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The Week of January 25, 2015
Of Special Note
ST. PAUL’S PATRONAL FEAST
Sunday, January 25, 2015 we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, our Patronal Feast, at all Masses.
2015 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
Our Stewardship Campaign for 2015 update. We continue to make headway but we still are behind last year and are making a final push for 100% participation. Through your continued support and generosity, St. Paul’s will continue to grow in mission and ministry. As of January 20 we have received 181 pledges totaling $654,828. Thank you to all who made their 2015 pledge commitment! We are still 24 pledges shy of last year’s pledges; and we are down $37,000 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....
2015 pledge envelopes are available in the Atrium for pick up. If you would like pledge envelopes (weekly or monthly) and do not see a packet for you, please fill out the request form on the table in the Atrium. You can also contact Linna Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTINUING OUR DISCERNMENT: SACRED CONVERSATIONS
In December the Vestry wrote the parish about its discernment of the mind of the parish with regard to women priests celebrating the Holy Eucharist at the altars of St. Paul’s. They also wrote that discernment about blessing same sex unions is on-going. We have scheduled several events in the next week for these conversations:
• Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 - 7:45PM Guild Room (Fr. Dominique)
• Sunday, February 1, 10:30 -11:45AM Guild Room (Bp. Jim)
• Sunday, February 1, 12:45 - 2:00PM Guild Room (Bp. Jim)
(NOTE: The session on February 1 will be a complete session intended for those who attend the 9:00 a.m. Sung Mass. If you plan to attend the 11:15 a.m. Solemn Mass, you will miss a significant part of the presentation and the discussion, perhaps leaving you with a much more limited understanding of this than others will have. Those who wish to attend the 11:15 a.m. Mass are encouraged to stay after for the 12:45 p.m. session.)
We will begin with a reading of the actual liturgy as posted on the website of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, with people chosen to take the parts of the priest, deacon/prayer leader and the couple. We shall omit lections and make a choice about the optional prayers so it flows as a liturgy should. Ahead of that time, you may also go to the same place on the EDOW website for a short introduction that touches on the theology of the liturgy.
For a much more extensive theological presentation, please follow the link to the website of The Episcopal Church which accompanies this. It is an extensive piece, which is too costly to download, print and distribute, but very worthwhile reading as part of this discernment, and we encourage you to do so, at least the theological discussion from pages 15 to 58. During our sessions, we shall try to summarize the theological points made in that document, without advocacy and for your benefit. Once all is presented, we shall have the discussion with everyone who wishes to speak and listen.
UPCOMING CARPE DEUM GATHERING
Carpe Deum, St. Paul's 20's and 30's group, will gather in the Atrium following the 11:15 a.m. Solemn Mass on Sunday, February 1, and head to Cafe Deluxe (2201 M St. NW) for our monthly after Mass bunch. Whether this is your first time at St. Paul's or you're a long time member or somewhere in between, you are invited! We look forward to seeing you in the Atrium after Mass.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1: The Blessing of Candles, Procession, Solemn Evensong and Benediction on the Eve of Candlemas (The Feast of the Presentation) at 6:00 p.m. Bishop Jim will preside and Evensong will be sung by the Parish Choir, featuring music of Herbert Howells, Leo Nester, and a newly composed set of Preces and Responses for Washington National Cathedral by regular Parish Choir singer and sub Stephen Caracciolo. The congregation is asked to gather in the Atrium for the start of the service at 6:00 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. (after Low Mass) Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Fellowship Meal. Details to follow.
ASH WEDNESDAY INFORMATION
Confessions: As we approach the season of Lent, you are invited to contact any member of the clergy to schedule a time for private confession, as is our custom.
Wednesday, February 18 is Ash Wednesday. There will be low Masses at 7:00 a.m. and Noon; the Solemn Liturgy of the day will be at 6:45 p.m., with ashes imposed at all three services.
WANT TO EVANGELIZE?
On Ash Wednesday, February 18, St. Paul's will once again offer the distribution of ashes at the Foggy Bottom metro station from 8:00--10:00 a.m., and again at 3:30--5:30 p.m. We will need help passing out brochures and offering friendly faces and faithful conversation with our brothers and sisters in the community. If you are interested in helping, please contact Fr. Kyle at email@example.com.
“I publish the Banns of Marriage between Ioana Brandus and Ernest Latham 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. Dominique
FROM THE PARISH ADMINISTRATOR:
All announcements and notices for the weekly bulletin/online notices are due to Jenny Brake at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 2:00 p.m. Tuesday before the Sunday they are to be printed. Please note that all notices are subject to editing and will be included as space permits. The clergy and staff are especially thankful to Jenny Brake, Paul McKee and Patrick White, for the many volunteer hours it takes to prepare, publish and print on a weekly basis.
Formation Opportunities and Classes
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CGS)
CGS Level 1 (Ages 3-6) meets at 8:45 a.m. in the Atrium; CGS Level 2 (Ages 6-9) meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Lower Level Pillsbury House; and CGS Level 3 (Ages 6-9 9-12) meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Undercroft Room, Lower Level Pillsbury House.
The Rector’s Forum will not meet Sunday, January 25 but will reconvene on Sunday, February 1 when Bishop Jim will guide us through a reading of “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant” (for same-gender relationship). More information can be found in the above announcement about “Continuing our Discernment.”
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
On January 25 and February 1, the Adult Discussion Group will present an anticipatory look at the current exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, "Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea," by John Schnorrenberg, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The exhibition brings together more than 60 paintings, sculptures, and textiles from the Vatican Museum, the Louvre, the Uffizi, and other European museums to explore images of the BVM by major Renaissance and Baroque artists including Botticelli, Michelangelo, Pontormo and Gentileschi. This is a great opportunity for area residents to see these artworks, many exhibited for the first time in the United States; Professor Schnorrenberg will provide background and a brief introduction. All are welcome to join the Group for one or more sessions. The meetings begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Common Room. Information about additional gallery talks at the National Museum of Women in the Arts can be found at http://nmwa.org/visit/calendar.
HIC ET NUNC
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.
The Vestry meets Tuesday, January 27 at 6:45 p.m. in the Guild Room.
PRAYER LIST (as of January 22)
We pray for:
• In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for St. Timothy’s Parish and Child Development Center; St. Paul’s Churches in Baden, Rock Creek, and Piney Parish; The leaders of all the nations, especially Barack Obama, President of the United States; The Diocesan Convention, President, Governance Officer, Convention Officers; Clerical and Lay Delegates, Task Forces and Committee Chairs, Finance and Investment Committees; The Standing Committee of the Diocese, The Mission and Ministry of the Diocese.
• In the wider Anglican Communion for Justin the Archbishop of Canterbury, Katherine the Presiding Bishop and our Bishop Mariann; the clergy and people of the Diocese of Long Island; 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 our seminarian 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, 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, Julie, Julie, Jo, Mary, David, Margaret, Soo, Sister Mary Joan, Christopher, and Gracyn.
• For the work of our Search Committee and Candidates, 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.