A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
As soon as I was called as rector last fall, I heard from many quarters how fortunate I would be to have the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas serving with me here at St. Paul’s. I have indeed been fortunate. So have you, and so has Charlottesville, all of us richly blessed by Elaine’s commitment to the Gospel and to the Church. Her faith, diligence, and integrity make that commitment manifest in pastoral and collegial relationships, in worship, and in the public square.
Elaine has now been called to the Diocese of Newark to serve as rector of All Saints Episcopal Parish in Hoboken, New Jersey beginning in February. For her, this represents an expansive opportunity to develop and exercise her gifts for leadership. For Elaine’s husband Tim, it means trading constant air travel and hotel stays for a quick drive to work most days. And for us at St. Paul’s, it means a time of gratitude as we take stock of all the ways we have been blessed by Elaine’s ministry, and a time of possibility as we begin to seek the next member of our clergy staff to help lead us into the next phase of our parish life and Canterbury chaplaincy.
Elaine’s last day at St. Paul’s will be Sunday, January 7. Plans are quickly taking shape to thank Elaine, honor her for all she has done for us, and to send her and Tim off with our love and fond hopes for fruitful, fulfilling ministry at All Saints. I know you will join your prayers with mine in the coming weeks for Elaine, for Tim, for the people and ministries of All Saints, Hoboken, and for the future of St. Paul’s.
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Third Sunday of Advent
(Readings: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 / Canticle 15 / John 1:6-8,19-28)
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, and Christmas Pageant (festive, intergenerational)
10 a.m. Ingathering for The Haven: liquid laundry detergent (details below)
11:15 a.m.Christmas Pageant Reception for all ages (parish hall)
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
Next Week at St. Paul's
Monday, December 18, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, December 19, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
[Note: No Wednesday Evening Prayer for the next three weeks.]
Thursday, December 21, 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 24Fourth Sunday of Advent, and Christmas Eve (details below)
Advent at St. Paul's
Worship and Fellowship
Christmas Pageant – The St. Paul's "Paper Bag" Christmas Pageant is scheduled for this 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. If you're planning to participate in the pageant, please plan to arrive 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 Services
Sunday, December 24 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
8 a.m. and 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., 10 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Saturday, January 6 – Feast of the Epiphany
10 a.m. – Epiphany service in the chapel
Sunday, January 7 – First Sunday after the Epiphany: Baptism of our Lord
8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
3 p.m. – Yule Log Hunt
Giving to Friends and Neighbors
Outreach Commission Co-Chair Anne Ribble picking up St. Paul's donation of 101 boxes of cereal to deliver to the Emergency Food Bank.
Final Ingathering for our Community Outreach Partners: Sunday, December 17 – Liquid laundry detergent for The Haven, a no-barrier day shelter that provides to anyone who enters: breakfast, washers and dryers, showers, computer access, some clean clothes and personal items, 365 days a year. A staff of social workers assist with the homeless and in the prevention of homelessness. Gifts of liquid laundry detergent help the guests to maintain their dignity and cleanliness. Parishioner David Slezak is the Haven kitchen manager.
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.
A Note from our Angel Tree Coordinator, Dorothy Carney – This year’s Angel Tree at St. Paul’s was a great success. All the children’s tags were adopted and all gifts provided. It took two trips with a heavily loaded SUV to deliver the gifts to the Salvation Army. Forty children in the Charlottesville community will be opening Angel Tree presents from members of St. Paul’s this Christmas. This is a wonderful outreach. We hope that you enjoyed shopping for the gifts and feel the love of you have given to the community. A heartfelt thanks for your generous Christmas donations.
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Monday, December 18, if you wish to make a contribution to be recognized in the Christmas Eve bulletin. If you would like to make your contribution online, you may do so here. Please use the field labeled "add special instructions" to type "in memory of ____" or "in thanksgiving for ____."
St. Paul's News and Notes
Gifts for Elaine – To show our love and appreciation for Elaine’s ministry among us, and to provide an extra measure of possibility as she takes up her next call, St. Paul’s will collect financial gifts for Elaine between now and January 7. Contributions of any amount should be made payable to St. Paul’s and clearly designated for this purpose.
Three-week hiatus for Wednesday Evening Prayer – The regular 5:30 p.m. Wednesday service will not take place on December 20 or 27, or January 3. It will resume on Wednesday, January 10.
Parish-wide celebration for Elaine and Deke, Sunday, January 7 – After the 10 a.m. service on January 7, a festive reception in the parish hall will honor Associate Rector Elaine Thomas on her last Sunday at St. Paul’s, and celebrate the arrival of Music Director and Organist Deke Polifka. Plan to be a part of this momentous day at St. Paul’s.
Stewardship 2018 – To date, more than 191 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.
Yule Log Hunt – Highland (previously known as Ash Lawn), the 500 acre farm owned by President James Monroe, will be the site for the Epiphany Yule Log Hunt on Sunday, January 7, beginning at 3 p.m. Sponsored by St. Paul’s, the outdoor medieval festivities are part of the ancient Twelfth Night and Epiphany customs. Following the hunt a large bonfire will be lit using dried Christmas trees and greens (please bring your Christmas tree to add to the fire). Cider and Epiphany cake will be served. This ancient Epiphany Feast Day, which recalls the coming of the Wise Men, predates Christmas. Free and open to all.
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 ordination to the priesthood last Saturday of the Rev. Katherine Dougherty, sponsored for ordination by St. Paul’s.
for the generous hospitality of Jeri Seidman and Casey Williams, who hosted our Family Wednesday Christmas Caroling night this week.
for the Advent outreach efforts of Dorothy Carney and Ginger Meislahn, who coordinated our Salvation Army Angel Tree project, and Anne Ribble, who helped organize our Advent ingatherings.
for all who donated gifts for the angels on our Salvation Army Angel Tree.
for the hospitality of Kevin Lonabaugh, who prepared dinner for our UVA students last Sunday.
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the more than 191 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, 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, Ellis and Christy, John.
for Associate Rector Elaine Thomas and her husband Tim as they prepare for their move to New Jersey in January, and for Elaine’s new ministry as rector of All Saints, Hoboken.
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 Piedmont Church, Madison and the Church of the Creator, Mechanicsville, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Wyoming, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Smylie, 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 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, on the fifth anniversary of the shooting.
all whom we love but see no more, including Alice MacInnis, for whom a memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on December 28 at 2 p.m., and Lee Webb, for whom a memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on December 28 at 10:30 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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