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The Week of November 30, 2014
Of Special Note
ADVENT LESSON & CAROLS
The combined choirs of St. Paul’s offer an Advent Procession with Lessons & Carols at 6:00 p.m. on the first and second Sundays of Advent, November 30 and December 7, with works by Gibbons, Darke, Hancock, and others. Be sure to arrive early to get a seat, as these services are very well attended.
There will be a reception after each service hosted by the Commission on Evangelization. Volunteers are needed for set-up, cleanup, and serving beverages. Donations of "finger food" are also needed. Items such as deviled eggs, sandwiches, chips and dip, cheese and crackers, and cookies are welcome. Please do not bring anything that needs to be heated, or eaten with a fork or spoon (no cakes or pies please.) Working on these events is fun, and we hope many of you will join us. If you have any questions or would like to donate food/help out, please contact Emily Lanza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-695-9935.
THE 3RD ANNUAL ST. PAUL’S CHOIR SCHOOL (boys', girls', and youth choirs) Bake Sale will take place after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Masses and also after Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 7. Proceeds from the sale will support the choristers' tour in February. The Director of Music will look into obtaining special dispensation for all patrons, so that calories will not count. Donations of baked goods are welcomed as well prior to any service.
ADVENT QUIET DAY
This year’s Advent Quiet Day will take place on Saturday, December 13 and be led by our Assistant Priest, Fr. Dominique, along with Liz Ward of the Shalem Institute, Washington, DC. It is entitled: Love Enfleshed: Finding God in the Silence and in the Ordinary: Advent is a season of great expectation, of great preparation for great gifts. Let us indeed prepare. Our silent mini-retreat will include sacred reflections, silent prayer, a monastic-style meal, spiritual direction or the Sacrament of Reconciliation for those who wish, all enveloped by the silence of divine love. The day begins with Morning Prayer and Mass at 9:15 a.m. and concludes with Midday Prayer at 2:00 p.m. There will be a free-will offering. Please bring a bag lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. If you are planning to attend, please send an e-mail to email@example.com so that we might get an approximate head count.
“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.
As of November 23 we have received 134 pledges totaling $502,966. Thank you to all who made their 2015 pledge commitment! If you pledged last year but have not yet submitted your 2015 pledge, we need your support to ensure the continued growth of the Parish’s mission and ministries. If you have not yet pledged, won’t you please fill in a form available in the Atrium or pledge online at http://www.stpauls-kst.com/stewardship-giving/make-pledge-commitment-201...? If you give regularly through plate giving, please consider committing to a pledge.
The Tuesday Morning Fellowship meets Tuesday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carwithen Parlor.
Carpe Deum, 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, December 7 at Cafe Deluxe (2201 M St. NW) and we look forward to seeing you in the Atrium after Mass.
Support Budding Bishop Walker School (BWS) Scientists: The just-opened libraries at BWS look great. Our parishioner Sylvia Rortvedt was on the team that catalogued and organized the collection, which was assembled from donated books, and is now teaching the boys how to use and enjoy their new resource. The school would like to add some science books to its collection along with the Scholastic Science Trio Series, a classroom toolkit that engages readers at three levels on 20 scientific topics, so that the boys have current reading material to complement the school’s science curriculum. What better way for St. Paul’s to support Bishop Walker than to ensure the boys have first-rate materials for all its future scientists? St. Paul’s Commission on Mission invites those who would like to make a contribution toward this goal to make their checks out to St Paul’s, with a note on the memo line BWS Science Materials Project. The package of materials for each topic in the Scholastic Science series (e.g., Volcanoes, Solar System, Inventions, Rain Forest, Desert, etc.) costs $125, so with a robust response we can go a long way to acquiring the series for BWS. Please keep this opportunity in mind as you consider your end-of-year giving. At the beginning of 2015 we will purchase as many topics as we can with what we have collected. Check out the BWS Facebook page for pictures of Sylvia in action with the boys in their new library space!
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.
There is an URGENT need for lectors at the 7:45 a.m. Sunday Mass. If you are willing to serve in this capacity, please contact Marcy Stanford at 202-258-8060 or Marcia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formation Opportunities and Classes
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CGS)
There are no CGS classes on Sunday, November 30.
RECTOR’S FORUM will not meet on Sunday, November 30.
Fr. Kyle has shared the slides from his rector's forum presentation, Spirituality in the Age of the Smartphone, at http://bit.ly/SpiritSmart. One resource you may particularly enjoy is Pray As You Go, a daily audio meditation in the Ignatian tradition, available from the British Jesuits at http://pray-as-you-go.org
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 or 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 (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 email@example.com or 703-426-0487.
People of the Way meets Wednesday, December 3 in the Carwithen Parlor.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bag Set-up: Any time before 3:00 p.m. Friday; Contact Tina Mallett at 202-965-9324 or email@example.com.
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.
PRAYER LIST (as of November 25)
• In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for Church of Our Saviour, Hillandale; St. Nicholas’ Parish, Darnestown; The Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Episcopal Church Women; and The United Thank Offering; Bishop Mariann.
• ]n the Anglican Cycle of Prayer for the clergy and people of the Falkland Islands; our sister parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge London; our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; Kyle and Deacon Matthew 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, 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, Fr. Richard, Susan, and Mary Claire.
• For those who are traveling, especially Juliana, Fr. Peter & Soo, Linda, Tina, and Fr. John.
• For the work of our Search Committee, our Stewardship Committee, and our Vestry.
• For a safe and healthy pregnancy for our parishioner Ashley.
• We give thanks for our visitors and newcomers; for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.
• For the repose of the soul of Hugh Shawen.