St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter
Telephone: 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org October 15, 2009
Pastoral Emergency: 806-9069
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 18, 2009
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist I with Homily
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist II with Hymns and Sermon
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist II with Hymns and Homily
Prayer Shawl Ministry - The prayer shawl ministry will meet Saturday, October 17th from 10 a.m. until noon in the parish hall lounge. All are welcome. Call Margaret Haupt for additional information (996-3548).
Stewardship 2009 Cottage Meetings - Sign-ups for cottage meetings will continue prior to and following Sunday services. There are meetings scheduled for morning coffee, afternoon tea, early evening wine and cheese and for evening dessert coffee/tea and sherry. Most meetings are in the city, however there are several in the county. Please bring your calendars to church so that you can sign up for a time and place convenient for you.
The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church in New York City, will be the guest preacher at St. Paul's on Sunday, October 18 at the 10:00 am service. Dr. Forbes preached at St. Paul's about 15 years ago. A reception honoring Rev. Forbes will be held in the Parish Hall following the service. If you are able to bring “goodies” for the reception, please contact Maggie Bourgeois at 293-5688.
The local United Nations Association Chapter and Koinonia of Charlottesville invite you to hear one of America's greatest preachers. The Rev. Dr. James Forbes will be the speaker for the local October United Nation Ass. Chapter Meeting on October 18th at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist, 717 Rugby Rd. The speech will be followed by a reception in the Social Hall to honor Rev. Forbes and to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. James Forbes is internationally renowned for his long ministry at Riverside Church in New York City. Following his recent retirement from Riverside, he founded the Healing of the Nations Foundation of New York. His address on "Healing of the Nations" is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations Association and Koinonia of Charlottesville.
Ringing the Church Bell for God’s Creation - PRAYER IN ACTION. The Green Team is busy crafting the opportunity for you to PRAY with your bodies on October 25 starting at 11:30 a.m. By now, you know that we are going to ring the bell 350 times to mark 350 parts per million of carbon in our atmosphere—the level to which we must reduce our global emissions to (hopefully) reverse the warming trend of climate change. We will process from the parish hall in silence, bearing witness to places all around and in our lives that are special, essential, yet unknown to us. We will be invited to move in personal prayer past images of these places and towards the bell where we will each take a turn pulling the long cord to sound the bell. Afterwards, there will be cookies and the opportunity to sign a letter or, better, craft your own message to those in power, urging meaningful climate change legislation and perhaps sharing your personal prayer. Questions? Offer to Help? Please contact Gwynn Crichton at (434) 825-1530.
Shrine Mont Fall Camp 2009: October 26-29 – The Tri-Diocesan Council on Aging is sponsoring Fall Camp 2009. For information call (540)894-5358, or contact Mary Lee Webb at 296-6236.
Taizé Worship: Tuesdays 10-10:30 pm in the UVa Chapel - Those of all ages and personal paths are invited to attend this candlelit, meditative, peaceful service. Come and see how Taizé can become a part of your spiritual life.
Book Sale Coordinator Wanted. The book sale provides parishioners with an opportunity to browse through a wide selection of religious books in a communal setting. Proceeds of the sale go to the church library. Anyone interested in this important ministry please contact Fred Ribble (telephone: 296-7882; email: anneribble@aol. com).
Building a New Vision: Diocese Prepares for Town Hall Meetings
This fall's Town Hall Meetings will provide an opportunity for all communicants of the Diocese to take part in a conversation that will help form the Diocese's future ministry priorities. The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston will host this series of meetings, designed to give parishioners a chance to provide both vision and feedback at the beginning of a new episcopate. The Rt. Rev. David C. Jones and members of the diocesan staff will also be present at all of these meetings.
These gatherings will be different from previous years' diocesan leadership gatherings. In addition to hearing from the bishops, attendees will work in small groups to discuss perspectives and goals for the Diocese. These groups will then be invited to submit their feedback and suggestions to the bishops. Bishop Johnston plans to report his findings from these Town Hall Meetings at the 2010 Annual Council in Richmond.
In addition to the five meetings scheduled at different times and locations for all members of the Diocese, there will also be two meetings designed for youth (ages 14 and older) and youth ministers. These meetings will have a similar agenda but a slightly different format that will best allow younger voices to be heard.
Sat., Oct. 24, Grace, Kilmarnock, 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 2, Christ Church, Glen Allen, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 7, Holy Comforter, Vienna, 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 21, St. Paul's, Ivy, 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 21, St. Stephen's, Culpeper, 2 p.m.
Youth Town Hall Meetings
Sat., Oct. 24, Christ Church, Glen Allen, 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 7, Holy Comforter, Vienna, 2 p.m.
AIM Is Seeking Volunteers - The Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) provides emergency assistance to local families who are threatened with homelessness, loss of power or fuel, or other temporary financial emergencies. Volunteers are needed in the AIM office weekday mornings from 9:30 to 12:00, and (during the winter months) weekday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30. Duties include: greeting the incoming clients, listening to their stories, helping them fill out appropriate forms, making phone calls to service providers, and answering the phone. Rewards include: receiving thank you's and hugs from happy people, knowing you've made a difference in someone's life, and helping AIM reach out to people in an emergency. Training is provided. Computer skills are not required. Most volunteers put in at least one morning a month, some work twice a month. St. Paul's is a founding member of AIM; please consider supporting this wonderful outreach to the community. Contact Alice Fitch at 296-8989 or Drene DeGoode, AIM Director, at 972-1704.
Think Christmas and Birthdays – The Alternative Gifts Market will be held on Sunday, November 22nd.
Youth Sunday Morning Classes: Youth Classes for those in 6th - 11th grades meet each Sunday morning at 9:45AM. We start with breakfast in the lounge. Please join us. High School Seniors meet following the 10AM service for brunch at Bodos from 11:15 - Noon.
Cropwalk Update - On behalf of all who will benefit from the Cropwalk campaign, both at home and abroad, thanks to the St. Paul’s people who joined us for a beautiful Sunday afternoon’s Cropwalk, and thank you also to all who supported them with contributions to this great cause. For those few folks who made pledges but have not yet made their contribution, please give your checks to the walker you pledged to support or, if your pledge was made at the Cropwalk table, send your checks made out to Church World Service to the St. Paul’s office.
Eco Saints Tip #15 - We like to be independent and go when we’re ready, but nevertheless, eco-saints will make an effort to carpool. Regular car pooling for St. Paul’s services and events, as well as for other activities in our lives, importantly reduces our carbon footprints and, when many do this, helps bring our nation back down to a safe 350 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere. It also has other advantages. It saves us money and automobile wear and tear and it provides opportunities for enjoying deeper relationships with the folks we ride with. An acquaintance can become a cherished friend.
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