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April 23, 2017 - The Second Sunday of Easter

Your Episcopal Neighbors: Getting to Know Your Convocation: Did you know that your neighboring Episcopal churches get together every few months to discuss common concerns and direction for the Diocese budget?  Or, did you know that St. Paul's has sponsored missions which developed into full fledged parishes in the Mid-Willamette Valley?  Sue Dauer and Martin Loring (our convocation's president) will be leading this informative discussion about our Willamette Convocation. Hope you can make it.

Young Adult Brunch after Church -  Sunday, April 23: Good News!  We've begun monthly meetings over brunch for young adults. Hope you can come celebrate the Easter season with a time of food, fun and conversation.  The next brunch will be this Sunday, April 23, at 12:45 pm at the Original Pancake House on Commercial. Brunch will be on us. 

Announcement for Altar Flowers: Thank you to all who have signed up to provide altar flowers for 2017. Just a reminder, there are still some dates available. If you have questions please call Linda Lange at 503-364-9668.

Salem IHN Annual Dessert and Fundraiser: On April 27 at 7:00 pm in the Reed Opera House, the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network will be holding its annual dessert. And YOU are invited. St. Pauls' periodic hospitality to homeless families is one small chapter in an ongoing story with many happy endings. Regular volunteers, those who can't volunteer but still want to help, or even the curious are welcome to join us in celebrating this ministry, hear from families, and to learn more about the services provided by professional staff at the Day Center. And yes, there's dessert. You won't want to miss it. (Plus, we're hosting a table and want to proudly represent!) RSVP to Michelle Deister at 503-930-7888

Evensong - Sunday, May 7: For many years, the St. Paul's Music Guild has sponsored "Extraordinary Young Musicians" in concert every May. Damon Zavala certainly fits this category. He will play his viola in concert at 4:00 pm on  Sunday, May 7th. A junior at Sprague High School, Damon plays in the Camerata String Orchestra and also sings in the Concert Choir. Damon has performed as soloist with the Salem Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Damon is active in the music and youth ministry at St. Paul's.

Spring Rummage Sale:  Mark your calendars! The Spring Rummage Sale is coming up May 4, 5, and 6th in Steinberg Hall / Gym.  Donations accepted starting Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30.  Time to start cleaning out those closets and drawers! We need your treasures for this upcoming fundraiser for local charities and St. Paul's mission programs. Questions? Contact Judy Quenzel: (610) 812-8473. More info can be found here:

Cinco de Mayo Save the Date: Parish Life Ministries invites you to a traditionally festive Cinco de Mayo dinner on Wednesday, May 3. The evening worship service will begin in the chapel at 5:30 pm, with dinner being served at 6:30 pm. Adding to the celebration will be a candy-filled piñata. Cost for the dinner will be $3 per person or $10 for a family. Cinco de Mayo originally celebrated Mexico's victory in the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

Interfaith Hospitality is Coming, May 7-13!  Service to our neighbors is a true testament to the risen Christ in our lives. You are invited to share in our Interfaith Hospitality outreach ministry. During the week of  May 7-13, this church will be providing evening meals and overnight shelter to homeless families in our community, while they receive assistance in locating affordable housing and other services with the help of a local not-for-profit, Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network. And you can help!

Current openings include the following:

Dinner Hosts are needed to cook and serve an evening meal on Monday, May 8; Wednesday, May 10; Thursday, May 11; Friday, May 12; and Saturday, May 13.

Evening hosts are needed to socialize with our guests, help kids with homework, or supervise gym play each night of our host week.

Overnight hosts are needed to stay in a private room (We now have a bed for overnight hosts!) at the church each night of our host week.

Due to a beautiful and busy Easter celebration at St. Paul's  Michelle won't be at her usual "post" in the Narthex seeking volunteers this coming Sunday, April 15. So consider this the clarion call for volunteers - please get in touch with her directly at 503-930-7888 or .

Vacation Bible School 2017 - Rome: Paul and the Underground Church. Queen of Peace Church will be hosting VBS June 26-30. The deadline for registration is Thursday, June 1st. For registration forms and more information please contact Amy Goerger or visit

Vacation Bible School 2017 Forms:
Registration Information
Camper Registration
Volunteer Registration

Save the Date: SPARK - Australia! July 17-21. This year St. Paul's Art and Rhythm for Kids (SPARK) will explore the rich indigenous culture of Australia. Have you ever been to or lived in Australia? Have you ever wanted to go? We need you! We are looking for adult leaders, teenage counselors and arts teachers with a knack for working with children ages 6-11. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this fun and educational community event please contact Amy Goerger ( for more information. Click here to sign-up for this event.

Diocesan Youth Mission Trip: July 30-August 6: Click here for more information.
  • Who: Youth Mission Trip (YMT) 2017 is open to all Episcopal youth currently in 8-12 grades. 
  • What: YMT 2017 is going to Burns & the Paiute Reservation to host VBS & to do repair/maintenance work around the reservation. 
  • Where: Burns, Oregon; Diocese of Eastern Oregon. We will be hosted by St. Andrew Episcopal and Peace Lutheran Church. They are excited to have our group return to Burns! 
  • When: The trip will be July 30-August 6.
  • Why: "To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves"; to share in Christian community & service; and to explore another part of the Pacific Northwest. 
  • How: The fee of $200 ($50 deposit & $150 balance - due July 14) per participant covers meals, lodging and transportation for the trip
Contact Amy Goerger at ASAP to sign-up!

Creation Care Committee's Green Tip of the Week: A water shortage seems remote in Salem after our very wet winter. But with per capita water use continuing to creep up, and summers getting warmer, they are a real threat even here. Each American typically uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per day, with toilet flushing and baths and showers the two biggest household uses. Here are three water saving measures that can save your household a lot of water. (1) Convert toilets to the new lower-flow models (they use 1.6 gallons/flush vs. about 4 gallons for older models). (2) Wash dishes in automatic dishwashers. A newer dishwasher uses about 6 gallons, while washing by hand often uses up to 20 gallons or more. (3) Take short showers instead of baths in a tub. A bath uses about 35 gallons of water, while showering using a newer low-flow shower head uses only 2 gallons per minute. You can go to for a handy on-line water calculator to see how much water your household is using and how you might save.

Taking a Next Step: Were you baptized as an infant and want to claim your baptism for yourself? Do you feel connected with the Episcopal Church and want to learn more? Maybe even jump into leadership or a greater involvement in St. Paul's and the Episcopal Church? Would you like to receive strengthening for your spiritual journey? If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes", then Confirmation or Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows might be just the thing for you. We will begin sessions shortly to prepare for Confirmation when Bishop Michael visits Sunday, June 4. If you are interested, please let Mother Anne or Father Zac know or contact our parish office.

Afternoon Tea Event at Prince of Peace: Prince of Peace Episcopal Church invites you to afternoon tea. Proceeds to benefit outreach and the mission and ministry of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church. This is a great bonding event for mums, grandmums, aunties, and their wee ones. There will be a table of hats, ribbons, and artificial flowers for those who want to join in the hat contest fun. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Masonic Lodge, 1625 Brush College Rd NW. For tickets call: 503-585-1479 or 503-363-3458.

Addictive Behaviors Workshop: The Oregon Episcopal Diocesan Recovery Commission invites you to attend a workshop on Addictive Behaviors on Saturday, May 13, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, featuring Gregory Alan Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA. For more information please contact:

ECW Spirituality Day 2017 - Seeking Wellness: Keep It Simple Sister: Presented by Episcopal Church Women (ECW). Seeking Wellness... Keep it Simple Sister is coming on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Our own Elaine Sanchez, noted author and lecturer, will be our main speaker. We are offering eight lively and interesting workshops covering a wide variety of subjects. The date is Saturday, May 20, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church from 7:30 am till 4:00 pm. If registered by Wednesday, May 10, you will get a lunch and snacks. Registration at the door will be snacks only. The fee for luncheon and the workshop is $25. The same fee applies if you register the "day of". We are pleased to announce that you can now get your registration forms from either members in the Narthex after the 10:00 am service or online at:

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