A Note from Outreach Commission Co-chair Anne Ribble
Dear St. Paul’s,
We have lots of wonderful Advent traditions at St. Paul’s—Advent wreaths, Lessons and Carols, St. Nicholas’ visit, and the Angel Tree. As Co-chair with Kay Slaughter of the Outreach Commission at St. Paul’s, I’m writing you about another of our time-honored traditions—our Advent in-gatherings. This is a chance to extend our Christmas gift giving beyond our families and friends to those in need in our community. On each of the first three Sundays of Advent, we ask you to bring something that addresses a particular need.
December 3—bring a package of diapers (size 3 and up are best) for International Neighbors, a local non-profit which provides support for immigrant families in our area.
December 10—bring a box of cereal (any kind, standard size) for the Emergency Food Network, which provides a 3-day supply of food to anyone in Charlottesville or Albemarle, once a month. With a box of cereal in every client’s order, the EFN needs an average of 21 boxes each day.
December 17—bring a container of liquid laundry detergent for the homeless guests at our local day-shelter, The Haven. Providing the detergent enables The Haven to continue to offer guests the opportunity to do their laundry for free.
We hope you’ll join us in this Advent tradition, providing the “perfect gift” for the clients of these local non-profits.
– Anne
Thanksgiving Week at St. Paul's
Wednesday, November 22, 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Potluck Dinner and Hymn Sing (details below)
Thursday, November 23, 10 a.m. – Thanksgiving Day Eucharist
Note: No morning bible study on Thursday, and no Morning Prayer on Thursday or Friday.
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King
(Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 / Psalm 100 / Matthew 25:31-46)
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.Coffee Hour (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 (lounge)
Next Week at St. Paul's
Weekdays at 8 a.m.Morning Prayer (chapel)
Monday, November 27, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, November 28, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, November 29, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer
Wednesday, November 29, 6 p.m. Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, November 30, 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..)
Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.St. Nicholas Toy Sale at the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop
Sunday, December 3First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. Lessons and Carols, followed by a reception
St. Paul's News and Notes
Thanksgiving Eve Potluck Dinner – All are invited tomorrow night 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.
St. Nicholas Toy Sale at the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop – The Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, a joint ministry of local Episcopal churches, 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.
Stewardship 2018 – Following last Sunday's ingathering of pledge cards, more than 130 individuals, couples, and families, had made financial commitments to St. Paul's for 2018, including twenty first-time pledges and dozens of substantial increases. Large and small gifts from parishioners and friends are a blessing to the whole congregation and to countless others who benefit from our ministries. If you haven't yet made a 2018 commitment, you may do so here, or mail or bring a pledge card to church anytime. Be part of a thriving 2018 at St. Paul's!
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. Members of the Nominating Committee are Darren Ball, Peter Dennison, Vickie Gottlob, Joel Hoppe, David Litherland, and Christie Thomas.
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. If you take an angel tag, please record your name and tag number on the clipboard beside the tree. Please return your unwrapped Angel Tree gifts by Sunday, December 10.
Advent Ingatherings:
Advent Alternative Gift Giving – Beginning November 26 and continuing through December 17, 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!
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 all our blessings this Thanksgiving season, for the fruitfulness of the earth, and for the prosperity of our community and nation.
for the marriage of Gabi DiMarco and Jack Melson, married last Saturday in North Carolina.
for the institution on November 17 of the Very Rev. Katherine Doyle, mother of Youth Group Coordinator S.K. Doyle, as Rector of St. Thomas Church, Louisville, Kentucky.
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 ministry of Paris Ball, the Diocese of Virginia's Director of Christian Formation, who preached at last Wednesday's 5:30 service before meeting with twenty-two members of our Canterbury undergraduate fellowship for dinner and discussion.
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the more than 130 pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
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, Jai's father, Libba, Frances, Greg Vongas, Madison, Doug, Frank Heintz, Roger, The Haamel Family.
for all who are traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday.
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, sexism, oppression, and brutality; and for those who serve the common good in law enforcement and the courts.
for all the baptized in their daily life and work, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Wad Medani in Sudan, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Saman Farajalla Mahdi, 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 Helen Gabel (Anne Cressin's mother); long-time parishioner Alice MacInnis, for whom a memorial service will be held on December 28 at St. Paul's; and Rebecca Cash Lee McGovern (grandmother of Clare McGovern Lewis), for whom a committal service is scheduled for November 26.
Peter M. Larsen, in whose loving memory this Sunday's flowers are given.

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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.
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