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February 26, 2017 - The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Winter Weather Conditions: Please be aware of the winter weather warnings in the area. To ensure staff and parishioner safety, the St. Paul's office may be closed or hours may be delayed. Please call the office at 503-362-3661 before coming to the office to ensure we are open.

SPY Trivia "Night" and Dessert Auction - Sunday, February 26, from 3:30-5:00 pm: Wondering if you missed the Melody of Love announcements? The 2017 St. Paul's Youth fundraiser is taking on a new format. This year SPY will be hosting a Trivia "Night" and Dessert Auction! Join us Sunday, February 26, from 3:30-5:00 pm in Steinberg Hall for a brain teasing good time. We'll test your knowledge and take your bids for decadent desserts! Be ready for the Civil War Ducks vs. Beavers Battle of the Baskets too. Tickets are $10/person and will be available in the Narthex following the 10:00 am service on February 19. 

Burning of the Palms: Please bring your palms to church by Sunday, February 26. All are welcome to join Mother Anne at the pancake supper on Tuesday, February 28, for the burning of the palms in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Palm collection baskets will be located at the back of the church by both entrances each Sunday and at the front office during the week.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: For at least 40 years St. Paul's has celebrated the end of Epiphany with a Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) Pancake Supper. Come help us eat fats as we prepare for the beginning of Lent on Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday is the day to eat up your household's fats before Ash Wednesday and Lent arrive (the next day). 

Join us for pancakes, sausages, and all the trimmings on Tuesday, February 28, from 5:00-7:00 pm. The price is reasonable ($5 for adults, $3 for those 12 and younger, $15 max per family). Even better than not having to cook that evening, we do the dishes too! Please join our parish family for this cheerful event. A rumor is Mother Anne will burn palms, too. Fire and food, what could be better? 

Evensong: Pianist, Heidi Louise Williams, comes to St. Paul's to play a concert on the 9' Yamaha concert grand piano on March 5. A devoted teacher, she serves on the faculty at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Ms. Williams will play music by Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Daniel Crozier, and George Walker. Her degrees are from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Ann Schein, Earl Carlyss, Samuel Sanders, and Robert McDonald. St. Paul's Trinity Choir will lead the service of Evensong at 4:00 pm, which precedes the concert. The public is invited. Donations to the St. Paul's Music Guild are gratefully accepted.

St. Patrick's Save the Date: We will get a head start on celebrating all things Irish during Wednesday Night Live on March 15 with cuisine, history and treasure: Marq Swafford, Dawn Manke, and Steve Emry will prepare a traditional Irish dinner, Father Zac will deliver a Celtic presentation, and there'll be a drawing for a rich "pot of gold." The 6:15 pm dinner will follow the 5:30 pm worship in the chapel. Cost for the dinner will be $3 per person or $10 for a family. You won't have to be Irish to enjoy this tribute to the fifth-century missionary and Irish patron saint.

Missed the Annual Meeting on January 29?  Click here to view the 2016 annual report online

ECW Spirituality Day 2017 - Seeking Wellness: Keep It Simple Sister - Saturday, May 20, 2017 at St. Paul's: Episcopal Church Women, in the Diocese of Oregon, are inviting you to hold the date of May 20 for an exciting spirituality day called "Seeking Wellness: Keep It Simple Sister". This event is open to all women. The focus will be on spiritual and physical health. Our keynote speaker will be noted author and lecturer Elaine Sanchez. There will also be a variety of spiritual and relevant workshops. The cost of event, which includes luncheon and snacks, is $25.00. Pre-registration is required. More information along with the registration forms will be available in the next few months. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Lizz Loring at 503-364-4379.

Iconography Workshop: Click here to view the flyer for the event. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Salem will be hosting an iconography workshop instructed by Theodoros Papadopoulos from Greece June 5-10. Space is limited and early registration is suggested. Please register early to guarantee your spot. For enrollment or information, please contact Theodoros Papadopoulos at or Sheila Castellanos at 503-586-4100. You can also register online at