A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
Many conflicts, misunderstandings, and frustrations in the life of the Church derive from our persistent efforts to shoehorn “church” into familiar cultural categories where it stubbornly refuses to fit.
The Church has property, employees, contracts, and bank accounts, but is unlike any business. We thrive and grow by giving freely, and we are served by those we serve. The Church relies on volunteers to carry out charitable work, but is unlike any charitable non-profit. The least measurable thing we do – prayer and worship – is always the thing that has the most profound effect. The Church has members, but is unlike any club. We are not bound together by mutual agreement or affinity; we are called together by God, regardless of what we think of one another.
At St. Paul’s Annual Meeting this Sunday, we come together to take stock, to celebrate, and to marvel at the life and work we share in this wonderfully strange and mysterious thing we call Church. It is a category unto itself. I look forward to seeing you Sunday evening!
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
(Readings: Acts 26:9-21, Psalm 67, Matthew 10:16-22)
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: Getting to know our new Director of Music
Deke Polifka talks about his background, philosophy of church music, and plans for our music program (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. Potluck Dinner and Annual Meeting (details below)
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Monday, January 29, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, January 30, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, January 31, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer (brief, informal, all ages)
Wednesday, January 31, 6 p.m. – Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, February 1, 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..)
Lenten Wednesdays at St. Paul's
From meditative lunch hours to lively discussions, there’s something for everyone at St. Paul’s this Lent... and dinner is served!
•  Our regular Evening Prayer service at 5:30 p.m.
•   Dinner for all at 6 p.m. (February 21 to March 21) following Evening Prayer
•   Junior Choir – Children and youth grades 3-8 are invited to participate in a newly forming junior choir program! Rehearsals are 4:30 - 5:20 p.m. on five Wednesday afternoons, February 21 through March 21. They will be working towards singing in church once during March, and for the 9 a.m. service on Easter Sunday (April 1). Junior choristers and their families are invited to stay for the Evening Prayer service (it will be brief and informal) and the dinner (it will be kid-friendly). Please contact Deke Polifka (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.
•   Contemplative Reflections: A Lenten Journey in the Christian Wisdom Tradition – Parishioners, friends, and visitors are invited to sign up for an exploration of contemplative spiritual practices on Wednesday afternoons from February 14 (Ash Wednesday) through March 28 (Wednesday in Holy Week) from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The series will be led by parishioners Leslie Middleton, Virginia Ritchie, and Marianne Yencken, and guided by the book The Wisdom Way of Knowing by the Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat leader. Our time together will be anchored in contemplation, and will include reflection and discussion. Please contact Virginia Ritchie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to reserve your space or for more information.
•   Musical Meditations to Benefit the African Development Project – Parishioner Bruce Carveth will offer two Wednesday lunchtime concerts at St. Paul’s, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., on March 14 and March 21. The wordless program will intersperse periods of silence with meditative solo pieces played on Bruce’s exquisite 1855 English concertina. Free-will donations go to support sustainable development and educational programs in Kenya and Uganda through the African Development Project at St. Paul’s.
•   Christianity, Church, and You – If you’ve been thinking you’d eventually get around to sorting out your questions about faith and church, why not make it your Lenten discipline to make a start? Wednesday evenings February 21 to March 21, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., the Rector will lead an exploration of some of the central principles of Christian faith and how we practice it in the Episcopal Church and at St. Paul’s. All are welcome to participate, but newcomers and those considering Baptism or Confirmation are especially encouraged to join in. Contact the church office for more information or to reserve your space.
Make St. Paul’s part of your Lenten journey this spring!
St. Paul's News and Notes
Vestry Election and Annual Meeting – This year’s annual meeting will be held this 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 and vestry election starting at 7:30 p.m. The following slate of candidates have agreed to stand for election:
  • Steve Bolton
  • Phil LaMar
  • Anne Lorber
  • Jeri Seidman
  • Vickie Gottlob (1-year term)
Pictures and background information on the candidates can be found here and are posted in the parish hall. Please join us for the potluck and the annual meeting, even if you have not RSVP’ed. We will have plenty of food for all.
Haiti Partnership Discernment Lunch Interested parishioners are invited for lunch next 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.
Forward Day by Day Meditations – New Forward Day by Day booklets for February through April are available in the pamphlet racks by the front door of the church. The booklets contain daily meditations on Bible passages selected from the daily lectionary, and can be a help to anyone seeking to develop or enrich a habit of daily prayer. St. Paul’s provides the booklets free of charge, and Forward Day by Day is also available here.
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 213 individuals, couples, and families who have already made a financial commitment to being part of a thriving 2018 at St. Paul's!
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 faithful service of Michele Allen, Anne Cressin, and Lloyd Snook, who complete their vestry terms this Sunday.
for our parish on The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle.
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the 213 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, Bud, Lucia, Lila M., Eleanor, the Barbour family, Mary, Sandra Bolton, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Tim, Lana, Andre, Libba, Frances, Doug, Frank Heintz, Roger, Finley & his family, Lowell, Stephanie, Tim, Fiona & her family, Jason, Dao, Betty & Bill.
for the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas as she prepares to begin her work as Rector of All Saints', Hoboken on February 1.
for the 25 Canterbury students on retreat at Shrine Mont this weekend.
for our Diocese as we embark on the search for our next Suffragan Bishop.
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 Ascension, Richmond; Hanover with Brunswick, King George; Trinity, Arlington; St. Bartholomew's, Richmond, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, and for the Primate of Brazil & Bishop of South-Western Brazil, the Most Rev. Francisco De Assis Da Silva.
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 (Bruce Carveth's brother); Frank Heintz, for whom a funeral is scheduled at St. Paul's on February 4; Rosemarie Plume (David McIlhiney's stepdaughter), buried in our memorial garden last Friday; and Edith Sheerin, whose funeral will take place at St. Paul's on February 2.

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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