Recent Events

God Bless Us Everyone!
Wrapping up the Year at St. Paul’s

The days may have grown shorter and the temperatures may have dropped, but the Christmas Spirit remained high in December at St. Paul’s in Manheim.

Wednesday Advent Study
The lights in Taylor Hall burned bright Wednesday evenings as members and friends gathered for Advent Study–a four-part series of group discussions led by Mother Barbara and Father Jim.

Advent Wreath - 4th Sunday in Advent

We tried our hand at offering the in-person classes on Zoom too–a hybrid approach which presented some technical challenges.

Many thanks to our clergy for leading us, to our members who came out in person, and to our Zoomers for hanging in as we continue to learn how to improve the Zoom experience!

St. Paul’s Manheim Shared Special Saturday Services
with St. Luke’s in Mount Joy

Taize Service Candles
Taize by Candlelight at St. Luke’s, Mt. Joy

Saturday, December 3rd – Members from St. Paul’s traveled to St. Luke’s to join them for their monthly Taize service (beautiful by candlelight). 

What is Taize? Taize is worship filled with prayerful song, scripture and meditation. It’s known for its meditative character.

Healing Service Candle and Eucharist Cup
Healing Service at St. Paul’s, Manheim.

Saturday, December 17th – St. Paul’s hosted its third Healing Service followed by a light lunch.

Our healing service includes music, prayers for healing, and anointing with holy oil using prayers from the Prayer Book as well as other alternative services.

All are welcome. (Keep an eye on Upcoming Events in 2023 for future healing service dates.)

Supporting Our Community–
Every Little Bit Helps

Grocery Cart Filled with Food Donations

St. Paul’s continued its ongoing mission to support the Manheim Central Food Pantry by adding our individual non-perishable donations to our grocery cart each Sunday. It all adds up! Manheim Food Pantry served 137 households and 366 individuals in November.

Santa’s Elves Pay a Visit!

It’s a long-standing tradition at St. Paul’s to provide a helping hand to a local family or two with holiday gifts to brighten Christmas morning—2022 was no exception.

2022 GIfts Under Christmas Tree

When the St. Paul’s Christmas tree went up in the Gathering Room this December, it included special “ornaments,” each with a child’s wish list item for Christmas. By the week before Christmas, the ornaments had vanished and gifts had appeared, all wrapped and ready to be delivered before Christmas morning. (There were even a couple gifts for Mom and Dad.)

Thank you to St. Paul’s members and friends for your generosity this December and throughout this past year.

God bless us everyone!

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Thanksgiving Arrives Early at St. Paul’s….

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2022

This year, we decided to try our hands at preparing a pre-turkey day meal for our neighbors at Ferdinand Home.

Man Holding Roasted Turkey
Happy Thanksgiving!

Brent Fortney stepped in as Chef-in-Chief to roast two donated turkeys and whip up some gravy as well as some homemade pies. Stovetop stuffing and mashed potatoes rounded out the carbs.

Senior warden Pam Heisey and Mother Barbara Seras were on hand to provide kitchen help and good conversation.

Apple and Pumpkin Pies

Add some traditional Thanksgiving veggie dishes donated and prepped by Andy and Tenille–corn, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole—and this afternoon before Thanksgiving ended with delivering a delicious pre-turkey day feast for our neighbors to enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving from St. Paul’s!

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St. Paul’s Welcomes Manheim’s First Responders–Appreciation Breakfast

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2022

Breakfast Menu

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”   
                                                — Fred Rogers

St. Paul’s welcomed Manheim Borough’s first responders and their families for an appreciation breakfast on Saturday, October 29th.

Where would our community be without our first responders?

The breakfast was an outreach event started in years past by St. Paul’s members John and Lillian Michael. We were fortunate to be able to offer it again after a year off due to the pandemic.

Policeman standing in front of police car.

This year, the event was catered by St. Paul’s congregants and friends of the church, who rolled out of bed and rolled up their sleeves, starting before dawn, to prepare and lay out a hearty breakfast buffet that included scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, potatoes, sweet rolls, fruit, pastries, coffee, milk, and orange juice.  Yum!  (Taylor Hall smelled amazing, folks!)

Kitchen Crew
Crack of Dawn Kitchen Crew

Kitchen crew included Andy, Brenda, Christine, Gery, Jay, and Tenille.  Servers, greeters and clean-up crew included the above as well as Jeremy, Pam, Pauline, Rev. Barbara, and Rev. Jim.

First Responders Breakfast Buffet Line
In Line for the Buffet

All together, including take-outs for the 911 staff who were on the job, we served just under 40 guests. (And that didn’t count our own crew, who enjoyed some delicious leftovers after last call.)

See ya next year, folks!

Well done, St. Paul’s volunteers!

And our heartfelt thanks to our local first responders. 

Hope to see everyone again next year!

Check out our Service Schedule page for information about weekly services. Come join us!

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Clergy Leading Blessing of the Animals
Rev. Barbara Seras & Rev. Bradley Mattson

St. Paul’s Francis Fest – Blessing of the Animals

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2022

“May Almighty God bless you with a Compassionate heart and teach you to strive towards that Peaceable Kingdom where all creatures, great and small, know the abiding Presence of Christ’s Love.”

Priest Blesses a Cockapoo
Bless this Cockapoo…

We were blessed with a cool, crisp, sunny autumn day for St. Paul’s second annual Francis Fest.  Pets and their animal-loving humans gathered in the church yard  at 1 p.m. for the Blessing of the Animals, which was led by our own Mother Barbara Seras and the Rev. Bradley Mattson, Rector of Hope Episcopal Church. 

Several canine guests came out in “person” to be blessed. Several more feline “blessees” attended by photo (not a bad idea considering we had one “Great Escape/Great Chase” and safe recovery last year).

Serving Treats for the Dogs
Hors d’oeuves anyone?

Of course, no canine gathering would be complete without treats. Hors d’oeuvres included chewy beef-flavored treats for the pups and animal crackers for their humans. Also, thanks to “Sound Man” A.J. Robbins, we added recorded music to the celebration this year.

Songs included “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” We also remembered and named in prayer our beloved pets who have died.

Yorkie
All Blessed-Up and Ready to Go!

Pet food and financial donations were accepted for the benefit of The Pet Pantry in Lancaster. Check out their website HERE.

Francis Fest is part of St. Paul’s celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th).  Saint Francis was a friar, deacon, mystic, and preacher in thirteenth century Italy. He is known for his love of animals and all creation. Learn more about Saint Francis here.

Check out our Service Schedule page for information about weekly services. Come join us!

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St. Paul’s Welcomes Friends from Home on Ferdinand

JUNE 12, 2022
Rev. Dolores Smith was celebrant for this Sunday’s Holy Eucharist, and our special guest Nicole Millburn delivered an inspiring message about how she sees God at work every day in her job as Director at Home on Ferdinand.

We were also glad to see so many members of the clergy and their spouses joining us in the pews, including Father Jim, Mother Gail Tomei, and Mother Barbara.

Mother Barbara and Nicole Milburn are all smiles
Nicole Milburn & Rev. Barbara Seras

AND WHAT ABOUT THAT CHURCH BBQ?

It’s true, the morning of our church BBQ dawned cloudy with a forecast of rain, but did that “dampen” our spirits? Perish the thought!

Woman Grilling Hamburgers

We moved the festivities indoors.  (That is, it was indoors for everyone but Tenille, who volunteered to work the grill so the rest of us could enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs in Taylor Hall. Thanks, Tenille!)

We were thankful for this day. It was a great time spent sharing delicious summer food and good conversation with our neighbors from Home on Ferdinand.

Folks enjoying their meal at St. Pauls

Home on Ferdinand is part of a local ministry that provides transitional housing and other resources to families and individuals in need. To learn more about Home on Ferdinand and what YOU can do to help or donate, visit their website HERE.

Check out our Service Schedule page for information about weekly services. Come join us!

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Alleluia! 
Christ Is Risen!

APRIL 17, 2022
Mother Barbara was celebrant for this year’s Easter Sunday service, which began with the Lighting of the Paschal Candle and the Easter Proclamation.

Easter service included a sermon delivered by Mother Barbara, music, readings of lessons and the Gospel, and a responsive reading (renewal) of the Baptismal Covenant. We concluded with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  

Coffee hour followed in Taylor Hall.

Ever wonder why we renew our Baptismal Vows at Easter? Take a look HERE.

Please see our Service Schedule page for information about weekly services. Come join us!

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Sunday of the Passion
Palm Sunday – April 10, 2022

St. Paul’s was pleased this year to welcome the Reverend Canon Chris Streeter as our guest Preacher and Celebrant.

Palm Sunday service began in the Gathering Room with the Blessing and Distribution of the Palms. Congregants then processed from the Gathering Room around the front of the building to enter the church.

The service included a reading of the Passion Gospel with members of the congregation participating, a sermon delivered by the Rev. Canon Chris Streeter, and Holy Communion.

After two years of preventive Covid measures, St. Paul’s was glad to return to hosting Coffee Hour following the service.

Please see our Service Schedule page for information about weekly services. Come join us!