Coming up on Grace Street
Sunday, February 24th
Coming Up on Grace Street: 
Organization of Content

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, 2/24
  • 9:00 a.m. Faith Formation: Sharing Your Story with Bridgette Huff (Norwood Room)
  • 9:00 a.m. Godly Play (Children's Center)
  • 9:00 a.m. Family Group 
  • 10:00 a.m. Service of the Holy Eucharist (Scott Hall)
  • 11:30 a.m. Youth Group Meets
  • 5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong Service (Atrium)
Monday, 2/25
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 6:30 p.m. Youngish Adult Group meets for HRI presentation + dinner (Library)
Tuesday, 2/26
  • 8:00 a.m. Reflections and Prayers (Library)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room) 
  • 3:00 p.m. Endowment Board meets (Palmore Room)
  • 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. HRI Honest Conversations Series facilitated by Rob Corcoran (Norwood Room)
Wednesday, 2/27
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist
Thursday, 2/28
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Emmaus Lunch Program (Atrium)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 3/1
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
Saturday, 3/2: Church Closed

Sunday, 3/3: Mardi Gras Sunday(Rev. Bill Queen's first Sunday)
  • 9:00 a.m. Faith Formation w/Rev. Bill and Lynn Ellen Queen (Norwood Room)
  • 10: 00 a.m. Service of the Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
  • 11:15 a.m. Pancake Brunch (Scott Hall; buffet in atrium)
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 UU)
  • 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! We also have bundles of brochures and some flyers set out in the gathering space -- please feel free to take some with you and pass them along to anyone you feel may be interested! 
We Are Also Seeking Lenten Lunch Volunteers! 



We are  looking for volunteers to help out with our Lenten Lunches. The greatest need we have is for Beverage Pourers and Wait Staff. Please check out the link below to sign up, and spread the word!

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
New Worship Space: 
Please Share Your Thoughts With Us!

If you have any ideas about our new worship space before we move back into the sanctuary, please feel free to email Rev. Molly at mbosscher@stpaulsrva.org
Choral Evensong for the Feast of George Herbert

Please join us for a special service of Choral Evensong this  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 following presenters are:

Sunday, February 24th: Bridgette Huff
Sunday, March 3rd: The Rev. Bill and Lynn Ellen Queen 
Two Kinds of Faith Formation Offerings for Lent

For five Sundays throughout Lent, there will be TWO faith formation opportunities on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Each of the sessions stands by itself, so please feel free to join one class one week and then another class the next week OR commit to attending all five. This is intended to be open and welcome to all, whenever you can attend!

Faith Formation #1: Meditation, Exploring Silence

If you would like to explore silence in meditation with St. Paul's, please join a group led by Sandra Whitfield and Liz Whitehurst in the Palmore Room on the second floor. Their intention is to create a space for silence and place for us to meditate together. Beginners and those who have meditated for a long time are welcome. 

If you would like further information, please sign up on the sheet located in the gathering area or e-mail Keli Cooper at kshipleycooper@stpaulsrva.org. 


Faith Formation #2:  Greek Scripture Study

This Lent, don't give up chocolate; commit to seeing Scripture in a new way! Beth Hadar will lead a Bible study focusing on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) in the original Greek. Beth has been at St. Paul's for six years, leading the Monday afternoon Biblical Greek group for much of that time. The Lenten sessions will focus on slow, close reading, basics of the language, imaginative word study, and use of reference materials to deepen understanding. NO KNOWLEDGE OF GREEK IS REQUIRED! This series will take place in the Library on the first floor. 

You can also sign up to receive a brief meditation on a letter of the Greek alphabet. On the twenty-four weekdays between Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, your inbox could have a short paragraph exploring a letter of the Greek alphabet and an interesting word from Scripture that starts with that letter. These emails are separate from (but will accompany) the Faith Formation offering about the Beatitudes in Greek.

You can sign up by sending an email to koinerva@gmail.com or by signing up in the gathering space.
Youth, Youngish Adults, 
and Children + Family Ministries
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. 
Youngish Adult Ministry: A Fun Winter Ball, and More to Come!


A big "thank you" to all the folks who came out to the winter ball to volunteer/help out or just participate and have fun in support of our youth and youngish adult ministries! It was a great night full of food, fellowship, and dancing. 

The youngish adults have a new roster of fun events coming up, including our dinner and history presentation this upcoming Monday, Feb. 25.  C heck  out the other opportunities  here , and email Keli at kshipleycooper@stpaulsrva.org  with any questions, or to join our Youngish Adult email list!
Outreach Announcements
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 
Stone Soup Update & Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Stone Soup dinner on February 10, and special thanks to Sid and Susan Jones for preparing and serving the wonderful meal.  We exceeded our goal of $1,500, raising more than $2,000. 

The money will be divided equally between Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School for its Chess Club, St. Andrew's School to support field trips to James River Park, and the Peter Paul Development Center to support their community "Info Feast" on housing in May.  It was a wonderful and spirit-filled evening, and we will do it again next February!
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!"

We are assembling the St. Paul's men's softball team for the 2019 season! W e 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: For the enhancement of our common life in Jesus' Name through the Holy Spirit, and for the resurrection of metropolitan Richmond as a modern metropolitan city of hope for the world.

We pray for all the Baptized in their daily work, especially those of our congregation and community who are ithe news media including editors, reporters, ad agents, circulation and printing 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; Albert Tucker, brother-in-law of Barbara Holley; Olin Hyde; Dona Wright, niece of Anne Chumney; Cynthia Gilbert, mother of Laura Carr, and Angie Miller, sister of Laura Carr. We also pray for those who are no longer with us: for Edmund Yeargan, brother of Ginny Campbell; Loretta McWilliams, and Mel Converse.

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