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“AS YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE . . ..”
The Commission on Mission is in need of volunteers to assist with the Winter Shelter hosted by St. Paul's from Sunday, January 1, to Sunday, January 8, 2017. Specifically, please volunteer for one or more of the following needs:
--Provide a meal for 20 people (shelter residents and volunteers) for dinner on any night from Sunday, January 1, to Saturday, January 7, 2017. You can either help cook a meal in the parish kitchen, or bring in a meal from home or a store-bought meal. Meals are served at 7:30 p.m.
--Help serve meals, clean up after meals, and interact with shelter residents during the Winter Shelter (from approximately 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.).
--Assist the professional shelter staff and serve breakfast in the morning (finish by 7:00 am).
--Transport about 15 cots and duffel bags from St. Paul's to St. John's Episcopal Church, Georgetown on January 8, 2017.
To help, contact GMC [at] stpauls-kst.com.
ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS
The Choristers and Parish Choir will offer the second of our two annual services of Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 4, at 6:00 p.m., followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Music includes a newly composed piece by John Bradford Bohl especially for this occasion, as well as several American composers - Gerre Hancock, Gerald Near, and, a familiar face to our choir and congregation - Stephen Caracciolo. Please plan to arrive early, as seating quickly fills up. A reception will follow in the Atrium.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated on Thursday, December 8, with a Sung Mass at 6:00 p.m. This is a major feast of Our Lady and a traditional Anglo Catholic observance. All are encouraged to attend.
R.I.P. NANCY FERGUSON BUSH
Parishioner of St. Paul’s for over half a century, and former Vestry member, Nancy Ferguson Bush will be buried with a Sung Mass of Resurrection from this parish church on Saturday, December 10, at two o’clock in the afternoon, with interment to follow in the columbarium. May she rest in Peace and rise in Glory.
GENERATIONS OF GENEROSITY: Building on 150 Years of Stewardship
Our 2016 Stewardship Campaign continues this week in the spirit of Thanksgiving, urging all who have not yet made a pledge of financial support to do so as soon as you are able. The clergy, staff, and ministries of this parish depend directly on your support. As of November 26th, we had received 112 pledges for a total of $453,641, out of our goal of $750,000.
Please note, there are three ways to pledge:
1. Online at http://www.stpauls-kst.com/stewardship-giving/make-pledge-commitment-2017
2. By placing a hard copy pledge form in the offering plate, or
3. By mailing the hard copy to St. Paul's Parish, 2430 K Street, NW, Washington DC 20037, ATTN: Pledge Treasurer
BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY
Join us for the Advent session of our Christian formation program on Wednesday evenings. The evening begins with Evening Prayer and Mass at 5:45 and 6:00, followed by a Simple Supper at 6:30. We will then have a presentation at 7:00. We will end our evening with Compline, concluding at 8:00. We are asking for a $5 donation for the Simple Supper. Here are the titles and presenters for our Advent series:
December 7: The Icon in Prayer and Contemplation, by Tom Xenaxis
Mr. Xenakis has been “writing” icons since 1987. He was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Greece in 1994 to 1995 to study contemporary applications to Medieval Byzantine media. Additionally, he learned icon writing techniques, “hagiographia” on Mount Athos, the center of Orthodox Christian monasticism. In 1996 he became artist in residence at the Wesley Theological Seminary, Center for the Arts and Religion, Washington, DC.
December 14: Praying with Poetry for the Advent Season, by Kathleen Staudt
Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt (Kathy) works as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at a number of institutions in our area, including Virginia Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. Her classes focus on writing, literature, spirituality and explorations of vocation. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of three books of poems – including “Good Places,: a new collection published in October 2016.
If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Shawn (strout [at] stpauls-kst.com).
HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT ASCENSION AND ST. AGNES
The Choir of Ascension and St. Agnes will present Handel's Messiah on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. Interim Director of Music John Bradford Bohl will be one of the soloists, as well as singing in the chorus. The performance is being offered FREE to the public.
CONFIRMATION, RECEPTION , REAFFIRMATION
Would you like to be confirmed, received into the Episcopal Church or reaffirm your faith? Bishop Mariann will be presiding at our patronal feast on January 22, 2017 at which time she will be confirming, receiving and reaffirming anyone interested. If you would like to participate in that service by being confirmed, received or reaffirmed, please contact Fr. Shawn (strout [at] stpauls-kst.com) by November 27 so that he can schedule preparation for you.
Prayer requests for recitation at Masses should be submitted to notices [at] stpauls-kst.com. These requests should be for parishioners, members of their families, and friends of St. Paul’s. Prayer requests for other persons should be submitted for Shrine Prayers by filling out a blue card at the Walsingham Altar and placing the card in the wooden box to the right of the altar. All prayer requests for recitation at Masses will be reviewed by the Rector.
THE 150TH COMMITTEE
The 150th Committee needs your help to bring our celebratory plans to fruition. Particular needs include:
--producing web content and publicizing anniversary events via social media
--encouraging press coverage
--coordinating and assisting with social events
--serving as a liaison to the “Friends of St. Paul’s” and former parishioners and clergy, all of whom will be encouraged to choose a date for a return visit to the parish.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, nonperishable items will help keep local families fed this fall. It's an easy way to make a difference and an ideal way to introduce children to the importance of helping those in need. The donation basket is located at the baptismal font.
Grate Patrol Friday Food Prep: Grate Patrol is short on volunteers for Friday afternoon sandwich making. Could you drop by? Do you know kids who are trying to fulfill school mandated service hours? Food prep begins at 2 pm each Friday in the dining hall. With 8-10 people, it takes less than 90 minutes to produce the 400 bag breakfasts that other volunteers deliver on Saturday and Sunday mornings. St. Francis taught that we should "preach the Gospel at all time, use words only when necessary." How better to honor that teaching!
CHRISTMAS BAGS FOR GRATE PATROL
We will be simplifying our Grate Patrol Christmas gift bag effort this year by adding a small item or two to our regular weekend breakfast bags for distribution on Christmas Eve. Please help make this holiday a special one for the men and women we serve. You will find a box wrapped in red Christmas gift paper near the baptismal font waiting for your donations of small toiletries. chapstick, hand warmers, travel size shampoo and soap, etc. We will collect donations through Sunday, December 18th.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group meets in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. today to continue its consideration of St. Luke's Gospel based on Luke for Everyone by Bishop N.T. Wright. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Parents of Children ages 3-12: We welcome children ages 3-6 to the Level 1 atrium beginning at 8:45 a.m., and the children will join the service before communion. For children ages 6-12, we will meet downstairs immediately following communion, and conclude by 11am. If you have any questions about these or our other children's ministries, please contact Preston Winter, preston.winter [at] gmail.com.
“ON MATTERS OF THE SOUL”
“On Matters of the Soul” will have its next meeting on Monday, December 5th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Common Room. We are talking about prayer, and you are encouraged to join us, even if you haven’t been before.
We are reading a book together on prayer by Philip Yancey, but the discussion is free-
ranging, so even if you haven’t read the book but have questions about what prayer means in your life, please feel welcome!
Questions? Contact the convener, Ed Loucks, at edloucks [at] comcast.net or 301/633-5937
YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY
A Tuesday Night Bible Study aimed at young adults/young professionals meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Common Room. The group is looking at the Gospel of St John. Each session includes time of teaching and reflecting on the Scriptures, with emphasis on their applicability to our daily lives. The group is led by Dr. Ryan Danker of Wesley Theological Seminary.
This week we pray: