Coming up on Grace Street
 Sunday, November 25th

Happy Thanksgiving, St. Paul's Family! We have much to be thankful for this season; take a look at some of the fun opportunities we have coming up, for Advent and beyond.
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, 11/25:
  • 10:00 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist (Scott Hall)
  • 11:30 vestry meets (Palmore Room)
Monday, 11/26:
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 6:00 p.m. Diocesan Meeting (207)
Tuesday, 11/27:
  • 8:00 a.m. Reflections & Prayers (Library)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 5:30 p.m. HRI Steering Committee Meeting (Library)
Wednesday, 11/28:
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 6:00 p.m. Rector Search Committee Meeting (Palmore Room/ Room 214)
Thursday, 11/29:
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 4:00 p.m. Youth Mentor Meeting (Youth Room)
  • 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 11/30:
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
CLOSED Saturday, 12/1


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.
Advent Faith Formation Sessions: 
The Way of Love as a rule of life

Our Advent Faith Formation series starts Sunday, December 2nd. This 4-week series will be led by our very own Revs. Sue and Molly and will focus on Presiding Bishop Curry 's call for the whole church to take up The Way of Love, a "rule of life" focused on practices for a Jesus-Centered Life. We will explore what this rule of life is all about in this series, and you are invited to participate in this journey of discovery each Sunday morning at 9:00 am, in the Norwood Room.
Here is the schedule for the series:
  • 12/2: The Annunciation: Saying "Yes" to the Journey (led by Sue)
  • 12/9: Mary and Elizabeth: Journeying with Family and Friends (led by Molly)
  • 12/16: The Birth of John the Baptist: Journeying with Community (led by Sue)
  • 12/23: The Birth of Jesus: Journeying with the World (led by Molly)
We hope you can join us in this season of searching, waiting, and yes, also journeying together.
Daily Eucharist
in the Norwood Room

Did you know that St. Paul's is the  ONLY Episcopal church in  downtown Richmond that offers a daily Communion service? 

This 12:05 service is a half hour and occurs Monday-Friday in the St. Paul's Norwood Room. Everyone is invited -- not just St. Paul's members, or even other Episcopalians. 

We welcome those of all denominations to come and carve 30 minutes of solace and peace out of their otherwise harried day. Please join us and spread the word. 
Vestry Nominations Are Coming Up!

The Vestry Nomination Forms for the class of 2022, to be elected at the Congregational Meeting on January 27, 2019, are available on the oak table in the Gathering Space.

Your nominations can be mailed to St. Paul's, placed in the offering plate, or placed in a box on the oak table. Please submit your suggestions as soon as possible but no later than Sunday, December 2

Thank you for prayerfully considering those whom you want as future leaders. 
Advent Arts & Crafts w/Youth, 
Children & Families! 

Youth + Children and their families are invited to come kick off Advent with us after church on Sunday, December 2nd! Come make an ornament, eat some finger foods and snacks, and let us begin our Advent journey together. The ornaments and crafts will be given to homebound seniors to brighten up their holidays, so come be part of the fun!
A Special Christmas Music Offering

Join us in celebrating and supporting our amazing music ministry at St. Paul's through this year's Christmas Music Special Offering. Your gift will be used to enhance the music for our Christmas worship with additional instrumentalists and support of our wonderful choir, making this day even more radiant and glorious.

You can make a gift to this dedicated offering throughout the season of Advent. Make your check out to St. Paul's and write "Special Music" in the memo line. You can put your check in Sunday's offering or mail to: St. Paul's Episcopal Church ATTN: Aliesha Hart 815 East Grace St. Richmond, VA 23219 You can make an online donation through our online giving portal HERE and choose "Music Program" from the drop down menu.

Save the Date: Winter Ball 
Saturday, February 16th

Mark your calendars: the Winter Ball will be on the evening of  Saturday, February 16th! Please keep posted for more details about tickets and ways to volunteer. Kim Ligon and Chris West are our co-chairs! 
Here's a brief message from them:

Would you like to host a dinner at your house? Do you have a piece of art or a craft you've created? Or maybe you have professional services you provide? In all of these cases, you can help the winter ball committee!

Every year, the winter ball raises money for our youth and young adult programming and pilgrimages, and one way we raise money is through a Silent Auction.  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 or Chris West at

Thank you for being a part of this exciting evening and for contributing to the festivities!     
Introducing the 2018 Advent Bookstore

These books and music were recommended by the staff of St. Paul's for provide opportunities to read and listen to music throughout this season of Advent. We hope to provide you all with resources which invite you to look inward and listen, with silence and contemplation, to our own lives.

Many of these books can be purchased at "Amazon prices" during our Advent Pop-up Bookstore. There will be a table located outside the Norwood Room. You can purchase books from 9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and after the 10:00 a.m. service from 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Exact change is preferred; however, a card reader will be available during these times on Sunday mornings. You can also purchase these books online through Amazon for a hard copy or kindle version.  

All the Birds in the Sky  Charlie Jane Anders
Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Death Comes to the Archbishop:  Willa Cather
Joy: 100 poems  edited by Christian Wiman
Silence by Shusaku Endo
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way (Shambhala Classics)  by Olga Savin (Translator), Father Thomas Hopko (Foreword)
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist, foreword by Brené Brown
Recommended for Children and Families
Celebrating Advent: Family Devotions and Activities for the Christmas Season by Ann Hibbard
Family Celebrations for Christmas by Ann Hibbard
Celebrating Abundance: Devotions for Advent  by Walter Brueggemann
God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Goodness and Light- Readings for Advent and Christmas
I Am Mary: Advent Devotional by Carol Howard Merritt
Watch for the Light-Readings for Advent and Christmas
Advent Procession based on the Great "O" Antiphons (2001) // ASIN: B00005OAJX
Winter (2016) // ASIN: B01K68918
 You're Invited: 
Circles RVA  Poverty Simulation

When: Wednesday, December 5, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 
Where: Good Shepherd Baptist Church 
1127 N 28th St, Richmond, VA 23223 

 Nearly 60,000 Richmonders live in poverty every day. Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still low enough to qualify for programs like Food Stamps and Medicaid. It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day - the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. 

That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the highly acclaimed Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). Please register by December 3. 

 There are two different ways to participate:  

1. Participant: you will be simulating what it would be like to be part of a family living in poverty and surviving month to month. The simulation consists of four 15-minute weeks. 

 2. Resource Table Volunteer: you will sit at one of the resource tables (i.e. utility service, employment office, grocer, bank, school, health clinic, quick cash etc). The families will need to rely on these resources to survive the month and will be frequenting some if not all the tables. 

As a volunteer you will receive training prior to the simulation. When you register you will be given the option of choosing one, but we encourage folks to sign up to be a participant - we are looking for a total of 80 participants! 

Good Things to Know Before you Sign up: 
  • Participation is free but registration is required 
  • Light Dinner will be served 
  • Families with children are welcome, and children over the age of 12 are encouraged to participate 
  • Childcare is available for children under the age of 12 who are NOT participating in the simulation 
To register, please click here. To learn more about Circles and the simulation, please click here
Urgent: How to help victims  of the 
California Wildfires

Many people affected by the California wildfires are stranded and in a state of limbo. Here's how you can help.

In addition to your prayers, at this time monetary donations are the most helpful. St. Paul's is collecting donations to send to Episcopal Relief and Development and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California to provide emergency support for those impacted by deadly wildfires in California. Make your check out to St. Paul's and write "CA Wildfire Disaster Relief" in the memo line. You can put your check in Sunday's offering or mail to:

 St. Paul's Episcopal Church
ATTN: Aliesha Hart
815 East Grace St.
Richmond, VA 23219

You can make an online donation through our online giving portal HERE and choose "Disaster Relief" from the drop down menu.

As of Monday, November 19th, the CA wildfires have scorched over 248,000 acres, destroying almost 14,000 structures and killing 80 people to date, a number which is expected to rise. Over 900 people remain missing. Virtually the entire town of Paradise, CA was destroyed by the Camp Fire, leaving thousands without homes to return to.

This is a dire situation, but you can help. Read more about the disaster and how other Episcopalians are responding HERE.

Laundry Love Ministry: 
every month's third Saturday!

Are you looking for a way to plug in and help others but don't have a lot of time?  Laundry Love is the answer! 

On the 3rd Saturday of each month, a group of dedicated people come together to provide laundry services to low-income neighbors at the Richmond Coin Laundry on N. 25th Street. We are looking for some interested people to help with this program. 

If you are interested or are looking for more information, please contact Minister of Outreach, Lynn Williams at
Youngish Adults: 
December Events and More!

We have some fun events -- trivia at Isley Brewing, a Christmas party and more -- coming up next month!  Check the schedule in the St. Paul's elevators, on the bulletin board near the youth room, and by subscribing to our weekly Youngish Adult e-blast. 

Please let Keli Cooper know if you'd like to sign up for this weekly breakdown of all the fun opportunities for Youngish Adults, at . Thanks!
A Wrinkle in Time  and the Sacred Text

** Book Group Discussions will be held at Rev. Molly's house. Our first discussion was amazing, and it's not too late to join! ** 

Each week, we will read a chapter of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time with a central theme in mind, one that draws out deeper conversation and reflection while staying grounded in the text. We will be reading the book as we might read a sacred text like the Bible or the Koran, employing themes and deep discussion to use the book as a lens for our lives. 

The group will meet Wednesdays: 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, and 12/12. Come at 6:30 pm for a little food, 7 pm sharp for book discussion. We will wrap up by 8:15 pm.
Christmas Memorial Flowers 

Those wishing to contribute to Christmas flowers and decorations in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone, may do so by sending your check to the church office by Monday, December 17. Include with your check the name of the person(s) for whom the gift is given and also the name of the person making the donation, with Christmas decorations in memo. Gift donations begin at $20. Please email Carter Johann at or call the office at (804) 643-3589.
It's Time to Give Thanks...


Happy Thanksgiving! Please take a moment to add to our  "Thankfulness Tree"  up near the Youth Room and Nursery. We invite ALL parishioners -- those young AND young at heart! -- to write things and people you are thankful for on paper leaves, and stick them up on the tree. Please use as many leaves as you like. 
St. Paul's Prayers

We pray for persons in financial need in Metropolitan Richmond:  For healthy marriages; for constructive, safe, and caring households for the bringing up and nurturing of children, and caring for the elderly.

We pray for all the Baptized in their daily work, especially those of our congregation and community who are in the garbage, trash, sewage and recycling business including collectors, treatment and land fill personnel.
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; for Walker Campbell; for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and for Betsy Ann Dillon. We also pray for those who are no longer with us: for the victims and survivors of the shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in California, for Sandra Miller, and for the victims of the wildfires in California.

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 or (804) 643-3589.
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815 E. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219