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Pastoral Note
 
We send our condolences to Betz Gleason, Barrie and Bruce Carveth, Jeff Gleason and Patrica Connor, and the other members of the Gleason family upon the death of Charlie Gleason, who died on February 7.  A memorial service will be held for Charlie on Saturday, February 11, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul's.  We hope that those in mourning will feel comforted by the prayers and love of our community.
 
 
Wednesday Evening Prayer and Lenten Supper Series
 
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 Celtic Evening Prayer service with a homily by Karen Mawyer.
 
On Wednesday, February 15, we will have a contemplative evening prayer service. Join us at 5:30 for a time of quiet contemplation and prayer. The service begins and ends with simple chants. There are three readings, drawing on both scripture and other sources, and two periods of silence during which you are invited to meditate, pray, reflect on the reading - whatever is most spiritually nourishing for you. Join us for this time of peace and renewal in the midst of a busy week and for dutch treat dinner afterward on the Corner - Michael's or Basil. Questions? Contact Virginia Ritchie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Beginning March 8 and continuing on each of the next four Wednesdays through April 5, our regular 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer service will be followed at 6:00 p.m. by a simple soup and salad supper (with something more kid-friendly for the younger set). The evening will continue with an all-ages program as we explore our journey through Lent and launch into a new era at St. Paul's with our 10th rector at the helm. Bring your family and/or friends and "Come and See!"
 
 
Adult Forum
 
Our adult forum on Sunday, February 12 (part four of Finding Jesus in the Public Sphere) will feature Grace Aheronwho will tell us about her time at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation when she joined with 500 religious leaders from around the nation to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. The gathering was organized by an Episcopal priest who put out the call across the nation. Please join us in the lounge after the 10 a.m. service.
 
 
Hello to Will
 
Before Will arrives, we are assembling a "picture directory." We have already collected over 350 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 two 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. 12. 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 photos@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org
 
The photos we have gathered will be posted in the parish hall. If you are unhappy with the photo we have, simply have another picture taken.
 
 
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.
 
 
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
 
Come one and all for a festive pancake supper on Tuesday, February 28, at 6 p.m., in the parish hall. The Youth Group will be in the kitchen and serving pancakes, baked apples, and sausage. A donation of $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per family is suggested. All proceeds will go to support the St. Paul's Youth Group in their summer immersion trip to Grace House on the Mountain in Wise, Virginia. Please come hungry and give generously! 
 
 
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.
 
 
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 signups in the Parish Hall this Sunday.

*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, tonight 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.

 
 
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 alice.fitch@stpaulsmemorialchuch.org.
 
 
IMPACT Update
 
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 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.
 
 
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

Sundays
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Holy Communion
Mondays
9:00 p.m. Compline
Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
Tuesdays
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
Wednesdays
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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