July 9, 2021
From the Dean & Rector
Beloved,

I love this picture (above) of the Cathedral. The beautiful sky, and the warm light shining from the doorway and the bell tower. In fact, it's this image that I use as the background on my office computer.

In my family, each child was given an opportunity to study a musical instrument (or two, in my case). We were given formal lessons in New Haven at a place called The Neighborhood Music School. Such lessons were delivered after school and, in the wintertime, this meant driving home in the near dark of a winter afternoon. I loved (and still do) driving past houses in the winter afternoon dark that had lights just beginning to come on. I would imagine what was happening in those houses - homework, piano practice, setting the table, dinner prep in the kitchen. And though these houses were not my house, I felt warmth coming from their glowing windows, before the night shades were pulled. There was a certain invitation in the light shining through uncovered windows.

For me, our Cathedral in this picture exudes that same warmth and invitation: Come in and get warm, be known, eat until you are full, and know that you are and will always be welcome here. It is the light of Christ that shines through not just the door and tower but through each one of us. Beckoning the weary, the lost, the hurting, the lonely, the joyful, the old, the young, the stranger, and the friend.

As we return to this building, let's not ignore that light, let's not hide it under a bushel, or save it only for ourselves. Let us shine it all over each other, and all over our neighbors and friends we have not yet met. The invitation is open for all, and it's up to each of us, all of us, to extend it. I can't wait to see you at the door, light in hand, ready to shine all over the place.

In the love of Christ,
Greta+
Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
Thank You
Many thanks to Tom and Maureen Rees, Susan McMillan and Kit Roberts, and Ann and Frank Guillot, who together brought Heavenly Parking back from hiatus and made it a success this year. They collected $820, which will be donated to St. Paul's outreach ministries.
Join Us Sunday, July 25 for In-Person Holy Eucharist and a Rite of Farewell to Betsy Beaulieu and Lee Williams
All are welcome to join us for an in-person celebration of the Eucharist at the Cathedral on Sunday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. As part of the service, we will offer our gratitude to Betsy Beaulieu and Lee Williams for their time as part of our St. Paul's community, and wish them well on their newest adventure.

Although we are sad to see Betsy and Lee go, we are grateful for the opportunity to worship in person and gather in fellowship to see them off.

In accordance with state regulations, masks will be optional for vaccinated individuals. If you are unvaccinated, please wear your mask while inside the Cathedral building.


Liturgical Ministers: it is time once again to think about assisting with the celebration of the Liturgy! Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, and readers - please check your email inbox if you have served in those capacities in the past and would like to participate.
Leaders in Vermont BIPOC Vaccination Effort Receive Key to the City of Burlington
In recognition of exemplary service to the people of Burlington during the COVID-19 emergency, Mayor Miro Weinberger awarded the Vermont Professionals of Color Network and the Vermont Health Equity Initiative a key to the city in a ceremony on July 3 in Battery Park.

Since the first BIPOC clinic was hosted at the Cathedral back in March, the state's vaccination rate has now surpassed 82%, and importantly, the vaccination disparity across race has shrunk from 13% to nearly 4%!

Additionally, Dean Getlein was invited to participate in the ceremony in acknowledgement of the contributions of the Cathedral and our community in the effort to expand access to the vaccine among Vermonters of color. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to staff the clinic on Saturdays - your effort made a difference is the campaign to vaccinate our BIPOC community.

You can read the Mayor's letter announcing the award here.
Building and Grounds Committee Maintains the Beauty, Functionality, and Accessibility of St. Paul's
Kudos to Marley Skiff and the Building and Grounds committee, who together have been working hard on several projects designed to maintain and improve accessibility throughout the Cathedral building. Our excellent B&G Committee oversees all activities associated with the operation, maintenance, safety and security of the Cathedral, its grounds, furnishings and equipment.

Over the past several months, these volunteers have:

Created plans and contacted craftspeople to install handrails along the stairs leading up to the altar in the nave.

Hired a furniture restorer to refurbish the altar.

Installed motion-sensor lighting on the stairwell and downstairs hallway.

Upgraded the handrail on the stairs to the Parish Hall.

Upgraded electrical fixtures in the furnace room to improve reliability on condenser units.

Made inroads on the drainage (and leaking) issue on the concrete balcony outside the office wing

And many more! We are grateful to Marley Skiff, John Montross, Alice Winn, Frank Guillot, Gerry Viens, Bob Wright, Jim Sears, and Lisa Aultman-Hall for their dedication and efforts.
The Installation of Dean and Rector Greta Getlein
Mark your calendars: On Saturday, October 23 you are invited to join the Cathedral Church of St. Paul as we celebrate new life and ministry with the installation of the Very Reverend Greta Getlein as our Dean and Rector. This festive service does not occur often and is an opportunity for us to celebrate the gift of Greta's leadership and guidance.
Preparing for In-Person, Indoor Worship
Over the past year, the pandemic has created an endless loop of ambiguity, where planning is derailed as the coronavirus surged and spread. Thanks to recent vaccination rates in Vermont, and after a year of gathering on Zoom and experimenting with hybrid outdoor services, the Cathedral is finally able to focus now on taking the next step: in-person, indoor worship.

Our Nave has been used in a number of ways over the past 16 months - sound stage, vaccination clinic, storage area. Now we are inviting our community to join us to prepare it for its intended use: worship.

We are seeking volunteers to join us on four Saturday mornings in July to get the Cathedral back into shape. Tasks will include rearranging the Children's corner, storing kneelers, cleaning wood chairs, and clearing out the Narthex kitchen. Mopping, bathroom cleaning, and dusting are NOT included - our regular custodial service will handle those things.

If you are available and would like to join us for one or more of these Saturdays, we would welcome any help we can get. Teens - get some community service hours in this summer! If you have questions, please contact Jennifer in the Cathedral office at admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org.

Saturday, July 10, 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, July 31, 9 a.m. to noon
What's Your Vaccination Status?
We are so thankful for the amazing development of the COVID-19 vaccinations over the past year. In Vermont, the large number of vaccinated people has enabled our church, our city, and our country to relax many of this past year's safety protocols. Thank you for your faithfulness and patience.

Here at the Cathedral, we want people to gather in health and safety. It's summertime. Be healthy. Enjoy the gradual reopening of long-closed parts of our world. We exist for grace and hospitality, and good health epitomizes those values.

In that spirit, if you would like to share your vaccination status with us at the Cathedral, we would welcome the information. Please email the Cathedral office at admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org, and enjoy the summer!
Children's Corner
This Sunday is the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost. Click here for the latest edition of The Sunday Paper, a weekly publication for children that includes Scriptural images, and stories that relate the Gospel to the Old Testament, the life of the church, and their own lives.
The Sunday Paper [Junior], to which The Cathedral Church of St. Paul has a paid subscription, is posted here with permission of the author/illustrator, Gretchen Wolff Pritchard. © Gretchen Wolff Pritchard, The Sunday Paper, 19 Colony Road, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, www.the-sunday-paper.com. All rights reserved. This is copyright material and should not be further forwarded or distributed.  
Join Us for Worship
Sunday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m., Service of the Word via Zoom

To participate either online or by phone:
To join us online, use the link here.
To dial in by phone, call 1-646-558-8656, enter the Meeting ID#: 848 0522 8551
Password: 1973
View or download the order of worship for the online Service of the Word here.
 
Other Regular Services
Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. by Zoom or Facebook Live.
 
Compline, Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom or Facebook Live.
Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil in Response to Racism
The Cathedral's weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil continues this Sunday, July 11, at 1:00 p.m., in response to racism in our nation, state, and community. 

In the event of really bad weather, we will send out a notification by Facebook (please use your own discretion). Face masks are optional if you are fully vaccinated. Please, if you can, bring a non-perishable food item - a volunteer will deliver all the donations gathered at the vigil to the Food Shelf. If you have a sign you would like to hold, bring it! This event is open to the community.
For Our Prayers This Week
We pray for blessings and joy for those who celebrate birthdays this week: Brad Minor.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Kit Roberts; Ella Baskett; Dorothea and Naa Aku Viens; Mary Magot; Michael Hill; Lois LaFountain; Jean Erno; Bill Metcalfe; Chuck; Ted Braun; Jackie; Michael Fernandez; Lillian Robinson; Stewart McHenry; Emily Harwood; Peter Adams; Sarah Urang; Gene Grinnell; Elizabeth Webster; Danielle O'Hallisey; David, Carol and Samantha Simmons; Pat Barra, Rick Watts, Margot (Lisa Schnell's sister), David Glendinning, Debbie Altemus, Vaughn Altemus, Marion Montross, Naomi Hodgett, Helen McGrath, and Mary Carter.  For all those suffering from COVID-19 in our country or around the world, and especially those from our own faith family who have loved ones at risk or are themselves at risk. For those who have died from COVID-19 and for the grief of those who loved them.  
 
We pray for those who are in the discernment process: Susan McMillan; Kenzo An; and for our seminarian, Bram Kranichfeld.
Quote of the Week

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees,
just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

--F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lessons for July 11, The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Collect of the Day
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Community News & Events
Bishop Shannon, Vermont Deputies Appointed to General Convention Committees
On July 6, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings released the rosters of legislative committees that will serve at the 80th General Convention next summer in Baltimore. Bishop Shannon was appointed to serve on the House of Bishops Legislative Committee on Social Justice and United States Policy, and seven deputies received House of Deputies committee appointments:
 
·    Stan Baker, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation and Safeguarding
·    Anne Brown, Stewardship and Socially Responsible Investing
·    Lee Crawford, World Mission
·    Nanci Gordon, Privilege and Courtesy
·    Tom Little, Governance and Structure
·    Scott Neal, Vice Chair, Credentials
·    Lisa Ransom, Environmental Stewardship and Care of Creation
 
Find a list of House of Deputies committees on the House of Deputies website.
Submission Deadline for St. Paul's eNews
This weekly e-newsletter is circulated on Fridays. Please have your pieces submitted to Jennifer Sumner at admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org by noon on Wednesday. Thank you.
Contacts:

The Right Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of Vermont

The Very Rev. Greta Getlein, Dean and Rector

The Ven. J. Stannard Baker, Cathedral Deacon and Diocesan Archdeacon

Mark A. DeW. Howe, Canon Precentor and Director of Music

Jennifer C. Sumner, Office Administrator

Barbara F. Comeau, Financial Administrator