— Leviticus 25:10 (Jewish Publication Society translation)
Our Jubilee! got under way when we wore our brand new Jubilee! tee shirts to greet Bishop Smith, Dec. 11
One of our goals this Jubilee! year is to gain 50 new members of St. Paul's!
Wanting to sign up 50 for new ministries in the church, we exceeded that goal at the Jan. 6 Ministry Fair! (Photo at left) Then we celebrated Jubilee! with a parish dinner Jan. 26, where the focus was on our outreach to the children in the Dominican Republic. More pictures on our Facebook page.
Fifty-six Jubilee! cakes and pies exceed the goal of 50 are blessed here by Fr. Bill as Bill Strenkert reads a prayer of thanks. "We thank all the bakers and providers of these magnificent variety of baked goods which are offered to your glory. We pray that those who are less fortunate enjoy the sweetness of the brotherly love represented here."
The February Jubilee! fellowship event, a spaghetti dinner, was held Feb. 9 in Trinity Hall. Go to our Facebook page to see photos taken at the dinner.
We welcomed our former associate rector, the Rev. Dwayne Varas, and his family to the "Jubilee! Winter Festival" on Feb. 26. Now the rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Thomasville, Ga., Dwayne delivered the homily at both services and spoke at a luncheon that followed.
We asked parishioners and folks at the Farmers' Market to sign up to donate 50 pints of blood! The bloodmobile will be at the market on April 1.
We published a booklet of meditations for Lent, comprised of writings of parishioners and friends of St. Paul's. (The meditations are published every day on the home page, as well. To read all of them, append "/meditations" without the quotes, to the website address at the top of your browser.)
Our April Jubilee! challenge was met when we signed up all 50 hours of prayer during Holy Week. We started with the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday evening and ended with the Great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening. Thanks to all who prayed, and please don't stop!
Here are the parishioners who signed up for an hour or more:
* Where it says "Whole Church" there was a liturgy or devotion, specifically the Way of the Cross on Wednesday of Holy Week; Maundy Thursday foot-washing and Holy Eucharist, the Good Friday noon service and and extended devotional by our Haitian community; and the Great Vigil of Easter at 6 p.m. on Holy Saturday.
We asked parishioners what God's grace enables them to do as God's hands in this world, whether they're in Naples or away for the summer. We got lots of responses and brought them to the Lord at offertory.
Then we pinned those that fit our poster (photo), and put it on display in Trinity Hall. All the works are anonymous, of course.
Fr. Bill said these words of blessing at the offertory:
Father, each week we are sent forth from this place of worship with a charge to “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord” or sometimes to “God forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit." Today as part of our offering to you, we have gathered these slips of paper which represent but a fraction of the hours that your people who gather here each week give in service to our community in your name.
I thank you Father, for the dedication and commitment of this people. Today as we celebrate our common life together, I ask again that you bless each of them and keep them, make your face to shine upon them and be gracious unto them. May you turn your face toward them and give them peace. Amen
50 recipes for a Jubilee! cookbook.
50 new Books of Common Prayer.
500 lbs. weight loss (5 lb. increments).
50 new plants.
Add $50 to your 2018 pledge!
50 Dominican Republic children sponsorships!
Welcome our 50th new member of the Jubilee! year.
Jubilee! Grand dinner celebration with the bishop to kick off our 51st year!