Re-Dedication Celebration for our major refurbishment

Press Release by Leslie Smith for St. Paul’s church

 The Congregation of St. Paul’s has announced that they are undertaking a major refurbishment of the historic Episcopal Church at 101 Main Street.

St. Paul’s, built in 1898 and consecrated in 1899, restored its stained glass windows over several years with the large window facing main street completed in 2010.

The current project will restore the worship space and includes installing a hardwood floor to replace the worn carpet, refinishing the pews and lining the plaster walls with mesh fabric and resurfacing. Completion is expected by 2nd of December.

St. Paul’s is a small but diverse congregation and has a history of outreach to the community which includes a seasonal lunch program for migrant workers, Orange County Safe Homes, Chester food pantry and Habitat for Humanity’s Episcobuild as well as several others.

St. Paul’s is a small church with a family atmosphere, and open hearts and open doors to all who would like to come. You are invited to come visit Sunday mornings at 9:00am.

Book discussion – When God Winks

May 24, 2017

Dear Friends,

     After our Lenten discussion on the Book of Common Prayer, we thought there might be some interest in pursuing another similar discussion.  The Vestry has chosen the book, When God Winks, How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life by Squire Rushnell. Our discussion is scheduled for Thursday evening July 13th. The description of the book follows:

It is not by accident that you just picked up When God Winks. Whether you call it synchronicity or coincidence, what brought you to this book today is worth remembering. In fact, you may have suspected all along that there is more to coincidence than meets the eye. These seemingly random events are actually signposts that can help you successfully navigate your career, relationships, and interests. Squire Rushnell shows us that by recognizing our “God Winks,” we can use the untapped power of coincidence to vastly improve our lives.
The author applies his compelling theory as to why coincidences exist to fascinating stories in history, sports, medicine, and relationships involving both every day and famous people including Barbra Streisand, Charles Schulz, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Mark Twain, and Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

     All of us have been visited by The Holy Spirit at some point even if we see it in retrospect. We rarely see the experience for what it is until after it occurs. By sharing our thoughts and experiences we, ourselves grow and get to know each other better in a more spiritual sense. It is a beautiful way of building fellowship.

     The book costs $12.00 through Amazon with no shipping on my account. I’d be happy to order the books if you submit your payment to me by June 18th. You can also order it online. Please let me know if you are interested.

Peace to you all,

Jeannette Shupe

New Clergy At St. Paul’s!

As part of our relationship with Christ Church in Warwick, NY, we will be sharing a clergy who will be mentored by Father Jim and support Christ Church 50% and support St. Paul’s 50%.  After searching through many candidates and ultimately interviewing four, the clergy search committee from both St. Paul’s and Christ Church are delighted to introduce you to our new clergy, Deacon Deborah Lee.  Take a chance now to get to know her a little better:

  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   The Rev. Deacon Deborah A. Lee graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from The General Theological Seminary, and was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on March 4, 2017. Deacon Lee was formerly the Program Manager for Pastoral Care and Community at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City and has been a mental health counselor and educator, both internationally and within the United States. She joined forces with several non-profit organizations around the U.S., including working with refugees for Episcopal Community Services in Arizona, as well as providing mental health therapy for church communities in Colorado.

          Deborah’s international experience brought her to Mexico, working as a program coordinator for BorderLinks, an international leader in experiential education that raises awareness and inspires action around global political economics and social justice. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Meknès, Morocco, teaching at a school for the visually impaired, and worked in Lima, Perú as a counselor and teacher for the Network of International Christian Schools.

          Deacon Lee holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from Colorado Christian University, a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and French from Williams College in Massachusetts, and has studied with the School for International Training in Cameroon. She will be an ordained a priest within the Episcopal Church on September 9, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan. She enjoys photography, singing, dancing, reading, and is a bonafide foodie.

          “I am so very excited to be invited by the people of St. Paul’s, Chester and Christ Church, Warwick to serve alongside them in the next step of the journey! God will do marvelous things in our midst as we pray and worship together and get to know one another in Christ. Know that I am praying for all of you; I know that I am being lifted up in prayer by you as well. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and I look forward to meeting all of you very soon!”

—Deacon Deborah

St. Paul’s Christmas Outreach Update

We had seven children to “adopt” between the  Chester family and Safe Homes. 
We have two children left
-boy in 10th grade, size 14-16,
-boy in 9th grade, size  18-20
As far as clothes they would like dress shirts, t-shirts, hoodie  sweatshirts, sweatpants (no elastic at the bottom).  They asked for some  things for the whole family also so we will use the contributions received to  get family gift cards, etc.  So it just would be a matter of buying clothes.  Please budget around $20-$25 for that so that all the children  get equal gifts.  If you are interested in adopting one of them please let Marie Olsen know by 11/30 so we have time to buy anything not covered.  We need the  items (unwrapped) put in a bag with the child’s grade to the church by  12/07.
If anyone else is  interested in a monetary contribution the deadline for that is 11/30 so we know  how much we have to work with.
The Kiwanis toy drive deadline is also 12/07.  There is a box designated for that in the guild  room.
And as a reminder the Kiwanis are also collecting gently used outerwear any size as the parents need outerwear also.
Thank you to all who have adopted or contributed to this.  

St. Paul’s welcomes the Rev. Dr. Deborah Dresser

For the month of September, we are excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Deborah Dresser to lead St. Paul’s services.
THE REV. DR. DEBORAH DRESSER THE REV. DR. DEBORAH DRESSER, ordained in 1984, has served in six parishes in the Diocese of New York including St. George’s Church, beginning in 1996.  During that time she mentored and worked alongside deacons-in-training and seminarians including St. Paul’s recent vicar, the Rev. Candace Sandfort.

During her tenure in Newburgh Mother Dresser spearheaded Episco-Build, a multi-parish effort of Episcopal parishes in Orange County building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Greater Newburgh. She served as Chair of the Newburgh Interfaith Dialogue; Chair of the Board of Project LIFE, a tier-2 residential transitional-living shelter in the city; and a founding board member of Newburgh Chamber Music, which performs at St. George’sShe also initiated two mission programs of St. George’s: Open Space, a creative support program for pregnant teenagers or teen moms and their children; and Voices of Hope, a community children’s choir.

In the Diocese she served as President of the Standing Committee; she continues to serve as a member of the Global Mission Commission of the Diocese, and the Committee for Diocesan Human Resources.  She received the Bishop’s Cross in 2008.

In 2013, Mother Dresser completed a term as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, a humanitarian foundation supporting Arab Christians in Israel and Jordan.  She has led numerous pilgrimages to the Holy Land and will lead another in October 2015.

While retired, Mother Dresser continues to supply in local parishes.  She and her husband the Rev. Dr. Robert Dresser continue to live in Newburgh with Cuthbert, the watch-dog corgi.  They have four grown daughters and five grandchildren who bring immeasurable delight to both.

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