October 8, 2021
From the Dean & Rector
Beloved,

Last week Wanda and I adopted a nearly three year old cat. One of our two cats, whom we had bottle raised from one week old, died very suddenly in January of this year, leaving his brother cat to mourn for him, and mourn he did. He is good now, but is constantly looking for a playmate, a role the dog refuses to fulfill. It seems our cat is seeking "flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone." And so, after much thought, we decided to get him a companion. We wanted a cat who was reserved, had no "alpha" tendencies, and was old enough to be a good companion to our six year old, Mac. Friday afternoon we brought Tippy home.

She is adorable, tiny, and terrified. She is living in a cat igloo inside a playpen and only coming out to eat, drink, and dig in the litter box - all inside the playpen. Not exactly the companion we had hoped for, but we remain optimistic that she just needs a little extra time and TLC before she is ready to fully engage. Some folks have asked us if we plan to take her back to the shelter if she doesn't respond soon. Our quick reply is, no. She is ours now and we are her family and she is our family.

All his has got me thinking about covenant. The covenants we make with God, with each other, and with all of creation. In scripture we talk about the three covenantal moments in the Old Testament (Abraham, Moses, Josiah) and the one new covenant in the New Testament. But really, they are all the same covenant. In response to God's love for us, God asks these things of us: Love God; Love each other; Love creation. Period. How does this covenant work in your life? How does it not work so well?

You will soon be asked to consider a covenantal relationship with the Cathedral by making a monetary pledge to support God's work in this little corner of the Kindom. This is a promise we make to God and to one another to sustain the ministry we all engage in together. I pray that you will pray over your offering as a response to God's deep and abiding love for you.

As for me and my house, we will keep the cat and serve God. (Joshua 24:15 and me)

In Christ's love,
Greta+ 
Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
St. Paul's Annual Giving Campaign 2022: Together at the Corner of Hope and Gratitude
Coming Soon: Keep an eye on your mailbox for information about the 2022 Annual Giving Campaign. If you attended worship last Sunday, you heard parishioners at each service reflecting on their reasons for making a financial pledge to the Cathedral.

As you may know, the work we do at St. Paul's is funded largely through parishioner support. Our goals for the near term are to continue to expand access to the Cathedral, through virtual offerings, building improvements, and arts, youth programming, and spiritual offerings for all.

We hope that you will consider making a pledge for 2022, and thank you for your support.
Children's Corner: Honor Indigenous People's Day
church school at COTS Walk
This Sunday, October 10, we will be honoring Indigenous People's Day with a zoom visit from Ann Dapice, Ph.D during our formation hour between the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services.  Ann is an elder of the Lenape Nation and President of their non-profit organization.  She is seen as one of four clan mothers.

Ann will be teaching us about the medicine wheel, a sacred symbol used by the Lenape tribe.   Katie Gonyaw and church school students will gather in the Commons Room so people of all ages can join in.

To join us online, please use the Zoom link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81218603792?pwd=ZmFmTlNmOStPUkN2TkdoZElvNFBMdz09. We look forward to seeing you there!


This Sunday is the Twentieth 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.

All children aged four to 11 are welcome to join us for Church School, which takes place downstairs in the Parish Hall between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. If you are planning to participate or have any questions, please email Katie Gonyaw, our Children's Formation Coordinator.
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.  
The Installation of Dean and Rector Greta Getlein
Mark your calendars: On Saturday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m. 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.

Update: Friends, after much thought and prayer we have decided that we cannot offer a public reception after this event. We pray that you can join us for the service in person or on-line. We will look toward a fuller celebration of our life together in the Spring as the warmth returns and (in-shallah, God willing) the pandemic is under control.

The link to our YouTube livestream can be found on the front page of our website.
Marathon Sunday: No Services on October 24
The 2021 Vermont City Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 24 this year. Due to street closures in downtown Burlington making the Cathedral inaccessible by car, we have decided to cancel Sunday worship that morning.
Cathedral Arts Presents Borromeo String Quartet
Capital City Concerts and Cathedral Arts are proud to present a performance by the Borromeo String Quartet on Sunday October 24 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Burlington.

Boston's stellar Borromeo Quartet has been hailed for its “edge-of-the-seat performances,” by the Boston Globe, which called it “simply the best.” This beloved ensemble returns for performances featuring Beethoven's transcendent String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132, and Adolphus Hailstork's clever and touching String Quartet Swing Low Sweet Chariot. Flutist Karen Kevra joins them for Gluck's paradisal Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits.

Tickets to hear the concert live ($15-$25) are available in advance at www.capitalcityconcerts.org, and at the door on the day of the performance. New this season are virtual tickets. The pay-as-you-can tickets start at $15 and enable you to watch on-demand from home according to your own schedule.

This concert is sponsored in part by Bill Herbst of the Vermont Agency, the Vermont Community Foundation Concert Artists Fund, Capitol Copy, Grenier Engineering, and the Montpelier Community Fund. Visit www.capitalcityconcerts.org.for tickets, and information including programs, bios, and COVID protocols. 
Mid-Week Afternoon Tea with St. Paul's Clergy
How's your week going? Need a mid-week pick-me-up? Looking for a chance to connect with your CCSP friends? Come have a cup of tea with us on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Here at the Cathedral, we've been missing coffee hour - that incarnation of Christian community and communal bonding that contributes to our sense of holistic well-being as a parish. This casual weekly gathering will be hosted by Dean Greta Getlein and/or Deacon Stan Baker, and offers a chance to gather, reconnect with old friends, and meet new ones.

Join us every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom online or by phone:

Dial: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 871 5286 1108
Passcode: 1973
Wreath Project 2021
Wreath season is rapidly approaching! You can find an order form here to reserve one of the most beautiful wreaths going! If you ordered last year, you will soon receive an e-mail asking if you want to order again. Order forms will also be available in the back of the church.

All proceeds from the Wreath Project go to support St. Paul’s Outreach Ministries.
 
We are always looking for the next generation of Wreath Project volunteers, in addition to anticipating the return of many of our loyal Wreath Projecteers. 

If you are talented at clerical work, FedEx billing protocols, bow-making, creating large charts, making phone calls, sales promotion, crafty with cones and glue guns OR you would like to learn, let me know as soon as possible. My phone 862-3575, cell 734-9349 email ppills949@gmail.com.

-- Penny Pillsbury
Weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil in Response to Racism
The Cathedral's weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil continues this Sunday, October 10, 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.
Join Us for Sunday Worship
Join us this Sunday, October 10 as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in person. Our 11:00 a.m. service will be live streamed on the Cathedral's YouTube channel for those who would like to join us virtually.
 
You can view or download the order of worship for the 11:00 Eucharist here.
 
Children's formation will take place between the two services downstairs in our Parish Hall.
In person coffee hour continues to be on hold for the time being.
 
Other Regular Services
All are welcome to join us for our weekday services:
 
Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. In Person and on Zoom.
Compline, Sundays and Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom.
For Our Prayers This Week
Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Lisa and her family; Maria E. Righter; Dale; Molly Comeau, who is being treated for breast cancer; Cole; Nancy Johnson; Andrew Rhiannon; Ella Baskett; Mary Magot; Michael Hill; Jean Erno; Bill Metcalfe; Chuck; Ted Braun; Jackie; Michael Fernandez; Lillian Robinson; Stewart McHenry; Emily Harwood; Peter Adams; Elizabeth Webster; Danielle O'Hallisey; David, Carol and Samantha Simmons; Pat Barra; Margot (Lisa Schnell's sister); David Glendinning; Debbie Altemus; Vaughn Altemus; Marion Montross; Naomi Hodgett; Helen McGrath; Ted Braun; 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

"A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows."

--Francis of Assisi
Lessons for October 10: The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 23
Collect of the Day
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; 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
Volunteer Opportunity: Support Cathedral Square
Residents of our Cathedral Square Communities need your help.

As is in the news everywhere, businesses, restaurants and assisted living communities are having difficulty recruiting staff. And unfortunately, Cathedral Square’s long term care communities are not immune to this shortage.

So in this time of need we are turning to you, members of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, for help serving meals at both sites. In short, we are seeking volunteers for two to two and half hours for breakfast, lunch or dinner shifts. Details can be found on the following link: Kitchen Support/Meal Service at Cathedral Square Assisted Living and Memory Care at Allen Brook.

In addition to these on-site opportunities, there is also the option to prepare meals at home and deliver to any one of our Assisted and Independent living sites. Details can be found on the following link: Meals in Motion
Diocesan Convention To Be Held Entirely Online
In light of the continuing rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Vermont, the diocesan convention events originally slated to take place on Saturday, November 6 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul will now take place online.
 
The business portion of diocesan convention will be held as planned, online via Zoom on Thursday, November 4 beginning at 6 p.m.
 
The bishop's address, worship, and other programming will take place online via Zoom and YouTube Saturday, November 6.
 
Register Online
Online registration is now open. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 15.
 
If you are a delegate and unable to attend convention, it is your responsibility to notify the diocesan office of the change.
 
Pre-Convention Hearing: October 28 at 6 p.m. on Zoom
A pre-convention hearing will be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 28 at 6 p.m. Watch for additional details in future newsletters.
 
Business Session: November 4 at 6 p.m. on Zoom
The business session of convention will take place online via Zoom on Thursday, November 4 at 6 p.m. In order to participate in the business session of convention, delegates will need a dependable internet connection and access to Zoom (see technical requirements). Clergy or delegates who anticipate connectivity or technological challenges that might make it difficult to participate in convention from home are asked to email communications@diovermont.org. The business session will be broadcast online for viewing by the general public.
 
Worship, Bishop's Address and More: November 6 Online
The bishop's address, worship, and other programming will take place online via Zoom and YouTube Saturday, November 6. Watch future issues of the Mountain for more information about the agenda, starting time, and how to join.
 
Nominations
Coming soon: a listing of open diocesan leadership positions and a link to submit nominations.
 
Watch the diocesan website for convention updates.
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

Katie Gonyaw, Children's Formation Coordinator

Grace Jack, A/V and Social Media Coordinator