Auf wieder sehen

“I thank my God every time I remember you.”   (Philippians 1:3)

It is time for us to start our summer, and for me that means a long-awaited sabbatical!  The Lilly Endowment has given me a respite from the parish routine to disengage, travel, rest, and study.  Some of you have asked where I am going, and what I will be doing.  During the first month, I will rest and rejuvenate on a steamboat up the lower Mississippi River.  Then, David and I will make a one-week retreat at Villa Maria.  From there, I will be going to the NY Chautauqua Institute for a month of reading about intergenerational ministry.  Then David will join me in Rhode Island to visit my brother’s family, and later we will stay on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island, a kind of one-month “honeymoon”.  I will create reports of my findings to share with you when I return this fall.  At the heart of it all, is a time to deepen my relationship to God, during a season of spiritual growth.

What will be happening at St. Paul?  During the summer, the “Growing Young” Committee of Council will be planning intergenerational activities for pre-school and elementary children and teens.  Pastor Langley Collins will be caring for all my pastoral duties, and the Council has everything carefully planned.  There are copies of the final sabbatical brochure in the narthex if you have any questions.  Or feel free to speak to the Renewal Task Force:  Liz Chapin, Lorri Baudo, and Debbie Groves.  They will be able to address any questions.

Until we see each other again, I wish you the fruits of a lovely summer in a community where Jesus is worshipped and the Holy Spirit is alive!

Love and Peace,
Pastor Ann Marie Perkins


MAY 19 WAS A “ROYAL” OCCASION:  It started as just a simple wedding with a small family group, and it blossomed into a wedding with a “Royal” flair and an elegant reception.  This requires a good deal of effort and resources of all kinds.  You provided David and I with a beautiful hall, a scrumptious buffet, and attention to every detail.  A special thank-you to all who led and participated in worship; to St. Paul’s Council for our lovely coordinated centerpieces; to Jeffrey Trimble for his musicianship and creating of the bulletins; to Olivia for solos; to Diana Bauman for expert coordination; to the Groves family for the linens; and to the many humble hands that labored in love to make it all happen.  You are the best congregation that a couple could have!  Many thanks, Rev. Ann Marie and David Perkins, “Duchess and Duke of Warren?”


CELEBRATE GRAND-FAMILIES“Celebrate Grand-families” is a new support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren.  St. Paul is reaching out to support these families with Christian compassion and a place to meet and discuss their needs.  We are starting with the group with five families from the community, and more are welcome, if you know of anyone who would fit in.  While the women meet, we will have crafts, games, bible stories, snacks, help with homework, tutoring, and a fun social time for children.  Church members are needed to help with the children.  Sessions in June will be on Saturdays, June 9 and 23, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please contact Brenda Ceplecci or Pastor Collins to help.