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A Note from Deke Polifka
Dear St. Paul’s,
 
Advent is a time of joyful anticipation, a feeling that my family is experiencing to the full extent this year, as we prepare for our move to Virginia. Since I accepted the call to be Director of Music at St. Paul’s, we have been busy selling a house, finding a place to live, packing and saying goodbyes. This has been challenging in many ways, and yet we are thrilled to embark on this new adventure!
 
From the beginning of the search process, I was drawn to St. Paul’s for a variety of reasons. There are practical considerations – this puts us close to family and back in a beautiful part of my home state. More importantly, I am inspired by the church’s clarity of mission and by its leadership in the larger community. From my earliest conversations with Will, I sensed that St. Paul’s is experiencing its own kind of Advent, making it an exciting time to be joining the staff. 
 
In the best of circumstances, a church music program can and should be an integral part of outreach, extending far beyond the walls of the building. To carry out this kind of ministry, your participation, encouragement and support will be necessary – and we will have lots of fun along the way!
 
Sending you good wishes for a blessed Advent and joyous Christmas,
 
– Deke
 
[Deke Polifka takes up his work as our Director of Music and Organist on Sunday, January 7.]
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Second Sunday of Advent
(Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11 / Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 / Mark 1:1-8)
 
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. – Cereal Ingathering for the Emergency Food Network (details below)
 
11:15 a.m.Adult Forum: Advent: What is it? Why do we observe it every year, and how are we "supposed" to do it? Join Associate Rector Elaine Ellis Thomas at Sunday's adult forum for an exploration of Advent themes and ways to enter into the keeping of this season of preparation. (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)
 
6:30 p.m.Youth Group Progressive Dinner Christmas Party: 7th-12th grade (Appetizers at the church, dinner at the Boltons', dessert at the Peytons'. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.)
Upcoming at St. Paul's
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
 
Monday, December 11, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
 
Tuesday, December 12, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
 
Wednesday, December 13, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer, followed by Family Wednesday Dinner & Caroling (details below), and Canterbury Fellowship Gathering
 
Thursday, December 14, 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, December 17Third Sunday of Advent with Christmas Pageant
Advent at St. Paul's
Worship and Fellowship
 
Family Wednesday Dinner and Caroling: December 13 – Join parishioners of all ages for a brief, informal prayer service in the chapel at 5:30 p.m. followed by caroling for our neighbors! Dress for the outdoors and plan on warming up with soup before we head out and hot chocolate when we return. Insistent foul weather may keep us inside, but it won’t keep us from singing, so plan to come regardless. Hosts for the evening are Jeri Seidman and Casey Williams. Contact either of them or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or offers of help.
 
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. Please plan on arriving at 9 a.m. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to learn more or to help out.
 
Liturgy for the Longest Night: Thursday, December 21, at 5:30 p.m. – This service is especially for those who may find Christmas a difficult time of year. Many people suffer in silence during the holiday season, grieving for loved ones who have died, struggling with addictions and mental illness, the end of relationships, a job loss, or simply a profound sense of loneliness. The service will be held on the winter solstice, the “longest night” of the year as we light candles against the encroaching darkness. The tone will be contemplative and quietly hopeful. All are welcome to be part of this late Advent service of prayer, quiet music, and the spoken word. Come for yourself and for others who will benefit from your prayers and presence as we anticipate the in-breaking of the Light of the World.
 
Greening of the Church – Please join the Flower Guild on Sunday, December 24, following the 10 a.m. service for the Greening of the Church for Christmas. All are welcome, no experience necessary. If you have any evergreens (holly, magnolia, boxwood, spruce, fir, etc.) to donate to the effort, please bring branches to the back of the parish hall by December 22.
 
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.
 
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
 
Angel Tree – All Angel Tree gifts need to be returned by this Sunday, December 10.
 
Ingatherings for our Community Outreach Partners:
 
  • Sunday, December 10: Cereal for the Emergency Food Network – Please bring a box of cereal this Sunday for the Emergency Food Network (EFN), which provides a 3-day supply of food once a month to anyone in Charlottesville or Albemarle. With a box of cereal in every client’s order, your donation of cereal helps with one of their most expensive food items.
 
  • Sunday, December 17: Liquid laundry detergent for The Haven, a multi-resource day shelter for people facing homelessness in downtown Charlottesville.
 
Advent Alternative Gift Giving – Make a donation to the African Development Project (ADP) on behalf of a friend or loved one and receive an attractive card to announce your gift. In Kenya your donation 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 your 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. Handmade crafts and jewelry from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda are also on sale. For over 35 years, ADP has been directly supporting effective development projects in East Africa.
St. Paul's News and Notes
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. - noon in the lounge for knitting and conversation. All are welcome to join in this relaxing and purposeful ministry. Prayer Shawls are often displayed before the adult forum in the parish hall. Please take one of the shawls for someone in need of comfort and healing. Prayers, gift bags and tissue paper are available to go with the shawls. Call Margaret Haupt at 434-996-3548 for more information.
 
Stewardship 2018 – To date, more than 185 individuals, couples, and families, have made financial commitments to St. Paul's for 2018, including 23 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!
 
Pledge Envelopes – If you requested pledge envelopes, they are available in the parish hall.
 
Vestry Nominating Committee Update – Thanks to all who submitted names to the vestry nominating committee for consideration. The committee met last Sunday and will continue their work over the coming weeks. They plan to publish their slate of candidates on January 11.
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 birth on December 6 of Anderson Hegele, great nephew of Tim and Elaine Thomas.
 
for the cheerful work of all those who have contributed to our Advent observances, including Joan Albiston and Claire Nachbar, who organized our Advent wreath-making workshop; Anne Cressin and Georgie Kettler, who hosted our Lessons & Carols reception; Erika Viccellio, who coordinated our St. Nicholas Celebration; Pat Punch and David & Besty Poist, who prepared our St. Nicholas meal; and our youth group elves, who prepared exam kits for our Canterbury students.
 
for the ministry of the Chancel Choir and Canterbury students in leading us in worship at last Sunday’s service of Advent Lessons and Carols.
 
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the more than 185 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, Finley and his family, Mark Gottlob, Lowell, Stephanie, Tim, Fiona and her family.
 
for students this exam week, especially members of our Canterbury fellowship, as they finish their semester’s work.
 
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 Santa Maria, Falls Church and Meade Memorial, Alexandria, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
 
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. José Antonio McLoughlin, 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 Cliff Anderson; Alice MacInnis, for whom a memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on December 28 at 2 p.m.; Jean Stewart Pryor; and Rod Sinclair, buried from St. Paul's last weekend.

Worship Schedule

Sundays
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Holy Communion
Mondays
9:00 p.m. Compline
Tuesdays
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
Wednesdays
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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