Coming up on Grace Street
 Sunday, December 30th
This Week  (and a Little More) at a Glance

Merry Christmas again, St. Paul's! We hope you are taking advantage of the peace of Christ's birth by spending time with loved ones (and hopefully a short period of relaxation and respite from the daily humdrum of work!)

Here's what the next week has in store for us here at St. Paul's. Check it out! 

Sunday, 12/30:
  • 10:00 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist (Scott Hall)
Monday, 12/31 (New Year's Eve): CHURCH CLOSED

Tuesday, 1/1/2019 (New Year's Day): CHURCH CLOSED

Wednesday, 1/2:
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist 
  • 5:15 p.m. Capital Implementation Project Meeting (Room 207)
Thursday, 1/3:
  • 9:00 a.m. Construction Meeting (Room 207)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Emmaus Lunch Program (Atrium)
  • 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 1/4:
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
CLOSED Saturday, 1/5

Sunday, 1/6: Epiphany Sunday
  • 9:00 a.m. Faith Formation with Rev. Sue Eaves (Norwood Room)
  • 9:00 a.m. Parents & Family Group Meetup (Youth Room)
  • 9:00 a.m. Godly Play and Spark (Children's Center) 
  • 10:00 a.m. Service of the Holy Eucharist
  • 5:00 p.m. Epiphany Lessons & Carols (Atrium)
Worship & General Announcements
Words from our Interim Rector 

To read a reflection on the Gospel in our everyday lives, take a peek at the most recent  Jottings from Grace Street   post,  a weekly blog by the Rev. Sue Eaves, our interim rector. 

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 please continue to share your thoughts with us.
Epiphany Lessons & Carols Service 

Please join us for a special Lessons & Carols service at 5pm in the Atrium on Sunday, 1/6/2019. We look forward to ringing in Epiphany with you and the talented singers of St. Paul's! 
Faith Formation + Adult Education
"Telling it Like it is": An Unapologetic Series on Church, Clergy, and Congregation

As our Interim Rector, Sue Eaves, prepares to depart in February, she invites you to share in her perspective on life at St. Paul's, our relationship to God, to each other, and to the world. Please join her for this three-session adventure during the Faith Formation hour each Sunday preceding worship, 9:00-9:50 a.m., on the following dates: January 6, 13, and 20. We look forward to seeing you there! 
Youth, Youngish Adults, 
and Children + Family Ministries
We are Building a Team of Sunday School Teachers... Will You Join Us?


Our children need your help! They need people who are committed to sharing their faith to help grow their love of Christ. If you are interested in becoming a Sunday School teacher for the new year, please contact Linda Willis, Director of Children and Family Ministries, at  lwillis@stpaulsrva.org. Thank you!
New Year, New Space, New Name, New Book!

Parent's Group is Now Called "Family Group" ... and we're starting a new book! Please join us as we dive into discussion of the book The Spiritual Life of Children by Robert Coles.  We have a fantastic new space on the second floor, will begin this new book  in January.  This group is open to everyone - parents of all ages, grandparents, and folks who want to learn and share. Please join us! 
Outreach Announcements
Save the Date: Mwitikira 2019 Trip

Now's your chance to head to Tanzania! Members of our  Global Missions Committee will be visiting Mwitikira again in July of next year, and we'd love for you to join us. 

The dates are July 4th through July 13th, and the cost will be in the $2500-3000 range. For more information, please contact either Roger Whitfield ( 804-402-8401 or sanrogwhit@aol.com) or Joe Kearfott ( 804-839-2430 or josephckearfott@gmail.com).  

To learn more about Mwitikira and how St. Paul's has partnered with the village, check out the Global Missions page on the St. Paul's website. And, in case you missed it, please check out Father Erasto Ndahani's Christmas Message to the folks at St. Paul's! 
Parish Life + Stewardship 
A Spirited & Fantastic Pageant!

Many thanks to all of you for participating and helping with our wonderful Christmas Eve Pageant! It was a joy for all. Your kids did a great job, and brought so much delight to the Christmas story ... thank you, thank you, thank you! 


The Winter Ball is in 2 Months! 
Are you Ready???

The Winter Ball will be on the evening of  Saturday, February 16th, which is just over 2 months away!  Please keep posted for more details about tickets and ways to volunteer... that info is forthcoming! This year's theme is "A Love Letter to Richmond," which will certainly be fitting since it's the weekend after Valentine's Day!

If you have an item or service you would like to donate for the winter ball, please contact the winter ball co-chairs Kimberly Ligon at ligon.kimberly@gmail.com or Chris West at cew2373@gmail.com. For a list of ideas, check out our event listing here . 

Thank you for being a part of this exciting evening and for contributing to the festivities!     
A Call to Community: Save the date for a four-part dialogue experience sponsored by HRI 
(to be held in February)


Save the date for a four-part dialogue experience sponsored by HRI to be held in February. A Call to Community: Honest Conversations on Racial Healing and Equity will offer small group dialogues for parishioners, facilitated by parishioner and HRI Steering Committee member Rob Corcoran and an experienced team from Initiatives of Change, and will focus on trustbuilding, self-awareness, and healing within the congregation. 

These sessions will take place on Tuesdays in February (5, 12, 19, 26), with refreshments at 6 pm and dialogue 6:30-8:30. Suggested donation is $40 for all four; scholarships are available. More information is forthcoming.  Registration begins in January. We hope to see you there! 
St. Paul's Prayers
We pray for the families of Metropolitan Richmond: For the care and protection of infants, children, and youth; and for the intimate knowledge that each one is a beloved child of God.

We pray for all the Baptized in their daily work, especially those of our congregation and community who are in the health care profession especially nurses, doctors, midwives, dentists, therapists, pharmacists and aides.

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; The Rev. Canon Fletcher Lowe; Chris Roy, Ben Campbell's daughter's father-in-law; Angie Miller, sister of Laura Carr; and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for surgery recovery. We also pray for those who are no longer with us: for Doug Tyndall, stepfather of Lynn Kotrady; Matthew Mackay-Smith, step-brother of David Romaine, and for Philip Schwarz.

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