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The Week of March 9, 2014
Of Special Note
SPRING FORWARD! DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins Sunday, March 9.
FLOWER GUILD ARRANGEMENTS
In order to keep the flower fund in good standing in 2014, a few changes are being made to how donations are handled. The fixed amount of $150 will be requested for high altar donations; and donations need to be made at least two (2) weeks in advance so the funds are present before the flowers are purchased (funeral mass floral donations do not need to be made in advance if timing is a challenge). Donors are encouraged to use the church website to make the donation as it is instantaneous and readily visible. Your Easter and Christmas donations are welcome anytime, though receiving them early helps the guild make more informed purchase decisions. If you're unable to donate the needed amount (or if you wish to donate more), please contact the guild so the arranger can be made aware of your special situation and modify the floral purchase accordingly. More details are printed at the rear of the church next to the donation sign-up sheet. If you have any questions please contact David Boulet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-588-9030 or Billy Glass at email@example.com or 202-581-4162.
PARISH SURVEY REMINDER: If you did not receive the parish email containing the link to the online survey, or if you have not received a hard copy by U.S. Mail, please call the parish office (202-337-2020) to request that one be mailed to you or ask a member of the Search Committee for a hard copy on Sunday morning. One way or another, please join in and complete the survey!
If you want to set up a recurring credit card charge or bank account debit to pay a 2014 pledge, please contact the Assistant Treasurer, Jenny Brake, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, automatic charges set up for 2013 do not continue into 2014. Contribution statements for 2013 have been issued. If you did not receive a statement or have any questions about your contributions for 2013, please contact the Treasurer, Ann Schnorrenberg, at email@example.com.
Parishioners, if you requested pledge envelopes for 2014, they are available for pickup in the Atrium.
LENT MADNESS 2014
This all kicks off on “Ash Thursday,” March 6, and will continue throughout the 40-day season of Lent. To participate, log onto www.lentmadness.org, where you can also print out a bracket and fill it out to see how you fare or “compete” against friends and family members. Like that other March tournament, there will be drama and intrigue, up-sets and thrashings, last-minute victories and Cinderellas. Here’s how it works: on the weekdays of Lent information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. If you’re looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey.
TUESDAYS in LENT PROGRAM (beginning March 11)
Cultivating Life at St. Paul’s: A Lenten Conversation. As part of our Lenten journey, we will gather on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm for a light supper and discussion. Our focus will be on how we cultivate the life of discipleship in this time of transition. Each evening will be co-presented by members of the clergy staff and lay leaders. Dinner is pot luck, so please bring something to share. On Tuesday, March 11 the discussion will be on worship and liturgy.
All newcomers in the past year and a half are invited to a wine and cheese party at the rectory on Sunday, March 16 at 7:15 p.m. The rectory is just around the corner from the church at 957 25th St NW. There will be a group walking over from the church immediately following Evensong and Benediction or you can come directly to the rectory on your own. If you have attended any of the last few parties, you are still invited to this one as well. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Granum at SusanGranum@gmail.com or 202.244.4611.
The Rt. Rev. James Montgomery, Bishop of Chicago, Res., will celebrate the Solemn Eucharist on Sunday, March 9. This will be one of his last Sundays in Washington before moving back to Chicago. If anyone wishes to contribute to a gift in his honor, you are welcome to send/give a check with due notification. Since Bp. Montgomery does not need to move yet one more thing back to Chicago, we are considering a suitable item for our worship use which will honor him. Please be present to honor this beloved friend of St. Paul's and to so many of us.
John Bohl has accepted the offer of the vestry for a combined position of Parish Administrator and Assistant Director of Music, effective immediately. John's administrative office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Evenings and weekends hours are reserved for work in the music department and playing services. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please do not use his personal email address (should you have it!) for church related business.
SOMETHING BROKEN? Have you found a window broken? How about a door that won't lock properly? If so, please let the parish office know immediately by calling 202-337-2020 (extension 13) and leave a message, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we don't know that it's broke, we can't fix it!
Carpe Deum, St. Paul's 20’s and 30’s group, gathers in the Atrium every second 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, March 9 at Tonic restaurant (21st and G St) and we look forward to seeing you in the Atrium after Mass.
The GWU Canterbury Club/College Ministry at St. Paul’s welcomes you! If you are a college student in any of the D.C. metro colleges and would like to get involved in the life of St. Paul’s, please contact Carlos de la Torre at Cdelatorre@vts.edu. St. Paul’s college ministry is committed to connecting all college students to a place of worship, prayer, and fellowship; a place you can call a spiritual home.
This week we pray for
• In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer the Episcopal Relief and Development; Companions in World Mission; the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church; and Bishop Mariann.
• In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer the people and clergy of the Church of England; for our sister parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, London; our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; Matthew our postulant at General Theological Seminary; Charles a postulant at Holy Cross Monastery; Deacon Jean our Ministry Resident; and Jonathan and Carlos our seminarians.
• The following who are sick or in need: Nancie, Vera, Bob, Gene, Bp. Mark, Dale, Anne, Lauren, Fr. Robert, Gene, Tom, Hanno, Joe, Carole, Jim, Mary, Vernon, Arnitta, David, Alice, Elaine, Fr. Lane, Fr. Geoffrey, Nick, Alyson, Ike, Laura, Joan, Katie and Dot.
• The work of our Search Committee.
• For a safe and healthy pregnancy for our parishioner Rachael.
• We give thanks for our visitors and newcomers; for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.
Formation Opportunities & Classes
St. Paul’s offers Christian formation to our young parishioners from age 3 through 8th grade through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Pre-K – 5th grade) and Journey Through Scripture (6th – 8th grade). All classes meet at 10:15 AM on Sundays during the school year except as otherwise announced.
Rector's Forum will meet in the Library at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.
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 for Everyone, Romans: Part I. 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 AM and concludes about 11 AM. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
Hic et Nunc Invites You
We have begun discussing Here and Now by Henri Nouwen. All are welcome to join us on Monday nights as we begin with shared dinner in the Carwithen Parlor at 6:30 p.m., after 5:30—6:30 services in the church. We 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 before 8:00 p.m. If after, dial the Sacristy - 16 - but not after 8:30 p.m. (won’t be heard). For more information contact Jo Stelzig at email@example.com, or 703-426-0487.
Pilgrims in Christ, 2013-2014: Class meets on Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. in the Guild Room.
People of the Way meet on Thursdays at 6:40 p.m. in the Carwithen Parlor.
Service and Outreach
SAINT PAUL'S CARES! Did you know that the St. Paul’s Pastoral Care Team can assist you in in getting connected with someone who can bring you to church periodically? The availability of rides depend your location, volunteer resources available, and the mass you wish to attend. Please contact us at 202-337-2020 ext. 31, or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filling out a blue pastoral care card found on the visitors' table in the Atrium. You may also speak to a member of the clergy.
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: 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.
You Give Them Something to Eat
Foggy Bottom Food Pantry: Cuts in the federal food stamp program mean that those in need will be even more reliant on food pantries to meet their families' basic nutritional needs. As Thanksgiving approaches, 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 nave. Canned fruits and vegetables are especially welcome. Your generosity can make a real difference this winter.