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Ash Wednesday Services
 
Ash Wednesday services will be today at 12:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Our clergy (joined by clergy from other churches) are also on The Corner distributing ashes to those unable to attend Ash Wednesday services. Stop by for ashes or a blessing or just to chat!
 
 
Adult Forum: Keeping a Holy Lent – Spiritual Practices
 
On Sunday, March 5, we are offering the first session in our Lenten series on spiritual practices. This Sunday's forum will focus on meditation in the Christian tradition. Matthew Carter and Virginia Ritchie will address such questions as: What is meditation? Why do Christians meditate? What are some of the different forms of Christian meditation? What is the relation between meditation and prayer?
 
Please join us in the lounge after the 10 a.m. service.
 
 
Lenten Devotional
 
Our booklet of reflections for each day of Lent, written by members and friends of St. Paul's, is available online here or in booklet form at the church. Special thanks to Anne Ribble for organizing and editing the Devotional, and to all of the contributors for their thoughtful reflections.
 
 
PACEM is coming!
 
A friendly reminder that PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) begins Saturday morning, March 4, through Saturday morning, March 11. During this time, will do our very best to accommodate normal St. Paul’s activities while protecting the safety and privacy of the ladies who will be our guests. Thank you to everyone for helping us to continue the tradition of St. Paul’s hospitality with this valuable and rewarding ministry. Interested in helping out? We can use extra hands for take down on Saturday morning, March 11. Questions or concerns? Please feel free to contact Julie Lautenschlager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (434) 242-2853.
 
 
Welcoming Events for our New Rector
 
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!
 
 
Welcoming Newcomers
 
Practice radical welcome! We are seeing a lot of new faces these days at St. Paul's, and we hope that will continue now that our new rector has arrived. There are many ways to help a visitor feel welcome:
 
- Say hello!
- Invite them to coffee hour.
- Help them 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!
 
 
Liberation and Freedom Day
 
This Friday, March 3, parishioners are invited to participate in the observance of Liberation and Freedom Day, marking the 152nd anniversary of the end of slavery in our local community.  For us at St. Paul’s, the commemoration of the liberation from bondage of some fourteen thousand men, women, and children in Charlottesville and Albemarle County is an opportunity to celebrate God’s presence and power for deliverance in the lives of oppressed people and in our own lives, and to reflect on our personal relationships to the injustices that characterize our community and the world.

Our observance will begin with the ringing of St. Paul’s bells just before 4 p.m.  To participate, simply gather on the church steps at that time.  The group will then proceed across the street to the University Chapel for the beginning of a community-wide program, which is followed by a procession down Main Street to the Jefferson School at 233 4th St., NW, where festivities continue from 6 to 8 p.m.  Parishioners, friends, and neighbors are invited to join us for any or all of the above as you are able.

 
 
Upcoming Meetings at St. Paul's
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. - noon in the lounge. Please join us for knitting and conversation. Newcomers and beginners are always welcome.
 
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, March 7, from 2 - 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 Tale-telling, Letting Go, Learning, Religion, Freedom, Success, Time, and Wisdom. (Again, lots of short chapters but only ~45 total pages of reading.)  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.
 
 
Wednesday Evening Lenten Supper Series
 
Beginning next Wednesday, 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!"
 
 
Zephyrus Evensong
 
On Sunday, March 12, St. Paul’s will be proud to host the local early music ensemble, Zephyrus, as they present Choral Evensong.  Featuring music of the 17th Century, their anthem will be the “Adoramus te, Christe” of Claudio Monteverdi. At 3:30 p.m., Organist Jonathan Schakel will offer a recital of music by Bach, Howells, and Liszt, with the service beginning promptly at 4 p.m.  Be transported by music as we worship “in the beauty of holiness!"
 
 
An Invitation from the Flower Guild
 
Are you interested in joining the Flower Guild Ministry at St. Paul’s? You are invited to a Flower Guild Meeting on Sunday, March 12, at 3 p.m. at the home of Anne Russell (1603 Grove Road). It would be wonderful to see our numbers grow. No experience necessary and new additions to our group are always welcome. We will gather for tea, fellowship, and discussion regarding our Flower Guild ministry at St. Paul's. Please respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-466-3639 if you will attend.
 
 
Lenten Retreat: Reflections from the Celtic Tradition
 
This year’s Lenten retreat will be held at St. Paul’s on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. The morning program will be led by Kathy Spaar, a long-time retreat leader and spiritual director. Kathy will draw on the Celtic practices of prayer, poetry and pilgrimage that invite you to listen and respond to the deep wisdom of your own soul’s longing. The retreat is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Koinonia and St. Paul’s. To reserve a place, please call the office at (434) 295-2156 or email the church at office@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org.
 
 
Living in Canterbury House
 
Canterbury House at St. Paul's (120 Chancellor Street) is now accepting applications for residents for 2017-2018. Single and double rooms are available for women and men, undergraduate and graduate students. Rent is very affordable, laundry is on site, parking is available, and the house is ideally located close to Grounds and on The Corner. The main floor of Canterbury House serves as the heart of our weekly student ministry group, so applicants should be willing to share the space and express an interest in being a part of a community. Skinner Scholars and students who worship at St. Paul's are especially encouraged to apply! Please contact Kate at canterbury@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org for more information.

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
Tuesdays
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
Wednesdays
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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