A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
I am overjoyed to tell you that Deke Polifka has accepted our call to serve as Director of Music and Organist beginning January 7. As the first full-time musician at St. Paul’s in decades, Deke will work with me in liturgical planning, oversee all parish music, and grow a children’s music program. In all this work, Deke will have the benefit of Daniel Hine’s gifts as a vocalist, pianist, and conductor as Daniel shifts into his new role as Music Associate.
Deke has served since 2006 as Organist and Choirmaster at Grace and St. Stephen’s Church in Colorado Springs, where he has built a music program that is widely regarded as the most robust in the Diocese of Colorado, with nearly one hundred participants, including children and youth in a graded program affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music. He recently led an intergenerational group of fifty choristers on a pilgrimage through England, performing in Shrewsbury, Hereford, Oxford, and Canterbury. Deke also manages a concert series at the parish and serves as Assistant Conductor for the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble.
When Deke met recently with a group of choir members and parishioners at St. Paul’s, among the comments I received were these: “We would be crazy not to call Deke as our next Director of Music,” and “Hire him now and rejoice!” I share that enthusiasm about the prospect of Deke’s arrival, and I know you will too. As they prepare for this momentous move, please pray for Deke, his wife Joyce, and their children Elle (10), Luke (3), and Jane (18 months).
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Exodus 33:12-23 / Psalm 99 / Matthew 22:15-22)
8 a.m.Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)
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)
9:30 a.m. - noon Nursery care: 0-4 year olds (Sunday school wing)
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 (7th-12th grade): Conversation and Bodo's (meet in Chancellor Street lobby)
11:15 a.m.Adult Forum (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: 7th-12th grade (upstairs, following the dinner)
Next Week at St. Paul's
Weekdays at 8 a.m.Morning Prayer (chapel)
Monday, October 23, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, October 24, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, October 24, 6 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting (library)
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m. IMPACT Annual Assembly at the Church of the Incarnation (details below)
Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m. – Vestry Meeting (lounge)
Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer
Wednesday, October 25, 6 p.m. Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Gathering, led by the rector (Canterbury house)
Thursday, October 26, 7:30 a.m. – Morning Bible Study (library) (details below)
Friday, October 27 Youth Group Overnight Lock-In
Sunday, October 29Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
Stewardship 2018
The discipline of sharing our earthly goods with our own community and those in need is an essential part of the Christian life. Each of us is called to identify the places in our lives where we see God's work being done on earth, and to support that work financially. If you think of St. Paul's as your church, it follows that you see God's work being done through the ministries we share, and that you will want to support St. Paul's.
The best way for a parishioner to support St. Paul's is to make a "pledge," which is a statement of intention regarding your giving for the coming calendar year. Pledge cards for 2018 are available beginning this Sunday. Please do not be in a hurry to return your pledge card. We ask that you take some time to consider your pledge, and bring your pledge card to church on Sunday, November 19. In the meantime, keep your heart and mind open to communications from the rector and parishioners in the coming weeks, including in this Sunday's adult forum at 11:15.
In the end, the right amount for you to pledge is an amount that you can give joyfully. The right amount will not be so large as to make you fearful or resentful, and not so small that you won't notice the difference in the context of your own income and budget. Within these guidelines, everyone can be generous, regardless of income level. Pledges for 2018 may be paid in any number of installments, at any time during the calendar year, by cash, check, credit card, or stock transfer. Thank you for joining your fellow parishioners in stretching our generosity muscles together.
St. Paul's News and Notes
IMPACT – Help create a community of justice! The IMPACT Annual Assembly will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Church of the Incarnation. We will gather with hundreds of neighbors from 26 diverse congregations, get updates on our current efforts to improve the availability of affordable housing for seniors, as well as vote on a new issue to work on this year; will it be healthcare, immigrant conditions, or housing? Come pray, sing, celebrate, and kick off a year where we'll make an IMPACT! Questions? Contact John Frazee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-242-0103.
Goodbye Luke, Hello Romans! – The Morning Bible Study group meets in the church library Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 over coffee to discuss readings from a selected book of the bible. Formerly the “Men’s Bible Study,” we now welcome everyone to our mornings of good fellowship and inspiring conversation (Acts 2:42). On Thursday, October 26, we begin exploring our next selected Bible book – Romans. As always, no prior familiarity with the readings is required. Please join us! Contact Jody at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.
Chili and Pumpkin Carving – On Sunday, October 29, after the 10 a.m. service, parishioners of all ages will gather for chili, apple cider, and pumpkin-decorating! St. Paul's will provide the cider and the fixings, but we need volunteers to bring chili, cornbread and sweets. Email E.D. Rambo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up. BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) to carve, as well as a carving tool. This is always great fun, so come join us and get ready for Halloween!
All Saints' Celebrations
  • On Wednesday, November 1, All Saints' Day, our usual 5:30 p.m. service moves from the Chapel into the Church. We’ll use the same basic form for worship we’ve been using on Wednesdays an informal service of prayer and song, with a short homily but we’ll include some special music from the choir. Like all our Wednesday services, this one will be brief and kid-friendly. Immediately following the service, we’ll gather for an All Saints’ pot-luck dinner, with our Canterbury undergraduate fellowship as our guests. Bring a favorite dish or passed-down recipe from one of the saints in your life, and we’ll label the dishes to mark who is being celebrated and remembered.
  • On All Saints' Sunday, November 5, we’ll celebrate three new “saints” two adults and a baby with baptisms at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m, and we’ll read the names of members and loved ones who have died since last All Saints’ Day at all three services. Anyone who has been in the weekly prayers for the dead will be automatically included; to double-check, or to add a name, call or email Office Manager Alice Fitch (434-295-2156 or alice.fitch@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org). To memorialize someone who died prior to last All Saints’, you can contribute to memorial flowers for any Sunday (more details below).
Flower Memorials – Interested in offering a flower memorial? The St. Paul's Flower Guild will create a beautiful arrangement to honor your loved one. Contact Claire Nachbar to set it up: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 872-9232.
Upcoming Community Events
Local United Nations Chapter to Honor African Development Project – On Sunday, October 22, at 3 p.m., the annual celebration of the founding of the UN in October 1945 will take place at the Unitarian Church (717 Rugby Road). The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (a to do list by 2030) will be the topic of the meeting of the local chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA). The speaker will be Troy Wolfe, Senior Director of Education Program and Learning for the UNA. At this event the African Development Project, to which St. Paul's has offered leadership, will be recognized for its 30+ years of commitment in supporting and sustaining local communities in Uganda and Kenya. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
PACEM Benefit Fire will be performing a concert on Sunday, October 22, at 3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (500 Park Street). Featuring the world premiere of Alice Parker's "Beloved, God's Chosen," the concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will benefit PACEM. Fire is a Charlottesville-based women’s a cappella chamber ensemble whose members share both a desire to live grounded in the Divine and a great joy in singing well together.
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 Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa and our former rector Jim Richardson, priest-in-charge, as they serve the urgent needs of a community devastated by wildfires.
for the hospitality and generosity of Georgie and Herb Kettler, who prepared dinner for our UVA students 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, Bud, Lucia, Lila M., Beverly, Eleanor, Marcus, the Barbour family, Mary, the Hanson family, Sandra Bolton, Lynn, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Sandra Ball, Pierce, Libba, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, David, Doug, Naydamar & her family, the Free Clinic staff, Tim, Katherine, Lana, Chester, Jim.
for our next Director of Music and his family as they prepare to move to Charlottesville after Christmas: Deke, Joyce, Elle, Luke, and Jane Polifka.
for the Rt. Rev. Edwin "Ted" Gulick, the Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, as he prepares to retire at the end of this year.
for those preparing for marriage, including Stephany Lazo and William Lee (grandson of Frances Lee-Vandell), to be married Saturday at Christ Church, Charlottesville.
for those preparing for baptism, including Christine Black, Gabi DiMarco, and Hank Greene.
for those left homeless by the California wildfires, including parishioners of the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa.
for all who suffer in the wake of recent natural disasters, 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 McIlhany Parish, Albemarle; St. Peter's, Oak Grove; and Little Fork, Rixeyville, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Temotu in Melanesia, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Leonard Dawea, 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.
all whom we love but see no more, including James G. Boatner (Jane Boatner's father); William E. Borah (brother of Ginger Meislahn); former vestry member John Lowe, who died at home in Maryland last Sunday; Jimmie Meese Moomaw (Betsy Peyton's mother); Melissa Nunn; and Walter Sablinsky (Corky's husband), who died October 7.
Mary Crockett Martin and Sally Anna Evans, 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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