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The Week of December 8, 2013
Of Special Note
HEALING A HURTING WORLD
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) in the Philippines: ERD offers an opportunity for all to make a donation towards disaster relief in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan. Every little bit helps. Won't you consider a donation?
COMMISSION ON MISSION GIVING
St. Paul’s Commission on Mission offers an easy way for parishioners and friends to make meaningful gifts to loved ones this Christmas or to direct their end-of-the year charitable gifts. Simply make a check payable to St. Paul’s Parish with one of the designations below on the memo line and your gift will further one of the parish’s established outreach activities. Put your check in the alms basin or send it to the parish office. Your donation will be reflected on your annual giving statement. Please use the following designations:
• CoM – Hunger/Homeless (Benefits Grate Patrol, the Salvation Army First Friday Suppers and the Georgetown Ministry Center.)
• CoM – Bishop Walker School (Benefits the Bishop Walker School, a tuition-free Episcopal School for boys in the most disadvantaged areas of the District.)
• CoM – Jerusalem (Benefits St. Savior School in Zarka, Jordan and the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza, two of the humanitarian institutions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.)
• CoM – Malawi (Benefits the planned construction of a nursery school at St. Mary’s Convent in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Malawi, a daughter house of St. Mary’s in Greenwich, NY. Individual bricks for the project are 85 cents, a finished square foot is $28. An $85 gift will purchase 100 bricks; $280 will fund 10 sq. ft. Any amount is welcome.)
ST. PAUL’S CHOIR CDs make perfect Christmas gifts! All seven recordings produced by our choirs are available for sale after both Masses during Advent in the Atrium. The proceeds of CD sales during December go to the Commission on Mission.
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, December 8 at Tonic restaurant (21st and G St NW) and we look forward to seeing you in the Atrium after Mass.
The Boys, Girls, and Parents of the St. Paul’s Choir School will host a Bake Sale after the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services and Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 8. Proceeds will benefit their upcoming tour to Williamsburg in February. Please plan to join us and purchase delicious homemade goodies!
Advent Procession with Lessons and Carols is this Sunday, December 8 with the combined choirs of St. Paul’s with works by Elgar, Handel, Willan, and others. Be sure to arrive early to get a seat, as this service is very well attended.
Deacon Elizabeth Locher will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Saturday, December 14, at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 6320 Hanover Ave, Springfield, VA. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a reception at the church. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will also celebrate the Holy Eucharist for the first time and preach the next morning at the 11:15 a.m. Mass at Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Rd, Alexandria, VA.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: Join us for a solo performance by actor and St. Paul’s parishioner Stephen Mead on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Atrium. This performance (lasting one and one quarter hour) includes the singing of familiar carols and is followed by a light reception. Families are encouraged to attend with their children, and bring rugs or cushions for them to sit on near the stage. Stephen Mead trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has performed this one-man adaptation of this classic work in the historic Guildhall in Dickens' hometown of Rochester, Kent, UK, three consecutive years.
Christmas Services 2013
Christmas Eve: Sung Mass and Blessing of the Crèche at 4:30 p.m. (please note that this is an earlier time than in past years); Solemn Pontifical Mass & Procession at 11:00 p.m. On Christmas Day, Morning Prayer will be said at 9:45 a.m., followed by a Procession & Solemn Pontifical Mass at 10:30 a.m.
The memorial service for Edie Davis’ son-in-law, Stephen Murphy, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 13, at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The service is open to all, and a reception will follow in Alumni Hall. Those who do not have a military ID should bring any picture ID and use Donations may be made in his name to Camp Kesem, a national organization that provides supportive and joy-filled summer camps for children affected by a parent's cancer. Donations may be sent by check to: Camp Kesem, PO Box 1113, Lafayette, CA 94549, noting that the donation is in memory of Stephen F. Murphy), or the Warrior Canine Connection, a unique service dog program. Donations may be sent by check, labeled in memory of Stephen F. Murphy, to: Warrior Canine Connection TM, 23222 Georgia Ave., Brookville, MD 20833 -- or online at: http://www.warriorcanineconnection.org/.
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.
We pray for
• This week in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Diocesan Latino Ministry; the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington; and for Bishop Mariann.
• In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people and clergy of the Diocese of Western North Carolina; for our Sister Parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, London; and our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; for Matthew, our postulant at General Theological Seminary; and for Jonathan, and Carlos, our seminarians.
• For the following who are sick or in need: Margaret, Nancie, Steve, Vera, Bob, Gene, Myrtle, Ray, Dorothy, Bp. Mark, Dale, Anne, Lauren, Fr. Robert, Kathleen, Gene, Tom, Hanno, Joe, Jo, Carole, Ron, Jim, Mary, Vernon, Arnitta, Sarah, David, Alice, Karin, Melissa, Elaine, Brax, Alistair, Jenaya, Fr. Lane, and Joan.
• For those who are traveling, especially CB.
• For the work of our Search Committee.
• 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 Journeys Through Scripture (6th – 8th grade). All classes meet at 10:15 AM on Sundays through the school year except as otherwise announced.
Sunday, December 8, the Adult Discussion Group concludes its year-long study of the Acts of the Apostles. In early 2014 the Group plans to address the Epistle to the Romans. In between, the Group will hear about contemporary Christians in two areas not far removed from the regions visited by St. Paul in talks by exceptionally well-informed members of the Parish. On Sundays, December 15 and 22, Ernest Latham, a retired Foreign Service Officer and author of Timeless and Transitory: 20th Century Relations Between Romania and the English-Speaking World, will describe current Christian life in Eastern Europe. In January (dates not yet firm), Fr. Peter Pham, Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, will discuss relationships between Christians and adherents of other religions in volatile regions of East Africa. The Group meets Sundays from 10:30-11:00 AM in the Common Room. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
RECTOR’S FORUM: ON THE JOURNEY, PART III
The Rector's Forum continues this Sunday, December 8, in a new location in the Guild Room on the 1st floor. All are welcome to attend the session at 10:30 a.m. in the Dining Hall.
Hic et Nunc Invites You:
On September 30, we began discussing The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. This book comprises the very imaginative letters (which the author refuses to divulge how they came into his hands) from a master devil (Screwtape) to his nephew, a novice devil. Instructions to the novice contain lots of interesting insight into how the devil is out to tempt and trap all of us, and the book offers a fun read. 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 Wednesdays at 6:45 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.