News from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

“Hope and Expectation!”
Sunday, December 2nd
The First Sunday of Advent

8 AM Holy Eucharist
9:15 AM Choir Rehearsal
10 AM Holy Eucharist
Jesse Tree Pageant
10 AM Teen Group
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
11:30 AM Advent Bible Study
Celebrant:  The Rev. Edward M. Hasse, III
Sermon Title:  “Hope and Expectation!”

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Jesse Tree Pageant

The Jesse Tree Pageant will be during the 10am service on December 2nd.

Christmas Pageant

Parts have been distributed. Rehearsals will be on 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 and 12/23.  Pageant will be on Christmas Eve at 4pm.

Project Joy

Please bring the gifts purchased for the families in need, to church by Sunday, December 2nd.  Thank you to everyone who has donated.

Advent Bible Study

Sundays in December at 11:30am. December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd in the Rector’s office.

Advent Progressive Dinner

An Advent Progressive Dinner for all adults, will be held on December 2, beginning at 5:00 pm. Dinners will be hosted by several parishioners at their homes. Dessert will be hosted by Elaine Hinsch at her home at 7:00 pm. Please see invitations here and in the pews. Please contact Rita McCarthy at 201-391-0194 with questions.

Sunday School

Will meet on December 9th & 23rd. Please speak to Ed Hasse or Dawn Hopper to sign up and/or volunteer to lead a Sunday.  Form     Calendar

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Youth Group Caroling

All are invited to sing Christmas Carols with the Youth Group on Monday, December 10th, 6:30pm.  We will meet in the church parking lot to carpool to the Atrium in Park Ridge.  After singing, we will return to the parish hall for some hot cocoa.  Join us!

St. Paul’s Knitters & Crocheters

We will meet on Tuesday, Dec 11th, 7 pm at the home of Elaine Hinsch, 2 Eucalyptus Rd, Montvale (201-664-8038). Newcomers always welcome!! Our thanks and appreciation to Sarah Montemarano, for so graciously hosting our November meeting at her home with 10 members attending.

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Christmas Flower Memorial

Envelopes are in the pews. Your memorial request will be printed in the Christmas bulletins. Please return the envelope with your gift and designation for the offering by Dec. 16th.

New Service Schedules

New schedules for Ushers, Lay Readers, Chalice Bearers and Coffee Hour Hosts are being prepared for 2019 to be distributed in the latter part of December 2018.

All of these groups are integral parts of our Sunday worship at St Paul’s. Openings are currently available in all of them.  The more participants we have, the easier for the rotations to run smoothly and efficiently.   Ed, our Rector, and Janet Tunick, Worship Commissioner, will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the duties of these groups.  We are aware of tight schedules that most folks and families have in this day and age and recognize that people have time constraints and may only be available at certain times of the year, etc…. we will accommodate any variables or concerns you may have.

We ask that you give this some prayerful thought and consideration.  We look forward to hearing from you!  Please call or e-mail Janet with your availability, 201-573-0501,

UTO – The United Thank Offering

The United Thank Offering is a major local, national and international outreach program of the Episcopal Church.  From now through November, we will collect funds for UTO.  Individual collection boxes are available in the narthex of the church.  Take a box, place some coins in it each day when you say thank you to God for various blessings and return the box to the church at the end of November.

Eagle Scout Project

Franklyn Falby is a Boy Scout with Troop 80 in Park Ridge.  He is collecting items for Midnight Run as his Eagle Scout Project.  Please click here for more info.

Stewardship Packets

have been mailed.  Please return your pledge card A.S.A.P.


All parishioners in the 8th grade and above may be confirmed. Please speak with Ed Hasse if you are interested. Confirmation classes will start in the near future.

Book Study

“Unbelievable” by Bishop John Spong. We will read the book and discuss it on Sunday, January 6th at 11:30am.

Shop with Scrip Rebate Program

Please support St. Paul’s by using this convenient rebate program while shopping in stores and online.  You can purchase gift cards to use while shopping, to give as gifts or you can download gift cards to your cell phone to use instantly.  Simply purchase “scrip/money” to use while shopping and the retailers give the rebate directly to the church. 

Check out your favorite store’s rebate at

Here are a few examples of the rebates offered:
Christmas Tree Shoppe/Bed Bath and Beyond  7-8.75%
Best Buy 4-5.75%
Old Navy 14%
TJ Maxx/Home Goods/Marshells  10%
Chili’s 11-19%
Panera’s 8%
and many more!

Click “Register” and use St. Paul’s Scrip Enrollment code:  68927L8342L45
Please contact Beth Abrahamson for more details.

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Advent Meditations

The Diocese of Newark is providing daily Advent meditations.  

Alleluia Fund for Advent

Please see the attached letter from the Diocese of Newark.  

Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, December 2nd
8am Lay Readers: Rose Ann Cavenna, Claudia Gibbs 
10am Lay Readers:  Janet Tunick, Dorothy Waldt, Nigel Simpson
Acolytes:  Bruce Hackett, Nathaniel Hall
Ushers:  Gene Muller, John Orr, Janice Orr
Altar Guild:  Adelaide Simpson, Claudia Gibbs, Laura Gasnick
Coffee Hour:  Tweeter & Tom Moran

Wine:  The Piatt family

Readings     Enlarged     Bulletin Insert 
Hymns for Sunday, December 2nd
Opening Hymn WLP #721:  “Signs of endings all around us
Gradual Hymn #66:  “Come, thou long expected Jesus”
Communion Hymn #61:  “Sleepers, wake! A voice astounds us”
Closing Hymn #73:  “The King shall come”

Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, December 9th
Advent 2
8am Lay Readers:  Rose Ann Cavenna, Gene Muller
10am Lay Readers:  Adelaide Simpson, Beth Abrahamson, Melissa Hasse
Acolytes:  Charlie Looes, Mary Looes
Ushers:  Nigel Simpson, Leigh Hopper, Jon Felz
Altar Guild:  Lindsay Graham, Charlotte Guderian, Vicki Solis
Flowers:  Jane Moser
Coffee Hour:  Rita McCarthy

Flowers:  Lindsay Graham
Bread:  Lindsay Graham
Wine:  The Piatt family

Service Schedules
The 2018 service schedules are below with the latest revisions.
Lay Reader schedule          Usher schedule          Coffee Hour schedule
Tri-Boro Food Pantry
Requests are canned fruit, jelly, bottled juice, cleaning supplies and paper towels.  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
St. Paul’s Nursery School Notice
Registration is still open for 2018-2019.  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 Melissa Hasse @ 201-391-3860.

Sunday Morning Teen Group
Meets on Sundays at 10am throughout the month, September-June. We are always looking for more members. Any teens 6th grade through high school are welcome to join, as this should be a fun year!
Computer Outreach

Looking for Teens that are interested in refurbishing computers.  Please contact Bob Hanrahan #201-386-4250 or Hank Henninger #845-893-3225.  Website     Diocese Convention video

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
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

Amazon & Gift Cards Fundraiser
Please support the Amazon and Great Lakes (Scrip) Gift Card fundraisers.  Both can be used year round for all you shopping needs.  Speak to Beth Abrahamson with any questions or to place a gift card order.  See links below for more info.

Sign-up & Pay                                  Order Form

Scrip Enrollment code:  68927L8342L45
Grocery Gift Cards
Please purchase grocery gift cards for ACME, Kings, ShopRite & Wegmans.  They can be purchased from Dell Ludwig.  These businesses make a 5% per dollar donation to St. Paul’s Church.  Thank You.

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