Purchase this soap and help support a school in Mexico!

Tuesday February 28, 2023

Here are a few updates about what’s coming next at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton, MT:

Lenten Compline starts tonight! Join your church family, on Facebook, for Compline (a beautiful ancient prayer service) at 8 pm on Tuesday evenings during Lent: Feb 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4. Go online and search Facebook for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Hamilton, MT. You can pray together live on Facebook, or participate at a later time.

Family Fun Night, a monthly gathering for our whole church family, meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. The next meeting will be TONIGHT Tuesday February 28th. Gather at 5:00 pm with a potluck dish to share. Enjoy time just to be with one another, hear a Godly Play story, and enjoy a fellowship activity.

Rio Grande Borderlands Ministry. This soap, pictured above, will be available for purchase after church on the following Sundays: March 5, 12, 19 (or as long as supplies last). What do bars of soap, made by Botanie of Missoula, have to do with a school in a remote village in northern Mexico? Well, the village is named Jaboncillos, which is Spanish for “bars of soap,” and it’s where volunteers from Holy Spirit and St. Paul’s will be travelling in April, to help build a school under the auspices of Rio Grande Borderlands Ministries (RGBM). Every penny goes to pay for construction materials. A set of three soaps sells for $20 (2 sets of 3 for $35), individual bars are $7.50. Botanie, Montana’s largest wholesale manufacturer of natural and organic bar soaps and soap making supplies, is owned and operated by Holy Spirit parishioners, Tim and Linsday Iudicello, who have donated generously to this project.

Soup Sunday continues every week through the end of March from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in the Guild House. We have enjoyed serving soup and sharing conversation around the table with those who have joined us on Sunday afternoons. We only have 4 weeks left! Can you provide soup on March 5, 12, 19, or 26? Could you provide bread (or rolls) on any of those dates? We also need 3 people to help serve each week.

 Contact Paul Nelson at 406-360-2555 or click here to send him an email.

Lenten Lunches will happen on Wednesdays in March from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Get a copy of Entering the Passion of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine (discount offered at Chapter One Books) and each week we’ll discuss a chapter over lunch. Tomorrow, March 1st is hosted at The Presbyterian Church

 of Hamilton. March 8th is hosted at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. March 15th is hosted at Corvallis United Methodist Church. March 22 and 29 are hosted at Faith Lutheran Church.

Lenten Poetry. Are you reading The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter by Malcolm Guite? If so, are you ready to talk about some of those juicy poems? Contact Rev. Gretchen click here to email her and we will schedule some times for group discussion.

Pancake Supper. A huge thank you goes out to Woody Jones for coordinating the pancake supper and to all the guys who helped cook, serve and clean up!

Change of Address. Have you noticed our new mailbox? St. Paul’s will be discontinuing our PO Box and receiving our mail in a secure mailbox on our property. Our new mailing address is: 600 S 3rd Street, Hamilton, MT 59840.

Queen’s Closet. The Closet is open for “rental” of prom dresses and other formal attire, including some suits. If you, or someone you know, are interested in checking out the selection of fancy duds contact: Jen Carmody 406-381-1150, Marie Antonioli 406-529-2526, or Ruth Anne Wilson Jones 706-594-2302. Clothing can be borrowed for a $5 deposit!

Volunteer Wish List. 

Contact Rev. Gretchen if you are interested in being an office volunteer once a month. You would come for a couple of hours on a Monday and do various office jobs as assigned by Rev. Gretchen

Vestry. The Vestry retreat is Saturday March 4th from 9:00 – 2:00 pm. Please keep the Vestry in your prayers.

Prayer Ministries

Centering Prayer (in person) will resume in April. Date/time TBA.Wednesday Centering Prayer continues to be offered online. Join Jocelyn Snider at 8:00 am Live on Facebook.

Rev. Gretchen’s Schedule:

Rev. Gretchen will lead Holy Eucharist on the following Sundays (this is a change from our normal schedule): March 5th, March 12th, April 2 (Palm Sunday), April 6 (Maundy Thursday), April 7 (Good Friday), April 9 (Easter).

She will be in Hamilton on the following Mondays: The office will be closed on Monday March 6 because of the Vestry retreat. Gretchen will be in the office on March 13, March 27, (Rev. Gretchen will be away celebrating her Dad’s birthday on Monday March 20th).