A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
Several adults and a couple of teenagers have already signed up for an exploration of Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception with me on Wednesday evenings this Lent. I hope the whole parish will hold them in prayer. And if you are new to Christianity, new to St. Paul’s, or just think you might be in a different place from the last time you focused on questions of faith, I hope you will consider joining us.
Our conversation will be shaped by a slim book by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams entitled Being Christian we will have plenty of copies available for everyone and we’ll benefit from hearing from “guest speaker” parishioners each week about their own explorations of faith and experiences of St. Paul’s. Participation in the group does not constitute a commitment to being baptized or confirmed, and there are no “prerequisites” in terms of knowledge, experience, or belief.
Baptisms will take place at the Easter Vigil, Saturday evening, March 31; and at Pentecost services on May 20. Confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of vows will be celebrated at the 10 a.m. service on April 29, as part of the pastoral visit of the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Virginia.
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
First Sunday in Lent
(Readings: Genesis 9:8-17 / Psalm 25:1-9 / Mark 1:9-15)
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. to 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
11:15 a.m. – Sunday School: 4 years old-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
12:15 p.m.Skinner Scholar Luncheon (lounge)
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
Johann Pachelbel (1635-1706), best known for his Canon in D, represents the height of the South German organ tradition in the Baroque period. This Ciacona is one of six surviving "chaconnes" by the composer. A chaconne is a genre of composition in which a repeated harmonic pattern serves as a vehicle for variations. This piece utilizes a repeating bass line (ground bass) that moves stepwise from Do to Sol, played in the pedals. Over this bass line comes a theme (8 bars) followed by 16 variations, the last of which is a repeat of the theme.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Monday, February 19President's Day (office closed)
Monday, February 19, 8 p.m.Young Adult Bible Study (Canterbury study rooms) (details below)
Monday, February 19, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, February 20, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, February 20, 2 p.m.Generation Wise (lounge)
Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m. – Vestry Meeting (lounge)
Wednesday, February 21, 4:15 p.m.Contemplative Reflections: A Lenten Journey in the Christian Wisdom Tradition (details below)
Wednesday, February 21, 4:30 p.m. – Junior Choir Rehearsal (choir room) (details below)
Wednesday, February 21, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer (brief, informal, all ages)
Wednesday, February 21, 6 p.m. – Dinner (parish hall)
Wednesday, February 21, 6:15 p.m. – Christianity, Church, and You (lounge) (details below)
Wednesday, February 21, 6:15 p.m. – Canterbury Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, February 21, 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 25 Second 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. 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!
Other Lenten Activities
Lenten Devotional – Our booklet of reflections for each day in Lent, written by members and friends of St. Paul's, is available here or in booklet form at the church. Special thanks to Anne Ribble for organizing and editing the Devotional, and to all of the contributors for their thoughtful reflections.
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..
Lenten Retreat – Mark your calendars for St. Patrick: Loving the “Enemy and Other,” a Lenten retreat with Bonnie Thurston on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. - noon. During the retreat we are going to pray not with the St. Patrick of shamrocks and serpents, but the St. Patrick who had the extraordinary ability not only to embrace, but to love the "enemy and other." The first reflection will explore Patrick's life as exile and slave, the second his ministry to those who enslaved him. Each will make connections with our Lenten pilgrimage to Easter, our Feast of Liberation.
After many years as a university and seminary professor, Bonnie Thurston lives quietly in her home state of WV. She is a poet and the author of numerous books on theology, Scripture, and spirituality. She is a widely sought after retreat leader and speaker.
This retreat is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Koinonia. More details can be found here. We ask that you please email or call the St. Paul’s office to reserve a place: 434-295-2156 or office@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org.
St. Paul's News and Notes
New Vestry Officers – The Vestry officers for 2018 are: Senior Warden – David Litherland; Junior Warden – Erika Viccellio; Register – Steve Bolton; Co-Chaplains – Christie Thomas & Vickie Gottlob, Treasurer – Lynne Weikart.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The St. Paul's Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Saturday, February 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Incarnation (1465 Incarnation Drive) with their prayer shawl ministry to knit and exchange ideas and patterns. If you would like to attend but need a ride, please email Georgie Kettler or Margaret Haupt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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.
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, February 20, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the church lounge. As decided at our February 6 meeting, we will continue in the book Crazy Christians by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Reading Chapters 5 through 8 would be good preparation, as well as the first four chapters if not previously read. Newcomers are welcomed. If more information is desired, contact Jean or Bill Sherman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-975-1605.
Stewardship 2018: Growing Together in the Discipline of Generosity – 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, and you haven't yet made a pledge for 2018, you can make your pledge here or fill out a pledge card and bring it or mail it to church, or call or email 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).
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 ADP's 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 – PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) 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. Please stop by the PACEM table in the parish hall on Sunday, February 18 to chat about how you can be involved.
PACEM is returning to St. Paul’s! PACEM’s mission is to engage the faith community of Charlottesville in providing shelter and compassionate support for our neighbors who are homeless. During the 2017-2018 shelter season more than 80 faith congregations and community groups will participate in offering shelter, meals, activities, and financial assistance.
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.
Attention pickup truck owners! PACEM needs YOU! We are in need of two trucks and drivers to assist with transporting supplies on the final day of our women's PACEM week, Saturday, March 10. One truck will move cots and sleeping pads to the next host congregation, Peace Lutheran Church (29 North) and the other will carry our linens to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail for laundering. Takedown will begin at 8 a.m. Total time commitment (including travel time) is about 2 hours. Please contact Julie Lautenschlager: 434-242-2853, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or find her at the PACEM signup table in the parish hall on Sunday, February 18. Thank you for your support of this important ministry!
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 hospitality of St. Paul’s Youth Group in hosting this week’s Shrove Tuesday pancake supper.
for the Chancel Choir, and for their contribution to the beauty of our worship on Ash Wednesday.
for the birth last month in New York of Caroline Frances Borland, daughter of Caitlin and Matt Borland.
the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including all of the pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
Your prayers are requested
for St. Paul's this Lent, and especially for all those considering and preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception during Easter season.
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, Elizabeth.
for the Rt. Rev. Robert Wilkes Ihloff, retired Bishop of Maryland, as he begins his interim work as our Bishop Associate.
for the members of the Search & Nominating Committee of our Diocese, including parishioner Mildred Robinson, as they seek 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 Aquia Church, Stafford; and St. Peter's in the Woods, Fairfax Station, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, and for the Most Rev. Albert Chama. Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia.
We commend to God’s never-failing care
victims of violence and warfare throughout the world, including and migrants and refugees who have died fleeing danger, and those killed in the shooting in Florida on Wednesday.
all whom we love but see no more, including Margaret Curtin (grandmother-in-law of Andre Jones), who died Wednesday in Connecticut; Nicholas Marshall; Frederieke Taylor (Neal Halvorson-Taylor’s mother-in-law); and Mary Lee Webb, buried from St. Paul's February 12.

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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