News from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

For God so loved the world that he gave his only son.”  John 3:16

Weekly News from

St. Paul’s 

Episcopal Church

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Begins Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Sunday, March 8

The Second Sunday in Lent

9:15 AM Choir Rehearsal

10 AM Holy Eucharist

10 AM Bishop’s Visit

Celebrant:  The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, Bishop of Newark

Assisting Priest:  The Rev. Joyce B. McGirr 

Bishop’s Visit

On March 8th please join us as we welcome Bishop Hughes during the 10am service and continuing on at coffee hour for a “town hall” style meeting where we can all get to know each other. Please visit the diocesan website to learn more or listen to her vlog posts at

At the Bishop’s Request

On March 8th, the loose plate offering will be directed to the Alleluia Fund for Outreach, a diocesan-wide effort that supports ministries addressing food, shelter, education and international outreach. Grants are awarded annually to congregation-based or -affiliated programs-shelters welcoming, helping, and housing neighbors, food ministries striving to meet the ever-growing need, after-school and summer programs educating and nurturing at-risk children, and international programs promoting health, fighting disease, and responding to disasters. For more information, please visit the diocese’s website,

D9 Lenten Outreach Project

This Lent, District 9 will be collecting money for North Porch Women & Infants’ Centers. Each parish is hoped to collect $500.  Click here for more information.


As the second wave of flu season continues and the increase in news reporting about COVD-19 coronavirus, we are taking necessary steps to lower risk of infection as we gather for worship. As directed by the Bishop’s Office:

*We will no longer be allowed to intinct the bread at Communion; it is acceptable to receive only the bread, but you cannot dip it into the cup.

*There will only be wine in the metal chalice – there will be no grape juice.

*At the passing of the Peace, bowing or waving is an acceptable substitute for shaking hands or hugging.

Lenten Cross

This year St. Paul’s is celebrating its 125th Anniversary and for Lent we are reviving an old tradition from our 125-year history. The wooden cross pictured here is full of drilled holes-it is more than seventy years old and has been stored in our attic for many years. In the past it was used most often by having each hole filled with a flower to produce a flowering cross. It was also used to learn a Bible Verse during Lent. Click here to learn more.

The Tuesday Sisters

will meet on Tue Mar 10th at 7 pm at the home of Pam Wiss, 23 Windsor Pl, Old Tappan (201-666-4912). 13 members attended our February meeting held in the Rector’s Office. Newcomers always welcome. See Janet Tunick or Ann Hirsch if you wish to learn more about us.

Sunday School

will be March 15th & 29th. Please contact Kate Brousseau with any questions.

Fish & Chips by Tastefully British

Saturday, April 18th, 5-7pm, $18 each, eat in or take out, fish or chicken tenders. For tickets or reservations please call Jim Rahal #201-376-3127. Thank you.

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. St. 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.


Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, March 8

Holy Eucharist – 10am

Celebrant:  The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, Bishop of Newark

Assisting Priest:  The Rev. Joyce B. McGirr

Bishop’s Chaplain:  Bob Bogert

Lay Reader:  Janet Tunick

Chalice Bearers:  Chris Hembree, Nigel Simpson

Acolytes:  Jon Felz, Joshua Simpson, Sarah Simpson

Ushers:  Jim Rahal, Hank Henninger, Paul Saraceni, Dan Collins

Altar Guild:  Lindsay Graham, Charlotte Guderian

Flowers:  Jane Moser

Coffee Hour Hosts:  Beth Abrahamson, Regina Hanrahan


Flowers:  Phillip Torchio

Bread:  Lindsay Graham

Wine:  The Piatt family

Readings     Enlarged     Bulletin Insert 

Hymns for Sunday, March 8

Opening Hymn #149:  “Eternal Lord of love”
Gradual Hymn #490:  “I want to walk as a child of the light”

Communion Hymn #304:  “I come with joy to meet my Lord”

Closing Hymn #473:  “Lift high the cross”

Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, March 15

Holy Eucharist – 10am

Celebrant:  The Rev. Joyce B. McGirr

Lay Reader:  

Chalice Bearers:  Chris Hembree, Bob Bogert

Acolytes:  Bruce Hackett, Nathaniel Hall, Mary Looes

Ushers:  Bruce Hackett, Joe Solis, Paul Dixon

Altar Guild:  Elaine Hinsch, Rita McCarthy


Coffee Hour Hosts:  Carol & Steve McKenna


Flowers:  The McCarthy family

Bread:  The McCarthy family

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


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.

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

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 tuna/chicken, juice, hot cereal and

personal hygiene products.

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 (2019 Necrology)

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 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4 Woodland Road, Montvale, NJ 07645


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