Telephone 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org March 21, 2007
Schedule for Sunday, March 25, 2007 ~ The Fifth Sunday in Lent
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Homily
9:00 a.m. Senior Choir Rehearsal
9:45 a.m. Church School Begins
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist II with Sermon
11:15 a.m. Adult Education in the Chapel
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
Scripture: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Luke 20:9-19
Adult Education Series of Talks on Poverty ~ The program will take place in the chapel following the Sunday service. ”Blessed are the poor: A series on poverty from Haiti to Hale County, Alabama to 10th and Page”
March 25 "Haiti’s Predicament," Dr. Robert Fatton, Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics, UVa. Robert Fatton is the Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He also served as Chair of the Department of Politics from 1997-2004. He is the author of several books and scholarly articles including Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy, Black Consciousness in South Africa, The Making of a Liberal Democracy: Senegal’s Passive Revolution, and Perdatory Rule: State and Civil Society in Africa. He is co-editor with R.K. Ramazani of The Future of Liberal Democracy: Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World. Born and raised in Haiti, now an American citizen, he attended Goshen College, Indiana, and holds Masters and Doctoral degrees from Notre Dame, Indiana.
Ask Congress to Improve the Farm Bill ~ This year’s Bread for the World Offering of Letters is an important part of the ONE Campaign. It concerns the US Farm Bill, critically important legislation now up for renewal and in need of reform to serve better both our farming community and the Millennium Development Goals for eradicating poverty world-wide. The problems are:
(1)Subsidies go unfairly to mainly large wealthy farms causing them to over-produce grains and cotton which then flood markets in poor countries, undercutting millions of small local farmers and devastating their families.
(2) Many impoverished American farming communities and two thirds of US farmers lack needed support.
(3) The US Food Stamp program, part of the Farm bill, is under funded leaving millions of poor Americans malnourished.
(4) Important land use and conservation issues are neglected.
Our representatives in Congress say they are strongly influenced by multiple hand-written letters on bills being considered. On Palm Sunday please come to tables in the Parish Hall after the service to write to your congressman and senators urging reform of the Farm Bill. It takes two minutes to write a letter with sample letters provided as guides. Details are available at www.bread.org
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Palm Sunday April 1st , Services at 8:00, 10:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m. with the Liturgy of the Palms Palm Sunday is called the "Sunday of the Passion" because the Gospel Passion story is read by appointed readers and the congregation. We will read from Luke this year since we are in Cycle C of the Biblical Lectionary.
Wednesday in Holy Week, April 4th , 5:30 p.m. Taizé Eucharist in the Chapel
6:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study with Mt. Zion First African Baptist
Church, at Mt. Zion
Maundy Thursday, April 5th
12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist II in the Church with Homily – the Rev. David McIlhiney
The 7:30 p.m. service celebrates Jesus' institution of the Holy Eucharist on the night before his death. Representatives of the congregation will have their feet washed to act out the Gospel story of Jesus washing his disciples' feet. At the end of the service the altars are stripped of all ornamentation in preparation for Good Friday.
Good Friday, April 6th
12:00 Noon. Good Friday Liturgy - (Approximately one hour) The service will include hymns and a reading of the Passion Narrative according to John. Please try to enter and leave during a hymn.
7:30 p.m. The Way of the Cross in the Church. In this devotional service the congregation will process to various stations in the church for a liturgical retelling of Jesus' journey to Calvary. This ancient rite began with pilgrims going to Jerusalem to walk the Way of the Cross to Golgotha.
Holy Saturday, April 7th 7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter and Holy Eucharist. On Holy Saturday, Easter Eve, we will celebrate one of the most ancient and sacred rites of the Liturgical Church, the Easter Vigil. The Easter Vigil begins outside at the Memorial Garden with the lighting of the Paschal Candle, followed by entry into the church and the first Eucharist of Easter. The service includes readings, which recall the original vigil customs of reading much of the Old Testament throughout the night, Holy Baptism, and ringing of handbells during the “Gloria”.
Easter Sunday Services 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Hymns and Homily
9:15 a.m. Festival Service, Holy Eucharist II with Sermon
11:15 a.m. Festival Service, Holy Eucharist I with Sermon
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist II with Homily and Hymns
Attention Choir Chimers and Handbell Ringers ~ Now is a good time to learn the art of handbell ringing with our Choir Chimers. We have a few open spaces for boys and girls, from grade 4 and up. No experience is necessary. Come join the fun on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Call Rosalean Whalley, Director at 295-8642 for further information.
Search Committee Update ~ Please check out the Search Committee's webpage to read about the committee's current work and activities. The webpage also includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions about our rector search and an overview of the search process. To get to this webpage: go to www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org, click on the Search & Transition menu, and then click on Search Committee. Take a look!
Parents of Young Children Pot Luck Dinner ~ This Saturday, March 24th, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Alice and Simeon Fitch. Please plan to come! To RSVP and for directions call Alice and Simeon at 296-8989
The Early Music Group, “Mira”, to perform Evensong this Sunday, March 25th, at 4:00 p.m. in the church.
Easter Memorial Flowers ~ Giving Easter flowers for the church is an important way to remember someone who has died, or to give thanks for a special blessing. Names for memorials or thanksgivings must be in the parish office by Monday, April 2nd . A lily can be purchased for about $10, though donations of any size are gratefully accepted. Please return the form below.
In Memory of____________________________________________________________
In Thanksgiving for________________________________________________________