St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter
Telephone: 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org April 13, 2011
Adult Ed - Please join us in the Parish Hall after the 10 a.m. service this Sunday (4/17) when Jim and Heather will continue our discussion on same-sex blessings while specifically focusing on ceremonies currently in use in various parts of the country.
Congratulations to Sally Cary Booker and John Allan James who were married at St Paul's on April 2, 2011.
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.
Liturgical Notes - Palm Sunday – We mark the beginning of Holy Week with a procession of palms, remembering again how Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. The liturgy continues with a gospel lesson remembering his last supper with his disciples. In past years, the entire Passion narrative was read, in effect putting all of the events of Holy Week into a single Sunday. This year, we will read a shortened gospel lesson, ending just before the betrayal of Jesus. It is our hope you will come experience the rest of the story as it unfolds at each of our liturgies in Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and the Great Vigil of Easter.
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.
Lenten confessions - Do you have a stone on your heart, something that is weighing you down? Come claim the forgiveness that is yours by making a personal and confidential confession during Lent with one of our priests. Private confession and absolution is especially appropriate in Lent as one of the sacraments of the Episcopal Church, called "The Reconciliation of a Penitent" on BCP p. 447. It is a powerful liturgy for priest and penitent, and ends with the proclamation of forgiveness and restoration "in the perfect peace of the Church." You can make an appointment for private confession with a priest by calling the office on weekdays. We will also have priests available during Holy Week (April 17-23) and on the afternoon of Good Friday April 22.
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 (4/20) at the 5:30 p.m. service when Janet Legro will be our guest homilist. Our weekly community night dinner and education offerings follow the service.
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.
Michael J Smith will speak on "United Nations Peacekeeping" this Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the next chapter meeting of the local United Nations Association at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 717 Rugby Rd. Michael Smith is the Thomas C. Sorenson Professor of Political and Social Thought and Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. He teaches courses on human rights, political thought and ethics and international relations. He was a member of the United Nations International Commission on Sovereignty and Intervention. All are invited to this important presentation. Refreshments will be served.
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Easter Lily Memorials or Appreciations
Remember a loved one and beautify our Easter worship with an Easter Lily plant. A $25 contribution is suggested. The deadline for returning the form to the office is Monday, April 18.
Your name: _______________________________________
E-mail or phone number: ____________________________
This memorial is (circle one) in honor of / in memory of _____________________________________
A check is attached for $ ____________