The vestry meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the church during the school year.
Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Crucifer
These essential people aid the rector during the service. Lectors read the Sunday lessons and offer the Prayers of the People. Eucharistic ministers serve the chalice of wine to the people as they come up for communion. The Crucifer carries the cross in procession.
The Altar Guild is blessed with the opportunity to prepare the altar, the vessels of communion and the linens at St. Paul's for Sunday and weekday services and for baptisms, funerals and weddings. Our members also have the joy of preparing candles and flowers for special services including Christmas and Easter. Our members include both men and women who find joy in their efforts.
Spirit of Saint Paul's
The Spirit of St. Paul’s is a committee of about a dozen members that meets on the last Tuesday of each month. Our goal is to bring support and a positive spirit to members of St. Paul’s and the
surrounding community. We are known for sending cards and care packages to those in need as well as for organizing the Giving Tree Event that provides Christmas gifts for homeless men who live at Loreto House in Holyoke. If you would like to know more, please contact Joan Daly through the parish office. We hope you will join us !
Help make the social hour following the main service an enjoyable time for all by signing up to bring snacks and beverages. Speak with Ed Farrell to learn how you can host social hour one week.
The Jammin' group makes canned goods such as jams, jellies, pickles and relishes to tell for the benefit of Saint Paul's. No prior experience necessary. All are welcome! Please contact Julia Durchanek through the parish office for more information.
Dominican Republic Mission Trip
During the annual mission trip, the group runs a Vacation Bible School Program from Monday to Friday in the mornings and then works on our service project for the parish in the afternoon. In addition to teaching VBS and the service project, the group distributes grocery bags of food staples to 150 families identified as being in need by the parish priest.
There are so many ways to become involved; each year the group has participants who attend the meetings, take part in the fundraising and planning for the mission, but do not go on the trip. Several members have gone some years and not others. Everyone is expected to participate in fundraising for the trip, including contributing towards the trip, but no one is turned away from participating because of a lack of resources. Please contact Julia Durchanek through the parish office for more information.
The St. Paul’s Trustees meet regularly with representatives from Berkshire Bank to provide careful stewardship of our endowment fund.
Have you been wanting to sing with the choir but can’t make it to evening rehearsals? Here’s a new plan: singers gather promptly in the choir room at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings to rehearse the music for that very day’s 10:00 service, and will also work on a piece for the following week. Choir singers sit in the regular pews and often with their families and then come up in the middle of the service to sing the anthem together. Pretty simple! Singing with others is a lot of fun and brings a lift to you and the congregation. Why not give it a try? If you have questions or are interested in participating, please speak to Seth Clark, our music director.
Under the direction of organist and choir director, Seth Clark, the choir sings a wide repertoire of sacred music. St. Paul’s has always stressed diversity and its music is no exception, including music from Renaissance polyphony to recent offerings from the 20th and 21st Century. While traditional “Anglican” church music is a staple, spirituals, American folk-tunes, and even a touch of gospel style occasionally can be heard.
The choir is anxious to include new members who wish to offer their talent to worship through music. There is no audition, nor any requirement to read music, and we welcome all volunteers. Please call the church office at (413) 532-5060 or talk with Seth Clark for more information.
United Thank Offering
United Thank Offering, our monetary thanks offered for all the blessings God has bestowed upon us, will be next taken up in October. Your thanks-offerings go toward domestic and foreign mission works that make others feel blessed, too.
Faith is a journey that reveals the new and unexpected everyday. Just as Abraham set forth on a journey in response to God’s call, we are travelers on an unknown, wondrous and sometimes frightening path.
Each of us is made in God’s image – beautiful and beloved, unique and whole.
The greatest commandment is love. We strive to love God with all our hearts, all our minds and all our souls and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Jesus teaches us to welcome all. We believe our churches and society should do the same. We work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality because God calls us to do justice and love kindness.
One day, all of us – regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity – will be treated as equals in our families, our churches and our communities.
For more information, contact Tammy Shafer through the parish office.
Eucharistic visitors are men and women who have been trained and licensed to take communion, the bread and wine, on Sunday mornings to members of Saint Paul's who are homebound or in the hospital. It is a humbling privilege to offer this to people. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Barbara Thrall through the parish office.
Counters are a group of men and women who stay after church on Sunday to count that day's collection. For more information, please contact Michael Bineau through the parish office.
This group comes together beginning in the summer up to December to make the Christmas Stars that are such an important part of Saint Paul's Christmas Celebration and Birthday of the Christ Child.
Workshops take place on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the church school rooms. Good company, good conversation and snacks. Your participation is greatly needed and you will be welcome. Please contact Tammy Shafer with any questions.
Kate’s Kitchen casseroles are prepared at home by volunteers who bring them fresh or frozen to St. Paul’s by 9 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Recipes and pans are available. Kate's Kitchen is a ministry of the Providence Services Network in Holyoke and feeds 150 people a hot lunch 365 days a year at their facility on Hamilton Street.
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts Veterans' Project, "Building Bridges," seeks to cultivate living communities with and for American veterans. In recognition of the sacrifices they had made on behalf of our homeland, "Building Bridges" is committed to the embrace and reconciliation of veterans who continue to be isolated from the very society they fought to protect. Diocesan Bishop Douglas Fisher has cited veteran ministry as a critical priority in realizing the sacrificial love of Christ in the Diocese and in the World.
Veterans Lunches are offered Thursdays at St. Paul’s from noon to 1:30 p.m. Veterans and their immediate adult family members will be welcome, along with adult volunteers from St. Paul’s and the community. To know more, please speak to Gina Nelson at 413-537-3119 or Felix Rivera through the parish office.
Margaret’s Pantry in Holyoke is always in need of nonperishable food. If you bring peanut-butter, canned tuna, canned fruits and veggies, pasta, rice, cereals, we’ll make sure they get to Margaret’s.
Prayer shawls and baby blankets are available in the church to take to those who need them.
Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center
During the months of August and September the members of Saint Paul's donate backpacks and school supplies for the children of women incarcerated in the correctional facility. In December we donate Christmas presents for the mothers to give to their children. We also maintain a connection with the correctional facility in which members perform outreach to the incarcerated women.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Making
Every Tuesday morning at 9:30 throughout the year a faithful group led by Gina Nelson gathers to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the children who come to the daily noonday meal at Kate’s Kitchen. The leadership at Kate’s noticed that a number of kids come to that free meal, and they thought it would be good to offer them a sandwich to go in case there wasn’t much to eat later in the day. Members of St. Paul’s stepped up and offered to take Tuesdays and have been providing this little boost for some time.
Donations of bread, jelly, peanut butter, and plastic sandwich bags are always appreciated.