Coming up on Grace Street
Sunday, February 10th
Special Announcement: Welcome, Baby Nathan!

Congratulations to parents Sarah and Mark and brother Ryan Chawla (and grandparents David and Jean White) on the birth of Nathan James Chawla, 9lbs 8 1/2 oz., who was born this week on February 5. 

We rejoice with you and welcome little Nathan to the St. Paul's family! 
Coming Up on Grace Street: 
New Organization of Content

From now on, when you open up your e-blast, you'll find information "sorted" in this order, for your convenience:

1. Calendar & Upcoming Events
2. Worship & General Information
3. Individual News From Each Ministry 

For other updates & more info, please check out our website at https://www.stpaulsrva.org/.

To sign up for any of the weekly ministry e-blasts, please email Sarah A. Foote, Director of Communications, at sfoote@stpaulsrva.org
Calendar & Upcoming Events
This Week  at a Glance

Sunday, 2/10
  • 9:00 a.m. Faith Formation with Barbara Holley: Telling Our Story (Norwood Room) 
  • 9:00 a.m. Kids' Music with Karen Harris (Children's Center)
  • 10:00 a.m. Service of the Holy Eucharist
  • 11:30 a.m. Youth Group meets (Youth Room)
  • 11:30 a.m. Outreach Committee Meeting (Room 207)
  • 11:30 a.m. Parish Life Meeting (Library)
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Stone Soup Dinner (Atrium)
Monday, 2/11
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
Tuesday, 2/12
  • 8:00 a.m. Reflections and Prayers (Library)
  • 11:30 a.m. Marketplace Values (Room 207)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room) 
  • 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. HRI Honest Conversations Series facilitated by Rob Corcoran (Norwood Room)
Wednesday, 2/13
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist
Thursday, 2/14
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Emmaus Lunch Program (Atrium)
  • 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 2/15
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
Saturday, 2/16
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Winter Ball setup volunteers arrive
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. setup before Winter Ball
  • 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Winter Ball Fundraiser
  • 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Cleanup from Winter Ball

Sunday, 2/17
  • 9:00 a.m. Faith Formation with Sam Jackson (Norwood Room)
  • 9:00 a.m. Living History Interpretation with Charmaine Crowell-White as Harriet Tubman 
  • 10:00 a.m. Service of the Holy Eucharist (Scott Hall)
  • 11:30 a.m. Vestry Meets (Palmore Room)
Last Chance! Early Bird Ticket Specials End TODAY,  February 7th



Join us Valentine's weekend (Saturday, February 16th) for St. Paul's Annual Winter Ball Fundraiser! This year's theme is: Love Letter to Richmond: a Black, Red, and Gold Gala. Live music with the Forest Hillbillies will begin at 5:30 p.m. accompanied by a silent auction, heavy appetizers and drinks (beer, wine and delicious non-alcoholic beverages). Dancing to hits across the decades will follow the live music and continue through 9:00 p.m. 

Early bird individual tickets are $25 and then bundles of six tickets can be purchased for $135. Purchasing online through Eventbrite adds taxes and fees, but also feel free to pay via cash or check.
(Early bird specials end today, February 7th).

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out our Eventbrite listing:  please click here to do so. We hope to see you there in your best black, red and gold attire!
"Stone Soup" is THIS SUNDAY

The annual St. Paul's Stone Soup Dinner will be  this Sunday, February 10  from  6:00 to 8:00pm.  A Stone Soup dinner is a "micro-fundraiser" in which the attendees make a small donation of $10 (or $60 for a table) and the money is divided among three nonprofits who will make presentations on how they will use the funds.  

This year, we will have three Episcopal Church-related organizations working with children in Richmond: the  Peter Paul Development CenterSt. Andrews Episcopal School and  Anna Julia Cooper School.  

Register by clicking here, or in person on Sunday morning. Please join us for a wonderful evening of fellowship, faith and outreach to our community.
Lenten Lunch Program Begins March 6

The historic Community Lenten Series is coming up again! This year's program is "City of God" and will take place on Wednesdays only throughout Lent. 

This is an interfaith series, and will feature speakers from several different faith backgrounds, all from the City of Richmond. 

Our series schedule is as follows:
  • Wednesday, March 6 - Imposition of Ashes for Ash Wednesday (no speaker, but there will be lunch)
  • Wednesday, March 13 - The Rev. Jeanne Pupke (First UUA)
  • Wednesday, March 20 - Imam Ammar Amonette (Islamic Center of VA)
  • Wednesday, March 27 - The Rev. John Kinney (Ebenezer Baptist Church, Virginia Union University) 
  • Wednesday, April 3 - Rabbi Michael Knopf (Temple Beth-El) 
  • Wednesday, April 10 - The Rev. Andrew Terry (St. Peter's Episcopal Church) 
Lunches will be $9, and the menus will be posted on our website. For more info and to download our series materials, please check out the event on our website!
History Happy Hour Presentation:
Chris Graham Shares the Stories  of 
St. Paul's Sexton, Robert Damell

On Monday, February 11 at Triple Crossing Brewing in Fulton at 6:30 p.m., St. Paul's parishioner and historian  Chris Graham will be joining local historians Brian and Erin Palmer from the Friends of East End Cemetery at the   American Civil War Museum's monthly History Happy Hour. They will be telling  stories about the first generation of freedom after the Civil War in Richmond. 

As part of the program, Chris will be telling the story of St. Paul's and its sexton, Robert Damell. 

For more info, check out the Facebook Event
Sharing Our Wisdom: An Intergenerational Women's Retreat

This spring, the women of St. Paul's will gather at Chanco on the James to deepen our relationships with one another, listen to God's unfolding goodness, and just have fun! Through stories of women in the Bible, we will think about what it means to be in different stages of life and listen to the wisdom that all of us have gained.

This retreat runs from March 15-17, 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 11 a.m. Click here to register today!

Got questions? Email Rev. Molly at mbosscher@stpaulsrva.org
Worship, Music & General Announcements
Congratulations, Newly-Elected Vestry Members!

Congratulations to our New Vestry members -- Jim White, Maritza Pechin, Martha Anne Ellis, Ellen Spong, and Laura Carr -- and to Lee Switz, Senior Warden and Joe James, Junior Warden! We are very excited for you, and are grateful for your leadership and willingness to serve as faithful representatives for St. Paul's. 
Update from the DHR

The Vestry has received a response from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) concerning its request for guidance concerning removal of all the existing plaques from the church. The DHR response recognized that the proposed relocation of the plaques is a sensitive issue within the membership of St. Paul's, and is "an issue best resolved by members of the congregation in a way that addresses individual concerns directly."
 
The DHR has approved the removal where the plaques are not "so integrated into the church building's structure and fabric that the removal of the plaque would cause significant damage to the historic structure. In these cases, the Standards would require leaving the feature in-place to protect the historic fabric of the structure."  There may be one or more plaques that fall into this category.
 
The Vestry will be reviewing this feedback from the DHR and discussing appropriate next steps beginning at the February meeting. 
Choral Evensong for the Feast of George Herbert

Please join us for a special service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, February 24 at 5 p.m. celebrating the feast of George Herbert, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 
The choir will be presenting the following works: 

  • Preces & Responses -Robert Lehman 
  • Evening Canticles in E Minor - Charles Wood 
  • Come, my way, my truth, my life - Harold Friedell 
  • Lord, who hast formed me- Arlen Clarke
  • Psalm 23 - chant by Jeffrey Smith 
The Henry Erben organ will be used to present voluntaries and to lead the hymns. All are welcome to this service, a reception will follow afterwards.
Faith Formation + Adult Education
Faith Formation: Sharing (Y)our Story
In the Norwood Room: Sundays at 9 a.m.

 

Sharing (Y)our Story is a faith formation series that is designed to provide a space for members of the congregation to share their faith story in a safe and authentic space. We hope to learn that our story is uniquely our own, while also being part of a greater Christian narrative.

Our followng presenters are:

Sunday, February 10th: Barbara Holley 
Sunday, February 17th: Sam Jackson
Sunday, February 24th: Bridgette Huff 
Sunday, March 3rd: The Rev. Bill and Lynn Ellen Queen 
Youth, Youngish Adults, 
and Children + Family Ministries
 Shrine Mont Summer Camps: Register Now!

Shrine Mont  Summer Camp registration is now open! For information about the variety of camps and rates,  click here . If you have questions about summer camp, contact Megan Nolde at mnolde@thediocese.net.

Scholarships are available both through Shrine Mont as well as through St. Paul's. If you are interested in learning more about scholarship availability, please contact Linda Willis and/or Keli Cooper.
United Thank Offering Blue Boxes 
are Ready to Take Home!

We invite you to take a UTO "Blue Box" home. Put this little box somewhere to remind you to say "thank you" for all the blessings of this life. 

Each day when you say thank you to God, say a little prayer and put an offering, large or small in the box. This is a way to focus on our blessings in a tangible way. 

If you would like a box, please contact Linda Willis (lwillis@stpaulsrva.org).
Family Group Updates & Announcements

 

We've been working to make this a wonderfully bright and comfortable place for faith formation, prayer, study, and sharing with folks. Whether you are expecting a little one, have a preschooler, elementary/middle/high school/college student, you are invited. And grandparents with their experience - please join us! We will always have coffee and snacks in the new room. 
Feb. 17: Living History Interpretation 
of Harriet Tubman by Charmaine Crowell-White

On February 17th, please join us to witness Ms. Charmaine Crowell-White's Living History Interpretation of Harriet Tubman during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday School hour! She has performed with the Valentine Museum in Richmond Virginia and other museums, theaters, libraries, schools, churches, colleges and universities across the nation. 

Everyone is invited to come witness Ms. Crowell-White's remarkable storytelling as Harriet Tubman!
Youngish Adult Ministry: 
Have you checked out the 2019 schedule yet?

 

That's right, we have a new schedule of fun events coming up in this new year ... check it out here, and email Keli at kshipleycooper@stpaulsrva.org with any questions, or to join our Youngish Adult email list!
Outreach Announcements
Spread the Love: Laundry Love is Coming Up Again on February 16th

Want a good way to spread the love (2 days later) this Valentine's Day? Laundry Love ministry may be for you, then! St. Paul's partners with St. John's to provide the Laundry Love ministry every month. Laundry Love provides the opportunity for community members to have the basic necessity of being able to get their clothes cleaned at the laundromat. 

The program is looking for volunteers to be present for a few hours on the  3rd Saturday of the month. This upcoming Laundry Love is happening on Saturday, February 16th, aka right after Valentine's Day! Share the suds and spread the love! 

If you would like more information, please contact Lynn Williams at  lwilliams@stpaulsrva.org.
Emmaus: Seeking Donations 
        for our Neighbors in Need

The Emmaus Lunch Program serves our homeless and low-income neighbors each Thursday. In addition to providing a meal, we offer travel sized toiletries and items to help people stay warm in the elements.

Currently we are in need of: 
Disposable razors
Knit hats
Gloves
Socks
Travel-sized Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Small or travel backpacks

Please drop them by anytime. We appreciate your support of this valuable ministry!

Please direct all questions/comments toward Lynn Williams, Minister of Outreach, at lwilliams@stpaulsrva.org
Parish Life + Stewardship 
Shrine Mont Parish Retreat: 
Committee Members Needed!



Our annual parish retreat is coming up on Friday, May 31st-Sunday, June 2nd. We are looking for a couple more people to serve on our 2019 planning committee. 

What does this entail? A few meetings leading up to the retreat (brainstorming workshops and activities), helping with the registration table on Sunday mornings prior to the weekend, and assisting in small ways throughout the retreat itself. 

This is a great way to get involved in this restful and rejuvenating weekend in the mountains. Please contact Keli Cooper (kshipleycooper@stpaulsrva.org) if you are interested!
"FLY BALLLLLLLL!"

Attention Boys of Summer: It is time to dust off the cleats, oil the glove and loosen up those joints! We are assembling the St. Paul's men's softball team for the 2019 season. (Sorry, ladies. The league is not co-ed but we could use your support at the games.) 

We play Tuesday nights, 2 games, at Henderson Field (two blocks off Chamberlayne Ave, behind Henderson Middle School) starting April 9 for 9 weeks + tournament. If you are 16 or older and are interested in playing, please contact Doug Callaway at Doug.Callaway@bankatunion.com (c) 869-6399 (h) 230-6399 or Stephen Peple at peplesg.va@netzero.net (h) 285-0701 with your contact information. 

No prior experience is needed. If you would like some summer exercise and a chance to meet people from other churches, give us a call. 
Windows of Grace: A Tribute of Love  offered by HRI
 
Windows of Grace: A Tribute of Love turns 15 this year!

Ever wondered about our windows? There is a book for that! To learn more about the artists, the donors and the stories depicted in stained-glass, Windows of Grace, originally published by St. Paul's in 2004, is a beautiful volume combining photography and narrative about the installation of stained-glass windows in St. Paul's sanctuary and chapel.
 
The Vestry has graciously allowed the History and Reconciliation Initiative (HRI) the opportunity to again offer this book for sale to support the continuing work of the Initiative. The windows, the book and HRI all serve to illuminate St. Paul's unique history at the heart and center of Richmond for nearly 175 years. 

Come by the HRI Reads Popup Table in the Parish Hall to discover this distinctive book as a gift for yourself and others:  Paperback $10 and Hardcover $15. To connect with HRI for updates, please visit the HRI page on our website. 
St. Paul's Prayers
We pray for the coming of God's Kingdom in Metropolitan Richmond: We pray for the coming of God's Kingdom in Metropolitan Richmond: For healthy economic development, which enhances the Metropolitan community, employs the unemployed, and contributes to the common good.

We pray for all the Baptized in their daily work, especially those of our congregation and community who are in the courts including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, investigators, librarians and other support staff.

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; and Allison Ferdinand Crowder, father of Linda Willis. We also pray for those who are no longer with us: for Nancy Johnston, mother of  Shannon Johnston; Robert Adams, brother of Wallace Adams-Riley; Michael Lowry, brother of Christine Lowry; Grace Zahn, sister of Grover Blankenship; Lillie Estes, and Clay Nugent, uncle of Nancy Burns .

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.

We would also like to extend a special prayer for the St. Paul's Search Committee:

Almighty God, look graciously on the people of St. Paul's. Be with us and lead us as we seek the next rector for our church. We ask your direction and guidance for those who shall choose our new spirtual leader; that we may receive an upright and faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries, breaking down the walls that separate us from our neighbors, uniting us in bonds of love, and working through our struggle and confusion to seek reconciliation in Richmond and the world. Grant us perception, faithfulness and joy, so that we may hear your voice in all our deliberations; that in our diversity we may be all of one heart & soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity. Grant us also the desire and the ability to truly hear each other and those who have entrusted us with this process. Give us courage to respond and act as you lead us. Come Holy Spirit. 

We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

If you would like to add a name to the prayer list, please contact Administrative and Membership Associate, Carter Johann, at cjohann@stpaulsrva.org or (804) 643-3589.
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815 E. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219