A Note from the Office Manager
Dear St. Paul’s,
On Thanksgiving Day, close to 100 members of Alcoholics Anonymous gathered in our parish hall for their annual “Thanksgiving Day Marathon” feast. In fact, St. Paul's typically hosts over 50 meetings and events for parishioners and outside groups every week. Our church building is a bustling place not just on Sundays, but every day of the week. We offer our rooms to many parish groups in need of meeting space, and we are also glad to have the opportunity to share our beautiful space with other groups throughout the University and broader community. 
The groups we host throughout the week include many UVA service groups, community outreach organizations, and local musical ensembles. In addition to the Thanksgiving Day marathon, here are two other recent examples:
  • The UVA Vietnamese Student Association held their annual “Fall Phofest” at St. Paul's in early November. The students served a delicious dinner to a huge crowd in our parish hall, and raised over $2,500 to support the Pacific Links Foundation, which helps fight human trafficking in Asia.
  • Campus Kitchens, a UVA student group who uses our kitchen to turn dining hall leftovers into meals for the needy, held their annual "Turkeypalooza" at St. Paul's, using our space to prepare over 50 Thanksgiving meals for hungry families in our community.
Opening our building at no charge to these UVA student groups and community organizations gives us the opportunity to be a good neighbor and allows us to broaden our outreach to the University and to the community at large. It is heartwarming to see such energy and ministry taking place within our walls every day of the week.
– Alice
Alice Fitch
This Sunday at St. Paul's
First Sunday of Advent
(Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9 / Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 / Mark 13:24-37)
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)
10 a.m. – Diaper Ingathering for International Neighbors
11:15 a.m.Advent Wreath-Making for all ages (parish hall)
No adult forum or Sunday school today.
5:30 p.m. Advent Lessons and Carols
6:30 p.m.Lesson and Carols Reception (parish hall)
6:30 p.m.Youth Group: 7th-12th grade (upstairs, following the service)
Next Week at St. Paul's
Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.St. Nicholas Toy Sale at the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop
Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m. Memorial Service for the Rev. Rod Sinclair
Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m. Memorial Service for Mary Jane Ellsworth
Monday, December 4, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, December 5, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, December 5, 6 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting (library)
Tuesday, December 5, 7 p.m. – Vestry Meeting (lounge)
Wednesday, December 6, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, followed by St. Nicholas Dinner and Celebration (details below)
Thursday, December 7, 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, December 8, 7:30 p.m.Zephyrus Concert at St. Paul's
Saturday, December 9, 10:30 a.m. - The Ordination to the Priesthood of Katherine Dougherty, at St. George's, Fredericksburg
Sunday, December 10Second Sunday of Advent
Advent at St. Paul's
Worship and Fellowship
Advent Wreath-Making Event – Join parishioners of all ages this Sunday, December 3 (the first Sunday of 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. If you have any cut greenery to donate (boxwood, holly, greens with berries, etc.), please bring it to the parish hall on Friday, December 1, or to church with you on Sunday, December 3. (Please note that we are having two funerals on Saturday, December 2, which will make it difficult for people to drop off greenery in the parish hall that day.)
Festival Service of Lessons and Carols – This Sunday, December 3, at 5:30 p.m., St. Paul's will hold a service of Advent Lessons and Carols. Inspired by medieval vigil services, this blend of Scripture, choral anthems, and hymn-singing is a beautiful way to calm our hearts and minds during the busy Advent season, as we prepare with joy for the Lord’s return. A festive reception follows in the parish hall. Donations of light hors d'oeuvres and sweet treats are welcome! If you are able to contribute, please email Anne Cressin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
St. Nicholas Celebration – Parishioners and friends of all ages are invited to a festive Celebration of St. Nicholas next Wednesday, December 6, following a brief informal prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Join us for worship, supper, and the story of St. Nick. In past years, when enough people are present, St. Nick himself has made an appearance. We will sing songs, share a meal, and be inspired by the story of St. Nick. We encourage all parishioners, friends, and neighbors - young and young at heart - to share in this special evening. If you have questions or are interested in helping, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We have a particular need for cookies, which can be dropped off in the church kitchen anytime on Sunday, December 3. (Please clearly label your cookies for St. Nick night.)
Christmas Pageant – The St. Paul's "Paper Bag" Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, December 17, during the 10 a.m. service. All of the costumes will be in paper bags, labeled with a size. Anyone wishing to participate will get a bag with a costume. Everyone is welcome to participate (friends and visiting family included); no preparation needed. A festive reception will be held in the parish hall after the 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.
Christmas Services
Sunday, December 24 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
5:30 p.m. – Child-friendly service and Holy Eucharist. This service begins with caroling and organ music at 5 p.m.
11 p.m. – Festival celebration of the Holy Eucharist. This candlelight service begins with caroling and organ music at 10:30 p.m.
Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Sunday, December 31 – First Sunday after Christmas
8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
5:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Giving to Friends and Neighbors
  • This Sunday, December 3, St. Paul's will be collecting diapers for International Neighbors, a local non-profit that provides support for immigrant families in our area. Diapers of any size are welcome, but sizes 3 and up are most needed.
  • Sunday, December 10: Cereal for the Emergency Food Network
  • Sunday, December 17: Liquid laundry detergent for The Haven
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. 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 next Sunday, December 10.
Advent Alternative Gift Giving – The African Development Project (ADP) will continue its Advent gift card and craft sale on the first three Sundays in December. A donation to the African Development Project on behalf of a loved one provides support for three projects in East Africa. In Kenya your gift can assist a women’s savings and credit group, help the Privilege School pay for school fees, uniforms, and food, or help the Kitui Rescue Center rehabilitate children rescued from forced labor. In Uganda a gift can support villagers in raising high-value crops and livestock. Look for the ADP tables 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.
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 this Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. The shop, located at 1147 Rio Road East, relies on donations of new and like-new toys, games, and children's activity sets to make this low price toy sale a success. Call St. Paul's parishioner and Thrift Shop manager Leah Wise at 434-973-2271 if you have any questions.
PACEM Benefit – Ten Thousand Villages Charlottesville (105 West Main Street) is partnering with PACEM on Sunday, December 3, to raise money for their efforts in sheltering the homeless. PACEM is a grassroots organization that coordinates space and volunteers to provide shelter for individuals in our community who are homeless. For many years, St. Paul's has supported PACEM's efforts by providing annual outreach grants to help fund their ministry, and by offering shelter to homeless women in our community (and in 2018 we will host the men for a week as well). A portion of sales on December 3 will be donated to PACEM as it prepares for the winter months ahead. Ten Thousand Villages is a not-for-profit fair trade retailer that works to provide a market for hand-crafted products made by people in marginalized areas of the world.
St. Paul's News and Notes
The Rev. Roderick Doig Sinclair, 1931-2017 – The Rev. Rod Sinclair, who served as our Associate Rector, Canterbury Chaplain, and Director of Special Ministries from 1968 to 1971, and returned to St. Paul’s in his retirement as a member of the congregation, died last Saturday at Westminster Canterbury where he lived with his wife Louise. A memorial service is scheduled for this Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m., here at St. Paul’s. Please give thanks for Rod’s life and faithful ministry, and pray for Louise and their family and loved ones.
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a parish group seeking to build community among our older members, will meet on Tuesday, December 5, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the lounge. The Rector will join the group for a discussion of Brian McLaren’s book The Great Spiritual Migration, and as always, there will be opportunity for wider-ranging conversation and fellowship. Newcomers are always welcome to drop in or contact Jean or Bill Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-975-1605 for more information.
Stewardship 2018 – To date, more than 170 individuals, couples, and families, have made financial commitments to St. Paul's for 2018, including 21 new 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!
IMPACT Research Update At its 12th annual Assembly last month, IMPACT chose affordable housing as the focus of its research and advocacy for the coming year. IMPACT is an interfaith justice ministry representing a diverse coalition of more than two dozen local congregations. St. Paul’s is a founding member. Two weeks ago, over 30 leaders of IMPACT gathered to begin researching the lack of safe, affordable and accessible housing in our community. Updates on their work are available here. To find out how you can help, contact St. Paul’s IMPACT leader John Frazee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or .
Christmas Poinsettias St. Paul’s is blessed week in and week out by the ministry of our Flower Guild, a group of volunteer parishioners who enhance and honor our worship with beautiful floral arrangements throughout the year. The Flower Guild is funded by gifts and memorial contributions throughout the year, with a large portion of the budget coming at Christmas, when the church is adorned with dozens of poinsettias. Please consider supporting this ministry with a gift of any amount in thanksgiving for, or in memory of, one or more loved ones. The names of all who are remembered or honored will be printed in our Christmas bulletins, and donations will contribute to the beautification of the church all year long. Please contact the church office no later than Monday, December 18  or office@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org) if you wish to make a memorial contribution to be recognized in the Christmas Eve bulletin.
Upcoming Community Event
Messiah Sing-In – The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music will hold its 50th Annual Messiah Sing-In on Tuesday, December 5, at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. The sing-in will be conducted by Don Loach, longtime St. Paul’s parishioner and former Music Director. Music for instrumental parts will be available, as will vocal scores for those who don’t have their own. Tickets are $10; proceeds go to choral organizations affiliated with the University.
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 service of those who participated in the Community Feast organized by Ebenezer Baptist Church, including parishioners Donna Price, Robbie Wright, Pat Punch and Joel Hoppe (along with Charlotte and Avery).
for the hospitality of Lloyd Snook and all who contributed to the St. Paul's Thanksgiving Eve potluck dinner.
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 who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the more than 170 pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
Your prayers are requested
for St. Paul's this Advent season, that faithful watchfulness would lead us ever deeper into the incarnate life of God.
for members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including 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, the Barbour family, Mary, Sandra Bolton, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Tim, Katherine, Lana, Chester, Andre, Jai's father, Libba, Frances, Greg Vongas, Doug, Frank Heintz, Roger, the Haamel family, Jean Stewart Pryor, Finley and his family, Mark Gottlob, Lowell, Stephanie.
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 St. Mark’s, Alexandria; San Marcos, Alexandria; Trinity, Charlottesville;
and St. Andrew’s, Burke, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of West Buganda in Uganda, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Henry Katumba-Tamale, 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 Mary Jane Ellsworth, for whom a memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on December 2 at 2 p.m.; longtime parishioner Alice MacInnis, for whom a memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on December 28; and Rod Sinclair, for whom a memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on December 2 at 11 a.m.

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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