WEEKLY UPDATE
A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul's,

This fall, building on eighteen months of growth and fun in the Junior Choir, we are expanding our children’s music program with a new choir especially for children in kindergarten through second grade. Rehearsals will coincide with Junior Choir rehearsals (Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.) to make it easy for families with children in both groups to participate. The choirs will sing together and separately in worship on certain Sundays and special occasions throughout the year.

While the Junior Choir (3rd-8th grades) rehearses until 5:20 p.m., the younger children will wrap up a little earlier and fill the time before the 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer service with snacks and games. The new choir will be taught and led by Joyce Polifka, a professional musician known to many of you as the wife of Music Director Deke Polifka, and known to some of you as your piano teacher. Joyce will be assisted by Peyton Williams, Director of Children’s & Youth Ministries, who has choral experience herself, including as a member of University Singers when she was an undergraduate.

The children of parishioners and non-parishioners alike are welcome in our music programs. Further details and the answers to all your questions are available from Deke. The first rehearsals for both children’s choirs will take place on Wednesday, August 28 at 4:30 p.m., followed by Wednesday prayers at 5:30 p.m. and dinner for everyone.

- Will

The Rev. William Peyton
Sunday July 21 at St. Paul's
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Amos 8:1-12 / Psalm 52 / Colossians 1:15-28 / Luke 10:38-42)

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)

9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Nursery Care: birth - kindergarten (Sunday school wing)

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with Choir (festive, intergenerational)

11:15 a.m. – Coffee Hour & Fellowship (parish hall)

5:30 p.m. – Evening Eucharist in the Chapel (informal, candlelit)
Sunday July 28 at St. Paul's
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Hosea 1:2-10 / Psalm 85 / Colossians 2:6-15 / Luke 11:1-13)

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)

9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Nursery Care: birth - kindergarten (Sunday school wing)

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with Choir (festive, intergenerational)

11:15 a.m. – Coffee Hour & Fellowship (parish hall)

5:30 p.m. – Evening Eucharist in the Chapel (informal, candlelit)
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Monday, July 22, 4:30 p.m. – Contemplative Prayer Group  (lounge)

Monday, July 22, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)

Tuesday, July 23, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)

Thursday, July 25, 7:30 a.m. – Bible Study (library)

Monday, July 29, 4:30 p.m. – Contemplative Prayer Group  (lounge)

Monday, July 29, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)

Tuesday, July 30, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)

Wednesday, July 31, 6 p.m. – Poetry Reading Group  (lounge)

Thursday, August 1, 7:30 a.m. – Bible Study (library)

Sunday, August 4 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Paul's News & Notes
Welcoming Ryan Fleenor Back to St. Paul’s – On Sunday, August 4, the Rev. Ryan Fleenor will take a sabbatical from his sabbatical to preach at our 8 and 10 a.m. services. A 2006 UVA graduate, Ryan was jointly sponsored for ordination by St. Paul’s and the Diocese of Virginia’s Young Priests Initiative. He was ordained at Christ Church, Charlottesville in 2010 and has served since then at St. James’ Church in New York City, where he and the Rev. Will Peyton worked closely together for almost seven years. Ryan began his ministry at St. James’ in the prestigious Lilly Fellowship program for newly-ordained clergy, became Associate Rector in 2013, and was named Vicar in 2017. A native of Durham, North Carolina, Ryan majored in history at UVA and earned his M.Div. at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

Update on the Jane Rotch Memorial Chamber Organ – The restoration of our new chamber organ is almost complete, and we expect delivery in August. Dedication celebrations are coming together for mid-October, including a thank-you party, hosted by Jane’s children, for all donors. To date, thanks to the generosity of dozens of parishioners, friends of St. Paul’s, and friends of Jane Rotch, we have raised more than half of the $22,000 cost of purchase and restoration. (Donate here .) The dedication of the organ will take place at the 5:30 p.m. Eucharist on Sunday, October 13 with special vocal and instrumental music, followed by a festive reception in the parish hall.

Envisioning Our Future – More than fifty parishioners participated in a kick-off conversation at our Shrine Mont weekend about the future of St. Paul’s buildings and facilities. Junior Warden Erika Viccellio led a rich discussion about values, memories, hopes, and dreams connected to indoor and outdoor spaces at St. Paul’s. Many more opportunities to participate are coming this fall. Watch the newsletter and Yellow Sheet for details.

Children's & Youth Ministries Update – Our new Director of Children's & Youth Ministries, Peyton Williams, is hard at work and eagerly getting up to speed on who's who and what's what at St. Paul's! She can be reached at p.williams@spmcuva.org. Feel free to reach out to her – she would love to meet for coffee to get to know you and hear your ideas.

Day by Day Meditations – New Forward Day by Day booklets for August through October are available in the pamphlet racks by the front door of the church. The booklets contain daily meditations on Bible passages selected from the daily lectionary, and can be a help to anyone seeking to develop or enrich a habit of daily prayer. St. Paul’s provides the booklets free of charge, and Forward Day by Day is also available here.
St. Paul's on Facebook – Be sure to "like" the St. Paul's Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all things St. Paul's related!
2019: A Foundation for the Future – If you haven't yet made a 2019 commitment, you may do so here, or mail or bring a pledge card to church anytime. Be part of a thriving 2019 at St. Paul's!
Mission & Service News
School Supplies for Refugee Kids – The Mission & Service Ministry is pleased to announce that St. Paul’s is once again sponsoring a school supplies drive in support of International Neighbors, a Charlottesville-based refugee assistance organization. We will provide backpacks and school supplies for 100 refugee children in the Charlottesville and Albemarle school systems.

Donations of backpacks, particularly those appropriate for upper-elementary aged children, are especially appreciated. Other needed items are pencils (Ticonderoga preferred), glue sticks, Fiskars kids' scissors, clorox wipes, tissue boxes, and ziplock bags (gallon size and quart size).

Large containers will be available in the church main and Chancellor St. entrances for drop-offs during the next several weeks. If it is easier for you to write a check than to shop, please make your check out to St. Paul's and note “school supplies” in the memo line. Backpacks, supplies, and monetary contributions are needed by Sunday, August 11, so that everything is ready for the children before school starts.

International Neighbors is a refugee assistance organization founded in 2015 by an English as a second language teacher in the Charlottesville City Schools. Its mission is to equip refugee neighbors with the network and skills needed to move from surviving to thriving in Charlottesville – by offering a network of support services, people, and opportunities that will foster a path to self-sufficiency and productive citizenship. Since 1998, Charlottesville has become home to nearly 4,000 refugees from more than thirty countries.

AIM Fundraiser – The Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) provides emergency assistance to those in need in our community. AIM will be the beneficiary of Sedona Taphouse’s “Steak Out for Charity” every Monday in July. More information can be found here.
Upcoming Community Events
Unity Day Event  On Thursday, July 25, Lighthouse Studios will offer a free showing of Working for a Better Day: The Drewary Brown Story. The show will be followed by a panel of Bridge Builders, individuals honored for contributions in working with diverse groups for the greater good of Charlottesville. The Unity Day event, also a launch for new book of short biographies of the 37 Bridge Builders, will be held at Lighthouse Studios at Vinegar Hill Theater, Downtown on Market Street beginning at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). The event is sponsored by Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Preservation Piedmont, and Lighthouse Studios. Bridge Builders at St. Paul's include the late Sandy and John Snook, Charlie and Betz Gleason (who will be on the panel), Frances Fife, and Nancy O'Brien. Long-time members will also remember Sarah Patton Boyle and Frances Brand, also Bridge Builders. For more information, contact Kay Slaughter, 434-971-5813.

C'Ville Sing Out – The C'ville Sing Out is back by popular demand. The event will be held on Saturday, August 10, at 4 p.m. at the Pavilion (east end of the Downtown Mall). Rehearsal will be that morning from 10 a.m. to noon at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School. Register online on the C'ville Sing Out website. Singers, volunteers, and donations are welcome. Details can be found here. For more information, email Katherine Scott Gilliam at kspiano@aol.com.
Prayers of the Parish
Holding each other's joys, sorrows and concerns before God in prayer is a spiritual practice that characterizes our life together at St. Paul's. In our worship services we pray each other's prayers together. Outside of our time together many parishioners make it part of their daily lives to pray the prayers of the parish community. You are invited to participate in your own way.

Thanks be to God

for our parish retreat at Shrine Mont, for Shrine Mont's ministry of hospitality, and for everyone who made our retreat weekend such a success.

for the decades of service of the electronic organ recently removed from the chapel, and for the faithful generosity of Mrs.Vernon A.Vail, Jr., who gave it to St. Paul’s in memory of her daughter Annette. 

for the faithful gifts of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the 245 households who have made financial commitments for 2019, and all who have contributed to the Jane Rotch Memorial Chamber Organ.

Godspeed and blessings

for Leah & Daniel Wise as they move to Connecticut, where Leah will begin her studies at Yale Divinity School this fall while pursuing postulancy in the Diocese of Virginia.

Your prayers are requested

for members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including David Nelson, Anne, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Anne, Ruth, Mary Ann Miller, David, Lila M., Pierce, Doug Vest, Libba, Jim, Matti, Bob, John, John Ritchie, Debby Strzepek, Lynda, Joyce, Joy, Margaret Ann, Tyson Kemp, the Haamel family, Judith Kovacs & her family, Katie, Kyle, Emmett & Townson, Barbara, Helen, Nick, Joann, Ted, Becca, Betty Kerner, Paul, Mike, Kathy, Robin, Carol, Connie, Jan Bravo, Cece, Jeff, Andrew & Devin, family and friends of Matt Ellis, Michael Cressin, Sylvia, Diane, Brenda, Shirley, Garrison, Eric, Louise Sinclair.

for Kris Roi Episcopal Church and School in Léger, Haiti, and for our growing partnership with them.

for our city and community and nation; for the victims of racism, injustice, and oppression; and for all who serve the common good in law enforcement and the courts.

for neighbors who are homeless or struggling to pay rent, and for all our partners in IMPACT as we continue to seek housing justice in our community.

for St. Gabriel’s Gulick, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.

for the Province de L'Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda, and their Archbishop, the Most Rev. Laurent Mbanda; and for the Scottish Episcopal Church, and their Bishop, the Most Rev. Mark Strange, according to the Anglican Cycle of Prayer.

We commend to God’s never-failing care

victims of violence and warfare throughout the world, including migrants and refugees who have died fleeing danger.

all whom we love but see no more.

Blanche Campbell, and Peggy & Austin Sydnor, in whose loving memory the flowers are given on July 21.