Maundy Thursday – The Watch

lent 01From 8-11 p.m. tonight we will pray and hold watch in the children’s chapel where the reserved Sacrament will be kept on the altar. This is to remember Jesus asking his disciples to stay awake and pray as they waited in the garden of Gethsemane. You are encouraged to enter and exit the basement through the double doors by the nursery. We will have Bibles, BCPs, kneelers and chairs available for your prayers and devotions.

Lent and Holy Week

Lent poster 2014

Lent and Holy Week

April 17 – Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. *
with Choir, Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar

Altar of Repose Prayer Vigil in the Children’s Chapel
8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

April 18 – Good Friday Good Friday Liturgy at 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m.*
with dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative of John at both services

April 19 – Holy Saturday The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 p.m. with Baptisms

April 20 – Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist at 7:30 a.m.*, 9:00 a.m.* and 11:00 a.m.*

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
between the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services

*Nursery care is available

I invite you in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating of God’s holy Word … (Book of Common Prayer, page 265)

Youth Readers Needed for Good Friday

ø«€With Easter fast approaching, St. Paul’s Ivy is gearing up for a busy week of services and celebration. And this year’s Good Friday service is but one example of this during Holy Week. On Friday at 7 p.m., Jordan is preaching and our youth have been asked to do a dramatic interpretation of John’s Passion Narrative. This requires a narrator, Jesus, Pilate, woman, slave, and spectators. If you plan on attending this service and would like your young person to read, then please contact Jordan and he will email you and your young person a written part.

Also parents, just a friendly reminder, that our youth will be working the Easter Egg hunt this Sunday. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Jordan or the church office.


Contact Jordan for more information!

Flowering of the Cross on Easter Sunday

flowering 01We will be offering a new twist on Flowering of the Cross on Easter Sunday! At the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services, this year we invite ALL parishioners (adults and children) to participate in the ritual of bringing flowers from home to transform the bare cross into a symbolic reminder of the new beginnings that come about with a life of following and serving the risen Christ.

Printable Church Calendar: April 13 – April 19, 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!

Men’s Group to Meet April 24

Russian Flag Wallpaper (2)A reminder that our next Men’s Group gathering is Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Neve Hall. Our own Don Nuechterlein has agreed to give a short talk on the topic:  Are We Headed Into Another Cold War with Russia? followed by plenty of time for a dialogue. Don is a political scientist and lecturer, the author of National Interests and Presidential Leadership and other books on U.S. foreign policy.

Dads are encouraged to come with their teenage sons – this will be an interesting discussion.

So, mark your calendar and plan to join your fellow men of St Paul’s for 60-75 minutes or so of stimulating discussion and fellowship.

If you are so inclined, please bring something to share: wine, beer, or snacks. There’s always plenty, so we’d rather have you without a contribution than no you because you didn’t have time to get something!

As a courtesy to Don, it would be helpful to know how many are planning on coming, as he has to spend some time preparing his remarks.  Please contact Tim Tolson if you plan to attend.

Something New in the Prayers of the People

BCP 03Beginning Sunday, April 27th we will be printing the prayer list in our bulletin, so you can take home the names and pray for those on the list all week. Instead of having the list of names read by one person, the leader of the Prayers of the People each week will invite the congregation to name aloud anyone for whom they would like to pray. Please speak to the Rev. Eric or the Rev. Sarah if you have questions.


Food Pantry Open House April 27

peanut butter 01Just how does a jar of Food Bank applesauce end up in the home of a hungry toddler? And all that peanut butter donated by St. Paul’s parishioners – what happened to it? Visit our Food Pantry (next to Neve Hall) on Sunday, April 27, following the 10:30 a.m. service to find out! There will be a little cake, a little coffee and a little explanation of how your Community Outreach Food Pantry works, and the chance for anyone to suggest ways we might expand to serve more of our neighbors in better ways. Everyone is invited!

Soup Kitchen Service Day on April 29

lasagna 10Our next soup kitchen date is April 29. We would love at least ten volunteers to help serve food to our guests during lunchtime at Christ Church in downtown Charlottesville. We also 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  or Fran Canon.

Dinner Group Potluck May 4

chili.01This year’s all group potluck – a Chili Cook-off – will be held on Sunday, May 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Chili & toppings, salads, bread/cornbread and beverages are needed. Contact Beth Fox for more information.

Vacation Bible School Coming in June!

vbs logo 2014Vacation Bible School registration starts NOW! VBS will be June 23-26th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., ages 4-4th grade. Nursery care will be available for younger siblings. Older siblings can be helpers! Sign up or volunteer here.

Lenten Service Music 2014

MusicForLentWe’ve chosen to sing a new Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei during the season of Lent. The three settings we’ve chosen feature the human voice unaccompanied, with only minimal organ for support.

The Kyrie (“Lord, have mercy”) and Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) come from Betty Carr Pulkingham’s Freedom Mass, based on traditional South African melodies. In 1982 Pulkingham traveled to South Africa with the Community of Celebration to share music and to witness in troubled areas there. She was moved by the spirituality and music shared by patients at Cape Town’s Baragwaneth Hospital, where they worshiped, and again at a choral festival organized at the cathedral in Pretoria. The Kyrie is based on the beautiful prayer song Thuma Mina, and the Sanctus is based on a vibrant protest song Asikhatali.

The Agnus Dei comes from the Iona Community’s St. Bride setting, and like much of Iona’s music, encourages part-singing through the use of a simple canon.