Dinner Groups Forming Now

chicken-piccata-italian-recipe-lemon-caper-sauce-e1320193469528Joining a dinner group is a great way to get to know fellow parishioners while enjoying a pot luck supper. Everyone is welcome to join us. Usually, the host prepares an entrée and the other members bring an appetizer, salad and bread, vegetable or dessert. Sign-up now through September 28th in the back of the Church.

For more information contact Beth Fox.

St. Paul’s Ministries Booklet 2014 Available Here

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

Benefit Concert Featuring Abbey Road September 7

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With A Little Help from Our Friends
Let’s Come Together to support our mission down The Long and Winding Road in Tanzania

A Benefit Concert supporting St. Paul’s Ivy mission work in Nzali, Tanzania

featuring Abbey Road performing Beatles favorites

Sunday, September 7, 2017
6-8 p.m.

Meriwether Springs Vineyard
1040 Owensville Road

$50 per person (you may bring your own picnic)
$75 per person (includes gourmet box supper)
Wine available for purchase.
No alcoholic beverages may be brought in.

Underwriting opportunities available

Please RSVP by September 2 to the Carpenter’s Kids. Space is limited! Reserve your spot now!

Babysitting is available at St. Paul’s – reservation required and donations encouraged.

View a video here about this year’s mission project!

Soup Kitchen Service Day September 30

lasagna 01Our next soup kitchen date is Tuesday, September 30th. We would love at least ten volunteers and need food donations: 12 Stouffer’s Party Size Meat lasagnas, 3 XL bags of pre-washed lettuce, 10 loaves of Italian bread (not garlic flavored), 2 XL containers of lemonade, 4 gallons of 2% milk, 10 to 12 bags/boxes of cookies. If you can volunteer and/or can provide food supplies, please contact Heather Dickey.

Printable Church Calendar: August 31 – September 6, 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!

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.

We will not be using paper registration forms this year (welcome to the 21st century) so please register for the Nursery through 12th grade through this website. Note that by registering your children you are not committing them to attend every Sunday. We welcome children in our classrooms and formation offerings as their schedules allow.

EfM Registration Starts Now

art 32Spend time with fellow parishioners and friends as we delve into the University of the South curriculum and our own questions about the Bible, our church, and our faith. Our supportive and fun small groups meet in Neve Hall on Monday evening from 6:30-9:00 or Tuesday morning from 9:15 to 11:45. Registration for new and returning group members is now due. Former EfM group members are welcome to return for any year of the new curriculum (check out the new books in our library)! Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact Cary Kast or Debbie Scott.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study Begins September 10

illuminated-lettering-5The Fall Wednesday Morning Bible Study will consider two different letters that are found in the New Testament. First, The Letter of James. We will look at who wrote this ‘letter’ and, depending of the answer to that question, when it was written. This will help us place in context the content of the letter for those who first heard it. Equally important is what this book of the Bible has to say to Christians in the 21st Century, specifically those desiring to live a Christian life as parishioners of St. Paul’s Ivy.

The second letter we will consider is The First Letter of Peter. Again, who wrote this letter, when and where it was written are important for understanding what the letter was intended to say to its first readers. In the 21st Century, as in the 1st Century, Christians are being persecuted and many are trying to live Christian lives in the face of prejudice, even hatred, and in fear for their lives. Our lives are not in such danger, yet we are connected and in communion with many who live in such circumstances every day. Even so, we want to look at how to deal with situations in which people ridicule and denigrate our practice of Christian faith. This may also move us to include in our study an early Christian document not in the New Testament, First Clement.

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 to 11:30 just after the Holy Eucharist for a stimulating discussion about these wonderful and interesting books of the Bible. Bring your own Bible, one in which you can write notes and thoughts. If you don’t have one, Bibles are available. While the study will follow a week by week sequence, you are invited to attend any or all of the sessions as you are able. You are always welcome.

This course will begin on Wednesday September 10th and continue until November 19th with one break in the middle. There are ten sessions in this series. The course is led by the Rev. Canon Henry N.F. Minich, Associate Priest of St. Paul’s Ivy.

Special Celtic Eucharist September 14

celtic-cross-picture-46Celtic Eucharist
5:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Kate Burke will give a talk on “Reading Scripture and Leading in Prayer” in the parish hall prior to the Celtic Eucharist. Ms. Burke is an associate professor in the UVA Department of Drama. A specialist in speaking voice and the spoken word, she teaches all related courses in the department and serves as voice coach for the annual season of productions. Her ministry, “New Lectio Divina: Scripture from the Heart,” was born after a five-month sabbatical leave and intensive work on text with diverse groups in eight countries. Her talk is offered through the Charlottesville Worship Renewal program made possible by a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. Extra musicians, thanks to Music Director Daniel Brinson’s participation in the Charlottesville Worship renewal program, will enhance our Celtic Eucharist. Please come and enjoy the special music and liturgy of this service, followed by a reception of wine and cheese in Neve Hall.

Contemplative Outreach Quiet Day October 4

Stanley Park 10Renew the body, mind, and spirit at the Quiet Day offered by local Contemplative Outreach leaders Adrienne Carlee and Susy Weiss here at St. Paul’s Ivy. We will gather in the parish hall at 8:30 a.m. and settle in for this in-house centering prayer retreat. Please bring a journal, reading, or drawing materials for the personal quiet time offered both before and after lunch. Please bring a water bottle and lunch. Attendees may choose to come for all or part of the day. The retreat will end at 3:30 p.m. Periods of silence will be alternated with time for meditative walks.

Eldering with Grace Workshop October 25-26

Pike Place Market 02Eldering
A term coined by Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi to describe
the process of growing into wisdom and spiritual maturity as we advance in years.

Our culture has become very youth-oriented, leading many of us to fear getting older, slowing down, losing our place in the workings of the world. On Saturday, October 25 (9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 26 (12:00—3:00 p.m.) a group of “women of a certain age” (in this case, over 60) will gather at St. Paul’s Ivy for a workshop to address the challenges and the possibilities of Eldering with Grace. This workshop/retreat is being jointly hosted by SPI and Emmanuel Church, Greenwood and is being led by Dona Wylie and a committee of women from both parishes. We are very excited about this opportunity for fellowship, sharing and learning and we hope that this experience will lead to an ongoing source of spiritual and social support for those experiencing the challenges and exploring the possibilities of their senior years.

We are still in the planning stages for this workshop, so we encourage you to watch your email and/or church bulletins for details in the coming weeks. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. If you have questions or would like to participate in the planning of this workshop, please contact Dona Wylie.

Save the Date! Seminar on The Trinity Coming November 7-8

stainedglassThis fall the Adult Formation Committee is pleased to offer a new opportunity to our congregation. The Rev. Dr. Kate Sonderegger of The Virginia Theological Seminary will offer a short seminar on the doctrine and conception of The Trinity. This course stems from a popular elective course in Systematic Theology which she has taught at the seminary for several years. We will begin with dinner on Friday night, November 7, and then have the plenary presentation. Saturday morning we will have two sessions divided by a coffee break and group discussion, then end with an optional lunch. We very much hope that you can join us for this exciting program.

Children’s Formation Is Expanding!

DSC_0305Our Godly Play classroom for 1st & 2nd graders has moved. We quickly outgrew our space in the second classroom with over 16 children enrolled, therefore we have moved the classroom to a larger space. The children will continue to receive an educational experience that creates a sacred space and encourages students to be themselves, learn to live in community, come closer to the mystery of God’s presence, and learn the Christian language. They will be challenged to wonder deeper into the stories, parables and liturgical actions. To better educate our families about Godly Play and attract more potential volunteer teachers, we are planning to attend a Godly Play workshop at St. Paul’s Memorial on October 18th. Mark your calendars and look for more details soon!

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will continue to meet as a collective group in their classroom downstairs. We are introducing a Lectionary-based curriculum published by the Episcopal Church. The curriculum is designed to allow the students to explore Bible stories through thematic harmony with the Gospel of the day, in which readings from the Old Testament and the New Testament are chosen in relationship to the Gospel. On Kick-Off Sunday, the children will be charged with coming up with a new name for this age group!

 Robin, Laura and Courtney continue to love and care for the babies and toddlers in the Nursery. They’ve completed their summer cleaning and spruced up the toy collection. They will be renewing their CPR/AED and First Aid certification this fall.

 Teacher Installation, Sunday, September 7th (Kick-Off Sunday): All teachers who plan to teach in any of our formation programs will be given a special recognition for their service and ministry to the children of St. Paul’s Ivy.

Make a Joyful Noise! Music at St. Paul’s Ivy

DSC_0324Music programs are about to kick off for the fall. You are warmly welcomed to participate! Please contact Director of Music, Daniel Brinson, for more information.

Adult Choir begins September 3. Rehearsals are every Wednesday, 7:30–9:00 p.m., in the Choir Room. New singers, teens and adults, are always welcome! Highlights for the fall include singing Herbert Howells’ Requiem for an All Souls’ Day celebration on Sunday, November 2.

Our Celtic Ensemble performs on the second Sunday of the month during the Celtic Eucharist. The ensemble rehearses from 4:30–5:15 p.m. that same day. We welcome all interested singers and instrumentalists help lead this music.

Are you interested in our Children’s Choir? Welcome to Wonderful Wednesdays!

This is the name we are giving to new programming we are starting for children this fall. We’ll start in September with the Children’s Choir, and we hope to add programs for young children (age 3 – K) later in the year. We will meet in four sessions, September/November/January/March (complete schedule below).

Children’s Choir, with singers 1st grade and up will meet on Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in the Choir Room and will be led by Daniel Brinson. The primary aim of the choir is to explore the gift of music as a way of connecting with our natural wonder, thanksgiving, and as a way of praying together. Each month-long session is organized around a theme, and we’ll prepare songs based on that theme for use in a Sunday worship service. Along the way, we will learn the fundamentals of healthy singing, music-reading, and participation in liturgy.

September: Creation
September 3, 4:15 p.m.
September 10, 4:15 p.m.
September 17, 4:15 p.m.
October 1, 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 10:30 service and 5:30 Blessing of the Animals

November: God’s Kingdom
October 29, 4:15 p.m.
November 5, 4:15 p.m.
November 12, 4:15 p.m.
November 19, 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, November 23, 9:30 a.m. annual meeting and 10:30 service

January: Light
January 7, 4:15 p.m.
January 14, 4:15 p.m.
January 21, 4:15 p.m.
January 28, 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, February 1, 10:30 service and 5:30 jazz mass

March: Resurrection
(time change coincides with family dinners)

February 25, 6:30 p.m.
March 4, 6:30 p.m.
March 11, 6:30 p.m.
March 18, 6:30 p.m.
March 25, 6:30 p.m. (family Eucharist)
Sunday, April 5 (Easter), 9:30 a.m. service

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at St. Paul’s!

ice bucketThe Rev. Eric, Rev. Sarah, and Jordan answer the call from Church of Our Savior to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS research. To support the Rev. Jennifer Durant and all those dealing with ALS, please click here.

Watch the video on facebook!