St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter
Telephone: 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org November 21, 2011
Pastoral Emergency: 806-9069
Stewardship 2011 - We are asking that you renew your financial commitment to St. Paul's by pledging for the upcoming year. You can pick up a card at the office or in church on Sunday.
Community Night Thanksgiving Dinner and Hymn Sing -- On the night before Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, Jim and Lori Richardson will cook turkeys and host our annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner. Please bring side-dishes. After dinner, we will have a hymn sing in the parish hall. Be sure to look up which hymns you want to sing.
Thanksgiving Day Service - A Thanksgiving Day Holy Eucharist and blessing of libations will be held on Thursday, November 24, at 10 a.m.
Adult Education this Sunday (11/27) - We continue Voices of Faith, a series of talks by people of faith in our midst who will tell us about the lives of individual people of faith who have inspired them. Gillian Breckenridge, who hails from Norwich U.K., will talk about 14th-century English mystic Julian of Norwich. Learn how “Mother” Julian continues to inspire and guide her. Gillian is a graduate student, Skinner scholar and House Manager of our Canterbury House.
Advent Retreat with Barbara Crafton - Koinonia is sponsoring an Advent Retreat at St. Paul's on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The speaker will be Barbara Crafton whose topic will be "Prayer in the hard times". The retreat is free and open to all; however, to reserve a place we do ask that you call the church office at (434)295-2156. Lunch is on your own from noon until 1 p.m., but feel free to brown bag.
Angel Tree to Provide Gifts for the Needy starts today – St. Paul’s is participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project. Look for the Angel Tree tags on the Christmas tree in the parish hall starting this Sunday, November 27.
Integrity-Charlottesville will be hosting a movie night on Friday, December 2 in the parish lounge. Integrity-Charlottesville is a local chapter of the national organization Integrity that advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the life and sacraments of the Episcopal Church. Join us on December 2 for a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the movie, Eddie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement, at 7:00 p.m. In addition ...
Integrity-Charlottesville will be holding a Eucharist on December 15th at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary to be followed by a desert buffet in the lounge. Come worship with us and celebrate the season!
Ofrenda - Please pick-up any items you may have left on the ofrenda tables.
Your Name Here! Would you like a St. Paul's name badge? We have two styles to choose from - magnetic and clip-on. Enter your name on one of the sign up sheets in the Narthex, Parish Hall or the Chancellor St. hallway and we will be glad to make one for you to pick up from an usher the following Sunday.
The Men's Bible Study (A message from Tim Rambo) - On behalf of the other men who have been able to go to the Men's Bible Study that started this fall, I want to encourage you to consider finding a way to fit it into your schedule in the coming months. It was easy for me to fear where the time would come from but have found the 2 hours/month to be an enriching part of my week; the conversation always brings thought-provoking comments as well as humor, and Andy Guffey is a remarkable source of knowledge and a great facilitator. Never read the Bible? Don't know if it was David or Goliath with the cool slingshot? That's alright. Just give yourself a unique start to your Wednesday and come enjoy the company of other men exploring their faith and seeing how the Bible can be a part of their day other than on a Sunday. Grab some coffee and join the discussion and listen to me beg Andy to finally answer that question about David and Goliath. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m., church library (featuring Bodo's bagels/cream cheese and Shenandoah Joe's coffee). The next meeting is November 30!
Morning Prayer - St. Paul's is now offering Morning Prayer weekdays at 8 a.m. with ministry intern Joe Lenow. Come begin your day with this peaceful, reflective service - and then join us afterward for some free gourmet coffee. Monday-Friday, in the choir loft; the service lasts around 20 minutes. We hope to see you! Note: there will be no morning prayer on November 24-25 and December 26-30.
Christmas Pageant - "Carriers of the Light", the Christmas Pageant for this year, will be held on the 11th of December during the 10 o'clock service. All boys and girls who are interested in participating in the candle- lighting musical by Anna Laura Page and Jean Shafferman are welcome to join us for the rehearsals every Sunday. The rehearsals will take place in the Church School wing immediately after the 10 o'clock service. For more info, contact Albrecht von Gaudecker (434) 296-6748.
The St. Paul’s Memorial Acolyte Team is excited to announce a new program: The Acolyte Family Plan!!!
Yes, now parents who would like to acolyte with their children will be able to be Servers and Crucifers.
Annual Messiah Sing-in – The McIntire Department of Music presents the 44th Annual Messiah Sing-in, on Tue., Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. The Sing-In, conducted by Donald Loach, benefits the University’s choral ensembles. Tickets are $8, and are available by calling the Cabell Hall Box Office at (434) 924-3376.
Ministry Beyond our Walls - It is with both sadness and gratitude that we bid farewell to Joan and Don Burchell, who are moving to Florida. Joan has rendered much service to St. Paul's, having served as chair of the Flower Guild, and most recently as chair of our "Ministry Beyond Our Walls" (MBOW) team that organizes our outreach ministries in the community. She has brought great skill and enthusiasm and new ideas to this ministry that have blessed many. The leadership of MBOW will pass to John Frazee, who has been long involved in our outreach ministries and has agreed to take on the chair. John most recently served for two years as president of IMPACT, the inter-faith organization we are involved with that works in social justice issues in the community. We are very fortunate to have John's experience and organization skill to continue this tremendous tradition at St. Paul's of involvement in the community especially with people who are on the margins of our society.
Yule Log Hunt at Ash Lawn on Sunday January 8, 2012, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. – Please save the date.
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Christmas Memorials or Appreciations – Please use the form below to order a Christmas poinsettia to remember or honor a loved one or friend. The poinsettias will be used to decorate St. Paul’s and to add to the beauty of our worship during this joyous season. A $25 contribution is suggested. Please return this form by December 20:
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This memorial is (circle one) in memory of / in thanksgiving for ___________________
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 14:00