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The Week of May 19, 2013
Of Special Note
Fr. Oliver and Fr. Humphrey will both be out of town the week of May 19. Fr. Oliver will be on vacation through May 25 and Fr. Humphrey will be away from the afternoon of the 19 through the 24 at a clergy gathering in Colorado. In their absence, Fr. Thomas Williams is the primary pastoral contact; he will be in residence in the Rectory and may be reached in an emergency at 319-321-9620.
Personal Tour for Saint Paul’s Parishioners: Andrew Robison, curator of “Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors and Prints from the Albertina” at the National Gallery of Art is offering a personal tour for this exhibit to St. Paul’s parishioners on Wednesday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. The tour is FREE, but sign-up is requested. If interested, please contact with Nancy Work at email@example.com or 301-320-5769. The exhibit features 137 of Dürer’s religious and secular works on paper. Dürer’s drawing “The Praying Hands,” one of the world’s most famous religious images, is in the exhibition, as are numerous Christ, Calvary, the Virgin and other biblical subjects. Many of St. Paul’s service leaflets feature Dürer woodcuts, most recently those of Holy Week and Easter.
Annual Parish Meeting -- Provisional Voter List: A provisional list of voters eligible to cast votes at the Parish annual meeting on Saturday, June 8 has been posted on the Vestry bulletin board in the first floor hallway of Pillsbury House. Each parishioner is responsible for verifying the presence of his or her name on the provisional list and bringing questions to the attention of the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Treasurer (email@example.com) if there is any discrepancy. Parishioner verification of the provisional list is important.
Congratulations go to head boy chorister, Ethan McKelvain, who has been awarded the role of Young Davis in the Washington National Opera's Kennedy Center performance of the new opera “Approaching Ali.” Performances in the Terrace Theater are on June 8 and 9 and tickets are $30. For further information, see http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=ONOMA.
The Altar Flowers are given by Richard Best to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the work and ministry of the Reverend Andrew L. Sloane.
Donations for Altar Flowers: Are you interested in providing the Sunday altar flowers? It is quite simple – all you need do is to sign up for a Sunday on the Altar Flowers Sign-up Sheet located at the back of the church near the track rack. Donation is $125 - $150 and the check should be made payable to St. Paul’s Parish with “Altar Flowers” written on the memo line. Requests should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the requested flowers so the Altar Flower Guild has time to arrange a team.
Altar Guild -- Help Needed: The Altar Guild is looking for a few good friends to help with worship, by setting-up for services, and cleaning up afterward. Help is needed on weekdays as well as weekends. No experience is necessary, as new members work alongside experienced members for several weeks, before being given a regularly assigned time and day. If you are interested in joining the Altar Guild, please contact: Kathy Dirks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Paul’s Youth Corps is an exciting new effort to involve middle and high school aged volunteers in activities around the parish, in partnership with other St. Paul’s ministries. Beginning in September, this group will invite students to contribute to the church community, meet new people, and earn school service hours — all in a fun, social setting. Please contact Gwyneth Zakaib at email@example.com or Alistair Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re a student interested in joining up, or if you’re interested in partnering with the Youth Corps on a project or activity.
Hearing Assistance Devices: Our hearing assistance devices are missing. Did you inadvertently take one home with you? On your next visit to the church please bring it with you and then leave it with an usher on your way out the door.
Free Stretching Exercise Class: Classes are every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the St. Stephen Martyr Parish Hall. The class lasts about an hour and a half with certified Tai Chi Instructor Mai-Ly Phan. Enter the Parish Pall on 25th Street, (just down from Pennsylvania Avenue). Increase your flexibility and balance. (Be sure to consult your physician first.) Invite a friend, bring an exercise mat, a towel and some water.
Hymnals: From time to time it becomes necessary to replenish our stock of hymnals; they become worn after a long period of use. You are invited to help us purchase replacement copies, as there are not funds in the budget to do so. They make excellent and long-lasting memorial gifts; a memorial plate can be placed in the front cover. (The Hymnal 1982 will not be revised or replaced in the foreseeable future, so we can expect to use our current books for another decade at an absolute minimum.) The cost is $30/each including shipping; please make a check out to St. Paul’s Parish with “Music Special—Hymnals” in the memo line.
St. Paul’s Parking Lot
Until the arrival of the Interim Rector, the parking space reserved for the Rector is now for the sole use on Sundays and Special Services of the Priest-in-Charge’s family or guests, thereby freeing up an unreserved space elsewhere in the lot. On weekdays and Sunday evenings, feel free to park there if no other space is available and there is no orange cone reserving it.
The parking space reserved for the Assistant Director of Music has now been assigned to Fellow in Music, Joshua Stafford, and Bob Motes, Honorary Assistant Director of Music. Please note also that particularly such times as Sunday and weekday evenings (never more so than before Evensong or holy day services), the Director of Music’s space, even if unclaimed 20 minutes before the service, is never available.
Parish Picnic: Bravo and Brava to all! Thanks to Robert and Kate from for organizing the Parish picnic event and directing the proceeds to Commission on Mission outreach activities. A fun time for all with a great result! If you have an idea for a fun, community-building activity or event that you would be willing to take the lead on, please don't hesitate to be in touch with Fr. Humphrey at email@example.com.
We pray for
• This week in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for St. Dunstan’s Church, Bethesda.
• In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Diocese of North and South Dakota (Province VI, The Episcopal Church); for our Sister Parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, London; our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; for Deacon Elizabeth and Ben Locher on their mission in Tanzania; and for Matthew Welch, our postulant at General Theological Seminary.
• For the following who are sick or in need: Margaret, Julia, Nancie, Steve, Vera, Larry, Allen, Bob, Gale, Ken, Steve, Bob, Gene, Christopher, Rob, Jessica, Myrtle, Robert, Frances, Kurt, Dawna, Alice, George, Ray, Dale, Fr. Thomas, Bob, Dorothy, Bp. Mark and Brian.
• For those who are traveling, especially Rosi, Deb and Ed.
• For those who are deployed to areas of conflict, especially Tim and Dirk.
• For safe and healthy pregnancies for our parishioners: Jessica Simpson, Barb Hicks Suiter, and Allison Winter.
• We give thanks for our visitors and newcomers, and for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.
• We give thanks for the volunteer ministries of our older adults in and from this place.
Summer Camp for Youth – Send a child to camp this summer!
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington youth ministry Camp (EDOW) for 4th-8th graders is July 28 through August 2, 2013. It will be at Lions Camp Merrick in Nanjemoy, MD. Do you know a child (godchild, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, or a neighbor’s child) who could benefit from a week of summer camp? Sponsor a child or send your child to EDOW this summer. Registration is open at www.edow.org/camp. If you have any questions about Camp EDOW, please contact Sarah Stonesifer at 301-275-6898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formation Opportunities & Classes
The Adult Discussion Group will not meet on Sunday, May 19 but will meet the following Sunday, May 26.
Hic et Nunc (Here and Now) invites you to come for any part or all of our Monday night program to share in the appreciation and growth of monastic spirituality via silence, prayer, holiness and fellowship. We gather every Monday for Evening Prayer and Mass, followed at 6:30 p.m. in the Carwithen Parlor by shared dinner, reading of monastic rules of St. Benedict and of the Communities of Jerusalem, and discussion of a book on spirituality. We are currently reading “The Varieties of Religious Experience” by William James. We end with silent prayer at 8:00 p.m. and sung Compline at 8:30 p.m. (In case you arrive after 6:30 p.m., call extension 43 from the intercom phone near the front or back door for entry.) Contact Jo Stelzig at 703-426-0487 or email@example.com for more information.
Pilgrims in Christ meets on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Guild Room.
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 Preparation: 2.30 - 4.30 p.m. every Friday; Contact Lucky Ajueyitsi: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Food Delivery: 5:30 a.m. each Saturday & Sunday, Contact Glenn Marsh: Marsh_Glenn@emc.com.
• Bag Set-up: Any time before 3:00 p.m. Friday; Contact Tina Mallett at 202-965-9324 or email@example.com.
Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) is committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders, to addressing community issues such as homelessness, poverty, and injustice, and to holding elected and corporate officials accountable in Washington. Volunteers are desired to join in advocacy efforts and represent St. Paul’s at meetings. Those interested should contact Deacon Eric Lobsinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You Give Them Something to Eat: Our food drive for the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry continues. Your donations of non-breakable, non-perishable staples (peanut butter, tuna, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, rice mixes and the like) are making a real difference in the lives of those in need.