Wednesdays at 8 am and 6 pm. Previously recorded services may be accessed anytime on our Facebook and YouTube pages. The recorded sermons may be found on our website as MP3s.
  • Remote Eucharist continues, and a few parishioners are helping me to distribute the Eucharist to parishioners’ homes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please let me know by email if you’d like to receive the Holy Sacrament remotely. The best way to contact me is fathernickfunk@gmail.com.
  • The Parish office remains closed; however we continue to check voicemails and emails regularly.
  • The St. Paul’s Zoom Meeting may be found at https://zoom.us/j/9037772020. Our Meeting ID is: 903 777 2020. To call in, use one tap mobile: +13462487799,,9037772020# or to dial: +1 346 248 7799.
  • Morning Prayer on Wednesdays at 10:30 via a Zoom meeting, and upload it live if Zoom and Facebook work together (about 75% success rate).
Truckloads of Food and Love

More than 295,470 pounds of food, filling up seven trucks were given to those in need at San Francisco de Asis at the end of April. "Thank the Lord we had some church members and other volunteers that showed up to assist in the process," said the Rev. Lino Lara. The food included 8,820 cases of food and milk. "It truly was amazing and humbling to witness," Lara said. "A blessing to us all."
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