A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
Many of you have asked about the vacancy on our clergy staff, and about the process and timeline to fill it. Here are a few notes:
• Half the job will be dedicated to chaplaincy with Canterbury and Skinner scholars. The Diocese funds this work with an annual grant, designated to support a clergy salary.
• The other half of the job is to share in the general work of parish ministry, with particular responsibility for building up and coordinating lay leadership in Sunday school, youth group, adult formation, and pastoral care.
• We’re probably looking for someone with some experience. We have a lot to do at St. Paul’s, and the expectations of this job would be a lot to ask of someone who’s simultaneously adjusting to life as a priest.
• We need someone to dig in and commit! This is not a job for someone who has somewhere else to be in the next three to five years.
How do we find this person? The Vestry has already taken the first step by funding an attractive position. Wer'e not looking for a bargain; we want to be awash in intriguing résumés! When the application window has closed, I will have initial conversations with five or eight or ten applicants and choose two or three for in-depth meetings with key staff members and a diverse group of parishioners and students. Then we call our next Associate Rector and University Chaplain, to join us sometime between Easter and early summer. 
I hope you share my feeling of joyful expectation, and I ask your prayers for all concerned.
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
(Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 / Psalm 62:6-14 / Mark 1:14-20)
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)
11:15 a.m. – Sunday School: 4 years old-1st grade / 2nd-3rd grade / 4th-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
5:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
6:30 p.m. – Dinner for UVA Students and Youth (lounge)
6:30 p.m. – Youth Group: 7th-12th grade (blue room, following dinner)
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Friday, January 19, 11 a.m. - Funeral Service for Rosemarie Plume (chapel)
Monday, January 22, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, January 23, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, January 24, 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer
Wednesday, January 24, 6 p.m. – Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, January 25, 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..)
Thursday, January 25, 6 p.m. – Charlottesville Region of the Diocese of Virginia Regional Council Dinner and Meeting (parish hall)
Friday, January 26 - Sunday, January 28 – Canterbury Retreat at Shrine Mont
Sunday, January 28 – Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
Sunday, January 28, 6:30 p.m. – Potluck Dinner and Annual Meeting (details below)
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 canRSVP 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
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).
Healing Prayers: What to Expect – Healing prayers are offered in the chapel during communion. You may ask for a prayer for healing of mind, body or spirit for yourself or for someone in your heart, near or far away. Prayers are private and confidential.
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 212 individuals, couples, and families who have already made a financial commitment to being part of a thriving 2018 at St. Paul's!
Update on St. Paul’s Staffing
On Sunday, January 7, 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 14 – Ash Wednesday (services at 7:30 a.m.12:15 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 3 - Saturday, March 10 – St. Paul's hosts PACEM's overnight shelter for women
Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. – Koinonia Lenten Retreat
Sunday, March 25 – Palm Sunday (services at 8 a.m.10 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. – Tenebrae
Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Eucharist with foot washing
Friday, March 30 – Good Friday (services at 7:30 a.m.noon, and 5:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. – Easter Vigil
Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunday (services at 7:30 a.m.9 a.m. 11:15 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.)
Saturday, April 7 - Saturday, April 14 – St. 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 15 – Parish 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 presence and ministry among us of our new Music Director and Organist Deke Polifka.
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the 212 pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
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.
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. Asaph's, Bowling Green and St. Stephen's, Catlett, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Church of Bangladesh, and for their moderator and Bishop of Dhaka, the Most Rev. Paul Shishir Sarker, 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 Richard Carveth, and Rosemarie Plume, whose funeral will be held in the chapel at St. Paul's on Friday, January 19, at 11 a.m.
Dr. & Mrs.G.S. Fitz-Hugh, in whose loving memory this Sunday's flowers are given.

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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