A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
This Sunday is the day we’ve asked parishioners to put their 2018 pledge cards in the offering plates. We’ll even have symbolic cards in the plates at the 10 a.m. service, one for each pledge already received in the mail, online, or in previous weeks. It would be possible to handle all this financial business in the office without making a fuss with the plates during the service; it would likewise be possible to separate the financial support of the Church from our practice of Christian faith. Neither is a good idea!
Bread and wine are presented at the altar as symbols of our life and labor – symbols more readily understood in the pre-monetary communities of our forebears. At the 10 a.m. service, money comes forward with the bread and wine because in our community, the most recognizable symbol of our life and labor is money. (At our other services, the choreography is different, but the bread, wine, and money all end up on the altar at the same time).
Christians try to receive life itself, and the fruits of our labor, as gifts. Then we do something strange, neither refusing the gifts nor hoarding them to ourselves. We offer them back to God. With gratitude. It’s a little paradoxical, thanking and offering back at the same time. But like the bread and wine, what we offer to God in gratitude is returned to us yet again, now transformed into something more enduring and more sustaining. I hope this is the way you will experience the many ministries into which your financial offerings are transformed at St. Paul’s. God bless us all as we grow together in the discipline of generosity.
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 / Psalm 123 / Matthew 25:14-30)
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.Adult Forum: Last week's exploratory trip in Haiti (parish hall)
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)
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 dinner)
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m. – Community Feast (Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center) (details below)
Weekdays at 8 a.m.Morning Prayer (chapel)
Monday, November 20, 6 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting (church school wing)
Monday, November 20, 7 p.m. – Vestry Meeting (church school wing)
Monday, November 20, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel) (details below)
Tuesday, November 21, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, November 22, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer
Wednesday, November 22, 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Potluck Dinner and Hymn Sing (details below)
Thursday, November 23, 10 a.m. – Thanksgiving Day Eucharist
Sunday, November 26Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King
St. Paul's News and Notes
Gathering of 2018 Pledges – Please bring your pledge card with you this Sunday, November 19, and drop it in the offering plate. If that is not convenient, you may mail it to the church anytime or you can make your pledge online here.
Thanksgiving Eve Potluck Dinner – On the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 22, all are invited to our annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner immediately following 5:30 Evening Prayer. Chef Lloyd Snook will be cooking turkeys for all; please bring side dishes to share and join in a festive informal hymn sing in the parish hall after dinner.
Thanksgiving Day – Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
2017 Community Feast – St. Paul's is participating with other churches, retailers, community service organizations, and neighbors to provide Thanksgiving baskets to local families in need. This effort is being organized by our friends at Ebenezer Baptist Church and takes place on Saturday, November 18, from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center on 4th Street NW. Volunteers are needed! To help, click here.
St. Nicholas Toy Sale at the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop – The Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, a joint ministry of local Episcopal chuches, is holding its 26th annual St. Nicholas Toy Sale on Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. The shop relies on donations of new and like-new toys, games, and children's activity sets to make this low price toy sale a success. Since this sale is being held before the first Sunday in Advent, we will not be having a toy ingathering this year. But please consider donating toys to the sale directly by placing donations in the toy sale box in the parish hall or the Chancellor Street hallway by November 30. Call St. Paul's parishioner and Thrift Shop manager Leah Wise at 434-973-2271 if you have any questions.
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, November 21, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the lounge to continue our discussion of Brian McLaren’s book The Great Spiritual Migration. For more information, contact Jean or Bill Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-975-1605.
Vestry Recommendations – In preparation for St. Paul's Annual Meeting and Vestry Election on January 28, the Vestry Nominating Committee invites your prayers and input. Five parishioners will be elected to the Vestry, four for three-year terms (ending in January 2021) and one for a single year (ending in January 2019).
Your recommendations about whom you'd like to see on the Vestry are most welcome. Parishioners whose names are submitted will be considered by the Nominating Committee, whose aim is to offer the parish a slate of candidates – one for each open seat – with an effective mix of skills and interests, and representing the diversity of the parish. Vestry members must be confirmed communicants in good standing, meaning that they "pray, work, and give" through the ministries of St. Paul's, and are regular participants in our worship. Prospective nominees commit to monthly Vestry meetings, committee assignments, and an overnight Vestry retreat February 9-10 at Roslyn. Parishioners may wish to speak with those they recommend for Vestry service, but need not do so in order to submit a name. Members of the Nominating Committee will talk with prospective nominees about their interest and willingness to serve.
Recommendations may be made through Sunday, November 26 by emailing vestryrecommendations@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org, or calling the church office at 434-295-2156. Recommendations will remain confidential within the Nominating Committee. Thank you for helping St. Paul's identify gifts for leadership in our community!
Advent at St. Paul's
Advent Wreath-Making Event – Join parishioners of all ages on Sunday, December 3 (the first Sunday in Advent), following the 10 a.m. service in the parish hall for this family-friendly event that will prepare you to enter into Advent with your very own home wreath. Kit, instruction and assistance will be provided.
Angel Tree – St. Paul’s participates in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program as part of our local outreach ministry. Look for the Angel Tree tags on the Christmas tree in the parish hall beginning Sunday, November 26. Please return your unwrapped Angel Tree gifts by Sunday, December 10.
Advent Ingatherings:
Advent Alternative Gift Giving – Beginning November 26 and continuing on December 3 and 10, the African Development Project (ADP) will offer an Advent gift card and craft sale. A donation to the African Development Project on behalf of a loved one provides support for three projects in East Africa. Look for the ADP table in the parish hall, and choose a beautiful card to use to share your gift. ADP will also be selling handmade crafts from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Festival Service of Lessons and Carols – On Sunday, December 3, at 5:30 p.m., St. Paul's will hold its annual service of Advent Lessons and Carols. A festive reception follows in the parish hall.
St. Nicholas Celebration – Parishioners and friends of all ages are invited to our annual Celebration of St. Nicholas on Wednesday, December 6, following the 5:30 p.m. service. Stay tuned for more details!
Christmas Pageant – The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, December 17, during the 10 a.m. service. Email E.D. Rambo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more or to help out. More details coming soon!
Upcoming Community Event
The local chapter of the United Nations Association will hold its monthly meeting at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church - Unitarian Universalist, 717 Rugby Road, this Sunday, November 19, at 3 p.m. The program features the UVA chapter of GirlUp, together with a talk by Charlene Green, Manager of Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights. The meeting is free and open to the public.
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 Christ the King church and school in the Diocese of Haiti, and for their hospitality last week during the exploratory visit of parishioners Michele Claibourn, Lachlan Hassman, and Mary Preston, rector Will Peyton, and their guide Roger Bowen.
for the ministry of the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, a shared ministry of Charlottesville-area Episcopal churches, and for St. Paul's participation through the leadership of manager Leah Wise and board members Sheila Haughey and Ed Tourangeau.
for the faith and generosity of all those whose financial gifts support the life and ministries of St. Paul's.
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, Sandra Bolton, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, David, Doug, Tim, Katherine, Lana, Chester, Andre, David Lee, Jai's father, Libba, Frances, Greg Vongas, Madison, Doug, Frank Heintz.
for those preparing for marriage, including Gabi DiMarco and Jack Melson, to be married November 18 in North Carolina.
for the Rev. Deacon Katherine Dougherty, sponsored for ordination by St. Paul's, as she prepares for her ordination to the priesthood at St. George's, Fredericksburg on December 9.
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, our Assistant Bishop, as he prepares to retire at the end of this year.
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 Meade Memorial Church, White Post; Grace, Keswick; and Calvary, Hanover, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Uyo in Nigeria, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Prince Asukwo Antai, 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.
victims of gun violence in our country, including those killed last week in California.
all whom we love but see no more, including Helen Gabel (Anne Cressin's mother), who died last Sunday in New Mexico; long-time parishioner Alice MacInnis, who also died last Sunday; and Rebecca Cash Lee McGovern (grandmother of Clare McGovern Lewis), for whom a committal service is scheduled for November 26.
William Rotch, 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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