January 20, 2023
From the Dean and Rector

It's Annual Meeting time! Yay! Seriously, this is going to be one you won't want to miss. Your Vestry and I have worked to make this year's Annual Meeting a bit more productive by seeking your input on some of the challenges that face us as a parish. Though we have so much to celebrate we also have some challenges.

THIS Sunday, January 22, we will spend time together talking about those challenges and you will have an opportunity to provide input into how we might face those challenges while embracing all the wonderful things we love about this place and the incredible growth we've had over the past two years.

Please plan to be here THIS Sunday, January 22 for both worship (begins at 10:00) and the meeting immediately following. We will have excellent snacks and pretty good coffee on hand in the back of the church, and childcare will be provided downstairs. We will aim to have you out by 12:07. This is our annual family meeting, and you are the family. See you there!

Beloved, together we make this happen. All of us. I love you and God adores you.


P.S. Please take time to read the materials in the Annual Report before Sunday! It's full of wonderful stuff that we won't be re-reporting on Sunday.
Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
St. Paul's Annual Meeting
This Sunday, January 22, St. Paul's will hold its Annual Meeting directly following our 10:00 a.m. worship service. There will only be one service that day. Both the worship and the meeting will be in person and live-streamed on the Cathedral's YouTube channel.
Childcare is offered during the annual meeting downstairs in the Parish Hall.

Included in the proceedings will be an important discussion about the finances of the Cathedral, an election for official parish positions, a review of the activities of the Cathedral over the past year, and recognition, thanks, and celebrations for the contributions of everyone here at the Cathedral.
Meet Your Vestry Nominees
We are pleased to present this year’s slate of Vestry Nominees for the St. Paul’s Vestry class of 2023 – 2026. Thanks for accepting the nomination to Miriam Burns, Karl Fandrich, and Marley Skiff, who has agreed to participate in Vestry for another term. Elections for new vestry positions will take place at the annual meeting on Sunday, January 22. 
We also extend our sincere gratitude to Tom Rees and Suki Rubin, whose terms end this January. They kept a steady hand on the tiller during an uncertain time in our history.
Miriam Burns
Karl Fandrich
Marley Skiff
Updated Directories Available
Updated church directories are available on the Narthex table for anyone who would like a printed copy. Electronic copies can be requested by emailing the office at admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org

Please note that in order to ensure confidence, privacy and promote an open exchange of information for members, the church asks that the member directory not be used for solicitation, marketing, or sharing of member information with non-members. 
Cathedral Arts Presents: Young Artists Showcase
Cathedral Arts is excited to present the 50th Annual Young Artists Showcase Recital, which celebrates the excellent work of young performing artists from throughout the state of Vermont. 

Tuesday, January 24 at noon. This is a free concert. Donations to Cathedral Arts are always gratefully accepted.
1973-2023: St. Paul's Celebrates 50 Years
In November 1973, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul was consecrated in its present location. This year we will joyfully celebrate 50 years of ministry, drawing on our past to energize our present and expand our future.

As a community, it is important to take a short time out to reflect upon this remarkable milestone. It is important to celebrate because for 50 years we have prayed, sang, celebrated, mourned, striven for justice, and lifted up our community.

Stay tuned to for more in the eNews about our history, where we've been and where we're headed in the coming months.
Challenging the Anglican Family: 1998 Lambeth Resolution 1.10
From Deacon Stan Baker.

As promised, this is my piece on what took place just after the close of the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. This year's General Convention was one at which important discussions and resolutions took place around women’s rights, the rights of LGBTQ+ people, attention to the needs of BIPOC Episcopalians - overall a very “Queer friendly Convention.” Soon after came Lambeth, the meeting of all the bishops of the Anglican Communion, which takes place every 10 years in England at Lambeth Palace, called together by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Those of you who are cognizant of the larger Church may have heard the Episcopal Church referred to as part of the Anglican Family. Worldwide, there are 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion of which the Episcopal Church is one. There are 80 million members, making us the third largest Christian body in the world. These provinces of the Anglican Communion are our family from other countries and cultures: brothers, sisters, in-laws: our siblings. What happens when we, as a larger church family, disagree about something foundational?

Lambeth was supposed to be a gathering of love, prayer, and inclusion, which was meant to uphold the dignity of all of God’s children, underlining the love that God has for all of us. At this year's gathering, there was an unsuccessful attempt to endorse a statement asserting that the Anglican Communion views same-sex relationships as sin. This resolution, originally adopted in 1998, states that: marriage is only between a man and a woman, asserts that abstinence is right for "those who are not called marriage," and maintains that, “homosexual practice [is] incompatible with scripture.” This came as a complete surprise to most bishops. In addition, while gay bishops living in committed relationships were invited to attend this time (they were not 10 years ago), their spouses were not invited, while all the spouses of heterosexual bishops were welcomed.

We know that many important relationships were forged at Lambeth, and some bishops met their first gay person ever when introduced to gay bishops. However, the discomfort of those coming to terms with new ways of being in the world, and even the discomfort of our courageous gay bishops, pales in comparison to queer Anglicans living in countries where homosexuality is illegal, who face beatings or prison as a result of trying to live their lives openly and honestly. Jim Naughton, the head of Canticle Communications, wrote this: The phrase “despite our deep divisions” or something similar appears in almost every story about the Lambeth Conference. But in the communion, “talking across differences usually involves LGBT-aligned bishops who are at no earthly risk for stating their views talking with anti-LGBT bishops who are at no earthly risk for stating theirs. There is, however, a more profound division in the communion. It is between those who are at risk of having the sh*t beaten out of them for loving whom they love, and those who are not. And until the Anglican Communion “talks across” that difference, it is complicit in the persecution of faithful queer Christians, and worse than that, it is complicit by design.

Please join in on the conversation on what the relationship of the Episcopal Church should be to the Anglican Communion. On Wednesday, March 1, from 6:30 to 8:00, I will be hosting the first of several online discussions designed to guide us in preparing a resolution on what action we should take related to the relationship of the Episcopal Church to the Anglican Communion. This resolution will be brought to our Diocese of Vermont convention in the fall, and then presented to General Convention of the Episcopal Church in summer of 2024. Our guest will be Katie Sherrod, Director of Communication for the Diocese of N. Texas, and one of the documentarians who filmed Voices of Witness Africa, interviewing queer black Africans talking about their plight in countries where homosexuality is illegal. We will start by watching the video, and then engage in discussion with Katie.

If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Deacon Stan Baker at sbaker@stpaulscathedralvt.org.
St. Paul's Youth Group (SPY) on Hiatus
Dear families of St. Paul's Youth,

I am writing to share with you that I will not be leading SPY after December 2022. It has been a loving and joyous part of my ministry here at St Paul’s since 2008. For many years, we have had active and engaged youth and a program that held year long spiritual and social justice investigations and projects. It seems this format for youth engagement is not what the youth and families of 2023 are seeking. We have had a small group of 1-4 participants this fall but this is not enough to support a volunteer led effort for SPY.

I wish to share my gratitude for being a part of such a transformative ministry for myself and many young people here at St Paul’s. I am immensely grateful for the 14 years I was a part of SPY and for the other parents/guardians/chaperones who gave so lovingly to support SPY.

My prayer is that, with my stepping away, it will leave room for another innovative approach for young people to be engaged in Christ’s work within the world through St. Paul’s.

I have loved your children like my own. I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to know them and be a part of their lives in small and bigger ways. May their lives continue to be blessed by God's Grace.

In peace and blessings,

Marti Churchill
From Out of Vermont Kitchens: Recipe of the Week
It feels like soup weather is (finally) upon us. Fingers crossed we're done with rain for the next many weeks and winter, with all it's beauty and starkness, can settle in.

Recipe of the Week: Potato Leek Soup.

Excerpted from the introduction of the 1990 edition of Out of Vermont Kitchens:

St. Paul's Cathedral published our first cookbook, Out of Vermont Kitchens, in 1939. The world and the small corner of it that is Vermont were very much different then, and yet some things stay the same. The values that first book represents - fresh ingredients cooked with pleasure and creativity for family and friends - are with us still today.

Vermont itself is a blend of old and new, a study in contrasts. It is still a rural state with many small family dairy farms and sugarbushes, but in recent years an influx of new residents from "down country" has brought us new life and richness with their interest organic gardening, sheep raising, and the production of a variety of cheeses and homecooked products now sold far beyond our borders. While treasuring our wonderful maple syrup and dairy products, we also welcome the addition of a broadened range of produce, herbs and spices to our shelves.

Vermont is a place of distinct seasons and sometimes harsh climate, but always of outstanding beauty. Much of our life continues to involve church suppers, town fairs, country auctions, and rigorous outdoor activity, along with a penchant for self-reliance and the homegrown. Our more recent neighbors have often settled here because they too love these simper pastimes and values. Those of us fortunate enough to live here wouldn't be any other place.

So come into our kitchens. Sit down and browse awhile through our recipe files and well-thumbed favorites. Then join us around the table to share a dish that, in the universal spirit of kitchen creativity, you have made your own.
Children's Corner
There will be childcare offered during the Annual Meeting this year! After the worship service, please bring your children downstairs to the Church School room where there will be crafts and games. Thanks to Katie Gonyaw for putting this together.

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 download the Sunday Paper for the third Sunday after the Epiphany.
Coffee Hour: What are you Signing up for?
The Welcome Ministry is a small, but mighty group of volunteers who are responsible for set up and clean up of our weekly get-togethers after both 9 and 11 a.m. services. Coffee Hour is a great way to meet and visit with fellow worshipers in an informal setting. We ask parishioners to sign up on Coffee Hour Sign-up Sheet in the Narthex or in the Parish Hall on the beverage table. When you sign up, you are asked to bring a specific finger food item, such as:
o  Baked goods (store bought or homemade)
o  Fruits and/or veggies
o  Crackers and cheese or dip for either the 9 or 11 a.m. service or both
Food contributions can be dropped off in the kitchen before the service.

If you are available for cleanup after Coffee Hour, we welcome your help. DON’T worry if you forget to sign up, just bring a goodie you like and just show up.

We hope you will join us for Coffee Hour after the services (regardless of any contributions!). Please look for the sign-up sheets in the Narthex or in the Parish Hall on the beverage table. We appreciate your contributions.

The Welcome Ministry: Penny Pillsbury, Sue Simmons, Nadine Carpenter, Debbie Altemus, Shannon Williamson, Richie Amerson, Miriam Burns, David Turner, Nancy Snyder, Cecile Woodbury, Brenda and Bill Kirby. 
Join Us For Worship
Join us for our Worship, in person on via our Live Stream on YouTube.

Sunday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. in person, followed by our annual meeting.
In person and live streamed.

You can view or download the order of worship 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.
Tuesday - Friday at 8:30 a.m. in person.

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: Joe Comeau, Miriam Burns, Judy Stewart.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Colin MacDonald; Clair Viens; Mari Richards; Devin Starlanyl; Joan Braun; Karin Davis; Laura Macke; Jay Slobodzian; Thomas McGrade; Ashton Christy; Robert Libbert; Caroline Rood; Scholar's House; James Booze; Jennifer Jenkins; Michael Fay; Henry Maciejewski; P.J.; John; Lindsey Fay; The Anthony Family in Moscow, Russia; Nancy Bishop; Marie Cole; Kim Martin; Helene; 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; 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, our seminarian, Susan McMillan; for Trinity Fellow, The Revd Nitano Muller.
Quote of the Week
"It is reason, and not passion, that must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision."

--Barbara Jordan

Lessons for January 22: The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle (Transferred)
Sunday's Collect
O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Community News & Events
Submission Deadline for St. Paul's eNews
This weekly e-newsletter is circulated on Fridays. Please send your submissions to Jennifer Sumner at admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org 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