Wednesday Evening Prayer
Please join us each week at 5:30 p.m. for a special time to spiritually refuel in the middle of your busy week. Join us tonight for a Taizé service. On Wednesday, February 8, we will have a Celtic Evening Prayer service with a homily by Karen Mawyer.
Goodbye to Neal
Sunday, February 5, will be the Rev. Neal Goldsborough's last Sunday with us at St. Paul's. We are very grateful for the steady and cheerful leadership and supportive and encouraging guidance that he has offered us throughout our interim period. After the 10 a.m. service this Sunday we will have a reception to celebrate Neal's time with us, and we plan to honor his request for a cake with blue icing! Please plan to join us as we express our gratitude to Neal for his ministry with us.
Hello to Will
Before Will arrives, we are assembling a "picture directory." We have already collected 241 pictures and we hope to gather many more. Initially, we will produce a directory of only photos and names. See below for details on how to get your photo included in the directory.

Additionally, from now until Will's arrival, 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.

Photo Directory
As described above, St. Paul's is compiling a photo directory of our members. A directory member is anyone who is involved with our community.  We want to compile this directory quickly to help our new rector, the Rev. Will Peyton, learn our names and faces and we want your photos! We want individual photos of every person (children included). If possible, also submit a family group photo (but the individual photos are most important given how the directory software works).
There are three different ways to submit a photo:
1.  Have a photo taken at one of our photo shoots
Have your picture taken at one of the “photo shoots” being held after each service (8, 10, and 5:30) on Feb. 5. No need to make a reservation; just show up and we’ll take your picture.
2.  Submit photos electronically
Submit your photos electronically from a computer or cell phone by emailing an image attachment to
3.  Submit printed photos to the office
We’re also seeking volunteer photographers to help at the times listed. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your photography skills, contact Leslie Middleton (293-5770, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pat Punch (962-9075, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
The photos we have gathered will be posted in the parish hall the next two Sundays. If you are unhappy with the photo we have, simply have another picture taken.
Upcoming Events
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, February 7, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the church lounge. Shifting from our discussion of “meaning," we will turn to Joan Chittister’s The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. On February 7 we will discuss the first six chapters: Regret, Meaning, Fear, Ageism, Joy and Authority. Taizé chant will again serve as our opening and closing, thanks to David Slezak. If more information is desired, contact Jean or Bill Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-975-1605.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet for its monthly meeting on Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. - noon in the lounge. Newcomers and beginners are welcome.
Mid-Winter Cleaning at St. Paul's
Clear the Way for Will Peyton! Come to the church on Saturday, February 18, to help clear the dust and add a shine to our building in anticipation of our new rector’s arrival. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. The more helping hands we have, the more we can accomplish! We'll clean from 9 a.m. - noon, but feel free to arrive late and/or leave early. 
After the cleaning is complete, we’ll gather in the parish hall for lunch and enjoy some fellowship and celebrate our cleaning success! Lunch will be provided.
St. Paul's 2016 Annual Report
Our 2016 Annual Report is now available. You can find it here. Copies are also available in the church office.
Booking Meetings at St. Paul's
Did you know that St. Paul's typically hosts over 50 meetings and events every week?  Our church building is a bustling place, as you witnessed firsthand if you attended the Annual Meeting last Sunday. And it is bustling not just on Sundays, but every day of the week!  We are glad to offer our rooms to parish groups in need of meeting space, and we are also delighted to have the opportunity to share our beautiful space with other groups throughout the University and broader community.  To effectively manage all of this activity, we need for all meetings to be scheduled through the church office.  This helps us stay aware of everything going on in our building throughout the week so that we can avoid double bookings.  If you would like to reserve a room at St. Paul's, please contact Alice Fitch in the office at 295-2156 or
Young Women's and Young Men's Prayer Groups 
Back by popular demand! Young Women's and Young Men's Prayer Groups will recommence meeting this year on a bi-weekly schedule. We'll meet upstairs in the youth group room (the room above the lounge). These groups are open to young adults of all kinds--married, single, in school, out of school--as a time for deepening our prayer life together. The format of the group will depend on the members' interests, but will include some guided prayer/meditation, as well as time for discussion. Contact Kate Lichti ( with any questions. The women's and men's groups will alternate meeting Mondays at 8 p.m., and will conclude in time to attend the Compline Service at 9 p.m. 
Young Women's Prayer Group: 1st and 3rd Mondays at 8 p.m. (February 6, February 20, etc.)
Young Men's Prayer Group: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 8 p.m. (February 13, February 27, etc)
EFN Volunteer Opportunity
The Emergency Food Network (EFN) is looking for volunteers to bag groceries once a month. The shifts available are the 1st Tuesday, or the 4th Wednesday, of each month. The job involves filling bags with cans and boxes from the shelves and usually requires about two hours. You can bag anytime on your day between 1 p.m. and 9 a.m. the following day. To learn more, contact Anne Ribble at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (434) 996-8663.
IMPACT is a coalition of 26 congregations in Charlottesville and Albemarle County working together for justice, and St. Paul's is a long-time member. Every year IMPACT members take part in a grassroots listening process to uncover problems in the community. This process is conducted through small group meetings and individual conversations. Once problems are surfaced, members democratically select which to tackle. Once a problem is selected, a research committee of trained volunteers conduct extensive research with local stakeholders. After a problem is defined, IMPACT develops solutions to be implemented by local decision-makers.

IMPACT continues to make concrete progress on the issues identified over the years. Here are two status updates of particular interest:

An Update on a 2014 Initiative: Creating a Women's Treatment Center – Region Ten’s Women’s Treatment Center is now slated to open by the end of 2017! It will be located on Region Ten’s Old Lynchburg Road property. It will treat up to 50 women per year, with each woman able to bring up to two preschool aged children with her! Region Ten has raised $1 million for the capital campaign. Albemarle County's FY18 budget will have $75,000 for operating costs; we think we will see movement in the Charlottesville City Council soon.

An Update on a 2011 Initiative: Job Preparation for Young Adults and Developing Health Career Pathways – UVA Medical Center and the Charlottesville Works Initiative report that 76% of the 40 students completed the educational training, and all but one of those students became certified nursing assistants. Next year the program will train 80 students.

The current initiative deals with Elder Care and researchers are hard at work. The Research Committee's next meeting is Thursday, February 16, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Please feel free to attend. We would appreciate your involvement. 

Contact John Frazee to learn more: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is only through YOU that we can continue to make an IMPACT in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Crop Walk Report
The Charlottesville CROP WALK Committee is pleased to announce that a total of $34,416.60 was raised by last fall's Charlottesville Albemarle CROP HUNGER WALK. Our local Meals on Wheels and the Emergency Food Network have each just received a check for $4,270.75 to support their very important work in our community.
The balance of the funds raised is being used to combat hunger and to provide disaster relief through the various programs of Church World Service (CWS) that help families improve their health. For example, in Bolivia, CWS and its partner agencies are addressing the food insecurity, drought, and poverty that has plagued indigenous communities. For years, many families there barely survived on a diet of boiled corn. Their children were weak from malnutrition. But today they can grow an ample supply of nutritious fruits and vegetables in community gardens. They can now harvest enough food to feed their families with a surplus to sell in the market. For nearly seven decades, CWS has helped communities throughout the world recover from disasters and improve nutrition. The job of CWS is to continue helping those in most need of assistance.
The CROP WALK Committee wishes to thank the many volunteers from our community who worked so hard last fall to raise this money.  In particular, we thank the 127 resourceful people who walked in our CROP HUNGER WALK last October.
Sunday, October 8, will be the date for the 2017 local CROP HUNGER WALK. Please plan to participate with us in this very important service project.
St. Paul's Families E-mail List
If you'd like to receive information about upcoming family events at St. Paul's, as well as church school and nursery news, please add your name to our St. Paul's Families email list. To sign up, contact Alice Fitch at the church office, 295-2156 or
PACEM is coming!
PACEM 2017 time is drawing near!  Please join in the tradition of St. Paul’s hospitality by helping us welcome guests from the ladies’ shelter starting on Saturday, March 4, and ending on the morning of Saturday, March 11. Here are some of the ways you can help:

*Help with set up the morning of Saturday, March 4, or help with take down on the morning of Saturday, March 11 (approximately 2 hour time commitment)

*Bring just one part of one night’s dinner, or deliver juice or milk one day

*Help serve dinner and clean up afterward one night (approx. 2 hour time commitment)

* Serve as evening coordinator: check the sleeping areas and smoke alarms, greet guests and PACEM staff as they arrive, record number of guests and any comments, lock exterior doors and kitchen at appropriate times. (approx. 2.5 hour time commitment)

*Enjoy a tasty dinner with our guests and help to make them feel accepted and welcome (approx. 2 hour time commitment)

*Spend one night at St. Paul’s in comfy quarters, serving as an emergency contact (you will be briefed on whom to contact in case of emergency). This can be done by singles or couples.  Ladies and gentlemen welcome.  A PACEM employee will stay with our guests at all times.  You are not responsible for the guests by staying the night.

Look for sign up in the Parish Hall beginning on Sunday, February 5. 

*If you have questions or concerns or are just interested in learning more about PACEM, please attend an information session presented by Jayson Whitehead, PACEM Program Director, on Wednesday, February 8, at 6:15 p.m., immediately following the Evening Prayer service.

Questions about helping with meals?  Contact Anne Ribble: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (434) 996-8663.

Questions about other aspects of involvement with PACEM? Contact Julie Lautenschlager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (434) 242-2853.

Update on the Pollinator Garden
The Stewardship of Creation Committee (formerly the Green Team) has been working behind the scenes to arrive at a suitable design and location for the Pollinator Sanctuary Garden. As part of this effort, St. Paul’s engaged a professional landscape architect to asses all the landscape features on our grounds, with a special eye to how the garden project could fit in and enhance existing plantings. The committee has received City approval for installing the garden in front of the church along University Avenue. In 2017, we hope to finalize the design, budget and fundraising plan, and obtain approval by the Vestry. We welcome volunteers that can help with planning and implementing this project. Contact Leslie Middleton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Holy Communion
9:00 p.m. Compline
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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