A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
Recent Wednesday evenings at St. Paul’s have seen a cookout, a pizza night, maracas accompanying a cappella singing, children serving as lectors, a superb homily from an undergraduate and we’re just getting started. If you haven’t experienced 5:30 Wednesday evening prayer this fall, I hope to see you there soon.
On October 4, we’ll celebrate St. Francis Day by moving the regular 5:30 Wednesday service outdoors for the Blessing of the Animals. All creatures great and small (as well as stuffed or photographed) are welcome and invited for blessing, and all humans great and small are welcome and invited for dinner, also outdoors.
Inside, on Wednesday, October 11, we’ll celebrate the African Development Project, St. Paul’s decades-long ministry in East Africa, with the annual Harambee feast in the parish hall following the 5:30 service. ADP is in an exciting period of revitalization and new possibilities, not least because of the visit Kelli Olson and Cindy Cartwright paid this summer to all three of the projects ADP supports in Kenya and Uganda. At the Harambee, we’ll hear about their trip as well as the past, present, and future of ADP.
Later in the fall, the Wednesday calendar includes parish-wide celebrations for All Saints’ Day and St. Nicholas Day, as well as three more Family Wednesdays, including a caroling party. Why be anywhere else on Wednesday evening?
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Exodus 16:2-15 / Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 / Matthew 20:1-16)
8 a.m.Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Nursery care: 0-4 year olds (Sunday school wing)
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)
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with the Chancel Choir (festive, intergenerational)
11:15 a.m.Sunday School: 4 years old-1st grade / 2nd-3rd grade / 4th-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
11:15 a.m. Conversation and Bodo's for Youth (meet in Chancellor Street lobby)
11:15 a.m.Adult Forum: "What Is Church For?" The first of a three-part series with Rector Will Peyton. (parish hall)
12:30 p.m. – Playground Dedication at Trinity Episcopal Church (details below)
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
6:30 p.m.Dinner for UVA Students and Youth (lounge)
6:30 p.m. Youth Group (upstairs, following the dinner)
Next Week at St. Paul's
Weekdays at 8 a.m.Morning Prayer (chapel)
Monday, September 25, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, September 26, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, September 27, 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. – Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Gathering, led by the rector (Canterbury house)
Thursday, September 28, 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, October 1Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Paul's News and Notes
This Sunday's 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 the Rev. Ted Evans and the Rev. 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.
St. Paul’s in Haiti  A small group from St. Paul’s is planning a visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti in November to explore the possibility of a partnership with a parish-and-school community. The response to the Rev. Roger Bowen’s presentation on Haiti partnerships at our Shrine Mont weekend in July was overwhelmingly positive, and we are moving forward under his guidance. Traveling to Haiti with Roger over the weekend of November 12 will be the rector; parishioner Mary Preston, a medical doctor with extensive experience in Haiti; Vestry member Michele Claibourn; and Canterbury leader and choir member Lachlan Hassman. The group will report on their experience to the Vestry, and may choose to recommend that the Vestry formally approve the establishment of a partnership with an Episcopal community in Haiti. Such a partnership holds the potential for two or three visits a year, including opportunities for youth-group and Canterbury trips. Please pray for the first group of travelers and for our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Haiti!
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.
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 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 gracious hospitality ministry of Donna Price, Dorothy Carney, Michele Allen, Christie Thomas, and all who made last Sunday's picnic such a success.
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, the Jazzaeri family, Sandra Bolton, Lynn, Jimmie, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Sandra Ball, Pierce, Libba, Jim, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, David, Doug, Nayademar & her family, the Free Clinic staff.
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 recent hurricanes, 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 Bishops of the Episcopal Church as they gather for their House of Bishops meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Southeast Florida, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Leopold Frade, and their Bishop Coadjutor, the Rt. Rev. Peter David Eaton, 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 Jamie Davila, Mary Jane Ellsworth, Eleanor Boothe Smith.

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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