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Episcopal Church

This week at Church of the Holy Spirit




When our worship is over, our service begins. This play on words declares that our parish has an exciting vision of living Christ’s Risen Life in our community. As a member of our family, where might YOU join in?

Thought for the Week



Every time we make a choice we are turning some deep and inner part of ourselves, the part of us that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking our lives as a whole, with all our innumerable choices, throughout the whole of our lives we are slowly turning this deep and inner part of ourselves into something that is in harmony with God and with God’s purposes in the world, or into something that is contrary to them. Each of us at each moment is progressing one way or the other.

-Br. David Vryhof 
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

“As long as we can still laugh together, we will be fine”

This past Thursday, over 300 people from all walks of life gathered at Mishkan Israel in Hamden to benefit the Immigrant Bail Fund. The words spoken above by comedian Rabbi Bob Alper at the end of the show reminded us that we can either allow ourselves to be divided by complicated issues, or we can choose to remember our common humanity and our common search for joy. Invitations to join together in hope abound. How is Jesus inviting YOU today?


Thanks to two parishioners offering their gifts

The West Haven Historical offered a Town Walk this past weekend, including a stop at our church building. What was originally planned as a “walk-by” was wonderfully enhanced by Vestry member Ralph Lawson’s willingness to come open up our doors, and Jane Dexter (former historian for our parish) taking the time to be present and tell a bit of our story. Simple offering of gifts, leading to tremendous blessings.

All Saints Sunday Envelopes Available

All Saints Sunday (Nov. 5) is a special Feast Day in which we celebrate and honor the legacies of “those whom we love and see no longer. If you would like to have a deceased loved one remembered by name in our All Saints Day prayers, please use the envelope included in your bulletin. Print names clearly! Free will offerings are gratefully accepted.



“Practicing self-focus” (Guidelines for Mutuality #4) includes taking responsibility for your own growth and learning. Your Vestry leaders model this by beginning each meeting with reflections about our common life together. This month begins an examination of the forward-thinking reflections from “Joining God, Remaking the Church, Changing the World”. Vestry members - please pick up a copy of the book from Rev Lisa today. If you are not able to join us Tuesday, please speak with Senior Warden Nancy Staniewicz.


Healing Prayers Today

As is our tradition on each 3rd Sunday of the month, special prayers for healing will be offered during Communion. If you have a prayer need of any kind, you are invited to go into the Lady Chapel after receiving Communion. Our healing ministers will be glad to pray with/for you. Please remember that our Prayers of the People prayers also can include your requests when you contact Rev. Lisa or our Parish Administrator, Diane at 203-934-3437 or email holyspiritwh@snet.net.


Episcopal Relief and Development continues relief aid
in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico AND NOW CALIFORNIA

A reminder: ERD is The Episcopal Church’s Disaster Relief Agency. Using the Episcopal Presence in areas of need, ERD provides direct aid (resources and finances) straight to those who are affected. Currently, ERD is hard at work in Puerto Rico through the Episcopal Diocese there. Relief efforts also continue in Florida and Texas. To make an online donation, go to www.episcopalrelief.org, or mail a check to: ERD, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield Virginia 22116-7058


Please don’t forget about WHEAT

                                                                        Items needed this month:


  • jelly hot cereal chili potatoes (boxed or canned) baked beans rice mixes

      Also, in preparation for providing Thanksgiving meal bags:

  •         brownie mix gravy



PLEASE NOTE: any of you or any neighbor you know in need, may sign up as a WHEAT client – we are all just neighbors helping neighbors. Signing up for Thanksgiving food bags will occur the first week of Nov.


LAST CALL Women’s Retreat begins THIS FRIDAY!

Living into the Serenity Prayer

Retreat leader and parish friend, Joanne Halstead will guide us through a conversation around the Serenity Prayer. What are those things you hold onto that you cannot change? And what can you change? We have room for a few more wonderful women. If you have been thinking about joining us, please speak with Rev. Lisa ASAP! FINAL PAYMENTS ARE DUE BEFORE FRIDAY.


Blood Supplies run low when catastrophes hit

Donate Blood to keep life going

Boy Scout Troop 802 and CHS to host another

Red Cross Blood Drive November 4



Please come share time with the Rev. Dexter Cheney

Oct 22 and 29            Sunday 8 and 10am services only

Our dear friend, Dexter Cheney, will be with us for the next two Sundays while Rev. Lisa is away (belated vacation). And especially because Oct 22 will find many of our wonderful women away on Retreat, we are counting on all of the rest of you to be our presence here!

Prayers for parishioners

Nellie Greenfield, Rich Mahmood, Georgia Buckholz, Joe Buonocore, Jackie Lewis,       Richard Orland, Jacquie Mari, Jean Mullins, Jane, Kati Guthrie, David Matts, Dotty Sellner, Oliver Bailey, Janice, Sarah Guterman, Melissa SanSouci, Jean Liner, Evelyn & Jerry Bezruczyk

Prayers for family and friends 

(in alphabetic order)

Alexandra (Missy) Mitchell-Daughter of Pat Dymarcik; Alice-Friend of Vicki Rothenhausen; Allen-Friend of Vivienne McKay; Arlene-Mother of Vicki Rothenhausen; Bert & Kathy Bacon-Grandparents of Alex & Libby Bacon; Betty & Gordon Giles-Relative of Marina Matts; Carl-Uncle of Melissa SanSouci; Carrether Gilliam-Mother of Furahi Achebe; Christopher-Son of Richard Orland; Danny-Friend of Rev. Lisa; Dawn-Friend of Vicki Rothenhausen; Dennis-Friend of the Espositos; Fred Jenks-Friend of Barbara Curry; Fred McLaughlin-Brother of Sally Guthrie; George-Friend of Barbara Curry; Gina-Friend of Marian Daly; James Angelides-Son-in-law of the Bezruczyks; Jeanne-Aunt of Melissa SanSouci; Joe Smith-Friend of Bob Meagher; Jonah-Friend of Diane Stanislawski; Kathrine-Friend of Diane Rowley; Rev. Kim-Friend of Nola Komar; Marisol-Relative of Kati Guthrie; Mark Tobia-Friend of Rev. Lisa; Mary-Friend of Evelyn Bezruczyk; Melissa-Friend of Vicki Rothenhausen; Patrick-Friend of Marian Daly; Phyllis F.-Friend of Bev Draper; Rich C.-Brother-in-law of Rich Mahmood; Rory Coper-Cousin of Furahi Achebe; Stacy S.-Sister of Vicki Rothenhausen; Steve F.-Friend of Bev Draper


Special Prayers for Those that Can’t Worship With Us

Stephany Avren, Grace Boulanger, Georgia Buckholz, Joe Buonocore, Bee Conlan, Helen Danehy, Susan Dupee, Nellie Greenfield, Nola Komar, Bob & Lillian Maltese, Bertha Miller, Toots Palermo, Cora & Kent Peckham, Dolly Reiss, Joan Sallies, Dottie & Harold Sellner, Viola Shwab, Ethel Smith, Alexander Stamatien Sr., Gloria Weber



Alexander Charney-10/18, Leslie-Anne Fazzuoli-10/20, Bertha Miller-10/21



Stephanie & Aaron Charney-10/18, Jean & Steven Mullins-10/20






 Gift cards for your favorite grocery store, restaurant, movie theater, clothes store (and so much more!!) are available for purchase here at CHS – and you use them like cash! Every time you shop with gift from us, CHS gets a percentage of the funds back! Please speak with Lesly and Jacque Joseph for more information. That simple effort can offer incredible benefits. Cards in stock include Stop ‘n Shop, Shop Rite, Dunkin Donuts and Subway. Others, like Barnes and Noble, Lowes, Walmart, Target, Dominos Pizza and much more, can be ordered.

For on-line shoppers: if you go to our website ( www.holyspiritwh.org ) and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will notice a link to SCRIP – the company that offers our gift cards. Write down the CHS code, go into the link where you can use the code to get into our shopping site, and browse away! You can purchase printable gift cards and not have to wait for shipment! You can also reload many cards without any wait. Click for the current reload merchant list.

                                           Enter  3B6FFF4821649 at the non-profit line 

                NEWS : Save your used cards - you can now reload over 70 merchant cards on-line

                                   What stores participate?                  There are over 700, but here’s a sampling:



Rite Aid


Quick food

Bruegger’s Bagels


Dunkin’ Donuts




Office supplies

Office Depot

Office Max


Gas stations












Bed Bath & Beyond

The Home Depot

Grocery stores




Sam’s Club



Stop & Shop



Whole Foods




Barnes & Noble





Old Navy

Payless Shoes



Sports Authority



 How might you GIVE THANKS to God through the ministries of this parish?


Opportunities (and great needs) abound for service through your parish. Please consider one of these options and talk with the person listed:

Adult Formation – Rev. Lisa    life-long learners seeking to go deeper in their relationship with God

Altar Guild – Nancy Staneiwicz    lovers of being behind-the-scene and  setting up our worship space

Choir – Matt Harrison (or any member of the Choir)    the joyful noise-makers

Christmas Fair – Suzanne Coleman, Patty Dymarcyk, Kati Guthrie   creative crafters, detailed organizers, festivity lovers

Communications Committee –  Keith Bailey or Katie Guthrie   technologically-savvy purveyors of information

Finance Committee – Gene Leitermann or Rev. Lisa   checkbook balancers, entrepreneurs, money producing motivators

Interfaith dialogue and relationships – Rev. Lisa   seekers of a broader truth

Hospitality – Bonnie Mahmood, Kati Guthrie, Jacquie Mari    lovers of fellowship and fun

Greeters – Rev Lisa   folks with ready smiles and a willingness to make others feel at home

Outreach – Katie Guthrie, Karin Jacobs    carers of justice and mercy for others

Pastoral Caregivers – Rev. Lisa and Evelyn Bezruczyk   empathizers with those who are homebound and needing connection

Property Committee – Keith Bailey    anyone handy with a screwdriver, paintbrush, broom or pruning sheers

Sunday School – Mark Homburg    those who enjoy a child’s delight                             

Ushers, readers, chalice bearers, acolytes – Rev. Lisa     worshippers seeking a deeper place within worship