Saint Paul's Episcopal Church


Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

News & Information March 2015

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February was a busy month with the reception for Mother Suzanne’s ordination and Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The reception was a tremendous success and while we did not have a large turn-out for the pancake supper it was enjoyed by all who attended. Many thanks to all the women who helped with these events, and a big shout out to the men of St Paul’s who helped in setting up and especially cooking and cleaning at the pancake supper - - we couldn’t have done it without you.

It is time to place your order for Easter lilies. The price for the plants this year is $7.00. If you would like to help decorate our sanctuary with lilies this Easter Sunday, please fill out the order form and place it in the alms basin on Sunday or turn it in to the office no later than Sunday March 23rd. If you would like to sign up for Easter Altar flowers, please see Iva Nell Templer. Thank you!


Wednesday Soup Supper and Program 6:00 pm
February 25

LENTEN SOUP AND STUDY: We will begin our traditional Lenten Soup Suppers and Study on Wednesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. SOUP, BREAD, AND CRACKERS will be provided by members of St. Paul’s. There is a sign-up sheet on the table as you enter the Parish Hall. Please sign on the date of the Wednesday night you are willing to help provide the meal, including the type of soup you are bringing. (This is so there may be a variety each evening) We need 3 individuals to sign-up for soup each week and 1 for bread/crackers. The soup, bread, and crackers need to be at the church by 5:45 pm and serving will begin at 6:00 pm. The Lenten Study will begin at 6:45 pm.

STUDY: This year the study series will be an exploration of the “I AM” sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John. This series will help us find and form an answer to the most essential question of the Christian faith,---WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?”------One by one, Jesus’ statements will grab our imagination, reveal more about his identity and purpose, and connect us to the God of Moses, who spoke the first ‘I AM.” These significant, yet ordinary images (bread, light, Shepherd, vine, and more) will give us insightful ways to experience Jesus and point us to a God who wants to be known. There is a DVD, filmed on location in the Holy Land, which allows us to travel and actually see the places where Jesus stood while disclosing his true identity, and in what context he spoke each “I AM.” We will finish each session by about 7:30p.m.


Just a little “head’s up” on the Holy Week Schedule.
March 29
PALM SUNDAY: March 29 Holy Eucharist at 10:30 beginning with the Blessing of the Palms and processing into the church.
March 30
HOLY MONDAY: (Chrism Monday) March 30, Mother Suzi will travel to St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City to join the clergy of the Diocese for the Reaffirmation of Ordination Vows, pick up holy oils, and lunch.
April 2
MAUNDY THURSDAY: April 2 Evening service with Holy Eucharist and the Washing of Feet, followed by the stripping of the altar. (Time to be announced at a later date)
April 3
GOOD FRIDAY: April 3 Good Friday service beginning at noon, followed by Stations of the Cross
April 5
EASTER DAY: April 5 10:30 Holy Eucharist, followed by children’s Easter Egg Hunt

Associated Christian Ministries, local churches, and community individuals support Community Cupboard. There is an incredible need in our immediate community and we hope that St. Paul’s will rise to the challenge. The Cupboard has many requests for baby formula and disposable diapers so when you are considering donating this month, please keep those items in particular in mind. The St. Paul’s “grocery cart” will be in the parish hall beginning March 1st and will stay there throughout the month of March. Also keep in mind that the Cupboard welcomes individual donations throughout the year. Their address is 900 S. Carver Road, and the phone number is 482-5040. Please remember that God intended for us to care for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Coffee Hour
Following worship service, we have a wonderful time of fellowship with our friends and a great opportunity to greet visitors.
A special thanks to all who make this happen by volunteering to serve as coffee hostess. There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall every month giving you the opportunity to serve. Coffee is always served. The snack can be a slice of cake, cookies, sandwiches, chip and dip, crackers and cheese, etc—and recently root beer floats were a big hit. This was never intended to be an entire meal, just a snack; some wish to serve more and that is fine. That is their gift to you, so just say “thanks.” If you are not able to serve, you might consider buying coffee, creamer, sugar, small plates, cups, napkins etc.
Please join us each Sunday for this fellowship. If you have questions, feel free to ask one of the ECW officers: Paula, Bobbie, Joyce or Carol.

The vestry meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to all members of St. Paul’s.


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2014 Wardens, Vestry and Officers
Senior Warden: David Braddock-2017 ---- Junior Warden: John Womack-2016

Vestry Members:
Ken Aungst-2015 ---- Iva Nell Templer-2016
Joyce Kenner-2016 ---- Billye Kidwell-2015
Carol McElroy-2017
Vestry Clerk: Jeremy Hunn
Treasurer: Philip Brandon
Pledge Clerk: Iva Nell Templer

INSTRUCTED EUCHARIST (Link to pdf file) from September 9, 2012.

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