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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
*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.