January 31, 2020: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Join us online on January 31, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. for Holy Eucharist, Rite Two, with the Rev. Hazel Smith Glover as Celebrant and Preacher.

A reminder that our annual parish meeting will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Click here to log in at that time. If you have trouble connecting via the link, launch Zoom via your internet browser or app and enter 827 2610 0099 as the meeting ID and 254972 as the passcode. There will be no virtual coffee hour held this morning due to the meeting.

Click here for a PDF version of the bulletin for this service. You may also follow along in The Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.

Help Your Community This Winter

Have you ever felt that need on cold nights to snuggle in your bed under the warm blankets? Have you ever been grateful to have that opportunity? Have your thoughts ever been on those less fortunate, those that don’t have a hot meal, warm blankets, or even a bed? There are volunteer opportunities for you to help others survive the cold nights.

St. Paul’s Outreach has made our Parishioners aware of a local organization that provides those meals, beds and warm blankets. Please allow me to give you a first hand view of this small volunteer organization, called NEST, because they indeed make a big difference in our community for those homeless people during freezing temperatures. The Newnan Emergency Shelter Team was started by the Newnan City Church (Methodist), which has a small church space, next door to Bridging the Gap. This church is filled with many members with huge hearts. Here is a more detailed description of volunteering for a shift at NEST.

There are single Aerobeds, sheets, mattress pads, blankets, pillows, and pillow cases that have either been donated by businesses, or collected from the Newnan community. These 20+ beds (as needed) are placed in the small sanctuary of Newnan City Church after a team of people move out all the chairs used for their services. There are teams to register guests, take temps, and issue masks, volunteers that bring in dinner, teams of men and women that split shifts spending the night, a team that serves breakfast, and breaks down the beds. Another team removes the linens to be laundered, and straightens up the church area. There is a sign up for each of the “duties”, and it is done on a daily basis when NEST is open. Organization is key, and NEST excels in that area. On some occasions, when the weather turns quickly, Newnan City Church will transport and pay for people to stay at the Red Roof Inn at the Moreland exit and issue Waffle House gift cards. This can be expensive, depending on the number of guests, however, their mission is to be “the hands and feet of Jesus”.

The opportunities to meet other community and church volunteers, to share time with those who need our time and attention, and to learn more about the vital ministries of Newnan City Church has been such a blessing in my life. We, at St. Paul’s, expressed many times a desire to help with the homelessness in the downtown area of Newnan. Here is a small Methodist church downtown (only in its structure, it has grown to 3 services on Sundays), that began a program we so dreamed of doing. All we need to do now is step up and volunteer for a team job, on a late afternoon, or evening with freezing temps, that will make a difference in lives and show our community that St. Paul’s is indeed part of the community.

Although Covid is always a concern, I have found that interaction with others at a distance with a mandatory mask rule creates a safe space. Cleanliness is a priority. Please consider volunteering and email Joshua Wieda, St. Paul’s community outreach coordinator; he will forward the sign-up opportunities when NEST is activated for freezing temperatures. If you aren’t comfortable volunteering, a cash donation is always needed and welcomed! Just send it to Newnan City Church, 17 1st Avenue, Newnan 30263, and specify NEST.

Maybe we can work as a team one cold evening. ~ Jane Murdock, St. Paul’s Parishioner and Community Volunteer

December 27, 2020: The First Sunday after Christmas

Join us online on December 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. for a Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols, presided by the Rev. Hazel Smith Glover with music by Dawn Harrison and featuring St. Paul’s youth as readers.

Click here for a PDF version of the bulletin for this service. You may also follow along in The Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.

Christmas Eve Online Worship Service

Join us online on December 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, officiated by The Rev. Hazel Smith Glover. This service features a virtual Children’s Pageant. If you cannot view it at that time or wish to watch it again, it can be viewed at any point after the initial broadcast.

Click here for a PDF version of the bulletin for this service. You may also follow along in The Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.