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FLOWERS ON THE HIGH ALTAR this morning are given by Linna Barnes and Chris Mixter to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Mary Jane Barnes, Keith Mixter and Susan Barnes Dresser.
FLOWERS ON THE LADY ALTAR throughout the month of May are given in honor of Our Lady by an anonymous donor.
CORPUS CHRISTI EVENSONG, PROCESSION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND RECEPTION
This Sunday, May 29 is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (transferred). In addition to our regular morning schedule, we will keep the feast with Choral Evensong, Procession, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:00 p.m. The full parish choir will sing music of Philip Radcliffe, Kenneth Leighton, Colin Mawby, and others. A reception sponsored by the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament will follow in the Atrium.
Monday, May 30 is Memorial Day, which is a federal holiday. There will be only one Mass at 8:00 a.m. in the chapel, preceded by Angelus and Morning Prayer. The church offices will be closed.
NEW PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
On Tuesday, May 31, we are pleased that our new Parish Administrator, Mauro Franco, will join St. Paul’s Staff. Please stop by the office to introduce yourselves and welcome him. You also will have a chance to meet him at the Annual Meeting.
R.I.P. TOM MORRISON
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated for Tom Morrison in the Church on Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m., with interment in the columbarium. A reception will follow.
FAREWELL PURSE FOR ROBERT McCORMICK
The Parish will bid farewell to Robert McCormick, celebrating his music ministry and honoring his contributions to St. Paul's with a festive reception that will follow Evensong on June 19, 2016. Robert will conduct the service with the Parish choir and the girl and boy choristers. The reception will be held at the church and all are invited to participate. As part of the celebration, we would like to invite you to contribute to a going-away monetary gift from the parish and friends of St. Paul's to be presented to Robert that evening. Contributions can be made directly to St. Paul's Parish, noting "Robert McCormick gift" on the check. In order to ensure the gift is fully assembled in time prior to the reception and Robert’s departure, gifts must be received by Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Please note that these gifts are not tax-deductible.
Contributions also may be made online using direct debit or a credit card at www.stpauls-kst.com/stewardship-giving. When contributing online, note in the use section that the contribution is for Robert McCormick’s purse. Please note that these gifts are not tax deductible."
If you have any questions or wish to contribute in some way toward the celebration, please contact Kris Brown Coleman at browncoleman [at] verizon.net.
FINAL VOTERS’ LIST FOR THE 2016 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
The Final List of “Qualified Voters” has been posted (as required by parish by-laws) and, along with the relevant by-laws provisions, is located on the Vestry bulletin board in the Pillsbury House hallway. THIS YEAR'S ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016 AT 6:30 P.M. FOLLOWING THE EVENING MASS. As the by-laws state: "Each parishioner is responsible for verifying the presence of his/her name on the final list, and bringing any questions to the attention of the Rector, the Secretary of the Vestry, or the Treasurer if there is any discrepancy." If you have any questions about this notice, please contact a Vestry member.
DAILY MASS UPDATES
Evening Masses: Effective Monday May 30, Evening Prayer and Low Mass will be offered only on Wednesday evenings. Additional weekday evening masses will be added on feast days and before evening meetings, such as Vestry and Hic & Nunc - and announced via the weekly calendar and website. We encourage all who look for weekday evening worship to support this Wednesday provision.
Mass will continue to be celebrated Monday-Friday at 7:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer at 6:45 a.m.
Saturday Low Mass will now be celebrated at 8:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer at 7:45 a.m., starting June 4.
Unction will be offered weekly at the Tuesday 7:00 a.m. Mass.
The Holy Rosary will be recited on the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m., following Low Mass at 8:00 a.m.
SATURDAY LOW MASS ACOLYTES
We urgently need to add new faces to our pool of Saturday 8am Low Mass acolytes. This is not a weekly commitment - we ask for monthly or "as required" volunteers. Training is provided. Please talk to Fr. Richard or Fr. Shawn. This is a great opportunity to help support our Anglo-Catholic identity, and to keep the daily mass tradition alive and well.
GEORGETOWN MINISTRY FUNDRAISER
You're invited to support Georgetown Ministry Center by participating in DoMore24, United Way's annual day of giving, on June 2! To celebrate, GMC is hosting a MixxedFit® class from 12 pm-1 pm in the Grace Episcopal Church yard (1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW). Not much of a dancer or unable to attend? No problem. Instead, you can sign up for email reminders on GMC's DoMore24 page to help you remember to donate online on June 2.
The minimum donation to participate in the workout class is $24 and proceeds benefit Georgetown Ministry Center. Payment will be accepted at the event and online on June 2. We encourage you to pledge a donation and RSVP for the event by clicking the button below. Invite friends to do the same! Whether you join the dance fitness fun on June 2 or simply donate online, GMC appreciates your support. You can help GMC seek lasting solutions to homelessness one person at a time! In case of rain the class will be moved to Blake Hall at St. John's Episcopal Church (3240 O St. NW).*
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, nonperishable items will help keep local families fed this fall and winter. It's an easy way to make a difference and an ideal way to introduce children to the importance of helping those in need. The donation basket is located at the baptismal font.
The Grate Patrol is recruiting volunteers to deliver breakfasts on Sat and Sun mornings to approximately 200 homeless persons sleeping under bridges, on park benches and in doorways of downtown Washington. We need both one time helpers and “experts” - those who want to go out once a month, learn one or both of our delivery routes and accompany new volunteers. Delivery takes about 3 hours (5:45 to 8:45 am) using two cars with at least two persons per car. New volunteers are accompanied and/or trained by experienced “Patrollers.” This is an appropriate activity for parents and children. Please contact Glenn Marsh gmarsh338 [at] outlook.com to sign up.
Sunday Forums will continue this summer. Our summer series will be “Faith and Everyday Life.” We will explore topics where faith meets everyday life, and we will have some excellent speakers who will facilitate our conversations. Also, we will try expanding our forum time to forty-five minutes over the summer. So, Sunday Forums will begin at 10:15 and end at 11:00. I would greatly appreciate your feedback on this experiment as we may continue it into next year if it works well or go back to our thirty minute sessions if that is preferred.
In June, we will explore the topic of grief. All of us grieve whether or not we have lost a loved one. Scripture tells us that Jesus wept at the death of his friend Lazarus. Grief is a natural part of life. We are pleased to have Daniel Lonteen, a certified grief counselor, join us for two sessions in June. On Sunday, June 5, Dan will speak on the topic “Embracing Grief.” Then on Sunday, June 12, he will speak on the topic of "My friend is hurting. What can I do? How to be present for those who are grieving." I know Dan to be an excellent speaker and grief counselor.
In July, we will explore the topic of anxiety. In Scripture, Christ tells us to “Fret not.” And yet, that can be far more easily said than done. We will look at anxiety as a holistic condition that involves our bodies, minds and spirits. I will facilitate this conversation. On Sunday, July 10, we will explore the topic “Understanding Anxiety Holistically.” Then, on Sunday, July 17, we will continue with the topic “Holistic Strategies for Living with Anxiety.”
In August, we will finish up our series “Faith and Everyday Life” with Dr. Simona Murnick, a board-certified psychiatrist and St. Paul’s parishioner. Many of us here at St. Paul’s are involved in a number of volunteer and charitable activities both in the parish and in our communities. Also, many of us are taking care of sick or disabled family members. This level of care can sometimes lead to burnout. On Sunday, August 7, Simona will speak on “Compassion Fatigue and Self Care,” where she will talk about how to know if we are experiencing burn out in our lives and ways to take care of ourselves as we care for others. This discussion is much needed in every parish.
I hope that you can join us for our summer series “Faith and Everyday Life.” It should prove to be a powerful and important series. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me (strout [at] stpauls-kst.com).
Faithfully, Fr. Shawn
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group meets today in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. to continue its study of St. Luke's Gospel. All are welcome.
HIC ET NUNC
Hic et Nunc now meets only on the first Monday of the month. The next gathering will be on Monday, June 6. At that time the group will gather at 6:30 in the dining hall for supper, followed by discussion of monastic spirituality and disciplines, and ending with sung Compline.
YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY
A Tuesday Night Bible Study aimed at young adults/young professionals meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Common Room. The group is looking at the Gospel of St John. Each session includes time of teaching and reflecting on the Scriptures, with emphasis on their applicability to our daily lives. The group is led by Dr. Ryan Danker of Wesley Theological Seminary.
This week we pray: