Saint Paul's Episcopal Church


Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

News & Information August 2015

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Summer is almost over and both students and teachers are making plans for school, which will begin in just a few weeks. Just as they are preparing for a new year so are we here at St. Paul’s. It has been almost 4 years since the congregation was certified as having completed the required program SAFEGUARDING GOD’S CHILDREN. This is required training for all persons, clergy and lay, for working and being with the young people of the church. We ALL MUST BE RECERTIFIED. The class will be offered on Wednesday, AUGUST 12TH and AUGUST 19TH . For your convenience the class will be held 2 times on each of those days. There will be an afternoon class at 1:30 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. Each class will last approximately 3 hours, which includes the watching of a video and a question and answer period. The time will depend upon the number of questions asked. There will SIGN-UP SHEETS for each session in the Parish Hall. Please sign up as soon as possible. ST. PAUL’S FALL KICK OFF will be on Sunday, September 13. After worship there will be a covered dish luncheon in the parish hall. The meat will be provided by the church and you are requested to bring your favorite side dishes. It will be a time of fellowship and the PLEDGING OF TALENTS. The Pledging of Talents is the opportunity for each of us to participate in the various ministries of St. Paul’s, both within the church and in the world. This would include such things as Altar Guild, serving as Crucifer, Lay Readers, LEMs, Ushers, Acolytes, teachers of Christian education, Lay Eucharstic Visitors, helping in the church office, ECW, and others. (you will hear more about each of these in next month’s Epistle) There will also be some new out-reach ministries presented on that day. Each of us have talents that can be used to build up the kingdom of God and this will be an opportunity to exercise those gifts.

The week following the Fall Kick-Off the Wednesday Evening Prayer and Bible Study will resume and the following Sunday will begin Children’s Chapel and Christian Ed. So MARK YOUR CALENDARS: AUGUST 12TH and 19TH Safeguarding/ children; SEPTEMBER 13, Fall Kick Off; OCTOBER 4TH Annual Blessing of the Animals.

We will not be meeting during the summer; the next meeting will be the second Monday in September.

Wednesday Activities for July and August
Due to the number of people who will be gone in June, we will not have Evening Prayer or Bible study in June. We will meet towards the end of June to talk about July and August activities.

No Children’s Chapel for June, July and August. It will resume in September

We will be collecting for Camp New Hope in June
We need your change; we will once again have a container to put in your loose change to donate to support the mission of Camp New Hope. Camp New Hope is a summer camp program that provides children who have a parent who is incarcerated with an opportunity to have some fun and be provided with some additional emotional support. It is a program worthy of our support.

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-2018 ---- Iva Nell Templer-2016
Joyce Kenner-2016 ---- Iva Nell Templer -2016
Rick Hammock -2018 ---- Carol McElroy-2017
Vestry Clerk: Nancy Davidson
Treasurer: Philip Brandon
Pledge Clerk: Iva Nell Templer

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

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