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
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,
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Saturday, February 10, from 10 a.m. - noon
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!
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
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?
Questions about other aspects of involvement with the women's week of PACEM?
Questions about helping with hosting the men's week?
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
); for questions about logistics, accounting, or payment methods, contact Financial Secretary Martha Loach (434-295-2156