A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
I am delighted to share two important pieces of news with you:
•   The Rev. Dr. Craig Townsend will be our guest at Shrine Mont July 13-15 (details and sign-up information below). Many of you will remember Craig from his visit to St. Paul’s in March, when he preached and led the Adult Forum on African-American Episcopalians and the end of slavery in New York. A priest and a scholar of American religious history, Craig has long experience with pilgrimage. Having undertaken and led many pilgrimages—especially to Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, but also in England and the Middle East—Craig describes pilgrimage as “not simply a journey toward God, but the ancient practice of taking time to see oneself journeying with God.” He invites St. Paul’s on such a pilgrimage with him - not a medieval route or exotic locale, but to and at Shrine Mont, to practice seeing our lives as pilgrimages, to refresh ourselves on our holy journeys, and to walk together in faith.
•   The Vestry has enthusiastically approved my request to engage Ministry Architects, a highly-regarded church consulting firm, to work with us on children’s and youth ministry for the next twelve to eighteen months. Ministry Architects will assign two professional Christian educators (including Mary Beth Abplanalp, who addressed the adult forum two weeks ago) to assess the whole gamut of St. Paul’s ministries with children from birth through high school, and to work with us through a process of visioning and implementation, leading to healthy, sustainable programs and, ultimately, a search for a professional Christian educator of our own to oversee them.
If you haven’t signed up for Shrine Mont, I hope you’ll do so today! And I ask you to keep our children, our youth, and all the faithful volunteers who serve them at St. Paul’s in your prayers.
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Trinity Sunday
(Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8 / Psalm 29 / John 3:1-17)
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.Coffee Hour and Fellowship (parish hall)
11:15 a.m. Youth Group Immersion Trip Parent Meeting (blue room)
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
Music Notes
About this Sunday’s Prelude/Postlude:
The Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552 frames the monumental Clavierübung III (“Organ practice, 3rd volume”), a cycle of twenty-seven masterworks, given by Bach to “music lovers, and particularly for connoisseurs of such work, for the recreation of the spirit.”
The key of E-flat is significant because the three flats are thought to represent the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). There are also three main sections in the Prelude: the dotted rhythms of the opening section suggest French Overture style, whereas the third section calls to mind Italian concerto style.
The fugue is commonly called the “St. Anne Fugue” because the melody resembles the hymn tune St. Anne. This tune is usually sung for the hymn “O God Our Help in Ages Past” (heard today in the choir anthem). However, most scholars doubt that Bach actually knew this melody! The fugue is also in three parts. The first fugue is in the style of Palestrina (stile antico), perhaps showing the ancient majesty of God. The second fugue represents the dual nature of Christ and the third fugue contains running notes that are thought to depict the Holy Spirit. This is Bach’s final free work for organ, a masterpiece admired by composers, musicologists and organists alike.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Friday, May 25, 4 p.m.Funeral for Betty McLernon
Monday, May 28Memorial Day (office closed)
Monday, May 28, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, May 29, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Thursday, May 31, 7:30 a.m.Morning Bible Study (library)
Thursday, May 31, 4 p.m.Funeral for Sandy Snook
Saturday, June 2, 3 p.m.Marriage of Colin Downes and Natalie Villalon
Sunday, June 3 The Second Sunday after Pentecost
St. Paul's News and Notes
End-of-Year Celebration of Acolytes, Sunday School, and Youth – After the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, June 3, the whole parish is invited to a brief reception in the parish hall to celebrate our acolytes, Sunday School, and Youth Group ministries, and to recognize the leaders and participants. There will be special recognition for our graduating seniors, Parker DeVillier and Jamie Nachbar, as we thank them for their years of service as acolytes.
•   Parker DeVillier graduates from St. Anne’s-Belfield School on June 1stThe Daily Progress recently named him a First Team All-Central Virginia high-school swimmer, and his Piedmont Family YMCA relay team finished third at the national championships, earning him All-American status. He is committed to swim at Roanoke College and plans to major in computer science.
•   Jamie Nachbar graduates June 7th from Charlottesville High School, where he has been a president the Science and Engineering Club, captain of the cross-country team, captain of the Science Bowl team, and a leader in the globally-ranked Zero Robotics team. Jamie is going to Yale this fall, and plans to study computer science and mathematics, with a special focus on ethical issues related to artificial intelligence.
Parents of Teenagers Meeting – On Sunday, June 3, following the reception after the 10 a.m. service, leaders of St. Paul's Stephen Ministry (Doris Greiner, Margaret Haupt, and David Truslow) will meet in the lounge with parents of teenagers to discuss ways in which Stephen Ministry might be supportive. The leaders will describe how Stephen Ministry works and will answer questions.
St. Paul's Youth Immersion Trip – All St. Paul's Youth (and/or parents!) in middle or high school are invited to join the Youth Group of St. Paul's Memorial Church in their immersion trip to Grace House on the Mountain in Wise County, VA, June 10-16. This is the third year of the trip, and groups in years past have had an incredibly transformative experience. We will learn about God's call to mission and service as we work together in housing maintenance and construction in our state's Appalachia region. Cost is $250 per person with scholarships available. Aren't a youth but want to support the trip? Please consider making a donation to help a young person attend. Checks can be made to St. Paul's with "Youth Immersion Trip" in the memo line and placed in the offering plate or given to a clergy person. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions. There will be a youth group immersion trip parent meeting at 11:15 a.m. this Sunday, May 27, in the blue room.
Summer Choir – Our Junior Choir wrapped up a terrific first season two weeks ago, and we look forward to their return in September. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings through the month of May. For June, July and August, they rehearse on Sunday mornings only at 9 a.m., and continue to sing for the 10 a.m. service each Sunday. If you are interested in joining the choir, for summer or long-term, this is an excellent opportunity to check it out, without a weekday commitment. For more information please contact Deke Polifka, Director of Music and Organist: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Thursday Morning Bible Study – The St. Paul’s Thursday morning bible study group will continue meeting through the summer but will take a break from their study of Romans to read Frederick Buechner’s novel The Son of Laughter, a retelling of the Old Testament’s story of Jacob. This group of men and women meets every Thursday morning from 7:30 to 8:30 in the church library, coffee provided. Their casual and relaxed discussion requires no prior familiarity with the readings. All are welcome. Contact Jody at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-906-2583 if you have any questions.
Schoolhouse Thrift Shop Seeking Donations and VolunteersThe Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, a ministry of the Charlottesville Region of the Diocese of Virginia, is currently seeking donations of gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, books, toys, and household goods. The Thrift Shop is also seeking volunteers to assist with donations, greet customers, and keep the shop tidy. Volunteers work together in 3-hour shifts (Fridays 10-1 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m.). If interested, please contact St. Paul's parishioner and Thrift Shop manager Leah Wise at 434-973-2271, or stop by the shop at 1147 Rio Rd E., Monday-Saturday 10-4.
Canterbury Grant – Congratulations to Canterbury Episcopal Fellowship at the University of Virginia on receiving a Campus Ministry & Young Adult Grant from The Episcopal Church. More information about the grant can be found here.
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
St. Paul’s Annual Parish Weekend at Shrine Mont: July 13-15
Our Shrine Mont registration is now open!
Shrine Mont is the spectacular 1,100-acre mountain retreat center of the Diocese of Virginia, 90 minutes from Charlottesville in Orkney Springs, Virginia. St. Paul's weekend includes time for individual and group activities like hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, tennis, and our annual kickball extravaganza, as well as ample opportunity for inactivity, like napping, reading, or just sitting on the porch.
Our Shrine Mont weekend is July 13-15. Click here to sign up. We have a limited number of rooms available to us for our retreat this year, so sign up soon!
2018 Rates:
Children 18 and under - FREE
Adults in double rooms - $150 each
Adults in single rooms - $200 each
In order to complete your registration, please send us your full payment by Friday, June 29. All costs shown are per person for the entire weekend and include all meals. Payment plans and financial assistance are available.
[Note: St. Paul's subsidizes the regular Shrine Mont accommodation rates to help make the weekend as affordable as possible for our parishioners. If you'd like to help support our effort to offer discounted rates, we would gladly welcome donations, or simply a "round up" of your Shrine Mont payment, which will help us provide financial assistance to those who need it.]
Questions? Contact Shrine Mont coordinator Anne Cressin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-249-4362) or Alice Fitch at the church office: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-295-2156).
Upcoming Community Events
Oratorio Society ConcertThe Oratorio Society is presenting its 50th Anniversary Gala Concert on Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at Old Cabell Hall. Tickets are available at the UVA Arts Box Office or by going to the Oratorio Society's website.
Bach's Lunch Concert – The final concert of the 30th annual Bach's Lunch Concert Series at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, will be on Thursday, May 31, at noon. Schubert's "Mass in G" will be performed by singers from Christ Church; St. Paul's Memorial Church; St. Paul's Episcopal, Ivy; Church of Our Saviour; and Grace Episcopal Church, Keswick, with string orchestra, continuo organ, and soloists. The 30-minute program is free, and Baggby's box lunches will be available for $7.00. Donations to the yearly concert series are gratefully accepted. Christ Episcopal Church is located at 2nd and High Streets, NW.
Charlottesville Women's Choir Concert The Charlottesville Women’s Choir will debut “Signs,” inspired by the 2017 Women’s March at its concert Sunday, June 3. The concert which features music of peace, equality and justice will be held at 4:30 p.m. at The Haven, a former church, at First and Market Street, Downtown Charlottesville. Donations at the door will help support Charlottesville International Neighbors, and a reception at The Haven will be held immediately following the concert. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-971-5813.
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 new life in Christ of Caroline Frances Borland, baptized at St. Paul's last Sunday.
for the ministry of the St. Paul's volunteers who prepare dinners at the Salvation Army every Thursday, as they conclude the September - May season: Jane Butler, Kathleen Caldwell, Ruth Cameron, Sarah & Jim Cargile, Jean Dooley, Haike Giragosian, Vickie & Mark Gottlob, Sally Humphrey, Linda Hunt, Colby & Peter Johnson, Georgie Kettler, Paula Kettlewell, Kay & Charles Lancaster, Tara & John Little, Theresa McCullough, Elizabeth Morgan, Pat Punch, Sue Rainey, Mary Jane Ritchie, Lila & Ed Robb, David Truslow, and Diane Wakat.
for the ministry of our two graduating acolytes, Parker DeVillier and Jamie Nachbar; our other acolytes, Helen Albiston, Brendan Allen, Christopher Allen, Moira Allen, Caroline Bolton, Ian Bolton, Fred Claibourn, Betsy Daniel, Charlotte DeVillier, Jack DeVillier, Lucas Fuller, Mason Grasty, Charlie Hall, Rachel Hall, Matthew McCullough, Angus Munro, Alex Nachbar, Jack Nachbar, Elle Polifka, Richard Potter, James Rambo, Hannah Seidman, Buck Smith, Margaret Vincel, Trimmer Vincel, Emily Webber, Katherine Webber, Katherine Yencken; and the acolyte coordinators, Carol Buckner and Buck Smith.
for the leadership of SK Doyle, as she completes her ministry with our Youth Group during next month's service trip to Southwest Virginia.
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 members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including David Nelson, Karin, Anne, Evelyn, Robert & Dorothy, Anne, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Ruth, Derek, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann Miller, David, Lila M., Eleanor, the Barbour family, Mary, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Lana, Libba, Doug, Roger, Finley & his family, Stephanie, Fiona & her family, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Thomas, Elizabeth, Gordon Fillingane, Carol, Brooke & Forest, Jim, Matti, Jonathan, Amanda's family & the VIA staff, Bob, John, Alvin, Dave, Henry, Mary.
for those preparing for Holy Matrimony, including Natalie Villalon & Colin Downes (to be married at St. Paul's on June 2) and Rachel Clark & William Crutchfield III (to be married at St. Paul's on June 9).
for Joe Lenow, as he prepares for his Ordination to the Diaconate on Saturday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m., at Epiphany Episcopal Church, Herndon.
for the Youth Group members and chaperones who will travel to Southwest Virginia next month to participate in service and prayer through the ministry of Grace House on the Mountain.
for our search process at St. Paul’s, as we seek our next Associate Rector & University Chaplain.
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, injustice, and oppression; and for all who serve the common good in law enforcement and the courts.
for the people and ministries of the the Anglican Church of Korea, and for their Primate, the Most Rev. Onesimus Dongsin Park, Bishop of Busan, according to the Anglican Cycle of Prayer.
We commend to God’s never-failing care
on this Memorial Day weekend, all of those who have died in service of our country to procure the liberties we enjoy.
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 Betty McLernon, whose funeral will be held at St. Paul's on Friday, May 25, at 4 p.m.; and Sandy Snook, whose funeral will be held at St. Paul's on Thursday, May 31, at 4 p.m.
Rose Mary Whiteside, 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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