A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
When I was a child in Alexandria, my church’s annual parish weekend at the Diocese of Virginia’s Shrine Mont conference center occupied a larger-than-life space in my mental calendar, like Christmas or 4th of July fireworks. The group from our parish was so big and familiar that, if there were other guests at Shrine Mont, I didn’t notice them. I thought the place belonged to us, and I always thought it was a shame, driving away on Sunday, that it would sit deserted for a whole year until we returned. I chalked it up to the inscrutable dullness of grownups, whose under-developed appetite for fun was well-known.
What a revelation it was, when I was a little older, to learn that I could go to camp at Shrine Mont! I could stay a lot longer than a weekend, and grownups would not be much in evidence. Shrine Mont has been hosting church retreats for nearly a hundred years – Mark your calendar for St. Paul’s weekend, July 13-15 – and camps for more than fifty, nurturing faith, friendships, and commitment to the life of the Church for generations of kids. To hear about how youth and camp programming at Shrine Mont has grown to serve kids and teens with all kinds of interests and needs, come to Sunday’s adult forum with Paris Ball, Director of Christian Formation and Camps for the Diocese of Virginia. You’ll enjoy meeting her in the Parish Hall as much as I enjoyed meeting her – where else? – at camp, when I was a counselor and she was eight years old.
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
(Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-12 / Psalm 50:1-6 / Mark 9:2-9)
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: Paris Ball, the Diocese of Virginia’s Director of Christian Formation and Camps (parish hall) (details below)
11:15 a.m. – Sunday School: 4 years old-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)
Music Notes
This year Ash Wednesday falls on February 14, which is also Valentine’s Day. There is certainly a twist of irony here – we acknowledge our own mortality and enter into a season of self-examination while the rest of the world celebrates love and romance. It is perhaps interesting to note that St. Valentine was in fact an early Christian martyr.
The choir has been working on a special anthem for the 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday service, to be sung during the imposition of ashes. Lord, let me know mine end is an exquisite work by English composer/organist Maurice Greene (1695-1755). Greene was organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and of the Chapel Royal of George II. This is his best-known work, an acknowledged masterpiece of the Anglican repertoire. Written in verse-anthem style, the full choir alternates with two treble soloists. There is a walking bass line throughout that may be thought to represent our own journey through life.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Friday, February 9 - Saturday February 10 Vestry Retreat at Rosyln
Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.Prayer Shawl Ministry (lounge) (details below)
Monday, February 12, 10 a.m. – Funeral for Mary Lee Webb
Monday, February 12, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, February 13, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, February 13, 6 p.m.Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (details below)
Wednesday, February 14Ash Wednesday (services at 7:30 a.m.12:15 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 14, 4:15 p.m. Contemplative Reflections: A Lenten Journey in the Christian Wisdom Tradition (chapel) (details below)
Wednesday, February 14, 6 p.m. – Canterbury Dinner and Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, February 15, 7:30 a.m.Morning Bible Study (library)
(Contact Jody Lahendro: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Sunday, February 18 First Sunday in Lent
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. Junior choristers will be working towards singing in church once during March, and for the 9 a.m. service on Easter Sunday (April 1). Singers 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. We will meet in the chapel and 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.
•   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 through 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.
•   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.
Make St. Paul’s part of your Lenten journey this spring!
St. Paul's News and Notes
Albrecht von Gaudecker to Play in Charlottesville – The Westminster Organ Concert Series will feature our own former organist Albrecht von Gaudecker tomorrow, Friday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m. 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.
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. All donations 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!
Prayer Shawl Ministry The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet this 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.
Adult Forum: Children and Youth in our Diocese – This 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.
Bishop Search Listening Session – The Diocesan Search/Nominating Committee for our next Bishop Suffragan will hold a listening session on Monday, February 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, 1156 Rio Road East. All interested parishioners are welcome to participate in this conversation about what the committee should seek in the next Bishop Suffragan. More details can be found here.
Young Adult Bible Study – Canterbury will host a Young Adult Bible Study led by Daniel Wise on three Mondays during Lent at 8 p.m. (February 19, March 5, and March 19) immediately preceding Compline. We'll meet in the Canterbury Study Space above the library. At the first meeting we'll begin working through the Gospel of Mark. Snacks will be provided. Email Lachlan Hassman with questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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.. All parishioners are encouraged to mark their calendars for IMPACT's April 24 Nehemiah Action.
African Development Project Update – From the Privilege School outside of Migori, Kenya, Principal Lydiah Vusaka writes that they have been plastering the walls and floors, with our funding (see photo here). Current needs are for teachers’ salaries and ongoing support of 72 orphans, and ADP plans to send additional funds. Lydiah asks that we remember Privilege community in our prayers as “we remember you in ours.”
Executive Director of the Kitui Development Center (KDC) Janet Mumo writes about the opportunity to buy a vehicle to transport staff throughout the region, supporting women’s self-help groups and promoting child advocacy, among other activities. Their current van is old and expensive to maintain, and Cindy Cartwright and Kelli Olson can attest that the roads are rough on cars! One of KDC’s partners is willing to fund a van if Janet can find matching contributions. ADP plans to help with the purchase of this van. You can catch a sight of the vehicle that needs replacing in the picture of Kelli, Janet, and Cindy here.
Thank you, St. Paul’s, for your support. Know that you are making a difference in the lives of the staff and children at the Privilege School and of the women and children in Kitui! Checks may be made to St. Paul’s, with “African Development Project” in the memo line.
PACEM Needs YOU! Interested in making a real difference in the lives of our neighbors? St. Paul’s hosts the women’s shelter Saturday March 3 - Saturday March 10, and the men’s shelter Saturday April 7 - Saturday April 14.
We still have plenty of rewarding volunteer opportunities! Immediate needs include: set-up and take-down crews, two pickup truck owners willing to help transport supplies, and overnight parishioners.
We are still collecting small sizes of basic toiletries and new socks and underwear (men’s and women’s assorted sizes welcome). We are also collecting small denomination ($5) gift cards to CVS, McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Please bring activated cards, cash, and other donations to the PACEM table in the parish hall beginning at 11:15 on Sunday, February 11 or Sunday, February 18.
Want to know more about PACEM and the positive impact this organization has on our community?
Contact Julie Lautenschlager for women’s shelter and general PACEM questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 434-242-2853.
Contact Anne Ribble for women’s meal assistance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 434-996-8663.
Contact David Slezak for men’s shelter: 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).
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 our newly elected Vestry, as they mark the start of their work and ministry together at the Vestry Commissioning this Sunday.
for the leadership of parishioners who complete their Vestry service this weekend, Michele Allen, Anne Cressin, and Lloyd Snook; and Jeannie Long, who resigned from the Vestry last fall.
for the faith and ministry of the Rev. Ed Tourangeau, guest Celebrant at this Sunday’s 10 a.m. service.
for the youth and camp ministries of the Diocese of Virginia.
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, Thomas.
for our 2018 Vestry, as they begin their work together this weekend: Steve Bolton, Michele Claibourn, Peter Dennison, Vickie Gottlob, Phil LaMar, David Litherland, Anne Lorber, Bob Sayler, Jeri Seidman, William Taylor, Christie Thomas, and Erika Viccellio.
for the members of the Search & Nominating Committee of our Diocese, including parishioner Mildred Robinson, as they seek to nominate candidates to serve as our next Bishop Suffragan; and for the person God will call to that work.
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. Stephen's, Heathsville and St. Paul's, Richmond, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Anglican Church of Canada, and for their Primate, the Most Rev. Frederick Hiltz, 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 Nicholas Marshall; and Mary Lee Webb, whose funeral will be held at St. Paul's on Monday, February 12, at 10 a.m.
Hope Jillson Vernon and Arthur Andrew Vernon, 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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