Coming up on Grace Street
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Calendar & Upcoming Events
This Week  at a Glance
(For more upcoming events, please check out the St. Paul's calendar here)

Sunday, 6/9: Pentecost Sunday
  • 9:00 a.m. Ushers' Meeting (Palmore Room)
  • 9:45 a.m. Nursery open
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship Service w/Holy Eucharist + Baptism (Sanctuary)
  • 11:30 a.m. Post-Service Parish Picnic
Monday, 6/10
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Communion (Chapel)
Tuesday, 6/11
  • 8:00 a.m. Reflections and Prayers (Library)
  • 10:00 a.m. Staff Meeting (Room 207)
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Communion (Chapel)
  • 12:30 p.m. Al-Anon (Youth Room)
  • 3:00 p.m. Tea at Westminster Canterbury 
  • 5:30 p.m. HRI Steering Committee Meeting (Library)
Wednesday, 6/12
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Communion (Chapel)
  • 5:30 p.m. Personnel Ministry Committee Meeting (Library)
Thursday, 6/13
  • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Emmaus Lunch Program (Scott Hall)
  • 12:00 p.m. AA (Youth Room) 
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Communion (Chapel)
Friday, 6/14
  • 12:05 p.m. Daily Communion (Chapel)
  • Church office closes at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, 6/15: Church closed

Sunday, 6/16: Father's Day
  • 9:00 a.m. Faith Formation w/the Rev. Bill Queen: "The Alien Episcopalian" (Norwood Room)
  • 9:00 a.m. Meditation/Contemplative Prayer (Family Group Room)
  • 9:45 a.m. Nursery available
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship Service w/Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
  • 11:15 a.m. Post-Service Fellowship (gathering space)
  • 12:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting (Palmore Room)

Worship & General Announcements
Contact: The Rev. Bill Queen, Interim Rector
Join us for the Parish Picnic 
THIS SUNDAY, June 9th!

The Parish Picnic is coming up! Join us for a parish-wide Pentecost picnic on June 9th after the worship service. St. Paul's will provide fried chicken & potato salad! Please bring a side dish to share according to the first letter of your last name:

A-G = Salads
H-P = Sides
Q-Z = Desserts

We look forward to fellowshipping with you and enjoying some tasty food together!
Jonathan Austin Returns to St. Paul's THIS SUNDAY!

To add to our festive Pentecost celebrations, Jonathan Austin, the Juggler, will be performing in the breezeway immediately following church this Sunday, June 9th, as we move into Scott Hall for our picnic.  He will continue his performance while we eat lunch.  

It was such fun when  Jonathan came to juggle, tell stories, and perform tricks for us last year. Join us this Sunday so as not to miss this master entertainer! 
Weekly Encouragement Post: 

This week's encouragement post, written by the Rev. Bill Queen, is called "Seeking God." You can find it here on our website! 

Want to receive these posts directly? Let our Communications Director, Sarah, know at sfoote@stpaulsrva.org.
Daily Communion Returns to the St. Paul's Chapel



Starting this upcoming Monday, (Monday, June 10) our 12:05 Daily Communion service will move back down from the Norwood Room to the St. Paul's Chapel. Keep an eye out for more info on this change, coming to you soon! 
An Opening for Altar Flowers

There is an opening for Altar flowers for Sunday, July 28th, 2019.
Flowers can be given in Memory, in Honor or Thanksgiving.
If you are interested, please contact Christine Baum at baumjc@gmail.com or call her at 609-202-5015. The cost is $65.00.
Contemplative Evening Services Coming to St. Paul's this Summer

We will be offering a Contemplative Evening Service twice this summer! The first will be held on  Sunday, July 21st  at 5:00 p.m. , and the second will be on  Sunday, August 18th at 5:00 p.m.  These services will be held in the Chancel of the Sanctuary. Light refreshments will be provided in the gathering space afterward.

More details about these evening services will be posted to our web event soon... keep an eye out! 
Faith Formation 
Contact: Keli Cooper
The Alien Episcopalian: 
A Faith Formation Series by the Rev. Bill Queen
9:00 a.m. in the Norwood Room
 


To many Christians and other denominations, Episcopalians may seem like aliens. We resemble Roman Catholics in some of our worship and church organization: we use an historic liturgy, and we have Deacons, Priests, and Bishops. We also resemble Protestant churches: we read and study the Bible, expect personal commitment to the faith, and put a strong emphasis on preaching. Yet there are things that set us apart from both Catholicism and Protestantism.
 
Over the course of three Sundays, the Rev. Bill Queen will lead discussions of these "alien" characteristics of the Episcopal Church: the things that distinguish us in our somewhat different approach to Christianity. This is a large topic to cover so, to help us focus on your particular interests and questions, handouts will be available before each week in both paper and digital versions. You are encouraged to review them in advance and come prepared with your questions.
 
June 16 - General approaches to Christianity from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant perspectives
(Download the materials for this session HERE.)
 
June 23 - General approaches to Episcopalianism from the Moderate, Broad Church, Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, Social Gospel, and Charismatic perspectives
 
June 30 - A catch-all A to Z overview of Episcopal terminology and customs

[More info on this series will soon be available on our website! ]
 
Whether you are new to St. Paul's or to the Episcopal Church, are a longtime Episcopalian wanting a refresher, or are already knowledgeable in this topic and can add depth to our discussions, plan to come take part.
Meditation/Contemplative Prayer Practice 
Returns to St. Paul's in June


Meditation practices will resume on Sunday mornings at  9:00 AM.  We will continue the practice during the summer, beginning June 16 - September 1.  

These sessions will take place in the Family Group Room (on the second floor, rooms 219-220) for the 16th, and for the remaining Sundays will be in the Palmore Room.

For those of you who attended our last Meditation series, the format will be the same:  beginning with silence, a short reading, a chant, a 20 minute sit, then time for comments or discussion.

You do not need to have experience meditating to join us. Please join for as many or as few sessions as you would like. 
ANNOUNCING "The Home Stretch": 
Five Parish Events to Help Us Prepare 
for Our New Rector

Mark your calendar now for The Home Stretch: Five Parish Events to Help Us Prepare for Our New Rector! All parishioners are invited and encouraged to participate in all five of these opportunities to bring to completion the parish's interim time. 

Heritage, Leadership, Worship, Connections, and The Future will be our topics. It is important for you to try to attend all of them, as each topic will build upon the previous ones and will prepare the way for the ones to follow. 

Each session will go from  11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The dates are as follows: 
  • Sunday, June 30
  • Sunday, July 14
  • Sunday, July 28
  • Sunday, August 11, and 
  • Sunday, August 25
Each event will offer a light lunch immediately after Sunday worship, from 11:30 to noon, followed by an hour of focused work upon that day's topic. You will be done by 1:00 pm. And we won't be coming to these topics cold, as each of those Sunday worship services will offer Bible passages, prayer, and preaching to get us all thinking theologically. Child care will be provided.  

Please sign up in advance, so we can be sure to have enough food. (Signups will be made available this week; be on the lookout for our web event for registration details!)
St. Paul's to relaunch EfM;
registration begins June 2019

St. Paul's will be launching an EfM group to run mid September 2019 to early June 2020. Sign-ups will begin this month, June 2019. 

Stephanie Shareck Werner, who first joined St. Paul's in 1989 and also worships in Ashland, will serve as mentor for the convening group. Stephanie will be available to answer questions on Sunday, June 30.

For more info on this program and how to get involved, please check out our web event here
Youth, Youngish Adults, 
and Children + Family Ministries

YA + Youth: Keli Cooper
Children + Families: Linda Willis
Seeking: Doorkeepers + Storytellers for Godly Play



One of the most important things you can do for your child is to share your faith with them. Godly Play offers a wonderful opportunity to do just that. 

If you were at the Shrine Mont parish retreat this past weekend, you may have gotten the chance to experience the wonderment of Godly Play firsthand. However, if  you have not had an opportunity to observe how it works, please contact Linda Willis at l willis@stpaulsrva.org  or check Godly Play out  on YouTube

Come. Be a part of the story of God's people. 
Third Annual Peace Camp This August!

Hosted by St. Paul's Episcopal Church, First Mennonite Church & Lakeside United Methodist Church
August 12 - 16, 2019

Ages 5 - 14, with opportunities to teach and volunteer for service hours!  

Check out our  web event or email
Linda Willis, Director of Children's and Family Ministries, for more details!
Outreach 
Contact: Lynn Williams
STILL SEEKING: Travel-Sized Toiletries 
for Emmaus Guests! 

Our weekly  Emmaus program is still looking for the following items to hand out to our guests (all travel sizes): Lotion, shampoo, deodorant, razors, hand sanitizer, lip balm, tooth paste, tooth brushes.

We are also looking for some more people to come and interact with our guests. It is equally important in this ministry to provide true fellowship to our guests, as it is to provide the meal. (If you're curious as to what this is like, check out the Rev. Bill Queen's recent sermon on our website, "Experiencing Emmaus, Experiencing Jesus.")

If you are interested, please contact Lwilliams@stpaulsrva.orgThank you for your help, and many thanks to those who have chipped in to help us with these and other valuable parts of our Emmaus ministry! 

Parish Life + Stewardship
Stewardship Contact: Sarah Nolan
11th Prayerful Conversation: 
Sunday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m.
[Registration and Details on St. Paul's Website]

 
The HRI Steering Committee presents the 11th Prayerful Conversation Potluck dinner and program featuring our Call to Community dialogues held in February!

You can find more information on this exciting opportunity to dig deeper into our racial experience on our web event here
Announcing: Women's Retreat Group Picnic!

This year's group of women at the women's retreat had so much fun we wanted to keep the fellowship going! We will have events throughout the summer for all women of St. Paul's to gather in fellowship and love. 

Our first event is a picnic at Chimborazo Park on Sunday,  June 23rd at 11:45 a.m. Bring your lunch, a beverage, a blanket or chair, and come to have lunch in the park. Let's meet at the Gazebo and sit under the trees to stay cool!
St. Paul's Prayers
Contact: Carter Johann
We pray for the criminal justice system in Metropolitan Richmond: For the police, judges, lawyers and court personnel, correctional officers and institutions, juvenile detention facilities, and probation officers.

We pray for all the Baptized in their daily work, especially those of our congregation and community who are in the stage and screen industries including writers, dancers, actors, stagehands,           directors, producers, musicians, box office and promotion personnel.

We pray for those who are ill: for Dan Benn, partner of Gail James; Grant Hellmers and Steve Jenkins. We also pray for those who are no longer with us: for Mimi Berry and Olin Hyde, husband of Jane Baird Hyde.

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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