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Wednesday Evening Prayer and Lenten Supper Series
 
Tonight 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 the subsequent 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!"
 
 
Mid-Winter Cleaning at St. Paul's
 
Clear the Way for Will Peyton! Come to the church this Saturday, February 18, to help clear the dust and add a shine to our building in anticipation of our new rector’s arrival. 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.
 
 
Adult Forum
 
On Sunday, February 19, the Rev. Canon Pat Wingo, the canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Virginia, will be our guest preacher at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services. In addition, Pat will lead the adult forum after the 10 a.m. service where he will address the transition we will make in welcoming the Rev. Will Peyton as our new rector. He will also answer any other general questions you may have on your mind. Please join us in the lounge after the 10 a.m. service.
 
 
Will's First Sunday
 
Will's first Sunday with us will be next Sunday, February 26. Please come and help us give Will a warm welcome! A reception will be held after the 10 a.m. service.
 
And remember to wear your name tag! This will help Will get to know us, and will help us get to know each other. If you need a name tag, please send a request to the church office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or ask an usher for a name tag request card.
 
 
Welcoming Newcomers
 
Practice radical welcome! We are seeing a lot of new faces these days at St. Paul's, and that is likely to continue when our new rector arrives. There are many ways to help a visitor feel welcome:
 
- Say hello!
- Invite to coffee hour.
- Help navigate the hymnal or our Eucharistic ritual.
- If there are children, suggest that they join the kids up front.
- Encourage them to fill out a pew card.  
- Introduce them to the clergy after the service.
- Suggest that they come to Adult Forum or Godly Play.
- Introduce them to someone in their peer group.
- Show them where the nursery is (or the bathrooms!).
 
We're all partners in ministry, so keep an eye out for newcomers and help welcome them into this community!
 
 
Welcoming Events
 
Let’s welcome the Rev. Will Peyton with the legendary St. Paul’s hospitality! Over the next few months we will be offering a variety of social events where parishioners will have an opportunity to meet and welcome Will. These will be offered at various times of day, hoping to have something to suit everyone’s schedule. 
 
If you would like to attend one of these events, please sign up here, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the church office: alice.fitch@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org or 295-2156.  
 
Let’s have a movable feast to celebrate and welcome our new rector!
 
 
Photo Directory - Still Time to Be Included!
 
We continue to compile a photo directory 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). And we would also like to have a group photo from each family.
 
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 the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services on Feb. 19. 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 to date will be posted in the parish hall each Sunday. If you are unhappy with the photo we have, simply have another picture taken.
 
 
Generation Wise
 
Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, February 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the lounge. Continuing our discussion of Joan Chittister’s The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, we will take up chapters titled Transformation, Newness, Accomplishment, Possibility, Adjustment, Fulfillment, Mystery, and Relationships. (Lots of short chapters but only 45 total pages of reading.) A spare copy of the book will be available if wanted. Taizé chant again serves 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.
 
 
One Voice Chorus Concert
 
On Saturday, February 25, at 7 p.m., the One Voice Chorus Ensemble (Richmond, VA) will present a concert celebrating Black History Month. With music ranging from classical anthems to contemporary spirituals, as well as portions of Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass,” this rich offering will have something to delight everyone. Founded in 2001, the One Voice Chorus is an interracial community chorus that promotes the work of racial reconciliation through music.
 
 
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! 
 
 
Ash Wednesday Services
 
This year Ash Wednesday falls on March 1. Services will be at 7:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Our clergy (joined by other clergy) will also be on the Corner distributing ashes to those unable to attend Ash Wednesday services. Ashes to Go will begin at 9 a.m. Stop by for ashes or a blessing or just to chat!
 
 
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. 

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.

 
 
Youth Group Toiletries Drive for PACEM
 
The youth group is collecting travel-sized toiletries to have available for PACEM guests while they stay at St. Paul’s in March. Please consider bringing a travel-sized version of some of the following items: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, soap, lotion. There is a labeled basket in the parish hall for the items. The youth group will be studying homelessness, hospitality, and privilege in preparation and will be presenting welcome cards and the items for the women when they arrive. Thank you for your support!
 
 
New Vestry Officers Elected
 
At the Vestry retreat last weekend, the following officers were elected: Senior Warden – Christie ThomasJunior Warden – Lloyd SnookTreasurer – Lynne WeikartRegister – Vickie GottlobChaplain – Michele AllenChaplain – Erika ViccellioWe will commission the Vestry on March 5. Please pray for the Vestry and their leaders.
 
 
Office Holiday
 
The church office will be closed on Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents' Day.

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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