A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
 
As our multiracial, multicultural, majority-Christian-identified, majority-non-churchgoing nation anticipates a three-day weekend in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., there are a couple of strange ironies in the air. To appreciate them, we must first remind ourselves that King, however politically astute he might have been, was first and foremost a Baptist minister. That was his vocation, his identity, and the focus of his education. He was a Christian pastor.
 
With the exception of King’s fellow African-American Christians, who make up a small and shrinking slice of the American pie, the country seems to have a hard time remembering that about King. In America today, the loudest, most insistent voices on the subject of Christianity are uneasy with King and his legacy, while many of the voices that are most eager to invoke his name in public discourse are uneasy with, and often dismissive of, Christianity.
 
As the popular culture continues to de-Christianize King, in order that he might fit more comfortably into the American secular pantheon, let us Christians remember that King’s ministry, a ministry which continues to rain blessings on Christians and non-Christians alike, was not essentially a matter of political ideology. It was an expression of abiding faith in the living God who liberated the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, and seeks to liberate all people from the power of sin and death. 
 
– Will
 
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
(Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 / Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 / John 1:43-51)
 
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.Adult Forum (parish hall)
 
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
Next Week at St. Paul's
Saturday, January 13, 10 a.m.Prayer Shawl Ministry (lounge)
 
Monday, January 15Martin Luther King Day (office closed)
 
Monday, January 15, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
 
Tuesday, January 16, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
 
Tuesday, January 16, 2 p.m.Generation Wise (lounge)
 
Wednesday, January 17, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer
 
Wednesday, January 17, 6 p.m. – Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
 
Thursday, January 18, 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 21Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Annual Meeting and Election of Vestry
Announcement from Senior Warden Christie Thomas – I am pleased to announce the slate of candidates who have agreed to stand for election at the annual meeting on January 28:
 
  • Steve Bolton
  • Anne Lorber
  • Phil LaMar
  • Jeri Seidman
  • Vickie Gottlob (1-year term)
 
As a reminder, Vestry service is for three years (in the case of this class, January 2018 – January 2021), except for the term for which Vickie Gottlob has agreed to stand, to fill out Jeannie Long’s service.
 
Pictures and background information on the candidates can be found here and are posted in the parish hall.
 
My deep thanks to the Vestry nominating committee for their work. Committee members included Darren Ball, Peter Dennison, Vickie Gottlob, Joel Hoppe, David Litherland, and Lloyd Snook.
 
Annual Meeting and Potluck – This year’s annual meeting will be on Sunday, January 28, with a festive themed potluck dinner beginning immediately following the 5:30 p.m. service (at 6:30 p.m.) and the business meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. Vestry and staff members will be "hosting" individual potluck 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.
St. Paul's News and Notes
Lenten Meditation Booklet – Parishioners are invited to contribute to the 2018 Lenten Meditation Booklet by sharing their 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.
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet in the parish hall lounge on Saturday, January 13, from 10 a.m. - noon. The prayer shawl cupboard is getting low on shawls. Come knit and catch up with your knitting friends. All are welcome. For more information, contact Margaret Haupt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-996-3548.
 
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet on Tuesday, January 16, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the lounge. The group will be looking for consensus on a next book or other focus for its future meetings the first and third Tuesdays of each month. On the 16th, a video of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s September 7, 2017 sermon in the aftermath of the white-supremacist rally will form part of a continuing discussion of the Jesus Movement. Newcomers might find this a good opportunity to participate. For more information, contact Jean or Bill Sherman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-975-1605.
 
Haiti Partnership Discernment Lunch Interested parishioners are invited for lunch on Sunday, February 4, at 12:15 p.m., and for a discussion of next steps in fostering a spiritual and practical relationship with Christ the King parish and school in the village of Leger, in the Diocese of Haiti. Four representatives from St. Paul's – Will Peyton, Michele Claibourn, Lachlan Hassman, and Mary Preston – with the guidance of the Rev. Roger Bowen, visited Leger in November. Parish and school leaders identified several needs: getting filtered river water up the hill to the school, training teachers, and providing healthcare for children. Please join this discussion as we discern where we go from here. Contact Mary Preston for more information: 434-960-6107 (cell) or 434-985-4457 (home).
 
Stewardship 2018 – If you haven't yet made a 2018 financial commitment to St. Paul's, you may do so here, or mail or bring a pledge card to church anytime. For logistical questions about pledge payment methods, contact Financial Secretary Martha Loach (434-295-2156 or martha.loach@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org). For questions about what pledging might mean for you, contact the Rector (434-295-2156 or will.peyton@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org). Join the 211 individuals, couples, and families who have already made a financial commitment to being part of a thriving 2018 at St. Paul's!
A Thank You from Elaine
For the lovely reception and the kind words, the notes and calls, the gifts and warm wishes, to say thank you hardly seems enough. I am grateful beyond measure for all that you have given to me, not just in the past weeks but during my three-plus years here on the Corner. I will carry you all in my heart, my love, and my prayers.
Update on St. Paul’s Staffing
Last Sunday, we marked two major transitions in our staff, with the departure of Associate Rector Elaine Thomas, and the arrival of Director of Music and Organist Deke Polifka. January 1 also marked some less dramatic changes in our staff, as follows: Daniel Hine, having served as half-time Choir Director through a long period of transition, begins his new role as Music Associate. Office Manager Alice Fitch increases her commitment at St. Paul’s to 32 hours per week. Financial Secretary Martha Loach, who has been working for St. Paul’s on a contract basis, becomes a half-time member of our staff. And lastly, E.D. Rambo, who stepped up several years ago to coordinate children’s programs on a part-time basis (less than 10 hours per week), has decided to re-join the ranks of St. Paul’s committed volunteers.
 
Here is a list of St. Paul’s staff following these changes:
 
Full-time staff:
The Rev. William Peyton, Rector
Andre Jones, Sexton
Deke Polifka, Director of Music and Organist
John Reid, Parish Administrator
 
Part-time staff:
Alice Fitch, Office Manager (32 hours/week)
Daniel Hine, Music Associate (quarter-time)
Martha Loach, Financial Secretary (half-time)
Iris Potter, Pastoral Visitor (half-time)
The Rev. Dr. Heather Warren, Assisting Priest (quarter-time)
 
The position of Associate Rector and University Chaplain will be advertised soon, with the expectation of a start date in April, May, or June. Please pray for the person God is preparing to call to that work, and give thanks for the hard work and faithful ministry of all our staff!
Important Winter/Spring 2018 Dates
Sunday, January 28, 6:30 p.m. Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner
 
Tuesday, February 13, 6 p.m.Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper hosted by St. Paul's Youth Group
 
Wednesday, February 14Ash Wednesday (services at 7:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.)
 
Saturday, March 3 - Saturday, March 10St. Paul's hosts PACEM's overnight shelter for women
 
Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. Koinonia Lenten Retreat
 
Sunday, March 25Palm Sunday
 
Thursday, March 29Maundy Thursday
 
Friday, March 30Good Friday
 
Saturday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.Easter Vigil
 
Sunday, April 1Easter Sunday (services at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. 11:15 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.)
 
Saturday, April 7 - Saturday, April 14St. Paul's hosts PACEM's overnight shelter for men
 
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.IMPACT Nehemiah Action (MLK Performing Arts Center)
 
Sunday, April 29 Visitation of Bishop Susan Goff
 
Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15Parish Weekend at Shrine Mont
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 life and witness of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
for the presence and ministry among us of our new Music Director and Organist Deke Polifka.
 
for the fun and fellowship of last Sunday's Yule Log Hunt, and for the work of all who made it possible, including John Frazee and his enthusiastic team of volunteers.
 
for the gracious hospitality of parishioners who organized and hosted last Sunday's reception, including Georgie Kettler, Jim & Nancy Galloway, Bob & Marty Sayler, Anne Cressin, and Christie Thomas.
 
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the 211 pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
 
Godspeed and Blessings
 
to Elaine & Tim Thomas as they 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., Eleanor, the Barbour family, Mary, Sandra Bolton, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Tim, Katherine, Lana, Andre, Libba, Frances, Doug, Frank Heintz, Roger, Finley & his family, Lowell, Stephanie, Tim, Fiona & her family, Jason, Dao, Betty & Bill, Rose Marie.
 
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. John's, Tappahannock; St. Christopher's, Springfield; St. George's, Arlington; and Olivet, Franconia, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
 
for the people and ministries of the Anglican Church of Australia, and for their Archbishop, the Most Rev. Philip Leslie Freier, 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.
 
The Rt. Rev. Frederick Deane Goodwin, 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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