Coming up on Grace Street
 Sunday, November 18th
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, 11/18:
  • 9:00 a.m. Sunday School: Godly Play & Spark
  • 9:00 a.m. Parent Fellowship & Coffee Hour (Youth Room)
  • 9:00 a.m. Faith Formation with Spiritual Guide Cynthia Schmitz (Norwood Room)
  • 10:00 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist (Scott Hall)
  • 11:30 a.m. Youth Making College Care Packages (youth room)
  • 11:30 vestry meets (Palmore Room)
Monday, 11/19:
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 4:45 p.m. Global Missions Meeting (Library)
Tuesday, 11/20:
  • 8:00 a.m. Reflections & Prayers (Library)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 
Wednesday, 11/21:
  • NO 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist
CLOSED Thursday, 11/22 (Thanksgiving Day)

CLOSED Friday, 11/23:

CLOSED SATURDAY, 11/24

 

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.
Faith Formation
                                              
This Sunday... 
Sustaining Spirituality with Guest Presenter Cynthia Schmitz
11.18 // 9 am // Norwood Room 

Spiritual Director and life-long Episcopalian, Cynthia Schmitz will explore the sustaining power of spiritual practices that invite us to deepen our sense of God in our midst. These practices can provide a sense of personal groundedness, strength and healing. For almost 30 years, Cynthia has accompanied individuals and led small groups in spiritual study and reflection. She is a trainer and mentor for the Education for Ministry (EFM) program and Certified Spiritual Director.
...and speaking of Faith Formation...

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 this Sunday, November 11, 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 have the agreement to the nomination and serving for the person(s) you suggest.  Please also 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. 
 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
Laundry Love Ministry: TOMORROW
(and 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 lwilliams@stpaulsrva.org.
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!
Youth Group:  We are making  care packages this Sunday, November 18th!
 
We will have lunch in the Youth Room at 11:30 a.m. and will finish up by 1:30 p.m.  Parents, if you have college or grad students in your family, please e-mail Keli their snail mail addresses at kshipleycooper@stpaulsrva.org.  

Note: We are still collecting addresses! 

Please let Keli know if you can join! And please bring a small item to add to the care packages!  
Youngish Adults: 
Celtic Service at St. Stephen's and More


The Celtic Service is happening at St. Stephen's this weekend; please join other young adults in this special opportunity for worship.

We also have some other fun events -- trivia at Isley Brewing (where we were the champions last week!), a Christmas party and more -- coming up this month and next! 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 kshipleycooper@stpaulsrva.org . Thanks!
Foyer Dinner this Sunday, November 18th

The November Foyer Dinner will be held S unday November 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  We will hear a brief presentation from the Global Missions committee about their ministry and the recent visit to Mwitikira by Roger Whitfield, Mark Gordon and Joe Kearfott, which you won't want to miss.  


Foyer Dinners are potluck dinners held the third Sunday of each month.  They are a great time for fellowship, whether you are new to St. Paul's or have been here for years.  You can sign up on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space, at this link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4baea72ea20-stpauls10, or by calling the church office. Wine and beer will be available (for a suggested donation of $5 to cover costs), as well as coffee and iced tea. 
A Wrinkle in Time 
and the Sacred Text

"This book group will create time in your week to think about life's big questions, because reading fiction doesn't help us escape the world, it helps us live in it." 

-(Adapted from the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast) 



** 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. We will end the group by doing a spiritual practice in community. 

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.

 Books are available for purchase ($5) in Molly's office. 
It's Time to Give Thanks...



Keep an eye out for 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 travel business including those who provide services to travelers and who plan, lead and direct tours
 
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, and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 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. 

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 cjohann@stpaulsrva.org or (804) 643-3589.
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Richmond, VA 23219