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May 2009

Volume 34, Issue 5

Being Proud of St. Paul’s
By The Very Reverend Dr. Gordon F. Weller

In this month of May, intermingled with the

we will look at many people in the pew and it
aspects of our past. is breathtaking, both in
Many will make us image and theological
proud. Certainly our significance.
building is one of those We are immensely
things in which we can proud of our music well as to the
take pride. I have often program as well. Every community. We have
said that my view from Sunday, we sing special huge parish
the pulpit on Sunday praises to God. We take involvement and all,
morning is the best to heart the old saying, children and adults
St. Paul’s News

there is. The Te Deum "He who sings prays alike, feel something
window, with its image twice." It has been that when the week is over.

of the people of God way for years, and we But for me, I take
standing around God's are well known for our pride in how we live
throne is special. On musical tradition. into our motto: "St.
certain Sundays, the Recently we have taken Paul's, where no one
sunlight streams special pride in the sits or stands alone."
through the glass and Vacation Bible School Several weeks ago, we
causes the people of the programs we offer to had a good example.
grass to be our own children, as (Continued on page 14)

If These Walls Could Talk...

By Martie Repaskey, Senior Warden

…we might hear such the 40 days of Lent. Marsh, the Rev. Ron
great accolades for With grateful hearts, Byrd, Carol Ingells,
those who treated the we recall each of those Sue LeDuc, and Chris
community of St. moments. Couch. We were
Paul’s to a grand vari- Lenten book reviews stimulated by each
ety of learning opportu- were presented each sharing and enticed to
nities and spiritual ex- Monday in the month sit down with each of
plorations all through of March by Dorothy their books.
(Continued on page 10)

Inside this issue:

Mark Your Calendar!
Upcoming Activities 2

A Stealth Program Comes In From the Cold 4

There will be a special parish-
wide meeting on Sunday,
Let the Celebrations Begin! 5
June 7, 2009. At this meeting,
Pastoral Care Through St. Aelred’s Guild 6
the Vestry will present its plans
Freshening Up a Familiar Word 10 for addressing the church’s
Transitions 11 operating deficit. Please plan
Parish Calendar 15 to participate!
St. Paul’s Activities At A Glance
Ongoing Activities This Month at St. Paul’s and Elsewhere
• St. Aelred’s Guild, 3 Wednesday, 4:30 PM • Adult Confirmation Preparation, Saturday,
st nd
• Book Cart, 1 and 2 Sunday after 10 AM May 2, 9 & 16, 9 AM—noon
• B&PW, Tuesday, February 10, 6 PM • 4Fs meeting and annual picnic, May 18
• ECW, 3 Monday, 7 PM • Ascension Day Eucharist, 7 PM
• Family Night Dinner, Wednesdays, 5 PM • Godspell, May 29 & 30, Central United
Methodist Church
• St. Paul’s Library, open every Sunday
st • Bishop visit to St. Paul’s, Saturday, May 30,
• Prayer Group, 1 Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 PM
rd 10:30 AM
• Men’s Breakfast, 3 Thursday, 7 AM
st • 160th Anniversary Celebration, May, 2009
• Mission/Outreach, 1 Monday, 5:30 PM
• Parish-Wide Meeting, June 7, 2009
• Mid-Week Eucharist, Tuesdays, 12:00 PM
• Sunday Eucharist & Picnic in the Park,
Sunday, June 14

Ascension Day Eucharist

By The Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller
Graduation Sunday—June 7
This year, Graduation Sunday will be
Thursday, May 21, is Ascension Day. It is one of the June 7. If you have anyone in your
major Holy Days in the Church Year and commemorates
Christ's ascension into heaven. The event is marked 40
family who will be graduating from
days after his resurrection any level of education, be sure their
from the dead, which was name is given to the front office. We
on Easter Sunday. publish names in the bulletin, honor
Please consider attending High School grads with a breakfast,
the Eucharist to be held and encourage all graduates in their
that evening at 7 p.m. in
the Church. future.

Golf League
By The Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller

Once again, St. Paul's will have a fellowship and relaxation. All levels
Men's Golf League. We will play of play are acceptable. If you are
on Thursdays, beginning at 3:30 interested in joining us, please
p.m. Our first night of play will be contact Father Weller or one of
May 14. We play at Groesbeck Golf last year's champs, Howard Cook
Course in Lansing. Play lasts about or Roger Fowler. (There is a
three hours, and it is a time of penalty for winning!)


4Fs: Looking Back Helps Us to Look Forward
By Nancy Sheldon

12 p.m. Eucharist An interesting year for 4 F’s is Sheldon’s home. We are inviting
coming to an end. Our continuing people to bring a salad or dessert
12:30 p.m. Lunch (no cost)
study of the psalms with Steve and a good book they’d like to
1 p.m. Bible Study (Steve Lange) Lange and our recent look at the share. It’s always enjoyable to find
1:15-to about 2 p.m. book share & religions of Catholicism and what others are reading as well as
chat Methodism and our visit to two of have a chance to just chat with
our neighboring churches brought friends and fellow members of St
Anyone is invited who has time in pleasant surprises and new insights. Paul’s. We also hope to generate
the middle of the day! Please sign Our April 27 trip to see the work of ideas for next year’s 4 F’s series
up for lunch outside the Merrifield the City Rescue Mission was espe- that would be of interest to you.
Room or call the Church office for cially interesting. While there, they Even if you have never attended a
a reservation. If you need a ride, talked to us about their ministry and 4F’s gathering, we’d love to have
please call Nancy Sheldon at 393- answered many questions. you. If you need directions to
9165 or Kathleen at the church of- Nancy’s house, please call 393-
fice 482-9454 On May 18, our last meeting and
annual picnic, will be at Nancy

Confirmation Day
By The Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller

On Saturday, May 30, 2009, at services are the means by which Reaffirmation is a statement of
10:30 a.m., our bishop, The Rt. adults in the Church make commitment that can be done as
Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr., will be conscious decisions to indicate their often as a person feels the need. If
in Lansing and at St. Paul's to commitment to Jesus Christ, St. you are considering any of these
administer the rites of Paul's and the Anglican way of life. rites, contact the front office or one
Confirmation, Reception and Confirmation and Reception are of the clergy.
Reaffirmation. These ancient rites that are only done once.

Adult Confirmation
By The Very Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller

To be confirmed into the If you are interested in

Episcopal Church, one must be being Confirmed or
instructed as to what it means to be Received, please contact
part of the Episcopal Church. one of the clergy to sign
Instruction for young people has up for the classes.
taken place in their Sunday morning
Church school class since January.
Instruction for Adults will be held
on three successive Saturdays: May
2, 9 and 16. These two-hour classes
will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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A Stealth Program “Comes In From the Cold”
By Chuck Millar

A stealth program that has been for the full 2002 school year. The be able to ask for support from the
running at St. Paul’s for the past project has continued quietly each entire St. Paul’s membership for the
six years came in from the cold year since then. For the 2009 school 2010 school year and (2) adoption
recently. year, we raised a by the parish places the
little over $6,000 program on a stable
In 2001, several of my Sudanese
friends asked for help with paying
and awarded 10 The institutional base, rather
grants to supporters of than a personal one.
some of the cost they had
supplement the
contributions of our the Sudanese
shouldered in order to send young Fund raising for the
relatives still living in the Kakuma ministry are program would normally
local Sudanese
Refugee camp in northeast Kenya begin next fall to provide
to boarding school. They were
friends. delighted that grants for the 2010 school
Unfortunately, we it has become
sending a significant part of their year beginning in January
were not able to
meager incomes from bagging
fund 11 additional a visible part in East Africa. Since a fall
groceries at Meijer back to East of St. Paul’s solicitation would
Africa in response to feelings of compete with St. Paul’s
loyalty and obligation toward Last fall when the outreach. Every Member Canvas,
young family members they had Parish met after fund raising for the
left behind. church to discuss St. Paul’s Sudanese Tuition Grant Program is
response to the Millennium occurring during May this year.
I shared this request with
Development Goals, those present
perhaps a dozen St. Paul’s friends The past supporters of the grant
consented to make the Sudanese
who had been engaged in helping program are delighted that it has
Tuition Grant Program an official
the “lost boys” manage their become a visible part of St. Paul’s
parish outreach program addressing
transition from subsistence outreach, and we are looking
the MDG educational goal. This
refugee camp life to their new forward to telling you more about
move has had two consequences:
homes in Lansing. The response the program and the opportunity it
(1) instead of raising funds from a
was positive. We raised $2,000 gives to young relatives of our local
small group of supporters, we will
and sent four youngsters to school Sudanese “lost boy” community.

By Dr. Stephen R. Lange, Minister of Music

Members of St. Paul’s High Courtney Irwin, Anna Krupka, available during the Coffee Hour,
School Choir will present Thomas Laub, and Antonio by calling the office (482-9454) or
“Godspell,” a musical based on the Clarke. at the door. It’s a show for all ages,
life of Jesus according to Matthew, so plan to come and bring a friend!
Other members of the chorus
on Friday and Saturday, May 29
include Zoe Becket, Caitlyn The production will be held at
and 30, at 7:30 p.m. Choristers in
Narezo, Rebecca Rose, Mathieu Central United Methodist Church
this production include Matthew
Wiesner and Ian Milne. The play (just east of St. Paul’s) in its
Nauss as Jesus, Steven Walker as
is directed by Nancy Lange and Fellowship Hall.
John the Baptist/David, and A. J.
choreographed by Maureen Nauss.
Fletcher, Margaret Kariuki,
Emily Laub, Maggie McDaniel, Tickets are $8 for adults and $5
Baylie Sanchez, Melanie Walker, for seniors and children. Tickets are


Let the Celebrations Begin!
By Nancy Sheldon

The month of May, with our four Lt. Governor John

very special Sundays celebrating Cherry will be with
the 160th birthday of St. Paul’s, is us, as well as
finally upon us. The invitations representatives of
were mailed, not only to current mission churches
members, but to as many former established by St.
members as we could find. The Paul’s and
clergy and staff, the Vestry and the congregations who
160th committee are looking use or have used our
forward to worshiping together with facilities for worship.
all of you as we celebrate this very The music will be
special church and its congregation interesting and
which has served this community eclectic, our visitors
for so many years. many. Our outreach
activities will be
• On Music and Worship Sunday
woven into the theme
(May 3), we’ll be using the
of worship and the
1789 Prayer Book service, a
unique opportunity for all of us.
We’ll celebrate the role of • Our Homecoming
women in the Episcopal Church Dinner Theatre
with two of our former women (Saturday, May 30)
priests celebrating the mass, as will be a gala affair!
well as acolytes, crucifers and The committee chose
readers. The choir will be to have it in the
singing the Gospel Mass. Merrifield Room so
that we could keep the
• On Children’s Sunday (May
cost down and everyone could celebrate the heritage of our
10), which is also Mother’s
participate. It will also make it church, ‘conceived in the hearts
Day, the youth of the church
easier to go next door to see of a few devout pioneers’, …let
will conduct the entire service.
the wonderful production of us also respect our past and
Father Ron and the children
“Godspell” by our own choir reflect on it and the role it has
have planned a wonderful
students. We are expecting played in who we are today and
morning, ending with a
former members to join us from who we will be tomorrow.”
procession outside to bury a
out of town, so make your Past senior wardens will be
time capsule for future
reservations early for this recognized and honored for
generations to open. That
enjoyable occasion! “Godspell” their leadership; former priests
Sunday, all of the choirs,
is also showing on Friday night will be here to help us celebrate
including the cherub choir, will
for those who choose to see just the mass and special music will
sing Psalm 46, a special piece
the performance. be written for this service. This
written for St. Paul’s by Doug
Austin. • Homecoming Sunday (May 31) is a unique opportunity for us to
will be an opportunity for our gather our family and friends
• On Mission and Outreach and come to St. Paul’s…our
extended St. Paul’s family to
Sunday (May 17), we will home for 160 years!
come together to give thanks
highlight all of St. Paul’s
and praise for all that God has
mission work since its
bestowed on our congregation
inception, as well as its
and our church. “As we
innumerable outreach activities.

VOLUME 34, ISSUE 5 Page 5

Pastoral Care at St. Paul’s Through St. Aelred’s Guild
By Nancy Sheldon, Chair

St. Aelred’s Guild was formed appreciate a visit from the clergy or names of those who are ill on the
several years ago to bring spiritual St. Aelred’s Guild, a patient may be prayer list every three months or so
friendship to those members of our in a hospital or a nursing home and to see how they are doing. This
congregation who are unable to be eventually gives us a chance
with us on a regular basis on leave to know who may
Sundays. The guild supports these without ever need additional
people with visits, calls and cards to receiving a calls or visits,
let them know we are praying for visit from whether people
them and thinking about them. This St. Paul’s. want to stay on the
ministry has grown with a dedicated Therefore, it list or whether
group of parishioners who share is very they feel they are
their love of Christ and this church important ready to come off
through visitations, cards and phone that you let it because they are
calls. the church doing better.
office know whenever any family
One of the challenges for St. St. Aelred’s Prayer, written by
member or friend, who is ill or
Aelred’s is to know who may be in Aelred in 1109, states: “Pour thou
homebound, would appreciate a
need of a visit or a phone call. The into our ears, we beseech thee, O
visit or our prayers. If you aren’t
law in Michigan does not allow a God, the Holy Spirit’s gift of love,
sure whether anyone has called, a
hospital or institution to give out that we, clasping each the other’s
repeat phone call from someone
information as to whether someone hand, may share the joy of
else is always welcome!
is a patient or resident in its facility. friendship, human and divine, and
Therefore, if a family member or St. Aelred’s also helps the church with thy servant Aelred draw many
friend does not let us know that office to maintain the prayer list by into thy community of love;
someone is there and would calling the parishioners who put the through Jesus Christ…Amen.”

Request for Help

By The Rev. Deacon William Fineout

We have a few of St. Paul’s into and out of their homes (which Please let
parishioners who, while not public transportation will not do; Deacon Bill
homebound, are transportation plus the public transportation will or Chuck
challenged. They need help to get to not run on their schedule). Millar
and from church and church know if you
If any of you could join a list of
functions. Once in a while, they would be
on-call transportation providers, it
also need help to get to medical available
would be greatly appreciated. We
appointments. Not only do they for this
have a couple individuals who are
require someone to provide wonderful
willing to drive others now, but
transportation (which could be ministry.
when they have a conflict, we need
public), but they need help getting
some substitute drivers and TLC.


Choir Newsletter
By. Dr. Stephen R. Lange, Minister of Music

A big “Thank You!” goes to all of the Chancel Choir for their work in And thanks to Emily, Dave, Jeff,
you for your work in making the letting the and Peter for
Easter service such a celebration of music of the festive
life and joy. Congratulations to the Easter reflect atmosphere the
Cherubs and their director the love and brass quartet
Maureen Nauss for the wonderful excitement brought to the
job they did on their anthem. It was that is such a hymns and
a wonderful testimony to the power big part of other service
of children sharing their gifts to our music. The
bless others! Thanks, too, to celebration Lord is risen
members of Boys’ and Grace of Jesus’ indeed!
Choirs, the High School Choir, and resurrection.

Singing Schedule
May 3 High-School and Chancel Choirs May 17 High-School and Chancel Choirs
(Gospel Mass)
May 24 High-School and Chancel Choirs
May 10 Cherubs, Boys’ and Grace, High-
School, and Chancel Choirs (Psalm May 31 High-School and Chancel Choirs
46) June 7 High-School and chancel Choirs

Dates to Note
Wednesday, May 13 - Final rehearsal for Cherubs and Boys’ and Grace Choirs
Sunday, May 17 - Last Sunday for Boys’ and Grace Choirs to Vest, Choir Banquet after Church
Friday, May 29, “Godspell” at Central United Methodist
& Saturday, May 30 -
Sunday, June 7 - Last Sunday for all other choirs to vest

Godspell Rehearsals
May 2 - 10-11:30 a.m. (all); Final Week - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May
12-2 p.m. (main cast) 26, 27, 28 (all), 6-9 p.m.
May 9 - Same
May 17 - 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (all); Performances: Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30 at
7:30 p.m.
12:30-1:30 p.m. (main cast)
May 16 - Same as Saturdays above

VOLUME 34, ISSUE 5 Page 7

By The Rev. Deacon William Fineout

ACTION of Greater Lansing will already working on the issue, and Please mark your calendar and plan
partner with the MSU Children’s our combined forces can assure that to attend. Every person counts in
Health Initiative for its 2009 goal to it will move forward with the full this ministry. Sign in for St. Paul’s
protect under insured and uninsured community in mind. ACTION is when you get there.
youth, as the Children’s Health supporting a University/Community
Where and When:
Initiative develops its unified, user- partnership in an Ambulatory
friendly “One Stop Shop” for Pediatric Subspecialty Center that is Nehemiah Action Assembly –
Children’s Subspecialty Health accessible, integrated, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 7 p.m.
Services. interdisciplinary, connected and Union Missionary Baptist Church -
fiscally sound. (500 S. Martin Luther King, Jr.
An Existing Group (The MSU
Children’s Health Initiative) is We need your help and presence! Blvd., Lansing)

Outreach Calendar
May Sudanese K-12 Education Project Month, raising tuition for 2010 school year

May 10 – Sunday UTO Ingathering

May 12 – Tuesday Outreach meeting (dinner meeting & then on to ACTION, RSVP )

May 12 – Tuesday ACTION Nehemiah Assembly – 7 p.m.

May 18 – Monday LAEP (Lansing Area Episcopal Projects) meeting, 7 p.m., St. David’s

June 9 – Tuesday Outreach meeting

August 11 – Tuesday Outreach meeting

September SILS Apartment Startup Collection

September 20 – Sunday Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk – 1 p.m.

October 4 – Sunday Blessing of the Animals – Heifer Celebration

October 25 – Sunday Heifer International Ingathering Finish

Ongoing: Manna Sundays (first Sunday loose & dedicated offerings) for street ministry
(busing/work boots) & food
Prayer quilts
Cars INC


Treasurer’s Report
By Julie Young

St. Paul’s received the bequest Through March 31, 2009, we

from the Georgia Thaman Trust on recorded $79,670.05 in pledge
April 7 in the amount of revenue. This is 25 percent of the
$136,763.13. The vestry has total pledge revenue budgeted for
determined that 90 percent of the 2009. There was a shortfall of
bequest will be placed into the St. $20,609 for the month, making it
Paul’s Perpetual fund, and the necessary to withdraw $10,000
remaining 10 percent will be placed from the St. Paul’s Perpetual fund.
into the Mission and Outreach

Vestry Highlights
At the April 21st meeting of your dictated by action of our Annual • Discussed the report of the
Vestry: Meeting this past January. 160th Anniversary committee.
• Had dinner together. • Acknowledged the deadlines • Received a report that the audit
• Did devotions by discussing associated with the development of is done. The final product will be
Anselm of Canterbury and his that financial package as being: distributed to Vestry Members and
"ontological argument" for the June 7th - Parish wide meeting to it will be received and discussed at
existence of God. discuss our financial condition and the May meeting.
• Approved March 17th minutes. the recommendations of the • Received Committee Reports -
Finance Committee, May 31st - the
• Received the treasurer's report, of note: a discussion about pictures
deadline set by the Annual Meeting posted on our web site and the work
a summary of which is found
to have a plan in the hands of the of Building and Grounds to
elsewhere in this issue.
congregation, May 15th - St. Paul's prioritize our repair needs.
• Approved a motion from the News deadline for the June issue.
Finance Committee that moved our • Elected delegates and alternates
• Received a report that the to the October Diocesan
endowments from Oppenheimer
Memorial Plaque scheduled for the Convention. Delegates are Martie
Funds to Ameriprise Funds and
Memorial Garden can be ready by Repaskey, Stephanie
continues our relationship with Tim
"Homecoming Sunday (May 31st) VanKoevering, and Sally
Marshall as our agent.
if we get Stamp Rite the Lawrence. Alternates are Mary
• Approved a motion from the information by April 30th.
Finance Committee to broaden our Lea Benson, Matt Ferguson, and
• Discussed the June 6th meeting Millie Ericson.
range of investments and included
(workshop/training session) about • Noted the Ministry Fair on May
the Shawver funds as an option for
our use of the Action Plan. 2nd at Christ Church, Grosse
people who might wish to
contribute to St. Paul's. • Discussed the implementation Pointe.
of a more extensive use of email • Discussed the Vestry sponsored
• Reviewed charts and grafts that
addresses for communication. Graduation breakfast scheduled for
the Finance Committee has
developed to indicate where we • Reported to each other the June 7th.
have been spiritually and results of Vestry Calling. Some had • Discussed the Diocesan
financially prior to development of not completed their calling so the Convention about the Budget.
a financial and spiritual package to final report will be given at the May Received Clergy reports and a
assist us in our eliminating our as meeting. report from the Sr. Warden.

VOLUME 34, ISSUE 5 Page 9

Freshening Up a Familiar Word
By Sue Millar

Sometimes I wish I knew how to excess available to the estimated appropriate to people of faith like
freshen a word that has become 1.1 billion extremely poor mothers, us: Engage in intercessory
burdened with stale associations. fathers and children whose needs PRAYER so that our inner life
“Stewardship” is one of those could be met if they only had access engages with empathy toward
words. Hear it and my ears snap to $1.08 each day. Yes, better people whose needs lie beyond our
shut, and I move on, assuming I stewardship would address their customary boundaries of awareness;
know without listening what is needs and would be a first building commit to ACTION by connecting
going to be said. stone to ending poverty. And it with agencies that serve as efficient
would also be a building stone for channels for moving resources to
Last month, at the Annual
“simpler living”—that lifestyle shift those who exist in extreme poverty;
Household of God Conference at
people are talking about these days. and GIVE from those resources
the Cathedral, Mark Anschutz said
which become available when we
something that overrode my usual Abagail Nelson, senior vice
untangle our real needs from our
reflex: “Stewardship is the first president for programs for the
endless wants.
building stone to ending poverty.” Episcopal Relief and Development
Fund (ERD), connected the notion Episcopal Relief and
Hmmm, that’s true, I thought to
of better stewardship to the Development is one the foremost
myself. If only we could somehow
Millennium Development Goals. and most efficient channels
untangle our real needs from our
To make this connection happen, available for moving our endless
endless wants and, in a remarkable
Abagail suggested three steps wants to their real needs: PRAY,
exercise of generosity, make this

...If These Walls Could Talk (continued from page one)

Indeed, those present enjoyed the Our congregation came to- Paul Claudel. The beauty of the
fellowship of lively discussion gether—young and old alike—to music and the words were accom-
which accompanied each presenta- have fun and make music at panied by artistic representations of
tion, and we felt thankful for the “Cabaret” on March 28. A delicious each of the Stations. This helped us
creative energy represented by the spaghetti/lasagna dinner—a gift of make the somber transition into
reviewers! Debby and Max Pierce—preceded Holy Week, in an unforgettable
Our Wednesday evening Lenten the show, which featured all man- way, and we are thankful for all the
series provided us with opportuni- ner of talent and hilarity, introduced hours of preparation and creativity
ties to meet and hear from five local by our own Matthew Nauss. The which provided our own meditation
Episcopal clergy: The Rev. Terry High School choir provided an en- experience.
Williamson of Christ United ticing preview of “Godspell,” and Throughout the 40 days of Lent,
Church in DeWitt, the Rev. Wayne even Father Weller got into the act we were consistently led in mean-
Knuckle of St. Augustine’s in Ma- and treated us to a fine and inspir- ingful worship, upheld by thought-
son, the Rev. Richard Hamlin of St. ing rendition of “I Hope You ful sermons, and we had the oppor-
Michael’s, the Rev. Jannel Glennie Dance!” After all the fun of that tunity to pray for St. Paul’s via a
of St. Katherine’s, and the Rev. evening, our clergy and choristers collection of writings on prayer,
Sarah Midzalkowski, the chaplain were robed and ready to lead us and compiled by Steve Lange. As we
to Canterbury MSU. Each shared to sing in worship the next morning. walked this journey towards Easter,
their faith journey and stories re- The Stations of the Cross, a multi- we were blessed by so many in this
lated to their ministry. We were media meditative experience, was worshiping community. Each ex-
blessed to have this opportunity to presented by Steve Lange on the pression of spirit and faith through
learn more about the larger church restored St. Paul’s organ, with individual talent and skill was a
beyond our walls! Nancy Lange reading the poetry of gift, and we are thankful!


We pray for those who are sick and in need: Cindy Robinson, Richard & Aaron Hegmon, Shelley Robinson,
Mason Hill, Lois Caswell, Erik Lindquist, Chance Collins, Barb Hacker, Marjorie Belles, Aleda, Dave,
Kathryn Senko, Barb Powers, Patricia Reno, Skip & Marsha Macholz, Carrie,
Michael & Gwen Skinner, Edward Such, Judy Jones, Melinda Naumer, Tom Foltz,
Cheryl Ann, Vivian Hawkins, Perce Guilder, Linda, Marilyn, Kaema Amachree,
Betty Lorenz, Bill, Allan, Mary Lindquist, Lisa, and Yvetta Constan & family.

We pray for the family and friends of those who have recently passed away: Russell
Huber, Ernie Hedburg, and Andy Zynda.

We pray and remember those in the Military, serving in dangerous areas: Daniel Reno,
Michael Benson, and Steven Johnson.

We pray for all those whose jobs and livelihoods are in jeopardy.

We pray for those expecting: Amanda & Darrick Alvarez, Summer (Sleight) & Jake Stevens, Brooke & Ian
Broughton, Susie & Luke Shaefer, Tara & Norman Farhat, Jill & Clif Schneider, Rochelle & Stuart Cullum,

Did You Know?

By Jean Shawver

The Pett Window in our church is of Assisi and his love for nature. At presence of native Michigan ani-
very unique. You can find it at the his feet is a flowing stream, as well mals, a fawn and a raccoon. It may
back of the church, near the proces- as flowers and other creatures of be the only window of this kind to
sional aisle for the choirs and nature, such as birds and butterflies. portray this scene.
clergy. It is dedicated to St. Francis The unique quality comes from the

Finding Holy Ground at Nightwatch 2009

By Barb Heany
It was a night filled with searching for and discovering their of the people and benediction and
inspiration, discoveries, new found Holy Ground with God. dismissal was awe-inspiring.
friendships and just plain good fun Nightwatch was truly a night to be
A tour of the cathedral, a
for 8 of St. Paul’s youth at the 2009 remembered. Just ask any of our
labyrinth walk and a lesson in hand
Nightwatch held at St. Paul’s participating youth: Courtney
bell-ringing were just a few of the
Cathedral in Detroit on March 21 Irwin, Margaret Kariuki, Erikah
many activities that the youth
and 22. Inspired and fashioned after Alvarez, Thomas Laub, Clare
engaged in.
New York City’s Nightwatch Becket and Drew and Anna
program, held at St. John the Divine A candle-lit midnight worship Krupka. They are all looking
since 1973, youth groups from all service in which the youth forward to Nightwatch 2010!
over the diocese came together to creatively expressed themselves in
experience an amazing night preparation of the readings, prayers

VOLUME 34, ISSUE 5 Page 11

It’s Not Too Late to Support Our Youth
By The Rev. Ronald C. Byrd, Sr.

Help our youth help others by freebies and/or discounts to local

purchasing a St. Paul’s youth group area business. Each card sells for
discount card. The fundraising $20.00. Cards can be purchased on
discount cards are being sold to Sundays during coffee hour in the
support the youth group’s 2009 Merrifield room or at anytime from
mission trips to Stony Lake, members of St. Paul’s Youth
Michigan and Cairo, Illinois. Each Group.
fundraiser card offers 15 incredible

Youth Group Plans BBQ

By The Rev. Ronald C. Byrd, Sr.

The youth group will gather at fellowship. Upcoming Youth Group Activities:
Barb Heany’s house for a BBQ
Our agenda will be limited to our May 4rd – Final Youth Group
potluck picnic on Sunday May 4 at
upcoming mission trip to Cairo Meeting and Potluck at Barb
2 pm for their final regular meeting
Illinois and parents are encouraged Heany’s house.
of the year.
to bring their questions. So, parents
May 10th – Youth Sunday
Father Ron (AKA “Father Baby please come and celebrate with us!
(Celebrating St. Paul’s 160 Years!)
Byrd”) will cook his world class Members and parents are asked to
barbeque ribs and chicken. We are RSVP to Barb Heany or Father May 15 & 16 – Work Weekend at
asking parents to bring a dish to Byrd ASAP. Stoney Lake
pass and to join the youth group for July 26-31 – Mission Trip to Cairo
an afternoon of food, fun and

Vacation Bible School: A Wild Ride!

By The Rev. Ronald C. Byrd, Sr.

The time is quickly approaching to many parishioners who dedicated to lend a helping hand the week
begin planning for their time, talent and before, the week during or the week
this year’s Vacation treasure towards the after VBS, please be sure to
Bible School needs of the program complete and return a volunteer
(VBS). This year’s and our children. The pledge form. Forms are located in
theme is success of this year’s the sign-up racks just outside the
“Avalanche Ranch- program will also Merrifield room. We are always
A Wild Ride depend on the efforts of looking for good ideas, so please
Through God’s our entire church feel free to offer any suggestions
Word.” community. you might have to Fr. Ron on how
we can continue to improve our
Last year’s program was a This year’s VBS program will be
VBS program. We hope to see you
success in large part due to the June 15 – June 19. If you are able
on the ranch!


Easter Bunny Hops Into St. Paul’s
By The Rev. Ronald C. Byrd, Sr.

On Resurrection Sunday the treats while hoping to find prize for sniffing out the
Easter Bunny visited with two very well hidden chocolate crosses. It was a
some forty children at St. chocolate candy crosses. fun time for all and youth
Paul’s during the youth Aidyn Narezo and Will group members seemed to
group sponsored second an- Swihart were this years have as much fun as the
nual Easter Egg Hunt. Chil- winners and each received “little people!”
dren searched and collected an additional very special

Will Swihart The children of St. Paul’s

Alleluia! Alleluia! The Lord Is Risen!

VOLUME 34, ISSUE 5 Page 13

...Being Proud of St. Paul’s (continued from page one)

It was a rainy Sunday morning, time for the congregation to offered a few pleasantries and
cold and dreary. The 8 a.m. service receive communion, the usher escorted him to the Merrifield room
was about a third of the way came forward and invited him to for coffee. Shortly thereafter, I saw
through when I was in the pulpit the railing. He got up and was first our guest in conversation with
delivering the sermon. Because of in line. As he approached, I could several others in attendance.
that great view, I could see the back tell he was even more unkempt Eventually, the Altar Guild and
door open. A stranger walked in. than I originally thought, one of their spouses headed for the Hill
He was wet and probably cold. the "street people." Room for their
Rather than sit in the rear of the What was
Church (obviously not an interesting was the
The words of my breakfast. We
gathered, said grace
Episcoalian), he started down the response of the sermon were and joined for the
center aisle. The closer he got, the congregation. falling on deaf meal. As I raised my
more detail I could make out. ears...the real head from grace, I
This happened to
noted that someone
He was an older man, and it had be a morning that drama was had gotten Howard
been a while since he had shaved, the Altar Guild was being played out
(he was eager to tell
and not because he was making a having its Corporate
facial statement. His clothes were Communion. Rather
right in front of us his name) a plate
us. and a healthy portion
wet and messy, and his shoes were than give him the
of food.
old. He was definitely not "one of wide berth that his
us." smell (which Howard hung
became evident when we all got around for the next service as well.
As he continued down the aisle,
into close proximity) might He didn't come to the Church for
more people
require, the Eucharist, perhaps because the
began to
women knelt coffee was hotter and more to his
notice. I could
down right liking. By the time the 10 a.m.
tell that the
next to him, service was over, he was gone.
words of my
one on each
sermon were The next morning I found him
side with the
falling on deaf sitting in the courtyard when I came
railing filling
ears because to the office. He just wanted to say
in as it would
the real drama thanks for the hospitality, the
on any other
was being warmth, the dryness, the coffee and
morning. He
played out food, but mostly for the welcome.
right in front He said he didn't feel like an
around and
of us. He outsider.
noted how
eventually got
others He hasn't been back. Perhaps he is
to the front
received and on his way to the next town or city.
pew and sat
did likewise. Because we are a downtown parish,
down, and
After we get lots of visitors like Howard.
eventually the
receiving, he Sometimes—most of the time I
sermon was
returned to hope—we treat them with dignity.
over. As we
his pew. But that morning, with Howard,
began the
liturgy of the After the we had much of which to be proud.
Sacrament, he service, our We not only lived our motto, but
just sat, deacon, Bill lived our Christian calling as well.
probably sucking up some of the Fineout, gave the dismissal while Howard didn't sit or stand alone.
dryness and warmth. When it came standing right next to him. Bill


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