During his time at St. Paul’s, Fr. Al has taught us that in order to succeed, we must be willing to change and growth, moving from Point A to Point B and back again to start the cycle anew in response to God's call. This is good, transformative, and sometimes challenging and exhausting work; but God is with us, and we support and help each other along the way, too. This Sunday, after much hard work, change and growth, we come to the final leg of our journey to "Point B" at St. Paul’s and will say goodbye to Fr. Al. At both the 8:00 and 10:00 services, we’ll have a presentation of gifts from the Vestry and congregation; and we’ll host a special coffee hour after the 8:00 service and a pot-luck luncheon after the 10:00 service. Please bring something to share for whichever celebration you attend. (If you missed the Annual Meeting potluck, here’s your second chance. We have some amazing good cooks in this parish!) Come ready with share fun stories about Fr. Al. Plan to attend this important event in the life of our parish this Sunday, January 28. We’ve worked hard together getting from Point A to Point B, and especially Fr. Al!
After more than a year of planning, prayer and discernment, St. Paul’s Vestry has called the Rev. Rebecca Ragland to be our next Rector. We are very excited to welcome Rebecca and her family to the parish! Rebecca and her husband, Scott, live in Webster Groves with their sons Wesley, Owen, and Jose. Pastor Rebecca’s first Sunday with us will be February 4; she’ll preach and celebrate the Eucharist at both the 8:00 and 10:00 services; and she’ll be available to meet the congregation in the parish hall at coffee hour afterwards. Please mark your calendar and plan to come welcome our new Rector. It’s an exciting time of new beginnings at St. Paul’s!