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MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY AND INAUGURATION DAY
Monday, January 16, and Friday, January 20, are both federal holidays. There will be Low Mass at 8:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer. The church offices will be closed both days.
ORDINATION OF PAUL BENJAMIN MOBERLY TO THE SACRED ORDER OF DEACONS
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, The Right Reverend Thomas Clark Ely, Bishop of Vermont, ordained our seminarian assistant, Paul Benjamin Moberly, to the Sacred order of Deacons in Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church at his sponsoring parish of St. Michael’s, Brattleboro, Vermont. Please keep Paul in your prayers. He is back with us at St. Paul’s today. Please greet our new Deacon at coffee hour this morning!
BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY
Join us for our Epiphany sessions of our Christian formation program on Wednesday evenings. The evening begins with Evening Prayer and Mass at 5:45 and 6:00 p.m., 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 the first two Wednesdays in our Epiphany series:
January 18: “I Believe in God the Father” presented by The Rev’d. Dr. Katherine Sonderegger, The William Meade Professor of Systematic Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary
January 25: “I Believe in God the Son,” presented by Fr. Shawn Strout
VISITATION BY THE BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE
On January 22, The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (transferred), the Bishop of Washington, The Rt. Rev’d. Mariann Edgar Budde, will be the celebrant and preacher at a combined Solemn Mass at 10:30 in the morning. Please note that, other than the early Low Mass at 7:45 a.m., this will be the only Mass that Sunday. Music will be sung by the Parish Choir and the Girl and Boy Choristers. Evensong and Benediction will be as usual at 6:00 p.m.
RECEPTION FOR BISHOP’S VISITATION
We are planning a festive reception to follow the 10:30 a.m. combined Mass on January 22, when Bishop Mariann will be joining us in celebration of our Patronal Feast and Sesquicentennial. There will be a birthday cake and beverages provided; but, we need donations of finger food. There will be sign-up sheets posted in the Atrium for the following:
--small skewers of cheese and salami cubes
You also can contact Ann Korky (akkorky [at] gmail.com) with your offer of help. Cash donations also are welcome; checks should be made payable to St. Paul’s annotated with “January 22 reception” on the memo line.
GENERATIONS OF GENEROSITY -- PLEASE GIVE!
Thanks to so many for your support! As of January 6th, we have made more progress toward our goal, but are still pressing forward in faith and hope. If you have not yet been able to send in your pledge, there is still time. We have reached 159 pledges, for a total of $602,000. We urge all who have not yet made a pledge of financial support to do so as soon as you are able, as the Vestry will meet on January 31 to determine our final budget for 2017. Our goal is to reach $750,000 for this fiscal year.
Please note, there are three ways to pledge:
VTHE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE (CANDLEMAS)V
We will pleased and privileged to welcome The Rt. Rev’d. Frank Griswold, former Presiding Bishop of the Episcpal Church in the USA, as our presider and preacher on the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) at 6:45 in the evening on Thursday, February 2, when, according to ancient custom, candles for the liturgical year will be blessed. Bishop Griswold is a long-standing friend of the parish. A reception in the Atrium will follow.
PLEDGE ENVELOPES FOR 2017
Pledge envelopes are available in the Atrium, for those who requested them. If you have pledged and don’t see your name, and would like to use envelopes for 2017, please fill out the form on the table and leave it in the box.
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:
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, non-perishable items will help keep local families fed this winter. 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.
What better way is there to honor the Lord's incarnation than to uplift in some way the life of a needy person? An opportunity is at hand - our Grate Patrol is looking for help preparing and delivering breakfast on weekends to the dozens of homeless people in our area.
Preparation of 400 bags takes place in the Parish Hall from 2:00-3:30 pm each Friday. All help is welcome -no advance notice is necessary. Index 17 on the front or back door keypad to be "buzzed in."
Delivery takes about 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings - 5:45 - 9:00 am. We meet in the church parking lot and follow 2 distinct routes to deliver meals and hot coffee. Please contact Glenn Marsh to schedule this - 703 622-6464 or gmarsh338 [at] outlook.com.
Thank you for your blessing of help during the holidays and throughout the year.
Rector’s Forum resumes today, January 15, 2017, “Midwives, Moses and Mayhem – The Exodus Story”, presented by Fr. Shawn Strout. Rector’s Forum meets in the Dining Hall on Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. All are welcome; please come!!
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Group will resume meeting in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. 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.
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 Book of Revelation. 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: