News from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

“Servants of Christ Jesus!” Philippians 1:1
family worship
Family Holy Eucharist

Saturday, December 15th, 5pm.  All are welcome!

Sunday, December 16th
The Third Sunday of Advent

8 AM Holy Eucharist
9:15 AM Choir Rehearsal
10 AM Holy Eucharist
10 AM Teen Group
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
11:30 AM Advent Bible Study
Celebrant:  The Rev. Edward M. Hasse, III
Sermon Title:  “Servants of Christ Jesus!”

Christmas Pageant

Rehearsals will be on 12/16 and 12/23.  
Costumes will be handed out on 12/16.
Pageant will be on Christmas Eve at 4pm.

Advent Bible Study

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

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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.

Youth Group Caroling at the Atrium

Photo provided by Steve McKenna.

Sunday School

Will meet on December 23rd and January 13th. Please speak to Ed Hasse or Dawn Hopper to sign up and/or volunteer to lead a Sunday.  Form     Calendar

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Advent Meditations

The Diocese of Newark is providing daily Advent meditations.  

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Alumni Acolytes

All alumni acolytes are invited to serve at 11pm on Christmas Eve. Please speak with Ed Hasse.

Alleluia Fund for Advent

Please see the attached letter from the Diocese of Newark.  

Christmas Worship Schedule

Monday, 12/24 Christmas Eve
4 PM – Holy Eucharist & Pageant
10:40 PM – Christmas Prelude
11 PM – Festive Holy Eucharist
Tuesday, 12/25 Christmas Day
10 AM – Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, December 26th
NO 12PM Holy Eucharist
Sunday, December 30th
8 AM – Holy Eucharist
10 AM – Lessons & Carols


Most gracious thank you to Ron & Stence Niclas for their generous donation of office furniture to St. Paul’s Rector and church offices. It is all so beautiful!

Special thanks is given to Bruce Hackett for facilitating the move of the donated office furniture and for all the work completing the move.  Thank you to Hank Henninger for making sure the electronics were working properly following the move. Your teamwork and efforts are greatly appreciated.

Thank you to the St. Paul’s office angels (Dorothy Waldt, Claudia Haughn, Charlotte Guderian, Ann Hirsch, Penny Peed and Rose Ann Cavenna). The Christmas cards & the mailing were completed with efficiency and accuracy because of your generous assistance.

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,

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.

Book Study

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

Stewardship Packets

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

Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday, January 27, 2018. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Please speak to Ann Hirsch with nominations for Parish Vestry or Diocese Representative positions.


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.

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.

Assisting in our Worship – Sunday, December 16th
8am Lay Readers: Rose Ann Cavenna, Chris Hembree 
10am Lay Readers:  Ree Hopper, Ann Partridge, Dorothy Waldt
Acolytes:  Jon Felz, Joshua Simpson, Sarah Simpson
Ushers:  Jim Rahal, Hank Henninger, Paul Saraceni
Altar Guild:  Elaine Hinsch, Dell Ludwig, Rita McCarthy
Coffee Hour:  Rita McCarthy

Bread:  Rita & Brian McCarthy
Wine:  The Piatt family

Readings     Enlarged     Bulletin Insert 
Hymns for Sunday, December 16th
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 23rd
Advent 4
8am Lay Readers:  Rose Ann Cavenna, Tweeter Moran
10am Lay Readers:  Sarah Montemarano, Rita McCarthy, Bob Bogert
Acolytes:  Bruce Hackett, Nathaniel Hall
Ushers:  Gene Muller, John Orr, Janice Orr
Altar Guild:  Ann Hirsch
Flowers:  Clyna Shaw
Coffee Hour:  Dorothy Waldt, Lisa Johnson

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, oatmeal/hot cereal and tissues

 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.

Tue – Thu mornings

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