Coming up on Grace Street
Sunday, April 7
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, 4/7
  • 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. Kids' Music with Karen Harris AND Godly Play (Children's Center)
  • 9:00 a.m. Nursery Opens 
  • 10:00 a.m.  Service of the Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
  • 11:20 Tour Guide Meeting 
  • 11:30 a.m. Youth Group Meets (Youth Room)
Monday, 4/8
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
Tuesday, 4/9
  • 8:00 a.m. Reflections and Prayers (Library)
  • 10:00 a.m. Governors Task Force (Scott Hall)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room) 
  • 12:30 p.m. Al-Anon (Youth Room)
  • 3:00 p.m. Tea at Westminster Canterbury 
Wednesday, 4/10
  • 12:00 p.m. Lenten Series Speaker: The Rev. Andrew Terry (Sanctuary)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lenten Lunch (Scott Hall)
  • 4:00 p.m. Mentor Team Meeting (Youth Room)
  • 5:30 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting (Library)
  • 6:00 p.m. Faith Formation Committee Meeting (Palmore Room)
Thursday, 4/11
  • 8:00 a.m. Standing Together Meeting (Norwood Room)
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Emmaus Lunch Program (Scott Hall)
  • 12:00 p.m. AA (Youth Room)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
  • 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 4/12
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Eucharist (Norwood Room)
Saturday, 4/13: Church Closed

Sunday, 4/14: Palm Sunday
  • 10: 15 a.m. Blessing of the Palms Service with the other Downtown Community Ministry Churches (at St. Paul's)
  • 11 a.m. Blessing of the Palms with Holy Eucharist
Help us Finish our Lenten Series Strong: Volunteer with us! 

Our amazing Lenten Lunch volunteers have fed literally HUNDREDS of people in the past few weeks!! We so appreciate their help and all the "loaves and fishes" moments they encountered in the kitchen, making sure we were able to provide for all of our guests.

If you'd still like to be a part of this "dream team" for our final Wednesday... there's still time! Click on this link to sign up and volunteer. We could certainly use your help -- thanks!

Final Week of Community Lenten Series, 
"City of God"


The historic Community Lenten Series is wrapping up ... but you still have one week to come join us for this Wednesday-only, interfaith series! 
  • Wednesday, April 10 - The Rev. Andrew Terry (St. Peter's Episcopal Church) 
For more info on our menu offerings and to download our series materials, please check out the event on our website! 
Worship & General Announcements
Contacts: The Rev. Bill Queen, Interim Rector; 
The Rev. Molly Bosscher, Associate Rector
Seeking Altar Guild Members!

Some of the holiest work in the church is done by members of the Altar Guild, a volunteer group whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. The Altar Guild literally sets the table for God. St. Paul's is in desperate need for some new people to do this cherished and important work. Feeling called? Contact Molly at mbosscher@stpaulsrva.org.
This Week's Weekly Encouragement Post: "Looking and Seeing"

If you haven't checked out this week's "Weekly Encouragement" post yet, here is the link to do so! 

"Looking may only be a one-way visual sweep. Seeing goes deeper. Seeing starts with a closer look, but it may then move beyond sight. Seeing can be a mental, emotional, and spiritual response to what is seen. This kind of seeing involves some connection with what is seen. What have you seen -- truly seen -- lately?"

Want to receive these posts directly? Let our Communications Director, Sarah, know at sfoote@stpaulsrva.org.
Music
Memorial Flowers + Special Music for Easter

This Eastertide, please contribute to the Easter flowers and decorations in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone. 

Join us in celebrating and supporting our amazing music ministry at St. Paul's. This dedicated gift will be used to enhance the music for our Holy Week and Easter worship with additional instrumentalists and support of our wonderful choir.

 You can make your offering online at www.stpaulsrva.org/giving or send a check to the church office that includes the name of the person(s) for whom the gift is given and also the name of the person making the donation, with Easter decorations in memo.

 Please make your contribution by Monday, April 15th if you would like your gift recognized in the Easter bulletin.

 If you have any questions, please email Administrative and Membership Associate, Carter Johann at cjohann@stpaulsrva.org.
Faith Formation + Adult Education
Contact: Keli Cooper
Access the St. Paul's Lenten Devotional Online!

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. 
Don't Miss Out On The Last Week of These Faith Formation Offerings!

Don't miss the Faith Formation offerings on Sunday morning, April 7, at 9:00 a.m.: Contemplative Prayer/Meditation in the Palmore Room, and Greek Scripture Study on the Beatitudes in the Library!  This is intended to be open and welcome to all.

Please note: there will be NO Faith Formation on Palm Sunday, April 14 or Easter Sunday, April 21. 

For more info, check out our web events on the  Greek Study and  Contemplative Prayer/Meditation.
UPCOMING Faith Formation Series: 
Creation Care + Environmental Stewardship



Beginning Sunday, April 28we will be hosting a faith formation series that is designed to provide a space for members of our community to explore the intersection between creation care and our call as Christians. This series will provide an opportunity to explore ways to be mindful of environmental stewardship. Discussion will be led by staff as well as community partners. 

For more info on this series, including the full range of dates and all guest speakers, please check it out on our website here
Youth, Youngish Adults, 
and Children + Family Ministries

Youth: Cat Parler
Children + Families: Linda Willis
"Children giggle, poke, squirm and swing their legs simply because they are children. But they can also learn to sing, pray and listen as they are able. They absorb so much more than we can imagine! Observe them and you might be drawn to where their attention is - to the organ, the choir, the way the sun comes through the windows. See St. Paul's through new eyes!"
Children's Worship + Formation Announcement:

Please Note:  There will   NOT be Children's Sunday School or Family Group Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Please feel free to join us for forms of worship with your kids for each of those holy Sundays!
Music + Godly Play This Sunday!

T his week, please join us for kids' music with Karen Harris from 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.! The children will have a shorter,  Lenten Godly Play lesson after. 
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is Back... 
Will You Help Us Fill the Eggs?

The Easter Egg hunt is coming up again! It will be at Capitol Square following our 10 a.m. worship service.  We need your help - there are bags containing empty eggs that need filling and then to be returned. Please no items containing nuts! Just candy and small toys that will fit in the egg. 

Thanks so much for your help!
We are also looking for HELPERS 
for the Easter Egg Hunt...

The Annual Easter Egg hunt will directly follow the 10:00 a.m. Easter Service (April 21st)! We need help hiding the eggs and greeting our guests on that day. Helpers will slip out of church after communion and head towards the Capitol Grounds. 

Please let Keli Cooper know if you are able to help with this fun event! 
Third Annual Peace Camp
Hosted by  St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lakeside United Methodist Church & First Mennonite Church 

August 12 - 15, 2019  

Through art, music, games, and visitors from various countries, children kindergarten - 8th grade will learn to build a culture of peace.  We're also looking for volunteers to serve as teachers and guides. Student volunteers (9th grade and up) can earn Community Service hours!
 
Registration information for participating children will be made available soonFor more details, please email Linda Willis, Director of Children's and Family Ministries.
Outreach 
Contact: Lynn Williams
WANTED: Emmaus Volunteers!

The Emmaus Lunch Ministry needs YOU! We are looking for folks to give some of their time on Thursdays. We need people to help serve lunches, and to come and socialize with our guests. This is a very important part of the Emmaus Ministry! 



Many of these folks fall into the category of the "invisible" members of society. Our Emmaus Ministry is here to make sure everyone gets a warm welcome as well as a warm meal. 
Please join us! 

To read more about Emmaus, please click here.
  East End Cemetery Clean-Up! 

As part of our upcoming Creation Care Faith Formation series, we will be conducting an intergenerational cemetery cleanup at East End cemetery on May 11th at 9am! Please join us and help clear debris and overgrown brush ... and uncover some hidden history!

For more info (and details about fellowship afterwards), please see our web event here.
Parish Life + Stewardship
Stewardship Contact: Sarah Nolan
Come Support HRI on 
Civil War & Emancipation Day, This Saturday, April 6th!

History and Reconciliation Initiative will be at the American Civil War Museum's Civil War and Emancipation Day event on Saturday, April 6. In particular, join us to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the public education system in Virginia. 

 People of all ages can explore the past and present through hands-on activities, living history, and performances featuring a wide selection of community partners from Greater Richmond. This event is free, unless otherwise noted!
 The Annual Parish Retreat is Coming Up!

Each year, our parish embarks on a retreat to 
Shrine Mont , an Episcopal retreat center tucked in the Shenandoah Valley that is home to the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Our parish retreat this year runs from Friday, May 31st-Sunday, June 2nd.  Registration opens Tuesday, April 9th and closes Wednesday, May 8th. 

Our theme is "We are the Church: These are Our Stories." This weekend retreat provides us with an opportunity to learn one another's stories and make new memories with one another at Shrine Mont. We will share meals with one another, worship in the mountains, socialize at night with tons of snacks, eat S'mores around a campfire, engage in workshops, share our talents in the talent show, and much more.

We will have a registration table in the gathering area on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and following the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on Sundays April 14th, 21st, 28th, and May 5th. Registration forms will be available as well as committee members who can answer any questions that you may have!
 
For more details, check out our web event and email Minister for Faith Formation, 
Keli Cooper, with any questions at kshipleycooper@stpaulsrva.org. 
St. Paul's Prayers
Contact: Carter Johann
We pray for the Spirit of the Resurrection in Metropolitan Richmond: For a spirit of hope, of possibility, of eternal life, and of commitment to the redeeming power of God who brings new life out of death to people and communities.

We pray for all the Baptized in their daily work, especially those of our congregation and community who are in the Armed Services including soldiers especially those in harm's way, administrators, suppliers and support staff.

We pray for those who are ill: for Olin Hyde; James Hess, husband of Erin;  Tracy Walker;  Drew Findley; Suzanne Spooner-Munch, and Juliet Canada, friend of Eleanor Burt. We also pray for those who are no longer with us: for Geneva Geurin, aunt of Keli Cooper; Karen Bennett, mother of Jonathan Bennett, and Elizabeth Hess, mother of James Hess.

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