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The Week of August 31, 2014
Of Special Note
The Altar Flowers are given by Linna Barnes and Chris Mixter to the greater glory of God and in memory of James A. Barnes.
Evensong & Benediction begins at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31. On Sunday, September 7, we will revert to a start time of 6:00 p.m., when we also welcome back the Choir of Men, Boys & Girls to Evensong.
Monday, September 1 is Labor Day – the parish office will be closed. Morning services will be at 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.; there will be no Shrine Prayers, Evening Prayers or Mass Monday evening.
NEWCOMERS WINE AND CHEESE PARTY
There will be a Newcomers Wine and Cheese Party at the rectory on Sunday, September 14 following Evensong and Benediction which begins at 6:00 p.m. A group will meet in the church to walk to the rectory at the end of the service. If you would like to arrive on your own at 7:00 p.m., the rectory is at 957 25th St NW. All are invited who have come to the parish since our last gathering in February, or were not able to attend that one or the one last fall. This is for you to ask what you want to know about the parish, the ministries we share, and the clergy who serve here, and perhaps arrange a visit from one of them. It is also a chance for us to get to know you and talk in a little more depth than we can at coffee hour. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Granum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-244-4611.
MINISTRY FAIR & RALLY DAY
Mark your calendars for a ministry fair and rally day on Sunday, September 21. Instead of a rector’s forum, we'll turn the atrium and other parts of St. Paul’s into an open-house space for fun, fellowship, and discovery (or rediscovery) of the many opportunities to seek and serve in our parish church (and beyond it).
The First Tuesday Morning Fellowship meets Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Carwithen Parlor.
“I publish the Banns of Marriage between Emily Wills and Christopher Barajas of this parish. If any of you know just cause why they may not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, you are bidden to declare it. This is the third time of asking.” ~ Fr. Oliver
Parishioners are invited to attend the Solemn Nuptial Mass for the wedding of Emily Wills and Christopher Barajas on Saturday, September 6 at 4:00 p.m.
“I publish the Banns of Marriage between Jessica Pech and Kyle McDaniel of this parish. If any of you know just cause why they may not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, you are bidden to declare it. This is the second time of asking.” ~ Fr. Oliver
Parishioners are invited to attend the Sung Nuptial Mass for the wedding of Jessica Pech and Kyle McDaniel on Saturday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. and the reception following.
Help for the Episcopal Hospital in Gaza
The Episcopal hospital in Gaza, al-Ahli, is providing urgently needed medical care, food and shelter to innocent civilians caught up in the on-going fighting between Hamas and the Israeli army. Funds are needed in particular to purchase fuel to run the generators that are powering the hospital's medical facilities. Even after the current fighting ends, there will still be displaced civilians to feed and house, and the need to replace shattered windows and repair other damage the hospital compound has sustained.
There are several ways to help:
• Donations via St. Paul's Commission on Mission (checks payable to St. Paul's, with CoM-Gaza on the memo line, placed in the alms basins)
• Donations via EDOW's Jerusalem Partnership Committee (checks payable to EDOW, with CDCJ-Gaza on the memo line, sent to Church House)
• Donations via the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (which will forward funds contributed through the parish or Diocese in any case). You can contribute via their website at http://www.afedj.org/
Contact Ann Korky (email@example.com) with questions.
WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL ART EXHIBIT
Washington National Cathedral is pleased to partner with Caravan for the U.S. premiere of an interfaith arts exhibit designed to build bridges of respect, understanding, and sharing between the creeds and cultures of the East and West. The exhibit runs from Saturday, August 30 through Thursday, October 30.
AMEN: A Prayer for the World seeks to express the deep, fundamental acknowledgment of power and hope for all people. Noted Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman sculpted figures in four poses of prayer that symbolize human diversity, community, and the many forms prayer can take. The participating artists each decorated one of the life-sized fiberglass sculptures. Thirty figures painted by Egyptian artists were previously on display in Cairo. These figures join 18 figures painted by Western artists for a joint exhibition at Washington National Cathedral; all 48 figures continue to St. John the Divine. Parishioner Helen Zughaib is an exhibitor.
Formation Opportunities and Classes
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CGS)
We are pleased that once again this year we are able to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) as our children’s formation program for ages 3-12. CGS is based on the conviction that God and the child are already in relationship, and that the role of the adult is not to “teach” the child to know God but to protect and nurture the child’s pre-existing bond with God. All classes meet at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays during the school year except as otherwise announced. On Sunday, September 7 there will be the Blessing of the Backpacks during the coffee hour following the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Al students and teachers, regardless of age or grade level, are invited to bring their backpacks, book bags, etc. We will say a brief liturgy, pray for our students and teachers, and the Bishop will say a special blessing over the backpacks. Participants will receive bag tags indicating that their backpacks were blessed at St. Paul’s (which can double as name tags for the upcoming school year).
RECTOR’S FORUM meets Sunday, September 7 in the Guild Room at 10:30 a.m. The topic will be Journey of Hope, led by Bp. Jim.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP – Starts September 7
The Adult Discussion 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. The Group meets Sundays in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. and concludes about 11 a.m. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
HIC ET NUNC Invites You
Hic et Nunc (our monastic spirituality group) will not meet on Monday, September 1.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
• Bag Set-up: Any time before 3:00 p.m. Friday; Contact Tina Mallett at 202-965-9324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
There are three upcoming events benefiting the Georgetown Ministry Center and the fight against homelessness:
Free donation-based fitness classes to benefit GMC
The Body You Want Fitness Solutions 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-...
The Taste of Georgetown on Saturday, September 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and GMC again is the benefiting charity. Please encourage your family, friends, and congregations to come. GMC is looking for both early and late afternoon volunteers (8:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. or 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. Jobs include help with activities, info booth, ticket booth, food runner for judges and more! Discounted parking will be available to you Jobs include help with activities, info booth, ticket booth, food runner for judges and more! Discounted parking will be available to volunteers. Check out GMC’s new website for more information http://georgetownministrycenter.org/2014/08/21/the-best-way-to-get-a-taste/.
Georgetown 5k Race Against Homelessness
Registration is now open for the first annual Georgetown 5k Race Against Homelessness! On Sunday, October 19, join GCM and the Center for Social Justice at Georgetown University for a 2k walk or 5k race, followed by a cookout, music, and lawn games. Teams are welcome, so feel free to create a team at work or church and challenge another group to race you. Learn more and sign up now at http://georgetown5k.org.
This week we pray for
• in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, the Academic and Transition Ministries; Chaplaincies at Howard University and University of Maryland; Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministries; the National Association of Episcopal Schools; all students and teachers; all who are unemployed and seeking jobs; all who must work for less than a living wage; and Bishop Mariann.
• in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer the clergy and people of the Church of the Southern Cone; 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, Dale, Anne, Lauren, Fr. Robert, Joe, Carole, Mary, Arnitta, David, Alice, Elaine, Fr. Lane, Nick, Alyson, Laura, Richard, Dorothy, Jean, Florence, Susan, Merlin, Robin, Helen, Richard, Lynne, Vernon, Laurel, Robert, Anne, David, Paul and David.
• those who are traveling, especially Rosi.
• the work of our Search Committee and Vestry.
• 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.
• the repose of the soul of James A. Barnes.