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The Week of October 26, 2014
Of Special Note
The Altar Flowers are given by Linna Barnes and Chris Mixter to the greater glory of God and in memory of Keith Mixter.
"THE BRITISH ARE COMING!"
This Sunday, October 26, we welcome Fr. Alan Gyle, Vicar of our "sister parish", St. Paul's - Knightsbridge, London, as guest preacher at our Sung and Solemn Masses. Fr. Gyle also is the featured speaker at the Rector's Forum, and will conclude a busy Washington weekend by officiating at Evensong and Benediction.
In "a first" for our sister parish relationship, Fr. Gyle brings with him seven parish and mission/ministry leaders, who will attend Solemn Mass and look forward to meeting parishioners at the reception following.
The Knightsbridge group is engaging in conversations with their counterparts at St. Paul's, K Street, as part of a joint effort to expand the ongoing relationships between our respective leaders and to explore possibilities for joint efforts in mission and ministry. Come welcome our guests, and introduce yourselves and your ideas!
LET US KEEP THE FEAST
Two of the twelve apostles will be commemorated together on Tuesday, October 28: Saints Simon and Jude. We will celebrate their roles in advancing the Kingdom of God at the 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Masses. A simple meal will follow each service. Please come and bring a friend!
THE EVE OF ALL SAINTS DAY, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31!
This year we celebrate the Feast of all Saints on the Eve of the Day with an Organ Recital at 6:15 p.m. by Tom Winpenny (Assistant Master of the Music at St. Albans Cathedral, England) followed by a Procession & Solemn Mass at 6:45 p.m. Bishop Jelinek will be the celebrant, and Fr. Dominique will be the preacher. Music includes the Missa brevis of Jonathan Dove (new to the repertoire of this parish), and Ernest Bullock’s anthem, Give us the wings of faith. Saturday, November 1, Morning Prayer at 9:15 a.m. and Low Mass at 9:30 a.m. are also celebrated for the Feast of All Saints.
PLEASE RSVP TO YOUR INVITATION TO FULLY PARTICIPATE IN THE KINGDOM BY PLEDGING. The 2015 Stewardship Campaign is underway. This past week a letter from Bishop Jelinek and the Stewardship Co-Chairs, along with a pledge form, was mailed to all parishioners. Additional letters and forms are available at the back of the Nave. Online pledging continues to be available at www.stpauls-kst.com/pledge. This year we are doing something a little different – we are asking everyone to present his or her pledge forms during Mass on Sunday, November 2, even if you pledged online (there is a place on the form for you to check that you pledged online). In addition, the Stewardship Committee also asks that you bring items that can be used for our Grate Patrol Christmas gift bags (travel-size toiletries, lip balm, hand warmers, toothbrushes and toothpaste and the like). If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any member of the Stewardship Committee.
MONDAY, ALL SOULS DAY, NOVEMBER 3
Morning Prayer at 6:30 a.m., followed by a Low Requiem Mass 7:00 a.m.; Evening Prayer at 5:45 p.m. and Low Mass with hymns at 6:00 p.m. Names must be received by Thursday, October 30 by completing the forms available at the rear of the church. These can be placed in the offering plate or handed to one of the ushers or clergy.
CHOIR OF THE TEMPLE CHURCH, LONDON
We are delighted to announce that the world-famous Choir of the Temple Church, London, truly one of the finest choirs in London, will sing a concert at St. Paul’s on Wednesday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Roger Sayer, the program includes music of Handel, Haydn, Parry, Vaughan Williams, Michael Tippett, and John Tavener. This is a musical event that lovers of great choral music will not want to miss! Admission is free, though a free-will donation will be collected to support music at St. Paul’s. The concert will last approximately an hour.
UPCOMING SPIRITUAL SILENT RETREAT, SPONSORED BY THE DIOCESAN RETREAT COMMITTEE: November 14-16, 2014 at the Bon Secoures Retreat and Conference Center, 1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD. The theme is "The Voyage of Life” - how our lives are sacred history in art and experience. The retreat director is the Very Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of the National Cathedral of Washington, DC. All the details are available at edow.org/spiritualsilentretreat. Also, registration forms are available on the bulletin board in the Pillsbury Hallway. Please address any questions to CB Wooldridge, chair of the Diocesan Retreat Committee, at 202 338 1597.
“As You Did It to One of the Least of These . . . ."
The Commission on Mission is in need of volunteers to assist with the Winter Shelter hosted by St Paul’s from Sunday, January 4, to Sunday, January 11, 2015. Specifically, please volunteer for one or more of the following needs:
• Provide a meal for 20 people (shelter residents and volunteers) for dinner on any night from Sunday, January 4, to Saturday, January 10, 2015. You can either help cook a meal in the parish kitchen, or bring in a meal from home or a store-bought meal. Meals are served at 7:30 p.m.
• Help serve meals, clean up after meals, and interact with shelter residents during the Winter Shelter (from approximately 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.).
• Spend the night at St. Paul’s so that there is a parishioner on site to assist the professional shelter staff and serve breakfast in the morning (finish by 7:00 a.m.).
• Transport about 15 cots and duffel bags from St. Paul's to St. John's Episcopal Church, Georgetown on January 11, 2015. To help, contact GMC@stpauls-kst.com.
SAVE THE DATE: November 1 is Garden Day at the Bishop Walker School (BWS). The Perennial Garden Club of Washington is announcing its annual BWS garden day on Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the school’s Holy Communion campus. St. Paul’s parishioners have in past years supported this effort, which involves light gardening activities and general sprucing up of the BWS grounds. All you need is a pair of gloves and willing spirit. St. Paul’s Youth Corps plans to be there, so please come join them! For more details or if you are interested in getting a ride from St. Paul’s, contact Pattie Kindsvater at Kindsvater.firstname.lastname@example.org. BWS is an Episcopal School in the Diocese of Washington and currently offers tuition-free education, spiritual nourishment, and opportunity enrichment to low-income boys from Anacostia from junior kindergarten through 5th grade, and plans to grow to include 8th grade. It is one of St. Paul’s Commission on Mission’s official ministries. Please help this worthy cause in our own city!
Carpe Deum, St. Paul's 20’s and 30’s group, gathers in the Atrium every first Sunday of the month following the 10:30 a.m. Solemn Pontifical 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, November 2 at Cafe Deluxe (2201 M St. NW) and we look forward to seeing you in the Atrium after Mass.
November 7, 8: Commonplace
Commonplace is a gathering for young adults across the church. Come and hear stories, learn from best practices, worship together, and build relationships. This year, Commonplace will start at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7 with a parish/home brew competition and hymn sing. The next day, Saturday November 8 will be filled with conversation, worship, food, speakers and workshops. We are grateful to be hosted by St. Paul's Rock Creek Parish right here in DC. Let us know you're coming at our Facebook event page, which you can watch for announcements and further details.
“I publish the Banns of Marriage between Captain Clarke Cooper and Major Michael Marin of this parish. Clark and Michael are receiving pre-marital counseling here, as our parishioners. I shall officiate at their marriage at St. John’s, Georgetown, in early November, since this is something that has not been fully discerned in this parish. Fr. Peridans will preach. We do this as priests and pastors, ordained to be persons of blessing, and do not do so in this church out of respect for the discernment process here at St. Paul’s. 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 second time of asking.” ~ Bp. Jelinek
Formation Opportunities and Classes
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CGS)
CGS Level 1 (Ages 3-6) - The goal of Level 1 is to help children develop a sense of wonder about God. We know that it’s difficult for the little ones to sit through the entire Sunday Mass, so Level 1 will be offered during the Ministry of the Word at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. The atrium will open at 8:45 a.m. and your children will be brought to you in the Nave during the peace.
CGS Level 2 (Ages 6-9) - In Level 2, children begin moral formation through parables from the Gospels. Level 2 is offered between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses, so that children can attend either service with their families. Level 2 begins immediately after the end of the 9:00 Mass and ends at 11:00 a.m.
CGS Level 3 (Ages 9-12) - In Level 3, older children begin to learn the "big picture" of the Bible, such as the timeline of salvation, the world into which Jesus was born, the ministry which He proclaimed and, of course, the meaning of his death, resurrection and ascension. Level 3 also begins immediately after the end of the 9:00 Mass and ends at 11:00 a.m.
RECTOR’S FORUM meets Sunday, October 26 in the Guild Room at 10:30 a.m. The topic will be on St. Paul’s Knightsbridge by their vicar, Fr. Alan Gyle.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group meets on Sundays in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. and concludes about 11 a.m. The group continues its consideration of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. The Group bases its review on Bishop Tom Wright’s Paul for Everyone, Part 2. Wright, the former Bishop of Durham, England, is one of the Anglican Communion’s major New Testament scholars; he also wrote Paul and the Faithfulness of God, which The Washington Post included among its list of the ten most intriguing religion books of 2013. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
HIC ET NUNC Invites You
Hic et Nunc (our monastic spirituality group) is now 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 p.m. 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.
“JESUS TRAIN/AGMEN IESU: a journey to the heart of God”
Join us for the fourth leg of this six-week experience of direction, of being guided, of destination.
Our “conductor” is, of course, Jesus, full of joy, who leads us to the heart of God.
You have nothing to lose, and only today.
DROP-INS ARE WELCOME.
If you can only come one evening, please come!
This week’s reflection: “WHAT ABOUT THIS HOLY SPIRIT?” offered by Fr. Tony Lewis.
Date: WEDNESDAY, October 29.
Time: 6:40 p.m., beginning with dinner, to 8:55 p.m.
We look forward to your participation.
If interested, contact Fr. Dominique at 202-337-2020, ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILD-CARE IS PROVIDED.
Service and Outreach
The Grate Patrol, St. Paul's homeless ministry, needs your help! We are seeking donations to put together Christmas gift bags for our homeless brothers and sisters. We are asking all members of the community to donate travel size bottles of lotion, hand warmers, bars of soap, and toothbrushes. There is a box in the Atrium where you can place your donations. All donations are needed by Friday, December 12. Christmas gift bags will be put together the next day after the Advent quiet day (all are invited to help us bag gifts on Saturday December 13 starting at 2:30 p.m). We hope that you may be able to help us strengthen this ministry and together serve some of the most forgotten members of our community during this upcoming Advent and Christmas season. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please contact Carlos de la Torre – Cdelatorre@vts.edu.
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, regional assemblies and regional conveners of the Diocese; and Bishop Mariann.
• in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, for the clergy and people of the Church of Ceylon; our sister parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, London; our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; Matthew and Kyle at General Theological Seminary; Jeff and Fr. Jean our Ministry Residents; Carlos our seminarian.
• the following who are sick or in need: Nancie, Ray, Vera, Dale, Anne, Fr. Robert, Joe, Carole, Mary, Arnitta, David, Alice, Elaine, Fr. Lane, Nick, Alyson, Laura, Richard, Dorothy, Jean, Florence, Susan, Merlin, Robin, Helen, Vernon, Robert, Anne, Paul, David, Ann, Deborah, Betsy, Melvin, Gene, Fr. Richard, and Bp. Mark.
• those who are traveling, especially Tina, Deb and Fr. Peter.
• the work of our Search Committee, the Stewardship Committee and Vestry.
• the safe and healthy pregnancy for our parishioners Jennifer and Ashley.
• we give thanks for the ordination to the priesthood on October 18 of Deacon Eric Lobsinger at Merton College, Oxford, UK; our visitors and newcomers; for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.
• the repose of Keith Mixter, Fr. John Andrew and Bp. Tom Shaw.