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The Week of December 21, 2014
Of Special Note
2015 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
Our Stewardship Campaign for 2015 is still very much underway, but we are running out of time. Since December 2 we have made headway but we still are behind. So we are making a final push for 100% participation. As of December 14 we have received 150 pledges totaling $601,006. Thank you to all who made their 2015 pledge commitment! As of this date, we are about 54 pledges shy of last year’s pledges; and we are down $90,100 from 2014. If you have not pledged yet, please join your fellow parishioners and make your pledge today. Pledge forms are available in the atrium, as well as on line at http://www.stpauls-kst.com/stewardship-giving/make-pledge-commitment-201.... The Parish depends on pledges to make its annual operating budget, which ensures that the clergy and staff are paid; the building, organ and physical plant are maintained; and the Parish ministries and mission are supported. Through your continued support and generosity, St. Paul’s will continue to grow in mission and ministry.
YEAR END CONTRIBUTIONS
Parishioners often make contributions at the end of the year and wonder how St. Paul’s determines in which year to record the contribution for a parishioner's tax records. Everyone should be aware of the IRS rules by which St. Paul’s operates regarding contributions received after January 1. The church safes will be checked on January 1. The contributions placed in the safes will be recorded on the 2014 contribution record if the date on the check is December 31, 2014 or earlier. When contributions arrive by mail after January 1, the postmark will be checked on the envelopes. We will assume that any letter with a postmark of January 2 and earlier was in the mailbox by December 31 and thus will be recorded as 2014 contributions if the check is dated December 31 or earlier. Contributions in envelopes with postmarks of January 3 and after will be credited as 2015 contributions. At any time of the year, parishioner may always designate either the 2014 or 2015 St. Paul's budget year in which a contribution should be counted, but the date of the contribution for tax purposes will be when it is given.
“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: 1) 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. 2) 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.). 3) 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.
Long time parishioner Alice Tilson died on Saturday, December 13. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Paul's on Monday, January 5, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
The 2015 Ordo Kalendars will be available for purchase ($5.00) during the coffee hours following the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday Masses.
CHRISTMAS DECORATING AT ST. PAUL’S
The Flower Guild can use your help! We will begin decorating Saturday, December 20 and continue through Wednesday afternoon, December 24. We’ll get going by 11:00 a.m. each morning, winding down by dinner, and folks can come and go as they please. We especially need helpers Christmas Eve Day to help tidy up before Mass (and will need helpful hands to take down the displays after Epiphany). Our needs are varied, so chances are we have a task to suit your interests, skills, and available time. Please contact Billy Glass at 202-581-4162 or via email at email@example.com if you’d like to help out. Garden donations of boxwood, holly, magnolia, are welcome, and you can also support our efforts with financial contributions; envelopes for that purpose can be found in the pews.
The clergy are available to hear confessions before or after daily masses on the days before Christmas, or, as always, by appointment, which is our general practice.
• Monday, 12/22 at 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. with Fr. Peridans
• Tuesday. 12/23 at 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. with Fr. Beniste
• Tuesday, 12/23 at 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. with Bp. Jelinek
CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2014
Christmas Eve: Sung Mass and Blessing of the Crèche at 4:30 p.m. and 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 Mass at 10:30 a.m.
SUPPORT BUDDING BISHOP WALKER SCHOOL (BWS) SCIENTISTS:
I am a child of God, created in His image. These words begin the BWS honor code said by the boys during chapel and are prominently displayed in both the lower and upper school locations. It is but one sign of many of the values that the school nurtures in the tuition-free education and Christian formation it provides to boys who come from some of the least well off areas of the city. St. Paul’s Commission on Mission (CoM), which adopted BWS last year as one of our official outreach ministries, invites those who would like to contribute to the important work of the Bishop Walker School to consider doing so during this end-of-year giving period. The school has indicated the need for library and classroom scientific reading materials, so we are soliciting monies to purchase as many installments as possible of the Scholastic Science Trio Series, a classroom toolkit that engages readers at three levels on 20 scientific topics. Please note “BWS Science Materials Project” on the memo line of your checks made out to St. Paul’s. The future scientists of BWS thank you in advance for making it all possible.
St. Paul’s CDs
Again this year, all proceeds from sales of St. Paul's music CDs during Advent (our CDs make great Christmas gifts!) will go to St. Paul’s Commission on Mission. This is a microcosm of exactly how our glorious liturgy and music can directly grow into mission and outreach. We will try to have someone on hand at coffee hours during Advent to sell CDs; additionally, recordings can be purchased online at http://stpauls-kst.com/music/choir-recordings.
INTRODUCTION TO HEBREW
Do you have some extra time in the evening during the month of January? Are you interested in learning about one of the Bible's original languages? If so, you may want to register for a 10-session evening school class at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. Introduction to Hebrew costs $150, or $125 if you register by December 15. It's being taught by Fr. Kyle's wonderful Hebrew teacher, Dr. Susan Sullivan. For more information: https://give.vts.edu/introduction-to-hebrewJan2015.
Formation Opportunities and Classes
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CGS)
CGS Level 1 (Ages 3-6) meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Atrium; CGS Level 2 (Ages 6-9) meet at 10:15 a.m. in the Lower Level Pillsbury House; and CGS Level 3 (Ages6-9) meet at 10:15 a.m. in the Undercroft Room, Lower Level Pillsbury House.
RECTOR’S FORUM meets Sunday, December 21 in the Guild Room at 10:30 a.m. The topic will be on “This Christmas (Baby Jesus, Please Come Home!)” with Deacon Jeff. Please note that there will be no Rector's Forum on Sundays, December 28 and January 4. We will resume on Sunday, January 11.
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. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
HIC ET NUNC (our monastic spirituality group) meets on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the Carwithen Parlor with a shared dinner during which we listen to readings from the Rule of St. Benedict and the Rule of the Communities of Jerusalem and close in the church with 15-30 minutes of silent prayer followed by Compline at 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Jo Stelzig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-426-0487.
Service and Outreach
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 at the rear of the church? Canned fruits and vegetables are especially welcome. Your generosity can make a real difference.
Grate Patrol Gift Bags: The Commission on Mission extends huge thanks to all who helped make our Grate Patrol Christmas gift bag effort a success again this year. Special thanks to the young people of our community, both choristers and members of the Youth Corps, who gave of their and talent to decorate and assemble the bags themselves last Friday and Saturday afternoons. The choir parents pitched in as well, as did Music Director Robert McCormick, whose support for this annual effort remains invaluable. Gwyneth Zakaib and the Youth Corps led the charge after the Advent Quiet Day to complete the assembly process, and CB Wooldridge, Tina Mallett and our Seminarian Assistant Carlos de la Torre assisted in a variety of ways with all the necessary preparations. And none of this would have been possible without the generosity of so many in the parish who donated the gift items that will bring a measure of comfort and a reminder of God's love to those on the streets who will receive them. Thanks to all for making this possible.
PRAYER LIST (as of December 11)
We pray for:
• In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, St. John’s Churches of St. John’s in Beltsville, Fort Washington, and Mt. Rainier; and Bishop Mariann.
• In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, for the clergy and people of Kontagora in the Province of Lokoja, Nigeria; our sister parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, London; our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; Deacon Matthew and Kyle at General Theological Seminary; Fr. Jean and Deacon Jeff our Ministry Residents; and Carlos our seminarian assistant.
• The following who are sick or in need: Nancie, Ray, Vera, Anne, Fr. Robert, Joe, Carole, Arnitta, David, Elaine, Fr. Lane, Nick, Alyson, Laura, Jean, Florence, Susan, Merlin, Robin, Helen, Vernon, Robert, Anne, Paul, David, Ann, Betsy, Fr. Richard, Susan, Grant, Pamela, Dorothy, Carol Ann, Barbara, Kay, Sister Mary Joan, the Tilson family, Janis, Fr. Travis and his family, Nancy, Hannah, Alfred, and Sybil.
• Those who are traveling, especially Fr. John (Lodu), Jonathan, Alistair, Ben, Kris, Ed and Deb.
• The work of our Search Committee Stewardship Committee, and Vestry.
• We give thanks for the birth of a baby boy to Ashley Clark, for our visitors and newcomers; for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.
• For the repose of the soul of Alice Tilson.