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Bittersweet News: Bon Voyage to Jordan Casson

jordan casson 03Our director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Jordan Casson, a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Virginia, will be attending Virginia Theological Seminary this upcoming school year to earn his certificate in Anglican Studies. This is the next step for Jordan in his discernment towards ordination in the Episcopal Church. Jordan has already earned his M.Div. (Master of Divinity) from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and this year at VTS will complement his academic preparation for ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.

Jordan’s last official Sunday as our Director of Youth Ministry will be August 2nd. Jordan will preach and we will send him off with our good wishes and a reception following the 10:30 service. Jordan will spend the rest of August preparing for this transition and moving up to Alexandria. Although VTS has a generous financial aid package and both the Diocese of Virginia and the Vestry of St. Paul’s Ivy have made financial commitments to Jordan’s education, he is left with about a $5,000 budget shortfall for the next year. It would be most appropriate as a thanksgiving for his two years of ministry with us, and in support of his ongoing discernment, for our parish to give generously to make up that difference.

People are encouraged to give monetary gifts directly to Jordan. If you would like to give anonymously, please give cash, or a check written out to “cash” (which will be cashed by St. Paul’s) to either Mary, Vic, or the Rev. Eric. The monies collected will then be given anonymously to Jordan. If you have questions about this, or other ways you might support Jordan over the next year, please contact the Rev. Eric.

What does this mean for our youth ministry program at St. Paul’s? We have a wonderful foundation to continue to build upon. Our most pressing need is for 3 Sunday school teachers for our Middle School class (SPIMS) and 3 teachers for our High School class (SPISH). Christian Formation for all ages this next school year will be reading through the narrative sections of the Bible together. We have wonderful resources and mentors in place. If you have ever felt God tugging at you to work with our young people, now is the time! Please be in communication with Jordan, the Rev. Sarah, or the Rev. Eric for more information.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Jordan and our youth ministry.

Summer Book Study Continues

Dark and daylightThis summer we will be studying Joan Chittister’s newest book, Between the Dark and Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life. Please RSVP to the Rev. Sarah and let her know if you are interested in participating in this book study!

We’ll be gathering the following Wednesdays from 10:15-11:30.

July 1
July 8
July 15
August 5
August 12

Please let Mary Lane in the church office know if you would like her to order you a book.

Confirmation Class Begins August 30

shield 01Confirmation will be held October 4th this year. Confirmation is the sacrament in which an adult or teen 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. And if you have already been confirmed, but would like to re-affirm your vows, you can do so, too. 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 be in contact with the Rev. Sarah.

Summer Reading

practiceBrother Lawrence writes: “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” Check out the observations and inspirations to be found in his writings, collected in The Practice of the Presence of God and The Spiritual Maxims. Three copies are available to read and return on the table at the rear of the church.

Outreach Back to School Project

backpacks 12Back to school! It seems early, but our outreach ministry is starting to organize a School Supply Shopping day for our pantry families. Last year, families came on an August Saturday and students chose the supplies they needed at no cost. It was a great success and much appreciated. Cass Morris is leading this effort and is looking for volunteers to help gather the supplies to fill the shop, organize the purchased supplies and work at the market on Saturday, August 8th. If you can help for an afternoon or an hour this summer, contact Cass.

Printable Church Calendar: July 26 – August 1, 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!

Coffee Hour Needs You!

coffee 01Thinking about hosting Coffee Hour following the 10:30 service? It’s a great way to meet people and so easy to sign up! Simply click here or look under Fellowship to find the Sign-Up Genius showing all available dates. We are always looking for additional hosts and appreciate your willingness to help out!

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.

Goats, Kalamatas and Greetings: Carpenter’s Kids Blogpost

Nzali 2010 104Click here to read the most recent addition to “A Year in Tanzania,” a blog about the Carpenter’s Kids.

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.