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A Note from the Associate Rector
 
Dear St. Paul’s,
 
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them… (James 5:13-14a)
 
To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another
 the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith 
by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit… (1 Corinthians 12:8-9)
 
The ministry of healing is as old as the Church. To gather as a community of faith and pray for the particular needs of our members is one way in which we support one another in our common life. Just as some are called to ministries of preaching and teaching, some are called to ministries of healing.
 
Healing is not about curing someone’s illness or working some miraculous recovery. No, it is about being present with our neighbors in their suffering, bearing one another’s burdens, offering prayers on their behalf. To have one’s deepest needs heard by another and offered to God in love can bring extraordinary relief to the sick and those in any kind of need.
 
Beginning this Sunday, October 1, those among us who have discerned a call to healing ministry will be available in the chapel during communion to pray with anyone who desires it. Serving in pairs, we will ask your name and the need for which you ask, and we will lay hands on you and pray. Your prayers will be kept in confidence and will not be discussed with you at any time following. This is an opportunity for you to allow others to offer prayers for you or someone dear to you, to offer healing as a “testimony to the wholeness and salvation God intends for us” (Enriching Our Worship 2, p. 16). 
 
If you desire such prayers, you may come to the chapel at the invitation to communion and kneel at the communion rail one at a time, after which you may return to your place to receive the Eucharist with those gathered at the Holy Table.
 
– Elaine
 
The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas
 
This Sunday at St. Paul's
 
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Philippians 2:1-13 / Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 / Matthew 21:23-32)
 
8 a.m.Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)
 
9:30 a.m. - noon 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. Youth: Conversation and Bodo's (meet in Chancellor Street lobby)
 
11:15 a.m.Adult Forum: "What Is Church For?" The second in a three-part series with Rector Will Peyton. (parish hall)
 
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
 
 
St. Paul's News and Notes
 
Pastoral Note The parish gives thanks for the life of Ellen Schuman, who died on September 25. A memorial service will be held for Ellen at St. Paul's this Friday, September 29, at 10 a.m. Please remember Ellen, as well as her family and loved ones, in your prayers.
 
Blessing of the Animals – Next Wednesday, October 4, we’ll celebrate St. Francis Day by moving the regular 5:30 p.m. service outdoors for the Blessing of the Animals. All creatures great and small (as well as stuffed or photographed) are invited for blessing, and all humans great and small are welcome to stay for dinner, also outdoors.
 
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.
 
A Request from the Rector We are updating our database and we need your assistance. To help our clergy and staff reach parishioners more easily, please provide us with your cell phone number here. This should take you less than 30 seconds and it will help us out enormously. If you have any questions or would like to provide us with additional information, please email Alice Fitch or call the church office at 434-295-2156.
 
First Sunday Suppers Just as we offer our Sunday dinners following the 5:30 p.m. service for our Canterbury students and youth, we are also launching a "No-Host" Sunday supper on the first Sunday of the month for others who would like to gather in fellowship. This Sunday, October 1, we'll pop down to Crozet Pizza on Elliewood for some pizza and beverage of choice following the service. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Generation Wise Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, October 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the church lounge. After a summertime to check out three books with differing views on the ‘emerging’ church, the one chosen as basis for our upcoming conversations is Brian McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian. We'll start with Part I with emphasis on Chapter 3, “Learning How to Love.” Taizé chant again serves as our opening and closing, thanks to David Slezak, renewed by an 8-day retreat in Taizé. New participants are especially welcomed as we restart this fall. If more information is desired, contact Jean or Bill Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-975-1605.
 
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.
 
St. Paul’s Helps Victims of Domestic Violence Through SHE Many of us have known of instances of domestic violence – in our families, among our friends and neighbors, and in our community. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Monday, October 2, at 7 p.m., the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) will hold its annual Candlelight Vigil in Justice Park. In addition to music from the Charlottesville Women’s Choir and readings, there will be the remembering of 78 local people who died from domestic violence since 1979. This is always a meaningful event for those who attend.
 
SHE provides a 24-hour crisis hotline and emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy and court accompaniment along with programs for children and teens and Spanish-speaking services. Annually, the local group receives nearly 1200 hotline calls and provides approximately 5,000 nights of safe shelter to more than 400 adults and children.
 
During the day of Monday, October 2, SHE staff and volunteers will be available at the Free Speech Wall near City Hall to answer questions and to encourage messages of support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 
 
(This is the first of occasional articles about organizations funded by St. Paul’s through its Vestry and Outreach and Service Commission)
 
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 ministry of the Rev. Matthew Lukens, a former Skinner Scholar who was ordained out of St. Paul's, as he begins working as a chaplain with the Canterbury program at the University of Michigan.
 
for the lives and ministries of the Rev. Henry Mitchell and the Rev. Ted Evans, in whose memory a new playground was dedicated at Trinity, Preston Avenue, last Sunday.
 
for the marriage of Patrick McGettigan and Elliott Glass, married at St. Paul's last Saturday.
 
for the new life in Christ of Loretta Jane Greene and David Colston Lewis, baptized at St. Paul's last Sunday.
 
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, Liz, Robert, Dorothy, Ted, Virginia, Anne, Bill, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Gena, Ruth, Derek, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann, Brett Blizzard, David, Christine, Ellis & Kristi, Bud, Lucia, Lila M., Beverly, Angie, Ray & Hayden, 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, Tim, Bill.
 
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 natural disasters, including the bereaved and the homeless.
 
for all victims of domestic violence, as we begin Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
 
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 Cristo Rey, Arlington; San Jose, Alexandria; Christ Church, Brandy Station; and Immanuel (Old Church), Mechanicsville, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
 
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Southern Philippines, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Danilo Labacanacruz Bustamante, 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 Briana Bugg, Jamie Davila, Matthew Lee Dewhirst, Mary Jane Ellsworth, Ellen Schuman.
 
Sydney D. Elliott, 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
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12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
Wednesdays
5:30 p.m.
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