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NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, ON THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION, Morning Prayer at 9:45 a.m. and ONE COMBINED MASS AT 10:30 A.M. Evensong and Benediction at 6:00 P.M.
The flowers on the High Altar are given by George H. Eatman to the glory of God and in loving memory of Dr. John B. Craft, Jr.
Long-time parishioner Ann Hyde died on Tuesday, September 22. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace and rise in glory.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
The Blessing of the Animals (in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis) is on Saturday, October 3 at 10:15 a.m. on the west lawn, weather permitting; otherwise in the Atrium. All are welcome. Please share with friends (including the furry ones).
Fr. Richard has requested that everyone wear their name tag during coffee hours. This will help not only the Rector, but also other parishioners and newcomers. If you don’t have a name tag on the rack, please request one by printing your name clearly on the clipboard that is hanging on the rack. Your new name tag will be there for you next week.
STEWARDSHIP: Love’s Response: Reawakening to Gratitude
This coming week you should receive an invitation to become part of a fresh start for St. Paul’s Parish!! Please feel free to pledge online via the special button on the parish website (www.stpauls-kst.com) or bring your completed pledge card to the combined Mass on Sunday, October 4 and place it in the offering plate. If you don’t receive an invitation in the mail before the 4th, please pick one up at the back of the church or email jeannesmith2430 [at] gmail.com to request one and supply your mailing address. This process will continue through the month of October, and we will celebrate the end of the official campaign on All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1. Meanwhile, if you need reminding of what this is all about, do browse our website for a while. It’s a true revelation!!
Please read the October Epistle!! In it you will be introduced to the overall theme of this year’s stewardship campaign, Love’s Response: Reawakening to Gratitude, and much more.
We continue to hope for written evidence that we are all growing together through doubt and faith, and look forward to receiving vignettes describing some part of our parish family’s journey of faith, perhaps from the point of view of why St. Paul’s is important in your life. Please send your submission to jeannesmith2430 [at] gmail.com. We have also placed a box in the atrium to receive submissions from those who prefer to remain anonymous.
ADULT FORMATION: JESUS TRAIN (September 30 – November 4)
September 30—November 4, Wednesdays from 6:40 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Note: Week 5, instead of the Wednesday evening gathering, there will be a half-day retreat on Saturday, October 31.
The evenings are structured with a meal, presentation, coffee break, small groups, and closing prayer.
Among the themes are: Who is Jesus? What is Faith? What about this Holy Spirit? Prayer. The Sacraments. What is the Book of Common Prayer? Who is Mary? What is the Oxford Movement? The presenters are: Fr. Richard, Fr. Jeff, Fr. Dominique, Fr. Tony Lewis, and Prof. John Orens.
Only those who are preparing for Baptism, Confirmation or Reception into the Episcopal Church must participate in the entire 6-weeks. Otherwise, come and go! Note: there will be a parallel track of new topics for those who participated last year. PLEASE RSVP Fr. Dominique at 202-337-2020, ext. 11 or peridans [at] stpauls-kst.com.
MINISTRY FALL FESTIVAL - Sunday, October 4
Good food, good fun, good fellowship! Join us to give thanks for the gift of being church, and for being called to be joyous laborers in the vineyard of the Lord. We will have one combined Mass at 10:30 a.m., and immediately following, until 3:00 p.m., will take place our Ministry Fall Festival.
What can we expect? Freshly prepared rotisserie chickens and a variety of sausages grilled on site, homemade picnic delights, moon bounce, popcorn machine, a cakewalk, clergy dunking tank and a host of other carnival games and activities. Feel free to dress casually, bring a blanket or chairs, stock a cooler with your favorite beverages, and enjoy the beautiful autumn weather. UPDATE – DUE TO LACK OF AVAILABILITY, THERE WILL NOT BE A WHOLE ROASTED PIG.
The food will be free! Tickets will be sold for the various games, the profits from which will serve to cover our costs and to support our ministries. Ministries who wish to participate simply need to provide and staff some form of carnival game (think back to school carnival days – something simple and fun). For the ministries who participate, the prize giveaways for the games will be provided, and a commensurate portion of the profits from the event will be added to that ministry’s budget.
Tickets will be available for advanced purchase at both coffee hours this Sunday, in increments of 15 tickets for $10. After Sunday, they will be sold in increments of 12 tickets for $10. We are looking for donations of side dishes. And, we are looking for desserts! If you can help in these or other ways (set-up, clean-up), please contact Fr. Jeff hual [at] stpauls-kst.comor Fr. Dominique peridans [at] stpauls-kst.com.
GEORGETOWN 5K RACE AGAINST HOMELESSNESS
The second annual Georgetown 5k Race against Homelessness is Saturday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m.! Georgetown Ministries will partner with Georgetown University again to host this event and will be combining our post-race celebration with the University’s family-friendly tailgate before their football game! Registration is now open! Last year the race sold out early, so visit www.georgetown5k.org today to register your spot in the race. All registration fees and donations directly benefit GM.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP ON SUNDAY NIGHTS
The weekly gatherings continue this Sunday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m., following Evensong and Benediction. We will have supper together (pizza, hotdogs, etc.), followed by a one-hour interactive confirmation class. All youth are invited to attend! For more information, please contact Father Jeff at hual [at] stpauls-kst.com.
We are planning a series of fall social events to provide an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with Fr. Richard and members of our Parish community. We are planning the following:
Sunday, October 11; Brunch following 11:15 Mass at St. Paul’s; hosts, Todd Hanson and Steven Chlapecka
Friday, October 23; Light supper at Bethesda; hosts, Kris Brown Coleman and Laurel Malson
Sunday, October25; Social prior to Evensong and Benediction at St. Paul’s; hosts: Simona and Jon Murnick
Tuesday, October 20; Social at St. Paul’s hosts, Scott Spaulding and Remington Gregg
Friday, October 30; Light supper in Alexandria, Hosts: Roy and Pat Byrd
Friday, November 6; Light supper in Northwest DC; hosts: Jerry and Alice de Michaelis
Sign-up sheets will be placed this week in the hallway adjacent to the atrium. You will be contacted with more details.
INSTALLATION OF THE TENTH RECTOR OF ST. PAUL’S
The Rev. Richard Wall will be installed as Tenth Rector of this Parish on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., during Solemn Evensong and Benediction. Please note the time change. A reception will follow. Please make every effort to attend this historic day in Fr. Richard's ministry and in the life of our Parish community.
A RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW FR. WALL’S INSTALLATION
Will you consider volunteering to make the reception a success? If you have been unsure about how to get involved in the life of the Parish, this is an excellent opportunity to volunteer for a discrete and fun task. And you will have the opportunity learn from and work closely with the Master of Receptions and Fellowship, CB Wooldridge! Please email Susan Granum at susangranum [at] gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.
This Sunday, the Rector’s Forum’s guest speaker Fr. Justin Lewis-Anthony, Ph.D. (Associate Dean of Students and Director of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary) will speak on “Who am I? Human identity and location in the poetry of Dietrich Bonhoffer.” There will be no Adult Forum next Sunday, October 4. The forum resumes on Sunday, October 11.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group will study a series of early Christian letters this fall--II Peter, I-II-III John, and Jude using a commentary by N.T. Wright as a guide. The letters, as Bishop Wright tells us, "are full of clear practical advice for Christians taking their early steps in the faith and needing to know where the problems were going to come and what resources they could find to cope with them. They draw richly on the ancient scriptures of Israel to help give the young Christians that all-important sense of depth in discovering who they really are within God's love and purposes; and they range widely across issues of everything from politics to private life." The Group meets Sundays in the Common Room from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (but will not meet on Sunday, October 4). All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
The elementary atrium for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, ages 6-12, is on a brief hiatus. We will not meet today (9/27) or next week (10/4) during the parish ministry fair and picnic.
HIC ET NUNC
This Monday, September 28, Hic et Nunc will meet in the Carwithen parlor (dining room) at 6:30 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 p.m. All are welcome; contact Jo Stelzig, jastelzig [at] yahoo.com or 703-426-0487, for more information.
GRATE PATROL – IT TAKES A PARISH
On September 25, we will be trying a new food prep model, with interested Choir Parents kicking things off and an after-work crew coming at 5:30 p.m. to wrap things up. If successful, we will try using this approach one Friday a month, with a 2 p.m. start time on the other Fridays of the month. That means a 2 p.m. start time on both October 2 and 9.
CHRISTMAS GIFT BAGS
For the past several years, we have assembled gift bags for our regular Grate Patrol recipients, with items (toiletries, handwarmers, socks and the like) donated by parishioners. We need one or two additional volunteers to work with Megan Sokolowski (sokomeg [at] hotmail.com) to coordinate this effort early November-mid-December. Contact Megan or Ann Korky (akkorky [at] gmail.com) if you might be interested.
This week we pray for: