A Note from Vestry Member William Taylor
Dear St. Paul’s,
As a millennial member of St. Paul’s, I am grateful to give to the church, and to support and ensure the continuation of St. Paul’s community and mission.
In our pews, you will find educators, businessmen and women, laborers, makers, artists and non-profit workers. We value education and care about the less-fortunate. We vary in age, race and ethnicity, and come from many different socioeconomic backgrounds and political affiliations. Because of our diversity, we have different levels of income and giving. Personally, I look at giving as an investment, and I find great joy in making an investment in this community, the St. Paul’s community. Here, we emphasize service to the UVA community, and recognize and celebrate God’s love. We are open and affirming, support PACEM-related programming, and proudly led in resisting the recent hate-filled rallies. We are committed to our Canterbury ministry (shout out to Quentin and Cedric, my faith family!), young professionals, and grad students. Where else does that happen?
It can be a challenge to organize a personal or family budget around the principle of generosity. But it can also be a joyful kind of sacrifice, especially when we remember the place of St. Paul’s programs and facilities in our own lives and in our community. Giving generously to St. Paul’s helps me keep my faith central and that draws me closer to God. That is why I give. I give because I want to enjoy the community and the mission, and I want the next generation to do so as well. That is why I give, and I am grateful.
– William
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 / Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 / Matthew 22:34-46)
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.Pumpkin Carving for All Ages (details below)
No adult forum or Sunday school today.
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
6:30 p.m.Dinner for UVA Students (lounge)
No youth group meeting tonight.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Weekdays at 8 a.m.Morning Prayer (chapel)
Friday, October 27 - Youth Group Lock-In
Monday, October 30, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel) (details below)
Tuesday, October 31, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, November 1, 5:30 p.m. All Saints' Day Evening Prayer and Potluck Dinner (details below)
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 a.m. – Morning 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, November 5All Saints' Sunday (details below)
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.
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
Chili and Pumpkin Carving – This Sunday, October 29, after the 10 a.m. service, parishioners, visitors, and friends of all ages are invited for chili, apple cider, and pumpkin-decorating. BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) to carve, as well as a carving tool.
All Saints' Celebrations
  • Next 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 434-872-9232.
Vestry News – Vestry member Jeannie Long, elected to serve from 2016 through 2018, has resigned from the Vestry for personal and family reasons. The Vestry and staff are grateful for her faithful and energetic ministry, and will miss her contributions. Jeannie’s seat will remain vacant until our next Vestry election in January, at which point the congregation will elect four parishioners to three-year terms and one parishioner to serve the remaining year of Jeannie’s term.
Compline – Every Monday at 9 p.m., the ancient office of Compline is sung at St. Paul’s. Compline is a brief, quiet, candlelit service of prayer, contemplation, and a few simple chants. The service derives its name from the Latin completorium, meaning “completion,” and regular participants have found it to be the perfect way to complete the day. Compline is held in the chancel (up where the choir stalls are), and all are welcome. Try it once, once in a while, or every Monday! If you have questions about Compline, Christie Thomas would love to hear from you at 434-249-9668.
Forward Day by Day Meditations – New Forward Day by Day booklets for November through January are available in the pamphlet racks by the front door of the church. The booklets contain daily meditations on Bible passages selected from the daily lectionary, and can be a help to anyone seeking to develop or enrich a habit of daily prayer. St. Paul’s provides the booklets free of charge, and Forward Day by Day is also available here.
2017 Community Feast – St. Paul's is participating with other churches, retailers, community service organizations, and concerned citizens to provide Thanksgiving baskets to local families in need. This event is being organized by our neighbors at Ebenezer Baptist Church and will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. To find out how you can get involved in this effort, click here.
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 hospitality and generosity of Georgie and Herb Kettler, who prepared dinner for our UVA students the last two Sundays.
for the birth last Sunday in Brooklyn of Raija Harriet Taylor, daughter of Halley and Nathan Taylor, and granddaughter of Tony and Iris Potter.
for the marriage last Saturday at Christ Church of Stephany Lazo and William Lee (grandson of Frances Lee-Vandell).
for the faithful Vestry service of Jeannie Long from 2016 through last month.
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 Vest, Naydamar & her family, the Free Clinic staff, Tim, Katherine, Lana, Chester, Jim, Andre.
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, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Virginia, as he prepares to retire at the end of this year.
for those preparing for baptism, including Christine Black, Gabi DiMarco, and Hank Greene.
for those preparing to travel to Haiti next month as part of St. Paul’s exploration of a partnership with an Episcopal community there: Michele Claibourn, Lachlan Hassman, Will Peyton, Mary Preston, and their guide Roger Bowen.
for the 223rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia, to take place at Christ Church, Glen Allen on November 4, for our lay delegates David Litherland and Mildred Robinson, and for the ministries we share with more than 80,000 Episcopalians in 180 congregations in our diocese.
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 St. Clement's, Alexandria and Christ Church, Gordonsville, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Dioceses of Thoothukudi - Nazareth and Tirunelveli in South India, and for their Bishops, the Rt. Rev. Samuel Devasahayam Ebenezer Clement and the Rt. Rev. Jayaraj Christdoss.
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; Melissa Nunn; and Walter Sablinsky (Corky's husband), who died October 7.
Joy Rotch Boissevain, 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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