Come, the door is open...

St. Paul’s reaches out to share the Light of Christ. Our hands are open to help and our hearts open to love.  We are an inter-generational church working to make a difference through compassion as we share God's love and grace with our community.


Our Furry Friends.....

Here are a few pictures from our recent pet blessing service.  Every October we bring our pets (of every kind) to church for a special blessing in honor of our appeciation for their loyalty and companionship. This year a second blessing was offered in front of Grand Paw's on Center Street (Lewiston, NY).  It has become one of our favorite services!! 


The 177th Diocesan Convention
This year's Diocesan Convention takes place on Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25 at the Millenium Hotel (2040 Walden Avenue) in Cheektowaga, NY. Annual Diocesan Convention is the governing body of the diocese. It is comprised of all clerics cononically resident in the diocese for at least six weeks prior to convention who are not under discipline, as well as up to three lay delegates from each congregation in union with the convention.

 

 Pink Flag Campaign
 
The Episcopal Diocese of WNY is coordinating its first ever Health Awareness Week.    
 During the week of October 12-18 pink flags will be place on the front lawns of 
 episcoal churches across the diocese. For every $5 a member of the diocese donated,
 that members chruch received three hot pink flags for the church's front lawn. Later this week, Bishop Franklin will deliver a check for $6,375 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for breast cancer
research.  Health Awareness Week ends on October 18, the Feast of St. Luke. St. Luke is the patron saint
of physicians and surgeons.  The flags you see in this picture were placed in the front yard of St. Paul's 
Episcopal Church (Lewsiton, NY) in the shape of a pink ribbon by Cailtlyn Conibear, a member of St. Paul's
Youth Group.


Operation Christmas Child

We're filling shoe boxes again this year!  Filled shoe boxes have to be at delivery station the week of November 7, so we're starting now.  Below is a list of suggested items for a box.
Toys-Items a child can immediately hold on to (dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoo, harmonica, yo-yo, jump rope, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc
School Supplies - pens, pencils (and sharpeners), crayons, markes, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc. 
Non-Liquid Hygiene Items-tooth brushes, bar soap, combs, washclothes, etc.
Other Items-socks, t-shirts, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), a note or picture of your family with an address to become pen pals, prayer books or other religious items, etc.

Do Not Include-used or damaged items, war-related toys or items, chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items or glass containers, aerosol cans, etc.

Please send items in by Sunday, October 26. We'll start filling shoe boxes on Monday, October 27 at 5:30 pm and work until we're done. This, and all our events are open to anyone who wants to come.  You don't have to be a member of St. Paul's to help.


United Thank Offering (UTO)

The United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for mission of the whole Church. Through UTO, men, women and young people nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving for our many blessings start when we recognize and name our daily blessings. Thankfulness leads to the support of the mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church.

St. Paul's contribution will be offered up at the October WNY Diocesan Convention. Most gracious God, inspire us all to give in thanksgiving, to the UTO 2014 collection.


6th Annual Ecumenical Choral Festival
This year's concert will be on November 2 at 4 pm, at Christ Church in Locport, NY.  Chili dinner and fellowship
will follow the concert.


St. Paul's Christmas Walk Craft Show & Basket Auction

 
 Save the Date! We'll be having a Craft & Vendor Show with a Basket Auction on
 December  6 & 7 during the Village Christmas Walk. So far we have over 28 crafters
 and vendors, and plans for baskets are already coming together.  All are welcome!

 We'll post more details as the date gets closer.  Hope to see you there!