We invite you to learn more about Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church – a welcoming and friendly community of Christians in Evansville, Indiana. We hope that what you find on our website will encourage you to join us for Sunday worship. We know that we will be enriched by your presence. Saint Paul’s is an historic parish, formed more than 150 years ago. We are proud of our roots and heritage; we are also excited about who we are now and who we are becoming. We are focused on being instruments of God’s compassion and reconciliation in the world. The Book of Common Prayer describes that mission of the Church in this way: “The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ… The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love… The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all its members.” BCP 1979 p. 855 Our worship and Christian education, our ministry in the larger community and our fellowship events all help us to be equipped for the ministry God calls us to as our mission. We draw on the strength and encouragement we together find in God to be able to offer loving and compassionate care for those outside our doors. Inviting new people into our parish family to share our hopes and their dreams is a pleasure and a delight. You have honored us with your visit to our website. You will find that you are always welcome at Saint Paul’s. If you are looking for a church home we would encourage you to join us for worship.
God’s peace be with you, Fr. Richard
To see the J2A’s progress please follow on the link below:
For their pilgrimage we need to help them get to Italy and back. They are mid-Atlantic at the moment.
Regarding the Transition
From the Sr. Warden:
On Thursday evening January 29, 2015, the Vestry met with Canon Bruce Gray to discuss the transition at St. Paul’s as we prepare for Fr. Richard’s retirement and the eventual call of a new priest.
The basic steps that Canon Gray outlined for the Vestry are:
- Have a wonderful good-bye for Fr. Richard. Plan to celebrate what has been accomplished during his ministry at St. Paul’s. This is something that will be good for Fr. Richard and will also be good for us as a congregation and will better prepare us for making a good transition.
- Have a time of quiet after Fr. Richard retires. He also referred to this as a “fallow time.”
- The interim arrives and we start the transition period. This is a time to examine where we are and where we want to go as a congregation.
- We then begin the search process and call a new Rector.
Canon Gray also provided the Vestry with a resume for a potential interim priest, and the Vestry is in the process of setting up an interview. This particular priest is someone with whom the Diocese is familiar. He will be available around the time that we will need someone, and has already had several successful interim assignments. The Bishop’s desire is that the Vestry interview this candidate first. If the Vestry decides that this person is not a fit, then the Diocese will provide us with additional candidates to consider.
While we believe it is important to share with you what the Vestry has learned and let you know that we are actively working on the transition, we also do not want to distract the congregation from what needs to be our primary focus of planning a joyful celebration of Fr. Richard’s time with us and continuing our current ministries.
Proposed New Bylaws
St. Paul’s Choir
for Sunday, March 01, 2015
- Remember to contact J2A to hire the youth and help them reach their goal for the pilgrimage to Italy. Contact Sidney Hardgrave, one of the youth or the parish office to arrange for help (a simple form is also included in the bulletin).
- Morning Prayer is each Monday at 7 a.m. in Webb Hall. The $3 breakfast offers a breakfast entrée with additional items available.
- There will be Stations of the Cross every Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.
- We welcome Fr. Richard back from his Sabbatical.
- J2A will be taking orders for geraniums during the month of March. For $5 each you can choose from white, pink, red, salmon and violet.
- Next Sunday is Share on the Second. Please remember our Food Pantry with monetary gifts or donations of individual fruit, canned fruit for 5 or more, pork ‘n beans, or cereal (16 servings or more).
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he asked them to give to the distressed Christians in Jerusalem. Paul told them their participation in the offering to Jerusalem was a way “to test the sincerity of [their] love” (2 Corinthians 8:8). True charity and generosity can’t be commanded. Paul wanted the Corinthians to prove their sincerity by giving selfishly and spontaneously. In the same way, we show our sincerity through our giving and by doing God’s will. “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13). By God’s grace, we are empowered to give generously to those in need. In our giving, we demonstrate the love of Christ in our hearts.