A Note from Vestry Member Michele Allen
Dear St. Paul’s,
After a busy summer, one that included more than its fair share of turmoil for our community, it is time to come together for a new season of fellowship and service. Our annual kickoff gathering, the Parish Picnic, is this Sunday, September 17. With the promise of good food and even better company, we can get ready for the coming year. 
With the picnic comes the opportunity to learn about the various ministries at St. Paul's and their role in our community. For the past couple of years, we've done this through a Ministries Fair held at the same time but removed from the picnic. This year, we will be trying something different. There will be no tables with signup sheets for you to browse; instead, the leaders and members of the various ministries will be at the picnic, in the midst of the fun and food. They will be readily visible, so take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the different ways to serve at St. Paul's. Even if you don't feel this is the time to join one or any of the ministries, do take a moment to learn what they are about and how they help to make this church our home.
– Michele
Michele Allen
Co-chaplain of the Vestry
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Exodus 14:19-31 / Psalm 114 / Matthew 18:21-35)
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.Parish Potluck Picnic: Fried chicken and drinks will be provided; other main dishes, sides, and desserts are potluck. Bring a dish to share, a blanket to sit on, and join in! (lawn outside of church)
6:30 p.m.Dinner for UVA Students and Youth (lounge)
6:30 p.m. Youth Group (upstairs, following the dinner)
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Saturday, September 16, 11 a.m. St. Paul's at Cville Pride Festival (downtown Pavilion) (details below)
Weekdays at 8 a.m.Morning Prayer (chapel)
Monday, September 18, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, September 19, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m. – Vestry Meeting (lounge)
Wednesday, September 20, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, followed by Family Wednesday Dinner & Activities, and Canterbury Fellowship Meeting (details below)
Thursday, September 21, 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..)
Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry (lounge)
(Contact Margaret Haupt for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)
Sunday, September 24Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Exodus 16:2-15 / Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 / Matthew 20:1-16)
Sunday, September 24, 12:30 p.m. – Playground Dedication at Trinity Episcopal Church (details below)
St. Paul's News and Notes
Parish Potluck Picnic – This 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. Bring a dish to share, a blanket to sit on, and join in!
Help Represent St. Paul’s at Cville Pride Festival 2017 – Cville Pride Festival 2017 takes place at the downtown Pavilion this 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. Stop by the pavilion on Saturday to thank our volunteers and show your support.
Family Wednesday, September 20 – Family Wednesday starts with a brief, informal prayer service in the chapel at 5:30 p.m. and continues with fun for kids, fellowship and refreshments for parents, and dinner for all. More than fifty people participated in our first Family Wednesday of the fall. Don’t miss the next one! Just show up, or email 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. to learn more or to help out.
September 24 Playground Dedication at Trinity – Trinity Episcopal Church on Preston Avenue has invited St. Paul’s to join them on Sunday, September 24, at 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the dedication of a new playground in memory of Ted Evans and Henry Mitchell. Please join us as we renew our friendship with Trinity and honor two of our courageous forebears in the churches of Charlottesville. More information can be found here.
Listen to the Presiding Bishop’s Sermon  The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry preached a rousing sermon to a packed house at St. Paul’s last week. Listen here.
Hurricane Relief – Episcopal Relief and Development has partners on the ground right now offering relief to devastated communities in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Donate by check to St. Paul’s (with “Hurricane Relief” in the memo) or online at www.episcopalrelief.org
Do You Have Children? – If the answer is yes, you should be on our St. Paul’s Families email list to receive news about the nursery, Sunday school, and family events. Contact Office Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (alice.fitch@stpauslmemorialchurch.org or 434-295-2156) to add your email address.
Sunday Dinner Volunteers Needed – St. Paul's provides dinner for UVA students every Sunday following the 5:30 Evening Prayer service, and each week a parishioner (or group of parishioners) volunteers to bring a dish for the dinner. Many students attend this service, and the meal creates a great community atmosphere. If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: 434-295-2156 or john.reid@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org.
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 at the picnic 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).
CROP Walk Against Hunger, Sunday, October 8 – Anyone can participate with St. Paul’s in the Charlottesville CROP Hunger Walk! Sign up to walk, donate, or both at the table in the Chancellor St. hallway on upcoming Sundays. Proceeds support local and global anti-hunger and anti-poverty projects (25% to our local Meals on Wheels and Emergency Food Network, 75% to Church World Service). The leisurely six-mile walk (or a three-mile option) begins downtown at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 8. More information about St. Paul’s participation is available at the table.
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 volunteers, and Cindy and Kelli’s reports. Learning about their experiences will enable those present 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 office@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org. 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.
Upcoming Community Events
Welcoming Week – Welcoming Greater Charlottesville, an affiliate of Welcoming America, which seeks to embrace refugees and immigrants in our common life, is participating in a nationwide Welcoming Week from September 15-24. Faith communities are particularly invited to a time of conversation and fellowship at the Islamic Society of Central Virginia on Sunday, September 17, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. facilitated by our Associate Rector, Elaine Ellis Thomas. The entire schedule for the week may be found here.
United Nations Association Meeting All are welcome to the first fall meeting of the local United Nations Association, Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter on Sunday, September 17, at 3 p.m, at the Unitarian Church (717 Rugby Road). Dr. James R. Sofka will present current information on the European Union after Brexit. More information can be found here. For further information, contact Susan Roberts: 434-409-0264 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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 birth on Tuesday or Maisie Jones, granddaughter of our sexton, Andre Jones.
for the recent pastoral visit to Charlottesville of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
for the lives and ministries of the Rev. Henry Mitchell and the Rev. Ted Evans, in whose memory a new playground will be dedicated at Trinity, Preston Avenue, on Sunday, September 24.
for the work of Bruce Carveth and the entire Communications Ministry and Editorial Team for their work on the latest issue of The Beacon.
for the marriage of Alex Pine and Betsy Ribble (daughter of parishioners Fred and Anne Ribble), last weekend in Crozet.
for the generosity of the congregation on September 7, when we raised over $7,000 for E-RD's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
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 & Kristi, Ernst, Lucia, Lila M., Beverly, Angie, Ray & Hayden, Ellen, Eleanor, Marcus, the Barbour family, Mary, the Hanson family, Richard Carveth, the Jazzaeri family, Sandra Bolton, Lynn, Jimmie, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Sandra Ball, Pierce, Libba, Jim, Sarah, Mary Jane, Richard, Sammie.
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 those preparing for baptism, including the Lewis family and the Greene/Lum family.
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 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 Emmanuel, Middleburg, and St. James-the-Less, Ashland, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Sodor & Man in England, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Peter Eagles, 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 recent natural disasters.
all whom we love but see no more, including Eleanor Boothe Smith.
Mary and Whit Dennison, in whose loving memory this Sunday's flowers are given.

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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