Spring for Housing – An Opportunity to Help PACEM Guests

Earlier this year, the City of Charlottesville awarded funding to Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless (TJACH) to house the homeless!

In partnership with The Haven, PACEM and other homeless service providers, TJACH will use these city-funded rental subsidies to house an additional 31 of Charlottesville’s most vulnerable homeless individuals.

We recognize that providing rapid, low-barrier housing lays the groundwork for the stability that the homeless so desperately need. However, a place to live is only the first step. We need the basic amenities that will help ensure that the newly-housed are successful.

Donate household goods or gently-used furniture to help make our clients feel more at home in their new place! We created a gift registry at Bed, Bath & Beyond to make purchasing and shipping easy. Service providers and volunteers will use these donations to create and distribute move-in kits. For details, visit The Haven’s GIVE THINGS page.

Save the Date for Shrine Mont!

DSC_0165Save the date for our annual St. Paul’s Ivy Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont! Please mark your calendar and join us June 19-21. Registration begins in May. If you have any questions, please contact Meg Janucik or Peggy Williams. All are welcome!

Printable Church Calendar: April 19 – April 25, 2015

spi calendarTry our printable weekly calendar! Updated every Friday, this colorful refrigerator-friendly sheet lists all church events for the coming week but has plenty of room for dentist appointments, soccer games and teacher meetings. Click here to download the .pdf. This calendar will also be available via the CALENDAR webpage. Comments welcome!

Couples Retreat April 24-25th

GravesMountainLodgeBridge2-LSt. Paul’s Ivy is sponsoring a Couple’s Retreat at Graves Mountain Lodge on April 24 & 25th, 2015.

Work, children, activities and life can easily overwhelm a marriage. It does not take long, no matter your good intentions, for other things to take priority over what is most important – your spouse and family. The Courage to Love Retreat is your chance to take time away for rest and retooling.

Our facilitator for this program is Diana C. Brawley, founder and pastoral counselor with the Counseling Ministry of Charlottesville. She is a Presbyterian minister, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a trained facilitator.

The Couples Weekend Package is $275 which includes room, meals, bonfire and Saturday program. The Couples Day Package is $80 per couple and includes lunch and the Saturday program. Email reservation requests to Debbie Scott. The registration deadline is April 3.

Click here to view the retreat flyer.

The Vine: Spring 2015

DSCN1835Click here to download our most recent edition of The Vine.

Sponsor a Carpenter’s Kid!

GreetingsHave you been considering a pledge to sponsor a CK primary school student for one year or more?  Have you done so in the past, but are unsure of when you should renew your pledge? Please see this flyer for information and click here for a pledge card.

United Thank Offering on May 24

uto logoUnited Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering: men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. Please donate to UTO on May 24th. Your gift can be mailed to the church office or placed in the Sunday collection plate. Please make your check out to St. Paul’s Ivy with “UTO” written in memo line.

Prison Ministry

westinheavenlytoiletriesOne of the most moving presentations at the 220th Diocesan Council meeting came from the Prisons Ministries team; they informed us that jails and prisons in Virginia do not provide sufficient toiletries for all inmates and asked all the delegates to bring their hotel toiletries down to the convention room. In order to aid the Prison Ministries Team we will collect toiletries year round and send them to the team periodically. Whether you travel one night a week on business, or  you have been putting hotel soap and shampoo in the back of that drawer for the last ten years: we have the option to use them to restore basic human dignity to those in the Commonwealth whom we must deprive of  liberty.