Summer at St. Paul’s

As the weather warms, life at St. Paul’s takes on new routines.  

Service Schedule
Our Sunday service of Holy Eucharist shifts to 9:00am beginning June 25. This earlier start takes advantage of cooler morning temperatures, and gives parishioners more time to enjoy the fullness of the day. Our schedule of preachers and celebrants for the summer months is as follows:

June 25: Rev. Chris Wendell preaching and presiding
July 2: Rev. Matthew Kruger preaching and presiding
July 9: Rev. Canon Libby Berman preaching and presiding
July 16: Rev. Canon Bill Parnell preaching and presiding
July 23: Rev. Chris Wendell preaching and presiding
July 30: Rev. Rachel Wildman preaching and presiding
August 6: Rev. Rachel Wildman preaching and presiding
August 13: Rev. Rachel Wildman preaching; Rev. Chris Wendell presiding
August 20: Rev. Chris Wendell preaching; Rev. Rachel Wildman presiding
August 27: Rev. Chris Wendell preaching and presiding

We will return to our 10:00am Eucharist schedule on September 3. 

Altar Ministers
Readers, ushers, greeters, LEMs, and counters are scheduled throughout the summer. Acolytes and torchbearers are scheduled through July; in August we will tap folks from the pews to serve as needed. If you are scheduled on the altar on a Sunday when you can’t serve, please find a substitute and let the parish office know about the change.

Music
The adult and children’s choirs have the summer off, but we do still have opportunities for special music throughout the summer months. If you’d like to sing or play a solo on a particular Sunday, please contact Michael in advance (music@stpaulsbedford.org). We’d love to have you!

Coffee Hour
We still have coffee hour after the service each Sunday. Summer coffee hour is a more casual affair, with lemonade and light snacks on most Sundays.

Office Hours
Beginning the week of Tuesday, June 27, the parish office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Additional closures may take place occasionally to accommodate some staff vacation. Please check the parish calendar online or call the office if you are unsure whether there is a planned closure on a particular day. Regular office hours will resume the week of Tuesday, August 29.

Sunday Backyard Picnic Eucharists
Come join your St. Paul’s family at a series of backyard Eucharists followed by potluck picnics. All ages are invited to enjoy a summer evening breaking bread together, meeting new friends, visiting with old ones, and luxuriating in the healing balm of warm summer evenings spent outside! Sunday June 11th (Pillai family), Sunday July 23rd (Luedde family), and Sunday August 20th (Mercure family) from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Please sign up on the parish hall bulletin board and bring a dish to share!

Morning Prayer
Beginning Tuesday, June 27, Morning Prayer will shift to Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:45am. 

Clergy Vacation
Rev. Chris will be on vacation from July 1 through July 16, and again July 29 through August 12. Rev. Rachel will be away June 19 through July 29. If you need a reach a clergy person for a pastoral emergency during the summer months, just call the parish office: the voicemail will indicate who is on call to respond to your need. You can also contact our wardens, Dori Pulizzi and Arthur Fergusson. 

We look forward to worshipping with you this summer!