Advent and Christmas at St. Paul’s Ivy

31-Christmas-wallpapers-free-christmas-tree-made-out-f-stars-blue-background-wallpaperSunday, December 21
8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
with Children’s Christmas Pageant
5:30 p.m. Longest Night Service

Wednesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
3:30 p.m. Family Eucharist Service
with Blessing of the Creche
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II with Choir
(the Music of Christmas begins at 5:10 p.m.)
10:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II with Choir
(the Music of Christmas begins at 9:40 p.m.)

Thursday, December 25
10:30 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist

Nursery Care is available for all services except Christmas Eve at 10;00 p.m.

Giving Your Treasure: Make Your 2015 Pledge

ivy 08All things come of thee oh Lord, and of thine own
have we given thee.

1 Chronicles 29:14


Traditional Giving

You can support the ministry of St. Paul’s by placing 
cash or checks in the offering plate during Sunday services, or by mailing checks, payable to “St. Paul’s Ivy,” to the church office at our mailing address:

St. Paul’s Ivy
PO Box 37
Ivy, VA 22945

Online Giving

Another convenient way to support the ministry of St. Paul’s is to schedule your monthly pledge via the online billpay services of your local bank (we are not set up to take credit cards at this time). This is the electronic equivalent of writing a check. The contact details you need for setting up the church as a billpay account are:

St. Paul’s Ivy
PO Box 37
Ivy, VA 22945
telephone: 434/979-6354

Are you interested in making a one-time donation to our food pantry or other ministry? Perhaps you want to give a memorial gift but are not in the Charlottesville area. Use your bank’s billpay service – simply note the purpose in the memo line


By far the best way to support the ministry of St. Paul’s is to pledge your yearly giving in advance. This allows us to plan our annual budget and programs more effectively and responsibly. Pledge cards are available in the church office, on the usher’s table at the back of the church, and are distributed every Fall during our pledge campaign. Once you’ve filled out your card, simply mail it to the church office at the address above or drop it in the collection plate. Or, visit our GIVING page and pledge online.

The Longest Night: Sunday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Blue_Christmas_TreeThe Longest Night Service is a holiday service for those dealing with loss and grief.  The holidays can be a very difficult time.  We invite you to join us for a meditative service that is designed to meet you where you are.  For more information contact the Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa.

Exam Prayers

exams1December is approaching and so are final exams for love ones away in school.  If you have a child in boarding school, college, or graduate school, please contact Jordan Casson with their name, address, and current year of study. St. Paul’s Ivy Youth Ministry would love to let them know that we are thinking about them and praying for them as they prepare for finals.

Volunteers Needed for PACEM at St. Paul’s Ivy: January 24-30






Click here to read the weekly summary from a neighboring PACEM church!

Printable Church Calendar: December 14 – December 20, 2014

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!

Knitting Ministry

OutsetDonations of colorful yarn for hats and scarves for the homeless would be much appreciated!  About 300 yards of worsted weight yarn, with a gauge of 5 stitches to one inch on US size 6 or 7 needles would be best for scarves or hats.  Please bring donations to the church office.

PACEM: Coming to St. Paul’s in January 2015

PACEM 01Working together with 80 area congregations and community groups, St. Paul’s Ivy will help insure that the homeless women and men who need a warm place to sleep this coming winter will find accommodation through PACEM (People And Congregations Engaged in Ministry). PACEM provided shelter to 218 adults last winter, with an average of 38 men and 9 women each night from November through March. Who are the PACEM clients? PACEM statistics tell us that 16% of their 2013-2014 clients were U.S. military veterans, 18% were chronically homeless, and 22% work. PACEM staff help clients to acquire identification they may have lost in order to find work and housing, and they work together with the Salvation Army and Mohr Center to take steps to find a stable housing solution. PACEM is the place of last resort for homeless adults who need overnight shelter in the winter.

The homeless clients are checked in at the Haven downtown and screened for sobriety before they are permitted to board a JABA bus to transport them to an area church or synagogue. On January 24-30, 2015 our church will host the women’s shelter, when we will provide dinner and overnight accommodation in our parish hall for one week. A PACEM staff member will spend the night at SPI with the clients.

Opportunities for service during that week will include set up of the sleeping area (cots, pillows, linens, and blankets provided by PACEM), dinners for about 15 people in the parish hall, evening activities, morning coffee, and packing up of the cots, pillows, linen, and blankets. Families may work individually or in small groups to provide hospitality for the clients. Participation in this ministry helps us to gain an expanded awareness of what Jesus meant by serving our brothers and sisters.

Name Tags

nametagsThank you for helping with our name tag campaign! We know name tags can feel awkward but we hope that we can transform your experience of name tags as we seek to welcome new friends and grow deeper in our relationships in our wonderful community. To get a name tag of your  own, simply fill out the form on the back table in the narthex of the church.

2014 Annual Parish Report Available Here

St. Paul’s Ministries Booklet 2014 Available Here

church drawing 01Click here to download a printable version of our 2014 Ministries Booklet.