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The Week of August 17, 2014
The Search Committee is pleased to announce that the position of Rector of St. Paul's K Street is officially open for applications, and the Parish Profile has been posted to our website. A copy is displayed on the bulletin board in the hallway beside the atrium.
All applicants should go through the Diocese of Washington's website at http://www.edow.org/about/the-diocese/employment to engage in the application process. The Search Committee is not receiving applications directly, but the Diocese will forward by mid-September the applications of all candidates who are found to be in good standing in their home dioceses.
Evensong & Benediction will revert to a start time of 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. A survey of a number of regular participants in the service revealed that a change to 5:00 p.m., or even a compromise time of 5:30 p.m., would negatively impact several people. In the meanwhile, Evensong & Benediction continues at 5:00 p.m. through the remainder of August.
Help for the Episcopal Hospital in Gaza
The Episcopal hospital in Gaza, al-Ahli, is providing urgently needed medical care, food and shelter to innocent civilians caught up in the on-going fighting between Hamas and the Israeli army. Funds are needed in particular to purchase fuel to run the generators that are powering the hospital's medical facilities. Even after the current fighting ends, there will still be displaced civilians to feed and house, and the need to replace shattered windows and repair other damage the hospital compound has sustained.
There are several ways to help:
• Donations via St. Paul's Commission on Mission (checks payable to St. Paul's, with CoM-Gaza on the memo line, placed in the alms basins)
• Donations via EDOW's Jerusalem Partnership Committee (checks payable to EDOW, with CDCJ-Gaza on the memo line, sent to Church House)
• Donations via the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (which will forward funds contributed through the parish or Diocese in any case). You can contribute via their website at http://www.afedj.org/
Contact Ann Korky (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP BUDDE
Bishop Mariann has written a letter to the congregations of the Diocese of Washington regarding the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. We commend it to you; it can be found on the Episcopal Diocese of Washington's website,
To make contributions directly go to Africare website
“I publish the Banns of Marriage between Emily Wills and Christopher Barajas 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 first time of asking.” ~ Fr. Oliver
Parishioners are invited to attend the Solemn Nuptial Mass for the wedding of Emily Wills and Christopher Barajas on Saturday, September 6 at 4:00 p.m.
WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL ART EXHIBIT
Washington National Cathedral is pleased to partner with Caravan for the U.S. premiere of an interfaith arts exhibit designed to build bridges of respect, understanding, and sharing between the creeds and cultures of the East and West. The exhibit runs from Saturday, August 30 through Thursday, October 30.
AMEN: A Prayer for the World seeks to express the deep, fundamental acknowledgment of power and hope for all people. Noted Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman sculpted figures in four poses of prayer that symbolize human diversity, community, and the many forms prayer can take. The participating artists each decorated one of the life-sized fiberglass sculptures. Thirty figures painted by Egyptian artists were previously on display in Cairo. These figures join 18 figures painted by Western artists for a joint exhibition at Washington National Cathedral; all 48 figures continue to St. John the Divine.
The exhibition is co-curated by Caravan founder/president, the Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, and Reda Abdel Rahman. Caravan is an interfaith arts nonprofit organization created to encourage intercultural and inter-religious dialogue through the arts.
MINISTRY FAIR & RALLY DAY
Mark your calendars for a ministry fair and rally day on Sunday, September 21. Instead of a rector’s forum, we'll turn the atrium and other parts of St. Paul’s into an open-house space for fun, fellowship, and discovery (or rediscovery) of the many opportunities to seek and serve in our parish church (and beyond it).
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 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.
YOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT
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 at the rear of the church. Canned fruits and vegetables are especially welcome. Your generosity can make a real difference.
This week we pray for
• in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer the Diocesan Committee on the Constitution and Canons; the Diocesan Disciplinary Board; and Bishop Mariann.
• in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer the clergy and people of the Church of South India; our sister parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, London; our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; Matthew our candidate at General Theological Seminary; Jeff and Fr. Jean our Ministry Residents; and Carlos and Jacob our seminarians.
• the following who are sick or in need: Nancie, Ray, Vera, Dale, Anne, Lauren, Fr. Robert, Joe, Carole, Mary, Arnitta, David, Alice, Elaine, Fr. Lane, Nick, Alyson, Laura, Richard, Dorothy, Jean, Florence, Susan, Merlin, Robin, Helen, Richard, Lynne, Weldon, Vernon, Laurel, Robert, Anne and Bob.
• those who are traveling, especially John and Elizabeth.
• the work of our Search Committee and Vestry.
• the safe and healthy pregnancy for our parishioner Jennifer and Ashley.
• we give thanks for our visitors and newcomers; for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.
Formation Opportunities & Classes
Hic et Nunc Invites You
On Monday, August 11, Hic et Nunc (our monastic spirituality group) will begin discussing Practical Mysticism, by Evelyn Underhill. All are welcome to join us on Monday nights during or after the regular 5:30-6:30 services in the church. We begin at 6:30 with shared dinner in the Carwithen Parlor, during which we listen to readings from the Rule of St. Benedict and the Rule of the Communities of Jerusalem. After dinner we discuss the current book, and 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 after 6:30 p.m. but before 8:00. For more information contact Jo Stelzig at email@example.com or 703-426-0487.
ADULT FORMATION PROGRAM Fall 2014:
The Jesus Train
This year our adult formation program known as Pilgrims is on sabbatical. In its stead, we propose a user-friendly, six-week experience. Let us call it “The Jesus Train”. Consider letting yourself be taken for a ride — a ride with unparalleled purpose! This is about adult enrichment, of course, but above all, this is about an experience.
Who is invited to climb aboard?
Actually, everyone. Everyone should find something of interest, be enriched and have an experience:
• Persons unfamiliar with but interested in Christ and the Christian life.
• Adults who would like to be baptized.
• Baptized Christians from other “denominations” who would like to be received into the Episcopal Church.
• Those who have never been confirmed and desire this sacrament.
• Life-long, church-going Episcopalians who simply would like to engage their faith afresh.
When will this take place?
October 8—November 12, Wednesdays
Week 5, instead of the Wednesday evening gathering, we will have a special retreat:
November 7, Friday evening
November 8, Saturday half-day
How will the evenings be structured?
6:40 PM to 8:55 PM:
a meal, a presentation, a coffee break, small group conversations, and closing prayer
What themes will be explored?
In order they are:
• Christianity? Really?
• Who is Jesus?
• What is Faith?
• What about this Holy Spirit?
• The Sacraments
• This Crazy Big Thing Called Church
• OK, What Now?
Who will the presenters be?
Bishop Jim, Fr. Dominique, Fr. Tony Lewis, and Jeff Hual (our new seminary resident).
Must I participate the entire 6-weeks?
Only if you are preparing for Baptism, reception into the Episcopal Church, or Confirmation. Of course, all are encouraged to participate in as much as possible, because our wish is that you be maximally enriched.
Fellowship, teaching, sharing, and prayer: what is there not to like?
You have nothing to lose, and only to gain…
Questions? Contact Fr. Dominique at 202-337-2020, ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.