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The Week of April 19, 2015
Of Special Note
This morning at the 11:15 a.m. Solemn Mass in the Presence of a Bishop, we welcome the Right Reverend Philip M. Duncan II of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, Deacon Jeff Hual's diocese. The Deacons of Honor attending Bishop Duncan are two of his seminarians.
PROVISIONAL VOTERS LIST FOR THE 2015 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
The Provisional List of "Qualified Voters" has been posted (as required) by parish by-laws and, along with the relevant by-laws provisions, is located on the Vestry bulletin board in the Pillsbury House hallway. This year's Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 following the morning Mass. As the by-laws state: "Each parishioner is responsible for verifying the presence of his/her name on both the provisional list and the final list, and bringing any questions to the attention of the Rector, the Secretary of the Vestry, or the Treasurer if there is any discrepancy." If you have any questions about this notice, please contact a Vestry member.
SUPPORT THE BISHOP WALKER SCHOOL (BWS)
The Perennial Garden Club of Washington is holding its BWS Spring Garden Workday on Saturday, April 25, 10:00-noon, at the BWS lower school campus at Holy Communion parish, 3640 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. St. Paul’s has supported this event in the past with volunteers who join Garden Club members and the BWS community to help get the school grounds ready for another season of outdoor enjoyment for the boys. Bring your gardening gloves and whatever tools you favor for a couple of hours of light gardening and fellowship. Snacks and bottled water are provided by the Garden Club.
Mark your calendars! For more information on this event and on the mission and ministry of the Bishop Walker School, please consult www.bishopwalkerschool.org or contact Pattie Kindsvater.
FRENCH MASTERWORKS & ORGAN IMPROVISATIONS WITH ROBERT MCCORMICK
Save the Date – Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit solely the St. Paul's Commission on Mission. There is a suggested minimum donation of $15 a person (but no one will be turned away). The program includes: Dialogue from the Third Suite – Marchand; Choral in A minor – Franck; Hymne: "Ave Maris Stella" - de Grigny (with chanted verses); Intermezzo from Symphony No. 3 – Vierne; Toccata – Lanquetuit; and Improvisation on submitted Easter themes.
SAINT PAUL’S PARTNERS WITH EPIPHANY IN A “COMMUNITY WALK FOR THE HOMELESS”
Samaritan Ministry is located at Church of the Epiphany in Washington (1317 G Street NW) and has an extensive ministry with, and among the homeless in their neighborhood, parallel to our Grate Patrol. They recognize the importance of our ministry and have invited us to partner with them in their Empower the Homeless (ETH) Campaign by walking with them on Saturday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m. starting at St. Paul’s.
We are organizing our efforts to host the starting point with refreshments and encouraging words and prayers at St. Paul’s, and then walk to Epiphany. We need volunteers to purchase and put out doughnuts, coffee, fruit and water, and those who want to sign up to walk. This is a great activity for families, whether all are on foot or some are in strollers, and walking together as a family and with friends will help to teach our connectedness with each other in healing the brokenness of our world by reaching out to others. Of course, we are looking for contributions from each of the walkers—those who contribute $50 or more ahead of time get a T-shirt!—and it is hoped that some of you will get pledges from others who sponsor you for each mile or portion of a mile (total distance about 1.5 miles).
Let’s WALK to claim the homeless as our neighbors! Flyers at church will tell you how to register. Please join our sister parishes in the diocese by walking on May 2. Although it is not required, you are encouraged to pre-register and/or make a donation at http://samaritanministry.org
SUMMER CAMP FOR YOUTH: 2015 Camp EDOW Dates
• Junior Camp (rising 4th-6th graders) July 26-31, 2015
• Middle Camp (rising 7th-9th graders) August 2-7,2015
The Diocese of Washington summer camp program at Lions Camp Merrick, Nanjemoy MD exists to pro mote the spiritual and emotional development of children, youth and young adults through fostering of a safe and positive environment for all. It is the goal of this program to encourage the growth of relationships with self, others and God. Registration is open now at www.edow.org/camp. For more information, contact Lynn Chernick, Camp EDOW Administrator at 202-537-6529 or email@example.com.
Formation Opportunities and Classes
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CGS)
CGS Level 1 (Ages 3-6) meets at 8:45 a.m. in the Atrium; CGS Level 2 (Ages 6-9) meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Lower Level Pillsbury House; and CGS Level 3 (Ages 9-12) meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Undercroft Room, Lower Level Pillsbury House.
Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Guild Room. The subject is “What exactly is Anglo-Catholic?” led by Fr. Dominique.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. in the Common Room. We are considering the First Letter of Peter using as a text The Early Christian Letters by Bishop N. T. Wright. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
HIC ET NUNC
Hic et Nunc (our monastic spirituality group) is now discussing The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. All are welcome to join us on Monday nights during or after the regular 5:30-6:30 p.m. services in the church. Come for any part of these very full evenings. Note: Dial the Carwithen Parlor – ext. 43 - if you arrive after 6:30 p.m. but before 8:00. For more information, contact Jo Stelzig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-426-0487.
Service and Outreach
COMMISSION ON MISSION UPDATE
One of the prefaces for the season of Lent instructs us to be “fervent in prayer and in works of mercy” as we prepare for the Paschal Feast. In that spirit, the Commission on Mission met March 24 to approve a series of donations on the parish’s behalf to four of the ministries supported by St. Paul’s. In each instance, generous designated gifts from individual parishioners provided a significant share of the funding, supplemented by allocations from the outreach funds included in the parish operating budget.
Bishop Walker School: $2500 to fund the purchase of the entire set of science materials for the school library that was the object of a fund raising effort during Advent, plus an additional $2000 for other needs.
St. Mary’s Convent Malawi: $5000 that Mother Miriam advises will be used for transshipment costs for a replacement vehicle for the Sisters’ failing SUV. The replacement car is already en route to Africa.
Georgetown Ministry Center: $2500 to help provide counseling and support services to homeless individuals in the Foggy Bottom/Georgetown area. GMC is an important resource for parish clergy when assisting people in need.
Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza: $2000 plus the proceeds of the Good Friday collection. This Episcopal run hospital provides medical care to patients in Gaza irrespective of ethnicity, religion, or ability to pay. In the wake of last summer’s fighting between Israel and Hamas and the physical devastation that resulted, the hospital has added counseling services for those traumatized as a result.
YOU ARE NEEDED – WON'T 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’s 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.
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.
PRAYER LIST (as of April 17)
This week we pray for:
• In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for good stewardship of the earth (International Earth Day: April 22); St. Mark’s Churches, DC and Fairland; St. George’s Churches, Glenn Dale, Valley Lee, and DC; and Bishop Mariann.
• In the wider Anglican Communion for Justin the Archbishop of Canterbury, Katherine the Presiding Bishop; the Diocese of Nebbi in the Province of Uganda; our sister parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, London; our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; Deacon Matthew at General Theological Seminary; Kyle at Virginia Theological Seminary, Deacon Jeff our Ministry Resident; and Deacon Carlos our seminarian assistant.
• The following who are sick or in need: Nancie, Ray, Vera, Anne, Fr. Robert, Joe, Arnitta, David, Elaine, Fr. Lane, Nick, Alyssa, Jean, Florence, Susan, Merlin, Helen, Vernon, Robert, Paul, David, Ann, Betsy, Fr. Richard, Grant, Pamela, Dorothy, Barbara, Margaret, Sister Mary Joan, Robin, Christopher, Ole, Tom, Fred, Emerson, Aimée, Bill, Lowell, Irene, Catherine, Jim, and Lawrence.
• For those who are traveling, especially Larry and Rhoda, Arnitta, Pattie and Larry.
• For the work of our Vestry and Rector Candidates.
• For a safe and healthy pregnancy for our parishioner Gwyneth.
• We give thanks for the ordination of Deacon Carlos; for our visitors and newcomers; for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.