A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
Every so often, one group of Christians or another gets frazzled by Halloween, and the next thing you know, you’ve got bans on scary costumes and paranoid murmurings about “Satanism,” whatever that is. From a marketing angle, anxious opposition to merriment, despite its stubborn persistence in Christianity, has never been a winning formula for the Church; I’m usually tempted to meet such wringing of the hands with rolling of the eyes. But there is a more substantive defense of Halloween than an eye roll: Halloween is a time to make fun of death.
Halloween is of course rooted in its relationship to All Saints’ Day, which we celebrate this Sunday. Think of the saints in your life, the saints you know from history, the saints you know from the news. The traits we associate with sainthood generosity, selflessness, courage are all, in one way or another, powerful rebukes to the power of death. The movement from Halloween to All Saints’ Day is not so different from the Christian journey out of fear into fearlessness, out of death into life. Confronted with the spookiness and even the gore of death, we stare it down. In the proclamation that we, here in our mortal bodies, live united with the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before, we mock the inability of death to divide the Body of Christ, and we rejoice. 
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
All Saints' Sunday
(Readings: Revelation 7:9-17 / Psalm 34:1-10, 22 / Matthew 5:1-12)
Note: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 5. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour.
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.All Saints' Sunday Reception for all ages (parish hall)
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 and Youth (lounge)
6:30 p.m. "First Sunday" Dinner on the Corner, for those not in Canterbury or Youth Group (location to be announced at the 5:30 service)
6:30 p.m.Youth Group: 7th-12th grade (upstairs, following dinner)
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Weekdays at 8 a.m.Morning Prayer (chapel)
Saturday, November 4 223rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia (Christ Church, Glen Allen)
Monday, November 6, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel) (details below)
Tuesday, November 7, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Thursday, November 9, 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..)
Friday, November 10, 5 p.m. UVA VSA Phofest (parish hall) (details below)
Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry (details below)
Sunday, November 12Twenty Third 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 now available. 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
Pastoral Note – The parish gives thanks for the life of Spencer Liddle, who died on October 29. A memorial service will be held for Spencer at St. Paul's this Friday, November 3, at 2 p.m. Please remember Spencer, his fiancée Patsy Goolsby, as well as his family and other loved ones, in your prayers.
All Saints' Celebration – On All Saints' Sunday, November 5, we will 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.
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, November 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the lounge. In our continuing discussion of Brian McLaren’s book The Great Spiritual Migration, we move from Part II into Part III. That brings us to the difficult question: how do we act, inspired by McLaren’s vision of Christianity fully faithful and focused on expressing love in the way of Jesus. New participants are welcome. 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.
UVA Phofest – The UVA Vietnamese Student Association's Fall Phofest will be taking place at St. Paul's on Friday, November 10, from 5 - 8 p.m. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup made of broth, rice noodles, meat, and fresh herbs. Summer rolls, mango sticky rice, bubble tea, fried bananas, Vietnamese coffee, and plenty of vegetarian options will also be sold. Stop by to enjoy some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, and support a great cause. All proceeds will go towards the Pacific Links Foundation, an organization that helps fight human trafficking in Asia.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Saturday, November 11, from 10 a.m. - noon in the lounge. St. Paul's knitters make shawls for healing and comfort for parishioners, friends, and neighbors, and are embarking on a new project of knitting squares to sew into a small quilts for lap robes. All are welcome, regardless of experience. ​Just drop in or call Margaret Haupt at 434-996-3548 for more information.
Sunday Dinner Volunteers Needed – St. Paul's provides dinner for UVA students and Youth Group members 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.: or john.reid@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org.
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 434-249-9868.
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 the 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.
Godspeed and Blessings
to Lauren and Bob Carter, as they leave Charlottesville and St. Paul's for their new home in Seattle.
Thanks be to God
for the hospitality of Maggie Rogers, who prepared dinner for our UVA students last Sunday.
for the generosity of those who prepared chili, cornbread, and other tasty treats for last Sunday's pumpkin-carving festivities.
for the enthusiasm and culinary creativity of all those who contributed to last night's All Saints' potluck dinner, including William Taylor (chief organizer).
for the birth on October 22 in Brooklyn of Raija Harriet Taylor, daughter of Halley and Nathan Taylor, and granddaughter of Tony and Iris Potter.
for the fellowship and fun enjoyed by the 18 youth-group members and friends who participated in last weekend's overnight lock-in at St. Paul’s.
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, 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, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, David, Doug, Tim, Katherine, Lana, Chester, Andre, David Lee, Jai's father, Libba.
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, to be baptized at St. Paul's this Sunday.
for those preparing to travel to Haiti next week 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. Martin’s, Richmond; Grace, Bremo Bluff; and Calvary, Front Royal, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Toungoo in Myanmar, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Saw Wilme, 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 killed in the terrorist attack in New York City on Tuesday.
all whom we love but see no more, including Spencer Liddle.
Dr. Scott Vogel and Dr. & Mrs. Byrd Leavell, 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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