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September 2005

 

THE COMBINED SERVICE EXPERIMENT CONTINUES

Bishop J. C. Fricker

We began the combining of the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services to one service each Sunday at 10 a.m. at the beginning of April, assuring you that we were entering an experimental period to determine if this would be a suitable and acceptable pattern for St. Paul's Cathedral. We did so on the recommendation of the Worship Committee and with the approval of Vestry. We decided that the experiment would continue until the new year. We gave you an opportunity to hear the rationale for this experiment, and to express your opinion of it at a congregational meeting, which was held on June 5th. Though there was not a large attendance, most people present spoke favorably of the experiment.

Here's why we thought, and still think, that the experiment is worth trying:

  • The combining of the two congregations can serve to develop a greater sense of community among us.
  • A more consistent attendance of children in Church School can greatly enrich our education program.
  • A larger congregation, sometimes well over 200, before the summer, is an inspiring sight especially to the visitor and newcomer, revealing St. Paul's as an active, thriving parish.
  • The presence of our three choirs at one service greatly enhances the possibilities of what can be achieved musically at our services.

We have experienced the combined service for the past five months, and will continue it for the next four months. I have received comments from a few people, almost all of which have been positive. We know that one thing that has not worked well has been holding the Forums in the Richmond Chapel after the coffee reception following the 10 a.m. service. So, as you will see elsewhere, we are changing the popular Forums to 9 a.m. beginning September 18th. A Bible Study program will begin on the same date following the 10 a.m. service.

We promised to have periodic congregational check-ins through the experimental period at which you can register your reactions thus far. The first of these will be held on Sunday, November 13, following the 10 a.m. service. I urge you to join us that day, or, if you cannot attend, I invite you to send me your comments either by letter or by e-mail (jfricker@stpaulscathedral.org). We'll have another check-in later on.

I think the experiment is worth it. But I assure you that the final decision as to our future service times will depend not on how I think, nor on how staff members think, nor on how the Worship Committee thinks, nor even on how Vestry members think, but on how you think and what you want to see continued.


 

MEN AND BOYS' TOUR TO ENGLAND AND FRANCE

The Men and Boys of the cathedral choirs recently returned from a. very successful tour of England and France where they received warm welcomes and high musical accolades in every venue. There were several`firsts' on this tour. For all of the boy and most of the men, it was their first international choir tour. Also, for the first time the choir toured and sang in France, and the first time flying for several of the boys. The tour group included 14 trebles, 15 men of the choir, choirmaster Drew Cantrill, organist Andrew Scanlon, tour nurse Diana Foster, and tour manager/choir mother Nancy Stecker. Our coach driver, Jim Green, quickly became an integral part of our group - attending every rehearsal and service, shopping, serving snacks, and playing soccer at recreation time.

Each day was packed with lots of music and fun activities. We arrived in London early on Saturday morning 16 July, and immediately traveled to Stonehenge on our way to Salisbury where we stayed at Sarum College. On Sunday morning, the choir attended Eucharist and Matins, sung by the Men & Girls, followed by a tour of Salisbury Cathedral. After lunch we departed for Exeter Cathedral, where the choir was in residence for the week.

We quickly settled into the choir school located in the cathedral close where we lived together in close quarters for the next eight nights. The boys rehearsed with Drew every morning at 9:30, and the choir sang Evensong at 5:30, Monday through Sunday. Wednesday was a day off, and the boys and some of the men spent the day on Dartmoor where they assisted the Royal Marines in finding and catching a wanted spy! They were trained by the marines in rock climbing, target shooting, and strategizing for the spy's capture. After applying camouflage face paint, they climbed Sheep's Tor and eventually captured their target. It was definitely a tour highlight for the boys and adults who participated, thanks to Major Cantrill, Drew's brother!

On Friday, the men sang a Choral Eucharist for the feast of Mary Magdalene, singing the Byrd Mass for Three Voices. While the men rehearsed, the boys visited Powderham Castle and attended a jousting tournament. During the week, there were also tours of the Exeter Roman City Wall, Exeter Quayside, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, a trip to Topsham, an educational tour of Exeter Cathedral and a cathedral roof tour. Each evening after dinner, the boys had recreation time, playing soccer and frisbee and flying kites. After a week of daily rehearsals and services, the choir was ready for the busiest day at Exeter - Sunday! They sang three services - Choral Eucharist at 9:45, Choral Matins at 11:15, and Choral Evensong at 3:00. The cathedral clergy and organist were favorably impressed, and we finished our week in Exeter with a real sense of achievement.

There was a 4:00 a.m. wake-up call on Monday morning in order to arrive at Portsmouth to catch the ferry to Le Havre, France. Our first stop in Normandy was the historic city of Rouen where the choir sang a noonday concert. The following day, we stopped in Honfleur, a quaint seacoast town, on the way to Caen. A very warm welcome was awaiting us at the Abbaye aux Hommes where an excellent tour of the Abbaye and grounds was provided before our concert at 8:00 p.m. A champagne reception followed.

That same night, the choir traveled to Bayeux and checked into an historic inn where we resided for the next two days. Viewing the Bayeux tapestry, which tells the story of the events leading up to the battle of Hastings in October 1066, was another wonderful highlight of the tour. That same day, we traveled to the American Military Cemetery and the choir sang a spontaneous concert. Several of us then decided to take a dip in the North Sea at Gold's Beach, the Canadian D-Day landing site.

On Friday morning we traveled to Paris where we stayed at the International Youth Hostel. After lunch, we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and took a boat tour on the River Seine to get an overview of the city. The choir sang informally at the beautiful Sainte Chapelle on Saturday morning before touring the Louvre. Lunch was at Angelina's, famous for their Chocolat Chaud! The musical highlight of the entire tour was Saturday Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral at 6:30 p.m.. There were as many as 2,000 people in the cathedral, and we were given a spontaneous standing ovation as the choir processed out at the end of the service. The rector had high praise for their excellent musical performance. Our Sunday morning Mass was sung at the church of Notre Dame d'Auteuil where we enjoyed the generous acoustic and the improvisation of the organist, Frederic Blanc. After a quick lunch and walk along the Champs Elysees, the choir then sang Choral Evensong at the American Cathedral at 5:00 p.m. Three excellent services in less than 24 hours! It was quite an amazing way to end the musical portion of the tour.

On Monday, 1 August the choir returned via ferry to London where we stayed for two days at Imperial College, adjacent to The Royal Albert Hall. Highlights of our stay in London included a bus tour of the city, a bird's eye view from the London Eye, and attending a performance of `Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' at the London Palladium. Our tour banquet was held before the show. Everyone received a Turkey Award, and gifts were distributed to group leaders and tour staff.

We returned to Buffalo on Wednesday 3 August and were greeted at the airport by a large number of parents and family members with balloons and banners. The party was tired but excited and stories were told about the exceptional musical accomplishments, the amazing sites and experiences, the good friends made and the fun times had together.

Special thanks go to the four group leaders and the men of the choir for all their hard work throughout the tour. We couldn't have done it without them. Also, thanks to the musical leadership of Drew Cantrill and organ accompaniment of Andrew Scanlon, the choir reached their greatest musical level ever on a tour. As tour manager, it was my great pleasure to work with so many talented, wonderful musicians of all ages. I was not only proud their music-making, but also proud to be a part of such a wonderful, warm and friendly group of people. The men & boys were excellent musical ambassadors for the people of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Nancy Stecker

 

Coming Home
Henrik Borgstrom

On the evening of August 3rd, a dozen pre-adolescent boys hustled through the Buffalo Airport eagerly scanning the crowds in search of familiar faces. A palpable sense of relief and joy emanated from the arrivals lounge as anxious parents enfolded their children in their arms, as if refitting a final puzzle piece temporarily lost, then found again. And perhaps, as these parents gazed into their son's eyes, they came to realize that their young boy had grown up, ever so slightly, during those endless three weeks he was away.

The Saint Paul's Cathedral choir of men and boys have just returned from their summer tour, the first ever to represent our parish on the European continent. Indeed, the congregation can be especially proud of our young choristers who, as dutiful ambassadors of Saint Paul's, represented our cathedral and our city admirably. It goes without saying that daily rehearsals and performances ensured a choral sound of the highest quality. The roaring applause from 2000 congregants at Notre Dame de Paris was surely a testament to the choir's vocal achievement.

Nevertheless, the greatest experiences of this tour, those golden moments that edged the youngest of us perhaps one step closer to adulthood (while at the same time giving us older guys a glimpse into a past childhood) took place outside of the choir stalls and beyond the cathedral doors. Climbing Exeter's ancient city wall, curiously sampling a bite of tripe in an English-style pub, creeping camouflaged through Devon's countryside, touching the white marble tombstone of an unknown soldier at the American cemetery in Normandy, gazing up at the thirteenth-century stained glass of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, or maybe a simple late-night conversation with a sleepy roommate-these are the snapshots that allow us to better comprehend our place in this vast world. These are the instants through which we grow, the memories along which we stake our life's path; indeed, these are the shining moments that nourish the light of our souls.

On behalf of the older generation of men of Saint Paul's choir, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the choristers' parents for entrusting your children to our care, and for allowing us to share in an experience that will forever be a part of your son's life.

Heavenly Father, as we are all _your children, help us to nurture the youngest members of our community, that they may learn to love whatever is just and true and good, and that they may share in the joy of your creation, for the sake of your own dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

AFTER THE TOUR-
from the Choirmaster

The great success of the recent Men & Boys tour to England and France was achieved with the hard work of a dedicated team of people. The four group leaders, who had pastoral responsibility for the boys and teens, were Henrik Borgstrom, Jamie Burritt, Allyn Foster and Ward Hamlin. Diana Foster brought humor and expertise to her role as tour nurse, Nancy Stecker was our excellent tour manager and Andrew Scanlon did a marvelous job as accompanist. Thank you for all you did to make this such a memorable and musically rewarding experience!

Once the tour had finished, I took the opportunity to travel to Germany to play several organ concerts. My first port of call was the cathedral in Altenberg, 20 kilometers outside Cologne. Founded as a monastery in the 12th century, the abbey church fell into disrepair in the early 1800s, following a disastrous fire. The restoration of the building was undertaken in the 1830s by the Prussian King Friedrich William III and his involvement brought about the most interesting transformation of all. In return for his financial support, the King insisted that the new cathedral church be available to both Catholics and Protestants. And so two separate communities were founded at that time and they still exist to this day.

During my visit I played a concert for the Catholic congregation following their Sunday morning mass, and in the afternoon, I joined the Lutheran congregation for Vespers - part organ recital and part meditation. Luckily, my visit was perfectly timed for me to see the completed restoration of the interior and exterior of the cathedral, and my recital was one of the last concerts on the cathedral organ prior to its removal and reconstruction. I would like to express my thanks to St Paul's Cathedral for making this trip possible. Drew Cantrill

 

Hidden Treasures

Recently I had what I would call a `Howard Carter experience', but hopefully without the curse that went with the original. Howard Carter, you may recall, was the British archeologist who in 1922 broke through a wall that for more than 3000 years had protected the tomb of the Egyptian boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamen. What the astounded Carter beheld on opening the tomb was an immense treasure untouched through history.

My vastly more prosaic find was at the library of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and the
treasures were architectural renderings, done in pastel, of the original St. Paul's Church whose construction
began in 1819. As it was by the merest chance that Pat Virgil, the B&ECHS excellent librarian had them on display, my guess is that they had not been viewed in more than a century. There is a certain thrill to be had in making such a find and as it was connected to the early history of St. Paul's, it was especially sweet for me. But who had commissioned these beautifully executed drawings and for what purpose?

It turns out the man responsible was Charles W. Evans, a member of St. Paul's Church for much of the 19th century. He was that rare anomaly every organization would love to have as a member, the practical visionary. His well-to-do family had moved to Buffalo from Baltimore in the early part of the century, and in 1833 his father, William, constructed the Evans Ship Canal. This and other investments provided Charles with the financial resources to indulge his enduring passion, enriching the fortunes and ministry of St. Paul's.

From its founding at Ransoms Tavern in 1817 and throughout the 19th century, the parish was graced with a succession of gifted and energetic lay leaders but among these Charles Evans holds a special place. Beginning as a clerk of the Vestry then treasurer of the parish, he ultimately rose to warden and held that position for 25 years. For the historically inclined among us however, it was his single-minded preparation and writing of, "St. Paul's church history 1817-1903" that sets him apart.

The book is not written as a work of literature but rather as an account of St. Paul's activities from its inception. Enormous works went into compiling the documents needed to complete the work but with the discovery of the architectural renderings it appears Charles Evans began planning for the history more than 50 years prior to publication. In 1849 when 37 years of age he commissioned John Hafford to prepare drawings of various interior views and some of the front elevation. These 11"x14" pastels were superbly done and remain in excellent condition hidden from view but protected for posterity.

Tragically, Charles W. Evans died February 8, 1889, before his history was published. His daughter, Mrs. G. Hunter Barlett had undoubtedly been actively assisting her father before his death but now she took over the task of completing the book. It required fourteen more years of her efforts before publication and in 1903 under the authors' names, Evans / Barlett, History of St. Paul's Church 1917-1903 was published. Copies can still be found in St. Paul's Archives and at local libraries.

Lee Poole,
Archives Committee


SEARCH COMMITTEE

The Search Committee for a Dean and Rector would like to provide a brief update of our activities. From a total of more than 70 applications, we have contacted 37 applicants for their answers to a series of questions prepared by the committee. We have reduced the number of candidates based on their answers and subsequent telephone interviews. The committee now has a short list of about ten candidates, and that list is being further reduced by talking to references and obtaining additional information.

In September, committee members will travel to several of the applicants' churches. During those visits we hope to learn much more about each candidate, in part through conversations with them and with members of their congregations including vestry and wardens. These visits will enable us to select the candidates who will be invited to St. Paul's Cathedral to meet members of our congregation, vestry, wardens and the bishop.

Please remember that the search committee has been putting in long hours in this important effort and keep us in your prayers in the coming weeks. I know it seems like the search is taking a long time, but we have really made great progress in the last month.

Reid Heffner
Chair, Search Committee

 

ANDREW SCANLON
TO LEAVE ST.PAUL'S

With profound regret Bishop Fricker announced a week ago Sunday that Andrew Scanlon, the cathedral's assistant organist - choir master will leave St.Paul's this month to become a Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. This appointment will provide Andrew with many new opportunities to teach and perform in this university setting which is his alma mater.

In his letter of resignation he writes, " It is still tremendously difficult for me to leave the community of St.Paul's Cathedral. It has been my great privilege to serve this extraordinary congregation. I will never forget the warm welcome that I received, even amidst the departure of Dale Adelmann, nor the support and encouragement I received during the interim period. This cathedral has enriched my life in many ways, and for that I am deeply grateful to the entire congregation."

Andrew's last Sunday service in the cathedral will be Sunday, September 11th.

 

STRIVE FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE

George Hezel, a long-time St. Paul's parishioner was recently a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of Housing Opportunities Made Equal ("HOME"). George has served on its Board of Directors for 23 years. He was elected chairman for four terms and has been the recipient of both of HOME's highest honors: the James Crawford Award for Service to HOME and the Sarah G. Metzger Human Rights Award. George is an attorney, law professor and Justice of the Town of Aurora.

In his keynote address, George quotes from the baptism liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer. He stated that the people of HOME are charged with the mission of knitting back into society people who have been marginalized by virtue of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, and poverty. He asked the audience, "Have we forgotten that, we, like Abraham our forefather, are called upon to be kind to the stranger in a foreign land, remembering that we are all strangers in a foreign land. In the baptism ceremony found in the Book of Common Prayer, the congregation pledges itself to 'strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being'." If you would like a copy of the full text of his speech, please call the office.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
AT THE CATHEDRAL

Mondays have turned into Wednesdays.
How did we do that? Why did we do that? Well we were feeling old and wanted to spend some time with the 20's and 30's so we have created a Wednesday Night Extravaganza-a mid-week refresher---a St. Paul's Hump Day celebration.

Here's the schedule:
5:45 - 6:15 EVENSONG
6:15 - 7:15 Simple Supper and book discussion 7:30 Holy Eucharist hosted by the 20'c and 30's
Group, EVERYONE INVITED
8:15: 20's and 30'c gathering

Our books/topics:
Sept 21: Annie Lamott's Traveling Mercies
Sept 28: Annie Lamott's Plan B
Oct 5 : Bible Translations, Part I--taking selections from the Bible and reviewing different translations--which translation is right for you?
Oct 12: Bible Translations, Part II
Oct 19: Madeline L'Engle's: A Wrinkle in Time Oct 26: CS Lewis' : The Silver Chair
Nov 2: Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass
Nov 9: Marilynne Robinson's Gilead Part I
Nov 16: Gilead Part II
Nov 23: Thanksgiving - Intergenerational stories & crafts
Nov 30: Lauren Winner's: Girl Meets God, Part I Dec 7: Girl Meets God, Part II
Dec 14: An Advent Meditative Evening
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If you'd like us to order the books for you, we'd be happy to. Please contact the cathedral. Many of these books can be found used quite inexpensively as well.

 

HUNGER - OUTREACH

St. Paul's Chicken Barbeque to benefit the Hungry. Proceeds to benefit the WNY Food Bank and Friends of the Night People. Advance tickets of $8.00 on sale in Cathedral office in August. Date: Wednesday, Sept. 14th from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Cathedral Park. Volunteers are needed. Contact Greg Kay, Bob Ludwig, Judy Metzger if interested.

 

Saint Paul's Cathedral Presents
A PLACE AT THE TABLE 2006

If you are interested in hosting an event next season, please email your ideas to Henrik Borgstrom, hcb@niagara.edu; or call with the details; 834-6987. Be sure to include a description of your event, a specific date, your name and address, as well as the number of guests you would like to include and the price. Remember, all proceeds go directly to benefit the various ministries at Saint Paul's. Repeat events from previous seasons are welcome. Over the past two years, we have raised thousands of dollars for cathedral programs. Please consider hosting an event in 2006. If you need ideas, peruse the list of last year's events at our website: stpaulscathedral.org.

 

Pastoral Visitor Training

Canon Leann will be convening a training session this fall for people who are interested in becoming a Pastoral Visitor.

The ministry of a Pastoral Visitor is to connect members of St. Paul with the church when they are hospitalized, in a nursing home, or unable to leave their home. This can be done with a note, a call, or a visit, depending on the needs and abilities of those involved. Ask one of the clergy if you would like more information.

If you are interested in exploring this ministry, please leave your name with Mary Ellen Keeler and we will contact you once the training dates are set.

Eucharistic Minister & Eucharistic Visitor Training
will be held on Monday September 19th, 26th and October 3ta from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Chancel. If you are interested in being licensed to serve at the altar only, you will need to attend the first two sessions. If you are interested in being licensed to bring the sacrament to shut-ins, you will need to attend all three sessions. The sessions will be lead by Canon Leann. Please RSVP with Mary Ellen Keeler in the church office by Wednesday, September 14th .

 

St Paul's Seniors
Date Change!

This month we will be meeting Tuesday, September 20th instead of the third Wednesday. We are planning a light lunch and have a very special guest speaker scheduled. Lee Poole has agreed to present an encore performance of the forum he gave in July. He will speak on the life and times of Sheldon Thompson, a founding member of St. Paul's, whose colorful career mirrored that of early Buffalo. Thompson also rose to become the first popularly elected Mayor of the City. As part of his presentation Lee will show a number of rare illustrations of early Buffalo.

If you missed this wonderful presentation in July or if you loved it so much you want to catch it again, PLEASE JOIN US! Everyone is welcome! Kindly call Mary Ellen Keeler at 855-0900 to let her know you will be attending, on or before September 16th.

 

Western New York Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers for teenagers. The fall event is at Camp Pioneer in Angola November 4-6. This is a unique experience for teens, and is a time for spiritual renewal and empowerment. I will be one of the Spiritual Directors for this event. I heartily recommend this weekend for teens. There are games. there is fun, there is worship. It is a chance for teens to listen to other teens and hear how powerful Christ can be in a teen's life. I will leave pamphlets with an application form at Mary Ellen's desk. The cost is $90, and scholarships are available. So, teens, Catch the Spirit, and sign up for Happening #19.

Archdeacon Bruce

 

Baptisms at St. Paul's

This year's primary dates for baptism will be September 11th, the Sunday closest to Holy Cross Day; November 6th, The Feast of All Saints; January 8th, The Baptism of Our Lord; January 29th, The Conversion of St. Paul; April 1st, The Great Vigil of Easter; and June 4th, The Day of Pentecost.

If you are interested for baptism for yourself or for your child, please contact Canon Ethan Cole at the office or by email.

VESTRY HIGHLIGHTS
AUGUST MEETING

After a brief respite (July) the vestry reconvened on August 16th and it was back to business as usual.

Our independent auditors were present to discuss the final audited financial statements for the year ended 12130/04. The vestry then received a sample of the revised financial statements they will be receiving on a monthly basis. We all agree that this new format will give us a better understanding of the financial operations of St. Paul's Cathedral thereby allowing us to have better oversight in this area of vestry responsibility. Finally, regarding the financial realm in the life of St. Paul's, plans for the upcoming Stewardship Campaign (yes it's that time again) were shared.

Paul Lillie joined the meeting and gave the Vestry an overview of the valuable missionary work he is doing in Jerusalem. He again thanked St. Paul's parishioners for their continued support and reminded us that we, in communion with two other parishes in Buffalo and Ohio, make it possible for him to serve our fellow Christians in Jerusalem.

Beverly Fortune
Junior Warden

 

A ROUND THE CATHEDRAL

Dear Friends at St. Paul's:

It has been a great privilege to share these past three weeks with you, and I am grateful for your support of our ministry, in Jerusalem.

It has been good to share with you news from our sister church in Jerusalem on each Wednesday, and it has also been good to share the Eucharist with you on Sundays. So many of you have been incredibly generous, and for this I am very thankful.

Please do not hesitate to contact me in Jerusalem; I find e-mail to be the easiest option, as mail often requires much time.

Again, thank you and Christ's peace to all of you,

The Rev. Paul Lillie
Cathedral Church of
St. George the Mary, Jerusalem

 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

LYNN BRUNNER TO SUCCEED
KRISTEN LOONEY

It is with great pleasure that we will welcome Lynn Brunner as our new Coordinator for Children's Christian Education, taking on most of the responsibilities that Kristen Looney had before she left to take on her ministry as a school chaplain in Baltimore. Lynn has been very actively involved in our nursery and church school programs, and is very well qualified to assume this new role.

She holds Ph.D. and M.Ed degrees in education from the State University of New York in Buffalo, as well as a B.A. in Religious Studies from the College of Wooster, in Ohio. She has considerable teaching experience including her present position as Adjunct Professor, Career Discovery Program at D'Youville College here in Buffalo. She has participated in discernment committees, the committee on children in the liturgy, and the cathedral's Christian Education Committee.

Lynn begins her work officially on September 1st. It is a part time position, involving 20 hours a week. She will preach the sermon at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, October 9th.


GODLY PLAY to Begin

Godly Play, our exciting new Church School curriculum incorporating principles of Montessori, will begin on September 18 for grades Pre-K through 6.

Parents and children, join us in the Church School room after the 10 a.m. service on the 18th for an introduction and orientation; we are so eager to tell you about it! We will be registering students through the mail, at the ministries fair or at any time that is convenient for you. If you would like to know more, contact Lynn Brunner at 655-0788 or 855-0900 (the Parish office).
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CANON COLE
TO TAKE ON EXTRA ROLES

Since Dr. Brunner's responsibilities are solely those pertaining to our care of and ministry for children , some other areas of cathedral ministries have been added to Ethan Cole's responsibilities as Canon for Congregational Life. He will work closely with the Christian Education Committee in mounting adult programs, including the Sunday Forums and Bible Studies and the Wednesday evening study activities. He also has supervisory responsibilities for our youth groups, offering support to youth group leaders, and he will coordinate confirmation instruction for young people and adults. Canon Cole will also be responsible for baptism preparations with parents and godparents.

 

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.

 

Church School "Thank You"
to Mr. Edwin Johnston

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Edwin Johnston for his generous gift to Godly Play. Godly Play is a well-researched and wonderful curriculum designed for teaching our faith stories to our children through the magic of story-telling.

The Christian Education Committee felt very strongly about bringing the curriculum to Saint Paul's for our children. The beautiful story-telling materials are, however, a sizeable investment. Mr. Johnston provided his own funds to supply our classrooms a very generous act.

Our heartfelt thank you to you, Mr. Johnston, you are making possible our very important work of helping our children to come closer to God.


SHARING OF TIME AND TALENT

As you may already know, I was unexpectedly hospitalized and out of work for several weeks this summer. Joyfully, I found myself to be the most grateful recipient of countless offerings of the time and talent of the loving members of St. Paul's. My family and I were overwhelmed by your generosity. My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone for the wonderful outpouring of cards, letters, calls, floral arrangements, and meals - all of which truly helped to assure a speedy recovery.

Canon Leann McConchie

 

 

 

We will have an update for you regarding our field trip to the Botanical Gardens in October at this meeting.

 

Message from Leyla Kemalik

Dear St. Paul's St. Paul's Family,

As many of you may know, I've spent the past few months studying Arabic at the Middlebury College summer program, where everyone is immersed in Arabic - and only Arabic - from the first day. As a result, in the first few weeks, as students in lower levels are just beginning to learn basic words, one of the questions most asked is "Where are you from?" Of course, if someone in level 1, who has little language skill, was asking me that question I could hardly say "I was born and grew up in Houston, went to school in New Hampshire and spent a year in Massachusetts before living for two years in Buffalo and now I'm moving to Vermont, while my parents live in Virginia" and expect to be understood. Instead, I ended up saying what was most comfortable and seemed most right. When someone asked me where I was from I would reply, simply, "Buffalo." Later, as I thought about it, I wondered why, though I grew up in Houston and spent four years at Dartmouth, Buffalo seems most like home. And I decided that, for the most part, you, my dear friends, are the reason. Over the past two years, your friendships have made St. Paul's and Buffalo my home.

So, I wanted to write a quick note to you all and say thank you. Though I am far from you now, my process to ordination, with St. Paul's as my sponsoring parish, keeps me feeling close to you indeed. And though I grew up in Houston, I feel as though I have been truly "raised up" by you over the past two years. It is with the foundation of such love and support and encouragement that I find myself capable now of facing the many changes and challenges of life as a 20-something still trying to figure out where God calls her to be.

And it is, indeed, a difficult journey. Having developed and enjoyed such a vibrant community of peers as the 20s and 30s group had become when I left it, amidst the larger community of the parish as a whole, this summer away from you has been lonely, in ways, and is only a precursor to the year - and perhaps years - ahead. I am still very much in discernment on a day-to-day basis (as I imagine we all are) to discover how God will shape my passions into a ministry that will help to heal this broken world, and it is a lonesome journey. But, I am glad and relieved to know that, no matter what happens or where I go, I can always come back to you and find myself at home. What confidence that gives me! What strength that affords! I am proud to have worked among you and with you, to have ministered to and been ministered by you, to have been shaped and formed by you into the woman I am becoming. For the past two years, you have worked to raise me up and only because of that do I have the wisdom and strength and courage to keep moving on. I am, indeed, grateful

I don't know when my next visit to Buffalo will be, but, God willing (as we say in Arabic), it will be soon and I will see you all again. In the meantime, you remain in my prayers, as I hope you will remember me in yours.

Much love, and God's peace,

Your daughter in Christ,
Leyla


 

 

 

 

 


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