Telephone 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org March 7, 2007
Schedule for Sunday, March 11, 2007 ~ The Third 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
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9
Eastern Daylight Time Begins This Sunday.
Don’t Forget to Move Your Clocks Forward One Hour Saturday Night.
Bishop Jones to Visit St. Paul’s this Sunday
The Right Reverend David Jones, Bishop Suffragan of our diocese, will be at St. Paul’s for Confirmation and Reception this Sunday, March 11th . Following the 10:00 a.m. service there will be a reception for the Bishop and Confirmands. If you are to be Confirmed or Received be sure your forms are in the church office. The class will meet with Bishop Jones at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning in the lounge.
The word “Episcopal” comes from the New Testament Greek meaning “bishop” or “overseer”. For centuries the Episcopal Church has found its historic identity and continuity in the role of bishops as the overseers of parishes in a geographical area known as a “diocese”. The Diocese of Virginia stretches from the Shenandoah Valley to the Northern Neck, and from Northern Virginia to Richmond, representing 187 parishes. Our bishops represent a link with the other parishes in the diocese as well as the National Church and the International Anglican Communion.Church School children are invited to attend the service with their families to view the procession and receive the Bishop’s blessing, and then EITHER remain in church OR go to the Church School wing for storytime.
Grateful Thanks and Congratulations to Betsy Kennan on Her 20 Years at St. Paul’s ~ This month marks Parish Secretary, Betsy Kennan’s, 20 years at St. Paul’s. We all thank her for her joyful, faithful, dedicated and compassionate service. This has to be some kind of Parish Secretary record, at least here at St. Paul’s. We doubt if we can keep her for another 20 years! Please join us in thanking Betsy and celebrating this anniversary.
Support the Millennium Development Goals Through the UNA-USA Petition ~ The Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA will circulate a petition following the 10:00 am service asking the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle to become "ONE" localities (indicating endorsement of the Millennium Development Goals). St. Paul's has declared itself a ONE parish; now you can help spread the word about the importance of the Millennium Development Goals by indicating your support through this petition effort.
ON SUNDAY, March 18th, We Will Celebrate ONE SUNDAY and bring to our worship the concerns of the world, as reflected in the Millennium Development Goals. A special offering will be taken to symbolize our ONE commitment to eradicate poverty and hunger worldwide by 2015, provide primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat diseases, improve the environment, and form a global partnership for development. Pray for those who suffer.
The Adult Education Committee is Pleased to Announce a new upcoming series of five talks on poverty: ”Blessed are the poor: A series on poverty from Haiti to Hale County, Alabama to 10th and Page”
The program will take place in the chapel following the Sunday service March 18th through April 29th.
An upcoming lecture by Dr. Paul Farmer on March 13th (see next page) provides a most welcome preface to our series on poverty.
The Medical Center Hour ~ Dr. Paul Farmer, the Albert Schweitzer of this century, will speak in McLeod Hall Auditorium (at the Nursing School) this Monday, March 12th, at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Farmer, a Harvard-educated physician and anthropologist, works at the clinic he founded in rural Haiti, and is an internationally recognized expert on delivering health care to the very poor. Dr. Farmer has been awarded a MacArthur “genius grant” and is frequently mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Survey Results Available ~ Did ice and snow keep you away from the Search Committee's presentation of the parish survey results on February 25th ? Not to worry. Information from the two presentations is now posted in the parish hall, and there are hard copies available to take home if you wish. You can also request that a hard copy be mailed to you by calling the office at 295-2156.
Save the Date: Wednesday Evening, March 21: A Parish Conversation ~ The Search Committee invites you to take part in a parish-wide conversation about the qualities we look for in our future rector.
5:30 p.m. Taize Eucharist
6:15 p.m. Soup and Salad supper
7:00 – 8:00 Conversation Circles: “What attributes do we most want in our next rector?”
8:00 – 8:30 Circles share their conclusions with the whole group.
Following a brief introduction we will split into conversation circles. After introducing ourselves, each circle will choose someone to report for the group when we reconvene as a whole group. This forum is meant as a chance for us as a parish to listen to each other, not just share individual opinions, but get into real conversations, and go back and forth a bit on a subject which surely interests all of us.
The Search Committee has deliberately scheduled this forum in a midweek evening time, hoping to attract parishioners for whom 11:30 a.m. on Sundays is not convenient. Child care can be made available but must be requested in advance by rsvp'ing to Alice Fitch at 296-8989. The evening will be much more successful if we have many people rather than a few - we hope for a large crowd. Please come and encourage your friends to come. Please phone the office (295-2156) if you are coming for supper, but in any case do come for our Parish Conversation. - Jane Rotch for the Search Committee
Lenten Wednesdays at St. Paul’s 5:30 p.m. Taizé service in the Chapel
Through March 21st 6:15 p.m. Soup and Salad meal
- Congratulations and blessings to Saleem and Caroline Choudhury on the birth of a son, Oliver, on February 28th.
- Many thanks to all our children for making 204 Valentines for our Meals on Wheels neighbors and 155 Valentines for UVA Hospital Patients.
- The Iraqi Drive is Still Going Strong and any school supplies or children's clothing and small toys are welcome. We are really in need of money for mailing. Please send donations to the church office with an "Iraqi Drive" memo. Many, many thanks!
David Slezak welcomes singers for the Wednesday Taizé Eucharist ~ Wednesdays at 5 p.m., people may arrive who would like to learn vocal parts to the chants. Practice is informal. We sing immediately at the
5:30 p.m. Taizé Eucharist. Also welcome are adult or student violinists, flautists, or cello players. The music is not difficult. Attendance need not be regular. The singing and playing of Taizé chant meditation can be a prayerful experience for people of any age. Christians of many denominations appreciate the chant and the silence and the simple readings of the Taizé service.
David Slezak, a St. Paul's member, and a co-worker from Tandem Friends School are offering one or two weeks of a service "camp" for high school students, including rising ninth graders. June 11-15 we will travel to
Washington, D.C. for a week of service with agencies that help the needy. There will also be visits to government sites and fun evening activities. Cost: $425. June 18-22: A Service Day Camp in Charlottesville. Each day high school students will serve in a variety of venues including working with
the homeless and needy, the Rivanna Trail, community gardens, books for prisoners, and other worthwhile projects. There will be a learning component about issues of poverty in our city. Cost: $225. Please
call David Slezak 981-4161 for further information. Check also the website for Tandem Friends School's summer Spectrum program, high school section.
Greetings from the Supper with Singles Group! Please mark your calendars for another potluck dinner at the Lucia House behind Church of Our Savior, 1165 E. Rio Road. The date is this Sunday, March 11th , and the time is 6:00. Please bring a dish to share and the beverage of your choice. We welcome you and your single friends for food and fellowship. Questions? Call Lindsay Lowdon, 434-295-8735.
Room Reservations for Meetings ~ Please call the church office to check availability.
11 - 10:00 a.m. – Confirmation and Reception ~ the Rt. Rev. David Jones,
Suffragan Bishop of Virginia
14 - 12:00 Noon – Noontime Organ Recital ~ Albrecht von Gaudecker,
St. Paul’s organist
- 5:30 p.m. – Taizé service
6:15 p.m. – Lenten supper and program
18 - 10:00 a.m. – Service will highlight Millennium Development Goals
11:15 a.m. – Adult Education ~ “Poverty I”
3:00 p.m. – St. Anne’s – Belfield Choir performs. No charge, open to the public.
21 - 12:00 Noon – Noontime Organ Recital ~ Albrecht von Gaudecker, St. Paul’s organist
5:30 p.m. – Taizé service
6:15 p.m. – Lenten Supper
7:00 p.m. – Search Committee Congregational Discernment Meeting
25 - 11:15 a.m. – Adult Education ~ “Poverty II”
28 - 12:00 Noon – Noontime Organ Recital ~ Jim Sivley
6:00 p.m. – Joint Lenten Supper with Mt. Zion Baptist Church at St. Paul’s