I was born in Los Angeles and lived most of my life in the Northeast. I am a husband of 33 years, a father of 3 children, an attorney, a hacker at golf and a lover of baseball, each of which at one time or the other has consumed me. I have been a parishioner at St. Paul's Church for at least 20 years and served in a number of capacities. As I have moved through life and experienced all that is good and much that is bad, I have grown increasingly aware of the presence of God in my life. The community of faith that is St. Paul's has brought together my love for the Lord and my desire to do good works while at the same time being surrounded by warm and generous friends.
I have been a member of St. Paul's Church, along with my husband, David, for 23 years. In addition, both our now adult children, Jonathan and Sarah, were confirmed here. I have served in many capacities through the years and am currently Treasurer as well as a Eucharistic Visitor, Chalice bearer, Stewardship Committee member and Chairwoman of our Annual Christmas Bazaar. I love our church! I find in St. Paul's Church another home - another family of friends who love and support one another as we pray and work together for the community. From January through November, I was part of New Start Ministry (an offshoot of IRIS in New Haven), a group of volunteers from various community congregations who worked to help settle a young Kurdish refugee family from Syria into a new home in Waterbury. As the Transportation representative, my responsibilities included everything from providing driving volunteers, to finding bus routes and schedules, to setting up driving lessons, permit test and road test appointments and finally to obtaining car insurance and registering their donated car. As of today, the couple and their two year old daughter have made many new friends and become a contributing part of their new country! Hello!
I have been a member of St. Paul’s Church for the past 21 years. I was drawn here because of the Saturday Night Contemporary Service, and quickly found a home. During the time I have been a part of this community, I have been involved in various ministries, but the ones that have stolen my heart are the youth, the music, and the Saturday night 5:00 pm service. I say this with gratitude and no small degree of selfishness, for the joy they give me far outweighs any amount of energy or effort they might require. Married and a first time grandmother, I am now retired and enjoying a life that, at times, I think, is busier than when I was working full time as a social worker and raising two wonderful children.
I have been a member of St. Paul's parish since 1986, 31 years. I am married with 3 adult children, all of whom have been confirmed at St. Paul's. I am a Guidance Counselor in the Waterbury School district; my husband retired from private practice as an attorney in Woodbury. I will join him as a "retiree" in 2020. My youngest, Courtney, was married at St. Paul's by the Interim Rector, Mrs. Peggy Sullivan. She had her first born christened by her as well, in New York. My children served as acolytes until they went off to college and were regular participants in Sunday school and all of its activities.
I have served on Vestry once before, for two years. I will close out my second term of service in 2019. I have served on the hospitality team for thirty-one years, as a Sunday school teacher for two years, as an usher for five years; as a youth group mentor for five years, and have participated in all fundraisers (i.e., the spring church fair and Christmas bazaar and community dinner fundraisers).
When I retire, we will, unfortunately, leave Connecticut, in search of warmer weather. I have been blessed to meet such a wonderful, generous group of people, who have supported my spiritual growth.
Thank you for allowing me to share the good news with you.
As a resident of Woodbury for over 40 years, I joined St. Paul’s Church in 1996. I was raised Catholic and confirmed at St. Theresa’s, but as an adult I found St. Paul’s to be my true home. I immediately took to the genuine people and welcoming atmosphere which embodied a sense of community that I longed for… and I’ve never looked back. Over twenty years ago my husband, Stu, and I were married at St. Paul’s and we now have two wonderful children, Jakob and Hannah.
Volunteerism and the idea of “giving back” is a core value that I strive to model as both a parishioner, educator, and native each and every day. It is my grandmother’s words that often remind me, “Many hands make light work.” I have been a co-coordinator of our Sunday School Program as well as a co-teacher for several years. Now that our children are teenagers, I currently volunteer to help with the children’s education program for classes and events wherever my help is needed. Outside of the children’s education program, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed assisting with such things as baking hundreds of loaves of bread for “Brenda’s Breads”, preparing for our annual Christmas Fair, and I currently sitting on the church vestry.
In addition to being on the vestry since January 2017, I have been a 5th grade classroom teacher for nearly 20 years. As a professional educator I have volunteered as both a cooperating teacher for student teachers and as a mentor teacher for first year teachers. Within my school system I also serve on various committees such as the Professional Evaluation Development Committee as well as our Hiring and Spirit Committees.
Being an active member of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation (STN), I sit on the Tribal Council to serve as a liaison for our tribal members and our tribal government. I also sit on the Schaghticoke Women’s Traditional Council as well as share my skills as an educator by serving on the Education Committee at the Institute of American Indian Studies in Washington, CT. Both of our children volunteer at the IAIS each summer as their way of giving back and helping others while remembering our roots..
Each and every time, I find that “giving back” is such a powerful gift in so many ways. While I frequently donate my time and efforts, I often feel as though I have been the one rewarded… with good friends, productive work, and an overall sense of accomplishment for having served various communities.
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Raised in a blended Catholic-Episcopal household in Ithaca, NY, I eventually gravitated to the Episcopal church and its traditions as a teenager and my husband, Steve, and I were married at St. John’s Episcopal church in Ithaca. After many moves and adventures, we landed in Woodbury in our first house in 1999 where we quickly started trying to make connections and community ties. Naturally, we sought out an Episcopal family at St. Paul’s not even realizing the importance of its history and legacy! Two and five years later, respectively, Fr. Jim baptized our children, Phoebe and Owen. I have been involved with the Church school since their early years. Phoebe was confirmed with Fr. Greg in 2016.
Besides being a wife and mother, I have been a nurse at Danbury Hospital for 20 years working in ICU, then on the rapid response team and now in out-patient cardiology. As life inevitably does, my family was challenged by my diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer in 2014. The support of my amazing husband and family, as well as the way St. Paul’s wrapped us in love and prayer was unforgettable.
Joining the vestry now in 2018 is a long overdue commitment to a wonderful group of people who have perfected generosity, caring and faith.
For the past thirteen years my wife and I have been members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodbury. During that time I have been active as a vestry member (X2), lay reader, chalice bearer, leader of morning and evening prayer and musician. Since 2012 my wife has been a resident of the Alzheimers Resources Center of Connecticut, receiving skilled nursing care. I have used this opportunity to share my music, religious and secular, to the other residents of the ARCC. I look forward to a successful transition and am confident that St. Paul’s will continue as a model parish for the community.
My husband, Gary and I have been members of St. Paul’s Church for about fifteen years. We immediately felt “at home” here. The parishioners are a warm and welcoming group of people. Before becoming a vestry member, I co-taught Sunday school for one year. After that, I taught a couple of classes a year and then was responsible for the bulletin board. I try to help out with other activities as needed. My two daughters, Erica and Nicole, attend Sunday school and have served as acolytes for many years. Erica was fortunate to go to Washington DC for a celebration for acolytes, representing our church. The girls enjoy all of the special activities that they have been involved with through Sunday school.
I grew up in Waterbury, lived briefly in Torrington and then in Woodbury for over twenty years. I also have a daughter, Jaime, who lives in New York. We have three dogs which are blessed at St. Paul’s Annual Blessing of the Animals. I have been a public school teacher for twenty-nine years. I worked in Seymour for four of those years and am currently employed in Waterbury at Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School where I teach art to pre-kindergarten through second grade. I am very involved with the Connecticut Art Education, serving as President, and the National Art Education, serving as Eastern Region Elementary Division Director-Elect. During my spare time, I enjoy writing articles for Arts and Activities Magazine, spending time with my family, and vacationing in the Cape.
Originally from Germany, I immigrated to the US in 1966. I raised a family as a mom of two girls and a boy who have been adults for a long time. I now love being a grandmother to seven grandchildren. I retired from Yale University four years ago where I worked in Molecular Biochemistry as a research associate for over two decades.
When I came to the States I joined the Episcopal Church, and St Paul’s has been my second home and family since 2002. I love this church for its active, warm and tolerant community doing God’s work. I am a vestry member and also a delegate to the CT Episcopal Convention. I serve as a chalice bearer and an usher, a host to coffee hour and enjoy mentoring young people through the confirmation process. I have helped with many finite projects such as fund raisers or church dinners and fairs.
My free time is spent in the garden, birdwatching, traveling and mostly spending time with my family.
I was not interested in a formal church. For years, I'd been grounded in a spirituality based upon the outdoors. God's work in nature. Then two events changed my attitude. Life's challenges continued to grow and I needed to build a stronger self. The other, I found a wonderful community at St. Paul's. In 2009, I volunteered for the then Annual Fair and Book sale. I was welcomed with enthusiasm and smiles, both by the church and the greater community. I wanted more, so I joined the parish. Only good things have followed. I was baptized and married by Father Greg in 2014 and nominated to the vestry in 2016. To this day I can count many new friends and many joyous days. I am passionate about being in love with my adoring wife, sharing my photography, watching sports car racing and the American Southwest.
My family and I joined St. Paul's in the summer of 1994 after transferring from Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown which we had called home after our marriage in 1981. I had twelve years of Catholic education, and my husband was raised in the Lutheran tradition. Both of our families were devoted regular attendees in their respective churches. We didn't want our children to feel torn between our differing religions, so finding a home in the Episcopal church was a good blend where we felt comfortable raising our children. I have enjoyed volunteering my time and talents in varying capacities over the years. When my three children were younger, I co-taught Sunday School and helped with related functions including Christmas Pageants, Happy Birthday Jesus parties, the Good Friday children's service, and Seders. As they got older, I became more involved with youth group activities: Halloween parties, Coffee House fundraisers, Confirmation programs, Soldier Care Packages, etc. After I retired as a special education teacher for almost forty years, I had more time to experience new ministries while still keeping others. I have been an usher, intercessor, and the Sunshine coordinator for several years. In January of 2017, I became a vestry member and assumed a ministry that involves pastoral care. In particular, I oversee the EMs (Eucharistic Ministers), weekly flower distributions from the altar, visitations, and Sunshine. I enjoy outdoor hands-on activities from doing the planters at the front of the church for a season, helping at book fairs, baking for any occasion, and just pitching in where needed. All these activities bring me joy and satisfaction, and affirm that "when the worship is over, the service begins."