Parish Life in Pictures September 14, 2019 The annual White Elephant Sale. A bit brisk but sunny. The proceeds will be given to Backpack Buddies, a joint project with Christ the King Lutheran Church, that feeds local children. ....and followed up with a reception in their honor. September 8th we inducted two new members to our Acolyte Guild..... The Daughters of the King make up emergency packets for the local elementary schools. Accidents happen. To preserve the dignity of children they provide new socks, undies, sweat pants, and a plastic bag to take the wet ones home in. Some of the folks from our weekly Bible study. We work on the three lessons that are part of the coming Sunday's service. August 19, 2019 This colorful thing is a muff. Margaret made two for our pews. Sometimes your hands get cold, especially when you are in your 90's. They get used every Sunday. August 14-16, 2019 The parking lot was beginning to show its age, so we filled the few pot holes, resealed the surface, and relined it. We added 2 new handicapped parking spaces. July 28, 2019 was our annual picnic. We began with a Eucharist. It was followed by lots of good food and then games. For the little ones and some of the crafty adults, we painted rocks. They will be scattered around the city like little prayers. Frank is new to the musical team. The musicians were under the able leadership of Tina Bill helped set up for our picnic. You can tell he's a Michigan fam. Did I mention we had cake. Among the July birthdays was our own church musician, Tina. Flowers, cards, a song, and her own special cake. That's three cakes for coffee hour on July 7th. Woo-hoo. This Sunday (July 7) we had a baptism, so there was a good excuse for more cake.Every first Sunday of the month we celebrate that month's birthdays. We have cake! July 6th, Jackie and Frank renewed their wedding vows surrounded by family and friends. It is their 50th anniversary. The monthly Book Study group met June 23rd to discuss Lake of the Ozarks by Bill Geist. It's a simple sign but gets a surprising amount of notice. The church is open most week days and people drop in for a few quiet moments. Today, June 10, someone who just happened to be driving by saw the sign. She pulled into our parking lot and spent a few moments inside praying. Her husband will be having surgery this afternoon. It's June 9th. The iris' have made their appearance in the courtyard. Our garden and grounds make a cool quiet place to rest and think in the midst of our busy little city. St. Paul's is blessed with many good cooks, but there is one that seems to specialize in unique monthly birthday cakes. Bev chose a seashore theme for June's cake. Notice this cake comes with sharks... May saw our spring Work Bee. Windows washed, pews polished, everything put in order after a long winter. Spring means work in the garden. This year we added a bench to invite passers by to stop and rest. It was given in memory of Art Perkins. After a recent near emergency, we purchased an AED machine and held two training sessions. Every Sunday we have coffee hour... there's more than just coffee. May 19thWe celebrated the life and ministry of the Rev. William Elliott. St. Paul's was his first parish and in retirement his last. Bill's memorial service was May 6, 2019 The Baptism of Sloan Elaine on May 5, 2019.