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The Chimes

August 2005

 

UPDATE FROM THE SEARCH COMMITTEE

Since our last communication in the Chimes at the end of April, the Search Committee for a Dean and Rector has reviewed 72 applications. After careful consideration, we have written 34 applicants, asking them to tell us more about themselves, primarily through their answers to a series of questions prepared by the committee. Their responses have helped us to narrow the field and to conduct telephone interviews with nine candidates thus far. A few more telephone interviews are planned. The committee is now evaluating those men and women based on the telephone interviews and all the other information we have. Committee members will soon travel to some of their churches to see them and their congregations first hand. These visits will help us focus on a small number of candidates who will be invited to St. Paul's Cathedral. Finally, I must let you know how hard the committee has been working and how dedicated every one of the members is. Please keep us in your prayers during the next few weeks.

Reid Heffner, Chair,
Search Committee


Special Thanks!

Dear members and friends of St. Paul's.

Thank you for the fabulous reception held on my final Sunday at the Cathedral. I was overwhelmed with your well wishes and kind words. Your gifts were so beautiful and thoughtful. Mark, Kaitlin, Sophia and I feel incredibly blessed to have had an opportunity to be part of St. Paul's community. We shall miss all of you very much. It has been a wonderful two years. Thank you for your encouragement, your creativity, your constant support, and love. Thank you for giving me the rare opportunity to watch and learn from your collective wisdom. St. Paul's is an amazing place and will always hold a special place in my heart!

Much love,
Kristen


EDUCATION OFFERINGS FOR FALL

Children: In July we trained a cadre of Godly Play teachers from St. Paul's and two other churches in Western New York. Godly Play is a Montessori based church school curriculum which teaches the sacred stories, parables and major liturgical events of the Bible and the church year. Interested in learning more about Godly Play? Ask Lynn Brunner or Cathy Dempesy, our very own Accredited Godly Play Teachers.

Youth: Journey to Adulthood, referred in the vernacular as J2A, is the new curriculum for our youth (Junior and Senior High). This program is designed to help youth through these oft-times challenging years. It also dovetails nicely with the work the youth do for Confirmation preparation.

Adults: WOW! Do we have a great set of offerings for the fall: Our Monday Evenings at the Cathedral are moving to Thursday evenings (I guess we will change the name.....). We will incorporate non-fiction, memoir, fiction and an interesting little collection called The Bible into our offerings.

FORUMS will be held at 9 AM on Sundays in the Walker Room. Our offerings will include a presentation on the significance of Rosh Hoshana and Ramadan to the Jewish and Muslim faiths; Spiritual Development, the role of pets in our own health and recovery, a special reception honoring the Reformation and Martin Luther and first hand accounts of refugees---how they escaped tyranny and how they find their way once they are free. In Advent, we will offer a series: "When the Saints March through Advent."

Bible Studies after the 10am Eucharist: Philippians in September, Luther in October, Revelation in November and Genesis in Advent.



WATCH THE SEPTEMBER CHIMES FOR A FULL SCHEDULE! Any ideas or interest in helping out with adult education, contact Canon Cole or Cathy Dempesy.

 

THE SHELTON SOCIETY


The Shelton Society was established five years ago to recognize individuals who have remembered St. Paul's Cathedral in their estate plans. Perhaps they have made a bequest in their Last Will and Testament, purchased a life insurance policy that names St. Paul's Cathedral as the beneficiary, established a trust or a charitable gift annuity. If you have made such provisions and not informed us, we would love to hear from you. You will be welcomed into the Shelton Society at our annual gathering in September. For more information about remembering St. Paul's in your estate plans, contact the parish office.

Save the Date!

Members of the Shelton Society will be honored at a special reception on Friday, September 16. Time and place to be announced.

Invitations will arrive in August.

September 16th marks the date that the Rev. William Shelton first arrived at St. Paul's. He was the longest serving rector in the history of St. Paul's. He served as rector from 1829 until 1881, when he became rector emeritus until his death in 1883.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Kim Zittel-Palamara and "The CARES Program" located at School of Dental Medicine and School of Social Work at State University of New York Buffalo for receiving the American Dental Association 2005 Geriatric Oral Health Care Award! Kim has been a member of St. Paul's for several years. She has been active in adult education, held a major leadership role in the women's retreat, and will be teaching Godly Play in the Fall. She has a wonderful 4 year old son, Joey.

 

A WORKSHOP FROM THE HOLY LAND

The Reverend Paul Lillie, Appointed Missionary of the Episcopal Church USA, will lead three workshops during August on Ethics and Spirituality. Paul has served for the past year in Jerusalem at the Cathedral Church of Saint George the Martyr where his work requires he travel throughout Israel, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza, and Greece.

The workshops will study some of the ethical issues facing the Holy Land, and how our Christian spirituality informs our ethical decision-making process on Middle East issues. Participants will also relate their Christian spirituality to the ethical dilemmas of their current context. Attendees will benefit the most if they are able to attend all three
sessions; however, it is not absolutely required. Some reading will also be assigned.

If you are interested in how our Christian spirituality informs
the Episcopal Church's role in the Middle East, you will find these
sessions
informative.

Sessions will be offered at 12:45 and 5:45 on Aug. 3, 10 and 17 in the Walker Room. Please call Mary Ellen if you plan on attending.

 

MASONRY WORK AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

In 2004, St. Paul's commissioned Flynn Battaglia Architects to prepare plans for a masonry restoration project. These plans were submitted to the New York Landmarks Conservancy, along with a request for a Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge grant.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy notified St. Paul's that it would receive a grant of $30,000 provided that $35,000 was raised as a match. Morris Masonry was engaged and began work in June 2005. Although at times, it has been challenging to find a way into the Cathedral, the effort will be well worth it. However, please note that the cement pad in front of the Walker Room will be replaced soon and that entrance will temporarily be closed. The Cathedral Park entrance will remain open.

Much thanks to Peter Flickinger who has been overseeing all of this work. He has taken pictures almost daily and has been integrally involved in every aspect of the work.

 

PARISH PICNIC

September 11, after the 10 am service, St. Paul's will have its annual Picnic in the Park. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be supplied. Please bring a dish to share. During the picnic, the Ministries Fair will be held in the Walker Room. Anyone wanting their ministry represented during the Fair should call Canon Cole in the office. Parents can sign their children up for Church School during this time.

 

Help Needed

People are needed to serve the Friends of Night People on September 4, October 2 and November 6th. A sign up sheet will be on bulletin board in Walker Room or speak to committee members Robert Ludwig, Judy Metzger or Greg Kay. Thanks to all who continue to bring food items for the pantry at 1272 Delaware.

The Hunger Outreach Committee will its hold its 2nd Chicken Barbeque to benefit the hungry in Western New York. Proceeds will go to the WNY Food Bank and Friends of the Night People. It will take place in Cathedral Park, on Wed. Sept. 14th from 11:30-2:00. Pre-sale tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased in the office. The meal includes roll, salad, 1/2 chicken. On the day of the Barbeque, tickets will be $9.00 each.

The Hunger Outreach Committee will meet August 7th in the Holy Spirit Chapel after the 10 AM service. All are invited. Agenda: planning for Barbeque fund raiser.

 

 

 

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