A Note from the Director of Children & Family Ministries

Dear St. Paul’s,

In four years of teaching Godly Play Sunday school classes here at St. Paul’s, one of my favorite moments comes when we tell the story of baptism. At the end of the story, one by one, each child receives a candle. The storyteller calls each child by name, lights a candle, and reminds the child to “Remember your baptism.” This is always a quiet moment, as each child anticipates receiving his or her candle. Even the kids who aren’t always tuned in seem to be moved by the ritual. Somewhere in there, they understand that they are called to spread the light of God in a world that cries out for it, and in receiving the candle from the Sunday school teacher, they understand that their church community believes that they are worthy messengers of God’s love, regardless of their ability to sit still, or pay attention, or have the right answers.

That moment of grace reminds me that God’s light can be spread by imperfect vessels. In remembering our baptisms we remember that God calls us to be instruments of his love, regardless of the world’s assessment of our abilities. My hope for all our children in Sunday school at St. Paul’s (and for the adults too!) is that we all learn that God can use every one of us, each with our own particular gifts and foibles, to spread his light. May you all find your light and remember your baptism.

To learn more about how you and your child(ren) can explore and express your faith at St. Paul’s, speak to me at church or send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

– E.D.

E. D. Rambo


This Sunday at St. Paul's

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Readings: Exodus 3:1-15 / Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c / Matthew 16:21-28)

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)

11:15 a.m. – Adult Forum: Hear from and about Skinner Scholar Peter Mwasunga and his journey from Tanzania to Charlottesville. Details below. (parish hall)

6:30 p.m. – Dinner for UVA Students (lounge)


Next Week at St. Paul's

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

Monday, September 4, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)

Tuesday, September 5, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)

Wednesday, September 6, 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer, followed by Family Wednesday Dinner & Activities, and Canterbury Fellowship Meeting (details below)

Wednesday, September 6, 6 p.m. – Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Meeting, led by the rector (canterbury house)

Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. – Rehearsal for the joint choirs of Charlottesville-area episcopal churches, in preparation for their participation in the September 7 service with the Presiding Bishop

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

(Just drop in, or contact Jody Lahendro for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Thursday, September 7, 5:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist with the Presiding Bishop

Sunday, September 10 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Readings: Exodus 12:1-14 / Psalm 149 / Matthew 18:15-20)


Hurricane Harvey Relief:

A Message from the Associate Rector


In the summer of 2005, I was asked to take on the role of diocesan coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. I accepted, having been assured that it consisted of writing a few thank you notes to donors and appeals to churches of the diocese once each year. Within a couple of weeks, Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast. Rather than occasional correspondence, my hand could hardly hold a pen after the hundreds of notes I wrote thanking people for their generosity. ER-D's income from contributions, usually in the $12-15 million range skyrocketed to roughly $35 million that year.

Disaster relief is only a small part of ER-D's work. They are dedicated to the long, deep work of development, whether recovering from natural disaster or equipping communities to be food secure with adequate, clean water supplies and access to healthcare. ER-D does not have a large staff going around the world to tell people how to do things, instead partnering with communities who know what the needs are and empowering them to act.

ER-D has set up a relief fund for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Working with the Dioceses of Texas and Louisiana, you may be assured that the funds raised will be put into the hands of those who are local, on the ground, and in touch with what the needs actually are. Our plate offering during the Presiding Bishop's visit on Thursday, September 7, will be sent to ER-D. Checks may be made payable to St. Paul's with ER-D in the subject line. You may also make individual contributions online at http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response.

I also served on a rebranding advisory board with Episcopal Relief and Development sometime after Katrina. We came up with the tagline "Healing a hurting world." Our world continues to hurt, and we have the power to help. Please be generous.

– Elaine


St. Paul's News and Notes

Presiding Bishop to Preach at St. Paul’s – The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, will pay a pastoral visit to Charlottesville-area Episcopalians on Thursday, September 7, representing the prayerful concern of the whole Church in his role as our chief priest and pastor following the traumatic events of August 11 and 12. Bishop Curry will meet with local and diocesan leaders before arriving at St. Paul’s in the afternoon to spend time with UVA students and preach at a special service of Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. The offering at this service will be designated for Episcopal Relief and Development's Hurricaine Harvey Relief Fund (see above). The Diocese of Virginia's press release on the Presiding Bishop's visit to St. Paul's can be found here.

Adult Forum – Join us in the parish hall after this Sunday's 10 a.m. service for the first in a two-part series of forums focusing on the work of our Skinner Scholars.

  • Sunday, September 3: Hear from and about Skinner Scholar Peter Mwasunga and his journey from Tanzania to Charlottesville, and the involvement of several of last year's Skinner Scholars in making that journey happen.

  • Sunday, September 10: Fourth year Canterbury student SK Doyle will be discussing her experience as an intern with Thistle Farms this summer. She will be answering questions about her time in Nashville, as well as discussing trauma, theology, liturgy, and how the church can and should be responding to the population Thistle Farms serves.

Family Wednesday, September 6 at 5:30 p.m. – Be a part of Family Wednesdays at St. Paul’s this fall! On five Wednesdays, we’ll have fun for kids, fellowship for parents, and dinner for all following a brief, informal prayer service at 5:30 p.m. The first of these gatherings is next Wednesday, September 6 – co-hosted by E.D. Rambo and Carol Vincel – with outdoor games for children, and conversation for parents. Just show up, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information or to volunteer to pitch in. Future Family Wednesday dates: September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 13.

St. Paul’s Foyers – St. Paul’s Foyers are informal gatherings of small groups of parishioners – young and old, singles and couples – sharing food and fellowship rooted in a bond of Christian love and concern. And they’re a lot of fun! Foyers meet once a month from October through May for a simple meal, a short time of prayer or reflection, and casual conversation. Members of the group take turns “hosting” and bringing the appetizer, main dish, bread, side dishes, beverage, or a simple dessert, or leading/sharing a prayer. All are welcome to participate; you will be assigned a group depending on your availability. Sign up in the parish hall this Sunday, or contact Anne Cressin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 434-249-4362), Anne Ribble (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 434-996-8663), or the church office (434-295-2156).

Parish Picnic – On Sunday, September 17, following the 10 a.m. service, parishioners, newcomers, and visitors are invited to gather on the lawn outside the church for food and fellowship. Fried chicken and drinks will be provided; other main dishes, sides, and desserts are potluck. Please bring a dish to share and a blanket to sit on, and join us!

PACEM Benefit – On Sunday, September 10, from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on the downtown mall will host the Six Pack Songwriter Showcase to benefit PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry). For many years, St. Paul's has supported PACEM's efforts by offering shelter to homeless women in our community, and by providing annual outreach grants to help fund their ministry. The benefit concert will feature six local performers (Peyton Tochterman, Will Overman, Susan Munson, John Kelly, Debra Guy, Mark Roebuck), all donating their time so that PACEM will receive 65% of the evening's proceeds. As a result, this is a great opportunity to raise funds for PACEM while also hearing great local music. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Outreach and Service Opportunities in our Community:

  • Schoolhouse Thrift Shop – Make friends, provide a listening ear, and shop while supporting Episcopal outreach efforts by volunteering at the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, an outreach ministry of the Charlottesville region of the diocese. Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts to help process donated goods, keep the shop organized, and assist customers. Contact manager (and fellow parishioner) 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. or 434-973-2271 for more information.

  • Salvation Army – Looking for a fun way to serve people in need? Small groups of St. Paul's parishioners serve dinner at the Salvation Army downtown almost every Thursday from September through May, and additional help is needed. To learn more about the possibilities for various levels of commitment, and how to explore this ministry as an individual or with a friend or family member, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-962-9075.



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 messages of prayer, support, and concern shared with St. Paul's from around the world since August 12.

for the hospitality and culinary skllls of parishioners who prepared and served food for students last week, especially Sheila Haughey, Paul Legrand, Donna Price, William Taylor, Christie Thomas, Lloyd Snook, and Erika Viccellio.

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, Lucy, Liz, Robert, Dorothy, Ted, Virginia, Anne, Bill, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Gena, Ruth, Derek, Jean Turman, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann, Madeleine, Brett Blizzard, David, Christine, Ellis, Ernst, Lucia, Lila, Beverly, Angie, Ray & Hayden, Ellen, Eleanor, Marcus, the Barbour family, Mary, the Hanson family, Richard Carveth, the Jazzaeri family, David Lee, Sandra Bolton, Lynn, Jimmie.

this Labor Day weekend for the whole community of St. Paul’s in all the various work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and for all workers and the unemployed, that their labor be conformed and blessed to God's purposes, and honored with a proper return.

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 all those injured and traumatized in our community by the events of August 11 and 12.

for all who suffer in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, including the bereaved and the homeless.

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

for the people, ministries, and Bishops of the Dioceses of San Diego and San Joaquin, 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 who have died in the floods in Texas and Louisiana.

all whom we love but see no more, including Joseph Abramo.

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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