For those who loved hearing the Rev. Crafton here at St. Paul’s Ivy in the 2014 Lenten Speaker series, this book offers a welcome opportunity to hear about her experiences ministering among merchant seafarers, the homeless, the bereaved, AIDS patients, and others whom she encountered in her work as port chaplain in New York and New Jersey, and as an Episcopal priest at Trinity Church on Wall Street. Her voice of compassion and her self-deprecating humor entertain and involve the reader in each of the thirty-eight short stories in this book. In her Introduction, Crafton writes: “This book is a string of people’s moments: snapshots of diverse people in many different situations who nonetheless all have said something to me about my own life. And to you about yours, I hope.”
Copies of this book may be found on the table at the rear of the church. You are welcome to borrow and then return the book to this same place.
February 25: Let the Word Move You with Kate Burke
March 4: Be the Change You Want to See with David LaMotte
March 11: How Atlanta Changed our Lives with SPISH Missioners
March 18: What is Episcopal Peace Fellowship? with the Rev. Allison Liles
March 25: Family Eucharist with the Rev. Eric Liles
This winter the Women’s Bible Study will have a five week Lenten study focusing on Psalms and poems. The Rev. Sarah will choose a psalm and a secular poem to pair together to discuss. There will be no homework. We’ll meet Tuesdays from noon until 1:00 p.m. (Note to regulars: this is a time change!) Bring a brown bag lunch and spend your lunch hours during Lent studying God’s word in the parish hall.
If you would like child care for any of these sessions, please let me know 48 hours in advance.
The dates we will meet will be February 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24. Mark your calendars now! Contact the Rev. Sarah for more information.
Try 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!
Often Christians who care deeply about justice and equality feel like there’s nothing they can do about it. You’re invited to take a free class about economic inequality taught by Cornel West in the Called to Common Good series on ChurchNext. Cornel West is a prominent theologian, intellectual, author, and cultural critic who will help us think about the issues so that we can frame a Christian response. The course will be open between January 11-21 and will take about 45 minutes to complete. To access this free class website; the login is: spivy1 and the password is: student. You will find it under “My Courses.”
The CK committee offers the following opportunities to support our linked parish of St. Paul’s, Nzali, Tanzania by continuing to pledge money to give to the 70 most vulnerable children in the village. The primary school age children are selected by a local CK committee together with the parish priest with help from the CK staff in Dodoma. The students are provided school uniforms and supplies, additional nutritious meals, 2 mosquito nets, as well as a solar light or sweater. Pledges may be in the amount of $100 per year for 5 years for one primary school student, or $100 for one year for one primary school student, or a donation to the efund supporting secondary or vocational schooling for CK students who qualify, or to the Nzali effort. CK committee members will have a table at the back of the church following both services to answer any questions and to collect donations. For questions, please contact Carolyn Achenbach. If you have interest in going on the 2015 summer mission trip to Nzali, please contact Debbie Scott.
1 Chronicles 29:14
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
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
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.
Click here to download a printable version of our 2014 Ministries Booklet.