September 10, 2021
From the Dean & Rector

It's hard to believe that earth has revolved enough times that we are back at Start-Up Sunday! While we can't have a picnic and car wash fundraiser, as has happened in the past, we will process, pray, sing, laugh, and sign up for things! If you wish to participate in any particular ministry or to serve on the Sunday morning worship team, or to help with Sunday School, or to sing in the choir, or to enroll your child in Sunday School, this is your day! Hope to see many of you there. We are still observing precautions by wearing masks for the full service, sitting a bit distant from one another, not serving the wine at Communion, and forgoing coffee hour for the time being.

In other news: did you know that Cathedral Square was begun by the Cathedral? Cathedral Square is the largest provider of affordable senior housing in Vermont! It all began with the building you see at the top of our parking lot, many many years ago. We still have a relationship with them through representation on the Board, welcoming many of the residents into the Cathedral community, and helping out as needed. Further down in this newsletter you will see an opportunity to help out with dinner service for the Assisted Living right here at 3 Cathedral Square. Please take a look at the calendar and contact them if you can help. Wanda and I will be helping this weekend, so ask me about it on Sunday if you want to know more before signing up. This is a small way we can continue to support their important and vibrant ministry.

I hope to see many of you this Sunday as we launch the new program year together!

In Christ's love,
Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
This Sunday is Startup Sunday!
Join us this Sunday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m., as we worship together in one service and celebrate the return of the choirs.

Startup Sunday is also a good time to explore the many ways to get involved at St. Paul's - adult and youth formation, social justice groups, arts, choir, and hospitality to name just a few. We hope to see you!
St. Paul's Receives UVM Health Network's Better Together Award
Thank you to the many volunteers who made this summer's BIPOC vaccine clinic hosted at St. Paul's possible. The Cathedral was recently recognized for our contribution by the University of Vermont Health Network with the "Better Together Award."

Morning Prayer: In Person and Online
After more than a year of gathering online, (and a brief interlude of in-person, outdoor worship), the clergy and staff of the Cathedral are pleased to be able to offer Morning Prayer in person and indoors at the Cathedral again.

Worship will take place Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Nave and will continue to be offered online via Zoom for those who wish to participate virtually. We have decided to discontinue streaming on Facebook Live. We are so grateful for the many ways that Morning Prayer has continued to be meaningful for those who were engaged and committed during the past year-plus. It will be a blessing to be in spiritual community in body as well as in spirit going forward.

All are welcome. Parking passes will be available to those who wish to participate in person who do not have a hang-tag. Use the link here or on our website to join us via Zoom.
Adult Confirmation Class to Begin this Fall
St. Paul's offers confirmation preparation for adults who desire to make a public commitment to Jesus Christ and to the Episcopal Church. This fall, we will offer an adult confirmation class, which includes basic instruction on Church history, the Book of Common Prayer, the sacraments, Scripture, church doctrine, spirituality, and church polity.

Classes will meet on the second Wednesday of each month beginning October 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to prepare adults from any background to take the next step in their Christian lives. We will read, pray, study, and reflect on our faith journeys as we explore the basics of the Christian faith and the Episcopal church. 

Participation in the class does not obligate students to be confirmed. Those participants who want to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church will make their commitments at the Easter Vigil. Anyone interested in confirmation should reach out to the Dean.
Sign Up for Church School!
We hope to see many of you this Sunday to get signed up for Sunday School! We are also in need of some adults to take turns being the second adult in the room for the classroom time. If you can't be in church this Sunday, but want to know more about Sunday School for your child (age 4 through fifth grade) or wish to volunteer as an adult, please contact our new Children's Formation Coordinator, Katie Gonyaw at

We are exploring ways to offer a hybrid Sunday School experience. Please stay tuned to this space for more information on that.
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.
Upcoming Worship Schedule
Sunday services are in person and live streamed on the Cathedral YouTube Channel.

Sunday, September 12, Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.
Startup Sunday! Adult and Youth Choirs Resume
View/Download the order of worship here.

Sunday, September 19, Holy Eucharist, 9:00 a.m., In Person only
Holy Eucharist 11:00 a.m., In Person and Live Streamed
Two service schedule begins
Church School begins at 10:10

Other Regular Services
Weekday services are held virtually via Zoom.

Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. by Zoom.
Compline, Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom or Facebook Live.
Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Lay Ministry Corner - Greeters
One of the ways in which we show Radical Welcome to all who come among us, is to greet them in the name of Jesus Christ! This Fall we are launching a new ministry of Greeting. Coordinated by the Welcome Ministry Team, greeters will do just that - greet folks who come in and show them the love that is here in abundance. We would love to have at least one Greeter at each service.

If this is a ministry that calls to you, please contact Penny Pillsbury (

Be the welcoming face of Jesus to all who enter!
Children's Corner
This Sunday is the Sixteenth 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.

Church School resumes next Sunday, September 19! 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, All rights reserved. This is copyright material and should not be further forwarded or distributed.  
Weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil in Response to Racism
The Cathedral's weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil continues this Sunday, September 12, 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
Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Dale; Jean Anderson; Molly Comeau, who is being treated for breast cancer; Cole; Nancy Johnson; Andrew Rhiannon; Kit Roberts; Ella Baskett; Dorothea and Naa Aku Viens; Mary Magot; Michael Hill; Jean Erno; Bill Metcalfe; Chuck; Ted Braun; Jackie; Michael Fernandez; Lillian Robinson; Stewart McHenry; Emily Harwood; Peter Adams; Sarah Urang; 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; 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

"There is the music of heaven in all things."

--Hildegard of Bingen
Lessons for September 12: The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 19
Collect of the Day
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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: Serve Dinner at Cathedral Square
At Cathedral Square Assisted Living, we are in need of volunteers to serve and clean up dinner meals on the following days:
At Cathedral Square Assisted Living (3 Cherry Street, Burlington). All shifts are from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
  • Thursday, September 16
  • Monday, September 20
  • Wednesday, September 22
  • Thursday, September 23
  • Monday, September 28 
  • Thursday, September 30
  • Saturday, October 2
These meals will be prepared ahead of time and would entail heating and serving the meal, possibly prepping a garden salad or sandwiches and doing light dishes and clean up! We will be using paper products for these meals, reducing the number of dishes.
During your time at these locations you will be screened and have your temperature taken before entering the building. You will also be provided a mask. All of our residents are actively coming to the dining room. Staff will assist with meals.
If you can help please let Pam Scanlon and Maria King know.
Unlocking God's Grace & Hope: An Evangelism Conference
Greetings from St. Mary’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Wilmington, VT!
In these uncertain times -- as we wonder about what it means to be a follower of Christ, and how to bear the Good News in an anxious and divided society – we are called to turn wonder into new life in Christ’s body.
You are invited to Unlocking God’s Grace & Hope, a Zoom and in-person conference hosted Sept. 24 to 26 by St Mary’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church in Wilmington, VT, located in the scenic Green Mountains, between Bennington and Brattleboro, near the Massachusetts border.
Some of the most imaginative and dynamic ministers in the Episcopal Church will help us share our faith, loosen our fears about new ways of being a church, and help us explore new ways of looking at ministry through music.
The conference opens on Friday evening, Sept. 24, with Evening Prayer led by our Conference Chaplain, The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, Canon to the Ordinary for Cultural Transformation in the Diocese of Vermont.
Saturday, Sept. 25, is filled with workshops and talks designed to stir the movement of the Holy Spirit in us and among us. Please see the attached brochure for details on the workshops and our stellar lineup of speakers and facilitators.
We close in Eucharistic celebration on Sunday morning, Sept. 26, led by our Episcopal Patron, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of Vermont.
For more conference details and to register ($35 in person, $20 on Zoom), visit our website at, which includes the options of secure online payment through the Diocese of Vermont.

Anyone from St. Paul's who is interested in participating should email the office at We would like to organize a watch party on Saturday, September 25 at the Cathedral. Scholarships are available for those for whom the cost presents a challenge.
Vermont Interfaith Action Hosts COVID-19 Memorial Service
On September 19 at 3 p.m., Vermont Interfaith Action will host a COVID-19 memorial service on the Vermont Statehouse lawn. The service will include a reading of the names of Vermonters who have died of COVID-19.
For more information, join the Facebook event page or contact Debbie Ingram via email or at 802-651-8889.
Diocesan Convention: Registration Now Open
This year, diocesan convention will be held in two parts:
  • The business portion of diocesan convention will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, November 4 beginning at 6 p.m.

  • Local health conditions permitting, the bishop's address, worship, and other programming will take place in person on Saturday, November 6 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington. Watch future issues of the Mountain for more information about the agenda and starting time.
This new model for convention is designed to ensure that delegates can complete the annual business of convention regardless of local health conditions and pandemic restrictions that may be in place in November. Both the online convention business session and the in-person programs will be broadcast live online.
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 will take place online via Zoom on Thursday, November 4 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. 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 The business session will be broadcast online for viewing by the general public.
In-Person Gathering: November 6 at the Cathedral of St. Paul
Local health conditions permitting, the in-person portion of convention will take place on Saturday, November 6 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington. Hotel accommodations will be available. Watch future editions of The Mountain for more information.
Watch future issues of The Mountain for a listing of open diocesan leadership positions and a link to submit nominations.
Submit Resolutions to Convention by September 24
Find on the website:
Pre-Convention Journal Reports Due September 15
Each year, the bishop's staff creates a pre-convention journal to inform the people of the diocese and convention delegates about the work of the diocese and its leadership bodies and institutions. Diocesan officers and the leaders of diocesan committees, commissions and institutions have received an email from Pamela Van de Graaf with instructions for submitting their reports by September 15.
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 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