Telephone 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org October 17, 2007
The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 21, 2007
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist I with Homily
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist II with Sermon by Alan Mead
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist II with Hymns
Collect for Sunday – Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Thanks to all who are scheduled to serve this Sunday:
Acolytes and Candle Bearers – Robert Koeze, Ellen Frierson, Emma Koeze, Juliet Halvorson-Taylor, Meg Legro, Susannah Morrell, and Elizabeth Zimmermann
Altar Guild – Speedy Larsen, Susan Cluett, and Beth Evans
Lectors – Dabney Waring and Paul Bushrow
Flower Guild – Lucy Byrd Pegau and Alice MacInnis
Ushers – David Cooke, Speedy Larsen, Chris and Arlene Lee, Liz Courain, and David Lee
Chalice Bearers – Leslie Ashamu, Katherine Dougherty, Vickie Gottlob, LaVahn Hoh, and Jane Rotch
Adult Education this week – “Sunday with Our Scholars” continues this week with a presentation by Heather Warren, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UVA, entitled “We Rode the Bus.” Her talk will be drawn from a book she is writing about Christianity and desegregation, based in part on her personal experiences as a middle school student bused to inner city schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Heather is an ordained Methodist minister and teaches the history of American religion at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Please join us in the chapel following the 10 a.m. worship service.
Stewardship – The Fall Commitment Program Committee thanks the many of you who have already returned your pledge cards. We encourage everyone - whether you have made a pledge yet or not - to come to a home meeting. These meetings are an opportunity to introduce yourself to others, to get to know fellow parishioners, and to read and discuss together a passage from the Bible. Please call your host if you can attend their meeting or contact the church office (295-2156) if you would like to reschedule to another meeting that better suits your and your family's schedule.
New Date For Families With Young Children Potluck Dinner – Our next dinner is this Saturday, October 20th, at Steve and Stephanie Bolton's house. Please call them at 295-5081 for directions and to find out what to bring.
Coming Soon for Church School Families: Halloween Pizza Supper and Pinata Party – On Wednesday, October 31st, at 6 pm, join us in the parish hall after trick-or-treating on the UVA Lawn. Food, fun, and fellowship.
United Nations Day – The local chapter of the United Nations Association cordially invites you to celebrate United Nations Day with us at a festive dinner and fundraiser at the Unitarian Church on Rugby Rd., Wednesday, October 24th. Call Helen Reynolds for information (296-0673).
Acolyte Training and a Pizza Luncheon – The acolyte coordinators will conduct training this Sunday after the 10 a.m. service, with a pizza party to follow at approximately noon. Parents should pick up students between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m.
Highlights of the October Vestry Meeting – The Treasurer's report showed the parish to be in good shape financially for the year to date. The Annual Commitment campaign has gone well, with positive feedback from the cottage meetings and good results so far both in the number and the total amount of pledges. The Search Committee is researching a number of candidates. The Personnel Committee will soon complete an organizational chart, job descriptions for staff, employees' manuals, and performance evaluation forms. The Vestry began a two-part discussion of long range planning (both architectural and financial) for the renovation of our property to meet the present and future needs of the parish, particularly in the areas of parking, large meeting spaces, and educational facilities. The Vestry agreed on the necessity of seeking professional planning advice. The Nominating Committee for next year's vestry class of six will be actively seeking nominees until November 11. The committee will seek to publicize the names, pictures, and backgrounds of the candidates through a number of channels, including the parish website. The Vestry is tentatively planning a two-day planning and team-building retreat for late March.
2nd Annual Alternative Gift Market – Give the world a gift! On Sunday, November 18th, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m., join us for the annual alternative gift market complete with a luncheon including a children’s menu. Local charities represented are the Free Clinic, the African Development Project, the Emergency Food Bank, and Episcopal Relief & Development.
Suggestions for the Vestry Nominating Committee – The Vestry Nominating Committee is beginning the process of coming up with a slate of candidates for election by St. Paul’s parishioners on January 27, 2008. We invite your input. Forms to be used to nominate individuals are available in the Narthex. Please list the names of any parishioners you think would make good Vestry members and add a brief statement explaining why. Consider those faithful members of the community who have been involved in parish life and have shown leadership and the ability to work with others. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry yourself, please write your own name on the form. We seek a balance of ages, talents, and experience. We will be electing six Vestry members on Jan. 27th, each for a three-year term, from a slate of 10-12 candidates. The committee will consider all suggestions, but please keep in mind that not all those suggested will be nominated at this time. Please put your form in the collection plate or mail it to the church office. Deadline for suggestions: November 11. This will give the Committee time to deliberate, contact candidates, and prepare informational materials for the election. Suggestions received after the deadline will be held for consideration next year.
Capps Lectures in Christian Theology – Everyone is invited to attend two very special upcoming lectures. Professor John de Gruchy of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is coming to Charlottesville to deliver the Fourth Annual Capps Lectures in Christian Theology:
"Christian Identity amidst Global Contradictions"
November 6, 2007, at 6:00 pm in the Dome Room of the Rotunda
"Christian Humanism against Fundamentalism & Secularism"
November 7, 2007, at 6:00 pm at St. Paul's Memorial Church
John de Gruchy is the Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa; head of the Research Institute on Christianity in South Africa and author of numerous books, including: Reconciliation: Restoring Justice; Christianity and Democracy and his most recent book, Confessions of a Christian Humanist. The lectures are FREE and OPEN to the public. Seating is on a first come/first serve basis. Co-Sponsored by Theological Horizons, The Project on Lived Theology, and the UVa Deptartment of Religious Studies.
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2007 Commitment Campaign – Thanks to all who have pledged so far. If you have not yet pledged, please use the pledge card below and mail it to: St. Paul’s Memorial Church, 1700 University Avenue, Charlottesville 22903, or call the church office (295-2156) and we will mail you one.