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Flowers on the High Altar this morning are given by Linna Barnes and Chris Mixter to the Greater Glory of Almighty God in in loving memory of Keith and Tom Mixter, Chris’s father and brother.
Prayer requests for recitation at Masses should be submitted to notices [at] stpauls-kst.com. These requests should be for parishioners, members of their families, and friends of St. Paul’s. Prayer requests for other persons should be submitted for Shrine Prayers by filling out a blue card at the Walsingham Altar and placing the card in the wooden box to the right of the altar. All prayer requests for recitation at Masses will be reviewed by the Rector.
ALL SOULS’ DAY PRAYER REQUESTS
Forms are available at the rear of the church for names to be read at Requiem Masses on All Souls’ Day. Completed requests may be placed in the alms basins at any service or left in the box on the tract rack.
PRAYERS FOR PILGRIMS
During the period of October 26 through November 7, inclusive, please pray for the safe travels of the Rector and just under thirty people accompanying him on the Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as well as the Pilgrimage’s tour leaders and drivers.
GENERATIONS OF GENEROSITY: Building on 150 Years of Stewardship
This past Sunday we heard the Gospel reading of Luke 18:1-8, the parable of the persistent widow. Luke 18:1-8
Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
It is hard not to see the similarities between the current injustices and this parable. Sometimes it easy to lose hope and believe nothing will get better.
But we still persist as we come back to Christ, in whom our souls can be strengthened and inspired as we continue our missions in everyday life. Through our communal prayer, we gain hope. We know that God is the only one who can bring justice to the world and who works through St. Paul’s to bring that mission to each other and to those we serve. Former generations have persisted despite being in an unjust world. Did they find hope at St. Paul’s during the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, and the Watergate crisis? We can continue in that hope by trusting in God and supporting the St Paul’s Parish community.
Please give to the 2017 Stewardship Campaign.
Campaign Update: As of October 19th, we had received 51 pledges, totaling $185,214.
Please note, there are three ways to pledge:
1. Online at http://www.stpauls-kst.com/stewardship-giving/make-pledge-commitment-2017
2. By placing a hard copy pledge form in the offering plate, or
3. By mailing the hard copy to St. Paul's Parish, 2430 K Street, NW, Washington DC 20037, ATTN: Pledge Treasurer.
BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY (MICHAELMAS TERM)
Join us on our Christian formation program on Wednesday evenings. The evening begins with Evening Prayer at 5:45 p.m. and Mass at 6:00 p.m., followed by a simple supper at 6:30 p.m. We will then have a presentation at 7:00 p.m. with group discussions following; and end our evening with Compline, concluding at 8:30 p.m. We are asking for a $5 donation for the Simple Supper. Here is the title and presenter for this week:
October 26 "Embracing Eternity: F. D. Maurice and the Kingdom of Christ" by Dr. John Orens, who holds a B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the professor of history at George Mason University. His principal research interest is Anglican church history, especially the history of Anglo-Catholicism.
If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Shawn (strout [at] stpauls-kst.com).
The Advent term of Bread for the Journey will commence on Wednesday, November 30.
OCTOBER WEEKDAY HOLY DAYS
There remains one special weekday Holy Day which will be observed during the remainder of October: St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles (Friday, October 28). All are encouraged to attend morning Mass on this day!
THE 150TH COMMITTEE
The 150th Committee needs your help to bring our celebratory plans to fruition. Particular needs include:
--producing web content and publicizing anniversary events via social media
--encouraging press coverage
--coordinating and assisting with social events
--serving as a liaison to the “Friends of St. Paul’s” and former parishioners and clergy, all of whom will be encouraged to choose a date for a return visit to the parish
ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE OF KYLE JAMES BABIN
By the Grace of God and the people consenting, The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington, will ordain to the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church Kyle James Babin, Marcella Rose Gillis, Cara McKinney Rockhill, Serena Wille Sides, Teresa Faye Terry, and Richard Mosson Weinberg on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Your prayers and presence are requested.
PREMIER OF PARISHIONER ALISTAIR COLEMAN’S MUSICAL WORK “OF RADIANCE AND LIGHT”
Alistair Coleman, parishioner and former Head Boy Chorister and Organ Scholar, was commissioned by the National Philharmonic Orchestra to compose a piece which will be performed on November 5 as part of the 2016-17 series at the Music Center at Strathmore. “Of Radiance and Light”, a piece for chorus, organ, brass and percussion, will be performed on a program entitled Music From the English Cathedral, alongside works including “Zadok the Priest” by Handel, Spem in Alium (40 part motet) by Thomas Tallis, Alleluia by Eric Whitacre and the Gloria by John Rutter. You can learn more by going to https://www.strathmore.org/events-and-tickets/np-english-cathedral. Tickets are selling fast! You can also view a feature about Alistair on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NationalPhilharmonic/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fre.... Finally, you can learn more about Alistair and listen to his music at his website www.alistaircoleman.com
"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 1, to Sunday, January 8, 2017. Specifically, please volunteer for one or more of the following needs:
--Provide a meal for 20 people (shelter residents and volunteers) for dinner on any night from Sunday, January 1, to Saturday, January 7, 2017. 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 pm
--Help serve meals, clean up after meals, and interact with shelter residents during the Winter Shelter (from approximately 7:00 to 8:30 pm).
--Assist the professional shelter staff and serve breakfast in the morning (finish by 7:00 am).
--Transport about 15 cots and duffel bags from St. Paul's to St. John's Episcopal Church, Georgetown on January 8, 2017.
To help, contact GMC [at] stpauls-kst.com">GMC [at] stpauls-kst.com.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, nonperishable items will help keep local families fed this fall. 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 Friday Food Prep: Grate Patrol is short on volunteers for Friday afternoon sandwich making. Could you drop by? Do you know kids who are trying to fulfill school mandated service hours? Food prep begins at 2 pm each Friday in the dining hall. With 8-10 people, it takes less than 90 minutes to produce the 400 bag breakfasts that other volunteers deliver on Saturday and Sunday mornings. St. Francis taught that we should "preach the Gospel at all time, use words only when necessary." How better to honor that teaching!
Sunday Forums meet in the Dining Hall at 10:30 am on Sundays with the following schedule for the remaining Sundays in October:
October 23 "The Call to Faith and the Long Response: The Case of Abraham - Part I" by Dr. Paul Cho, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Wesley Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 2013. His research interests center on the intersection between faith and pain in the Bible.
October 30 "The Call to Faith and the Long Response: The Case of Abraham - Part II" by Dr. Paul Cho
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group meets in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. today to continue its consideration of St. Luke's Gospel based on Luke for Everyone by Bishop N.T. Wright. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Parents of Children ages 3-12: We welcome children ages 3-6 to the Level 1 atrium beginning at 8:45 a.m., and the children will join the service before communion. For children ages 6-12, we will not meet this week, but will resume next week, October 30. If you have any questions about these or our other children's ministries, please contact Preston Winter, preston.winter [at] gmail.com.
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: