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The Week of March 29, 2015
Of Special Note
SCHEDULE FOR PALM SUNDAY, THE TRIDUUM, AND EASTER DAY
Palm Sunday (March 29)
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
7:45 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. Ecumenical Blessing of Palms, Procession, & Solemn Mass (Washington Circle and Church)
6:00 p.m. Solemn Evensong & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Maundy Thursday (April 2)
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
5:00 p.m. Confessions
5:45 p.m. Evening Prayer
6:45 p.m. Solemn Mass
8:45 p.m. All-Night Vigil before the Altar of Repose
All Night Vigil: Please sign up on the posted sheets to watch for one hour with Our Lord at the altar of repose, from the end of the liturgy on Maundy Thursday to the beginning of the liturgy on Good Friday evening.
Good Friday (April 3)
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
11:00 a.m. Confessions
12:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy followed by Stations of the Cross
5:00 p.m. Confessions
5:45 p.m. Evening Prayer
6:45 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of the Day
Holy Saturday (April 4)
9:15 a.m. Morning Prayer/Liturgy of the Day
4:30 p.m. Children's Holy Week Liturgy, Chapel
8:00 p.m. The Great Vigil & First Pontifical Mass of Easter
Easter Day (April 5)
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass
11:15 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass
FLOWER GUILD EASTER FLOWERS
Please send in your donation for Easter Flowers! Providing your donation before Easter helps our Guild by giving them a sense of the funds they have available prior to making their purchase. Donations can be made via envelopes on the pews, a check in the offering plate with "Easter Flowers" in the memo, or via the St. Paul's website. And as always...volunteers are needed to help set up, maintain, and take down our Easter displays! If interested in volunteering please contact David Boulet (firstname.lastname@example.org/202-588-9030) or Billy Glass (email@example.com).
COMMISSION ON MISSION
Good Friday Collection: Once again this year, our Good Friday alms will directly benefit the work and witness of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. In addition to the important assistance your generosity will lend to the humanitarian institutions of the Diocese, this is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our fellow Christians in the troubled region where Our Lord lived, died and rose again. They continue to carry out His reconciling work, and your donations will help them to do so. Thanks for your support.
St. Paul's 20’s and 30’s group, gathers in the Atrium every first 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, April 4 at Cafe Deluxe (2201 M St. NW) and we look forward to seeing you in the Atrium after Mass.
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington offers a weekend silent retreat, April 10 -12, 2015 -- led by the Rev. Joan Beilstein, Rector of Church of the Ascension, Silver Spring -- on the theme "Finding Beauty in a Troubled World: Reclaiming the Sacred and Holy in God's Creation." Information at http://www.edow.org/event/699293-2015-04-10-diocesan-retreat-committee-s.... Registration forms are available on the bulletin board near the water cooler, or contact CB Wooldridge, Chair of the Diocesan Retreat Committee at 202-338-1597.
BISHOP WALKER SCHOOL
More Ways to Support the Bishop Walker School (BWS): St. Andrew’s Parish, College Park, Maryland, is celebrating African Americans’ gifts to the Episcopal Church at an Absalom Jones Service on Sunday, April 12, at 4 p.m. (In 1804 Jones became the first African American ordained priest in the US Episcopal Church.) All are invited to the service where Bishop Mariann will preside and Bishop Nathan Baxter will preach, and to a reception afterwards. The freewill offering will go to benefit BWS, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s school serving underprivileged boys east of the Anacostia in grades junior kindergarten through 5th.
Politics and Prose Bookstore at 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC, is sponsoring a shopping event on Saturday, April 18, to benefit BWS. 20% of the entire day’s proceeds will be donated to further the school’s work. Come buy those books that have been on your wish list and know that you’re also helping a good cause!
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. Ave, 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 outdoors enjoyment for the boys. Bring your gardening gloves and whatever tools you favor for a couple hours of light gardening and fellowship. Snacks and bottled water are provided by the Garden Club.
Mark your calendars! For more information on all these events and on the mission and ministry of the Bishop Walker School, please consult 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.
“I publish the Banns of Marriage between Nicholas Donald Francisco and Alyssa Claire Rumbaugh of this parish. If any of you know just cause why they may not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, you are bidden to declare it. This is the last time of asking.” -- Fr. Kyle
Formation Opportunities and Classes
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CGS)
There are no classes on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. Classes will resume on Sunday, April 12.
The Rector’s Forum will not meet on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. The Forum will resume on Sunday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Guild Room. The subject will be “Verdi’s Stiffelio: An Opera of Forgiveness” with Deacon Jeff Hual.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group will not meet on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. The Group will reconvene on Sunday, April 12 to consider the Epistle of James. The Group meets in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. and all are invited to join for one or more sessions.
HIC ET NUNC
Hic et Nunc (our monastic spirituality group) is now discussing and 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
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 March 25)
We pray for:
• In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for Calvary Church, Washington; Church of the Atonement, Washington; Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda; and Bishop Mariann.
• In the wider Anglican Communion for Justin the Archbishop of Canterbury, Katherine the Presiding Bishop; the clergy and for the peace of Jerusalem; 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 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, Michelle, Millicent, Ole, Tracy, Bruce, Catherine, Dick, Don, and Tom.
• For those who have died, remembering especially James William Dennis.
• For those who are traveling, especially Jo.
• For the work of our Vestry and Rector Candidates.
• For a safe and healthy pregnancy for our parishioner Gwyneth.
• We give thanks for our visitors and newcomers; for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.