This Summer is the "Summer of Service" at St. Paul's! We will be featuring activities with this theme through our worship, Vacation Bible School, Mission Trips, and activities.
There will be volunteer projects, such as serving at Shepherd's Heart, the Table, Trinity Walk-In Ministry.
Theology on Tap: On Wednesday, June 5, at 7pm we will be meeting at Brews Brothers, 315 Mt Lebanon Blvd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15234 to discuss "Doing Good: Says Who?" by Connie Newton. You can purchase the book in the office or at the donut table (or see Erin Morey) for $11, or order it here on Amazon.
(But… if you haven’t read the book, that’s ok too!)
Doing Good. . . Says Who? explores the impact of good intentions from the inside. The authors conducted over 400 interviews and synthesized the lessons learned. The end result is that you are on the ground with volunteers, nonprofits, donors, and--most uniquely--the intended beneficiaries of good will.
Summer of Service Short Films: Sunday, June 30, after the 9:45am service. After you grab your coffee and donut, come join Erin Morey in the back of the Undercroft for a few short documentary films, and discussion, about service. The films will be selections from THE WHY, founded by public broadcasting professionals from the BBC and Danish public media to produce & donate documentaries on pressing human rights and environmental issues, and make investigative documentaries available to everyone, everywhere.
Making Change in Your Community, Sunday July 28 - Save the Date Join Vahisha Hasan from Transform Network for a workshop about faith-rooted organizing! Transform Network's mission is to resource, train, and mobilize people and communities of faith to join what God is already doing in the world, growing transformative church and social justice movements. For more information, contact Erin at [email protected]
Fill the Rector’s truck with Beanie Weenies! We are going to fill the Rector’s truck again! Our Mission Teams, both Youth and Adult are going to McDowell County, WV, to work with our friends at the Five Loaves and Two Fishes food bank that serves the county in many meaningful ways. One way they help is through their food for children program. Kids come by and receive a bag of food for the weekend or a holiday/teacher work day when school meals are not served. They need proteins! These are those beanies and weenies/chilimac small cans you can get by the case at big store like Sam’s or Costco. We are asking all our friends at St. Paul’s to support our work by bringing in any case or bag of smaller can protein between now and our departure on June 16, after the 9:45 am service. If you miss us then, don’t worry! The Adult Team can bring food down the following Sunday, June 23. Thank you, all for your continued support of this very important ministry. Paul Barker, Director of Youth Ministry
Food Pantry Weekends are July 6 & 7, and August 3 & 4. Please remember to bring your non perishable food contributions to the altar at the service of your choice. All canned, jarred (plastic please) and boxed items are appreciated. Other needed supplies are paper products and personal items (toothpaste, shampoo, etc.). Thank you very much for all your past contributions.
It’s Christmas in June with ARYSE! Our Refugee Support Committee needs your help to support the ARYSE Summer Academy for immigrant and refugee kids https://www.arysepgh.org/. ARYSE has asked St. Paul’s to help with procuring supplies from their Amazon.com wish list. You can help by taking a tag from the Giving Tree in the Undercroft. Then, you can either purchase the item in a store and bring it to St. Paul’s by June 16, or buy it from ARYSE’s Amazon wishlist on www.stpaulspgh.org/summer-of-service (and it will be shipped right to them). Not sure what to buy? Donate an Amazon.com gift card, so ARYSE can buy what they need, or purchase Port Authority. passes (available at Giant Eagle and Shop n Save) so kids have transportation to camp! Questions? Contact Rini [email protected],com
Animal Friends Chow Wagon – Our Boy Scout Troop, 284, is collecting pet food for Animal Friends Chow Wagon Program. It provides pet food assistance to families during challenging economic times, allowing them to keep their beloved pets. You can help by bringing unopened cat, dog, or rabbit food, pet treats, or cat litter, to St. Paul’s and placing it in the bin in the Undercroft marked “Chow Wagon.” Please make sure all donations are small – not bulk – sizes, as many Chow Wagon clients rely on public transportation, and cannot take home large items. For more information, contact Rachel Butler-Pardi at [email protected].
Our Youth Summer Mission Trip will be held from Sunday, June 16, through Saturday, June 22. Mission Trip is open to all high school age youth (including current 8th graders who will be entering 9th grade in fall 2019.) Our youth and chaperones spend a week, living in community and working on a variety of sites. If you'd like to find out more about attending, contact Paul Barker [email protected]
Shepherd's Heart - Sundays, June 30 & July 28: St. Paul's Bible Study is leading two dates cooking & serving a meal at Shepherd's Heart. Volunteers can help at St. Paul's from 1:30pm to 4:00pm with food preparation, or from 4:30pm to 7:00pm serving at Shepherd’s heart. If you're interested, contact Kathryn Powell [email protected]
The Adult Mission Trip to Bluefield/McDowell County, WV June 23- 29. This is a different event than the Youth Mission Trip the week before. Our trip is shaping up but there’s still time to join us! This trip is open to all adults and teenagers with a parent. We stay at a comfortable, local hotel and volunteer in the area with local missions doing great things for their communities. For more information and to join this amazing ministry, contact Paul Barker at [email protected]
St. Paul's supports Trinity Cathedral's walk-in ministry that provides assistance for the most vulnerable among us, offering food, toiletries, clothing, and referral services. Trinity participates along with four other downtown churches. Volunteers are responsible for welcoming individuals who have emergency needs, every fifth week, initially Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The volunteers listen to people, ask what they need, direct them to sources of service and assistance listed on a database (for example for a job search, acquiring an ID, getting furniture or clothing, transportation to medical appointments), but most often, let them choose enough food for a few days.
Volunteers should be trained before they begin working. The training is brief and the need is immediate: Trinity is scheduled to host the ministry July 1 - 4, except for July 4, and August 5 - 8.
Anyone interested in helping this program should contact Pat at [email protected] or Betty Duckstein at [email protected].
Family Mission Days - Thursdays, July 18 & August 15
at St. Paul’s and The Table Ministry of Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community http://www.hotmetalbridge.com/the-table . All youth, adults & families are invited to prepare and serve a free meal for the hungry in the Southside. The cooking fun will be in St. Paul’s kitchen from 1-3 pm. We load/transport the food to the Southside 3:30-4, set up/serve/clean up at HMBFC from 4:30-7 pm (along with their volunteers). Contact Paul Barker to sign up for one or all the shifts and to help with purchasing some of the food. Thank you!
Our Summer of Service Needs You!
By Ginny Barnicoat, Senior Warden
Summer of Service: Aside from the cool alliteration, what does this mean for us? Let’s add “Soul Strengthening” and “Stimulating!” There are a number of opportunities for us to work together across generations, to share in the experience of community building, and to demonstrate what service looks like …