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November is the month of All Souls. On weekdays in November, when there is no other observance, the daily masses will be requiems for the dead, with the following intentions: Nov. 24 for benefactors of St. Paul’s Parish; Nov. 27 Parish Requiem.
THANKSGIVING DAY and the day after
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, there will be Morning Prayer at 9:45 a.m. and a Sung Mass at 10:30 a.m. On Friday, November there will be one Mass at 8:00 a.m. There will be no Evening Prayer or Evening Masses on either day. THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED BOTH DAYS.
THANKSGIVING DINNER AT ST. PAUL’S
Consider celebrating the holiday here at St. Paul’s, where we’ll be serving turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and more. Dinner is free, and while you are welcome to bring a side dish, wine, or other contribution, there’s no requirement that you do so. And there’s no cooking involved, as Eric Bonetti and Mike Smith will be in the kitchen. All St. Paul’s parishioners are invited, as well as their friends and family. Dinner will be served at 3:00 p.m. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Eric Bonetti at eric.bonetti [at] me.com so we know how much food to prepare.
LOVE'S RESPONSE: Reawakening to Gratitude
As of Tuesday, November 17, we had received 134 pledges totaling $489,251. Many thanks to those of you who have made your pledge for 2016! There is, however, another pair of numbers that begs for attention: of those who pledged last year, 71 have not yet pledged for 2016, representing $194,759. There are logistical reasons for some of this lag, and we share it here not to judge those who may still be struggling with their pledge decision, but to encourage them to move forward boldly.
If you are one of those still struggling with the seemingly complex decision that seems to involve not only generosity, sacrifice, and faith, but also practicalities such as budgets and obligations, please take heart: you can always amend your pledge if your circumstances change--in either direction; all pledges of whatever size are important; you and your faith and hope for your life, this parish, and our world are important. And most of all, it has been demonstrated over and over that becoming a full participant in the life of Christ in and from St. Paul’s will change your life (see the November Epistle for two more parishioners’ stories). Dare to be transformed!
Going online is still the easiest way to pledge. Please feel free either to use the special button on the parish website (www.stpauls-kst.com) or bring your completed pledge invitation to any Sunday Mass or Evensong and Benediction (the sooner, the better!) and place it in the offering plate. If you haven’t received an invitation in the mail, please pick one up in the atrium or email jeannesmith2430 [at] gmail.com to request a packet.
ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS
Again this year, our combined choirs will offer duplicate services of Advent Lessons & Carols on the first two Sundays of Advent at 6:00 p.m. (November 29 and December 6, each followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament). Please note that the second service on December 6 will be filmed for international webcast by the Episcopal Church Communications Office, which is certainly an honor for our parish community. Please note that all who attend the service on December 6 may be included in camera shots of the congregation. Additionally, any latecomers will not be seated until midway through the service, due to logistical issues involved in filming.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – Tuesday, December 8
Solemn Mass at 6:45 p.m.
Throughout the year, Anglo-Catholics celebrate high and holy days of Our Lady - such as The Annunciation in March and The Assumption in August. On December 8, we celebrate Mary's own conception without sin. Mary shows us redemption at its most radical - a redemption that reaches to the roots of our existence - and is a sign of what we can each become through the grace of Jesus. In traditional thought, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is one of those days on which attendance at Mass is encouraged: Low mass at 7:00 a.m.; Solemn Mass at 6:45 p.m.
MONTHLY RECURRING PLEDGES
If you are having your pledge deducted automatically each month and your card number has changed from the number we have on file, the deduction will NOT go through. The easiest way to take care of this is to go online and make a manual deduction using your new card number/expiration date and note in the Remarks area that this is a "recurring pledge." Jenny Brake will then be able to update your record [recommended procedure]. Or, you can call Jenny Brake at 202-846-1377 and give her the new card number and expiration date and she can make a manual deduction for the failed transaction and update your record. Do not email this information to her or to St. Paul’s.
RE-IMAGINING VOLUNTEERS AT ST. PAUL'S
During the next few weeks, the weekly e-blast and notices will highlight ministries that need additional volunteers to carry out their mission. Each week, the tasks will be different, but will each share a common thread: a concrete and discrete volunteer opportunity with no open-ended commitments. Check regularly the Volunteer Needs section of the website for more information about immediate needs in the Parish. This week: the Winter Shelter.
"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 3, to Sunday, January 10, 2016. Specifically, please volunteer for one or more of the following needs:
--Provide a meal for 20 people for dinner on any night that week. 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 and clean up after meals, and interact with residents from approximately 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
--Spend the night at St. Paul's so a parishioner on site to assist the professional shelter staff and serve breakfast in the morning (finish by 7:00 a.m.)
--Transport cots and duffel bags from St. Paul's to St. John's, Georgetown on Sunday, January 10, 2016.
To help, contact GMC [at] stpauls-kst.com.
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE GOING THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME?
Do you have a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who has been struggling with the loss of a loved one, loneliness, cancer, a layoff, relocation, divorce, a spiritual crisis, recuperation, single parenthood, or any of countless other life challenges? Our Stephen Ministers can provide them with the focused care, encouragement, and support they need to make it through the crisis. If you know of someone who is hurting, talk with our Stephen Minister Leader, Owen Smith: osmith511 [at] cox.net, 703-964-6260. He can talk with you about how we can connect the person you know with one of our Stephen Ministers. It's a great way for you to show how much you care!
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
There is sufficient interest within and beyond the parish to make our October-November 2016 pilgrimage to the Holy Land viable. We may even have some participants from St. Paul's Knightsbridge. There is still room for others to join the trip. Please let Ann Korky (akkorky [at] gmail.com) know if you are interested or if you have questions. We will keep a list of potential pilgrims so we can alert you before we reach the point at which the trip will be closed to further participants.
This Sunday, November 22, Rector’s Forum will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Guild Room. Fr. Jeff Hual will speak on “What Colour is your Advent?” There will be no Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 29. On Sunday, December 6, Fr. Richard Wall will speak on “Hell & How to Avoid It."
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group is studying a series of early Christian letters this fall, using a commentary by N.T. Wright as our guide. The Group meets Sundays in the Common Room from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to join us.
HIC ET NUNC
This Monday Hic et Nunc will meet in the Carwithen parlor at 6:30 p.m. after the evening Mass. After dinner and discussion of the Rule of St. Benedict, we will continue discussion of our book The Cloister Walk, by Kathleen Norris. We conclude with silent prayer in the church and sung Compline at 8:30. All are welcome. Contact Jo Stelzig jastelzig [at] yahoo.com or 703-426-0487, for further details.
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.
GRATE PATROL – NOVEMBER SCHEDULE
On Fridays in November, food prep will start at 2:00 p.m. If you are spending Thanksgiving weekend in town, please consider helping on Friday, November 27 when we are likely to be shorthanded. With enough volunteers, the process takes only about 90 minutes. How better to show our gratitude for God's many blessings to us than by serving the poor and neglected in our community. Come and see old friends or make some new ones.
CHRISTMAS GIFT BAGS
The Grate Patrol, St. Paul's homeless ministry, needs your help! We are seeking donations for the Christmas Gift Bags that we distribute in December to our regular Grate Patrol recipients. We are asking all members of the community to donate travel size bottles of lotion and other toiletries, hand warmers, toothbrushes, and small gifts. There will be a box in the Atrium beginning Sunday, November 1 where you can place your donations. All contributions are needed by Sunday, December 6.
The gift bags will be put together on Saturday, December 12 when the Advent quiet day ends at 2:30 p.m. This is a family friendly event, all are welcome. Help us strengthen this ministry and together serve some of the most forgotten members of our community during Advent and Christmas. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please contact Megan Sokolowski at sokomeg [at] hotmail.com.
This week we pray for: