Telephone 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org January 24, 2007
Schedule for Sunday, January 28, 2007 ~ Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany
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. Annual Meeting
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30
2007 Pledge Envelopes are available in the parish hall.
First Sundays Family Service News
We are responding to communicated desires of many parents of young children to find ways to intentionally incorporate children and their needs into worship on first Sunday when Church School does not meet. We have formed a committee to explore possibilities. One primary goal is to guide children into our Episcopal worship in ways that form within them a love of worship and liturgy in the Episcopal tradition. Toward this goal we seek on first Sundays to involve children by inviting them to the Holy Table to participate in a brief homily, by beginning to involve children (with family participation) in processing the elements at the Offertory, by having youth read one of the lessons and perhaps occasionally the Prayers of the People, and by having music that is inviting to those who are at the beginning stages of their musical skills and appreciation. Tracy Watterson, a new parishioner who is a teacher and who has worked with clergy in her former parish to develop meaningful children’s homilies on a monthly basis, is now offering her gift and skill here. Iris Potter is concurrently offering our traditional children’s time in the education wing for those children and families who desire that. We are trying to take intentionally small steps and invite feedback from everyone. There are only two more Sundays of “First Sunday” status, February 4th, and March 4th. The remaining first Sundays after that are specific event Sundays, and will follow the traditions that are already in place. So, on behalf of the committee, thank you for both your understanding in this process and for your thoughtful feedback.
Annual Parish Meeting and Vestry Election This Sunday, January 28th
St. Paul’s Annual Parish Meeting always takes place on the Sunday closest to the Feast Day of the Conversion of St. Paul following the 10:00 a.m. service. This year the day falls on January 28th. In addition to hearing various reports, seven Vestry members will be elected on the first ballot. Normally, the St. Paul’s Vestry is made up of three classes of six members each. The term of office is three years. However, this year we will elect six who will serve full three-year terms, and one who will serve two years (the unexpired term of Kelly S. Seaman). Voting will take place at the 8:00 a.m. service, the 10:00 a.m. service and the 5:30 p.m. service. All members of the parish 16 years of age or older are eligible to vote. Voters must choose a complete slate of seven. Votes are tallied by the Nominating Committee after the Annual Meeting ends (the Annual Meeting is taken to begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.). Child care will be provided for nursery aged children and Iris Potter will have activities forChurch School aged children. The seven candidates with the highest number of votes are the ones elected. During the week, the results will be communicated individually to each candidate by the Rector. Results will be announced to the parish the following Sunday at all three services.
In addition to calling the rector when there is a vacancy, the Vestry is responsible for finance, property, short and long term planning of the future program and role of the church, and reviews current and past effectiveness of parish activities. Vestry members are expected to attend monthly meetings (third Tuesday evenings), a spring retreat, take a leadership part in stewardship (including pledging to the parish budget), and to serve on one of the parish standing commissions. The 2007 Vestry Nominating Committee has assembled the slate below of the eleven highly qualified candidates to serve the Vestry for the next three-year or two-year term: Stephanie Bolton, Tom Daniel, Frank Featherston, Margaret Haupt, Deborah Healey, Doug Little, Karen Mawyer, Mildred Robinson, Louise Sinclair, Buck Smith, and Robert Tobey. Their biographies are listed here:
Stephanie Bolton and her husband, Steve, have been attending St. Paul's since 2003. She is currently serving on the newly formed Personnel Committee and the Social Justice Committee, volunteers with IMPACT and PACEM, and is active in the Young Families Dinner Group and the Wednesday Morning Bible Study. Stephanie and Steve have a 3-year-old son, Ian, who attends Church School.
Tom Daniel and his wife, Margery, have been members of St. Paul’s since 1984. At that time Tom relocated from private surgical practice in Richmond to Charlottesville to become a member of the Medical School faculty in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at UVA. Tom and Margery have three daughters who participated in St. Paul’s youth activities until leaving Charlottesville for college. Tom has participated in St. Paul’s parish life as an usher, a member of the Search Committee for Associate Rector, Wayne Ray, and as a member of the Vestry from1991 to1993.
Frank H. Featherston was an acolyte in this church while attending Lane High School and the University ofVirginia before beginning a twenty-nine year career in the Navy. Designated as a naval aviator, he was active in science and engineering matters and was the Deputy and Assistant Chief of Naval Research when he retired. He is graduate of the Naval Academy (BS), the Naval Postgraduate School (PhD) and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Margaret Haupt has been a member of St. Paul’s since 1994. She has supported the African Development Project for twenty years, served food for PACEM, prepared food for the Sunday evening service, and assisted the Youth Group. She has participated in weekly hymn sings and sewing projects with elderly parishioners, as well as offering musical events at several nursing facilities. She recently returned from a stint of volunteer work at Camp Coast Care in Mississippi, a joint Episcopal and Lutheran project for Katrina victims. Recently retired as a librarian at the Crozet Public Library, Margaret was a founder of the Charlottesville Waldorf School, and an assistant to the director of FOCUS. She has served as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Head Start. She and her husband, Rick, have three grown daughters.
Deborah Healey joined St. Paul's in 1985, and was on the vestry 1989-1992. She has served in a number of ways, currently as a lay reader, a chalice bearer, on the Flower Guild, and now on the University Commission. Deborah is a psychiatrist in practice downtown, and on the board of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.
Karen Mawyer is an attorney and works as a manager with LexisNexis in Charlottesville. She has been a member of St. Paul’s for 21 years, and completed EFM in 1992. Karen taught church school for a number of years while her children were young. For the last 7 years Karen and her husband Gary have coordinated St. Paul’s Thursday night dinners at the Salvation Army. Karen served a previous term on the Vestry in the early 90’s.
Mildred Robinson has been attending St. Paul's regularly since 2000 and became a member of St. Paul's in 2002. She is on the law school faculty at UVA. She and her late husband, Armstead, reared three children -- William and his wife Maiko live in Japan, Teressa and her husband Riley live in Philadelphia, and Allison who is a high school senior at CHS. She has taught in the Church School and she and Allison recently worked with PACEM . She currently works with the St. Paul's Social Justice Committee and the University Commission. She regularly serves as lay reader/intercessor.
Louise Sinclair was born in Charlottesville and was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Paul’s. She and husband, Rod, moved from Charlottesville, then back upon retirement in 2001. Louise completed the Education for Ministry program and currently serves as facilitator with a group of young women reflecting on the impact of the Bible in our daily lives. Additionally, she is on the Personnel Committee.
Robert Tobey is a lifelong Episcopalian, originally from Detroit. His experiences in that intercity parish led to his interest in social justice issues; he has lived in Charlottesville since 1988, is married to Ellen Tobey and their children are Aaron, 17 and Sam, 11. Bob is a CPA and runs the Charlottesville office of a Richmond firm. Bob organized one of the local efforts for Katrina relief.
Doug Little has been a member of St. Paul's since 1991. He is an attorney who has been in private practice inCharlottesville for 30 years. He served on the Board of Trustees of Tandem Friends School from 1993 to 2003, and is currently on the board of the Community Energy Conservation Project, a non-profit which provides energy conservation repair and rehabilitation services to low income residents. He is an Impact coordinator at St. Paul's. Doug is married to Debbie, the St. Paul's financial secretary, and they are the parents of Stephen, a fourth yearUniversity of Virginia student, former acolyte, and graduate of the St. Paul's Sunday School and Youth Group.
Buck Smith has attended St. Paul’s since 1999. He is co-coordinator of the Acolytes and Candlebearers, and the Gay/Straight Concerns Group. He completed Education for Ministry in 2006 and is active in the Interfaith Gay-Straight Alliance. Buck is the manager of the Habitat Store.
Parish Survey ~ A copy of the parish survey was mailed out last week. With the hope of saving effort and expense, the Search Committee urges those with internet access to take the survey online by going to the St. Paul’s homepage, www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org, and clicking on the Survey Link. Responses to the survey are confidential. Please fill out the survey at your earliest convenience -- the deadline is Sunday, February 4th.
BISHOP COMING FOR CONFIRMATION ~ The Right Reverend David Colin Jones, Bishop Suffragan of our diocese, will be at St. Paul’s for Confirmation and Reception on Sunday, March 11th . (Those already confirmed in another branch of the church are received rather than confirmed.) Confirmation preparation for adults will be offered during the Adult Education period following the 10:00 a.m. service on three Sundays: January 21st , February 11th and February 18th . These talks will have a dual purpose, being also offered as a refresher course. Candidates for confirmation or reception will also have a separate session with Alan Mead, at a time to be announced.
New Adult Education/Confirmation Lecture Series
Sunday, Feb. 11th Paul D. Jones, Assistant Professor of Western Religious Thought at the University ofVirginia ~ “When Episcopalians think about God”
Sunday, Feb. 18th The Rev. Margaret Guenther, author, Associate Rector St. Columba’s Church, Washington,D.C. ~ “When Episcopalians pray”
“Discernment Through Prayer: Seeking Guidance for the Parish Profile ” Wednesday, February 7th,
6:15 p.m. with a soup and salad supper followed by the retreat in the Chapel from 7pm-8:30pm. Led by Leslie Middleton and Adrienne Carlée for any and all interested parishioners and newcomers. Please call the church office at 295-2156 and let us know if you plan to attend.