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A Note from the Rector

Dear St. Paul’s,

Unless you’ve been around St. Paul’s longer than most – meaning at least 56 years – you won’t have firsthand memories of the Rev. Theodore Evans, who served as rector from 1947 to 1961. You might be surprised to know how many of your fellow parishioners do remember him personally, and how much his legacy has meant to St. Paul’s.

Ted Evans was a faithful pastor whose time of leadership at St. Paul’s included milestones in the history of our buildings, Sunday school, and university ministry. But he is best remembered for his principled stance on the most urgent issue of the day. He spoke out publicly in favor of racial integration, refused a request for St. Paul’s to host a private school for white children when the Charlottesville schools closed, and reminded the parish, which was not of one mind, that “the breakdown of the differences of race, color, and culture was one of the first accomplishments of the followers of Jesus.”

During his time at St. Paul’s, Ted Evans forged a friendship and partnership with the Rev. Henry Mitchell, the African-American vicar of Trinity Episcopal Church, founded decades earlier by the Diocese as a mission to the “colored.” Driving down Preston Avenue recently, you may have noticed a new playground taking shape at Trinity, including an outdoor worship space.

Trinity has invited all of St. Paul’s to join them at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, to celebrate the dedication of the playground in memory of Ted Evans and Henry Mitchell. I look forward to seeing many of you there – those who’ve been around 56 years and more, and those who haven’t – as we renew our friendship with Trinity and honor two of our courageous forebears in the churches of Charlottesville.

– Will

The Rev. William Peyton

 

This Sunday at St. Paul's

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

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: Fourth year Canterbury student and Skinner Scholar SK Doyle will be discussing her experience as an intern with Thistle Farms. (parish hall)

12:15 p.m. – Skinner Scholar Luncheon (parish hall)

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

6:30 p.m. – Youth Group (upstairs youth room)

 

Next Week at St. Paul's

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

Monday, September 11, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)

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

Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer (chapel)

Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m. – Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Meeting, led by the rector (canterbury house)

Thursday, September 14, 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..)

Sunday, September 17 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Readings: Exodus 14:19-31 / Psalm 114 / Matthew 18:21-35)

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief

   
   

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 at today's 5:30 p.m. service with the Presiding Bishop 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.

 

St. Paul's News and Notes

Presiding Bishop to Preach at St. Paul’s TODAY – The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, is paying a pastoral visit to Charlottesville-area Episcopalians today, 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 this 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 second in a two-part series of forums focusing on the work of our Skinner Scholars. 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. While at Thistle Farms, SK led a weekly art therapy group with the residents, and she will also be leading us in a writing activity she led with the residents.

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. If one member doesn’t have space to host the group, someone else will host twice, so don’t let a lack of space prevent you from signing up. All are welcome to participate; you will be assigned a group depending on your availability. More information about St. Paul's Foyers can be found here. 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!

St. Paul's Families E-mail List – If you'd like to receive information about upcoming family events at St. Paul's, as well as church school and nursery news, please add your name to our St. Paul's Families email list. To sign up, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the church office, 434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Logistical Changes in Heather Warren’s Ministry at St. Paul’s – Parishioners who know the Rev. Dr. Heather Warren primarily through her leadership in Sunday worship may not realize that her full-time job is in the Religious Studies Department at the University, where she is an associate professor specializing in American religious history. In order to make the best use of Heather’s quarter-time commitment as an assisting priest at St. Paul’s, she is starting a new work schedule this fall. Heather will help lead the 10 a.m. service three out of four Sundays, and either the 8 a.m. or the 5:30 p.m. on approximately half of those Sundays. She will also make a few pastoral calls each week. This Sunday is Heather’s first “off” Sunday of the fall.

Help Represent St. Paul’s at Cville Pride Festival 2017 – Cville Pride Festival 2017 takes place at the downtown Pavilion next Saturday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Paul’s parishioners will have a table at the festival for the simple purpose of maintaining a friendly presence and distributing information about our worship services and ministries. As long as many houses of worship are not fully open to LGBTQ Christians and seekers, it’s important for all our neighbors to know that they are welcome here. Sign up for a time slot at the St. Paul’s table by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the church office, 434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or just stop by the pavilion next Saturday to thank our volunteers and show your support.

Music Director Search – The search for a full-time Director of Music and Organist is well underway. Having received more than thirty applications from around the country, the rector is working on selecting a few finalists to invite to meet with representatives of the choir and congregation.

Sunday Dinner Volunteers Needed – The new school year has started and Sunday night meals for students and youth have begun. Each week a parishioner (or group of parishioners) volunteers to bring a dish for the dinner that follows the Sunday evening 5:30 service. Many students attend this service, and the meal creates a great community atmosphere. Anyone interested in this ministry, regardless of experience, should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: 434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

African Development Project’s Harambee* Dinner – Join us on Wednesday, October 11, at 5:30 p.m. for Evening Prayer followed at 6 p.m. by a festive dinner and presentations by St. Paul’s Cindy Cartwright and Kelli Olson, who recently visited the three projects in Kenya and Uganda we help support. We’ll gather in St. Paul’s parish hall for a sale of East African jewelry and crafts, followed by dinner prepared by our volunteers and Cindy and Kelli’s reports. Learning about their experiences will enable us to better know and appreciate the leaders and resourceful participants and the challenges they face.

Since it began at St. Paul’s in 1985, ADP has supported specific effective programs in East Africa. The current projects include an elementary school where we provide fees, food, and clothes for over 60 orphans; the Kitui Development Center, which sponsors women’s empowerment groups and a Rescue Center for children and youth withdrawn from child labor and abuse; and a World Neighbors’ program in Uganda enabling villagers to improve their health and income by raising goats, pigs, chickens and better crops.

Please RSVP to St. Paul’s This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information or to bring food or help in other ways, contact Sue Rainey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 434-293-4979. More information about ADP can be found here.

*Harambee means “pulling together” and describes a Kenyan custom. When a family needs a new roof or a cow, for example, they hold a big party with lots of food, and the guests leave a gift of money. This event is a fundraiser.

 

 

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 pastoral visit to Charlottesville of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

for the ministries of the Rev. Henry Mitchell and the Rev. Ted Evans, in whose honor a new playground will be dedicated at Trinity, Preston Avenue, on Sunday, September 24.

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, Betty, Lucy, Liz, Robert, Dorothy, Ted, Virginia, Anne, Bill, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Gena, Ruth, Derek, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann, Brett Blizzard, David, Christine, Ellis, Ernst, Lucia, Lila M., 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, Ronald, Sophie, Jane.

for parishioners preparing for holy matrimony, including Patrick McGettigan and Elliott Glass, who will be married at St. Paul's on Saturday, September 23.

for David Colston Lewis, son of Clare and Chris Lewis and grandson of David Lewis, and Henry Bennett Greene, son of Matthew Greene and Jillian Lum, to be baptized at St. Paul's on Sunday, September 24.

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 Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, 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 Christ Church, Winchester, and Grace Church, Goochland, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.

for the people and ministries of the Province of the Indian Ocean, and for their Archbishop, the Most Rev. James Richard Wong Yin Song, 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.

Virginia Hart Reid, in whose loving memory this Sunday's flowers are given.

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
Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
Tuesdays
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
Wednesdays
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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