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September 2022 Gazette – St. Paul’s and More

St. Paul’s Episcopal Announces Next Clergy

The Wardens and Vestry of St. Paul’s are pleased to announce that the Rev. Robert (Bob) Solon, Jr., has been called as the next Priest-in-Charge for the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish. He will move to the island in late September and his first Sunday will be September 25th at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to meet and greet and enjoy coffee hour following in the Undercroft.

Fr. Bob is currently wrapping up his service at St. John’s Episcopal in Passaic, New Jersey, and as Director of Finance at Christ Church in Bloomfield-Glen Ridge. He was ordained a priest in 2007 and has served parishes mostly in the Diocese of Newark. Prior to his ordained ministry, he was a senior analyst in the information technology field for Gartner, Inc. and has served as a civilian member of the Department of Defense, also in information technology.

He enjoys cooking, boating and the water. He understands there is a standing weekly Euchre tournament and looks forward to that.

I grew up in Toledo and consider myself a son of the Great Lakes. Who wouldn’t want to live on an island, surrounded by The Thin Places?!” When asked about what he hopes to accomplish, Fr. Bob said, “I hope to do a lot of listening to what our parish needs and learn about the island rhythms of the year. Food Pantry is a wonderful ministry, and the Labyrinth is clearly a holy and thin place, as Mo Mary has said. Thin Places, where heaven and earth meet, encompasses year-round island residents, seasonal residents as well as our island visitors to find spiritual rest and renewal.

Bible Camp Huge Success!

Vacation Bible School was a huge success this year. Held in the Town Hall, the theme this year was the Jerusalem Marketplace. The idea was to learn about what Jerusalem was like when Jesus walked the streets while he was on earth. The children went to Synagogue School to learn how to write their names in Hebrew. They made matzah bread in the village bakery and learned building skills in the village carpentry shop. There was a visit from Mary Magdalene announcing the Resurrection of Jesus. A Roman guard was there who chastised Peter and James after they spilled a basket in the courtyard. These were just a few things the children learned. On the last day they had cake to celebrate and thank Mother Mary for her years of directing VBS. Many of the parents of the children attended.

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