Welcome to St. Paul's. Please join us at one of our three services on Sundays!  Be sure to stay for Coffee Hour after the 10:00 A.M. service, not only is the company great - but our coffee is also wonderful... we serve Fair Trade Coffee! Take some time to look around and please call or email us with any questions you may have.

 
 

Faith & Gender:

How does transgender experience affect faith?

 October 21, 2018 at 6.30pm (after the 5.30pm service)

Sherrill Hall, St Paul's Episcopal Church, 39 E Central St., Natick

Parking is in the public lot next to the church.

Pizza & drinks provided.

 With the advent of Ballot Question 3 on Transgender Anti-Discrimination, the question of how gender fits in with faith comes up. This evening will have two presenters, one a trained theologian, the other a parent of a transgender child. Each will make a short presentation of how their faith has been affected by their involvement with transgender issues and then entertain questions and discussion.

 

The Presenters:

Taj M. Smith, M.Div., is the Faith Organizing Director at the YES on 3 campaign. He graduated from Harvard Divinity School with a Master of Divinity in 2016. He is a member of the United Church of Christ, where he is invested in conversations that will expand hospitality to transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Mimi Lemay is the parent of a transgender child, an LGBTQ advocate, and author of an upcoming memoir about the journey that led to her son Jacob's transition and her own struggle to find her place in the strict Ultra-Orthodox Judaism of her youth. She is a member of the Parents for Transgender Equality Council at Human Rights Campaign and holds a Masters in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Introducing The Sherrill Hall Art Gallery

Starting immediately, Sherrill Hall will have artists' 2 dimensional work rotating to brighten the walls while supporting local artists. First up is our own Watercolor Connection, the women who paint in Sherrill Hall on Tuesdays and host Natick Artist Open Studios here too. If  you would like to exhibit in Sherrill Hall at anytime, please contact the church office at info@stpaulsnatick.org

 

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Annual Report is now available  Click here to download the Annual Report for 2017

From the Interim  The Rev. Dr. Gale Davis

Good People,

I know that we are still enjoying the tail end of the fall colors, but I spotted my first Christmas decorations for sale in the stores this week and the catalogues are arriving in droves. It reminded me how grateful I was last year for the seven-week Advent that we shared and the sense of a peaceful preparation for Christmas it gave to me and so many of you with whom I have spoken about it. And how grateful I am that we have decided to do it again this year.

It means that we will begin Advent on November 11, and the day before, November 10, we will have the “bluing of the church,” to which all are invited to help. The idea of a seven-week Advent is not something that we came up with last year. It is part of a multi-church movement. TheAdventProject.com <http://theadventproject.com/> can be found on the internet and it will tell you about the roots of this modern movement in detail.

The movement began as a counter to exactly what we see around us: Christmas decorations, music and retail markets urging us to buy, buy, buy, beginning in early September.  By the time a four-week Advent begins, our culture is into Christmas full-force and we are left behind. Advent is not a chocolate countdown to the presents of Christmas! It is a time to contemplate the reality of Christ coming again to rule the world, to be among us, one of
us. It is a time to prepare our hearts and souls for something not at all material, bedecked in red and green. To peacefully and quietly reflect on the enormous gift of Grace that God bestowed upon us by coming among us. It
is a time to think about how we might do a better job personally and corporately of being Christ’s presence in the world. It is a time to anticipate what it will be like when God comes among us again. Ask questions profound and frivolous: Will Christ be male or female? Will it mean that it is the end of the physical world? What is heaven really like?

I am looking forward to having our sanctuary subdued in blue light and the peaceful aura that light casts over us as we worship again. I hope you are too.   Blessings, Gale+

A Look Ahead - Save the Date – Mark Your Calendar

Holiday Fair  November17, 2018  10:00AM to 2:00 PM

Financial Planning Speaker Series

This series, moderated by Karen Van Voorhis, will take place during coffee hour over three Sundays. This is part of St. Paul's ongoing educational efforts in the area of wellness for its parishioners, and an attempt to answer some of the many specific follow-up questions received after the four-part financial wellness series offered last spring. Topics and guest speakers will include: • January 28: Estate Planning: Essential Documents and Preserving Assets, with Natick resident Tricia D'Agostino (http://www.margolis.com/patricia-c-dagostino) • February 4: Senior Housing and Health Care: What's What? (Navigating Options and Costs), with Joan Harris (https://www.symphonycaremanagement.com/) The presenters are all seasoned experts in their fields, and we are lucky that they have generously volunteered their time for our benefit. Please grab a coffee and a snack at coffee hour on these three Sundays and join us for an invaluable education on these topics. See Karen Van Voorhis if you have any questions.

View the presentation from January 21, 2018 - Long Term Care Insurance

View the presentation from January 28, 2018 - Essential Estate Planning Tools

View the presentation from February 4, 2018 - Navagating Elder Care Resources.

Frank White has written an excellent article detailing Albert Carlson's bequest to St. Paul's and its use in helping to fulfill the financial needs of the parish.  Click here to read the article.

Read about our recent outreach trip to Tanzania!