A Note from our PACEM Coordinator
Dear St. Paul’s,
This is the first of two PACEM weeks at St. Paul’s this year! PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) is a grassroots organization that works with local congregations, community groups, and volunteers to provide shelter and related services to the homeless. Many of you have already given time, labor, food, and supplies. Thank you!
Sunday night, the St. Paul’s Youth Group came to welcome our guests from the women's shelter. These wonderful young people hosted an “Unbirthday Party,” celebrating each person and endeavoring to help all of our guests feel special and valued. The Youth Group, ably led by SK Doyle and parent volunteers, made a card for each woman, decorated the Parish Hall in festive style, and helped to serve dinner and clean up afterward. Most importantly, they spent time talking with our guests and gained a better understanding of the people experiencing homelessness in our community. I heard laughter, saw smiles, and witnessed the love in that room expanding. I was so proud to have our St. Paul's youth represented in this way.
PACEM is an important outreach ministry for all of us at St. Paul’s, and it requires many helpful hands and willing hearts. If you would like to experience the power of PACEM, there will be a new opportunity when we host the men’s shelter in April. I encourage you to open yourself to the possibilities and embrace them just as I saw our youth doing so boldly and lovingly Sunday night.
Julie Lautenschlager
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Fourth Sunday in Lent
(Readings: Numbers 21:4-9 / Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 / John 3:14-21)
Note: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11. Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour.
8 a.m.Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)
The Rev. Neal Goldsborough, guest preacher
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)
The Rev. Neal Goldsborough, guest preacher
11:15 a.m.Adult Forum (parish hall)
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
Make sure to come hear our newly formed Junior Choir on Sunday, March 18, for the 10 a.m. service. They will offer A Lenten Prayer by American composer Robert Powell. We all look forward to hearing them sing!
About the organ music:
Bach’s famous Passacaglia is based on a theme by André Raison, the title referring to the musical term for variations over a repeated bass. The theme is first heard in the pedals, followed by twenty ingeniously crafted variations. The fugue uses the first four bars of the passacaglia as the subject, along with two counter-subjects. The enduring popularity of this piece, including transcriptions in many genres, is a testament to Bach’s astounding ability to manipulate a theme.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.Prayer Shawl Ministry (lounge)
Monday, March 12, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, March 13, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m.Vestry Meeting (lounge)
Wednesday, March 14, 12:15 p.m.Musical Meditations: A lunchtime concert to benefit the African Development Project (details below)
Wednesday, March 14, 4:15 p.m.Contemplative Reflections: A Lenten Journey in the Christian Wisdom Tradition (lounge)
(Contact Virginia Ritchie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Wednesday, March 14, 4:30 p.m. – Junior Choir Rehearsal (choir room)
(Contact Deke Polifka: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer (brief, informal, all ages)
Wednesday, March 14, 6 p.m. – Dinner for all (parish hall)
Wednesday, March 14, 6:15 p.m. – Christianity, Church, and You (lounge)
Wednesday, March 14, 6:15 p.m. – Canterbury Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, March 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.)
Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. Lenten Retreat with Bonnie Thurston (details below)
Sunday, March 18 Fifth Sunday in Lent
St. Paul's News and Notes
Easter Lilies – St. Paul’s is blessed week in and week out by the ministry of our Flower Guild, a group of volunteer parishioners who enhance and honor our worship with beautiful floral arrangements throughout the year. The Flower Guild is funded by gifts and memorial contributions throughout the year, with a large portion of the budget coming at Easter, when the church is adorned with dozens of Easter lilies.
Please consider supporting this ministry with a gift of any amount in thanksgiving for, or in memory of, one or more loved ones. The names of all who are remembered or honored will be printed in our Easter bulletins, and donations will contribute to the beautification of the church all year long.
Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Monday, March 26, if you wish to make a contribution to be recognized in the Easter bulletin. If you would like to make your contribution online, you may do so here. Please use the field labeled "add special instructions" to type "in memory of ____" or "in thanksgiving for ____."
Guest Preacher – The Rev. Neal Goldsborough, guest preacher at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. this Sunday, served as our interim rector in 2015 and 2016 following his retirement as rector of Christ Church, Pensacola. He is now the part-time Associate for Pastoral Care at Christ Church in downtown Charlottesville. During our search for an Associate Rector, we are delighted to welcome Neal back to St. Paul's on occasional Sundays, especially when our own part-time assisting priest Heather Warren is off. Neal will visit again on April 22 and May 6.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet in the lounge on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. - noon. Newcomers, drop-ins and beginning knitters are welcome. If you are not able to come to our monthly meeting but would like to knit a shawl, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a simple pattern.
Musical Meditations to Benefit the African Development Project – Parishioner Bruce Carveth will offer a Wednesday lunchtime (12:15 - 12:45 p.m.) concert at St. Paul’s, 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.
Lenten Retreat St. Patrick: Loving the “Enemy and Other,” a Lenten retreat with Bonnie Thurston, will take place 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.
Young Adult Bible Study – Canterbury will host a Young Adult Bible Study led by Daniel Wise on Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m., immediately preceding Compline. The bible study will meet in the Canterbury Study Space above the library. 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 Rally – Almost 1,000 senior-citizen households in Albemarle County spend more than half their income on rent. In the City of Charlottesville, half the non-student population are renters, and half of those can't afford their rent, according to rent-to-income guidelines. All parishioners, regardless of previous involvement with IMPACT, are encouraged to participate in IMPACT's annual Rally to hear updates from grassroots research teams about the local housing crisis and plans for solutions. St. Paul's is a founding member of IMPACT, a faith-based justice ministry coalition of more than two dozen local congregations with a proven track record of effecting positive change for the poor and marginalized in the Charlottesville area. The Rally takes place at the Church of the Incarnation on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m.
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).
Upcoming Community Events
PACEM Benefit – Al Carbon Restaurant (1877 Seminole Trail, behind Kohr's Brothers) is hosting a benefit for PACEM on Wednesday, March 14. From 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., when you purchase your meal and mention PACEM, Al Carbon will donate 15% of the meal's price to PACEM to benefit their ongoing work to reduce homelessness in the area.
Oratorio Society Concert – The Oratorio Society of Virginia will present an American Anniversaries concert on Saturday, March 17, at 4 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville (500 Park Street), honoring Dr Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his death and Leonard Bernstein on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, African-American spirituals and a guest gospel choir. Several members of the St. Paul's choir will be singing, and Deke Polifka is the guest organist.
Political Islam and Jerusalem Presentation – The Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations Association invites all to hear Ahmed H. al-Rahim, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies, on March 25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist, 717 Rugby Road. The title of Professor al-Rahim’s talk is “Political Islam and Jerusalem.” For information, please contact: Susan Roberts, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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 extended to PACEM guests at St. Paul's this week by our PACEM coordinators Julie Lautenschlager and Anne Ribble, and by countless parishioner volunteers.
for the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Craig Townsend, guest preacher last Sunday, and the Rev. Neal Goldsborough, guest preacher this Sunday.
for 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, Betty, Liz, Robert & Dorothy, 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, Jason Corbin, Sherlene Henry, Gordon Fillingane, Donald & Carol, Brooke & Forest, Jim, Matti.
for our overnight guests as we host the PACEM women's shelter this week, and for all of our neighbors in need of safe, affordable housing.
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 St. Peter's, Richmond, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Church of England, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, 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.

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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