News from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

“You are the light of the world.”  Matthew 5:14
Lent Meditations Needed


The Diocese of Newark is requesting Lenten Meditations ASAP.  Please click here to learn more and submit one of your own.

Sunday, February 9th
The 5th Sunday after Epiphany

9:15 AM Choir Rehearsal
10 AM Holy Eucharist

Valentine’s Day Candy Sale

Sunday, February 9th, the Teen Group will be selling candy for Valentine’s Day.

Gertrude Hawk Easter Candy Sale

The Teen Group will begin selling Easter Candy on 2/9/20. Orders for must be received by March 1st. Please include payment with your order. Make checks payable to St. Paul’s Church, and leave your orders in the “Teen Group” mailbox in the Education building. For more information please call the Looes family #201-358-2678 or e-mail Thank you for your support!

Paterson Men’s Shelter

Volunteers are always needed to help prepare and serve dinner at the shelter for homeless men located at St. Paul’s Church in Paterson. Please speak with Jon Felz for more info. A sign up sheet is in the Ed. Bldg.

The Tuesday Sisters


(formerly known as St Paul’s Knitters & Crocheters) will hold its next meeting in the Rector’s office on Tuesday, February 11th at 7p.m. In place of a January meeting the Sisters held a New Year’s celebration luncheon at Bellissimo’s attended by 12 members and friends on January 14th. We are most thankful and appreciative for Elaine Hinsch who so graciously hosted our December 10th meeting. Our special thanks also goes to Ann Hirsch who delivered 30 baby blankets with 34 baby hats made by members in 2019 to St  Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson on January 16th which were received with great delight, effusive thanks and appreciation. (This was no easy task and filled her car!) Remember! Newcomers always welcome. Come and see!!


All parishioners in the 8th grade and above may be confirmed or received. Please contact the church office as soon as possible if you are interested; so we can register for the May 3rd service.

Sunday School

Sunday School

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

Worship Committee Meetings


Sundays after the 10am service, in the Rector’s office.
             2/16-Acolytes & Altar Guild
             2/23-Lay Readers             3/1-Ushers

Craft Day at St. Andrew’s

Saturday, February 22, 10am-4pm at St. Andrew’s in Harrington Park, NJ.  Click here for the invite.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper


February 25, 5:30-7:00pm, $5/person.

Save the Date – Bishop’s Visit

2020 Calendars

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

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.

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.

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.

Benefit Concert for Australia Bushfire

The United Methodist Church in Park Ridge is hosting this concert.  Click here for more info.

Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, February 9th
Holy Eucharist – 10am

Celebrant:  The Rev. Joyce B. McGirr
Lay Reader:  Beth Abrahamson
Chalice Bearers:  Bob Bogert, Bob Brennan
Acolytes:  Thomas Murray, Bryan Murray, Delia Murray
Ushers:  Jim Rahal, Hank Henninger, Paul Saraceni
Altar Guild:  Megan Geier, Vicki Solis
Coffee Hour Hosts:  Claudia & Gary Gross

Wine:  The Piatt family

Readings     Enlarged     Bulletin Insert 
Hymns for Sunday, February 9th

Opening Hymn #411:  “O bless the Lord, my soul!”
Gradual Hymn #508:  “Breathe on me, Breath of God”
Communion Hymn #313:  “Let thy Blood in mercy poured”
Closing Hymn #525:  “The Church’s one foundation”

Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, February 16th
Holy Eucharist – 10am

Celebrant:  The Rev. Joyce B. McGirr
Lay Reader:  Rita McCarthy
Chalice Bearers:  Ann Partridge, Chris Hembree
Acolytes:  Jon Felz, Joshua Simpson, Sarah Simpson
Ushers:  Bruce Hackett, Joe Solis, Paul Dixon
Altar Guild:  Elaine Hinsch, Rita McCarthy
Coffee Hour Hosts:  Dorothy Waldt, Lisa Johnson

Wine:  The Piatt family


Service Schedules
2020 service schedules with the latest revisions:
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 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

Those Interred at St. Paul’s (2019 Necrology)

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.

most Tue – Thu mornings

4 Woodland Road, Montvale, NJ 07645

In the narthex (church lobby)
Please notify the church office with changes.

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