FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
"Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:13-15
WORSHIP & PRAYER
Sunday Single Service - February 9, 2019
8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist
10:15 AM - Festival Holy Eucharist
Healing prayers available
St. Paul's Church
Rev. Meg Ingalls

Evening Prayer - Wednesday, February 12
6:00 pm - Rite I service of Evening Prayer
Side Chapel of St. Paul's Church
Last week's meditation by Br. Curtis Almquist God's Choosing; Our Choosing
A few minutes of calm and prayer in the midst of your busy week
Contemplative Circle
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Come enjoy a simple prayer practice that allows us to be at rest, 
at ease within ourselves within the present moment, in stillness.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Adult Forum - February 9 at 9:15 am in the library. The Adult Forum group sometimes follows a book or program for our meetings. During this period we are asking members of the group to come up with a question for group discussion. The question each week will be one that's important to the spiritual journey of the one asking. This week, Ann Staffeld will be getting us started. Please join us between services in the Library for what always is a stimulating discussion.
LEARNING, SHARING & SERVICE for OUR CHILDREN & YOUTH
Young friends, visitors, and newcomers always welcome!
Follow the sheep photos down to the Community Room for classes - we begin with a snack and a prayer; we'd love to include you! R egistration is open all year.
(Upstairs, in the narthex, you'll find activities for young church-goers to play with
in their pews as they absorb the sounds and rhythms of our services.)
Who can bake an apple pie? Our Lighthouse youth and their teacher Emily Russin can! With the younger children, teachers, and friends, on Sunday, February 2: all worked together, creating a tasty gift for Among Friends - the 4 pies they crafted are frozen, to be freshly baked for guests later. We baked an extra pie and shared it on Sunday - yum!

CONFIRMATION classes continue for our young people - come to class on Sunday, February 9: meet in The Well (downstairs) after the 10:15 service; m eetings continue for the next several weeks. Preconfirma tion retreats at the BCH Camp are March 20 or April 3, plan now . We''ll keep you posted on the final decision for the confirmation date (it may be Saturday, June 27, at the Cathedral in Boston)!

EYE20 is the once-every-three-years opportunity for Episcopalian youth to gather; this year it's in Washington, DC, July 7-11 , with a pre-trip retreat June 5-6. The cost is $200 (includes transportation, lodging, meals, more!); registration due February 10 . High schoolers are invited - encouraged! What an opportunity! Let's talk about taking part! Exciting news: an anonymous donor has offered to pay for an accepted participant!
Lighthouse youth are engaged in a special curriculum tying in the popular Harry Potter books. Brilliant! Wingardium leviosa , Bibles up! Ask our youth about their experiences.
Read more in our February newsletter - click here . Would you like to subscribe?
Do you have questions, ideas, or comments to share? You are warmly invited to reach out to Linda Davis Siess, Children & Youth Program Coordinator, any time: click here.
PARISH NEWS
St. Paul's Stewardship for 2020 - Update
The Parish Stewardship Program is at 95% of its 2020 pledge target. We are seeking $11,000 in additional pledges to meet our full Stewardship goal. We do understand that some parishioners need to see how their finances stand at year end. So we know that some of you need more time to consider your situation. Please let Deb Hay know if (1) you pledged last year and will not pledge this year, or (2) you are intending to pledge but are not ready yet.  John Neale Chairperson
Results from Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 2nd
Our Annual Meeting highlighted the many mission activities and initiatives at St. Paul's. Please read our wonderfully illustrated Annual Report for all the news. We offer special recognition to our returning Executive Committee members: Senior Warden Bronson de Stadler, Junior Warden Ed Winslow, Stu Tuthill Treasurer and Clerk Clare Keller. We also welcome Vestry Shepherds: Michele Rogers (returning), Jan Niebling, Vanessa Ayersman, Sam Walker, Kerry Laguaux, Alison Novello and John Neale (returning). Last but not least, we offer a special congratulations to Bev Brennan as our 2019 Extraordinary Person of the Year for her many contributions to the life of St. Paul's (check her latest Valentine's Day bulletin board creation in the parish hall!) Wonderfully illustrated Annual Reports are available in the church sanctuary.
Reverend Dr. Jarred Mercer called to be the next Rector of St. Paul's
By a unanimous vote of the search committee and the vestry Father Jarred Mercer has been called to be our next spiritual leader. The search committee spent 14 months carefully reviewing and interviewing candidates, including trips to England to meet and hear Fr. Jarred preach. In the end there was unanimous agreement Fr. Jarred would be the best candidate for our parish. He is currently an Associate Priest at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, England and a Chaplain at Merton College, one of the colleges of Oxford University.  Fr. Jarred is married. He and his wife Chelsea have three young children aged 11, 9 and 5 years old. Read his biography HERE

Fr. Jared will not be joining us until May due to his commitments at Oxford. Our beloved interim rector Meg Ingalls' last day will be Sunday, March 15th. Hopefully we can turn this sad day into a celebration of her ministry here which has brought such energy to our parish, especially our children and youth ministries. After March 15th we will have a "bridge priest" to serve until Fr. Jarred arrives. We will keep you informed as the details of the transition are confirmed.
Dear St. Paul’s Parishioners,

It gives me great joy to be asked to be your next rector and I am grateful to the search committee and vestry for placing their trust in me to serve you as your priest. After over ten years is the UK, we are looking forward to coming back to the States, and the sense of calling I have to St Paul’s is overwhelming. Chelsea and the family are thrilled and cannot wait to make St Paul’s and Newburyport home (the kids have already started wearing New England sports paraphernalia!). I look forward to getting to know each of you as we seek to follow in the way of Christ together, serving one another and the people of Newburyport and the surrounding areas. I believe God has remarkable things in store for the parish, and I feel deeply blessed to be able to join in this journey with you. You are all continually in my prayers and it will be an absolute delight to be with you in person soon. 
 
Every blessing,
 
Fr Jarred
ST. PAUL'S MUSIC SERIES
This Sunday experience a pre-Valentine's Day concert of beautiful romantic classical music performed on St. Paul's newly acquired Steinway concert grand piano by one of Boston's rising stars !
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
2:30 pm - pre-concert talk by Anna Weinstein, Exec. Dir

Pianist Paulius Pancekauskas performs a varied program to showcase the instrument's range two days after performing at the French Cultural Center in Boston.

The all-Romantic first half features three pieces by Polish composer Frederic Chopin , written during the years he lived in Paris, as well as music by the German Robert Schumann and the last of the Romantics, the Russian Sergey Rachmaninov . The second half moves into the 20th and 21st centuries. It features a new composition by French composer Jean-Pierre Armanet dedicated to and inspired by Boston's historic subway, which will have its US premiere two days earlier at the French Cultural Center in Boston, as well as music by the Russian Symbolist composer Alexander Scriabin .

Followed by a wine, cheese, and chocolate reception with the pianist and the composer. Join us!
Presented in partnership with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with generous support from Eric and Elaine Bucher.
Valentine's Day Weekend!
Sunday, February 16, 2020 
4:00 PM
3:15 pm pre-concert talk

For over three years, Grammy®-nominated Skylark Vocal Ensemble has been pioneering an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller, Sarah Walker. 

This year, Skylark re-imagines its whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer and arranger Benedict Sheehan. 

Together, Skylark and Sheehan present the timeless stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in evocative musical form! Sheehan's new and original scoring blends seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen and more.  

The two beloved fairy tales are compelling examples of heroines' journeys in classic literature. Both are centered around spellbinding coming-of-age arcs. The stories, presented here in their less well-known, original structures, feature complex female characters with desires, agency, and strength. For more information visit https://www.skylarkensemble.org/
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Edie Ellen Knitters
Monday, Feb. 10 at 2:00 PM
Meet in the library to create prayer shawls for the sick and those in need, plus enjoy some great conversation! Join us!
The Community Book Club 
Thursday, Feb. 20, 12:30 PM

Meet in the library to discuss A History of Christian Theology by William C. Placher. A modern classic,  A History of Christian Theology  offers a concise yet complete chronicle of the whole of Christian theology, from its background in the history of Israel to the liberation and post-liberal theologies of recent years. All are welcome.
Newcomer Gathering and Tour - Sunday, February 16th
Whether you’re new to St. Paul’s, coming back after an absence, or just interested in spending some time in fellowship, the Membership Committee cordially invites you to join us in the library on Sunday, February 16th after the 10:15 am service for our next quarterly newcomer gathering. This will be a chance for us all to get to know each other better by talking about our faith history, what brought us to St. Paul’s, and what keeps us coming back. We’ll also listen to any questions you have about our church and afterward, join us for a tour of our historic buildings and grounds. So, don't miss this opportunity to join us in fellowship and learn more about St. Paul’s. All are welcome, and, of course, there will be goodies!

New England Classical Singers Concert - Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pm
New England Classical Singers (including parishioner Emily Russin ) in collaboration with Coro Allegro (Boston’s LGTBQ+allies chorus) will be performing at Sanders Theater, Cambridge, March 8 at 3:00. Works will include pieces by Brahms and Vaughn Williams. The highlight of the concert will be “Shofar” by Robert Stern “In a time of broken covenants and division, we revisit an American oratorio based on the ram’s horn of Jewish liturgy, whose calls ring with our fear of being shattered, our hope of being made whole.” Tickets:  newenglandclassical.org  (or ask Emily). Discount code: NECSFamily
Parking is free.
We hope you enjoy reading our weekly newsletter which covers the current news of our parish life.
If you have questions or news you would like us to include, contact Administrator Deb Hay at 978-465-5351 or stpauls@stpauls-nbpt.org .
 
Rev. Margaret Ingalls
Interim Priest
St. Paul's Episcopal Church | 166 High Street
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950 | 978-465-5351