St. Paul's Youth Immersion Trip Summer 2016, June 12-18

The St. Paul's youth group is so excited to be diving into a week-long immersion trip in Wise County, Virginia with 14 participants over the week of June 12-18! We will be living at Grace House on the Mountain, a mission of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia that serves folks living in the coal country of Appalachia. We're calling it an "immersion trip" instead of a "mission trip" to invite folks to think more about why we, as Christians, do mission. Instead of thinking, “We’re going to go into this community and help all these unfortunate people because we have a lot to give them,” we are trying to go into the trip with the mindset of immersing ourselves in a community that’s very different than ours (but not very far away!) in order to be transformed ourselves. During the trip, the youth will be doing minor construction and repair on homes of people living in the area and will participate in evening games, worship, program, and formation run by the youth leaders, Grace and Joe. Please keep us in your prayers during this time.



Shrine Mont

Great news for families – this year kids go to Shrine Mont for FREE! The adult rate has also been reduced. Every July, St. Paul’s holds its annual Parish Weekend at Shrine Mont, the Diocese of Virginia’s 1100-acre retreat center at Orkney Springs.  This year's retreat will be held July 15 - 17.  Shrine Mont is a wonderful, family-friendly conference center with fun-filled activities for all ages.  It is renowned for its historic 19th century buildings and its delicious home-cooked traditional food.  Please come and enjoy a relaxing weekend in this beautiful mountain resort.

To register online CLICK HERE, or call the church office at 295-2156.  The deadline for registration is Thursday, June 30.  Your registration is not complete until we have received your full payment prior to this deadline.

Questions?  Contact Anne Cressin at 434.249.4362 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Pilgrimage to US-Mexico Border

Over UVa's spring break in early March, 17 people from Canterbury Student Ministry and Ukirk, Westminster Presbyterian's campus ministry, went on a pilgrimage to the US-Mexico border, traveling between Tucson, AZ, Nogales, AZ/Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and Douglas, AZ/Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. The group met with deportees at migrant centers and spoke with faith groups and individuals working to alleviate poverty and confront injustice. They walked through the desert as teams filled water barrels for migrants and stood next to the 20-foot wall that stands like a wound along our southern border. This was not a mission trip in the sense of having a "job" to do while there. The purpose was to bear witness to the love of Christ in an area of the world much talked about in the public political discourse in less than compassionate ways. Eyes were opened, hearts were moved, and relationships were formed in the name of our God of Love.



Transition News

Read an update from the Search Committee dated April 22, 2016 here.

Read a message from the Search Committee dated January 2016 here.

Read a letter from the Search Committee dated December 20, 2015 here.

Read a letter from the Senior Warden dated October 11, 2015 here.

Read the biographies of the Rector Search Committee here.

Read a letter from the vestry dated June 18, 2015 here.

Read a letter from our former rector Jim Richardson dated June 12, 2015 here.



Lifting High the Cross


Read Pastor Elaine's article Lifting High the Cross on page 10 of the Spring issue of the Virginia Episcopalian here.




Vestry News

We now publish a monthly Vestry News article on our website. Typically included are a summary article, minutes and financial reports. See the link on the menu to the left or click here.


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