Honor Paxson McDonald and Run March 28th

c_H_23_506_10004013_342429412555430_427564904_nPaxson MacDonald Run for Life 5K: We have a wonderful opportunity to honor our friend, Paxson MacDonald. On March 28th, the Annual Run for Life 5K will be held at Nameless Field at UVA. This year’s race is special in that it is dedicated to Paxson and her daughter, Caroline, is taking charge of it. It would be wonderful to have lots of St. Paul’s Ivy participants! Check out the website. Get a group and run OR walk it together. If you can’t attend but would like to contribute you can make a donation in Paxson’s name.



Couples Retreat April 24-25th

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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.

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.

Egg Hunt Donations Needed!

eggs 02We are currently taking donations of plastic Easter Eggs, individually wrapped candies, stickers or other appropriate small treats to stuff inside the eggs. Collection baskets are in the parish hall and at the back of the church.

Soup Kitchen March 31

lasagna 10Our next soup kitchen date is Tuesday, March 31st. We need volunteers and the following  food donations: 12 XL Stouffer’s meat lasagnas, fully cooked, 3 XL bags of pre-washed lettuce, 3 XL bags shredded carrots, 6 loaves of Italian Bread, buttered (sliced, buttered, no garlic please and wrapped in foil), and 6 packages of cookies. If you can provide food supplies, please contact Heather Dickey.

Printable Church Calendar: March 22 – March 29, 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!

Hosanna! Adult Forum In Lent

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A Spiritual Journey Through Holy Week

Adult Forum has begun a five-session program to explore the four Gospels and Paul’s writings that deal with the last week of Jesus’ life and finally the resurrection.

Paul’s work predates any of the four Gospels. He is also the only writer that we know for certain was a witness to the resurrected Christ. Why look at Paul and all of the gospels? Do we really need everyone to understand?

To do otherwise would be a disservice to the Gospels. They were more than mere storytellers. In addition to the very special place Paul holds in the New Testament, each one of the four Gospel writers has a crucial reason for writing and a particular audience to whom they wish to appeal. They come with their own individual points of view, choosing what to include and what to leave out—much as the evening news anchors and editors do today.

Come to Adult Forum for a wonderful Lenten Bible study and curriculum. Listen, learn, and respond to this extraordinary series—HOSANNA!

Holy Week

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday, March 29th
8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Palm Procession
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum & Sunday School for all ages
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Palm Procession
Intercessory Prayer follows the 10:30 a.m. service

Wednesday, April 1st
9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, April 2nd
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing, Intercessory Prayer and Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday, April 3rd
All Day: Stations of the Cross (for individual meditation) in the Parish Hall
12:00 p.m. (noon) Good Friday Liturgy
6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross Service (all ages)

Holy Saturday, Saturday April 4th
7:30 p.m. Great Vigil of Easter with Lighting of the Paschal Candle and a Baptism

Easter Sunday, April 5th
7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Family Service with Flowering of the Cross
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt after the 9:00 a.m. Service
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
No Adult Forum or Sunday School

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.

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.