A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
In the day-to-day life of the Church, it’s easy to think of Bishops as administrators: They work at HQ and they visit field sites. But Bishops are more important and more interesting than that. They are living, breathing signs of unity in Christ. Through the laying-on of hands at the ordination of Bishops over many centuries, our Bishops are sacramentally connected to the first apostles, and through the laying-on of hands at Confirmation, our Bishops connect us sacramentally to the mystical fellowship of the Church in all times and places.
The presence of our own Bishop Suffragan this Sunday reminds us most immediately of the fellowship and ministry we share as the Diocese of Virginia with nearly two hundred congregations, large and small, worshiping in English, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese across roughly the northern third of Virginia.
The Book of Common Prayer tells us that, when we are ready, we are “expected to make a public affirmation of [our] faith and commitment to the responsibilities of [our] Baptism in the presence of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands” (p. 412). If you’re even a little curious about what it might mean for you to be confirmed, I hope you’ll let me know. And as six of our brothers and sisters take this step this Sunday, I hope you will be inspired anew to consider the gracious providence by which each of us, in our own peculiar circumstances, with our own gifts and our own shortcomings, is invited into the one life of the one Church.
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Visitation of the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Virginia
(Readings: Acts 8:26-40 / Psalm 22:24-30 / John 15:1-8)
8 a.m.Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)
9 a.m. – Feasting on the Word: An exploration of this week's readings in preparation for the 10 a.m. Eucharist. Parishioners, friends, and visitors all welcome. (library)
9:30 a.m. to noon Nursery Care: 0-4 year olds (Sunday school wing)
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with the Chancel Choir (festive, intergenerational)
11:15 a.m.Reception with Bishop Goff (parish hall)
11:15 p.m. – Sunday School: 4 years old-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
6:30 p.m.Dinner for UVA Students and Youth (lounge)
6:30 p.m.Youth Group: 7th-12th grade (blue room, following dinner)
Music Notes
This Sunday’s Postlude: The Mighty Lanquetuit Toccata
Marcel Lanquetuit (1894-1985) was organist at the Cathedral in Rouen, France and won acclaim there as performer, improviser, conductor and choirmaster. He was a student of Albert Dupré (for whom the work is dedicated), Marcel Dupré and Eugene Gigout. His Toccata was first published in 1927 and has become quite popular, delighting listeners with its cheerful spirit and distinctive repeating chords. The musical term toccata is derived from the Italian word toccare (“to touch”). This piece is composed in the typical style of a French organ toccata: the theme is played prominently in the pedal bass line, over which the hands “show off” with fast, virtuosic accompaniment.
Next Week at St. Paul's
Monday, April 30, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, May 1, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, May 2, 4:30 p.m. – Junior Choir Rehearsal (choir room)
Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer (brief, informal, all ages)
(Note: This will be the last Wednesday Evening Prayer service of the academic year. The service will resume at the start of the fall semester.)
Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m.Dinner for all (parish hall)
Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m.Celebration for Graduating Students (lounge) (details below)
Thursday, May 3, 7:30 a.m.Morning Bible Study (library)
Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.Zephyrus Concert at St. Paul's
Sunday, May 6 Sixth Sunday of Easter
St. Paul's News and Notes
St. Paul's Celebration for Graduating UVA Students – Please join graduating UVA students who are moving on for the annual St. Paul's student celebration next Wednesday, May 2, following the 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer service. All are welcome to attend this lively send off. Dinner will be served. If you are a graduating student and you have called St. Paul's home for any of your time at UVA, please email the church office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can celebrate you!
Organ Recital and Festive Choral Evensong for Ascension Day – On Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m., Deke Polifka will present a 30-minute organ recital, featuring festive selections by Edward C. Bairstow, George Shearing, J. S. Bach and Charles Tournemire. Choral Evensong includes music of William Smith, Charles V. Stanford and Herbert Sumsion. Guest organist Richard Walker (from Shrewsbury, England) will play for Evensong. A cookout on the church lawn will follow the service. All are invited. Please join us for this special celebration of Ascension Day!
Celebration of New Ministry for Elaine – The celebration of New Ministry and Institution of former Associate Rector Elaine Ellis Thomas will be held at All Saints Episcopal Parish, Hoboken, NJ, on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. All are invited. For more information, call 201-792-3563.
St. Paul's Junior Choir Sings on Mother's Day – An Easter season full of hard work and after-school fun and fellowship at Wednesday rehearsals will culminate for our new Junior Choir at the 10 a.m. service on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13
Adult Forum, May 13: Strategic Planning for Children and Youth Ministries – Lots of churches hope, pray, and even work hard to build robust programs for children and youth, but too few churches plan and budget accordingly. Mary Beth Abplanalp will be at the Adult Forum on May 13 to lead a discussion about how thriving children's and youth ministries are actually built. Mary Beth, a church consultant with Ministry Architects, has a background in elementary education and special education, and has worked at Shrine Mont Camps and Christ Church, Alexandria. Since 2014, she has served as Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at St. James's Church in Richmond.
St. Paul's Makes an IMPACT for Justice! – More than 75 parishioners represented St. Paul's on Tuesday, joining hundreds of neighbors from more than two dozen other worshiping communities at the MLK Performing Arts Center to stand up for housing justice in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. As a result of IMPACT's work, three county supervisors agreed to take concrete steps toward the establishment of a housing trust fund targeted for low-income senior citizens, and two city officials agreed to streamline the approval process for the development of affordable housing in the city, and to review the city's planning and zoning regulations with the goal of identifying and rooting out the vestiges of systematic racial discrimination that underlie the current system. IMPACT also celebrated the imminent opening of the Women's Center at Moore's Creek. With the opening of the new facility, mothers of young children in our community will no longer have to choose between seeking addiction treatment and caring for their infants and toddlers.
Shrine Mont – Mark your calendars for July 13-15 for our parish weekend at Shrine Mont. More details coming soon!
African Development Project News – At last week's Harambee, Chris Macoloo, World Neighbors Director for Africa, reported on the excellent progress being made by community organizations in the MABUTA project in Uganda north of Lake Victoria. Villagers have chosen to emphasize savings and credit groups, dairy goat raising, and improved crops, especially bananas. Since 2013 our support of training for savings and credit groups has led to these increases: number of groups from 9 to 29; number of members from 178 to 879; and funds in savings from $4,330 to $54,300. The number of dairy goats has increased from 24 to over 90, providing nutrition and income, while production of drought-resistant bananas has increased food security. This project, and the others ADP supports, use donations wisely and report back to ADP on the results. Please send your tax-deductible contributions to St. Paul’s Memorial Church, with “African Development Project” in the memo line. Donations of any amount will be appreciated and go directly to the projects that ADP supports. 
Stewardship 2018: Growing Together in the Discipline of Generosity – A pledge is a statement of intention and belonging. It’s a way of saying, “I’m in. This is my church.” If that’s the way you feel about St. Paul’s, and you haven't yet made a pledge for 2018, you can make your pledge here or fill out a pledge card and bring it or mail it to church, or call or email the office. For a conversation about what pledging might mean for you, or how you might come up with an amount, contact the Rector (434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); for questions about logistics, accounting, or payment methods, contact Financial Secretary Martha Loach (434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Prayers of the Parish
Holding each other's joys, sorrows and concerns before God in prayer is a spiritual practice that characterizes our life together at St. Paul's. In our worship services we pray each other's prayers together. Outside of our time together many parishioners make it part of their daily lives to pray the prayers of the parish community. You are invited to participate in your own way.
Thanks be to God
for the ministry and leadership of our Bishop Suffragan, the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, and for her visit to St. Paul's this Sunday.
for the commitment to their Baptismal promises of those being confirmed on Sunday: Sophia Espie, Kate Landis, Peter Morris, Melanie Rightmyer, Erika Viccellio, and Emily Webber.
for the interfaith justice ministry we share with our partners in IMPACT, and for the progress made on the issue of affordable housing at Tuesday evening's Nehemiah Action.
for the hospitality and generosity of Kelly Trout, who prepared dinner for our students last Sunday, and of Rebecca & Matt Argon and Kathleen Lovett, who prepared our Wednesday night dinner this week.
for the ministry of the Rev. Canon Pat Wingo, Canon to the Ordinary, as he transitions to a new assignment in the Diocese of East Tennessee.
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including all of the pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
Godspeed and blessings
to Margaret (Vicky) Lee, parishioner and chorister for eight years, and occasional pianist, and harpist, as she prepares to leave St. Paul's and Charlottesville next month to begin a new chapter in Winchester.
Your prayers are requested
for members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including David Nelson, Karin, Anne, Evelyn, Betty, Robert & Dorothy, Anne, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Ruth, Derek, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann, Brett Blizzard, David, Bud, Lila M., Eleanor, the Barbour family, Mary, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Tim, Lana, Libba, Doug, Roger, Finley & his family, Lowell, Stephanie, Fiona & her family, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Thomas, Elizabeth, Jason Corbin, Sherlene Henry, Gordon Fillingane, Donald & Carol, Brooke & Forest, Jim, Matti, Jonathan, Amanda's family & the VIA staff, Bob, John, The Rev. Alvin Edwards.
for those preparing to graduate next month, including Skinner scholars and members of our Canterbury fellowship who will be honored at St. Paul’s on Wednesday, May 2.
for former Associate Rector Elaine Thomas as she prepares for her installation as Rector of All Saints, Hoboken on May 12.
for neighbors who are homeless or struggling to pay rent, and for all our partners in IMPACT as we continue to seek housing justice in our community.
for the members of the Search & Nominating Committee of our Diocese, including parishioner Mildred Robinson, as they seek our next Bishop Suffragan; and for the person God will call to that work.
for our search process at St. Paul’s as we seek our next Associate Rector & University Chaplain.
for our city and community and nation; for the victims of racism, injustice, and oppression; and for all who serve the common good in law enforcement and the courts.
for this parish, on the occasion of the pastoral visit of Bishop Goff; and for St. James', Leesburg, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East, and for their Archbishop, the Most Rev. Suheil Dawani, according to the Anglican Cycle of Prayer.
We commend to God’s never-failing care
victims of violence and warfare throughout the world, including migrants and refugees who have died fleeing danger.
all whom we love but see no more, including Genevieve Diane Osborne Ellis (Elaine Ellis Thomas' mother), and former parishioner Brenda Gledhill.
Margaret Mary Bolton McGettigan, in whose loving memory this Sunday's flowers are given.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Holy Communion
9:00 p.m. Compline
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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