A Note from the Rector

Dear St. Paul’s,

As thickening clouds of confusion, anger, sorrow, and fear hovered over Charlottesville this week in anticipation of the so-called Unite the Right rally, I took heart every time I used St. Paul’s back door or left my office for a cup of coffee. As the anxiety around town grew, so did the colorful rows of backpacks and brand-new school supplies in the Parish Hall, all destined for the classroom cubbies and kitchen tables and school-bus seats of refugee children in Charlottesville.

Those bright backpacks, crisp notebooks, and never-sharpened pencils, donated by you, St. Paul’s, and gathered in a labor of love by Vestry member Jeannie Long, are a sign of God’s promise that, wherever we find ourselves, we still find the possibility of our best selves, even in an unimaginable future. Surely some version of this principle is what allows refugee parents to see their children off each morning to be educated in unfamiliar schools taught in a foreign language.

Our refugee neighbors, like the Israelite exiles in Babylon, have known a more intense disorientation than most of us can imagine. But God did not abandon the exiles, nor will he give up on today’s refugees. Many of us also feel disoriented this summer, never having imagined that our hometown could become a lightning rod for racism, hatred, and the threat of violence. Pray for us and our community, for faith and courage to be our best selves in the midst of confusion, anger, sorrow, and fear, seeking the will of the One who accompanies us in darkness and promises fulfillment in light.

– Will

The Rev. William Peyton


This Sunday at St. Paul's

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 / Psalm 105, 1-6, 16-22, 45b / Matthew 14:22-33)

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist in the Chapel

(quiet, traditional)

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with the Chancel Choir

(festive, intergenerational)

5:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist in the Evening

(informal, congenial)

Building Faith and Community

9 a.m. – Feasting on the Word: an exploration of this week's readings in preparation for the 10 a.m. Eucharist. Parishioners, friends, and visitors all welcome. (library)


Next Week at St. Paul's

Weekdays at 8 a.m. – Morning Prayer (chapel)

Monday, August 14, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)

Tuesday, August 15, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)

Tuesday, August 15, 6 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting (library)

Tuesday, August 15, 7 p.m. – Vestry Meeting (lounge)

Thursday, August 17, 7:30 a.m. – Men's Bible Study (library)

Sunday, August 20 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

(Readings: Genesis 45:1-15 / Psalm 133 / Matthew 15: 21-28)


St. Paul's News and Notes

St. Paul’s Hosts Interfaith Prayer Service Tomorrow at 8 p.m. – Hundreds of religious leaders, including all three of our own Bishops in the Diocese of Virginia, will be in Charlottesville on Saturday to participate in a demonstration of silent, faithful opposition to the hatred and division being promoted at the so-called Unite the Right rally. On the eve of the event, St. Paul’s will host an interfaith prayer service tomorrow, Friday, at 8 p.m., not 7 p.m. as erroneously reported in local media. All are welcome at the prayer service. In order to offer our best hospitality to the large numbers of guests we expect, access to our building will be limited and monitored all day on Friday as a security precaution.

Peaceful Opposition to Hate Speech on Saturday – Parishioners wishing to bear public witness to the Christian principle of the belovedness and dignity of all people are invited to gather with our clergy, bishops, and representatives of a diverse group of faith communities at the Jefferson School at 8 a.m. for song and prayer, followed by an opportunity to process together to McGuffey Park for peaceful witness and to the First United Methodist Church for prayers throughout the day.

Final Week of School Supplies Ingathering – St. Paul’s is sponsoring a school supplies drive in support of International Neighbors, a Charlottesville based refugee assistance organization. We will provide school supplies for 50 refugee children in the Charlottesville school system. Donations of backpacks are especially appreciated. Vestry member Jeannie Long is heading up this project and she would be happy to be your personal shopper if it is easier to write a check. Please make your check out to St. Paul's and note on the memo line: “school supplies.” A large box will be available in the church lobby for drop-offs. All school supplies need to be back to the church by this Sunday, August 13, so that we may have them to the children before school starts.

Welcoming UVA Students – Please help welcome students and their families to UVA during Move-In Weekend, Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19. Will, Elaine, and student parishioner leaders plan to greet students and their families, help students move into their rooms, pass out cookies, and share information about the Canterbury program. We need parishioners to bake cookies (lots of them!) for use in this welcoming effort. Please drop off your cookies in the parish hall by the morning of Friday, August 18. We also need volunteers of all ages to join in our greeting effort throughout the weekend. There are many opportunities to help. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details and to volunteer.

Acolyte Recognition – Next Sunday St. Paul's will recognize Katherine Webber, who graduated from Charlottesville High School this past June. While a student at CHS, Katherine was drum major for the marching band and played field hockey, earning 2nd team all-conference honors. Katherine will attend the University of Virginia this fall as an Echols Scholar and a Skinner Scholar. She is interested in studying Environmental Studies, Sustainability, and possibly Urban Planning. On Sunday, August 20, we will show our appreciation to Katherine for the many years of service she has provided as candlebearer, server, and crucifer. We wish her great success in her future endeavors.

St. Paul's 2017 Outreach and Service Grants:

African Development Project (ADP) ($2,500), help for schoolchildren in Kenya and small farmers in Uganda.

Alliance for Interfaith Ministry (AIM) ($10,000), a cooperative effort among area churches to supply emergency needs for people in crisis.

Bread & Roses, Trinity Episcopal Church ($500), supports teaching the individual skills of gardening, cooking and nutrition for a healthy and just community food system.

Camp Holiday Trails ($800), camp for children with special medical needs.

Charis Community ($100), an intentional community renovating space to house LGBTQ young people.

The Emergency Food Network ($500), provides a 3-day supply of food for local residents in crisis.

The Free Clinic ($750), support for the dental clinic.

The Haiti Mission Foundation ($900), an all-volunteer local group supporting an orphanage in Haiti.

The Haven ($500), a day center for the homeless.

• IMPACT ($1,200), an interfaith community working to improve local social, economic, and educational opportunities.

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry ($500), provides free produce and staples for needy households.

PACEM ($750), provides food and shelter for the homeless in winter months.

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) ($500), assists victims of sexual assault.

Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) ($500), provides shelter and support for victims of domestic violence.

Outreach and Service Commission: Anne Ribble and Kay Slaughter, co-chairs; Stephanie Bolton, Anne Cressin, John Frazee, Sue Rainey, and Sarah Strasen.



Prayers of the Parish


Holding each other's joys, sorrows and concerns before God in prayer is a spiritual practice that characterizes our life together at St. Paul's. In our worship services we pray each other's prayers together. Outside of our time together many parishioners make it part of their daily lives to pray the prayers of the parish community. You are invited to participate in your own way.

Thanks be to God

for the ministry of Choir Director Daniel Hine and the Chancel Choir, as they prepare for the new program year in "Choir Boot Camp" this month, and for the culinary gifts of chorister Jinx Kern, who prepared a kick-off dinner for the choir on Wednesday.

for the work of International Neighbors and the leadership of Jeannie Long in our school-supplies drive for the benefit of refugee children.

for the birth on Monday of Caitlyn Marie Cressin, granddaughter of parishioners Anne and Michael Cressin.

for the generosity of all who have made 2017 pledges, and all the members and friends of St. Paul's who support our ministries.

Godspeed and blessings

to long-serving acolyte Katherine Webber as she prepares for her first year as a UVA student and Skinner scholar.

Your prayers are requested

for members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including Rod Sinclair, David Nelson, Karin, Anne, Evelyn, Harry, JT, Betty, Bill Rambo, Lucy, Liz, Robert, Dorothy, Ted, Virginia, Anne, Bill, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Gena, Ruth, Derek, Jean Turman, Lee, Elizabeth, Guy and Mary Ann, Madeleine, Brett Blizzard, David, William, Christine, Ellis, Ernst, Lucia, Lila, Beverly, Angie, Ray, Hayden, and Ellen.

for Samantha Baggett, daughter of David and the Rev. Heather Baggett, to be baptized at St. Paul's this Sunday at the 5:30 p.m. service.

for the music ministry at St. Paul's as we seek a full-time Organist and Director of Music to work alongside Daniel Hine.

for children and students preparing for a new school year, especially for our refugee neighbors in Charlottesville for whom we are collecting school supplies and backpacks.

for our city and community; for the victims of racism, oppression, and brutality; and for those who serve the common good in law enforcement and the courts.

for St. Mary's, Colonial Beach, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.

for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Remo in Nigeria, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Michael Fape, according to the Anglican Cycle of Prayer.

We commend to God’s never-failing care

victims of violence and warfare throughout the world, including migrants and refugees who have died fleeing danger.

those whom we love but see no more, including Joshua Richardson.

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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