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Thanks to all those who worked so hard to decorate the church. It has never looked better. Join us on Sunday for worship and Holy Eucharist at 9:30 and savor the beauty of the 4th Sunday of Advent.

Monday December 12, 2022

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

Advent Service TOMMORROW. The pastors atthe United Methodist Churches in Corvallis and Stevensville, Faith Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian, and St. Paul’s Episcopal, are hosting an evening Advent service on Tuesday December 13th at 7:00 pm. This Service of Light & Hope will be held at Corvallis United Methodist Church. There will be short reflections by each pastor, 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.

Angel Tree. Our angel tree has gone virtual!!! St. Paul’s has adopted a family from SAFE again this year.  You can choose a virtual card from the tree by clicking on the link below to see each of the kiddos wish lists.  

https://signup.com/go/xZkreXB

Gifts can be brought to St. Paul’s on Sunday or they can also be dropped off at Mary Lyn’s office from 10-6 on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Office is located at 120 S 5th St., Suite 101. If you have questions please contact Mary Lyn 406-360-6279.

Little Free Pantry. During these cold winter months we don’t put canned goods in the pantry because if they freeze their seal can be broken and the food goes bad. But people are still regularly visiting the pantry, looking for food. Here are some suggestions of what we can stock it with: jerky, nut mixes, protein bars, shelf stable meats like summer sausage, applesauce in plastic, dried fruits, pasta sauce in plastic, crackers, rice cakes, pretzels, bread, dry soup mix, cake mix, cookie/brownie mix.

Neighbor to Neighbor Soup Sunday. Thank you to all eleven people who showed up to help on our first Soup Sunday. Due to unforeseen challenges that several volunteers are experiencing, the Sunday Soup will be postponed until January.

Stewardship. A huge thank you goes out to all those who have made a pledge to St. Paul’s. This helps the Vestry set the budget for 2023. If you have not yet made a pledge it is not too late. Extra estimates of giving forms are in the back of the church. Or contact the church office and we can send you a form.

Bishop’s Reception. THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the reception. It was delicious and it made the bishop’s visit particularly festive and fun.

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.  

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. Contact Rev. Gretchen if you are interested in participating.

Family fun night, a monthly gathering for our whole church family, meets this month on the 3rd Tuesday (December 20th) rather than the 4th Tuesday. 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 this month we’ll decorate Christmas cookies together!

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  Wednesday December 14th so your honorees can be mentioned in the bulletin. Email her at revggstroh@gmail.com.

Vestry. Our next Vestry meeting is today, Monday December 12 at 4pm.

Sound System. We are so happy with the quality of our new sound system! We are still working out kinks with the Sunday live streaming of our services. We know the recordings have been “hit and miss”. We apologize as we continue to learn about how to use our new recording system. If you would be willing to assist with recording on Sunday mornings we could use the help. Please reach out to Rev. Gretchen.

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.

Tai Chi. Is offered every Tuesday from 10:00 – ll:30 am in the basement. Dan Lindhome is the instructor. We are all invited to come and observe and/or participate.

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: December 18th, Christmas Eve December 24, January 8, January 22, February 5th (Annual Meeting Day).

She will be in Hamilton on the following Mondays: December 19, January 2. She is off on December 26 – January 1st.