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Rector’s Pentecost Letter,

As we enter the summer months I think many of us are looking forward to a well deserved rest. The past months have been very busy at St. Paul’s. Our Easter and Holy Week celebrations were well attended and thanks go to the Altar Guild for all the extra work involved in preparing the worship space and the Choir who work overtime during this wonderful season of the church year. We have lost some wonderful members of our parish in the past few months, Frances Learn, Colin Robertston, William Lewis, Bea Painter, Dorothy Clendening. The ACW and St. Nick’s ladies have worked together to be gracious hosts at funeral receptions and your efforts are greatly appreciated. On the weekend of Mother’s Day we once again enjoyed the Victorian Tea, along with a wedding and small grave side service in the cemetery. Again thank you to everyone who helped with these events.

As we look forward to a more relaxed pace this summer there a couple of events I wanted to highlight. On June 21st at Old Fort Erie we will hold our annual service and picnic along with Trinity Lutheran, St. Luke’s Lutheran, All Saints Anglican and St. John’s Anglican churches. This should be a wonderful celebration of our common faith and will be highlighted by the celebration of Baptism. Speaking of Baptism’s Fr. Terry DeForest will be with us on July 5th as our guest preacher and celebrant at a Baptism liturgy during our 10:00 a.m. service. I hope many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to see Terry once again.

We continue to make improvements to our building especially with an eye to being more energy efficient. New energy star rated freezers have been purchased and over the summer we hope to replace our old refrigerators with new ones. We expect to save upwards of $ 800.00 per year in energy costs simply by making these replacements! Let alone do our part to be good stewards of the environment. I watched an oil industry analyst on television a few nights ago speaking of the price of oil in terms of a ping pong game taking place on a train. The ball, like oil prices goes back and forth, but all along it is really going forward with the train. Our energy cost are only going to rise over the next few years. We would be poor stewards of your gifts to the church if we did not take steps now to make our parish building more energy efficient.

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