News from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

“…rejoice with joy and singing…”  Isaiah 35:2
Sunday, December 15
The Third Sunday of Advent

9:15 AM Choir Rehearsal
10 AM Holy Eucharist
10 AM Sunday School & Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
11:30 AM Advent “Way of Love”

Celebrant:  The Rev. Joyce McGirr

Sunday School

Meets at 10am in the education building. Join Kate Brousseau as she introduces a new program called “Hands-On Bible”. The 2019 school dates are 12/15 & 12/22.

The Christmas Pageant rehearsals will take place during the December Sunday school classes.  The Christmas Pageant will be on December 24th at 4pm.

Christmas Flower Offering


You are welcome to offer your Christmas Flower memorials.  Envelopes are in the pews. Please return the envelope with your gift and designation for the offering by Dec. 15th.

Advent “Way of Love”

Sundays in Advent at 11:30am. December 15th & 22nd in the Rector’s office. Click here to learn more.

Teen Group – Adopt a Family

The Teen Group is sponsoring “Adopt a Family” for the Holidays, through Bergen County Social Services.

All gifts need to be at St. Paul’s by December 15th for delivery to Bergen County Social Services that afternoon

Thank you for your support.

Lakeside Choraliers

will perform their Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm here at St. Paul’s. Concert tickets are $20.00. Please see Dorothy Waldt (#201-820-5923) or Rita McCarthy (#201-391-0194) for tickets.

Advent Prayer

As the season of Advent unfolds, I offer you this prayer written by Henri Nouwen.  From Rev. Joyce.  Prayer

Christmas Caroling

christmas caroling

The Youth Group will be Christmas Caroling on Wed, 12/18. All are welcome to join in this wonderful tradition of sharing the holiday spirit with our friends at the Atrium in Park Ridge. Please meet at the church at 6:15pm. There will be Hot Cocoa and cookies at church afterwards. We end by 8:30pm.

Christmas Worship Schedule

Tuesday, 12/24 Christmas Eve

4 PM – Holy Eucharist & Pageant
10:45 PM – Christmas Carols & Readings

11 PM – Festive Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, 12/25 Christmas Day
Sunday, December 29th

10 AM – Lessons & Carols


christmas wreath

Thank you to all who helped with the decorating of the church for the Christmas Season. It looks beautiful and will be enjoyed by all.

Stewardship Packets

Please return your pledge cards A.S.A.P..  Thank you.

2020 Calendars

2020 Calendars are available in the narthex. You are welcome to help yourself.

Transition Note

The Transition Process can take a minimum of 18-24 months. Saint Paul’s is in the Separation and Planning Stage during which we are encouraged to reflect on the past and dream about where the future will lead us. This time is an opportunity to see where God calls us to go and should be looked on as a gift.

Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy

During times of inclement weather, a notice of cancellation will be on the outgoing church answering machine message and posted on the church website by 8:30am that Sunday morning.  Regardless of cancellation, please always choose safety first.

Submissions to Bulletin and Newsletter

All submissions need to be received in the church office by Monday night to ensure inclusion in the next Thursday newsletter & Sunday bulletin.  Thank you.

Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, December 15th
Holy Eucharist – 10am

Celebrant:  The Rev. Joyce McGirr
Lay Reader:  Rita McCarthy
Chalice Bearers:  Ann Partridge, Dorothy Waldt
Acolytes:  Hadyn Hopper, Jesse Hopper, Thomas Murray, Bryan Murray
Ushers:  Jim Rahal, Hank Henninger, Paul Saraceni
Altar Guild:  Elaine Hinsch, Dell Ludwig, Rita McCarthy
Coffee Hour Hosts:  Dorothy Waldt, Lisa Johnson

Wine:  The Piatt family

Readings     Enlarged     Bulletin Insert
Hymns for Sunday, December 15th
Opening Hymn #65:  “Prepare the way”
Gradual Hymn #68:  “Rejoice! rejoice”
Communion Hymn #59:  “Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding”
Closing Hymn #72:  “Hark! the glad sound!

Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, December 22nd
Holy Eucharist – 10am
Celebrant:  The Rev. Joyce McGirr
Lay Reader:  Ree Hopper
Chalice Bearers:  Gene Muller, Nigel Simpson
Acolytes: Jon Felz, Joshua Simpson, Sarah Simpson 
Ushers:  Bruce Hackett, Joe Solis, Paul Dixon
Altar Guild:  Kate Brousseau, Megan Geier
Coffee Hour Hosts:  Tweeter & Tom Moran

Flowers:  Hank Henninger
Bread:  Tom & Tweeter Moran
Wine:  The Piatt family

Service Schedules
The 2019 service schedules are below with the latest revisions.
Altar Guild schedule          Lay Reader schedule          Acolyte schedule
Usher schedule               Coffee Hour schedule 

2020 service schedules:
Pastoral Care Needed?

If you have a pastoral care need, please reach out to the parish by phone or e-mail. The messages are checked regularly. In an emergency you may contact one of the Wardens directly. Beth Abrahamson #201-391-4960 or Ann Hirsch #551-404-2396. They will connect you with a priest if needed.

Pay it Forward

The St. Paul’s Outreach Mission’s Pay It Forward program has started.  We are asking for our parish families or individuals, to reach into their hearts and discover ways to give back. The choices are endless. The Outreach Program shares $25 with those who are planning to participate in this amazing endeavor. If you have any questions, I’ll be at coffee hour or contact me, at 201-803-9842, thank you, Paul Dixon.  Flyer

Recycling Collection Box

Elaine Hinsch will be collecting recyclable plastic bags/wrappings in the collection box found in the Education building.  Please see the attached flyer for a detailed list of the types to things to donate.   Recycling Flyer

Do you have Keys to St. Paul’s?

Do you have any keys for St. Paul’s doors or locks?  Please let the office know.  We are establishing a Key Log.  A key log is in the narthex (lobby of the church).  Please add your name to the log and check off the keys that you have.  You may also contact the office with your replies or with any questions #201-391-3181 or  Thank you.

Guest Speaker Talks

Attached you will find the talks presented by some of our guest speakers.

July 14th, by Tweeter Moran, Talk 7-14-19
July 21st, by Dorothy Waldt, Talk 7-21-19
July 28th, by Kate Brousseau, Talk 7-28-19
August 4th, by Gene Muller, Talk 8-4-19
August 11th, by Tweeter Moran, Talk 8-11-19
September 1st, by Elaine Hinsch, Talk 9-1-19
October Stewardship, by Dorothy Waldt & Tweeter Moran, Talk Oct 2019

Transition Questions/Concerns

You are welcome and invited to contact the office with any questions/concerns pertaining to our church and the transition.  We will connect you with the Wardens and Vestry.

Also, please review our Update letters.  They are an additional resource to keep up-to-date on the Transition progress.

Update #1     Update #2     Update #3     Update #4     Update #5     Update #6

Tri-Boro Food Pantry
Requests are canned items: fruit, vegetables, beans and soups/meals.  Please leave your donations in the basket found in the narthex.  Or mail in a gift to 65 Pascack Rd, Park Ridge.  Please check expiration dates.  Thank you.  
Sunday Morning Teen Group
Meets some Sundays at 10am during the school year. We are always looking for more members. Any teens 7th grade through high school are welcome to join.  To be included in Teen Group communications, please send your e-mail address to John Looes,
What is the Youth Group?

youth group

We are 5th – 12th grade boys & girls (parishioners and not!), that get together once a month for activities that foster fellowship, outreach, and good ol’ fashioned socialization! We play games, we communicate in an open environment, we play more games, eat pizza and the evening passes by quite quickly. We hope you’ll join us at our meetings. Feel free to invite friends. Watch the Sunday bulletin for our schedule & events.
Click here to learn more about St. Paul’s Youth Group.

St. Paul’s Nursery School Notice
Registration is now open for 2019-2020.  Click Here.
We offer 3 & 5 day classes for young 3s, 3 & 4yr olds.  We have extended hours before & after school as well.  We always strive to adapt our program to the ever changing needs of the Nursery School families.  The school was established in 1969 as part of St. Paul’s Church and continues to serve the community by providing an excellent kindergarten readiness program.

If you or a neighbor or friend would like more information about our program or to arrange a personal tour, please call Lisa Skoglund @ 201-391-3860.

Pastoral Care
Can we add you to our pastoral care volunteer list?  From time-to-time, fellow parishioners are in need of transportation to/from medical appointments, a meal or just plain ol’ errand running.  Please contact the church office #201-391-3181,
St. Paul’s has a Facebook page
Please look for “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church” in Facebook and share or like our events and posts.  And if you are organizing a church or community event, please share to the St. Paul’s Facebook page.  Thank you.          Link
Education for Ministry(EFM)

Helping Christians understand, enjoy and live the faith they love.  Learn more at

Sunday Altar Flowers & Bread

Memorialize the Sunday altar flowers or bread.  Sign-up on the board in the rear of the church.  Your name and your memorial will be printed in the bulletin on the Sunday you choose.

Flower Memorials – please donate $50 for the cost of the flowers.

Bread Memorials – please deliver an unsliced loaf of bread to the sacristy prior to the 10am service on the date of your memorial.
Memorial Garden
Information about the Memorial Garden can be found in the links below.  Paper copies are in the narthex.

 April 2017:  Renovation Brochure & Donation Card

Grocery Gift Cards
Please purchase grocery gift cards for Kings, ShopRite & Wegmans.  They can be purchased from Jim Rahal or Lisa Johnson.  These businesses make a 5% per dollar donation to St. Paul’s Church.  Thank You.

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4 Woodland Road, Montvale, NJ 07645

In the narthex (church lobby)
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