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      St. Paul's

    E p i s c o p a l     C h u r c h

    914 Lane Dr.           St. Joseph, MI              (616) 983 - 4761         Fax:  (616) 983-5682



    MIDWEEK HOLY EUCHARIST will be celebrated on Wednesday, at 6:15 AM in the chapel.

    HEALING PRAYERS AND CONFESSIONS  Mother Liza is available at church each Monday from Noon until 1:30 PM for healing prayers and confession, no appointment necessary.

    ARTICLES FOR THE APRIL NEWSLETTER are due in the church office by Monday, March 18.

    Please remember our MONTHLY NON-PERISHABLE FOOD AND PAPER PRODUCT COLLECTION for John and Henrietta Crowder next Sunday, March 3. Donations may be placed in the east entry. Gift certificates to Meijer’s and Hardings are also welcomed and may be left in the office. Thank you.

    Please Note: The church office will be closed on Good Friday, March 29 and on Easter Monday, April 2.

    LAY PARTICIPANTS: If you know that you will not be available to serve on any Sunday in the up-coming month, please call Gene or Joan Durren, 983-5240. If we know ahead of time, we can avoid scheduling you. If you find that you have a conflict once the schedule is made, please find a substitute and notify the church office by Wednesday of the week prior in order to have the correct information in the bulletin.

    ST. CATHERINE’S GUILD will not be meeting this month due to Holy Week activities

    ACOLYTE PRACTICE will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 9:30 AM, for those involved in the Palm Sunday services. There will also be a practice on Saturday, March 30 at 9:30 AM for everyone involved in the Great Vigil of Easter and the Easter Sunday Services. For more information, contact Kristen Coffin, 428-1464.

    Faith Full Families: growing through Lent   Please join us Sunday, March 10th, for Faith Full Families. We will meet from 4 to 6 PM in the parish hall at church. We will be looking at Lent as an opportunity to grow, and our time will be structured around that theme. There will be activities for children, a potluck supper, all-family crafts, songs, and time for reflection. If you haven’t come to a Faith Full Families before, you are welcome to join us now or anytime in the future. Please sign up for the potluck supper on the bulletin board across from Father Jason’s office. As always anyone is welcome to come, but the activities are geared for children up to sixth grade.


    If you set aside funds for the Episcopal Relief and Development as part of your Lenten discipline, please exchange any cash donation into a check for ease of handling. Donations may be mailed to the church or placed in the offering plate, if you wish. Make checks payable to St. Paul’s Church with Episcopal Relief and Development noted on the memo line. All donations will then be combined into a single donation from our parish. You may also send your individual offering directly to the fund:

    Lent 2002

    Episcopal Relief and Development

    c/o Banker’s Trust company

    PO Box 12043 Newark, NJ 07101

    The Vestry wishes to thank everyone who responded to the survey handed out at the annual meeting. There was much to discuss and it was realized that a careful and well planned approach to the many issues raised would be in order. It was agreed that the parish would be kept updated as progress was made not only concerning a possible third service in the future but other long range plans for the community. At this time the vestry is exploring option to increase the seating capacity during services.


    Facilities Plans  In its workshop the vestry members discussed several possible projects for the Church building and property. Choice of projects was based on the consideration of need and feasibility.

    For immediate attention are:

    1. Lighting-some important electrical rewiring is needed. It has been suggested that we might improve lighting in some areas and add a dimmer panel at the same time. Combining all three projects would be cost effective, compared to doing them separately.

    2. Parking-due to increasing attendance we are in need of increased parking. This project will be done in the least invasive way and we encourage all suggestions.

    For the "Near Future":

    1. Air conditioning and housing for the air conditioning units. It has been suggested that a Bell Tower be erected to house the air conditioning. The Bell Tower was part of the original church design.

    2. There is a need for one additional Worship Center space. This would allow all young people to have a permanent place for their classes.

    Long term plans include:

    1. Addition of a Lobby area to create more space and comfort upon entering the church.

    2. The addition of an education and office wing.

    If you have an interest in, comments or suggestions for, any of the listed projects please contact:  Bela W. Lindenfeld, 927-1870,

    Please mark your calendars...   Daylight Savings Time begins on April 7 so be sure to set your clocks ahead .

    The St. Paul’s Choir will sing at both services on Easter Sunday, March 31. Choir rehearsal will take place on Sunday, March 10, 17, 24 at Noon. If you enjoy singing, please consider lending your voice. All enthusiastic participants are welcome.

    Junior Choir will sing at the Palm Sunday 10:30 Holy Eucharist. In preparation, the members will rehearse on Thursdays at 6:30 PM, beginning February 28. Other rehearsal dates are March 7, 14, and 21. All members will need to be ready for a final practice on Sunday, March 24 at 9:40 AM. If any children are interested in joining, now would be a good time. Please let Mother Liza or Linda Mack know so that materials can be prepared. 

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    The Rev. N. DeLiza Spangler, Rector

    The Rev. Jason A. Fout, Curate

    Susan Russell, Senior Warden

    Phil Coffin, Junior Warden