PARISH CLUBS AND
The clubs and guilds at St. Paul's offer parishioners opportunities to be in
community together in a variety of ways.
The Men's Club meets the second Thursday of the month, September through May.
Meetings begin with a 6:00 p.m. social followed by a “country” meal at 6:30 p.m.
The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and closes out the evening. All men of the
church are welcome. Contact: Bruce Briggs
The Guild of Martha and Mary
The Guild has been in existence since September 1988. The purpose of the Guild
is threefold: learning and sharing, service to our church and our community, and
fellowship and support for each other. We meet on the 4th Wednesday, September
through May, and have a variety of speakers and programs. We have daytime and
evening meetings to accommodate our membership. Volunteer work in our community
includes a monthly commitment of the 1st Tuesday to work in the RAM Day Shelter,
serving lunch. We are responsible for laundering the church kitchen linens July
through December, helping with a Lenten Potluck Dinner, a dinner for the Social
Club, and special receptions as they arise. We sponsor the TAP Angel tree, and
give a Christmas party at the TAP center with goodies to eat and a visit from
Santa and his elves. We also use the Guild pledges to shop for needy families in
our community at Christmas, and we buy Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for
families in the community. To promote literacy in our community, the Guild
purchases a book for each 1st grader at G.W. Carver Elementary School, annually.
In addition we support various local and diocesan charities. This year we gave
donations to Habitat for Humanity, Nets for Life, Grace House on the Mountain,
St. Anne's Episcopal Day School scholarship fund, RAM House, and Bethany Hall.
Each year we have a Birthday Party, a Christmas Party, and a Summer Picnic.
Guild members take a fall day trip and an overnight trip in the spring. In 2010
we did a tour of Appalachia and visited Grace House on the Mountain. In 2011 we
took a trip to tour Washington DC and the National Cathedral. We welcome all
women of St. Paul's who would like to join us. Contact: Leone Bomberger
Guild II meets once a month, September through May. Our regular meeting time is
the 3rd Monday of the month at 11:00 a.m. We meet at the church with the
exception of a festive Christmas celebration and a “Spring Fling” luncheon. We
begin our meetings with devotions followed by a program, usually by a speaker on a
topic of local interest. Our business meetings are brief. We ask each member to
bring an item for the Salem Food Pantry to each meeting. We support various
church and local humanitarian projects. We also host a potluck dinner during
Lent and help with all receptions where we are needed. We each bring a sandwich
to our monthly meetings and share lunch together in the Parish Hall, hosted by
three volunteer members. We warmly welcome any and all women of St. Paul's.
Contact: Ann deOlazarra
The Book Club meets once a month following the 10:00 a.m. service at Mill
Mountain Coffee & Tea. Contact: Sarah Lusk
The purpose of the Foyers Program is to have parishioners – including children –
meet and socialize in small groups to get to know each other better and have fun
doing it. Each group meets on a periodic basis from October through July for a
meal and conversation in each other's homes. The intent of the program is not
to have the groups become permanent but to meet and socialize with as many
different parishioners as possible over a period of time. The program promotes
fellowship among parishioners and strengthens the parish community. Contact:
A ministry of St. Paul's, the Social Club was begun in 1997, working with Blue
Ridge Behavioral Health. It serves adults treated with mental illness who live
independently. Our club gives members a “family” to meet with each month for
food, fun, and most of all fellowship. We meet the first Monday of each month
from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We have dinner followed by a program or activity. During the
summer we have a picnic. We have been blessed to have both Guild II and the
Guild of Martha and Mary prepare lovely dinners for us once during the year.
Contact: Bev Reger