Vestry Minutes

September 26th, 2022

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

Family fun night, a monthly gathering for our whole church family, begins this Wednesday September, 28. Gather at 5:00 pm with a potluck dish to share. Enjoy time just to be with one another, hear a Godly Play story (shared by Marie Antonolli) and play a game–just for fun. See you Wednesday.

The Blessing of the Animals. We will celebrate our animal friends on Sunday October 9th at 4 pm in our side yard. Along with your animals consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food for our Little Free Pantry (or consider a donation of pet food for the pantry). There are extra posters for this event at the back of the church. Please take one and post it somewhere around town.

Adult Education Opportunities:

  • Join the conversation about immigration. The Rio Grande Borderlands pilgrims are hosting a conversation with immigration attorney Laura Tuell on September 27th at 6:00 pm. Laura is a Montana native (Red Lodge) and the head of pro bono services at Jones Day, a global law firm in the Washington, D.C. area. Laura has made presentations about her work to other Montana Episcopalians and received rave reviews. She has agreed to give a short presentation about her work and answer questions about immigration in a zoom conversation on September 27th. If you would like to attend, please contact Audrey Murray (612-968-2108; to receive a zoom link.
  • Montana Interfaith Power and Light will give a presentation at St. Paul’s on Saturday October 8th from 9:00 -12:00 in the church basement. Caleb Koebble, the executive director, will share about the effects of our changing climate and will lead us in a discussion about ways St. Paul’s can reduce our carbon footprint. The diocese received a UTO grant to fund this work with congregations across Montana.
  • GOD IS IN THE WORLD OR NOWHERE. For centuries Mystics, poets and monks have told us that God is deeply enmeshed in the created world. Our Celtic Christian cousins believed that God is as close as the air we breathe and that it is in Creation that we most deeply find God. In this kind of theology God is understood as DIVINE CREATIVE LOVE, a LOVE whose very nature is to give birth and push and persuade, to suffer with and save every minute of an evolving Creation and every movement  of the human heart. This 1 1/2 hour class will travel from the Big Bang to the Crucifixion, from the “Burning Bush” of Moses to the Intimate God who whispers to us in the dark night of the soul, “I love You, You are Mine Forever”. Join Rev. Steve Oreskovich on Wednesday November 2 from 7- 8:30 pm in the church basement for this class.

Stewardship committee. This committee is working to bolster our stewardship campaign this year and into the future. The group determined that one of their goals was to keep the congregation more informed about our finances. Watch for a Stewardship Update coming your way soon.

Diocese annual convention happens Sept. 30 – Oct 2 in Missoula. Our representatives are Barb Olin, Deb Andrews, and Rev. Gretchen. Please pray for convention as we elect new leaders and do the business of the church.

Community Meals. The next time we will serve a Community Meal is Thursday October 27th. We will be changing our location, serving the meal out of St. Francis Catholic Church, rather than Cornerstone Church.

Halloween. St. Paul’s will once again host our community-wide Halloween celebration. Please contact Tom Schmit (406-381-6300) and let him know if you can help in any of the following ways:

Decoration set-up (3-4 people)

Donate Candy

Prep and serve hot chocolate and hot cider (3-4 people)

Hand out candy (3-4 people)

Make a crock pot of chili. This year we will sell bowls of chili to hungry trick-or-treaters and their families!

All Saints. We will begin preparing for All Saints in mid-October. You’ll have the opportunity on Sunday mornings to write the names of deceased loved ones on white banners that will be at the back of the church. Be creative and bold. We have 6 banners that can be filled with names and art work. On All Saints Sunday, November 6, we will display the banners and some of them will be a part of our procession that day.

Hosting Refugees. The Moran family is interested in perhaps hosting Ukrainian refugees in their home. They are just beginning to explore this opportunity. Does this resonate with you? Would you like to be involved in some fashion? If so, please reach out to the Morans or Rev. Gretchen.

Vestry. Our Vestry minutes for September are attached to this email. You can also find them on our website

Thank You! Thank you to Alana Cruse for hosting our church picnic when the smoke threatened to make us cancel! Thanks to all of you who keep an eye on our Little Free Pantry and help keep it stocked. Thanks to Paul & Lynda Nelson for hosting the September Community Meal and thanks to the crew of volunteers who helped serve.

Prayer Ministries

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

Healing Prayer on Sundays after Communion has begun again.

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: October 9, 23 and November 6, 20

She will be in Hamilton on the following Mondays: October 3, October 17, October 24, October 31

On Monday October 10 Rev. Gretchen will be out of the office and in Polson for Rev. Steven Yurosko’s memorial service and later in the day in Missoula for the celebration and dedication of the BearTracks Bridge.