September 16, 2022
From the Children's Formation Coodinator
God loves children.

With that I started my appeal for folks to volunteer in the Sunday school classroom this year. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for Sunday School and our youngest members.  I am grateful.

I want to take my thinking one step further.

Each child needs a team.  I suppose it is a contemporary version of it takes a village to raise a child.  Every child needs a team of people to guide them and support them. Coaches, teachers, friends, and family are who we think of first when gathering people to support our children. But what about God?

God is the leader of the team. Too often that is unspoken. Children don’t realize that in our day to day God is guiding us and with us through our ups and downs.  As adults - it is something that we may shy away from talking about - but it is so important to hear.

As we wrap around the children of St Paul’s, consider talking to other children in your lives about why God is important to you.  Express that through thoughts and actions. Share your beliefs.  Children are thoughtful and watchful and will notice and consider what they are seeing and hearing.  It is as simple as expressing gratitude or kindness, or saying a short prayer each day for them or with them.

The world is complicated.  I am hopeful that by knowing God our children will have extra strength and hope to navigate their ever changing world.

Thank you for supporting our children and the formation of their Christian education.

With gratitude.

Katie Gonyaw
Children's Formation Coordinator
Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
Thank You
Thank you to all the representatives of the different ministries at St. Paul's for your invitations to the congregation last Sunday. What an active and vibrant community we have!

Thank you to Karl Fandrich and Tom Rees for helping out during a recent flooding event at the Cathedral. Speaking of flooding, if you happen to have an extra wet-vac in your basement or garage that you would like to donate to the cathedral, we would be happy to take it off your hands!
Upcoming Dates to Note
This Sunday marks the start of our two-service worship schedule, church school, and other fall programming, please make a note of the following important dates:

Sunday, September 18: Our two-service schedule begins, with Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Church School begins at 10:00 a.m., Vigil and Silent Witness start time moves back to 1:00 p.m. Pride Parade with St. Paul's marchers at noon. Young adults gather at 1:45.

September 18 - October 2: The Very Rev. Greta Getlein is away on vacation. She will return to the Cathedral on Tuesday, October 4. For pastoral care emergencies, please contact the office at 802-864-0471, or

September 19 - September 30: Morning Prayer will take place on Zoom only while the Dean is on vacation.
Celebrate Pride With Us!
Pride Parade Through Burlington
Sunday, September 18, 2022 12:30 p.m.
The start time of the Pride Parade has moved to 12:30, giving us more time to find our place in the lineup! The parade will leave from the "Hood Plant" parking lot on King Street (between Church and South Winooski Streets) at 12:30.
  • A small group of people from the 9:00 service plan to arrive at the King Street lineup and staging area by 11:30 to establish our place in line.
  • Deacon Stan will lead a group of people after the 11:00 service to join the parade (we will have someone from the early group text us to let us know where the parade is)
  • The Pride Parade committee is encouraging participants to wear masks in the Parade assembly area off of King Street, and at the Festival at the Waterfront.
  • The festival takes place after the parade on the green off of Lake Street (close to the Coast Guard station)
Cathedral folks and Episcopalians who want to join us from other parishes and churches will be a joyful and important presence in the parade. 
Young Adult Gathering! Pizza in the Park
The Cathedral is excited to announce the first gathering of the St. Paul’s young adults. Young adults aged 18 and up will meet at the steps to Battery Park (at the corner of Pearl and Battery, across from the skate shop) after the vigil on Sunday, September 18 at 1:45 for pizza, conversation and fun.

No need to RSVP, just show up and meet some new friends. Questions? Contact Henry Kellogg ( or Ashley Bolger ( who are co-leading this new thing.
Flower Guild Kickoff Meeting This Sunday
The Flower Guild will hold its kickoff organizational meeting on Sunday, Sept 18 from 2-4 p.m. in the gardens of Chris Sears, FOX RUN FLOWERS, 2041 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg. Come and enjoy fellowship in this serene space as we plan our busy fall ahead. Can’t make it but want to add to the natural beauty of our worship? Contact Maureen Rees, or 802-233-4431.

The ministry of the Flower Guild is to assist in beautifying our worship space by providing refined floral arrangements.

The Flower Guild is a group of dedicated and devoted volunteers who have the responsibility for the arranging and placement of flowers for regular worship and special services within the church. No special skills are necessary.
Children's Corner
Church school begins this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the classroom downstairs! We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces from last year and hope to have some new ones.

If you can, let our Children's Formation Coordinator Katie Gonyaw know that you'll be there by email:

Thank you to the adults who have volunteered to help out in the classroom! Church school volunteers can have a major impact on the youth in our congregation.

Click here to view or download The Sunday Paper for the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Sunday Paper is 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.
Memorial Garden Upkeep
The Memorial Garden has recently undergone some improvements. We are looking for a couple of volunteers who would be willing to water around the edge of the grassy area and along the walls to encourage our new plantings to grow and spread. There is always some weeding to be done though not much at the moment. I estimate that it would take about an hour, once or twice a week depending on Mother Nature.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Alice Winn at 802-363-2369 or
Thank you
The Wreath Project is on its Way
The St. Paul's wreath project is looking for volunteers to help with the 52nd year of our annual fund-raising wreath project.

*Are you out for a woodland walk? Pick up some CLEAN white pine cones, acorns, chestnuts and Norway Spruce cones (see photo) or other cones. Bring them to church in paper bags (not plastic). We need a fresh supply. You can hand them to me or leave them at the office.

*Last year Margie Schacht created the majority of the beautiful bows! This year she would love to share the fun and her skills so you also can learn to make to make beautiful bows (possibly after Church or during a weekday.) PLEASE email her:

*We have the glue guns and would love to add some “gunners” to cone wreaths during Wreath Week,
*Of course, we hope many of you order a St Paul’s wreath(s) to decorate your home or send to friends.

Proceeds from the sale of the wreaths benefits outreach ministries like the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) and Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA). This is great time to meet new people, have fun, and participate in an undertaking that helps many. PLUS there will be coffee, snacks and lunch! Watch eNews for more information. Please contact me. 802 862-3575, cell 802 734-9349, email
St. Paul's Youth
St Paul’s Cathedral is offering a pilot project for Youth across the Vermont Diocese. Our youth group has been active for the past 13 years. Youth in 9th-12th grade explore their faith through social events, social action, fundraising, and an annual service/mission/educational trip. The youth ministry program provides opportunities for young people to come together in an Episcopal environment in fellowship with other youth to grow in spiritual formation, explore their questions, and develop leadership within the church.
This year we would like to expand the offering to youth at the Cathedral as well as from other various congregations from the Vermont Diocese. We are exploring the Theme “How our Faith Calls us to Serve and Guard the Earth” We, with Rev. Rachel Field, will plan a Vermont oriented day once a month (minus December and April) where we host a service-learning event and be joined by youth from other parishes. Ideas for this diocesan youth days are: a weekend in October with Rev. Rachel Field at Heartberry Hollow Farm & Forest, a Harvest theme at Ethan Allen Homestead to learn about Abenaki History and connection to the earth, a day at The Audubon Center learning about songbirds and their migration and the link to the deforestation of the rainforest, a day at the ECHO Center, a day at Burlington Electric Department learning about Burlington’s movement to become net zero energy, etc. We will share a curriculum ( that can be followed along during the year to enhance the youth’s learning and questioning, culminating in a service-learning trip to Costa Rica involving tree planting and reforestation in June 19-29, 2023.

We need at least twelve youth from the Cathedral and wider diocese to commit to this program to make it work. Please contact Marti Churchill at to learn more!
Justice Speaks: Antiracism in America
Many churches in Vermont are having conversations about antiracism. A fellow Social Justice Group recently shared with the Jubilee Justice Social Outreach Committee a local multipart series titled Racism in America. It is moderated by the Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas, Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Jericho, Vermont.
The web site for the series overview is
We are asked: How far have we come as Americans in confronting racism? This is a topic that remains so intimidating and painful that we prefer not to talk about it in public for fear of what we might say or reveal, or how others might see or treat us. The Racism in America Forum will focus on both Vermont and the nation with the intent of providing a model for each state to address its own history pertaining to racism and bigotry. The Forum offers monthly (and sometimes more frequent) occasions where topics of uppermost importance to people of color are shared and discussed with the hope of attracting allies and fostering positive change for all Americans.
The series is archived by Mount Mansfield Community Television at Check out one of the many videos available. 
Blessing of the Animals
In celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, we will hold a service of thanksgiving for all creation on Sunday, October 2 at 4:00 p.m. 

We invite you and your pets to join us.
Second Sunday Supper October 9: Pot Luck!
Join us for a delicious dinner and great conversation. Feel free to bring a main dish, a side or dessert to share. Your presence, however, is what is most important! There is no need to RSVP.
If our October gathering date doesn't work for you - mark your calendar! We'll have our next potluck supper November 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Plan to enter the building through the lower entrance. To cut down on dishes, please bring your own plates, flatware, and cups. We'll have paper plates available if you're unable to or if you forget.
Coffee Hour
We gather for coffee hour downstairs in the Parish hall following each of our worship services. We hope you will join us for a quick cup of coffee, or, if you have the time, a longer conversation with old friends and new ones.

We are always seeking volunteers to contribute a snack, to make coffee, or to help set up or clean up. You can volunteer using our online signup here, or let a member of the welcome ministry know.

Please join us in this important ministry to welcome one another, get to know newer folks, and stay in touch with everyone who is a part of the St. Paul's family. To learn more, please get in touch with me or any member of the Welcome Ministry.

Penny Pillsbury, Chairperson, Welcome Ministry
Join Us For Worship
Join us this Sunday, September 18 as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. in person and 11:00 a.m. in person and live streamed on the Cathedral's YouTube channel for those who would like to join us virtually.
Please see the schedule above or visit the Cathedral website for other worship at St. Paul's.

You can view or download the order of worship for the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist on our website.
Other Regular Services
All are welcome to join us for our weekday services:
Morning Prayer, Monday - Friday at 8:30 a.m. on Zoom.
Morning Prayer will take place online only September 19 - 30.

Compline, Sundays and Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom. 
For Our Prayers This Week
We pray for blessings and joy for those who celebrate birthdays this week: Jody Kebabian.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Jay Slobodzian; Thomas McGrade; Ashton Christy; Robert Libbert; Caroline Rood; Scholar's House; James Booze; Jennifer Jenkins; Michael Fay; Henry Maciejewski; P.J.; John; Antonia; Lindsey Fay; The Anthony Family in Moscow, Russia; Nancy Bishop; Marie Cole; Kim Martin; Helene; Martha Ladue; Karin Davis; Karen Lewis; Sandy Nicholson; Cole; Nancy Johnson; Ella Baskett; Mary Magot; Jean Erno; Jackie; Lillian Robinson; Emily Harwood; Peter Adams; Elizabeth Webster; Pat Barra; 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. For those who have died from COVID-19 and for the grief of those who loved them. For Ukraine and those fleeing its borders and for the people of Russia. For all victims of gun violence.

We pray for those who are in the discernment process: Kenzo An; and for our seminarian, Susan McMillan.

We pray for those who have died: Elizabeth, queen; Susan Wheeler; the more than 1500 victims of the flooding in Pakistan; the war dead in Ukraine and Russia
Quote of the Week
"Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it's a good place to start."

--Jason Collins
Lessons for September 18: The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday's Collect
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Community News & Events
Nominations for Election at 2022 Diocesan Convention Due Today
The deadline for nominations for diocesan leadership positions to be elected during the 2022 diocesan convention is September 16. Nominations should be submitted using the online form. Leaders are needed to serve on the following bodies:
·    Brookhaven School Trustees 
·    Committee on Congregational Development and Formation
·    Commission on Finance
·    General Convention Deputies
·    Provincial Synod Deputy
·    Rock Point Board
·    Standing Committee
·    Trustees of the Diocese
See descriptions of each role on the diocesan website.
Please email Jenny Ogelby, chair of the Nominations Committee, at with questions.
Virtual Run/Walk for the Joint Urban Ministry Project
September 24 through October 8 is the Virtual Run/Walk for the Joint Urban Ministry Project: Choose your own route, your own distance, and when to run or walk between September 24 and October 8! Our event goal is collectively, our runners, walkers, donors and sponsors will raise/contribute a total of $14,000 for JUMP. 

• Everyone: All adults and youth can register online and then invite support for JUMP from family, neighbors, friends, and colleagues between September 24 and October 8. You can also register using the enclosed mail-in form.
• Consider forming a team to participate in the Run or Walk for JUMP representing your neighborhood, sports team, school, faith community, organization or place of business. Register your team & invite people to join in!
• 15 Days for JUMP: Choose your own route, your own distance, and when to run or walk between September 24 and October 8 – a time we are calling “15 Days for JUMP!” o Our event goal is collectively, our runners, walkers, donors and sponsors will raise/contribute a total of $14,000 for JUMP.
• Running or Walking – Send Us a Selfie! Send us a photo ( – of you running, walking or celebrating your participation – and we will share it on JUMP’s social media sites during the “15 Days for JUMP!” Register Online:
• Register online for the virtual Run - or Walk – for JUMP: – this link is also on our website:
• Use JUMP’s Frontstream event site to create a fundraising page and email potential supporters. From your page, you can post a link to Facebook or other social media sites. Registering, giving online – and inviting donations – is easy, secure, and a quick way to reach out to donors.
THRIVE Town Hall Meetings
The THRIVE Task Force is offering multiple opportunities to learn more, to ask questions, and to connect with Task Force members. Meetings are open to all, and will take place on Zoom.

September 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Subject: Proposed Canonical Changes
On September 24 at 10:00 a.m., join Diocesan Chancellor Thomas Little and members of the Canons Committee to discuss the canonical changes that are being proposed by the Canons Committee to put THRIVE’s recommendations in place for a three-year trial period.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 898 1588 0685
Passcode: 036830
Diocesan Convention is October 8 and 13: Register by September 24
The 2022 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont will be held in two parts:
The Bishop’s address, worship, and other programming will take place in person on Saturday, October 8 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration and time for fellowship will begin at 9 a.m.
The business portion of diocesan convention will be held online via Zoom the evening of Thursday, October 13 beginning at 6 p.m.

The deadline for diocesan convention registration is September 24.
All clergy and delegates, and everyone who plans to attend the in-person portion of convention on October 8, must register. Registration is not required to watch convention proceedings on YouTube.
The registration fee for all clergy, delegates, and convention attendees is $25.
Lay Delegate and Clergy Registration
Voting lay delegates and clergy should register for convention using this form.
General (Non-Voter) Registration
Members of the diocese who are not voting delegates to diocesan convention should register using this form.
Please email Karen Robinson with questions about registration.
Retreat for Families Impacted by Substance Abuse Offered
Dr. Libby Stuyt will lead a retreat for families impacted by substance abuse or severe mental illness.

October 9 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rock Point Center in Burlington, VT

Learn coping strategies and make connections in a safe, private space to support healing, learning, meditation, and other tools to cope with the substance use disorder of a loved one. Retreat will be led by Dr. Libby Stuyt, a board certified addiction psychiatrist and Medical Director for the Colorado Circle Program.

This is a free event, donations are always gratefully accepted. To register, use the link here.
Submission Deadline for St. Paul's eNews
This weekly e-newsletter is circulated on Fridays. Please have your pieces submitted to Jennifer Sumner at by noon on Wednesday. Thank you.

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

Katie Gonyaw, Children's Formation Coordinator

Grace Jack, A/V and Social Media Coordinator