St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter
Telephone: 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org April 21, 2011
Pastoral Emergency: 806-9069
Liturgical Notes - The Great Vigil of Easter – Held Saturday April 23 at 7:30 p.m., this is the first celebration of Easter and the most important worship service of the year. The Great Vigil begins with the lighting of the Paschal fire outside the church doors; the congregation then proceeds into the church in darkness following the single large paschal candle lit for the first time at the fire. As the lessons are read, candles held by the congregation are lit. The lights brighten at the first proclamation of Easter. In the ancient church, the Vigil was held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day, and went all night. Ours is a good deal shorter.
Continuing the conversation on same-sex blessings - We've had a good response on our Sunday forums on the issues of marriage and same-sex blessings. We will repeat this series on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Community Night beginning May 4. We've attempted to give balanced presentations on the history, culture and theology of marriage, and an examination of what Scripture says (and doesn't say) about sexuality, blessings and marriage. If you missed our Sunday forums, please come. All points of view are welcome. We will also offer this as a one-day workshop on Saturday May 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a lunch break.
Japan Earthquake Response Fund: Following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck off the coast of Sendai, Japan, on March 11, Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Nippon Sei Ko Kei (NSKK; the Anglican Communion in Japan) in its initial response efforts. Please go to Episcopal Relief & Development's website, www.er-d.org, to learn more or to contribute to the Japan Earthquake Response Fund.
Community Night – Join us next Wednesday (4/27) at the 5:30 p.m. service when Lori Korleski Richardson will be our guest homilist. Our weekly community night dinner and education offerings follow the service (see below).
Linen Guild - Do you prefer to serve in an "invisible" ministry? If you do, St. Paul's Linen Guild needs you. Want more information? Please call Nancy Galloway at 973-2150, or Mary Carolyn Lawson at 906-6266.
Diagnosing and Treating Depression -- Region Ten Community Services Board is presenting a free community information session on Diagnosing and Treating Depression. The featured speaker is Anita Clayton, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia Medical Center, Medical Director Adult Out-Patient Clinic. The information session will be held on May 3, 2011, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., at the Region Ten Conference Center, 500 Old Lynchburg Rd. For more information, call 970-1453.
Shop and Share Our parish has responded generously to its April weekly food ingathering to assist the Greene County Food Pantry. Greene County continues to experience a very significant number of families who need food assistance. For many individuals, their access to unemployment insurance has expired, while they have remained unemployed or are now employed only part-time and at significantly reduced wages. For the month of May, please bring in weekly donations of Peanut Butter (a protein) and Applesauce (good for babies and seniors). If you are not able to bring food to church, please consider writing a check to St. Paul’s noting “Greene Food Pantry” on the memo line.