April 30, 2021
From the Dean & Rector
Beloved,
 
As I write this there are electricians here working on enhanced lighting in our stairwells; Mark is beginning to plan our first in-person service with real-time Eucharist; we are preparing to hire two new part-time positions; I am four days away from being considered fully vaccinated; people are beginning to appear around town without masks on (in a good way); activity downtown is picking up; and the BIPOC clinic has an end date (July 10). We are moving past the crisis response to the pandemic and toward the new normal of post-pandemic life.

All that sounds good and right and joyful, yet there remains some uncertainty. What will our "new normal" look like? Feel like? How will church be different? How will it be the same? Will everyone come back? How will Zoom work when we are back in person? How can we remain as engaged with one another? How can we hold on to the strange intimacy that Zoom gave us? How can we help people who will never feel safe? So many questions. And the truth is, we don't have the full answer to any of them.

In the Acts of the Apostles this Sunday we will hear the story of the disciple Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch, and perhaps we can take some comfort in it. Neither Philip nor the Ethiopian man knew what would happen in their encounter, yet they met one another in full trust that God would show them the way. And God did - "Look, here is some water!" We should take comfort in knowing that God will always show us where the "water" is to be found. The water that heals, holds, teaches, and moves.

These next weeks and months will reveal much to us. Let us constantly be on the lookout for the water.
 
In Christ's love,
 
Greta+
Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
Pentecost 2021: Holy Eucharist In Person, Outdoors
On May 23, we will celebrate Pentecost and experience communion as the body of Christ. For the first time in many months we are pleased to be able to celebrate outdoors, in person at the Cathedral, with two services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

We will gather, masked and socially distanced, in the Rose Garden, (the green space adjacent to the Parish Hall along Battery street). There will be some chairs provided, but if you are able to bring your own, please do. We will also stream our worship online via Zoom for those who are unable or not advised to participate in person.

Following our worship, please consider bringing a bag lunch and join us for a picnic between the 11:00 service and our weekly silent vigil and witness at 1:00 p.m.

In the event of bad weather, we will send out an email the night before to alert you of the cancellation of the in-person service.

We will have pre-consecrated wafers available for pick up at the Cathedral the week before for those who prefer to participate via Zoom. Keep your eye out for pickup dates and times, to be published in a future eNews.
Now Hiring: Two new positions open at the Cathedral
We are now accepting applications for two new part-time positions:

Coordinator for Children's Formation: We are seeking to enhance our Sunday School program through hiring a coordinator to select and implement a formal curriculum, oversee the classrooms, and recruit and work with volunteer teachers. Please see the full job description here. This will be an external hire. Please share this announcement and job description widely!

Digital Missioner Consultant: We are seeking someone to assist in our move to a hybrid (in-person and virtual) church experience. Please see the fully job description here. Members of the Cathedral are welcome to apply for the consultant job. Please share this announcement and job description widely!

Interested persons should contact the Dean directly by e-mail
Justice Speaks: Systemic Change, Hands on Outreach, and an Upcoming VIA Action
Archdeacon Stan Baker says: I’ve spoken before about the different social justice outreach activities and opportunities supported by the Cathedral. We can make a real difference in outcomes in our community by engaging in two different strategies with our social justice outreach partners: systemic change, and hands on outreach:

Systemic Change: Long-term change in cultures and institutions involves a process of “looking upstream” to seek the root cause of societal problems such as racism, homelessness, lack of equal access to housing, mass incarceration, poor working conditions for migrant workers, etc. We go to the root cause and find ways to alter it – this is what we call systemic change - a way of working that creates deep, long-lasting change in oppressive systems. Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA) is an example of an organization that is focused on systemic change. St. Paul's Cathedral was one of the five founding faith communities that created VIA. Migrant Justice is also an example of a group that focuses on long-term systemic change for Migrant Dairy Workers here in Vermont.

Hands On Outreach: More immediate change occurs when we observe people in our neighborhood, community, or state who are in need, and we respond with immediate help. While this help may not address the “upstream” root issue, it provides essential services on the spot. The Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) is an organization that provides immediate assistance with rent, gas, utility, food vouchers, and social and mental health services. The Cathedral is also one of the founding churches that began JUMP and we continue to provide resources, volunteers, and guidance.

VIA Action Coming Soon: For some time our VIA Local Organizing Ministry (LOM), has been working on creating systemic change in the Vermont Corrections system, especially at the women’s prison in South Burlington. As part of our research, LOM leaders have interviewed: the Commissioner of the VT Department of Corrections, women formerly incarcerated, members of the ACLU, the Deputy Commissioner from the Maine Corrections Department, legislators, representatives from Vermont Works for Women, and other involved agencies and groups.

The Cathedral's VIA LOM will hold an online Action on Wednesday, June 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Some of the people we have interviewed will be present to listen to and respond to our research and questions. Hopefully they will pledge to join us in meaningful and specific steps to systemic change. More information about this action, and a Zoom link will be in the eNews soon. I hope to see many of you at the action.
Eastertide Social Justice Outreach
One of the signs of Spring at the Cathedral is our annual Social Justice Outreach Ingathering, when we focus our fundraising efforts on local organizations that address hands-on support for members of our community, as well as those targeting systemic change in our community and state. Social justice fundraising is a form of support and power-building, not just a way to finance an organization's work, and raising money is an important part of the work of organizing, educating and advocating for human services.

In 2018 and 2019, we raised nearly $8,000 each year, and this is our goal for this year. Our ingathering will take place on Sunday, May 9.
 
You are welcome to mail a check to the Cathedral, with "ingathering" on the memo line, or donate online using the link here, and select "Social Outreach" so that your donation is applied appropriately. Please give generously!
Cathedral Conversation: The Roots of Racism
“Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?"

In 2017, radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, creating the fourteen-part documentary podcast Scene on Radio. (from the website www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/)

Join us for five Wednesday evenings in Eastertide as we listen to and explore together this series of podcasts about racism in America.

We began gathering weekly on April 14 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. to pray and talk as one body and in smaller groups. Each gathering is centered on that week's episodes, so if you've missed previous meetings, you can still join us!


Listening Schedule: All episodes available as podcasts and transcripts on the Scene on Radio website
May 5: Episodes 9 - 11
May 12: Episodes 12 - 14

To join the conversation online:
Meeting ID: 893 8580 7285
Passcode: 1973

To Dial in by phone:
Dial: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 893 8580 7285
Passcode: 1973
Children's Corner
Alleluia 2013
This Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Easter. 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.

Children's Chapel: Join us this Sunday, May 2 at 9:15 a.m. for our Children's chapel
To join us online, use the link here.
To dial in by phone, call 1-646-558-8656 and enter the Meeting ID#: 864 7575 3002
Passcode: 296159
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.  
Spring/Summer Lector Sign ups Available
Thank you to all the Zoom participants who have volunteered to read during our worship.

A new sign-up has been posted, and we're seeking lectors to read this spring and summer. If you would like to serve as a lector, please visit the new sign-up here. (The old link has been deactivated).

If you haven't read before, but would like to try, let us know! Inquiries can be made to Office Administrator Jennifer Sumner.
Beware of Phishing and Whaling Email Scams
Check Sender Addresses Carefully
Some of you may have recently received emails purporting to be from Dean Getlein and sent from an unfamiliar gmail address. These emails generally ask for a quick reply, but occasionally have links that recipients are encouraged to click.

This is a form of cyber attack known as "phishing." Please know that any communications from Greta will come only from her Cathedral email address, which is: ggetlein@stpaulscathedralvt.org

Both phishing and whaling scams are online attacks on users that aim to acquire sensitive information. If you receive an email reportedly from Dean Getlein but from an unfamiliar email address, delete it and do not reply.
Join Us for Worship
Join us for our upcoming worship services via Zoom, either online or by phone:
 
Sunday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m., Service of the Word
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
then the Password: 1973
View or download the order of worship 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.
Cathedral Continues Hosting Silent Witness and Prayer Vigil in Response to Racism
The Cathedral's weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil continues this Sunday, May 2, at 1:00 p.m., in response to racism in our nation, state, and community. 

Please note that in order to comply with the Governor's safety regulations we are asking that participants arrive as close to 1:00 p.m. as possible, to disperse immediately at the end of the vigil, and not to congregate with those from other households.

In the event of really bad weather, we will send out a notification by Facebook (please use your own discretion). Be sure to bring a face mask and, if you can, 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, joy, and peace for those who celebrate birthdays this week: Stannard Baker, Bert Cicchetti, Mary Harwood, Jay Vos, George Harwood.

We offer prayers of gratitude as we celebrate the one year anniversary of Greta Getlein's arrival at St. Paul's.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Mary Magot; Michael Hill; Lois LaFountain; Jean Erno; Bill Metcalfe; Chuck; Ted Braun; Jackie; Michael Fernandez; Lillian Robinson; Stewart McHenry; Daniel McMillan; Emily Harwood; Peter Adams; Sarah Urang; Rachel Kauppila; 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 those impacted by the increase in domestic violence. 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.

We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died: Yules Nosal.
Quote of the Week
"First let a little love find entrance into their hearts, and the rest will follow."
--Philip Neri

Lessons for May 2, The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Collect of the Day
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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.
Community Events
ERD Spring Matching Grant
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) recently announced that an anonymous donor has created a $300,000 matching grant that would double the impact of donations made to ERD this spring.

Funds would be directed to the Moments that Matter program, which focuses on providing medical care, education, and economic opportunities to families in areas of extreme poverty.

To participate, you can use the link here and enter the amount in the Episcopal Relief and Development line, or send a check to the Cathedral, with "ERD" on the memo line.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Appointments Available to All Vermonters Aged 16+
Eligibility for COVID vaccine appointments continues to expand, and will be available to all Vermonters ages 16+ beginning Monday, April 19.

For more information or to schedule an appointment visit healthvermont.gov/myvaccine.
 
Anyone who would like assistance scheduling your appointment, please contact the Cathedral office at admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org.
Contacts:

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

The Very Rev. Greta Getlein, Dean and Rector

The Rev. J. Stannard Baker, Deacon

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

Jennifer C. Sumner, Office Administrator

Barbara F. Comeau, Financial Administrator