Monday, October 22, 2007

Portsmouth Arts Guild Shows

There is still time to catch the Judy Chaves Invitational with the PAG gallery in St. Paul's Parish Hall full of wonderful works by Judy's 'Art Pals' including Kendra Bidwell Ferreira, Carol Strause FitzSimonds, Jane N. Gemma, Rita Honnen, Marjorie Jensen, Annette Peterson, Jackie Schriber, Suzanne Siegel, Jeanne Tangney, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas and Carol Zaloumis. 

And you most certainly won't want to miss the PAG's Juried Members' Exhibition with a theme of H2O that has an Opening Reception on Sunday November 4th from 3-5 PM and runs through November 25th. 

Then there's the 'Under $200' Holiday Show and Sale during December and on December 9th beginning at 3PM Truman Capote's 'A Christmas Memory' - A Dramatic Reading with Barbara Blossom, Trinity Rep Veteran, and Jeremiah Allen, All Children's Theater. 

Our partnership with the PAG, which began just over a year ago, has been and continues to be in so many ways full of the grace and abundance for which we prayed when first setting out.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Gifts for Life

Gifts for Life: The Episcopal Relief and Development Gifts for Life Catalog arrived in the mail this week. This Catalog is intended to make it easy to give gifts for Thanksgiving, Christmas, & other holidays, Birthdays, Anniversaries, and for any other special occasion to help support Episcopal Relief and Development efforts in providing emergency assistance in times of disaster; rebuilding devastated communities and offering long-term program development solutions to fight poverty. Gift categories include selections that address Basics for Life, Animals & Agriculture, Preventable Diseases, Economic Opportunites as well as gifts Just for Kids with many, many choices such as the gift of an Oxen and plow, the gift of Mosquito Nets and training, the gift of Micro-Credit Loans and more.

Why not give a goat today for income and nourishment? Goats are prized in many developing countries for their milk, meat and manure. Also, they produce more goats! They are hardy and well-adapted to a variety of climates, and they can be raised on very small farms. The gift of a goat provides ongoing income for a family.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Shelley Lynn Hollis Memorial Golf Tournament

The 7th Annual Shelley Lynn Hollis Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Dr. Robert Legare Research Fund at the Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island's Oncology Center will be held on Tuesday June 26, 2007 at Newport National Golf Club in Middletown, Rhode Island. Registration is at 9:00 AM and Tee Time is at 10:00 AM. Join us at Newport National for great golf, a great charity, a great meal, great activities, 18 Hole Scramble, a fantastic buffet by Oceanside Catering, a super raffle, a silent auction, a door prize and more. For further information please call Teddie at 418-1662 .

Monday, May 14, 2007

Episcopal Charities 2007

Episcopal Charities 2007:
The annual campaign for the Rhode Island Diocese Episcopal Charities Fund is underway. The more than 100 agencies that have been supported by the Fund each year make an important difference in the lives of persons in need every day. Our generosity in 2007 will mean that their good work can continue. Friends and parishioners of St. Paul's will be contacted by our fund coordinators and can help by sending in their donation, placing their gift in the offering plate on Sunday, or donating online at .

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Heifer Presentation

Judy and Bob Gessler, our Outreach Committee co-chairs, and The Rev. Virginia Dinsmore of St. Mary's received plaques on behalf of St. Paul's and St. Mary's from Heifer International representative, Janice Dexter-Ganek, this Sunday at our 8:00 services for our combined efforts during the campaign last Advent where together we donated an Ark (and much more!!) to the Heifer Program.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Portsmouth Arts Guild Inaugural Exhibition

The eagerly awaited Members' Exhibition of the PAG opened this weekend with a gala event showcasing both the work of 80 guild members and the guild's new home in the Center for the Arts in the parish hall at Saint Paul's. A happy crowd filled the Center to overflowing as they enjoyed the art on exhibit and an evening which marked an important milestone in the beginning of our adventure together with the PAG. That partnership was addressed in remarks with which our Senior Warden, Linda Remington, helped begin the evening.
"This adventure began with a phone call between strangers. This past six months have given deeper meaning to the words 'thanks for calling'.

Eric Broudy - thank you for the call. Gracious and Loving God - thank you for the call.

I'd also like to thank our steering committee: Neila Bennett, Brad Chase and Bob Gessler who worked with me, and with Eric and Jan Armor to articulate this partnership, and the vestry of St. Paul's, which, in the spirit of Episcopalian Enlightenment, approved this partnership.

The word communion means sharing, and is a foundation for the faith community to which I and others of us here tonight belong, our St. Paul's family, and now the larger community of our partnership - this community with you all. May this community bring abundant blessings to its members who love and heal, and teach and learn at this Center for the Arts and at the little white church next door.
The exhibit which comprises nearly 150 pieces in a wide variety of media, including two delightful items by Bishop Geralyn Wolf, runs from March 2 through April 5 and will be open for viewing from 1-5 PM each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during that period. We hope to see you there.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Celebrating Saint Paul

The Rev. Dr. Paul S. Koumrian will lead us in celebrating Holy Eucharist on January 28th, with a dramatic homily to commemorate the Conversion of Saint Paul. Koumrian will be accompanied by Al Deston, on keyboard, with music from the American Songbook. The theme is "Letting Go", as it relates to St. Paul's conversion and also our contemporary life. The only service that day will be at 10:00, followed by a reception and opportunity to discuss the homily with Paul Koumrian.

The Rev. Koumrian is presently rector of Trinity Church in Newport, and is Rector Emeritus of Holy Trinity, Tiverton.

St. Paul's Church recently joined the Portsmouth Arts Guild in a partnership agreement. The two groups are restoring the St. Paul's parish house which will continue to serve as parish house to the church as well as being permanent home of the Arts Guild.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Heifer Campaign

Our 2006 Heifer Campaign conducted in partnership with St. Mary's was very successful with over $7500 raised to help end world hunger. Our joint effort with St. Mary's was a key part of our commitment to helping achieve the Millenium Development Goals outlined by the UN and strongly endorsed by the Episcopal Church of the USA at the 75th General Convention. The excellent response to this campaign by friends and parishioners of St. Paul's and St. Mary's is only the beginning of our work. We would very much welcome your joining us as we continue striving for "a world where the hungry are fed, the ill are healed, the young educated, women and men treated equally, and where all have access to clean water and adequate sanitation, basic health care, and the promise of development that does not endanger the rest of creation."

Thursday, January 4, 2007


On December 19th the Art Guild invited St. Paul parishioners to celebrate Christmas under the newly restored Parish House ceiling and on January 6th parishioners have invited Guild members to a Twelfth Night Party atop the newly de-carpeted floor.