July 28, 2022
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Greetings!

Everyone I know has some concern about money. It is the 'stuff' that makes it possible for us to secure food, clothing, and shelter for ourselves and for our families. It's important!! No one would debate that. And yet, it's not the most important thing in life...unless you don't have enough to meet your needs!! But what about having 'more than enough'? What are the implications for us in having a 'bumper crop' or a sudden unexpected windfall? What would we do with that? How might that change our lives? More importantly, how might our thinking change as a result of finally having 'enough'? And how much is 'enough'? Our Biblical lessons this morning are cautionary tales of how important it is not to leave God out of the equation. If we think our good fortune is a result only of our own efforts, then we have missed the point altogether. Our first response need not be "How will I spend this?" or "What new toy am I going to get?" or "What am I going to 'upgrade' among the things that I have?" or "Where will I hide all this money so it won't get stolen?" All of these questions are going to occur to you. But the real question is: "What would God like for me to do with this?
 The Rev. Liz Tomlinson
What's Jesus' point?

This picture is used to illustrate two different responses to the unexpected bounty that we might receive. One picture turns our attention to ourselves and the other picture keeps God in the forefront, but is barely visible between the words "Rich" and "Fool." This picture describes our Gospel lesson this week. The Old Testament lesson is a lament by God through his prophet Hosea when God bemoans the fact that his love for Israel...the love of a loving and affectionate parent...has not been reciprocated. Perhaps it's not the unexpected windfall that Jesus is criticizing. Maybe it's the fact that the rich man gave no nod to God at all. There was no sense of gratitude and no mention of sharing his good fortune with anyone else; and no acknowledgement of God's gracious bounty. Does he really think that he's in charge? Is that what makes him foolish?
Vestry Meeting
Next Sunday, July 31

The next Vestry meeting will be held on Sunday, July 31 at 12:15pm in the Rector's Office. Anyone in the congregation is welcome to sit in on this meeting. The Vestry is the governing group that makes decisions about the life we share together at St. Paul's. Come take a look and ask all the questions you want! Our Vestry is Tam Mehuron, [Warden], Anna Ko, and Alvin Jones. The next time you see any of them, give them a big smile and a 'thank you!' They work hard!!
Nametags
Everybody needs one!

As the summer unfolds and autumn looms large before us, we are looking forward to seeing some new faces. We've had a delightful summer, but as we get geared up for the fall we need to remember that the folks joining us don't know any of our names and we don't know theirs. Now is a good time to get back into the habit of wearing a nametag. Let's make our visitors feel right at home from the very beginning. If you've lost your nametag or would like a new one for any reason, send an e-mail to Linda Green or come by the office and let her know. She'll be glad to get you caught up!
SACRED GROUND
Offered at St. Paul's

This is the official description of Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

The 11-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.
Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love. For more detailed information about Sacred Ground Circles CLICK HERE
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Many of you know that our Priest, Rev. Liz Tomlinson, has just completed facilitating her sixth Sacred Ground Circle with two different partners. She is offering this experience to all the members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and to anyone within eye-shot of this e-mail who is interested in exploring it with us. Group Sessions will be held in the evening and will be on ZOOM. If you are interested in knowing more about Sacred Ground or would like to sign up for a group to begin in early fall, please respond to this Constant Contact newsletter. Rev. Liz's e-mail is at the bottom of this newsletter. The Group will begin meeting immediately after Labor Day and it will be completed by Advent.
The new Diocesan Bishop
Elected Saturday, June 4

On Saturday, June 4, clergy and selected delegates from churches all over the Diocese of Virginia met at St. Agnes and St. Stephens School in Alexandria to elect a new bishop for our Diocese. He is the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson who comes to us from '815' in New York as the bishop [to whom he is the Canon] is none other than The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry. For more information about Bishop Stevenson, please CLICK HERE
Seeing 20:20
Glasses as a gift

Thanks to your generosity and the generosity of so many other people just like you, the Lions Club in conjunction with Helping Hands has been able to distribute 65,000 pairs of glasses to people who would otherwise have had a pretty blurry picture of the world. The basket for eyeglass donations is back on the shelf underneath the bulletin board across from the Parish Office. Please keep your eyes peeled at home for that one (or two or three) pair of glasses that you no longer use. Someone will be thrilled to have them and a new look at a world in focus!
Episcopal Relief and Development
Aid for Ukraine~The bombs are still falling

This war in Ukraine seems to be unfolding in unprecedented ways...even for warfare. It's heartbreaking to know unarmed civilians are subject to attack. So many of us are looking for reliable and truly useful ways to help the people of Ukraine during this unprecedented crisis. One of the most reliable charity organizations world wide is Episcopal Relief and Development. If you would like to make an online charitable donation earmarked especially for Ukraine, please CLICK HERE to access their website.
Updating the Directory
Staying in Touch~the new ones are ready

Now more than ever, it's important for us to be able to stay in touch with one another in any way that we can...telephone, snail-mail, e-mail, smoke signal, morse code, etc. If you aren't sure whether or not you are in the directory or if your information is correct, please contact our Parish Administrator, Linda Green at green@stpaulsbxr.org and give her your contact information so that we can update the directory. They are ready for distribution now. Come by the Office and pick one up or call Linda Green at 703-820-2625 or contact her by e-mail and ask her to mail one to you. We want to be sure that everyone who should be in there is in there...and that everyone who should have a directory gets one!
Bailey's Shelter & Supportive Housing
Volunteer Opportunities
 
The next meeting of the Advisory Committee will be Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 7:00pm on ZOOM. Please let Rev. Liz know if you are interested in shelter operations or volunteer opportunities and she will give you information about how to access this meeting. Although face-to-face volunteer work has been temporarily suspended, the shelter is in the process of re-instating that support for the shelter clients. Please contact them if you want to know more!
Contact Community & Volunteer Coordinator
 Bailey's Shelter and Supportive Housing 
New Hope Housing 
5914 Seminary Rd
Fairfax, VA 22041
Tel: 703-578-8852
In the meantime, if you would like to make donations to the shelter, New Hope Housing has provided a Wish List (on Amazon) for the homeless who are moving into housing of their own which is SUCCESS! To access that list, please CLICK HERE. Please designate Bailey's Shelter and Supportive Housing, 5914 Seminary Rd., Falls Church, VA. 22041 when you place your order if you want your donation to go to this shelter. New Hope Housing manages a number of shelters around the county, so be sure to specify to New Hope that you want your donation to go to the Bailey's Crossroads Shelter.
The hot item requested at the moment is shower shoes!!
You can reach New Hope Housing at the Bailey's Shelter by calling 703-820-7621. You are helping to ease the way for our neighbors to get back on their feet! What an act of love!!
The Food Pantry
Replenishment Needed
  
Urgent calls continue to come from ACCA for donations to the food pantry. We have hungry people around us all year long, but especially now in this season of COVID-19 when so many sources of income have disappeared. St. Paul's continues to be both faithful and generous in supporting the ACCA Food Pantry and they need our help now more than ever. At the last Vestry Meeting, the Vestry voted to double the monetary support that we give to ACCA each month. Your generosity is inspiring. If you have food to donate, please continue to bring nonperishable foodstuffs for ACCA and place them in the wicker basket at the rear of the Sanctuary. They are particularly in need of any kind of rice, canned fruit, fresh vegetables, and canned stew. If you are available to deliver our food donation to the ACCA Pantry, please call Rev. Liz to let you know.

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me." Matthew 25:35
The Rev. Elizabeth W. Tomlinson
Priest in Charge
tomlinson@stpaulsbxr.org
703-820-2625


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