A Note from a Shrine Mont Veteran
Dear St. Paul’s,
On my family’s very first Sunday at St. Paul’s, in May of 2004, another young mother pulled me aside and said, “Have you signed up for Shrine Mont yet? If not, you need to!” I had never met her, and I had never heard of Shrine Mont, but I followed her advice… and I’m glad I did.
Shrine Mont is the Diocese of Virginia’s beautiful mountain retreat center, less than two hours from Charlottesville (click here to see pictures!) where St. Paul’s has enjoyed an annual July parish weekend for decades. This summer will be my family’s fifteenth Shrine Mont retreat. My girls were four and one that first year; now Margaret is heading off to college and Rebecca is a soon-to-be 10th grader. We have countless happy Shrine Mont memories from those years, most involving the unadulterated freedom the kids experienced there. For them, Shrine Mont has always been about roaming blissfully free: exploring with new and old friends, racing from field to field, wandering through gardens, woods, and streams, and treating themselves to the old-fashioned candy you can only find at the lost-in-time general store next door.
Every year our Shrine Mont weekend feels like the best of summer for my family: relaxed social time, cool relief from the mid-summer Charlottesville heat, a brief respite from the frenzied pace of work and family life, and a 48-hour break from everyday life as we know it.
So fourteen years later, I’m the one saying, “Have you signed up for Shrine Mont yet? If not, you need to!” See more details below, and sign up here!
– Alice Fitch
St. Paul's Mom & Office Manager
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Seventh Sunday of Easter
(Readings: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 / Psalm 1 / John 17:6-19)
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.Adult Forum: Strategic Planning for Children and Youth Ministries (parish hall) (details below)
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
Music Notes
About the Royal School of Church Music
Our music program has recently become an affiliate member of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). This provides many important resources and opportunities for our choirs, specifically the Junior Choir, which wraps up a wonderful first season this Sunday.
Founded in 1927 by Sydney Nicholson, then organist of Westminster Abbey, RSCM has grown to become an international and ecumenical organization, with more than 11,000 affiliates in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria and throughout Europe. The goal of RSCM is to uplift the spiritual life of our communities through high quality choral music, and to provide musical education to singers through structured music programs and summer training courses.
Looking to the future, we hope to offer musical training that helps our junior choristers better understand the music they sing – to sing with spirit and understanding, which is the motto of RSCM.
Both adult and junior choirs have been regularly praying the following prayer, which embodies what we strive for in our singing:
Bless, O Lord, us Thy servants who minister in Thy temple.
Grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts,
and what we believe in our hearts we may show forth in our lives.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
TODAY, 5:30 p.m.Organ Recital and Festive Choral Evensong for Ascension Day, followed by dinner on the church lawn (details below)
Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.Prayer Shawl Ministry (lounge)
Monday, May 14, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, May 15, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, May 15, 2 p.m. Generation Wise (lounge) (details below)
Thursday, May 17, 7:30 a.m.Morning Bible Study (library)
Sunday, May 20 The Day of Pentecost and UVA Graduation (details below)
St. Paul's News and Notes
Organ Recital and Festive Choral Evensong for Ascension Day Today 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!
St. Paul's Junior Choir to Sing 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.
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, this Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. All are invited. For more information, call 201-792-3563.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet this Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. - noon in the lounge. Some members of the group are knitting prayer shawls, and some have also begun to knit twiddle muffs which serve as a calming activity for those suffering from dementia. All knitters are welcome! If you would like a prayer shawl or a twiddle muff, please contact the church office at 434-295-2156.
Two Upcoming PACEM Benefits – On Sunday, May 13, at 3:30 p.m., FIRE (a Charlottesville-based women’s a cappella chamber ensemble) is offering a concert at First United Methodist Church, presenting music from Renaissance polyphony to American folk music. On Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m., the music department of Aldersgate United Methodist Church is offering a Sacred Music Concert. All proceeds from both concerts will benefit PACEM, a grassroots organization that coordinates space and volunteers to provide shelter for individuals in our community who are homeless. St. Paul's is one of over 80 congregations and community groups that supports PACEM and provides shelter for their guests each winter.
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, May 15, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the church lounge. We will finish conversations based upon Thomas Moore’s book A Religion of One’s Own. Participants are urged to read through to the end of the book. Our special guest at this meeting will be the Rev. Will Peyton. Newcomers are welcomed. For more information, contact Jean or Bill Sherman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-975-1605.
May 20, the Day of Pentecost and Graduation Sunday – St. Paul’s will gather for worship on the 20th as we do every Sunday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. This year, graduation coincides with Pentecost, so our celebration will be especially festive. St. Paul’s bluegrass musicians and choir will be out front to sing and play for the crowds walking by beginning at 9:30, and parishioners will have water and snacks to pass out to the graduates and families heading to graduation. All are welcome to come early to church and join in the celebration. Because of graduation, we can expect more traffic and less parking than usual in our neighborhood. St. Paul’s has exclusive use of the Chancellor Street lot and the Booker House lot on the 20th as we normally do, but it would be helpful for parishioners who have the option of carpooling, walking, or just parking farther away, to leave as much parking as possible available in those lots for those who need it most.
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.).
St. Paul’s Annual Parish Weekend at Shrine Mont: July 13-15
Our Shrine Mont registration is now open!
Shrine Mont is the spectacular 1,100-acre mountain retreat center of the Diocese of Virginia, 90 minutes from Charlottesville in Orkney Springs, Virginia. St. Paul's weekend includes time for individual and group activities like hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, tennis, and our annual kickball extravaganza, as well as ample opportunity for inactivity, like napping, reading, or just sitting on the porch.
Our Shrine Mont weekend is July 13-15. Click here to sign up. We have a limited number of rooms available to us for our retreat this year, so sign up soon!
2018 Rates:
Children 18 and under - FREE
Adults in double rooms - $150 each
Adults in single rooms - $200 each
In order to complete your registration, please send us your full payment by Friday, June 29. All costs shown are per person for the entire weekend and include all meals. Payment plans and financial assistance are available.
[Note: St. Paul's subsidizes the regular Shrine Mont accommodation rates to help make the weekend as affordable as possible for our parishioners. If you'd like to help support our effort to offer discounted rates, we would gladly welcome donations, or simply a "round up" of your Shrine Mont payment, which will help us provide financial assistance to those who need it.]
Questions? Contact Shrine Mont coordinator Anne Cressin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-249-4362) or Alice Fitch at the church office: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-295-2156).
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 all the blessings of motherhood and for all those in heaven and on earth whose mothering has blessed our lives.
for the hospitality and generosity of Julie Lautenschlager and Peggy Galloway, who prepared dinner for our students last Sunday.
for the leadership of SK Doyle, as she completes her ministry with our Youth Group during next month's service trip to Southwest Virginia.
for the music ministry of the junior choir this spring.
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, 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, Lana, Libba, Doug, Roger, Finley & his family, Stephanie, Fiona & her family, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Thomas, Elizabeth, Gordon Fillingane, Carol, Brooke & Forest, Jim, Matti, Jonathan, Amanda's family & the VIA staff, Bob, John, Alvin, Dave, Henry.
for those preparing for baptism, including Caroline Frances Borland, to be baptized at St. Paul's on Pentecost Sunday.
for those preparing for Holy Matrimony, including Colin Downes and Natalie Villalon (to be married at St. Paul's on June 2) and Rachel Clark and William Crutchfield III (to be married at St. Paul's on June 9).
for those preparing to graduate this month, including Skinner scholars and Canterbury members Lex Booth, SK Doyle, Derrill Hagood, Hannah Hall, Charlotte Hennessy, Lawson Kennan, Richard Potter, Walker Redd, Sam Roller, Jennifer Schmid, Lorriane Simonis, and Addison Wilner.
for former Associate Rector Elaine Thomas, as she prepares for her installation as Rector of All Saints, Hoboken on May 12.
for former Rector Jim Richardson, as he transitions to his new position as the Interim Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento, CA.
for Joe Lenow, as he prepares for his Ordination to the Diaconate on Saturday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m., at Epiphany Episcopal Church, Herndon.
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 Grace, Kilmarnock and St. Mary's, Goochland, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Anglican Church in New Zealand & Polynesia, 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 Betty McLernon, whose funeral will be held at St. Paul's on Friday, May 25, at 4 p.m., and Donald Muntz.
Frances S. Lewis, 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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