A Note from the Senior Warden
Dear St. Paul’s,
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
-  Nelson Mandela
As your new Senior Warden, I have a wish for the coming year: My wish is that 2018 will be the year when everyone at St. Paul’s takes on a more active role in the day-to-day life of the parish.
At St. Paul’s, the financial outlook is getting better and better. There is lots of room to grow, but we have many new and increased pledges to celebrate and give thanks for. I believe the next step is to match the increases we’ve seen in numbers of pledgers and numbers of dollars with increases in numbers of participants and helpers at special events, on church committees, and in our many ministries. Your financial generosity is a blessing. Your showing up and pitching in is just as important!
Each of you has special skills, and I hope that each of you will seek opportunities to use them for the benefit of our ministries and the people we serve. In the coming months, pay attention to the activities going on around you at church, and ask yourself if your involvement would help. If you think that it would, then ask to become involved. I can promise that you won’t be told “no”, and that your contribution, large or small, will make a difference in the lives of others.
David Litherland
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Second Sunday in Lent
(Readings: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 / Psalm 22:22-30 / Mark 8:31-38)
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:  Part two of a community conversation about how we experience Sunday worship (parish hall)
11:15 a.m. – Sunday School: 4 years old-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
12:15 p.m. Lectors' Training (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
“I will sing with the spirit and also with the understanding.” (Motto of the Royal School of Church Music)
This Wednesday marked the beginning of rehearsals for our newly reformed Junior Choir. Nearly 20 choristers, from grades 2-8, gathered in the choir room for our first practice, and it was great fun! We spent some time getting to know each other, doing both silly and serious warm-ups, and working on anthems to sing in church. St. Paul’s has recently joined the American branch of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), as an affiliate member. This is an organization founded by Sydney Nicholson (who was Organist of Westminster Abbey), with the goal of uplifting the spiritual life of our communities through high quality choral music. Another main focus is to promote musical education to singers through a structured choral music program. There are excellent materials, courses and other resources available through RSCM that will help us build a meaningful and educational Junior Choir program here at St. Paul’s. Also, our membership connects with other churches and civic organizations that share the goal of uplifting our community through song.
Next Week at St. Paul's
Monday, February 26, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, February 27, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, February 28, 4:15 p.m.Contemplative Reflections: A Lenten Journey in the Christian Wisdom Tradition (details below)
Wednesday, February 28, 4:30 p.m. – Junior Choir Rehearsal (choir room) (details below)
Wednesday, February 28, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer (brief, informal, all ages)
Wednesday, February 28, 6 p.m. – Dinner (parish hall)
Wednesday, February 28, 6:15 p.m. – Christianity, Church, and You (lounge) (details below)
Wednesday, February 28, 6:15 p.m. – Canterbury Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, March 1, 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.)
Saturday, March 3PACEM hosting begins (details below)
Saturday, March 3Liberation & Freedom Day (details below)
Sunday, March 4 Third 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. (through 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. 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 join an exploration of contemplative spiritual practices on Wednesday afternoons through March 28 (Wednesday in Holy Week) from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. The series is being 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. This book study is anchored in contemplation, and includes reflection and discussion. Please contact Virginia Ritchie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 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 through March 21, from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m., the Rector is leading 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.
•   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.
Young Adult Bible Study – Canterbury will host a Young Adult Bible Study led by Daniel Wise on Monday, March 5 and Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m., 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. This retreat is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Koinonia. More details can be found here. 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
The End of American Slavery in the South, the North, and the Church:
Liberation and Freedom Day, Saturday, March 3 – Before the surrender of Charlottesville and the University to Union troops on March 3, 1865, the majority of the local population was enslaved. St. Paul’s will take part in community-wide observances of the anniversary of their liberation, beginning in the Dome Room of the Rotunda at 9 a.m. A procession will leave the Rotunda by 10, passing by St. Paul’s en route to the Jefferson School, where festivities continue until 1:30 p.m. Parishioners, friends, and neighbors of all ages are invited to gather at the Rotunda at 9, or in front of St. Paul’s at 9:45 to greet and/or join the procession with prayers and the ringing of our bells. For more information, contact Kay Slaughter (971-5813 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Defective Freedom: Black Episcopalians and the End of Slavery in New York City – On Sunday, March 4, the Rev. Dr. Craig Townsend will preach at the 8 and 10 a.m. services, and lead the Adult Forum at 11:15. A retired priest of the Diocese of New York, Craig holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in American religious history. He is the author of Faith in Their Own Color, the early history of St. Philip’s Church, founded by African-American Episcopalians in Manhattan in 1809, eighteen years before the abolition of slavery in New York.
Youth Group Trip to New York City – O​ver the weekend of Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8, the Youth Group will be traveling to New ​​York City for the Nightwatch Retreat at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Nightwatch is an overnight spiritual retreat for middle and high school age students, where they will have the opportunity to unplug and connect with God and one another in the sacred space of the Cathedral. The Youth Group will stay in the city Saturday night as well and return to Charlottesville on Sunday. Please contact Youth Group coordinator SK Doyle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in attending or sending your young person on this exciting trip!
Parishioner Sue Rainey Presents Art from Shrine Mont's Collection at Westminster-Canterbury, March 1 – Did you know that, apart from being famous for rocking chairs, fried chicken, and summer camp, the Diocese of Virginia's Shrine Mont conference center owns an important collection of the artwork of American landscape illustrator John Douglas Woodward, who was the uncle of Shrine Mont's founder? Or that St. Paul's own Sue Rainey is a leading authority on Woodward?
Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge will open an exhibition on March 1, "John Douglas Woodward’s Drawings of the Holy Land, 1878 and ’79: From Shrine Mont’s Collection," with an illustrated talk by Sue Rainey at 7:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Room. All are invited.
The exhibition, which continues through April 2, features on-the-spot watercolors and drawings Woodward made in the 1870's for the book Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt, which was at its publication the most comprehensive visual survey of the Holy Land ever produced.
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).
PACEM – A friendly reminder that St. Paul’s is hosting the Women’s PACEM week from Saturday morning, March 3 through Saturday morning, March 10. During this time, St. Paul's staff and volunteers will do their very best to accommodate normal St. Paul’s activities while protecting the safety and privacy of the ladies who will be our guests, but there will inevitably be some minor disruptions. Thank you to everyone for helping us to continue the tradition of St. Paul’s hospitality with this valuable and rewarding ministry.
Interested in helping out? Questions or concerns? Please feel free to contact Julie Lautenschlager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 434-242-2853 or Anne Ribble: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 434-996-8663.
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 generous dedication of Anne Ribble, who compiled and edited our Lenten Devotional.
for the hospitality and generosity of Georgie Kettler, Jinx Kern, and Jeri Seidman, who prepared dinner for our students this month.
for the faithful generosity of Jay Robert Jennings, II of Mission, Kansas, who died last summer, leaving a bequest to St. Paul's.
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, Fiona & her family, Dao, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Bob Marsh, Thomas, Elizabeth.
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 Grace Church, The Plains; St. Philip's, Richmond; and St. Barnabas', Annandale, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America, and for their Primate, the Most Rev. Sturdie Downs, Bishop of Nicaragua.
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, and those killed in the shooting in Florida last week.
all whom we love but see no more, including Margaret Curtin (grandmother-in-law of Andre Jones), and James Kennedy Jr.

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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