St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter
Telephone: 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org August 23, 2010
Pastoral Emergency: 806-9069
Rector’s Blog – Join in the conversation with Rector Jim. You are invited to join each day in conversation on Rector Jim's blog Fiat Lux. Jim updates it every day. You can reach it by clicking http://spmcrector.blogspot.com/
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - August 29, 2010
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist I with Homily
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist II with Hymns and Sermon
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist II with Homily
Pastoral Notes – Condolences of the parish to Carol Buckner upon the death of her mother, Lila Waddington.
Welcome Back Sunday for the University of Virginia: New President of the University to preach - We will be holding our annual Convocation Service this Sunday, August 29, at 10 am, to welcome back and celebrate our deep connections to the University of Virginia. We are inviting faculty and staff, both current and emeritus, to wear academic gowns. And we are honored to have a very special guest preacher that morning: Dr. Teresa Sullivan, the new president of the University. Please come for this very special Sunday.
Reel Theology: Summer films and theological reflections
The remaining lineup:
Aug. 25 - Being There, PG, 130 minutes (we will probably skip the credits and outtakes at the end)
Sept. 1 - Whale Rider, PG13, 101 minutes
Bishop Shannon Johnston will host a series of meetings this fall to listen to people from the Diocese of Virginia about the topic of same-gender blessings. It is crucially important that you go to a meeting and speak up respectfully. And listen. Here is the schedule:
Sept. 29, Calvary, Front Royal, 7-9 p.m.
Oct. 13, St. Paul's, Ivy, 7-9 p.m.
Oct. 27, St. Alban's, Annandale, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Nov. 3, St. John's, Tappahannock, 4-6 p.m.
Nov. 17, Richmond (Location TBA), 7-9 p.m.
Adult Sunday Forums this Fall at St. Paul’s:
Voices of Prayer: Exploring Our Spiritual Toolbox – Join us this fall for a series of forums following our 10 am worship service as we explore the treasures in our spiritual toolbox. We will look at familiar and unfamiliar corners of our Book of Common Prayer and other Episcopal and Anglican prayer traditions, and also branch out into other forms of prayer beyond our tradition. These forums also represent a personal odyssey as we ask each of our speakers to share with us about the foundations of their own prayer life. Rector Jim Richardson will begin the series on Sept. 26, followed by Associate Rector Ann Willms the next Sunday, with other guest speakers to follow. We will take a time-out on several Sundays for topical forums on current issues facing our church and the world.
Coming this Fall at community night…
The Entire Bible in Twelve Nights – The Bible is foundational to our faith, but what do we know of the people who wrote it and how they meant it to be read? How can we access these very ancient texts written in languages not our own? Join Rector Jim for a survey of the Bible – all of it – in 12 nights. Assisted by lectures and documentary film, we will talk about the major theological motifs and themes, the original languages (and the pitfalls of translation), current biblical scholarship, and give you a few tools to help you read and interpret the Bible.
Large Print Bulletins - We now have large print editions of the Sunday bulletin. Please ask an usher if you would like one.
The Interfaith Center for Public Policy, in partnership with the Virginia United Methodist Conference, is hosting a series of Economic Justice Regional Workshops to address the issues of unemployment and alternatives to predatory lending. Workshops are free and open to all. The workshop will be held Saturday, September 11 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Roanoke from 10:00 am - noon. Beyond Our Walls Ministries would like to gauge the interest in attending these workshops so that a possible carpool could be organized. If you are interested please contact Joan Burchell (
The Martha's Guild Wants You!
Remember the Bible story where Mary sat lovingly at Jesus's feet, while her sister Martha busily made all the preparations for His visit? Are you perhaps a Martha? If so, the St. Paul's Hospitality Committee "Martha's Guild" invites you to join us! This committee hosts various parish receptions and events during the year. There is a place for everyone in this organization. We need all sorts of helping hands.
Our goal is a short time commitment per event with duties divided among many. Fun is guaranteed! Please call or email if you are interested in being added to our list and to be invited soon to an organizing get-together. Men, women, Marys and Marthas are all welcomed! Please contact: Tara Little 434-996-4466
, Jane Butler 434-963-4885
, Maggie Bourgeois 434-293-5688
The 2010 Vestry Nominating Committee begins its work this summer. Committee members include 2 members from each Vestry class: Tara Little ('12), Chair, Dudley Rochester ('10), Sandy Gilliam ('10), Bill Wilkerson ('11), Pam Dennison ('11), Anna Askounis ('12); and 3 At-Large members: Margaret Haupt, Stephanie Bolton and Robert Viccellio. The committee will provide ongoing updates about our work and how you can help us create the slate of candidates for the Vestry class of 2013.
St. Paul's has a wide array of ministry opportunities available to all members. During the month of September, the committees especially invite you to sign up to participate in these worthwhile ministries for the coming year. Please stop by the tables in the Parish Hall before and after each service during September.
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. - 1 Peter 4:10
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and its Committee on the Stewardship of Creation will host a Water Workshop on Saturday, September 18, 2010. The event will be at the Church of St. James-the-Less in Ashland, Virginia, from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Registration begins at 9 AM, the Plenary Session is from 10 AM to 12 PM, followed by lunch and breakout sessions from 1-2 PM, and a Summary Session from 2-3 PM.
Plenary speakers are Dudley Rochester on the Global Water Crisis, Scott Kudlas of Virginia DEQ on the Current Water Status in Virginia, and Frank Fletcher PhD on Virginia Water Supply and Sustainability.
The Registration Fee is $15.00, which includes lunch. Contact Dudley Rochester,
, if you are interested in attending the Water Workshop