Reach Out

Reaching out to our community and neighbors is grounded in the Sacred, we believe we each have unique and heartfelt gifts that we are called to share with others.

In serving others shoulder to shoulder and through individual relationship, we serve ourselves, developing our compassion, and while providing hope and support to others in need as a way to fuel change. It is both an honor and a privilege to be able to do so. The blessing of Jesus always comes to us through the poor; the most remarkable experience is that, in the end, the poor give us more than they receive.

The list below describes St. Paul’s yearly events.  All of the events are open to the public.

Annual Events

AngelFest Fair
Blessing of the Animals
Halloween Carnival
Chili Cook-Off
Remembrance Day Bell Ceremony
Christmas Pageant
Chrissy’s Race
Night at the Races
Shrove Tuesday
Great Zucchini Race and Mass on the Grass
Sunset Socials in the Community Garden
AngelFest Fair


A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE ANGELFEST 2019 A SPECTACULAR EVENT!

This is St. Paul’s largest fundraiser of the year! The beginnings of AngelFest date back to 1989 – known then as St. Paul’s Christmas Bazaar. Many changes and have been made over the last 28 years. Our annual holiday event was renamed “AngelFest” nine years ago.

We kick off the celebration with the Preview Party the Friday night before the fair – a festive night with food, drinks, live music and the opportunity to bid on Auction items. A sneak peek of Saturday’s shopping treasures is also included.

On Saturday morning AngelFest is open to the public – people are standing in line! Included are the Boutique Room, Grandma’s Attic, the Holiday Room, Soup-to-Go, Quilt Raffle and refreshments and much more! Many dedicated members of St. Paul’s contribute to make AngelFest bigger and better every year!

Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals

Pets are special to us. They can become members of our families, and they themselves are a special blessing in our lives. God first created animals and called them good, and then created humanity to live with wildlife. We were meant to live together in harmony!  On the first Sunday in October at 2:00 we will have a ceremony in honor of St. Francis giving thanks to God for the Blessing of our Animals – each animal will receive an individual blessing plus a “Blessing Certificate.” Please call the office in advance with your pet’s name. There will also be special treats for all of our special pets.

Halloween Carnival

Halloween Carnival for Kids 

It’s almost time for St. Paul’s Halloween Carnival, complete with games, trick or treating around campus, a haunted house (created by the Youth Group) and more! We need volunteers to decorate and help at the event in Getman Hall, as well as candy and food donations. If you would like to help out, please contact the church office or Liz Longua at liz@longua.com. Candy donations can be dropped off at the office during office hours. Join us for this night of spooktacular fun!

Chili Cook-Off

8th Annual Cook-off, Friday, January 24th at 6:30 pm

As the weather gets cooler it’s time for our Chili Cook-Off! Our annual event and contest to see who has the best chili made by our own St. Paul’s chefs. Enjoy the latest batch of 24 Mile Ale available for sampling.

Five categories of competition:

  1. Best overall
  2. Hottest
  3. Non – Tomato
  4. Healthiest
  5. Most Unusual
Remembrance Day Bell Ceremony

Remembrance Day Bell Ceremony – Sunday, November 10th, 2 PM

At the end of World War I, citizens of the valley where St. Paul’s is located raised $595 and purchased a bell cast in Baltimore. The names of 48 individuals in the Valley were inscribed on the bell, which arrived at the Church on March 29, 1919. We ring the bell to call people together to remember, to pay homage to what has gone before, and to move into the future together.  We celebrate the leadership and sacrifice of the people of this valley. There is a flag ceremony, a reading of the names inscribed on the bell, bagpipes playing and the ringing of the bell. Any descendants of the 48 persons whose names are on the bell will also be recognized. Everyone is invited!

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant 2019 News

Hello Parents,
It is officially Pageant time! The pageant is going to be bigger and better than ever this year! Ms Rege McAden will be our director this year and she has some wonderful ideas.  Please let me know if your child wants to participate, registration is now open. It is very important to make sure that we have enough costumes in each category-angel, shepherd, and manger animal. In addition to this the children will be singing more this year, if there are older children who would like to be senior-angels, shepherds, and manger animals they are most welcome. This will help us with singing parts and also for our youngest to have a little extra guidance during the pageant.

Also because there have been some changes to the pageant it is especially important that your child attends at least one rehearsal and the full run through dress rehearsal.

The schedule for rehearsals: December 8th and December 15th both immediately after church. These rehearsals will include costume fittings the  costumes are first come first serve. The full run through will December 22nd also immediately after church. We will have refreshments after each rehearsal.

For more information contact Liz Longua –  liz@longua.com

The Christmas Pageant is held during the 4:00 PM service on Christmas Eve.

This is such a joy-filled event. The cast includes children and adults alike. Our children participate as angels and shepherds. The starring role as baby Jesus is given to an infant – always a sought-after role! The festivities also include a men’s choirs and of course the “Three Kings.” The Pageant concludes with everyone singing Silent Night in candlelight.

Christmas Memorials
A donation of $30 is requested to help defray the costs of the beautiful decorations that will adorn the church as we prepare to celebrate our Savior’s birth.

Chrissy’s Race

CHRISSY’S RUN FOR HOPE 5K, – Stay posted for the 2020 date!

Race day registration and check-in.  9:30 AM – 5K race followed by 1 mile walk/run.
The 3rd annual Chrissy’s Run 4 Hope is a community 5K run in Exton, PA dedicated to increasing awareness of breast cancer, raising money to support cancer research, and raising the spirits of anyone whose life has been affected by cancer.

Night at the Races

2020 Celebration next May!

Wear your fanciest hat and come to our annual fundraiser – A Night at the Races,  an event where actual races are shown to recreate the atmosphere of being at the race track. You can win big time!

Event Information:

What do you get for your entry fee?
                The entry fee, $30 for singles or $50 for a couple, provides entry to the event.  Food and refreshments are included.  But the most important aspect of the entry fee is that you get to name a horse.  Your horse will be randomly entered in one of the ten races and your sponsorship of the horse will be announced in the runup to that race.  Preregistration is required to name a horse because we need the name for the program ahead of time, but if you show up the night of the event you still get a horse.  If your horse wins its race, you win your entry fee back, making the whole night a free event.  Last year, five of the races were won by owned horses.

How does it work?
                We are provided with a DVD of 10 horse races, each with eight to twelve horses.  The DVD is sealed when we get it and we break the seal in Getman Hall in preparation for the first race.  No one connected to the event knows which horse will win each race and the winning pattern has been different for each of the last three years.  Before each race, or as far ahead of each race as you would like, the betting windows will be open, selling $2 “win” tickets for all of the horses in the race.  The church takes a cut of each bet, as this is a fundraiser, of course, but the rest of the funds bet go into a pool that is won by the holders of the winning tickets.  This is parimutuel betting, where the amount paid out for each winning ticket depends on the total amount of the pool, less the church’s percentage, divided by the number of winning tickets.  The payouts for the two dollar races for the last two years has ranged from $6 to $21 per winning ticket.  The ninth race is a special race with $5 “win” tickets and last year’s payout was $80.  Race betting is in addition to your “owned” horse, so if you choose to bet on your owned horse in addition to your entry fee, and your horse wins its race, you could walk away $80 to the good as one lucky horse owner could have done last year in the $5 Ninth Race.

The doors open at 6 pm to get started on food and refreshments, the betting windows will open at 6:45 ahead of the first race going off at 7:00.  Races will run every 15 minutes and you can collect your winnings at any time after the race is completed, until the end of the evening.  Any funds from unclaimed winning tickets at the end of the night are considered to be a donation to the church.

After the fifth race, halfway through the evening, we will take a break for two special events.  The first is the judging of the hats.  The Kentucky Derby, a week before our event, is famous for the ladies’ hats.  At Night at the Races, both ladies and gentlemen are welcome to compete for the Best Hat, with a special prize to be awarded.  The second event is a 50/50 Heads and Tails, which is a chance to get out of your chairs and stretch (other than walking to the bar or betting windows).  Participation is optional and is in addition to the entry fee.  Everyone who wants to play pays $5 and all participating stand up.  All players choose Heads or Tails by putting their hands on either their head or their tail.  A coin is tossed and all those who chose the opposite of the result sit down.  This continues until only two remain standing, where one has to choose Heads and the other Tails.  A final coin toss decides the winner, who wins half of the Heads or Tails pool.  With 70 people attending and all participating, the pool would be $350 and winner would take home $175.

It is an adults-only event, so please arrange for a sitter and join us for a great evening of fun and entertainment.  Bring your friends and neighbors, the more the merrier!

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday officially ends the season of Epiphany with the season of Lent beginning the following day. Held the night before Lent begins is a day of “fat eating” before the fasting period of Lent.  Known as carnival day in Louisiana, the faithful would use up all their butter, sugar and some meats so they wouldn’t go to waste.  We gather as a church family in Getman Hall to celebrate.

Great Zucchini Race and Mass on the Grass

A RACE FOR ALL AGES!

St. Paul’s annual Great Zucchini Race is part of our summer celebration.  We start the day with “Mass on the Grass” followed by the Zucchini race. Whether you enter as a contestant or to cheer on your favorite wacky racer, you’ll discover that vegetables are fun! Race cars are easy to make and just need your unique creativity! Please watch the video!

Sunset Socials in the Community Garden
Sunset Socials in the Community Garden are held on second Fridays through summer. Bring your own chair, snack and beverage and join us at the garden for an evening of camaraderie, fellowship and a gorgeous sunset.

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