The parish gives thanks for the life and ministry of longtime parishioner and volunteer Mary Struble, who died on March 20. A memorial service will be held for Mary on Saturday, April 1, at St. Paul's. The service time is yet to be finalized and will be announced soon. Please remember Mary, as well as her family and loved ones, in your prayers.
We also give thanks for the birth on March 14 of Colston Lewis, son of Chris and Clare Lewis, and grandson of David Lewis.
Lenten Supper Series
Join us tonight at 5:30 p.m. for an Evening Prayer service with a homily by Leah Wise. The service will be followed at 6 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. Bring your family and/or friends and "Come and See!"
Lenten Retreat: Reflections from the Celtic Tradition
This year’s Lenten retreat will be held at St. Paul’s this 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.
Virginia Festival of the Book Event at St. Paul’s
A Virginia Festival of the Book event hosted by Theological Horizons will be held at St. Paul’s on Saturday, March 25, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: The event is titled If C.S. Lewis met Stephen Colbert: On Religious Satire, with Dr. Terry Lindvall. Dr. Lindvall will speak on his recent book, God Mocks: A History of Religious Satire from the Hebrew Prophets to Steven Colbert, which received the 2016 Religious Communication Association Book of the Year Award. Theological Horizons will host a reception in honor of Dr. Lindvall following the discussion, along with book sales and signing.
Keeping a Holy Lent: Spiritual Practices
This Sunday, March 26, we will be offering the fourth session in our Lenten series on spiritual practices. Making music is a spiritual practice that has marked Christianity from its beginning. The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas (pianist, organist, vocalist), Daniel Hine (choir director, pianist, vocalist), and Michele Claibourn (bluegrass mass leader, mandolin player, vocalist) will speak with us about the intersection of music and their lives of faith. Please join us in the lounge after the 10 a.m. service.
Please join the Chancel Choir this Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. for a Choral Evensong. We will be joining with the Christ Church Choir (for the first time ever!) to present music of the 20th Century English choral tradition. In recognition of Women's History Month, the featured anthem will be Elizabeth Poston's "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree." Also featured will be the lush Evening Service of T. Tertius Noble and the hauntingly beautiful Responses of Kenneth Leighton. At 3:30 p.m., guest organist Alice Layman will present a recital of music of J. S. Bach, with the Evensong beginning promptly at 4 p.m. All are welcome for what will truly be a memorable experience "in the beauty of holiness."
Consider purchasing an Easter lily to remember or honor a loved one or friend. The lilies will be used to decorate St. Paul’s and to add to the beauty of our worship during this joyous season. A $30 contribution is suggested. To order a lily, please contact the church office no later than Monday, April 10: firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-295-2156.
Confidential. Everything a person tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in strict confidence. People are often afraid that if they tell someone what is troubling them, word will get around and others will judge. But a Stephen Minister keeps everything a care receiver shares confidential. Through the sharing comes God’s miracle of healing and peace. If you or someone you know might benefit from this ministry, contact the church office, 434-295-2156.
Schoolhouse Thrift Shop Volunteer Opportunity
The Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, a ministry of Region XV of the Episcopal Church, is seeking volunteers to assist with donation intake, pricing, and general organization. Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts 1-4 times a month and receive a discount on all merchandise. Our particular needs are Monday morning (10-1), Friday (10-1 and 1-4), and Saturday afternoon (1-4). Please contact Leah at 434-973-2271 or visit the shop (1147 Rio Road) Monday-Saturday, 10-4.
Canterbury Episcopal Student Ministry T-Shirts
St. Paul's has new, student-designed, extra-comfortable burgundy t-shirts for sale, in adult sizes S to XL. The shirts include both the classic UVA "V" and the Episcopal shield, so that you can simultaneously showcase your Wahoo and Episcopalian pride. Shirts are $10 for current students and $20 for all other friends of University Ministry at St. Paul's. Any proceeds from the sales will go directly back into University Ministry, supporting our weekly dinner/discussion series, service trips, spiritual retreats, and more. Email email@example.com to order yours!
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.