Coming up on Grace Street
Sunday, March 10
Coming Up on Grace Street: 
Organization of Content

1. Calendar & Upcoming Events
2. Worship & General Announcements
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 contact Sarah A. Foote, Director of Communications.
Calendar & Upcoming Events
This Week  at a Glance

Sunday, 3/10
  • 9:00 a.m. Meditation and Contemplative Prayer Faith Formation (Palmore Room/214)
  • 9:00 a.m. Biblical Greek Beatitudes Faith Formation Study (Library)
  • 9:00 a.m. Family Group meets (Family Room)
  • 9:00 a.m. Nursery Opens
  • 9:00 a.m. Kids' Music w/Karen Harris (Children's Center)
  • 10:00 a.m. Service of the Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
  • 11:30 a.m. Youth Group meets (Youth Room)
  • 11:30 a.m. Newcomer's Meeting (Library)
Monday, 3/11
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • Lenten Lunch setup (Atrium)
Tuesday, 3/12
  • 8:00 a.m. Reflections and Prayers (Library)
  • 12:00 p.m. Women of a Certain Age (Library)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room) 
  • 12:30 p.m. Al-Anon (Youth Room)
  • 3:00 p.m. Tea at Westminster Canterbury 
  • 6:00 p.m. Youngish Adult Discussion Group (Library)
  • 7:30 p.m. Historic Organ Recital & Talk (Atrium)
Wednesday, 3/13
  • 12:00 p.m. Lenten Series Speaker: The Rev. Jeanne Pupke from First Unitarian Universalist (Sanctuary)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lenten Lunch (Atrium)
  • 4:00 p.m. Mentor Team Meeting (Youth Room)
  • 5:00 p.m. Communications Committee Meeting (Norwood Room)
  • 5:30 p.m. Parish Retreat Committee Meeting (Library)
Thursday, 3/14
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Emmaus Lunch Program 
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 3/15
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • Women's Retreat Begins (Chanco on the James)
Saturday, 3/16: Church Closed
  • Women's Retreat Continues (Chanco on the James)
Sunday, 3/17 (St. Patrick's Day)
  • 9:00 a.m. Meditation and Contemplative Prayer Faith Formation (Palmore Room/214)
  • 9:00 a.m. Biblical Greek Beatitudes Faith Formation Study (Library)
  • 9:00 a.m. Family Group meets (Family Room)
  • 9:00 a.m. Godly Play (Children's Center)
  • 9:00 a.m. Nursery Opens 
  • 10:00 a.m.  Service of the Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
  • 11:30 a.m. Vestry Meeting (Palmore Room)
  • 12:00 p.m. Women's Retreat Group Returns 
  • 6:00 p.m. March Foyer Dinner with Bingo 
Our Community Lenten Series Is Underway!

The historic Community Lenten Series has started! 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 speaker schedule is as follows:
  • 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 are now 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!
Worship & General Announcements
Contacts: The Rev. Bill Queen, Interim Rector; 
The Rev. Molly Bosscher, Associate Rector
Introducing "Weekly Encouragement" Posts

On our website, please check out the first of our "weekly encouragement" blogposts from our clergy. This week's topic is "Happy Shrove Tuesday?"

This weekly blogpost takes the place of "Jottings," our previous interim rector's weekly gospel reflection. We hope it encourages you to reflect upon how God is at work in your day-to-day life.
Music
Historic Organ Recital

Please join us on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 PM for a special presentation and recital, featuring the Henry Erben pipe organ that has been relocated from the chapel to the atrium.  Bill Van Pelt will present a short lecture about Henry Erben and give a detailed timeline portrait of our instrument. 

Following the lecture, three organists will then perform a recital. The recitalists include our Director of Music Dr. Christopher Reynolds, Grant Hellmers, and Bruce Stevens. This concert is free and open to all.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Faith Formation + Adult Education
Contact: Keli Cooper
The St. Paul's Lenten Devotional is Now Online!

Here is your chance to follow along with the Lenten season using our  electronic version of the Lenten Devotional written by staff, family members, friends, and parishioners of St. Paul's! 

You will notice a few differences between this electronic version and the spiral-bound booklets laid out in the Gathering Space. This is because we have corrected some dates that were initially listed incorrectly. They are listed correctly in the online version of the devotional, available for download by clicking on the link above!

We hope you'll enjoy reading reflections from our community and that they will become a part of your own spiritual practices during the season of Lent.
Two Kinds of Faith Formation Offerings for Lent

Beginning this Sunday and for the following 4 Sundays during 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

Youth: Cat Parler
Children + Families: Linda Willis
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. 
Children's Lenten Calendars & Weekly Bulletins

E ach Sunday during Lent, we will have Children's Lenten bulletins available to take home! They will either be in the bags hanging on the wooden stand leading into the Sanctuary, or you can get them from an usher. Please feel free to take one for your child! 
Planning for the Easter Egg Hunt!

The Easter Egg hunt is coming up again! If you would like to be part of the planning for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of Capitol Square, please contact Linda Willis 
Youngish Adult Ministry:
Join us for Spiritual Memoir Discussions!

Join us in the library on Tuesday evenings in the library for memoir-reading and lively spiritual discussion! Through short excerpts from spiritual memoirs, we'll look at some of the aspects of faith (eg. forgiveness and church). Each week, we'll read a selection from well known memoirs. Using the theme as our guiding principle, we'll engage in discussion from both the material but also and more importantly, from our lives.  We'll end with a spiritual practice. 

Discussions will be held on 
March 12th, 19th, 26th, and
April 2nd @ 6:00 p.m. in the church library. you can download the readings here:


Light snacks will be provided.  Join us for the joy of deep conversation!

C heck  out the other upcoming opportunities for Youngish Adult fellowship  here , and email Keli at kshipleycooper@stpaulsrva.org  with any questions, or to join our Youngish Adult email list!
Outreach 
Contact: Lynn Williams
A Friend in Need: Message from Dave Coogan

Friends,

My friend, Kelvin Belton, one of the co-authors of my book, Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, needs help finding a car. Kelvin works and can afford monthly payments. He has a car now that is just about dead. With little savings and no credit history (due to years of incarceration), however, he cannot afford the down payment for a car loan. 

Kelvin is one of my closest collaborators who is now assisting me on the criminal justice diversion program that we created with our Commonwealth's Attorney, Writing Your Way Out. This program enables low level offenders to avoid incarceration by writing their life stories. Kelvin is instrumental here, serving as the program coach. When he's not coaching writers, he's coaching children in basketball for the organization Blacktop Kings and Queens. 

Kelvin is a father, a grandfather, an uncle, and a beloved coach. He has no issues with addiction, no pending charges, or probation. But he does have poverty. If you are interested, I can think of several ways to help: 

(1) Donate or sell him a car, van, or truck
(2) Donate money toward the downpayment for the loan
(3) Mentor him to figure out how to improve his credit rating, or 
(4) Help me identify programs in the city that address his needs.

 Any and all assistance is most welcomed! Contact Dave Coogan at 804-562-5999 or at dcoogan@vcu.edu. And thank you. -Dave
Save the Date for the 2019 Nehemiah Action Council for RISC

 

Save the Date --  May 2, 2019 -- to attend the Nehemiah Action Council for RISC at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Church Hill 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

At the Action Council, you can learn to seek justice to improve reading levels in Richmond elementary schools; educate Chesterfield teachers on more appropriate responses to children affected by a life of trauma, and address high eviction rates in Richmond.

Your presence will make a difference!

Seeking Volunteers to Assist with LVS Outreach!

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? One of the groups that provide a meal every quarter to Liberation Veteran Services ("LVS") is looking for 2-3 of additional volunteers to assist with providing a meal at their Hull Street location. 

LVS is an organization that provides food, shelter and the power to change to homeless veterans.  Volunteers would be asked to prepare a side dish, entree or dessert at their home, then serve and join the veterans for conversation and fellowship at dinner.  

Our group typically provides dinner in March, June, September and December. Please contact Marshall Martin at 804 499 0531 or marshallmartin10@gmail.com for additional information.
Parish Life + Stewardship
Stewardship Contact: Sarah Nolan
A St. Patrick's Day Foyer Dinner


Looking for a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  Well, wear some green and come to the St. Paul's Foyer Dinner on Sunday March 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Please join us for a purely social and fun evening as we play BINGO!  

There will be PRIZES and special guest callers, including the Reverend Bill Queen, Lew Holley and Mary Fran Lowe.  It should be a great time.  
 
Let us know what you can bring to the potluck dinner by signing up at this link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=w.create6&listid=19204773&owner=2062850, or on the sign up sheet in the Gathering Space on Sunday, by calling the church office, or just show up!  As always, wine and beer will be available (for a suggested donation of $5 to cover costs), as well as water, coffee and iced tea.
Softball Time! 

The Men's Softball Team will play Tuesday nights, at Henderson Field  starting April 9 for 9 weeks + tournament.  If you are 16 or older and are interested in playing, please contact Stephen Peple at  peplesg.va@netzero.net  (h) 285-0701 with your contact information. 
St. Paul's Prayers
Contact: Carter Johann
We pray for health care in Metropolitan Richmond: For persons living with terminal illnesses and for their families, friends, and communities; for persons working to find cures for diseases.

We pray for all the Baptized in their daily work, especially those of our congregation and community who are in services to the elderly including persons working in retirement and nursing homes.

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; Tracy and Terrence Walker; Joshua Spain; Emily Laney; and Geneva, aunt of Keli Cooper. We also pray for those who are no longer with us: for Virginia Campbell (not St. Paul's parishioner Ginny Campbell).

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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St. Paul's:
815 E. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219