St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter
Telephone: 295-2156 www.stpaulsmemorialchurch.org September 29, 2011
Pastoral Emergency: 806-9069
Prayer Shawl Ministry - Prayer Shawls will be displayed by Alexis Weyers during coffee hour this Sunday, October 2, in the parish hall following the 10 a.m. service. If you know of someone who is going through a hard time, please take one of these shawls. The next prayer shawl ministry meeting will be on Saturday, October 8th from 10 a.m. - noon in the parish hall lounge.
Blessing of the Animals - In honor of St. Francis, a Blessing of Animals will take place on the Church Lawn this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (note time change). Everyone is invited to come enjoy this event! Feel free to join us for our regular 5:30 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist which will be held on the lawn this week. Dinner will be served following the Eucharist. All are welcome!
Newcomers - Are you new (or newish) to St. Paul's? Would you like to meet new people and learn more about our wonderful church community? Please join us beginning Sunday October 16 at 9:00 a.m. for coffee, snacks, and discussion with Rector Jim Richardson. We will hold these sessions October 16, 23, and 30, with a recognition of our new members on Sunday November 6 at the 10 a.m. service. Please contact the office to sign up for the Newcomer's class.
Morning Prayer - St. Paul's is now offering Morning Prayer every weekday at 8 a.m. with ministry intern Joe Lenow. Come begin your day with this peaceful, reflective service - and then join us afterward for some free gourmet coffee. Monday-Friday, in the choir loft; the service lasts around 20 minutes. We hope to see you!
Stephen Ministry Update: In this week's fourth session, Stephen Ministers begin to learn how to draw on the love of God and the resources of faith in their caring ministry. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to enhance their care giving skills.
AIM's 30th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit Concert – This year the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) is celebrating 30 years of outreach to the community. St. Paul's was one of AIM's founding members in 1981, and we remain active members today. Help celebrate AIM's anniversary and its continued ministry by attending a benefit concert on Sunday, October 16, at 3:00 p.m., at University Baptist Church (1223 West Main St.). There will be a reception following, with many tasty refreshments. The concert will include our very own St. Paul's Choir, in addition to vocal and instrumental solos and ensemble and choral music from other local congregations. A suggested donation of $10 is encouraged to help AIM in its outreach to the community. AIM's primary purpose is to provide emergency assistance to local families who are facing economic crises. Please come to this benefit concert to support the mission of AIM, to celebrate its 30 years of service to our community, and to enjoy some beautiful music. Questions? Contact Alice Fitch at 296-8989.
Don't Talk to Me About Money! -- The adult education forum on Sunday, October 9, will be facilitated by Darren Ball and Gwynn Crichton, members of the St. Paul's Team on Annual Giving. Gwynn and Darren will lead us in a conversation that will help us explore why "money" is such a private, sensitive matter for many of us, how we can respect that sensitivity when addressing the annual financial needs of our parish, and how to live a life of giving in light of our faith.
Charlottesville Pride Picnic - Sunday, October 2 from 3 p.m. through 7 p.m. at Pen Park shelters 1 & 2.
Join the 3rd annual Pride in the Park picnic. This is a potluck - picnic for the whole lgbt community of Cville & beyond. Dogs, kids, music welcome. Bring a dish to share. Multiple sponsors include Escafe, Rosmy, Pflag, ASG, Equality Virginia, Integrity-Charlottesville. This event is part of a pride weekend. Spread the word and help us celebrate our community. RSVP on Facebook by searching Cville Pride.
Church School Family Picnic – Jim and Lori Richardson are hosting a picnic for church school families at their home (128 Overlook Drive) on Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 p.m. Jim and Lori have a lovely yard, equipped with a playscape for the kids. No need to bring any food, dinner will be provided! Rain cancels. For more information, feel free to call the church office. Directions: Go south on Highway 29, take the first left about 1/4 mile south of the I-64 interchange onto Teel Lane. The road twists left, and then take your first right on Overlook Drive; cross the railroad tracks, go up the hill about 1/2 mile. Jim's house is near the top on the left. You can park on the side of the driveway or on the road below.
Cropwalk 2011 - America’s interfaith Cropwalks have a sixty plus year history of bringing the community together in a common mission to help hungry people at home and around the world. They are fun, invigorating, and productive. Contributions go a long way and bring lasting benefit:
$150 can buy a hundred chicks and two wire coops, providing two families with a reliable source of eggs, protein and income. Or. . .
$150 can provide three farm families with everything they need to make succulent, nutritious and marketable honey – training, hives, equipment. Or. . .
$120 can enable three women to attend a literacy class for a year and change their lives forever.
These are only three of many examples of money very well spent. This year’s 6-mile Cropwalk is on Sunday the 16th October, rain or shine, starting at First Presbyterian Church on Park Street with registration at 1:00 p.m. Please visit our Cropwalk table at the Chancellor St. entrance after the 10:00 a.m. service on one of the next three Sundays to sign up for walking or to make a contribution.
A Message from the Diocesan Stewardship of Creation Committee - Many people drive diesel cars (typically the Turbo-Direct Injected (TDI) (very) fuel-efficient version, or the newer, cleaner Clean Diesel TDIs). The website SustainableBusiness.com reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the designation of nearly 80,000 acres in six different states for the production of non-food crops that can be converted into biofuels. Good news for everyone, not just diesel car owners. Four project areas in California, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington will be set aside for growing camelina, hybrid poplar trees and switchgrass under the Agriculture Department's Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The move to non-food crops became more and more obvious as food crops were being diverted from feeding the hungry to feeding America's craving for fuels. This would seem to be a win-win situation for all of us stewards of Creation.
Sunday Scriptures: Going deeper – Join Joe Lenow, our ministry intern, for a preview of the following Sunday’s Scripture lessons after our 10 a.m. worship each Sunday. We’ll examine what the lessons say, and explore why they say it, and, time permitting, the way they say it. Read ahead! We’ll be glad to welcome you. The upcoming readings:
October 2 - Exodus 32:1-14
October 9 - Exodus 33:12-23
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
October 16 - Deuteronomy 34:1-12
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
October 23 - Joshua 3:7-17
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
October 30 - Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18