Our Evening Prayer service has resumed and will continue through the end of May. Join us tonight, January 11, at 5:30 p.m. for a Celtic Evening Prayer service with a homily by Matthew Carter.
Upcoming Adult Forums
Epiphany: Finding Jesus in the Public Sphere – Join us on Sunday, January 15, for the second of a four-part series on how we, as followers of Jesus, live our lives in public. Part two of the series features Daniel Wise, St. Paul’s member and doctoral candidate in UVA’s Department of Religious Studies, speaking about the Christian Reconstructionist movement that forms a significant segment of the Religious Right. Based on a particular kind of Reformed theology, Christian Reconstructionism informs such political leaders as Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos. To find out how Christian Reconstructionists see Jesus in the Public Sphere, come to this session. Please join us in the lounge after the 10 a.m. service.
A Note from the Senior Warden – Preparations are underway for the arrival of Will Peyton as the 10th Rector of St. Paul's. We have formed a Transition Team to help facilitate welcoming Will. Margaret Haupt, Lila Lassetter, Erika Viccellio and I are working together to organize welcoming efforts. There will be opportunities for everyone to be involved. Please contact one of us if you are interested in helping out or if you have a welcoming idea you would like to share. In the short-term, I am asking for your help with two very specific efforts.
Before Will arrives, we plan to assemble a "picture directory." We hope to gather photos of as many members of the St. Paul's community as possible. Initially, we will produce a directory of only photos and names. In the very near future you will receive information on several different options people will have for getting a photo included in the directory.
Additionally, over the next six weeks, we will make a major push to make sure that everyone has a name tag and we will encourage everyone to wear theirs when attending a service or other event at St. Paul's. If you need a name tag, ask an usher for the form you need to use to request one.
Assembling a picture directory and encouraging the wearing of name tags will be of tremendous benefit to Will as he begins the process of getting to know all of us. It’s also a great opportunity for us to learn the names of fellow parishioners whom we may not know.
Lenten Meditation Booklet
Youth Group – Youth group will resume meeting on Sunday, January 15. Welcoming University Students – A reminder that we are hosting a warming station for Sorority Rush beginning this Saturday. The young women spend several days over the course of the next week walking from sorority house to sorority house, interviewing for admission, and they get cold and weary in the process. For the third year, we are opening our doors and showing hospitality to them. Please be prepared for Sunday morning when groups will be arriving during church as well as during coffee hour! Things may be a little louder or a bit more chaotic than usual for this one day. Thank you for doing what you can to make them feel welcome! We still have two-hour slots available over the course of the week if you'd like to be present to make sure the coffee is hot and the snack baskets are full! Contact Kate Lichti (email@example.com) or Pastor Elaine if you can help.
Annual Meeting and Potluck
Annual Meeting and Election of Vestry – This year’s annual meeting will be on Sunday, January 29, with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. (see more details below) and the business meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. Ballots for the election of new vestry members will be available at St. Paul's on January 29 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through the start of the Annual Meeting that evening.
Annual Meeting Potluck Dinner – Continuing our tradition, we will once again gather for a festive themed potluck dinner prior to the start of the annual meeting on Sunday, January 29. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Vestry and staff members will be "hosting" individual tables, each with its own theme. You can RSVP for the dinner by signing up for one of the tables in the parish hall, or by contacting the church office: 295-2156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Pledges – If you have not already done so, please make your 2017 pledge as soon as possible.
Pledge Envelopes – If you requested pledge envelopes, they are available in the parish hall.
Planning for PACEM
PACEM Sign-up: Be part of a tradition of hospitality at St. Paul's!
For the past eight years, St. Paul’s has offered shelter to homeless women in our community as part of PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry). More than eighty area congregations and 3,000 volunteers participate in this rotating shelter program. We will be hosting the women this year from March 4 to March 11.
Do just a little bit! It takes a lot of people doing just a little bit to make this work. We need volunteers to:
Help with set-up on the morning of Saturday, March 4 or clean-up on the morning of Saturday, March 11 (2 hours)
Bring just one part of one night’s dinner, or deliver juice or milk one day
Help serve dinner and clean up afterwards one night (c. 2 hours)
Spend the evening eating dinner and visiting with our guests one night (c. 2 ½ hours)
Spend one night at St. Paul’s on a comfy air mattress (PACEM staff stay with the guests, you serve as an emergency contact – men or women, singles and couples welcome!)
Save the Date
As we launch into a new year, please mark your calendars for this year’s parish retreat weekend at Shrine Mont: July 14-16, 2017.
Calendar of Events
The Winter/Spring 2017 Calendar of St. Paul's Events is now available. You can find it here. Copies are also available in the narthex and in the Chancellor Street hallway.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
The church office will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
View the St. Paul's Calendar - Fall 2017 here. View the St. Paul's 2016 Annual Report here.
St. Paul's Memorial Church celebrates and bears witness to God's love in our community, the University of Virginia, the region and the world beyond us. By our worship, our teaching and our outreach we seek to make known God in Christ by equipping our members for service in the world.