St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Paul's is a community of faith. We serve Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, study, and service in the tradition of the Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion. We warmly welcome all persons to join with us in Christian worship and fellowship.
St. Paul’s Day School provides an outstanding educational experience for preschool and kindergarten children. It was in 1957 by the women of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as a service to the Westfield community. The school provides a nurturing and caring environment for the education of the children in our community.
For more information about the Day School, visit http://stpaulsday.org
St. Paul’s 27th Anniversary Concert on May 5. Save the Date. On Sunday, May 5 at 7pm, the Friends of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will welcome the music loving public to a performance of the Stabat Mater, composed in 1950 by celebrated French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will join the Parish Choir in this inspired and evocative work, which Poulenc composed in the form of a “grand motet” in 12 brief, but dramatic movements. Featured in the May 5th performance are lyric sopranos Carey Hackett and Julia Fernandez. Also featured on the program is guest organist Dr. Andrew E. Henderson, Director of Music and Organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City, in a performance of the Symphony for Organ and Grand Orchestra op. 42 (1882) by Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937). Widor is described as “one of the most important and influential figures in the musical life of [Paris] and a key figure in turn-of-the-century French music.” Charles M. Banks, esteemed Director of Music at St. Paul’s, will conduct the program. St. Paul's Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street near Euclid Avenue in Westfield. Parking in the area is free. A donation of $20 at the door is suggested. Students are admitted free. Following the concert, the public is invited to an elegant reception in the church’s Parish Hall. For further information contact Charles M. Banks at (908) 232-8506 ext.17 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Julia Fernandez, lyric soprano.
MASTER GARDENER INTERNS GET GOOD GARDENING POINTERS ON NEW CLASS DAY. In the photo, Master Gardener Larry Dzieskowski comes right to the point with a group of Master Gardener interns during the group’s spring tour and clean-up visit to the MGs’ Trailside Demonstration Gardens on April 2nd, New Class Day. He describes some of the unusual and soon-to-be returning plants in the cold-hardy Tropical Garden, one of 9 Theme Gardens that the MGs cultivate on the 2-acre site. Larry, MG Coordinator Madeline DiNardo (red hat) and DG manager Joanne Krueger (of Scotch Plains) hosted 25 Interns on April 2nd. They toured the site (led by Krueger), got good gardening pointers from their hosts, then weeded, raked and preened the planting beds to prepare for the MGs’ 24th Annual Spring Fair and Plant Sale on Sunday, May 19, noon to 5 pm, rain or shine.
The FAIR is held at the Demo Gardens, near the Trailside Nature and Science Museum, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, Watchung Reservation. Admission and parking are free. In addition to a wide variety of vegetables, flowering plants and shrubs sold at reasonable prices, attendees can get expert advice on gardening and pest management; plus find children’s activities and refreshments.
Irish eyes will be smiling on Sunday, March 17, 2013, when celebrated Chamber Music and Concert Duo Christopher Collins Lee and Merynda Adams perform A St. Patrick’s Day Concert for Violin and Harp at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield, NJ. Sponsored by The Friends of Music at St. Paul’s, the concert begins promptly at 3pm. Regarding the dress code on this special holiday, St. Paul’s Director of Music Charles M. Banks advises that, “The wearin’ of the green is optional, but always welcome!”
Dr. Lee is an internationally renowned violinist who plays the celebrated 1771 “Accardo” violin made in Turin, Italy by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini. Lee holds B.F.A. and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, a Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook, and five Honorary Doctorates from foreign institutions.
As an Official Musical Ambassador of the U.S. Department of State, Lee has played thousands of concerts worldwide under their auspices, including forty solo concert tours of Asia. He has performed as soloist with Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein, Lucas Foss and Arthur Fiedler, among others, and has served as concertmaster of The American Symphony Orchestra, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The NJ Symphony Orchestra, National Chorale and the Spanish Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. When not traveling to his many concertmaster and soloist venues, he resides in Newark, NJ. In contrast, one of his many recordings was chosen to represent human culture on the Voyager Time Capsule, which is now leaving our solar system!
Ms. Adams is a prominent, critically acclaimed harpist. A native of Madison, NJ, she made her New York debut to a sold-out Carnegie Recital Hall as the 1994 winner of the Artists International Competition. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and winner of both the South Orange Symphony Artists’ Competition and the Goldblatt Award, she has performed throughout the U.S., France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico. Locally, she has performed with the NJ Symphony Orchestra, NY Grand Opera, New Philharmonic, Lyrica Chamber Music, Northeastern Philharmonic, Colonial Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Lake Placid Sinfonietta and off Broadway in the The Fantasticks.
Adams is also in demand as a guest soloist and chamber musician in area churches, including Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Newark) and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC). She is a founding member and former VP of the North Jersey Chapter of the American Harp Society and is an Affiliate Artist Teacher at Drew University (Madison).
Long-time musical colleagues in various ensembles, Adams and Lee have been performing as a Duo for five years. Their repertoire, notes Adams, is “fairly Romantic.” She advises that their CD -- Romantic Duos for Harp & Violin, was recorded in 2011 and will be available for sale at the concert. A second CD, Reverie, is in the works.
In keeping with the Romantic movement on Sunday, March 17, the Duo will gift the St. Paul’s audience with Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124; Gounod’s Hymne à St. Cécile; deFalla’s Spanish Dance from La Vida Breve; and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin and Salut d'Amour. Also promised and highlighted are various Irish pieces to celebrate the occasion. Among these are The Last Rose of Summer, Carrickfergus and Danny Boy.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street near Euclid Avenue in Westfield. Parking in the area is free. A donation of $20 at the door is suggested. Students are admitted free. Following the concert, the public is invited to a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Cloister. For further information contact Charles M. Banks at (908) 232-8506 ext.17 or email@example.com.
By T.J. Karns, Publicity, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Westfield, Wednesday, November 14, 2012
In the wake of Super Storm Sandy, the 25th ANNUAL GIANT BOOK SALE at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will open on Sunday, December 9 (noon to 5pm), continue on Monday, December 10 (9am-9pm) and close on Tuesday, December 11 (Bag Day, 9am-12noon). Originally scheduled to run on November 4-6, the Sale was postponed due to a power outage at the church.
“A wide variety of books in many categories had already been donated for this year’s Sale when Sandy shut us down,” says St. Paul’s Minister of Music Charles M. Banks, “but we have now resumed accepting donations. In addition to your gently used books, we accept CDs, videos, software, records, DVDs, oversized books, sheet music, games and puzzles.”
Donors can drop their items off at the church’s Parish Hall on Sunday, December 2nd through Friday, December 7th (after 3pm on weekdays). If possible, books should be bagged by category (History, Science, Children’s, Nonfiction, etc.). St. Paul’s is unable to accept donated textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, or Reader’s Digest condensed books.
“The storm is over and the Holidays are here,” notes Banks. “We hope our Sale will give both returning customers and new-comers alike a fun break after Sandy’s devastation and a chance to just browse in search of that special Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or birthday gift book. Come join us,” adds Banks. “That special read or rare find awaits you at a bargain price.”
Sponsored by the Friends of Music at St. Paul’s, this annual fund raiser supports the various musical programs, concerts, and activities offered to the general public at St. Paul’s throughout the year.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street in Westfield (near Euclid Avenue and across from Town Hall). To access the Parish Hall, please use the Euclid Avenue driveway entrance. For more information, please call (908) 451-5082 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield is seeking book donations for its annual Friends of Music Book Sale, which starts on Sunday, November 4 (noon-5pm), continues on Monday, November 5 (9am-9pm), and closes on Tuesday, November 6 (Bag Day, 9am-noon). Especially needed are hardback and paperback fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, audio books, videos, computer software, compact discs, records, DVDs, puzzles and children’s books. The church is unable to accept donations of textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest condensed books.
If possible, please bag and label your donations by category.
You may drop off your donations in the church’s Parish Hall daily starting on Sunday, October 21st and any time after 4pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. To access the Parish Hall, please use the Euclid Avenue driveway entrance.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street (near Euclid Avenue and across from Town Hall), in Westfield, NJ 07090. For further information, please call 908-451-5082 or e-mail email@example.com.