Bishop Marty Stebbins will be with us on November 20th.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Things have been buzzing here at St. Paul’s. A huge thank you to EVERYONE who pitched in to help with the Blessing of the Animals, Family Fun, Community Meals, Halloween, Steve Oreskovich’s class, and All Saints Day. Here are a few updates about what’s coming next at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton, MT:

Stewardship Sunday. Please return your estimates of giving for 2023 by this coming Sunday, November 13th. You may place them in the offering plate or mail them to the church at: PO Box 758, Hamilton, MT 59840. These estimates help the Vestry as they plan for next year and create a budget. Thank you!

Bishop’s Visit. Bishop Marty will be with us on Sunday November 20th for her annual visit. Join us for worship and for a reception afterwards. We will also be looking forward to Thanksgiving that day and you are invited to bring non-perishable food for the Little Free Pantry as a thank offering.

Bishop’s Reception. Can you help provide food for this reception on November 20th? Keep in mind we need some gluten free options (as the Bishop eats gluten free). Contact Barbara Olin at 561-662-0790.

Coffee Hour. A sign up list for hosting coffee hour is now in the kitchen. Our goal is to have coffee hour every other week. Don’t worry about getting fancy. Coffee and tea are really all that is needed. The goal is to create time and space for us to be together.

Good Work Stewardship Committee. Here’s a shout out to the stewardship committee. Thanks to their ideas for donation jars on the drink table and selling chili on Halloween, we broke even on our expenses (first time ever)!

Advent Service. St. Paul’s is collaborating with the United Methodist Churches in Corvallis and Stevensville, plus Faith Lutheran Church to host an evening Advent service on Tuesday December 13th at 7:00 pm. We will celebrate this Service of Light at Corvallis United Methodist Church. There will be short reflections on the characters of the Christmas story as they anticipate Jesus’ birth. There will be Christmas carols, and plenty of candle light. Join your brothers and sisters in faith across this valley as we look forward to the birth of Christ and hold light together in the darkness.

Pilgrimage & Service Opportunities. Holy Spirit Church and Rio Grande Borderlands Ministry have 2 exciting opportunities on the calendar for 2023.  

The first is another Listening Pilgrimage during the week of Feb. 13th.  We have an information session scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20 on zoom.  

The second is a service trip to Boquillas del Carmen during the week of April 10.  Participants will travel with Rev. Mike and staff from the Boquillas and Beyond Mexico Missions to engage in light construction work in the Boquillas area.  An information session for the service trip is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20 on zoom.  

The links are as follows:

     Topic: RGBM Pilgrimage 2

     Time: Nov 20, 2022 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
     Join Zoom Meeting
     Meeting ID: 820 8249 9752
     Passcode: 129363

     Topic: RGBM Boquillas Work Trip
     Time: Nov 20, 2022 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

     Join Zoom Meeting
     Meeting ID: 823 3587 7591
     Passcode: 535900

Family fun night, a monthly gathering for our whole church family, meets on Tuesday November 29th. 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 participate in an intergenerational activity. Family Fun is scheduled for the last Tuesday of every month.

Flowers. Are you interested in donating money for poinsettias at Christmas in honor or memory of a loved one? Please let Rev. Gretchen know by December 14th so your honorees can be mentioned in the bulletin. Email her at revggstroh@gmail.com.

Hosting Refugees. The Moran family will likely host a family from Ukraine in their home some time in the new year. Please be thinking about ways you might help this family acclimate to life in Montana. Do you have a skill to share? Perhaps you could help with shopping, tutoring, language skills, banking skills, fly fishing skills. The “sky’s the limit.” Pray about ways to welcome this family into our community.

Vestry. Our next Vestry meeting is Monday November 14th at 4:00 pm.

Sound System. We are using our new sound system! The sound quality is very good. We’ve had a couple of technical problems posting our service online but we believe we have those issues sorted out now. We look forward to posting the service live on Facebook this coming Sunday. We welcome ongoing feedback about the sound system and how we use it. There is a bit of a learning curve for all of us as we relearn how to lead worship with the inclusion of microphones and a new camera (that can even zoom in). We know we will make mistakes as we learn but we are committed to better sound and a higher quality online service as well.

Prayer Ministries

Centering Prayer (in person) on Thursdays from 11-12 in the Guild House.Wednesday Centering Prayer continues to be offered online. Join Jocelyn Snider at 8:00 am Live on Facebook.

Healing Prayer is offered on Sundays after Communion.

Rev. Gretchen’s Schedule:

She is in Hamilton EVERY Monday and every other Sunday. She does St. Paul’s work remotely on Tuesdays.

Rev. Gretchen will lead Holy Eucharist on the following Sundays: November 20, December 4, December 18th, Christmas Eve December 24

She will be in Hamilton on the following Mondays: November 14, (she is off on November 21), November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19. She is off on December 26.