WEEKLY UPDATE
A Note from Parishioner Sarah Strasen
Peter Moench & Sarah Strasen
Dear St. Paul's,


Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. – Matthew 6:28-29
On the average day, we tend to identify more with the “toilers” than with the “lilies of the field.” So often Peter and I catch ourselves bemoaning the luxuries we cannot afford (but surely deserve!) and the expenses that feel like personal affronts (a “personal property tax” for a vehicle that’s fifteen years old?!). We slip into self-righteousness about what we have “earned” and how we are overburdened. 

What a relief and a comfort to hear this passage from Matthew’s Gospel. Here we are offered an approach centered on trust, gratitude, and hope in God’s love for us and our world. We are reminded of the difference between what we want (a newer car, more books, better wine) and what we need (enduring love). Perhaps we are even confronted with the truth of how much we have been given through luck and the random chance of history and how little we can attribute to our own efforts. In giving, whether to St. Paul’s or to other organizations through which we see healing and justice, we find opportunities to reorient our perspective and to bring into being a community of mutual care. How lucky we are when we can honor in each other something sacred. 

Sarah Strasen
Sunday, November 10, at St. Paul's
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

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. – Adult Forum: A sampling of early Christian views on the nature of the human body and resurrection (parish hall)

11:15 a.m. – Sunday School: pre-K - 5th grade (Sunday school wing)

11:15 a.m. – Youth Group: 6th - 12th grades (Sunday school wing)

12:30 p.m. – Skinner Scholar Lunch (lounge)

3:30 p.m. – Envisioning the Future of St. Paul's Facilities (parish hall)

5:30 p.m. – Evening Eucharist in the Chapel (informal, candlelit)

6:30 p.m. – The University Fellowship Sunday Supper: Casual meal and conversation, free and open to all undergraduate students (lounge)
Music Notes
This Sunday, the Parish Choir sings two pieces by Anglo-Irish composer Charles Wood (1866-1926). More than 150 years after his death, Wood's music remains beloved within the Anglican choral tradition, and he is remembered as an important teacher of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells. Never weather-beaten sail is a lyrical, lush setting of a poem by the sixteenth-century lutenist, songwriter and ‘Doctor of Physick’ Thomas Campion. Oculi omnium (Ps. 145, v. 15) is an uncomplicated but gorgeous miniature, one of two introits that were published in 1927 after his death. 
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day (parish office closed)

Monday, November 11, 7 p.m. – The University Fellowship Conversations on Faith & Life (Canterbury house)

Monday, November 11, 8 p.m. – Compline (chancel)

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

Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m. – Vestry Meeting (lounge)

Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. – Who Dunnit Mystery Book Club (library)

Wednesday, November 13, 8:30 a.m. – Envisioning the Future of St. Paul's Facilities (lounge)

Wednesday, November 13, 3:45 p.m. – Chorister Training (choir room)

Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m. – Primary Choir Rehearsal (Sunday school wing)

Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m. – Junior Choir Rehearsal (choir room)

Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer, with homily by Margaret Morhmann (brief, informal, all ages)

Wednesday, November 13, 6 p.m. – Dinner for all (parish hall)

Wednesday, November 13, 6 p.m. – Poetry Reading Group (library)

Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m. – Parish Choir Rehearsal (choir room)

Thursday, November 14, 7:30 a.m. – Bible Study (library)

November 14-16 – 225th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia (details below)

Saturday, November 16 - TUF and Youth Group Rake-a-thon (details below)

Saturday, November 16 – UVA Vietnamese Student Association's Phofest (details below)

Sunday, November 17 – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Stewardship 2020: Frequently Asked Questions
A special collection of pledge cards is planned for the 10 a.m. service on November 17.
Who should make a pledge?
The practice of giving is integral to Christian faith. That practice can (and should!) be exercised outside of church, but some of every parishioner’s giving should be in the form of an annual commitment to St. Paul’s. A pledge is a statement of intention, and the stated intention is generosity and belonging. It’s a way of saying, “I’m in. This is my church.”

How much is an appropriate pledge?
A right-size pledge is one you can offer reverently and joyfully. It’s hard to be reverent with a pledge that’s too small, and hard to be joyful about a pledge that’s too big.

How much do other people pledge?
St. Paul’s gratefully receives annual gifts in a wide range of dollar amounts. We never report averages, because averages can make a generous giver of modest means feel inadequate, while encouraging complacency in a less-generous giver of greater means. Below is a table of 2019 pledges. Only the giver knows whether a pledge represents a significant portion of household budget or income.

Dollar range / Number of pledges in range
$12,000 and up / 6 
$6,000 - $11,999* / 17
$3,000 - $5,999 / 44
$1,500 - $2,999** / 72
$750 - $1,499 / 58
less than $750 / 54
$100 - $35,000 (all) / 251 (total)

*A pledge in this range represents a tithe (10%) of Charlottesville-area median household income.
**This range includes a tithe of federal poverty-level income for a family of four.

How can I pay my pledge?
In absolutely any way that works for you. Some people give weekly or monthly, while others give irregularly or in a lump sum at the beginning or end of the year. You can make gifts by cash, check, or credit card, by automatic bank draft, or by transferring appreciated stocks or other assets. 

Who will know how much I’ve pledged?
Dollar amounts are held in strict confidence by the Rector, the Treasurer, and members of the administrative staff whose work includes recording and processing pledges. Pledge information is not known to other clergy or lay staff, or to members of the Vestry.
St. Paul's News & Notes
Envisioning the Future of St. Paul's Facilities – At Shrine Mont last summer, we kicked off a parish-wide conversation about the future of our buildings. This fall, all parishioners are invited to continue the conversation by participating in a visioning meeting facilitated by the Rev. Will Peyton, Junior Warden Erika Viccellio, and parishioner Jody Lahendro, an architect with extensive experience in building and renovating churches.

We won't be talking about dollars or design; those are questions for capital-campaign consultants and architects down the road. For now, we'll simply share our hopes and dreams for the ways we'd like our buildings and facilities to support our mission in the coming years.

Please plan to attend either of the following remaining sessions:

  • Sunday, November 10, 3:30 - 5 p.m., in the parish hall
  • Wednesday, November 13, 8:30 - 10 a.m., in the lounge

Prayer Shawls – Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry knit shawls with prayerful intention for anyone needing comfort and healing. This Sunday's 10 a.m. service will include a blessing of these shawls. More information about the shawls and the Prayer Shawl Ministry can be found here.

Vestry Recommendations – In preparation for St. Paul's Annual Meeting and Vestry Election on January 26, the Vestry Nominating Committee invites your prayers and input. Three parishioners will be elected to the Vestry for four-year terms (ending in January 2024), and one existing Vestry member will be elected to a one-year continuation term. Your recommendations about whom you'd like to see on the Vestry are most welcome. Parishioners whose names are submitted will be considered by the Nominating Committee, whose aim is to offer the parish a slate of candidates – one for each open seat – with an effective mix of skills and interests, representing the diversity of the parish. Vestry members must be confirmed communicants in good standing, meaning that they "pray, work, and give" through the ministries of St. Paul's, and should be regular participants in our worship.

Prospective nominees commit to monthly Vestry meetings, committee assignments, and an overnight Vestry retreat January 31 – February 1 at Roslyn. Members of the Nominating Committee will talk with prospective nominees about their interest and willingness to serve. Members of the Nominating Committee are David Litherland, Erika Viccellio, Christie Thomas, Phil LaMar, and Margery Daniel. Recommendations may be made through Sunday, November 17, by emailing vestryrecommendations@spmcuva.org, or calling the church office at 434-295-2156. Recommendations will remain confidential within the Nominating Committee. Thank you for helping St. Paul's identify gifts for leadership in our community!

Who Dunnit Book Club – The St. Paul’s mystery book group will meet on Tuesday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the library. The group will be discussing Down the River unto the Sea, by Walter Mosley. New members are always welcome!

Thanksgiving Week Schedule – Our Wednesday Evening Prayer service, community dinner, and choir rehearsals will not be held on Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday, November 27). We will have a simple service in the Chapel on Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m.
Adult Formation
Upcoming adult forums:

  • November 10 – Parishioner and Religious Studies doctoral candidate Peter Fraser-Morris presents a sampling of early Christian views on the nature of the human body and resurrection.
  • November 17 – Biblical perspectives on human bodies and death
  • November 24 – The Burial office, heretical funerals, and "celebrations of life": Who do we think we are?
Children's & Youth Ministries
Habitat for Humanity Rake-a-Thon – All middle and high schoolers are invited to join forces with members of The University Fellowship for the Habitat for Humanity Rake-a-Thon on Saturday, November 16 from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Contact Peyton Williams at p.williams@spmcuva.org to sign up!
The University Fellowship
Skinner Scholar Lunch – Skinner scholars will meet this Sunday, November 10, at 12:30 p.m. in the lounge. The scholars will have lunch and conversation around vocation and faith.
TUF / Westminster Canterbury Fellowship – On Sunday, November 17, members of The University Fellowship will join residents of Westminster Canterbury for a time of fellowship from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at WCBR. All parishioner residents of WCBR and all TUF members are welcome for this intergenerational extravaganza!
Mission & Service
UVA Phofest – St. Paul's is hosting the UVA Vietnamese Student Association's annual fall Phofest on Saturday, November 16, from 5 - 8 p.m. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup made of broth, rice noodles, meat, and fresh herbs. Summer rolls, fried bananas, Vietnamese coffee, fried rice, and plenty of vegetarian options will also be sold. Stop by to enjoy some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, and support a great cause. All proceeds will go towards Messengers of Love, an organization that provides physical, mental, and educational support to the orphaned and under privileged children of Vietnam. 
Toy Offering – On Sunday, December 1, we will hold a toy offering to benefit the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop. Parishioners are invited to bring new or like-new (unwrapped) toys to the service. This year we are once again partnering with the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, a ministry of the Charlottesville Region of the Diocese of Virginia, for their annual St. Nicholas Toy Sale (to be held December 7). Their toy sale is an effort to make Christmas more affordable for local families. Money raised by the Thrift Shop goes to support PACEM, Habitat for Humanity, the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries, and the Gertrude Mitchell House. Please help support their efforts by contributing to our toy offering. Toys can be brought to the service on December 1 or dropped off in the toy offering box in the Chancellor Street hallway anytime before then.
Diocese of Virginia News
The 225th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia takes place November 14-16 in Arlington. St. Paul’s will be represented by the Rector and lay delegates Phil LaMar and William Taylor, as well as student delegates Lachlan Hassman and Zack Kathol. The Rev. Mark Wastler will attend as University Chaplain, and Vestry Member Christie Thomas will be there in her role as a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese. The Convention will worship, consider budgets and resolutions, and hear reports from the Bishop and the committees and commissions of the Diocese.

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson begins her ministry as Assistant Bishop in our diocese this week. She will take part in Sunday visitations (including to St. Paul’s on April 26, 2020) and help lead the Diocese’s work in areas such as the ordination process, congregational development, and conflict transformation. She will live in Richmond, where her primary office will be at the Mayo Memorial Church House. Bishop Brooke-Davidson was ordained to the episcopate following her election as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of West Texas, a position she resigned to come to the Diocese of Virginia. The role of Assistant Bishop does not require election.

The Diocese of Virginia is a community of tens of thousands of Episcopalians worshiping in English, Spanish, and Korean in 179 congregations in thirty-eight counties and ten cities in the northern, central, and eastern parts of Virginia. To learn more about our diocese, our current Bishops, and the nominating process that will lead to the election of the 14th Bishop of Virginia, visit www.thediocese.net and subscribe to diocesan news.
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 the marriages on November 2 of Errick Wells, Jr. & Lucy Hale (Pryor Hale's daughter); and of Ava Burke & Graham Payne (Mary Susan Payne & Jim Brookeman's son).

for the ministry of our Prayer Shawl knitters: Mary Bevis, Kathleen Caldwell, Rebecca Fox, Peggy Galloway, Margaret Haupt, Debora Healey, Tracey Hopper, Patsy Hunt, Georgie Kettler, Lila Lassetter, Nancy Latham, Kelley Lewis, Carol Muntz, Ann Normansell, Joy Perry, Anne Ribble, Barbara Salsbury, Betty Sapir, Debby Strzepek, Elizabeth Wilkerson.

for the fellowship and music ministry of our choir and the choir of Christ Church, who jointly presented the All Saints’ Evensong last weekend.

for the hospitality of all who contributed to our All Saints' Sunday receptions.

for the hospitality of Louise's bible study group, who prepared our Wednesday night dinner this week.

for the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson as she begins her ministry with us as Assistant Bishop this week.

for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's.

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, Ruth, Mary Ann Miller, David, Pierce, Libba, Jim, Bob, John, John Ritchie, Lynda, Joyce, Joy, Margaret Ann, Judith Kovacs & her family, Katie, Helen, Joann, Ted, Becca, Paul, Kathy, Jan Bravo, Cece, Jeff, Andrew & Devin, Louise Sinclair, Jason, Nancy, Tom, Christine, Joshua & Julian, Muriel, Jessica, Sally Myers & her family, Sandy Gilliam, David, Karen, Peter & Cosette, Katherine, Christopher Hamlett, Glen Peterson, Stephanie, Ashley, Annika, Tim, Rosalie, Robert, Dottie.

for the veterans of our Armed Forces this Veterans Day, and especially for veterans in our own congregation.

for all those elected to public office last Tuesday, including parishioner Lloyd Snook, that, in fulfilling their responsibilities, the rights of all may be protected and God's purposes served.

for Stephen Ministry at St. Paul's, and for parishioners Matthew Carter, Jean Dooley, Peggy Galloway, Vickie Gottlob, Valerie Kirkman, Paige Latham, and Karen Mawyer, as they train to become Stephen Ministers.

for the Rev. John Taliaferro Thomas, as he prepares for his installation as rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood this evening.

for the work of the 225th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia, to take place in Arlington November 14-16; for our lay delegates Phil LaMar and William Taylor; for our collegiate delegates Lachlan Hassman and Zachary Kathol; and for Christie Thomas and all members of the Standing Committee.

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 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 the partners of the African Development Project in Kenya and Uganda, and for all who benefit from their work.

for Kris Roi Episcopal Church and School in the Diocese of Haiti, and for our partnership with them and St. Paul's School in New Hampshire.

for Trinity Church, Charlottesville, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.

for the Lusitanian Church, and for their bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jorge Pina Cabral, 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, including Anne Ferré, who died last week in France; Patricia Julian Morrow (Kay Lancaster's stepmother); and Douglas Carter Vest, who died Tuesday night.