News from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

“Come and see.”  John 1:39

Weekly News from

St. Paul’s 

Episcopal Church

Sunday, January 19th

The 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Remembering The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

9:15 AM Choir Rehearsal

10 AM Holy Eucharist

Celebrant:  The Rev. Joyce McGirr

Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday, January 26, 2020. Everyone is encouraged to attend. 

2019 Annual Parish Meeting Minutes are available in the narthex.


All parishioners in the 8th grade and above may be confirmed or received. Please contact the church office if you are interested.  Details to follow.

Sunday School

will be February 2nd & 16th, March 1st, 15th & 29th. Please contact Kate Brousseau with any questions.

Dear St. Paul’s Family

I want to thank you for the wonderful celebration last Sunday for my fifth year of ordination to the priesthood. It is a joy serving you. I also want to thank you for all the gifts you bring to this community and beyond. As we renewed our Baptismal Vows on Sunday, we were reminded of God’s call. “Whom shall I send, and who will go for me?” And I answered, “Here am I; send me!” Isaiah 6:8.  In the peace and love of Christ, Rev. Joyce+.

Save the Date – Bishop’s Visit

The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes will visit St. Paul’s on March 8, 2020.

Pledge Envelopes

are in the narthex. Please speak to Elaine Hinsch if you would like envelopes.

Service Schedules

The 2020 schedules for acolytes, ushers, lay readers and coffee hour hosts have been distributed. Please contact Janet, 201-573-0501,, with your questions. Please inform the church office of any schedule changes. Please arrive 15 minutes before the service on your scheduled dates. 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, January 19th

Holy Eucharist – 10am

Celebrant:  The Rev. Joyce McGirr

Lay Reader:  

Chalice Bearers:  Chris Hembree, Tweeter Moran

Acolytes:  Thomas Murray, Bryan Murray, Delia Murray

Ushers:  Bruce Hackett, Joe Solis, Paul Dixon

Altar Guild:  Ann Hirsch, Lisa Johnson, Clyna Shaw

Flowers:  Beth Abrahamson

Coffee Hour Hosts:  Beth Abrahamson, Regina Hanrahan


Flowers:  The Waldt family

Bread:  Rita & Brian McCarthy

Wine:  The Piatt family

Readings     Enlarged     Bulletin Insert 

Hymns for Sunday, January 19th

Opening Hymn #477:  “All praise to thee”
Gradual Hymn WLP #812:  “I, the Lord of sea and sky”

Communion Hymns #325:  “Let us break bread together”

                                         #439:  “What wondrous love is this”

Closing Hymn #599:  “Lift every voice and sing”

Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, January 26th

Holy Eucharist – 10am

Celebrant:  The Rev. Joyce McGirr

Lay Reader:  Ree Hopper

Chalice Bearers:  Beth Abrahamson, Claudia Gibbs

Acolytes:  Jon Felz, Joshua Simpson, Sarah Simpson

Ushers:  Gene Muller, John Orr, Janice Orr, Lindsay Graham

Altar Guild:  Laura Gasnick, Claudia Gibbs, Adelaide Simpson


Coffee Hour Hosts:  APM



Bread:  Lindsay Graham

Wine:  The Piatt family


Service Schedules

2020 service schedules with the latest revisions:

Lay Reader schedule     Acolyte schedule     Usher schedule

Coffee Hour schedule     Altar Guild schedule


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

Update #7     Update #8

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.  

Tri-Boro website

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?

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 begins in January for the 2020-2021 school year.  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

November 2016:  Memorial Garden Letter

Those Interred at St. Paul’s

Memorial Garden Application


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.

CONTACT US  #201-391-3181


most Tue – Thu mornings


4 Woodland Road, Montvale, NJ 07645


In the narthex (church lobby)

Please notify the church office with changes.

Membership Form

St. Paul’s Nursery School


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Below are links that are not hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Montvale.

St. Paul’s Paterson          Hospice Volunteers

Prison Chaplancy Volunteers       Bridges       Episcopal Relief & Development

Pascack Mental Health Center          Alzheimer’s Awareness

Center for Hope & Safety     Hospice for Veterans 

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