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The Altar flowers are given by Linna Barnes and Chris Mixter to the glory of God and in loving memory of Linna Barnes’ father, James Barnes.
INSTALLATION OF THE TENTH RECTOR OF ST. PAUL’S
The Rev. Richard Wall will be installed as Tenth Rector of this Parish on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at 4 p.m., during Solemn Evensong and Benediction. Please note the time change. A reception will follow.
More details will be announced closer to the date. Please make every effort to attend this historic day in Fr. Richard's ministry and in the life of our Parish community.
A RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW FR. WALL’S INSTALLATION
Will you consider volunteering to make the reception a success? If you have been unsure about how to get involved in the life of the Parish, this is an excellent opportunity to volunteer for a discrete and fun task. And you will have the opportunity learn from and work closely with the Master of Receptions and Fellowship, CB Wooldridge! Please email Susan Granum at susangranum [at] gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.
MONTHLY PARISH REQUIEM
The next monthly Parish Requiem will be celebrated at both Masses on Friday, September 11 in the Chapel.
We will launch the year on:
September 13 “Visioning a New Year” by Fr. Richard
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP SCHEDULED TO KICKOFF SEPTEMBER 13!
To begin the new program year, Father Jeff is organizing a middle school youth group, and will be offering youth confirmation class as the starting point towards that effort. Participants will be eligible for confirmation by Easter 2016.
What is planned is a weekly meeting on Sunday evenings after Evensong and Benediction. Each gathering will include dinner (pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs, etc.) followed by a formation/confirmation class. The curriculum for the course is very much an interactive group discussion and participation model, so the classes will be formational, while at the same time being somewhat lighthearted and fun.
All youth are welcome to participate in the group regardless of whether or not they wish to be confirmed or are members of the parish. Friends of participants and other visitors will be warmly welcomed. Also, please know that the term “middle school” is being used loosely, and high school-aged youth who desire confirmation would also be welcome to participate.
In addition to these weekly gatherings, there will also be some sort of a fun outing each month. These could be just about anything the group would like to do, and would also be open to any youth wishing to participate.
For anyone who is interested in participating, there will be a planning meeting for both youth and parents following Evensong and Benediction on August 30. Parents, please bring your family calendars with you so that we may make our plans. For further information, please contact Father Jeff at hual [at] stpauls-kst.com.
HIC ET NUNC
Hic & Nunc has resumed regular Monday night meetings following the 6:30 p.m. Mass in Carwithen Parlor for dinner and discussion of our current book “The Cloister Walk” by Kathleen Norris, a Benedictine Oblate. The meetings will end as usual with silent prayer and Compline in the church. For more information, contact Jo Stelzig at jastelzig [at] yahoo.com or 703-426-0487.
SUPPLYING THE BISHOP WALKER SCHOOL (“BWS”) AS IT GROWS
BWS, a school of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington for underprivileged boys in the city’s Anacostia region, continues to expand its program, fulfilling its mission to alter the educational and social trajectory of boys of limited economic means and to prepare them for leadership and service in their community and beyond. With the addition of a sixth grade, this fall marks the launch of its middle school, the final phase of BWS development into a pre-K through eighth grade program.
St. Paul’s over the years has supported the BWS library, chapel, music, educational and grounds programs, and the Commission on Mission (“CoM”) has made BWS one of our official mission areas. Last Advent St. Paul’s raised funds to purchase the entire Scholastic Science Trio Series, classroom materials that engage readers at three levels on 20 scientific topics (e.g., volcanoes, solar system, inventions, rain forest, etc.). As the school is preparing to open its doors this September, the CoM invites parishioners to donate back-to-school supplies such as primary and colored pencils, pencil erasers, colorful/neon construction paper, masking tape, glue sticks, ruled filler paper, 1-inch binders, globes, student dictionaries, and Spanish/English dictionaries, among other necessary items. Please check out a more complete wish list at bishopwalkerschool.org. As you are purchasing back-to-school supplies for yourself or family, please consider picking up extras for a Bishop Walker boy or class. (Classes average about 15 students.) Place donations in the designated box near the baptismal font at the back of the church up through Sunday, September 19, and the CoM will get them to BWS. Thanks in advance for your generosity.
Mark Your calendars. This year’s annual Evensong at the Cathedral in honor of BWS will be October 1 at 5:30 p.m. The BWS student choir will sing and individual students and teachers will participate in the service to bless the new school year. Please come!
GRATE PATROL – NEXT STEPS
Thanks to all who have helped us keep Grate Patrol going through the summer. On August 28 and September 4, we'll be starting food prep at 2 p.m. in the Dining Room. With many on vacation and others planning long Labor Day weekends, your help is needed both these days. We've had some success with a "back-up" shift--people who are willing to come after work if we turn out to be shorthanded. Let Ann Korky know (akkorky [at] gmail.com) if you are willing to come if needed. We'll email you mid-afternoon if that's the case.
Going forward, we'd like to develop a regular monthly schedule that will facilitate the involvement of the Choir Parents who have expressed interest as well as one or more groups of people who can only come after work. To that end, we'd like to meet in the Dining Room at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 20 for a brainstorming session. Grate Patrol has been at the heart of St. Paul's outreach efforts for over 30 years. We are working to develop innovative options to sustain it for many years to come. Please join us September 20 for this important conversation.
FOGGY BOTTOM FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS NEEDED
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 near the baptismal font at the rear of the church? Canned fruits and vegetables are especially welcome. Your generosity can make a real difference.
This week we pray for: