Coming up on Grace Street
 Sunday, September 2
This Sunday:
  • 9:00 a.m. Nursery opens
  • 10:00 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist in Scott Hall 
  • 11:00 a.m. Fellowship following the service

     Words from our Interim Rector 

To read a reflection on the Gospel in our everyday lives, visit   Jottings from Grace Street, a weekly blog by the Rev. Sue Eaves, our interim rector. (If you would like to subscribe to Rev. Sue's blog directly, please email our Director of Communications, Sarah A. Foote, at sfoote@stpaulsrva.org.) 


"When we surround the need for relationship with God with anxiety - I ought, I want, I would like, I wish, I don't - we have only to remember that God is already close to us. Praying is largely a matter of intentionality..."

**"Jottings" Responses: A Quick Clarification**

For those of you who already receive Rev. Sue's weekly "Jottings" blogs, you will know that she hits on topics that are as diverse as they are relevant, thought-provoking as they are accessible. Similarly, your responses to these posts are well thought-out, encourage further dialogue, and represent a congregation that is eager to learn more, collectively, about our faith! 

It must be noted that Sue does not receive these responses directly, but they are forwarded her way and she does read each of them. Thank you for your kind and intelligent replies, and keep 'em comin'! 
     In Case you Missed It...

...you can find the latest of St. Paul's monthly updates on Worship, our Rector Search, and Reconstruction here!
 Faith Formation: An Update
  Faith Formation classes are on a break until after  Get Involved Sunday (September 16th), when regular programming will resume. 

When we return on September 16, please join us for a six week congregational discernment process of prayer and reflection, conversation and information sharing. It will be co-led by Minister for Faith Formation Keli Cooper and Minister of Outreach Lynn Williams, and will serve a s a means of deepening our sense of mutual responsibility and accountability for community and mission.

The discernment process will take place on Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m. ( September 16th-October 21st) in place of regular Faith Formation classes in the Norwood Room, as well as Tuesday evenings ( September 18th-October 23rd) from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the Library. 

We look forward to discussing and growing together!
    Women of a Certain Age

Women of a Certain Age will meet at 11:30 on Tuesday, September 4th in the library at St. Paul's. Please bring your bag lunch. We'll see you there! 
 Youth & Young Adult Journey to Mwitikira
 
Registration is for the 2019 Piligrimage trip to Mwitikira is OPENThis trip will be co-led by Keli Cooper and Roger Whitfield, and is geared towards providing an opportunity for youth and young adults to journey to Mwitikira and build relationships and explore what it means to live out our mission to the church in the world. Tentative dates for the trip are Thursday, July 4th-Saturday, July 13th, 2019.
 
Please get in touch with Minister for Faith Formation Keli Cooper at kshipleycooper@stpaulsrva.org for more details! 
Fall Book Study


This fall, the Rev. Sue Eaves will be leading about an hour long book study on Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen.

This will be a 6-week book study, meeting once weekly. There will be books available for purchase ($10) at the ministry fair on Sunday, Sept. 16 ("Get Involved" Sunday), or people can request a book to be picked up at the church office. Please request your book by September 13th for pick up on September 18th. The first book study will meet Thursday, September 20th. 

Please join us Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m. in the Library (September 20th-October 25th) for this great way to educate ourselves and fellowship together! 

The Better to See You With...

 We are looking for your gently used reading and prescription eye glasses to take to the villagers in 
Mwitikira. Roger Whitfield, Joe Kearfott and Mark Gordon will be traveling to Mwitikira in October and will gladly carry any and all glasses we collect. Please leave glasses with Minister of Outreach Lynn Williams. 
Thanks so much!
Seeking Volunteers and Toiletries for our Emmaus Ministry!

Want to meet some new folks AND provide a service to our community? (And maybe get a nice meal out of it, too?)

Well, you're in luck. Our Emmaus ministry is seeking some more volunteers to come in and assist with preparing and serving lunch to our neighbors. We serve this hot lunch each Thursday in the Atrium, where approximately 150 guests gather for the meal and for fellowship. Everyone is welcome!

In addition to volunteers, we are looking for travel-sized toiletries to give to our guests. Item suggestions include toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant (male and female), lip balm, shampoo, soap, female products, lotion, etc.

If you or someone you know would be interested in helping out with either aspect of this important ministry, please contact our Minister for Outreach Lynn Williams at lwilliams@stpaulsrva.org. Thanks! 
Children's Sunday School Kickoff with Jonathan Austin, Juggler Extraordinaire!



On Sunday, September 16 at 9 a.m., please join us in welcoming Jonathan Austin, a juggler who is described as "arguably Richmond's most popular individual performer." He has delighted crowds of all ages since he was 14 years old and is a staple at every major Richmond festival. He will be with us at St. Paul's to help kick off this upcoming year's Sunday School classes. 

We look forward to witnessing Jonathan's amazing feats and having a great time getting Sunday School started with a bang! 

If you'd like to read more about Jonathan and his road to juggling, you can click here or here
     Foyer Dinners Are Back!

Foyer Dinners return  Sunday, September 16 (Sunday School Kickoff Sunday) from
6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Foyer Dinners are potluck suppers held
the third Sunday of each month between September and May.  They  are a great opportunity to see old friends and make new ones!

At the September dinner, our Woodville Micah representative, Amy Malloy, will give a brief presentation on the new school year and volunteer opportunities with Micah. We are also collecting school supplies for Woodville (see the announcement below).

Sign up on Sundays on the sheet in the Gathering Space, at this link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4baea72ea20-stpauls8 or by calling the church office. Wine and beer will be available (for a suggested donation of $5 to cover costs), as well as coffee and iced tea. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there in the spirit of partnership and fellowship!
Book Discussion:  The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein 
Sponsored by St. Pauls' History and Reconciliation Initiative
Facilitated by Dick Ritsch

THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America was chosen as the 2018 book of the City Reads program.  Rothstein writes about de facto segregation in the U.S., which results from private choices, as opposed to de jure segregation, which derives from government policy or law. The system established by this practice still affects policies today.

We invite you to read the book, skim the book or just come discuss the revelations in this book on Wednesday, September 26 at St. Paul's from 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Learn more and join us! 
  If you haven't already...

...please get in touch with Parish Administrator Carter Johann (cjohann@stpaulsrva.org) with any updates regarding the new (impending) St. Paul's directory! 

We appreciate your cooperation as we prepare for a new rector who will need to get familiar with your face and name! 

From all of us here at St. Paul's, have a safe and happy Labor Day! (What does Labor Day recognize? Read all about it here.) 
St.  Paul's Prayers


We pray for the healing of metropolitan Richmond: for the sick and those on our hearts; for the welfare of all of our citizens; for the establishment of God's order in our community; and for peace. We also pray for all who work in banks and finance; all making financial decisions for greater Richmond. We pray for prisons and jails of metropolitan Richmond: prisoners and staff. We pray for all who are unemployed or underemployed. And we pray for all public servants.

We pray for all the Baptized in their daily work, especially those of our congregation and community who are in the mail service industry, including managers, sales personnel, transporters and carriers.

We pray for those who are ill: for Mike Cizenski, son-in-law of Lynn and Peter Blankman; Elizabeth Hess, mother of James Hess; James Hess, husband of Erin; Carmen Wong; Loretta McWilliams; Trudy Bryan; Bishop Michael Curry;  Eve McCray; Brittany Kahn, friend of Sarah A. Foote; Ginny Campbell; Anne Chumney, and Pegram Johnson. We also pray for those who are no longer with us: Sylvia Brown, cousin of Roger Whitfield. 

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to your never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you would like to add a name to the prayer list, please contact Parish Administrative Assistant Carter Johann at cjohann@stpaulsrva.org or (804) 643-3589.

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