When a St. Cecilia chorister graduates from 5th grade, they are presented with a hymnal in recognition for their choir service. This year’s recipients are: Mary Scott Fabrizi and Sophie Widdowson.
Both girls have been in the children’s choir for several years and Sophie carries on a family tradition as her brother, Garrick, was in the St. Cecilia Choir years ago. Mary Scott’s hobbies include dance, art and music and she will be entering Arnall Middle School in the fall. Sophie will be in the 6th grade and she enjoys video and board games as well as swimming. Sophie is also a piano student. Both girls will continue to sing in the St. Cecilia Choir.
If you have a child in 2nd grade or higher, they are eligible to join the St. Cecilia Choir. We rehearse on Wednesday afternoons at 5:00. For more information please email Dawn Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Choir Gathering and Celebration
The Adult Choir gathered to celebrate the end of what was a very unusual choir season. Twenty of us came together for great food and fellowship but more importantly to celebrate the marriage of Maria Margiolakou and Cole Hankins!
We are looking forward to being together next year for rehearsals and services. As always we welcome new members. We rehearse on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00. For more information or to join us, please email Mason Copeland, Organist and Choirmaster, at email@example.com.
Community Tornado Relief
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:26
St. Paul’s has been active in providing outreach to the Newnan, Coweta County community in the aftermath of the recent tornadoes that tore through our wonderful piece of Georgia. We know that many at St. Paul’s have participated in giving efforts with other organizations and groups or on their own. We want to share what St. Paul’s has done and is planning in the future.
St. Paul’s was an official sponsor along with Newnan Chapel UMC for the May 15th Community Tornado Relief event. As a part of that event, St. Paul’s provided several resources for families who participated.
- T-shirts for event volunteers and participants totaling $534
- Bibles, 100 NIV and NLT versions totaling $367
- Gift cards in $50 increments for Kroger, Walmart, and other places for families to purchase various types of supplies totaling $2,500
- Supplies for distribution at the event
- Parishioners volunteered for the setup and day of event support
The event was a huge success! Four hundred (400) food boxes were distributed and each participant was able to receive a hot meal from the food truck that was onsite. Families were able to get cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, and baby and pet supplies as well. Volunteers even assisted some families who didn’t have transportation and senior citizens by delivering supplies and food to their homes.
Supporting families to recover from the devastating tornadoes will be a long-term effort. A small committee has been working on developing a more structured approach to future activities and distribution of contributions on behalf of St. Paul’s. St. Paul’s has received a grant from the Episcopal Relief and Development to further help families with tornado relief efforts. In addition, St. Paul’s parishioners have generously contributed financial assistance. While we have some resources, the pool is a lot less than the need right now. So, we are working on a strategic approach to distributing the available resources.
We want to thank you all for your continued support of St. Paul’s and to the Newnan community.
"Room at the Inn"
A way for the people of St. Paul’s to help victims of last week’s tornado:
Newnan Presbyterian, Central Baptist, and First Methodist churches have opened shelters for those without homes due to last week’s tornado. Registration will be housed at Newnan Presbyterian. After those needing housing have registered, St. Paul’s has been asked to supply volunteers to walk registrants from Newnan Presbyterian to Central Baptist and First United Methodist churches. Volunteers will meet at Newnan Presbyterian (located at 38 Greenville Street) at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, Thursday, April 1, and Friday, April 2.
Please email Hazel+ if you are available to help on any of these dates.
One year ago, in response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our world--and worship--changed. Since March of 2020, we have worshipped in all sorts of ways: online, outdoors, live stream, and alone.
We are excited to share with you that new diocesan protocols have been announced, which allow us to gather and worship indoors. Read Bishop Wright’s letter here.
We know that many are eager to gather in our nave and return to corporate worship. We will do so on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021. We also realize that many are not yet comfortable with gathering indoors. Rest assured that our services will continue to be live streamed online.
Holy Week and Easter indoor services will be held with COVID-19 restrictions in place, such as the requirement of masks, no congregational singing, and communion in one kind only. In addition, the number of people in the congregation will be limited and preregistration will be required.
Registration will open on Friday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. for the following services:
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will remain online only.
Thank you so much for your patience and faithfulness during this past year. We look forward to being together once again.
St. Paul’s Clergy, Staff, Vestry and Re-Opening Task Force
Grants Committee Announcement
Philippians 2:4 says “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Deana Young will serve as Ministry Head for the St. Paul’s Grants Committee. Deana is an active parishioner of St. Paul’s and has a strong background in performing outreach and community service. She has trained and worked with therapy dogs to support children with reading. In addition, Deana has organized and supported food and other resources distributions for children, families, seniors, and veterans. She comes to the role of Grants Committee lead with a wealth of knowledge and ideas for expanding St. Paul’s outreach ministries.
Please join us in welcoming Deana to this important role!
Financial Information for 2020 Year-End and Looking Forward
Nominations for 2021-23 Vestry Term Now Open
Three Vestry members will be elected at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 31, 2021 at 11:30 AM to replace the three retiring Vestry members. Qualified parishioners may nominate themselves or may be nominated by someone else. Click here for the Vestry Nomination Form. Contact Jennifer Thomasson, Senior Warden, with any questions.
An Update from the St. Paul's Reopening Task Force
Our outdoor Sunday worship services have been a true blessing for those who felt comfortable attending. The turnout has been amazing. It is with mixed feelings then that we have reached a decision, based in part on increasingly inclement weather, and costs, to suspend the outdoor in-person services after the December 13th service. This decision was not taken lightly but with much consideration of exposure to the elements and other factors.
On a brighter note, we are going to offer, in accordance with Diocesan guidance on parish gatherings, a Christmas Eve Sacred Space Pilgrimage opportunity. There will be six half-hour periods on Christmas Eve, running between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM for parishioners to be in our beautiful nave. It will be decorated, and Hazel will say a few words at each session. Mason will be playing the organ during the sessions. We will use the same reservation system to sign up for time slots. Diocesan guidance for indoor gatherings limits us to 10 folks at each session, including Hazel and support (usher and choir director), so there will be a limit of seven folks per session. Reservations may be made starting at 9:00 AM, December 21st.
Another bright note is that we will also have an outdoor, in-person Christmas Eve service, starting at 5:30 PM, in the parking lot. The plan is to provide a bonfire and space for those who wish to remain in their cars for warmth and space for those who want to sit outside. The rented tent and chairs will be gone at that time. Those who wish to sit are asked to bring their own chairs and, of course, physically distance yourselves (at least six feet). We will have the sound system set up so everyone, including any in cars, can hear the service. Again, we will utilize the reservation system as we are still limited to 50 persons. Sign-up will open at 9:00 AM, December 21st.
As is the current “normal”, masks must be worn for both events and we will physically distance and hand sanitize frequently. For the indoor Sacred Space Pilgrimage, the pews, doorknobs, etc., will be disinfected between each session.
Latest Updates for In-Person Outdoor Worship
Per diocesan guidelines, we may now begin celebrating Holy Eucharist. Attendance is limited, there will still be no singing or chanting, and COVID-19 safety protocols must be observed. Click here for information on the upcoming service, including registration and bulletin links.
In-Person Outdoor Worship Begins October 11, 2020
Finally, after so many months apart we are pleased to announce that the most recent diocesan protocols allow us to gather in person if we meet outside and limit each gathering to 50 people.
We will follow the safety restrictions outlined by the St. Paul’s Re-Opening Task Force as we gather outside in the lower parking lot.
- Masks/face covering must be worn by all (except those aged two and under).
- Six-foot social distancing must be observed.
- Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or having been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19 should not attend the in-service worship.
- Pre-registration is required and limited to fifty attendees.
- There will be no singing or chanting.
- Printed bulletins will not be available.
Further details may be found in the Re-Opening Task Force letter here. We strongly encourage any parishioners who fall into any high-risk categories to not attend the in-person services but to continue to enjoy the recorded services. Thank you for your continued patience and prayers during this pandemic.
“Tell me what it is which makes us feel like we’re together, even when we’re apart.”
(Lyrics from the Italian tune, Grazie Roma, quoted in the sermon on March 15, 2020.)
In response to the CDC guidelines for the coronavirus, our diocesan bishop wrote “after much consultation and prayer … I have decided to direct every congregation to move all worship and meetings online effective immediately and until further notice.”
Because the campus of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is now closed, we have implemented the following online worship and fellowship opportunities.
Sunday morning services are accessible to view via the St. Paul’s webpage and Facebook page.
Children's and Youth Ministry:
There are programs held each Sunday for children and youth via Zoom. To be added to the children's ministry contact list, please contact Elisabeth Copeland. For information about youth ministry, contact Mary Margaret Stewart.
To submit a prayer request or contact the clergy with pastoral care concerns, see the links at the top of this page: http://www.stpaulsnewnan.org/pastoral-care/
Staff Support and Availability:
Each staff member is working remotely and can be contacted via email. The staff of St. Paul’s is working diligently to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of St. Paul’s parishioners. To support these efforts the staff is meeting with each other regularly throughout the week. Links to clergy and staff emails are here: http://www.stpaulsnewnan.org/clergy-staff/
What you can do:
Pray for one another and care for one another. Show up for one another. Create a space for Grace.