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A Note from the Associate Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
 
January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany, one of the seven Principal Feasts in the liturgical year. This day and the season that follows are a time when Jesus Christ is made known as the promised messiah, the Son of God.
 
The readings over these next weeks point to Jesus’s identity as revealed in the magi’s visit, the voice from heaven at his baptism, signs and wonders that he performed, calling disciples to follow, and culminating with the Transfiguration. Every year as this story unfolds, we are invited anew to recognize Jesus as the One inviting us to live as his disciples.
 
It is not a static experience. From the magi to the disciples, everyone is on the move, traipsing around the countryside, climbing mountains, following stars. To be disciples is be constantly on the go, seeking and serving Christ in all persons, moving more deeply in love and fellowship with God and neighbor. 
 
This Epiphany season, this movement will be particularly evident for you good people of St Paul’s. We rejoice that our new music director, Deke Polifka, has arrived with his family. At the same time, there is a goodbye to be said as Tim and I take our leave and move to where God calls us next. These beginnings and endings hold the promise of adventure and new discovery of God’s purposes for us as fellow travelers on the road.
 
Keep watch for all the ways Christ is being made known in the hellos and goodbyes of these next days and through Epiphanytide. Just as the magi opened their chests filled with treasure for the newborn savior, so God has opened his store of treasure in the gift of his Son Jesus.
 
With my deep love and gratitude,
 
– Elaine
 
The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas
This Sunday at St. Paul's
First Sunday after the Epiphany: Baptism of our Lord
(Readings: Genesis 1:1-5 / Psalm 29 / Mark 1:4-11)
 
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.Reception honoring Elaine and Deke (parish hall)
 
3 p.m. Yule Log Hunt at Highland (details below)
 
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
Coming up at St. Paul's
Friday, January 5, 11 a.m.Memorial Service for Bill Fishback (note time change)
 
Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m.Epiphany Service (chapel)
 
Monday, January 8, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
 
Tuesday, January 9, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
 
Wednesday, January 10, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer
 
Thursday, January 11, 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, January 14Second Sunday after the Epiphany
St. Paul's News and Notes
Yule Log Hunt – Bring your kids and your Christmas trees to Highland this Sunday, January 7, at 3 p.m., for the annual St. Paul's Epiphany Yule Log Hunt. Highland (formerly known as Ash Lawn) is the 500-acre farm owned by President James Monroe (directions can be found here). The hunt will begin with kids of all ages running through the woods of Highland in search of the hidden yule log marked with a red bow, with the winner being crowned king/queen of the yule. Following the hunt a large bonfire will be lit using dried Christmas trees and greens (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. This event is free and open to all.
 
Gifts for Elaine – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas has accepted a call to serve as rector of All Saints Episcopal Parish in Hoboken, NJ, and her last Sunday at St. Paul’s will be this Sunday, January 7. 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 is collecting financial gifts for Elaine. Contributions of any amount should be made payable to St. Paul’s, clearly designated for this purpose, and delivered by Monday, January 8. If you would like to make your contribution online, you may do so here.
 
Parish-wide Celebration for Elaine and Deke, this Sunday, January 7 – After the 10 a.m. service this Sunday, 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.
 
A Note from the Flower Guild – The Flower Guild wishes to thank all of the parishioners who made Christmas poinsettia donations as memorials or in gratitude for friends and family. You made possible the lovely setting for our services. It is your generosity that funds all of our purchases of flowers throughout the year. Please contact the church office if you are interested in honoring a loved one by donating flowers for a specific Sunday during the year: 434-295-2156 or office@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org.
 
Stewardship 2018 – To date, over 200 individuals, couples, and families, have made financial commitments to St. Paul's for 2018, including 24 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.
 
Annual Meeting and Election of Vestry – This year’s annual meeting will be on Sunday, January 28, with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. (details below) and the business meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.
 
Annual Meeting Potluck Dinner – Join St. Paul's parishioners of all ages for a festive themed potluck dinner prior to the start of the annual meeting on Sunday, January 28. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Vestry and staff members will be "hosting" individual tables, each with its own theme. You can RSVP for the dinner by signing up for one of the tables in the parish hall this Sunday, or by contacting the church office: 434-295-2156 or office@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org.
 
Lenten Meditation Booklet – This year's Lenten Meditation Booklet, written by members and friends of St. Paul’s, is already in the works. You are invited to share your thoughts in prose or poetry to go along with one of the daily scriptural readings. Sign up in the parish hall after the service this Sunday, or contact Anne Ribble at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-296-7882.
 
Save the Date – As we launch into a new year, please mark your calendars for this year’s parish retreat weekend at Shrine Mont: July 13-15, 2018.
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 ministries of all the parishioners and staff who organized, led, and beautified our Christmas worship, including the Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Choir, and acolytes.
 
for the birth in California on December 20 of Asher Maxwell Poist, son of Chad & Bokhyun Poist, little brother of Alexa Poist, and grandson of David & Betsy Poist.
 
for the birth on December 27 of John Venning Lichti Hendrickson, son of Caleb Hendrickson and Skinner Scholar Kate Lichti.
 
for the arrival in Charlottesville of the Polifka family, and the new ministry of Director of Music and Organist, Deke Polifka.
 
for Mark & Theresa McCullough's 25 years of marriage, as they renew their vows this Saturday, January 6.
 
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the over 200 pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
 
Godspeed and Blessings
 
to Elaine & Tim Thomas as they prepare for their move to New Jersey, and for Elaine’s new ministry as rector of All Saints, Hoboken.
 
Your prayers are requested
 
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, 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, Andre, Libba, Frances, Greg Vongas, Doug, Frank Heintz, Roger, the Haamel family, Finley & his family, Mark Gottlob, Lowell, Stephanie, Tim, Fiona & her family, Jason, Dao.
 
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 Christ Church, Luray and Trinity, Fredericksburg, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
 
for the people and ministries of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, and for their Archbishop, the Most Rev. Winston Halapua, 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 Bill Fishback, for whom a memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on January 5 at 11 a.m. (note time change).
 
Emmett Reid, in whose loving memory this Sunday's flowers are given.

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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