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The Week of September 28, 2014
Of Special Note
Last Sunday’s Ministry Fair and Rally was quite successful – spotlighting all the wonderful activities and opportunities to seek and serve in our parish – and beyond it. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event such a success.
LET US KEEP THE FEAST: Another prayer book holy day is coming up- Michaelmas! We will celebrate the feast of St. Michael and All Angels three times at St. Paul’s: at Evensong this Sunday, Sept. 28 and at the 7:00 am and 6:00 pm Masses on Monday, September 29. Light meals will be served after both Monday services and will feature some traditional Michaelmas foods. Invite a friend to join you for worship and fellowship. Share your knowledge about angels and archangels!
The Blessing of the Animals (in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis) is on Saturday, October 4 at 10:15 a.m. on the west lawn, weather permitting; otherwise in the Atrium. All are welcome.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 IS THE FEAST OF DEDICATION and THE VISITATION OF BISHOP BUDDE
This year there will be a Low Mass at 7:45 a.m. with The Right Reverend James L. Jelinek as celebrant and preacher and at 10:30 a.m. there will be a Solemn Pontifical Mass with The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington, as celebrant and preacher.
Carpe Deum, St. Paul's 20’s and 30’s group, gathers in the Atrium every first Sunday of the month following the 11:15 a.m. Solemn Mass for their monthly after Mass brunch. Whether this is your first time at St. Paul’s or you're a long time member or somewhere in between, you are invited! Our next brunch meet up is on Sunday, October 5 at Cafe Deluxe (2201 M St. NW) and we look forward to seeing you in the Atrium after Mass.
Assistant Music Director & Parish Administrator, John Bradford Bohl, will be away from the office Monday, September 29 through Saturday, October 4, performing three concerts in Austin, TX with Ensemble VIII. Many thanks to Patrick White, who will be in the administrative office Tuesday—Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Support the Bishop Walker School. All are invited to the Evensong service at the Washington National Cathedral on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in honor of the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys. Twenty-five years after the death of Bishop John T. Walker, BWS bears daily witness to his life and ministry. Bishop Mariann will be the homilist. Immediately following the service there will be a reception in the Pilgrim Gallery of the Cathedral.
Parishioner Helen Zughaib has a solo exhibit at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery, 2425 Virginia Av. NW, Washington, DC. The exhibit, Fractured Spring, features some of Helen’s new work including “Veiled Secrets” and “di/as/pora” (copies can be seen on the bulletin board near the water fountain) in Pillsbury Hall. The gallery is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit runs through Friday, October 17.
UPDATE FROM GAZA: A ceasefire has taken hold, but humanitarian needs remain acute. With the water and sanitation systems in Gaza largely inoperative, civilians, especially children, face new risks from infections, rashes and scabies. In addition to treating those impacted, the Episcopal hospital in Gaza is distributing first aid kits and disinfecting supplies to shelters housing those whose homes have been destroyed. The electrical system is also offline. Running the hospital's generators costs $2000 a day. Still the hospital's Director writes, "we at al-Ahli Hospital are profoundly grateful for your donations, which have made a difference for each patient - many of them children - who has entered our doors seeking medical treatment, shelter or food...God bless you all. "
The Commission on Mission has received over $1,000 in designated donations from individual parishioners to help al-Ahli meet these urgent needs. Please consider a gift. Checks should be made payable to St. Paul's with CoM-Gaza on the memo line.
WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL ART EXHIBIT
Washington National Cathedral is pleased to partner with Caravan for the U.S. premiere of an interfaith arts exhibit, AMEN: A Prayer for the World, designed to build bridges of respect, understanding, and sharing between the creeds and cultures of the East and West. The exhibit runs until Thursday, October 30. Parishioner Helen Zughaib is an exhibitor.
Formation Opportunities and Classes
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CGS)
CGS Level 1 (Ages 3-6) - The goal of Level 1 is to help children develop a sense of wonder about God. We know that it’s difficult for the little ones to sit through the entire Sunday Mass, so Level 1 will be offered during the Ministry of the Word at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. The atrium will open at 8:45 a.m. and your children will be brought to you in the Nave during the peace. This class is now in session.
CGS Level 2 (Ages 6-9) - In Level 2, children begin moral formation through parables from the Gospels. Level 2 is offered between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses, so that children can attend either service with their families. Level 2 begins immediately after the end of the 9:00 Mass and ends at 11:00 a.m. This class begins Sunday, September 28.
CGS Level 3 (Ages 9-12) - In Level 3, older children begin to learn the "big picture" of the Bible, such as the timeline of salvation, the world into which Jesus was born, the ministry which He proclaimed and, of course, the meaning of his death, resurrection and ascension. Level 3 also begins immediately after the end of the 9:00 Mass and ends at 11:00 a.m. This class begins Sunday, September 28.
RECTOR’S FORUM meets Sunday, September 28 in the Guild Room at 10:30 a.m. The topic will be A Year of Living Richly: Personal Enrichment at St. Paul’s with Fr. Dominique and Jeff Hual.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group meets on Sundays in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. and concludes about 11 a.m. The group continues its consideration of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. The Group bases its review on Bishop Tom Wright’s Paul or Everyone, Part 2. Wright, the former Bishop of Durham, England, is one of the Anglican Communion’s major New Testament scholars; he also wrote Paul and the Faithfulness of God, which the Washington Post included among its list of the ten most intriguing religion books of 2013. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
HIC ET NUNC Invites You
Hic et Nunc (our monastic spirituality group) is now discussing Practical Mysticism, by Evelyn Underhill. All are welcome to join us on Monday nights during or after the regular 5:30-6:30 services in the church. We begin at 6:30 p.m. with shared dinner in the Carwithen Parlor, during which we listen to readings from the Rule of St. Benedict and the Rule of the Communities of Jerusalem. After dinner we discuss the current book, and close in the church with 15-30 minutes of silent prayer followed by Compline at 8:30 p.m. Come for any part of these very full evenings. Note: Dial the Carwithen Parlor - 43 - if you arrive after 6:30 p.m. but before 8:00. For more information contact Jo Stelzig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-426-0487.
PEOPLE OF THE WAY
For the third year, “People of the Way,” a diocese-wide book reading plan inaugurated by Bishop Mariann, will be open to all St. Paul’s parishioners. Her recommendation for this year is We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian D. McLaren. Its subtitle, A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation and Activation, pretty well tells you what it is about.
It is comprised of 52 chapters (plus a few). Each chapter is less than 5 pages long and is about as long as a Sunday mass homily. You do not have to buy the book to take part in the discussions, nor are you required to attend every week. The sessions will be “co-convened” by Linda Wilkinson and Ed Loucks. The word “co-convened” means that we will facilitate the discussion, but we are not teaching, lecturing, or presenting a slide show. Everyone is encouraged to be involved.
It has been said that Brian McLaren asks the right questions, but the answers he proposes are certainly open for discussion. He likes to say, “I may not be right, but I know I’m on to something.”
We will have an organizational meeting at 6:35 PM in Tuesday, September 30. We will meet in Carwithen Parlor. The meeting should last less than an hour. Food will not be served, so bring your own or plan to eat after the meeting. Any questions? Contact Linda Wilkinson at email@example.com or Ed Loucks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADULT FORMATION PROGRAM Fall 2014:
The Jesus Train
What’s in a name?
As most of you know, this year our adult formation program, Pilgrims, is on sabbatical. In its stead, we propose a six-week program that we are calling “Jesus Train/Agmen Iesu: a journey to the heart of God”. Now, some may be wondering about the title. “‘Jesus Train’? With all due respect, it sounds like a program at a Baptist church!” Well, it’s “Jesus Train/Agmen Iesu: a journey to the heart of God”.
The metaphor has been carefully chosen—for two reasons.
1) What we are proposing are not simply classes, but an experience. The fellowship and prayer components of this program are very important. A train (ride) is an experience. It is an experience of movement, of direction, of being guided, of destination. Our “conductor” is, of course, Jesus, who leads us to the heart of God.
2) Jesus often speaks of joy, which must mean that joy goes hand-in-hand with reverent awe. The Christian life is a joyous life. The playful name is intended to convey joy, and not shallowness. Indeed, we promise a rich experience.
When: October 8 — November 12, Wednesdays.
Time: 6:40 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
We look forward to your participation. If interested contact Fr. Dominique at 202-337-2020, ext. 11 or email@example.com.
Service and Outreach
YOU ARE NEEDED – CAN YOU HELP?
St. Paul’s strives to apply our talent, time, and treasure to reach out and uplift those in need both in our neighborhood and across the world. We welcome your involvement in:
Grate Patrol – Delivery of breakfast to Washington’s homeless population
• Food Delivery: 5:30 a.m. each Saturday & Sunday; Contact Glenn Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bag Set-up: Any time before 3:00 p.m. Friday; Contact Tina Mallett at 202-965-9324 or email@example.com.
YOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT
Foggy Bottom Food Pantry: Cuts in the federal food stamp program mean those in need are even more reliant on food pantries to meet their families' basic nutritional needs. Won't you share with those who need your help by bringing non-perishable, non-breakable (no glass jars) food items to St. Paul’s and placing them in the Commission on Mission basket at the rear of the church. Canned fruits and vegetables are especially welcome. Your generosity can make a real difference.
GEORGETOWN MINISTRY CENTER (GMC)
USA Today reports on St Paul's supported homeless partner, the Georgetown Ministry Center; for more information go to http://www.usatoday.com/longform/news/nation/2014/08/27/mental-health-ho....
There is still one event during September benefitting the Georgetown Ministry Center and their fight against homelessness: - the Free donation-based fitness classes:
The Body You Want Fitness Solutions at 1070 Thomas Jefferson Street NW in Georgetown is offering donation-based fitness classes every Sunday in September to support GMC. Just come to class (from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.) with $20-$30 worth of much-needed items, like socks and underwear that will be donated to GMC. (You can also send GMC the goods from Amazon.com and bring a receipt with you.) Classes are high intensity interval training workouts that will get your heart rate up and make you sweat. For more information go to http://georgetownministrycenter.org/2014/08/15/donate-and-youll-get-the-....
This week we pray for
• in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Adelphi Parish; remembering Bishop John T. Walker and his legacy to us, on the 25th anniversary of his death; and Bishop Mariann.
• in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer for the clergy and people of The Episcopal Church; our sister parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, London; our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; Matthew and Kyle at General Theological Seminary; Jeff and Fr. Jean our Ministry Residents; and Carlos our seminarians.
• the following who are sick or in need: Nancie, Ray, Vera, Anne, Lauren, Fr. Robert, Joe, Carole, Mary, Arnitta, David, Alice, Elaine, Fr. Lane, Nick, Alyson, Laura, Richard, Dorothy, Jean, Florence, Susan, Merlin, Robin, Helen, Lynne, Vernon, Robert, Anne, David, Paul, David, Ann, Deborah, and Betsy.
• the work of our Search Committee and Vestry.
• those who are traveling, especially Fr. Peter and Soo.
• the safe and healthy pregnancy for our parishioners Jennifer and Ashley.
• we give thanks for our visitors and newcomers; for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.