St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter
Telephone: 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org May 3, 2012
Pastoral Emergency: 806-9069
Adult Education on May 6: Integrity, Charlottesville, the Episcopal organization promoting the full inclusion of all baptized people, including those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, presents lawyer and activist, Andre Hakes, discussing her personal experience with same-sex adoption. The trials and tribulations that Andre and her partner, Catherine, went through are particularly meaningful now that the Commonwealth of Virginia has made discrimination against LGBT persons seeking to adopt or foster children legal.
Outdoor Church Service and Parish Picnic – There will be no 10:00 a.m. service on May 20, UVa's Graduation Sunday. Instead, join us at McIntire Park (shelter #1) from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., for an outdoor church service followed by a parish picnic. Fried chicken and drinks are provided; other main dishes, sides, and desserts are potluck. Please bring a dish to share, your own plates/cups/utensils (to be kind to the environment), chairs if you would like to have them, and kites. There will be games and a piñata for the kids! Mark your calendars and join us for this fun family event.
Ordination of Rob Morris to the Transitional Diaconate - Robert Lee Morris will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Comforter in Richmond. Rob was sponsored for ordination by Church of Our Saviour, and we got to know him as an intern here at St. Paul's.
A New Community Night Offering from The Rev. Janet Legro - Three Bits of Wisdom to Guide Our Relationships: Wednesdays at 7 p.m., continuing May 9 & May 23. Using the teachings of the Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal priest, author and contemplative, we will look at three ways to free ourselves from judgement and attachment in our relationships. In other words, we will explore ways to free up our relationships - free for joy, compassion, and loving attention. The Rev. Bourgeault's work comes directly from the teachings of Jesus, the wisdom tradition, and the practice of Centering Prayer. We will spend Wednesday evenings together exploring these teachings, looking at examples from scripture and life, and finding ways to put them into practice. Janet will provide some brief readings to guide our conversations for those who would like to read along. Janet will also try to show some funny clips from the TV show, Modern Family, to highlight these teachings and have a little fun. Please join us any Wednesday evening you are able from 7 - 8:15 p.m.: May 9 and May 23. There will be no class on May 16th.
Community Night – Our final community night dinner and Wednesday evening service of this school year is May 23, 2012. The dinners and the Wednesday night services will resume in September.
News from St. Paul's Ivy - On Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m., the Rev. Eric Liles will be instituted as the new rector of St. Paul's Ivy.
Update on our Stephen Ministry - Pray for each other so that you may be healed (James 5: 16b).
Our Stephen Ministers will meet today for Continuing Education and Peer Supervision. We will be learning about caring for people before, during and after hospitalization.
Ministry Beyond Our Walls (MBOW) : Calling Bingo Callers! - Members of St. Paul's have been helping with monthly bingo games at Midway Manor (low income senior housing near downtown) for some time, and they are in need of a new caller. If you can spare 2 hours one day a month, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact Betty Kerner (202-0616) or John Frazee (242-0103) for more information.