St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter
Telephone: 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org January 12, 2012
Pastoral Emergency: 806-9069
Adult Education this Sunday (1/15) - Jan. 15 “Will You Continue in the Apostles’ Teaching and Fellowship…? Will You Strive for Justice and Peace…and Respect the Dignity of Every Human Being?”: Christian History and Practices of Hospitality. Explore the rich legacy of Christian hospitality from the early church to the Middle Ages, the Protestant and Catholic social gospel movements, and contemporary practices with attention to the ways the expressions of hospitality correlate with ideas about what it means to be the people of God.
Youth Confirmation Class ? Confirmation classes will begin on Sunday, January 22.
Habitat for Humanity - Region 15 churches have lots to do at the duplexes and the beginning stages of the condos at Sunrise this Saturday, the 14th, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring water utensil and your lunch this Saturday. All are welcome, and you'll be fitted into a crew. If you come later, come between 11:45 - 12:30. Please don't let us turn up empty handed for building these new condos. The townhouses are finished! Likewise, the Habitat office rehab. And our Region 15 Sunrise townhouse dedication is at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 28th!
Discovering God’s Questions, Listening for Answers: A special workshop for discernment of God’s vision for our parish - Join Rector Jim Richardson on Saturday Jan. 21 from 9 am to noon for a workshop as we discover together what God is calling us to do and be in our next century. The method we will use was developed by the “Emergent Church” movement and is based on the idea that sometimes we can hear God in our questions rather than in the certainty of our own answers. We will spend our morning in prayer, conversation and questions about our future. Come ready for the possibility of surprise. The method has been successful used by the Diocese of Virginia for small groups and planning retreats.
Parking - Recently the parking lots under the parking deck on Elliewood Avenue and behind the Ragged Mountain Running Shop have gone "automated" and eliminated their attendants. As a result, people parking in those locations need to have a parking permit to place in their dashboards. Permits are available in the church office or from an usher on Sunday. In addition, for the next several weeks, we have hired an attendant to be on the lot and distribute parking permits to those coming to St. Paul's. Call the office if you have any questions.
Stephen Ministry Update: Here is what our Stephen Ministers are studying this week. Continue to pray for our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers as Stephen Minister training nears completion. Session Sixteen—Bringing the Caring Relationship to a Close. Stephen Ministry relationships go on until the crisis is past, the need for care is diminished (not necessarily completely over), and the care receiver is able to cope on his or her own. In this session our Stephen Ministers explore how to know when it is time to bring closure to a caring relationship—and how to do so in a healthy way.
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!
Community Night on January 18 - Join us for a showing of the Documentary Film: “I am” An entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: What’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The filmmaker is Tom Shadyac, creative force behind such comedy blockbusters as “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.” Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how we can improve the world. Meeting with a variety of thinkers and doers–remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, and faith–including such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch – Shadyac asks tough questions, but offers no easy answers, he takes the audience to places it has never been before, and presents even familiar phenomena in completely new and different ways. The result is a fresh, energetic, and life-affirming film that challenges our preconceptions about human behavior while simultaneously celebrating the indomitable human spirit.
Vestry Nominations - The Vestry Nominations Committee (Tara Little, Chairperson, Jane Butler, Pam Dennison, Sandy Gilliam, Vickie Gottlob, Margaret Haupt, Lila Lassetter, Robert Viccellio, and Bill Wilkerson) is extremely pleased to present the following slate of candidates for the Vestry Class of 2014:
Annual meeting and election of Vestry – This year’s annual meeting will be on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 6 p.m. The balloting for Vestry members will be conducted much as it was conducted last year. Ballots will be available on Friday Jan. 20 in the office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at St. Paul's on January 22 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through the start of the Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. A "themed table" potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m. and child care will be available. You can sign up for the dinner by calling the office or adding your name to a sign-up sheet available in the Parish Hall..
Poinsettias: Free to a Good Home - The Flower Guild offers the poinsettias in the Parish Hall windows to anyone who would like to take one home.
Lost and Found – The St. Paul's office maintains a Lost and Found box, and it is overflowing! If you are missing something that you think you may have left at church, look for it on a table in the Parish Hall this Sunday. All unclaimed materials will be taken to the Goodwill once they have been in the lost and found for more than six months.
Discerning God’s Call – Claiming God’s Vision
Congregational conversations with friends to shape our life together at St. Paul’s
Over the next several weeks, we are offering a variety of opportunities for a congregation-wide discourse focused on our hopes and dreams for St. Paul’s. Attention to scripture and tradition as well as our own rich and diverse life experiences will help us to identify the best parts of the past and to use them to envision and create a hopeful and fruitful future.
There are three ways to participate and we encourage you to join in as many as you want and your time permits:
1. Listening Groups – Discussion groups of 8 to 12 people, led by a facilitator and recorder and lasting about an hour. These will be offered from January 29 – February 12 on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Sunday afternoon at 3:45 p.m., and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
2. Personal Spiritual Practice – A 10-day personal meditation practice and journaling based on selected scripture. Participants will gather at an initial meeting on Sunday, January 22 at 11:30 a.m., to receive information and will gather two weeks later, on Sunday, February 5 at 11:30 a.m. to share insights gained from the practice.
3. Discovering God’s Questions, Listening for Answers – A Saturday morning session, facilitated by Jim Richardson, based on a process developed by the “Emergent Church” and used by the Diocese in discernment and planning. This will be held on Saturday, January 21, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at St. Paul’s.
Sign up here or on line (http://stpaulsmemorialchurch.org/learn/discerning-gods-call-sign-up-form.html)
Name _____________________________ email address __________________________________
Sunday, Jan. 29 8:45 a.m.________ 11:30 a.m. _______ 3:45 p.m. _______
Wednesday, Feb. 1 7:00 p.m.________
Sunday, Feb. 5 8:45 a.m. ________ 11:30 a.m. ________ 3:45 p.m.________
Wednesday, Feb. 8 7:00 p.m. ________
Sunday, Feb 12 8:45 a.m. ________ 11:30 a.m. _________ 3:45 p.m. ________
Personal Spiritual Practice
Sunday, Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m. __________
Discovering God’s Questions, Listening for Answers
Saturday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ________________
Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2012 11:05