St. Paul’s Seeking Administrative Assistant

church-office-sign-se-2436St. Paul’s Ivy is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to support its ministerial staff and Church Office operations. The successful candidate will be self-motivated with professional demeanor and presence, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and excellent verbal communication and inter-personal skills. He/she must possess strong organizational skills, proficiency in office procedures and methods to ensure work flow, knowledge of office computers and software (Microsoft Office Suite required; desktop publishing, Facebook and web page skills a plus). This person must be able to multi-task, be flexible in their job routine, work as team member in a collaborative environment, and relate well to other church staff, parishioners and visitors. See the detailed position description for specific duties and required skills.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and the gifts and skills they possess along with a resume and salary requirements. Applications will be accepted by mail or email at the addresses below until September 12, 2015 to be reviewed as received.

Mail to:
Administrative Asst. Position
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 37
Ivy, Virginia 22945

Or send via email to

Parish Survey Here

689aaa3e127e88646e3000d65523b012The Strategic Planning Committee wants every adult and teenager in the congregation to take our new parish survey.  This will help us determine our goals for the next season of our life together.  Please take the 15-20 minutes out of your day and fill it out!  The survey can be found here.

The Story Continues

the story graphicEpiscopalians are sometimes accused of not knowing the Bible very well. Perhaps a more accurate question is, “How well do we know the narrative arc of the Bible?” Because we encounter Holy Scripture primarily through our three-year lectionary cycle, we do not often read the story from point A to B and continuing on through to Z, the story of God and God’s people throughout time, or salvation history.

Beginning August 30th, we will use our time together Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:15 a.m. this entire school year to read through the narrative of the entire Bible. Our youngest class through our Adult class will all be exploring the same Bible chapters each week. We want families to come and attend their age specific classes so they might have the opportunity to talk through the narrative with each other at home. We want adults who have studied the Bible extensively to come and share their perspective on these readings. We hope this program helps draw our community closer together and we hope that reading the Holy Scriptures in an intentional Anglican way will bring the narrative of the Bible to life.

Register Here for Sunday School

sunday school 01As the school year approaches so does the programming offered to the children of our parish. In order to better serve you, please use our on-line registration form so that we can communicate about Sunday School classes and other formation offerings. To register your children for the fall, please click here.

Wanted: Singers of All Ages!

illuminated-manuscript(fullAll adults and teens are welcome!

Children’s Choir (ages 6+) starts Wednesday, September 2, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in the Choir Room. Rehearsals for the adult choir are on Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Daniel Brinson, Director of Church Music.

Pool Party September 6

Beach ball floating in a swimming poolAll St. Paul’s Ivy High Schoolers are invited to a pool party September 6th starting at noon. The party will be held at the Dunstan’s home. Please contact The Rev. Sarah Gaventa to RSVP!

Printable Church Calendar: August 30 – September 5, 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!

The Vine: August 2015

the story graphicClick here for a printable version of The Vine, August 2015.

Soup Kitchen September 29

food_soup_192598Our next event at Christ Church will be Tuesday, September 29. We would love at least 10 volunteers to help serve food on our work day. We also need donations of food. If you would like to contribute food or time for our September workday, please contact Heather Dickey.

We will need donations of these items!

10 Stouffer’s party-size meat lasagna (90-96 oz, fully cooked)
2 large bags shredded lettuce
2 large bags shredded carrots
6 loaves of Italian bread (sliced, buttered, not garlic-flavored, wrapped in foil)
1 XL containers of lemonade
4 gallons of 2% milk
4 large bags of cookies

ChurchNext Course Available!

churchnext 01ChurchNext Online: Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop Elect of the Episcopal Church, recorded a ChurchNext Course entitled How to be a Crazy Christian. Please take advantage of this and other on-line courses available to St Paul’s Ivy over the summer. Click here for the web site.  Login: newspivy and Password: newstudent. Click on  My Courses.

Phil Lawrence Retires After 25 Years of Service

Phil LawrencePhil Lawrence, long-time St. Paul’s parishioner, choral singer, vestry member and ardent knitter, has retired from the role of Assistant Treasurer after 25 years of service. Philip and Annie Lawrence moved to Charlottesville in 1984 and joined St. Paul’s, along with their children, Sarah and James, the following year. Soon, Phil was elected to the vestry and began to serve as Assistant Treasurer under Treasurer Dick Bryan in 1990. When Vic Dandridge took over as Treasurer in 2000, Phil continued to serve as his second-in-command. For the past 25 years Phil has given countless hours to our parish, counting plate offerings and organizing pledge payments. Phil sang in the choir for many years as a beloved tenor, and is a skilled knitter who contributes handmade scarves for use in Outreach. Phil, a regular attendee of the 10:30 service, celebrated his 96th birthday this year. We are grateful for Phil’s generous service to the St. Paul’s community for many years, and hope you will thank Phil for all he has done the next time you see him.

A Back to School Thank You!

IMG_3012On Saturday, August 8th we distributed backpacks and required school supplies to over 75 needy children from our Outreach families and other areas of Albemarle and Nelson counties. The supplies that local schools expect each student to bring to school cost well over $80 at the 5th Grade level, not including the backpack. The cost is a substantial burden on less fortunate families.

Your donations of $3450 enabled us to stretch our buying power by purchasing in bulk. Additionally, we solicited and received support from local stores, who provided merchandise without charge. The parish’s shopping list included 60 binders, 109 composition books, 89 markers and crayons, 36 notebooks, 99 dozen pencils, and a variety of other supplies on the schools’ “must bring” list. Twenty parish members teamed up to shop, count, set up, and work on distribution day.

Women’s Retreat Coming in November

retreatA weekend retreat for women of all ages and stages!

Friday, November 13 – Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
Led by the Rev. Grace Cangialosi and Dona Wylie
Come join us for a time of play as prayer in the lovely Shenandoah Valley.
Buttonwood Lodge at Signal Knob, Strasborg, VA
Cost: $225.00. Includes room & meals.
For more information, or to register, contact Dona.

Friends With Flowers Needs Volunteers

altar flowers 04Volunteers are needed to take flowers to church members that are in need of a beautiful bouquet delivered to their door. If you feel called to help with this mission, please contact Lee Owen.

Confirmation October 4

DSCN1833Confirmation will be held October 4th this year. Confirmation is the sacrament in which an adult or teenager affirms the promises made for him/her at his/her baptism.  If you were confirmed in another tradition, the service of Confirmation is also when you can be officially received into the Episcopal Church. If you have already been confirmed, but would like to re-affirm your vows, you can do so. Confirmation class will begin August 30th. We are currently discerning what time of day might be best for our class. If you have any input in this, please contact the Rev. Sarah.