The Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 6, 2007
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist I with Homily
10:00 a.m. Rite 13 Ceremony and Holy Eucharist II with sermon by youth preachers
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist II with Hymns
Scripture for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35
Collect for Sunday: Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Thanks to all who are scheduled to serve this Sunday:
Altar Guild: Lossie Wilkerson, Kathy Kayser, and Louise Gallagher
Flower Guild: Barbara von Storch, Lori Randle, and Ellie Whiteley
Ushers: Tom McLernon, Barry Keith, Gwynn Crichton, Janeane Rodke, Max Davis, and Sterling Alexander
Lectors: Peter Buchanan and Fannie Louden
Chalice Bearers: Gwynn Crichton, Peter Dennison, Vickie Gottlob, Leslie Middleton, and Tony Potter
Acolytes and Candle Bearers: Lucy Hale, Reid Meador, Joy Carveth, Piper Carveth, Erin Clark, Maddie Hazard, and Mary Michael
Coffee Hour: Joey Roberts and Mary Struble
Canterbury Suppers: Mary Lee Webb, Jim and Sally Kauzlarich
St. Paul's Youth to lead worship and preach this Sunday May 6th - The theme is "Imagine a World without Poverty." Our service will be focused on the work of the "OneEpiscopalian" campaign to end poverty. The preachers will be Catherine Wilkerson, Grace Prestiy, and Robert Koeze, and the theme of our preaching, music and prayers will be "We Believe, We Recognize and We Commit." Also during the Youth Service the young people in our church who are 13 years old will be celebrating their movement into young adulthood with a Rite 13 Ceremony. This is a brief very moving service for parents, youth and the congregation. There will be a rehearsal for this ceremony on Saturday, May 5th from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m.
Picnic for Youth and Families following worship this Sunday – The youth group and their families are invited to a picnic immediately after church at Nicole and Bill Sherman’s home. Please bring either a side dish (A-L) or a dessert (M-Z) to share and a change of clothes for outdoor play.
Potluck Supper for the Episcopal Singles Partnership - We are having our May potluck supper at 6 p.m. this Sunday, May 6th, at the Lucia House behind the Church of Our Savior on East Rio Road. Please bring the beverage of your choice as well as a dish to share. We invite you to bring a friend as well! Please join us for food and fellowship with other singles from various Episcopal parishes in the area. Questions? Call Lindsay Lowdon, 434-295-8735.
Mother’s Day Breakfast - On Sunday, May 13th at St. Paul’s, Mother’s Day will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. with a sit down breakfast in the parish hall for all mothers. (Fathers and children are asked to bring pastries and help serve).
The Gay Straight Concerns Group will hold its regular meeting this Sunday, May 6th after the service.
The Gay Straight Concerns Group also presents “Lesbian and Gay parishioners sharing their stories: A Panel Discussion”. Please join us for Adult Education on Sunday, May 13th after the 10 a.m. worship service for a moderated panel discussion in which three parishioners will share their experience of “coming out” in the context of their church community, followed by questions and open discussion.
Heifer Project Bake Sale – The last bake sale to benefit the Heifer Project will be this Sunday, May 6th. All church school families are invited to bring in goodies to sell as well as be ready to buy some tasty treats to help us reach our goal of exceeding last year’s donation to Heifer. Many thanks to all who have brought in their arks, but it is not too late. We will send in our donation in June so keep filling them until you can bring them in.
Senior High Youth Group Parents’ Night Out – On Saturday, May 12th, from 6-10 p.m. at the church, the Senior High Youth Group is offering an evening of babysitting to raise money for their pilgrimage to Puerto Rico. It will be a fun night, with dinner, snacks, games and story time. The cost is $30 per child for the evening ($10 for each additional child per family); infants through 12-year-olds are welcome. This is an experienced group of babysitters! (But there will be adults on hand to supervise). Parents, go out and enjoy, and help our pilgrims get to Puerto Rico! Call the Church Office at 295-2156 to reserve a spot so we know how many children to expect.
Playground Update – The playground plans will come to fruition over the summer! Plans are posted for your perusal near the piano in the parish hall. The playground will be fully usable until after Vacation Bible School at the end of June, but some minor deconstruction will begin the morning of May 26th. For more information, please contact Cindy Cartwright 295-6327.
Curriculum Task-force – A committee is exploring new curricula for pre-k through 5th grade Christian education at St. Paul’s. The Curriculum Task-force has met twice to divide up some of our research efforts. If you have ideas or questions, please contact Jenny Gladding at Jennygladding@aol.com.
United Thank Offering Ingathering Next Sunday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m. – The goals of UTO are expressed in its mission statement: ‘The United Thank Offering is a joyful witness to Christ’s presence within us by sharing our blessings; a reverent and thoughtful giving of thanks to God; the forming of loving bonds that unite us into one community in Christ.” The funds are used to help Virginian neighbors and people all over the world, including grants for disadvantaged persons, places and organizations. Please notice there are blue UTO boxes in the Narthex and the blue UTO envelopes (in the pews this Sunday) should be returned to St. Paul’s May 13th. Checks should be made to St. Paul’s (UTO).
Friends in Deed welcomes volunteers to aid fellow parishioners who could help with food, transportation, visits, errands, etc. If you would like to participate, please contact Sue Rainey 293-4979; Brenda Peterson, 823-1710, or Alice MacInnis, 977-8666. We communicate primarily by e-mail. Also, if you know of someone who could use our assistance, please call one of the coordinators, one of the clergy, or the church office.
An Update on Parking at St. Paul’s - Copies of the updated “Book of Common Parking” are available in the Narthex and the Chancellor St. Hallway. First time visitors (and those who are interested in St. Paul’s and come with friends) are encouraged to park in the three first time visitor spaces facing the church. St. Paul’s parishioners are able to park without charge in the College Inn lot until 12:15 p.m. Please bring the lot attendant a signed bulletin as you leave the lot. Other places include the Bank of America lot and underneath the deck on Elliewood Ave. We also have use of the lot adjacent to Madison Bowl, the lot behind Madison Hall, several spaces along Hospital Driveand the 14th St. Parking Garage (again, bring a signed bulletin to the attendant.) Tell people you invite to St. Paul’s about the first time visitor spaces that are available in the parking lot off Chancellor Street behind Bank of America. We hear from many people that they never learn of these spaces until after they have attended for two or three times.
Church Directory Revision
Back Door Project – St. Paul’s will be under construction again this summer. The alley entrance will be cleaned up, dressed up, and made much more inviting to the many parishioners who use this entrance. With a fully handicapped accessible door and a small covered porch, our new back door will serve as the primary handicapped entrance.
Building Goodness Foundation – On Wednesday, May 9th, Live Arts will perform the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire” to benefit the Building Goodness Foundation. Call the BGF office at 973-0993 for details.
Executive Committee – The Executive Committee is meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 8th in the library at St. Paul’s.