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.
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.