The Vine: August 2014

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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!

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.

Printable Church Calendar: August 24 – August 30, 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!

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 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!


Caring Friends to Meet August 28

Chemainus 02There are many members of our parish family who are experiencing difficult times due to illness, changes in family responsibilities, losses of many kinds (friends, family members, jobs, homes), or other stressors. We have had a ministry of lay persons who visit with people on a regular basis over a period of time to companion them during difficult times and this has proven to be a rich experience for both the visitors and those they visit. Since last year the Rev. Sarah Gaventa and parishioner Dona Wylie have been working to grow this ministry into a team that is an integral part of the work of the parish in caring for our members. Our vision is to have a team of visitors who have received some training and who meet on a regular basis to coordinate with our clergy staff and to provide support for each other. As our Caring Friends experience fellowship and shared learning with each other, they also share their own journeys and hold each other in prayer with intention. We are called to be Christ in the world and we have before us the life of Jesus who did not carry out his ministry alone, but in the company of others who would share his work.

We have a meeting scheduled for August 28th at 5:00 p.m. in Neve Hall for current visitors and for anyone who feels that they may be led to this type of ministry. Please join us if you are interested.


Questions? Please send email to Dona or contact the Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa.

Confirmation is Coming!

EpiscopalShield-WelcomeDo you want to become an Episcopalian? Are you ready to take the next step in your spiritual journey? Did you make confirmation vows years ago, but would like to renew them?  Well, then this is for you!

Our Diocesan guidelines state that “Confirmation is the means whereby the mature Christian reaffirms his/her Baptismal Vows, makes a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and covenants to share actively in the Church’s mission.” Whether a teen or adult is being confirmed, confirmation is a mature, adult decision. Confirmation marks the beginning of a new relationship to God and the church in which one is willing to take more responsibility for one’s own faith and to participate in the mission of the church. It bears repeating, confirmation is NOT graduation from Sunday School. Just the opposite, in fact! Confirmation should be followed by more study and participation, not less. If a confirmand is not going to be seen after confirmation, they are not ready to be confirmed!

The confirmation service is also a time when confirmed members of other denominations can be received as Episcopalians. So, if you are Presbyterian, Catholic, Lutheran , etc., but have been worshiping with us and want to become Episcopalian, this service is for you, too. Finally, anyone who would like to renew their confirmation vows may do so at this service.

Baptism and Confirmation will be held October 19th at our 10:30 service. The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, our Diocesan Bishop, will be with us that morning. If you would like to be confirmed, be received into the Episcopal Church from another denomination, or reaffirm your confirmation vows, please let one of your clergy know.

Confirmation classes for youth and adults will be built into Sunday morning SPISH and Adult Forum classes, respectively. If you would like to be confirmed, please plan on those classes, which will begin September 7th at 9:30 a.m. For those of you who won’t be getting confirmed, these engaging classes will be a great refresher! You’ll hear from your clergy and your fellow parishioners about the Bible, Christian ethics, Church history and more!

We will also hold a confirmation retreat October 11th, so be sure to reserve the day on your calendar. We look forward to getting to know our newest batch of confirmands!

Friends With Flowers Needs YOU

altar flowers 07Volunteers are needed to bring 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.

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.

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.

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.

Writers Wanted!

Creating our own Ldevotional coverenten Devotional in-house has become a spiritual exercise that we appreciate in the penitential season of Lent. Our welcoming committee now revises the booklet so that it may be distributed to those who are new to our church, in order to give them a sense of the folks who call St. Paul’s Ivy their church home. Those who have chosen to write for the Lenten Devotional have found the experience to be one of personal growth as they have read, prayed, and formed their thoughts on a particular passage from the scripture.

This year we plan to work on the Lenten Devotional in the fall, and have set a deadline of November 1 for reflections. We hope to complete the booklet before the holidays. If you are interested in being on the sign-up sheet to write for a particular day (a Saint’s day, a birthday, or anniversary) or just any day in Lent, please contact Debbie Scott. Entries should be between 250-350 words, based on one reading out of the lectionary of The Book of Common Prayer for that day. Our model for this exercise is the Forward Day By Day, in which there is a personal response to scripture followed by a prayer. Personal anecdotes and humor are welcome!

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.

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.