St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter
Telephone: 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org February 10, 2011
PACEM - From Saturday, February 12 through Friday, February 25, St. Paul’s Memorial will serve as a safe, welcoming and sheltering refuge for homeless women in our community.
Wednesday Night Homilist – Join us next Wednesday (2/16) at the 5:30 p.m. service when Ashley Faulkner will be our guest homilist. Our weekly community night dinner and education offerings follow the service.
IMPACT - Please make plans NOW to attend the Nehemiah Action (the big meeting) on Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at U Hall. For more information, contact John Frazee, Christie Thomas or Margaret Victoria Lee.
Lenten Retreat: Finding our peace in his will – Koinonia of Charlottesville is sponsoring a Lenten Retreat at St. Paul’s on Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. until noon. As we move into Lent, Margaret Guenther will offer Meditations on a few lines of T.S. Eliot’s “Ash Wednesday.”
Blessed sister, holy mother, spirit of the fountain, spirit of the garden,
Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks
Our peace in His will
And even among these rocks
And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea,
Suffer me not to be separated
And let my cry come unto Thee.
Guided by the poem, participants will reflect on the deceptively simple challenges of Lent – to care and not to care, to sit still amid the rocks in a frantically busy world, to let go and find our peace in God’s will. The retreat is free and open to all, but we do ask that you call the St. Paul’s office to reserve a space.
Concert by the Catholic University of America Chamber Choir - On Friday, Feb. 18, St. Paul’s will host the Catholic University of America Chamber Choir, for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. The concert is being presented by the St. Anselm Institute, an intellectual Catholic organization at the University of Virginia. The choir is conducted by the renowned Leo Nestor, and will perform works by Jakob Handl, Monteverdi, Howells, and Britten, along with music of American composers such as David Hurd and Gerald Near. Escape a winter’s evening with some treats for the ear, mind, and soul.
Jazz Mass - It’s Mardi Gras at St. Paul’s! Sort of. Sunday, Feb. 20, we will celebrate our first ever Jazz Mass at the 10 a.m. service. The jazz ensemble from our November centennial concert will be back to accompany our worship with jazzed-up hymns, fun sets, and a taste of New Orleans. Join us as we “sing a new song to the Lord” with a Jazz Mass!
Shrine Mont - Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for another wonderful weekend at Shrine Mont. This year's parish weekend will be held July 15-17. Watch for more details in the near future.
United Nations Association - The next United Nations Association Chapter meeting will feature Bruce Knotts, executive director of the Unitarian-Universalist United Nations Office. The title of his talk is "Defining Human Rights in the 21st Century at the United Nations". This meeting of the local chapter of the UNA-USA will be Sunday, February 20 at 3:00 PM. It is free and the public is invited. Please mark you calendars.
Flower Guild - JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING..... The St. Paul's Flower Guild will be selling packaged note cards that display beautiful examples of their handiwork. Cards will be available for sale in the Parish Hall immediately following the 10 a.m. service and in the Church office thereafter. These cards are perfect for gifts or for your own note writing as the Easter season approaches.
New Church Directory! Photo dates are now scheduled – March 3, 4 & 5 and March 16, 17, 18, & 19. Check your calendar! Beginning Sunday, February 13, and every Sunday thereafter, Wayne Nolen and Janet Hendrix will be in the social hall before and after church to sign you up for your photo appointment. Please participate! You will choose your directory photo within 15 minutes of your photo being taken. Get the best appointment to fit your schedule by signing up early.