A Note from Canterbury Co-President Sarah Paquette
Dear St. Paul’s,
This past weekend, Canterbury went to Shrine Mont for a retreat filled with fellowship, faith-building, and laughter. Some highlights include fireside conversations with Will, competitive board game nights, and even joining up with the Canterbury group from Longwood and Hampden-Sydney on Saturday to hike North Mountain and snow tube at Bryce Ski Resort. This retreat was entirely planned and led by our incredibly talented student leadership team, who used their dedicated and passionate spirits to plan a weekend that allowed our group to grow in community with one another.
Last year, we brought six people on our winter retreat. This year our numbers skyrocketed, with 20 people in attendance and even more who were interested but had to stay behind. I often think about the future of the Episcopal Church — we are a pretty small denomination, after all. But this weekend, I was confident in our future, as Canterbury continues to grow and flourish with the love and support it receives from St. Paul’s. This coming school year, our house will become an intentional community, filled to capacity for the first time in years. We have plans in place for a house revitalization, including a garden and flowerbeds, which will require lots of love and elbow grease. In a few short months, we will welcome a new class of first years, and I’m excited to see how they will help us foster our loving community.
As University students, it is a privilege to grow in our faith at St. Paul’s, to spend time in community with one another. I’d like to thank you all for living out this church’s mission of supporting college students.
– Sarah
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
(Readings: Isaiah 40:21-31 / Mark 1:29-39 / Psalm 147:1-12, 21c)
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 continues his presentation about his background, philosophy of church music, and plans for our music program (parish hall)
11:15 a.m. – Sunday School: 4 years old-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
12:15 p.m. – Haiti Partnership Discernment Lunch (lounge) (details below)
2 p.m. – Funeral for Frank Heintz
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
6:30 p.m.Dinner for UVA Students (Canterbury house)
6:30 p.m.Youth Group Superbowl Party (the Olson-Litherlands' home - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details)
Music Notes
O Light most blessed, fill the inmost heart of all thy faithful.
Without your grace, there is nothing in us, nothing that is not harmful.
This Sunday, the choir sings a new anthem, O lux beatissima by American composer Howard Helvey. Born in 1968, Helvey lives in Cincinnati, where he is active as a composer, arranger and pianist, and serves as organist and choirmaster of Calvary Episcopal Church. In recent years, he has become particularly well known for his choral compositions, which are performed throughout the world. The text comes from the Latin hymn for Pentecost, Veni Sancte Spiritus. It pairs well with this week’s Gospel, where Jesus is found healing the sick and casting out demons.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Friday, February 2, 2 p.m.Funeral for Edith Sheerin
Sunday, February 4, 2 p.m. – Funeral for Frank Heintz
Monday, February 5, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, February 6, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, February 6, 2 p.m.Generation Wise (lounge) (details below)
Wednesday, February 7, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer (brief, informal, all ages)
Wednesday, February 7, 6 p.m. – Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, February 8, 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..)
Friday, February 9 - Saturday February 10 Vestry Retreat at Rosyln
Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.Prayer Shawl Ministry (lounge) (details below)
Sunday, February 11 Last Sunday after the Epiphany
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 Wednesday 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 - 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 - 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 - 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
Haiti Partnership Discernment Lunch Interested parishioners are invited for lunch this 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).
Generation Wise Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet on Tuesday, February 6, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the lounge to begin discussing the book Crazy Christians, by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Newcomers welcome! 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.
Prayer Shawl Ministry The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Saturday, February 10, from 10 a.m. - noon in the lounge to prayerfully knit shawls for our parish and the larger community. 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.
Upcoming Adult Forum with Paris Ball – On Sunday, February 11, our guest for the adult forum will be Paris Ball, the Diocese of Virginia’s Director of Christian Formation and Camps. Our diocese runs ten distinct summer-camp programs every summer at our Shrine Mont camp and conference center in the mountains of Shenandoah County. Shrine Mont also hosts retreat weekends in the spring and fall for specific age groups through the innovative, youth-led Parish Youth Ministries program. Paris will offer a quick overview of diocesan youth ministries and lead a conversation about how St. Paul’s – and perhaps your family – can be involved.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Come one and all for a festive pancake supper on Tuesday, February 13, at 6 p.m., in the parish hall. The Youth Group will be cooking and serving pancakes, baked apples, and sausage. A donation of $5 per person is suggested. All proceeds will go to support the St. Paul's Youth Group in their summer immersion trip to Grace House on the Mountain in Wise, Virginia. Please come hungry and give generously!
IMPACT Update on Affordable Housing – St. Paul’s is a founding member of IMPACT, a diverse coalition of faith communities working together on local justice issues. IMPACT’s research committee on affordable housing reports that 53% of non-student households in Charlottesville are renters, that half of Charlottesville households spend more than 30% of their income on housing, and that a minimum-wage worker would need three full-time jobs to afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment. The research committee is working hard to develop solutions to present to community leaders and the public this spring. If you are interested in representing St. Paul’s on the research committee, please contact John Frazee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The committee’s next meeting will be in the evening on Thursday, February 15 at the Islamic Society of Central Virginia.
St. Paul's 2017 Annual Report – Our 2017 Annual Report is now available. You can find it here. Copies are also available in the church office.
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.
Shrine Mont Volunteer Work Weekend: April 6 - 8, 2018 – Volunteers needed to spend a fun and giving weekend to help get Shrine Mont ready to open for the new year. Room and board provided. Projects to suit all skills and strength levels. Must be at least 16 years old. Sign up quickly, only 125 volunteers allowed. For more information, please contact Tom von Hemert: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-823-2331.
PACEM PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) 2018 time is drawing near! Please join in the tradition of St. Paul's hospitality by helping us to welcome guests from the women's shelter beginning on Saturday, March 3 until the morning of Saturday, March 10. And NEW this year, we will be hosting the men's shelter beginning on Saturday, April 7 until the morning of Saturday, April 14.
There are many ways you can help! To sign up or find out more, visit with Anne Ribble, David Slezak and Julie Lautenschlager at the PACEM sign up table in the parish hall following the 10 a.m. service on the first three Sundays in February (February 4, 11, and 18).
We are collecting small sizes of soap, body wash, lotion, razors, shampoo, deodorant, cough drops, and new socks and underwear (men's and women's assorted sizes welcome). Please bring donations to the PACEM table in the parish hall. We are also collecting small denomination ($5) gift cards to CVS, McDonald's and Wendy's. Please bring activated cards or cash to the PACEM table in the parish hall.
Questions about helping with meals for the women?
Contact Anne Ribble: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 434-996-8663.
Questions about other aspects of involvement with the women's week of PACEM?
Contact Julie Lautenschlager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 434-242-2853.
Questions about helping with hosting the men's week?
Contact David Slezak: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 434-981-4161.
Stewardship 2018 – Growing Together in the Discipline of Generosity
Sharing a portion of one’s personal or household budget with the Church is a spiritual discipline and an essential part of Christian practice. As of the end of January, 213 individuals, couples, and families have committed to practicing generosity at St. Paul’s by making financial pledges for 2018.
The good news on 2018 pledging:
•   185 of the 213 pledges represent renewals of 2017 commitments, including 95 increased pledges. Within this pool of 185 renewals, the total dollar amount pledged is up 9.95% over 2017.
•   The remaining 28 pledges are new commitments, representing newcomers and others who had not pledged before.
The work that remains for 2018:
•   31 of our 2017 pledges came from people we still count as parishioners, but have not been renewed. Many of these 2017 pledgers have continued to give, but haven’t formalized their commitments for 2018.
•   A small number of parishioners, most of them newcomers, have never made a pledge to St. Paul’s.
A pledge is a statement of intention and belonging. It’s a way of saying, “I’m in. This is my church.” If that’s the way you feel about St. Paul’s, please consider sealing that commitment with a financial pledge, and celebrate being part of all that we’ll do together in 2018.
You can make your pledge here, by filling out a pledge card and bringing it or mailing it to church, or by calling or emailing the office. For a conversation about what pledging might mean for you, or how you might come up with an amount, contact the Rector (434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); for questions about logistics, accounting, or payment methods, contact Financial Secretary Martha Loach (434-295-2156 or martha.loach@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org).
Upcoming Community Events
Life After Hate: an invitation from our neighbors at Mt. Zion – Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church is hosting an educational and community-building event this Saturday, February 3, from 1 - 4 p.m. with Christian Picciolini, author of White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out. Having repudiated his neo-Nazi past, Picciolini co-founded the non-profit Life After Hate to help communities and organizations counter racism and violent extremism. Tickets are available here for a free-will donation to benefit the Heather Heyer Foundation. Mt. Zion is located at 105 Lankford Avenue in Charlottesville.
Organ Concert – The Westminster Organ Concert Series will present a concert by Albrecht von Gaudecker (former St. Paul's organist) on Friday, February 9, at 7:30 pm. The concert is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 400 Rugby Road. Ample parking is available behind the church, and the sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call 434-963-4690 or visit www.westminsterorganconcertseries.org.
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 are completing their vestry terms; and for Steve Bolton, Phil LaMar, Anne Lorber, Jeri Seidman, and Vickie Gottlob, who are beginning theirs.
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, Lila M., Eleanor, the Barbour family, Mary, Sandra Bolton, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Tim, Lana, Andre, Libba, Frances, Doug, Roger, Finley & his family, Lowell, Stephanie, Tim, Fiona & her family, Dao, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Bob Marsh.
for the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas on this, her first Sunday as Rector of All Saints Episcopal Parish, Hoboken.
for our newly elected Vestry as they prepare for the annual Vestry retreat next Friday and Saturday.
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 St. Mary's, Arlington; St. George's, Stanley; St. Andrew's, Arlington; St. Paul's, Shenandoah, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Anglican Church of Burundi, and for the Archbishop of Burundi & Bishop of Makamba, the Most Rev. Martin Nyaboho.
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 Nass Cannon; Frank Heintz, for whom a funeral will be held at St. Paul's on February 4 at 2 p.m.; and Edith Sheerin, for whom a funeral will be held at St. Paul's on February 2 at 2 p.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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