The E-pistle

June 29th, 2024

Parish Picnic Sunday, June 30

Join us on Sunday, June 30 for a celebratory parish picnic following our 9:00 outdoor worship. At the Eucharist, we’ll celebrate the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, one of our Patronal Feast Days, and then enjoy each other’s company over good food! The parish is providing hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and buns. We invite potluck contributions of sides, salads, and desserts.

Sunday, June 30th, 2024

9:00 A.M.

Holy Eucharist

Collect of the Day– Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Scripture for the Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul: Ezekiel 34:11-16, Psalm 87, 2 Timothy 4:1-8, John 21:15-19

Serving next week, June 30

Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev’d Samuel T. Vaught

Assisting Priest: The Rev’d Jane G. Tillman

Server: Darryl Lafferty

Lector/Intercessor: Linda Mason

Musician: Virgil Stucker and Libby Wade

Greeter: Ginny Willcox

Fellowship: Parish Picnic

Altar Guild: Jennifer Carmichael

Serving next week, July 7

Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev’d Samuel T. Vaught

Assisting Priest: The Rev’d Jane G. Tillman

Server: Darryl Lafferty

Lector/Intercessor: Jean Rousseau

Musician: John Davies

Greeter: Jorja Marsden

Fellowship: Georgeanne Rousseau

Altar Guild: Robin Race

Parish Prayer List

Those who are ill or in need of intercession

Bruce, Charles, Linda, Veronica, Jeff, Karen, Lisa, Rosalind, Jacob, Kathleen, Doug, Holly, Rick, John, Lenore, Vicki, Donna, Cynthia, Eliza, Cindy, Lori, LaDawn, Elaine, Kit, David, Ann, Jessica, Heidi, Paul, Kate

Those who have recently died

Tom Kelly, father of Lisa Kane

Brian White, brother-in-law of Piers Boyce

John P Boyce, husband of Natalie Boyce

Those who have asked for our long-term prayers

Allie, Irby, Ginger, Joan, Duncan, Bernadette, Ray, Piers, Katrina, Rich, Karen, Michael, Khali, George, Barbara, Christy, John, Anthony, and Astrida

Those celebrating birthdays or anniversaries

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer (Week of 6/30)

Congregations, Ministries, and Partners in Ministry

Good Shepherd Church, Oxford (The Rev’d Julia Dumbar, Priest-in-Charge; the Rev’d Audrey Cronin, Deacon), Standing Committee

The Church and Wider Mission

Church Publishing, Inc.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sun 6/30: Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui

Mon 7/1: Diocese Gogrial (South Sudan)

Tues 7/2: Diocese of Goma (Congo)

Wed 7/3: Diocese of Gombe (Nigeria)

Thurs 7/4: Dio. of Good Shepherd (Moz./Angola)

Fri 7/5: Diocese of Grafton (Australia)

Sat 7/6: Diocese of Grahamstown (Southern Africa)

We had a lovely problem at our first outdoor worship of the year—we nearly ran out of chairs! If you have a comfy lawn chair at home, don’t forget to bring it along as we worship outdoors this summer. This will save the metal folding chairs and Adirondacks for those who need them.

Join a Fellowship Dinner this Summer!

Would you like to deepen your relationships with fellow parishioners? Would you like meet new people at St. Paul’s over good food? If so, you are warmly invited to join one of the Fellowship Dinners hosted in the homes of parishioners this summer. There are eight dinners scheduled in the months of July and August in the various locales in which we live. Find one that works for you and sign up here. If you are having any difficulty with accessing the google doc, please call Martha (413-281-9772) and ask for help. She recently discovered that she can add names using her desktop computer, but cannot on her phone! She is happy to help you!

Questions? Contact Junior Warden Martha Bodine

For the second year in a row, St. Paul’s is sponsoring a hole at the Human to Human Golf Tournament, a new annual fundraiser to support a wide variety of ministries throughout Western Massachusetts. Father Sam would like to issue an additional challenge: this year, let’s field a team of 4 players to play the tournament! If you enjoy golfing, you can represent St. Paul’s, raise money for important work around the Diocese, and have fun all at once! You can find more information here. And don’t let the registration cost deter you—the Vestry is happy to pitch in to make any registration possible.

Two Opportunities to Pray Together Each Week

Wednesday: Morning Prayer at 8:30am (Online)

Every Wednesday, a group of parishioners meet at 8:30am to pray Morning Prayer online via Zoom. All are warmly welcome to join via the Zoom link on our website. Thank you Darryl Lafferty for continuing to lead this weekly offering.

Friday: Intercessory Prayer at 8:30am (In-person)

Some may remember that several years ago, a group of parishioners met each week to pray for the needs of those on the parish prayer list. All are invited to join on Friday mornings in the church as we revive this tradition of intercessory prayer. Thank you Alice Wohl for your leadership in reviving this weekly offering.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

29 Main Street, P.O. Box 704

Stockbridge, MA 01262

Church Office Voicemail: (413) 298-4913


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