A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
IMPACT is the local interfaith justice ministry of which St. Paul’s is a founding member, and personal stories are an important part of what makes IMPACT’s work compelling.
Last week, as St. Paul’s hosted the PACEM overnight shelter for women, I encountered such a story while sharing dinner with PACEM guests in the parish hall. A sixty-ish guest unzipped her coat at the table, revealing a Martha Jefferson Hospital employee ID badge. I asked how long she’d been working at Martha Jeff, and I am ashamed to say that I anticipated a story along the lines of how she had taken the first step out of homelessness by getting a job. Wrong. She has been working full-time at the hospital for seven years. Her husband had a stroke and shows the early signs of dementia. His disability benefits are tied up in bureaucratic red tape. They got behind on rent. Last week, while she slept on a cot at St. Paul’s, her husband was in the PACEM men’s shelter in some other part of town.
Almost 1,000 senior-citizen households in Albemarle County spend more than half their income on rent. In the City of Charlottesville, fully half of the non-student population are renters, and half of those can't afford their rent. To take a stand with other people of faith in witnessing to our conviction that the local housing crisis is an offense to God’s vision for our community, I hope you’ll join me at the IMPACT Rally on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Incarnation.
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Fifth Sunday in Lent
(Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34 / Psalm 51:1-13 / John 12:20-33)
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 (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 this 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!
Since arriving in January, I have observed what seems to me to be an obvious strength at St. Paul’s – vigorous congregational singing and participation in the liturgy. This is something that gives me great joy, and makes playing the hymns and service music exciting each week! A while back, in the adult forum, I mentioned offering occasional opportunities to worship in a more passive way – providing a chance to reflect, contemplate, pray…to just be still for a moment. With that in mind, I’d like to encourage you to attend the 5:30 p.m. Good Friday liturgy on March 30, where a small ensemble from our choir will present a sung version of the Passion according to St. John. The setting we will sing is comprised of plainsong (sung by narrator, Pilate and Jesus), with choral responses by Tomás Luis de Victoria (Spanish, late Renaissance). This is perhaps a new (but also very old) way to hear the Passion – I hope you will consider making time to experience it on Good Friday.
- Deke
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.Koinonia Lenten Retreat (details below)
Monday, March 19, 8 p.m. Young Adult Bible Study (Canterbury study space)
Monday, March 19, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, March 20, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. IMPACT Rally at the Church of the Incarnation
Wednesday, March 21, 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 21, 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 21, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer (brief, informal, all ages)
Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m. – Dinner for all (parish hall)
Wednesday, March 21, 6:15 p.m. – Christianity, Church, and You (lounge)
Wednesday, March 21, 6:15 p.m. – Canterbury Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, March 22, 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, March 25 Palm Sunday
Holy Week and Easter at St. Paul's
Sunday, March 25Palm Sunday
Services at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Note: Service begins across the street (details below).
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.Tenebrae
(childcare provided)
Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.Maundy Thursday Eucharist with foot washing
(childcare provided)
Friday, March 30Good Friday
Services at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 5:30 p.m.
(childcare provided at the 5:30 p.m. service)
Saturday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.Easter Vigil
(childcare provided)
Sunday, April 1Easter Sunday
Note service time changes from previous years:
Services at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. 11:15 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.
(childcare provided at the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services)
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 ____."
Lenten Retreat St. Patrick: Loving the “Enemy and Other,” a Lenten retreat with Bonnie Thurston, will take place this 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 – Join hundreds of representatives from dozens of worshiping communities working for faith-based housing justice. The Rally takes place at the Church of the Incarnation on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact John Frazee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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 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.
Palm Sunday – Next week, the 10 a.m. Palm Sunday service will begin with the Liturgy of the Palms in the grass near Brooks Hall, just across University Avenue. Don't worry about not being able to find the spot! You'll be able to see the choir and acolytes from St. Paul's front steps, and ushers will be on hand to assist. The congregation will follow in procession to the church by way of the crosswalk at Chancellor Street. Anyone who prefers to sit in the church and await the procession of the palms, or to watch from the front doors, is welcome to do so. Those relying on scheduled transportation after church should note that the 10 a.m. service on Palm Sunday will be a little longer than usual. There will be no adult forum or Sunday school.
Easter Egg Hunt – All children are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt on the front lawn on Easter Sunday, April 1, immediately following the 9 a.m. service.
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 Thank You's
A Message from PACEM Coordinators, Julie Lautenschlager and Anne Ribble:
Over the course of our PACEM women's shelter week, dozens of you contributed food and supplies. We had numerous compliments to the chefs, and none of our guests left hungry. Thank you! We'd like to highlight the contributions of several groups of volunteers without whose help the week would not have been a success. Our set up crew: Sumner Brown, Herb Beskin, and Paula Kettlewell; the Youth Group led by SK Doyle and parent volunteers Joan Albiston and Jeri Seidman; our overnight parishioners: Matt Argon, Nancy Grable, Frances Lee-Vandell, Peter Morris, Donna Price, and Christie Thomas; our dinner coordinators: Cindy Cartwright, Vickie Gottlob, Karen Mawyer, Jarrett Millard, Wayne Nolen, and Iris and Tony Potter; and our takedown and transport crew, Katey Buford, Barrie and Bruce Carveth, and Anne Cressin. Ask one of these people about how rewarding it can be to volunteer with the PACEM organization! Thank you to everyone for making this St. Paul's ministry thrive.
A Message from PACEM:
To our friends at St. Paul’s Memorial Church,
Thank you for once again hosting PACEM’s women’s shelter in our 14th winter of helping people who are homeless in our area. We want you to know how truly blessed this community is to have congregations like yours to help in our mission to provide shelter for our neighbors in need. We greatly appreciate your willingness to prepare and serve dinner, to work with partner congregations, and for all the snacks, and hospitality you provided for the guests in a warm, welcoming, and compassionate environment each night.
In addition to shelter, St. Paul’s Memorial Church also provides generous financial support for PACEM every year. Your financial help supports the cost of PACEM’s shelter staff in your church. The graciousness of the entire PACEM Family makes it possible for us to remain open throughout the winter.
Thank you for hosting PACEM’s women’s shelter again this year, for the hands of all your volunteers, the graciousness of opening your doors, and your willingness to work with other congregations in our community to address the immediate needs of our neighbors.
Upcoming Community Events
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 and generosity of Kevin Lonabaugh, who prepared dinner for our students last Sunday, and for Erika Viccellio and her team of helpers, who prepared our Lenten Wednesday dinner this week.
for the hospitality extended to PACEM guests at St. Paul's last week by Julie Lautenschlager, Anne Ribble, and dozens of volunteers, including members of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church who provided dinner on Thursday.
for Lenten musical meditations offered by Bruce Carveth, and for the work of the African Development Project.
for the music ministry of St. Paul's junior choir, and of Canterbury leader Helen Schmedtje, who accompanies them on the flute this Sunday.
for holy caring and healing manifested in the nursing and teaching career of Pam Dennison on the occasion of her retirement from the University of Virginia Hospital.
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 those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception in Easter season, including Sophia Espie, Kate Landis, Peter Morris, Ainsley, Wythe & Melanie Rightmyer, Lena & Pia Tavernise, and Emily Webber.
for neighbors who are homeless or struggling to pay rent, and for all our partners in IMPACT as we continue to seek housing justice in our community.
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, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Bob Marsh, Thomas, Elizabeth, Jason Corbin, Sherlene Henry, Gordon Fillingane, Donald & Carol, Brooke & Forest, Jim, Matti.
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 the Church of Our Saviour, Charlottesville, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, and for their Bishop, the Most Rev. Paul Kwong, 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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