Church Phone System Down 3/5

zopa1__55271_1320000169_1280_1280Please note that the church phone system is down until further notice – if you need to contact the staff or office, please use email!

Hosanna! Adult Forum In Lent

bible 01HOSANNA!

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!

Easter Lilies 2015

easter 02If you would like to make a donation toward Easter flowers to decorate the church, please complete this form and drop it off in the church office along with your check no later than Friday, March 13. Checks should be made payable to St. Paul’s, and please designate “Easter flowers” on the memo line. Thank you.

You may also fill out the online form and click SUBMIT. You may drop off a check in the church office or use your bank’s BillPay option for your donation

The Women’s Bible Study Begins February 24

10846277_10152881395887156_3634933124767445871_nThe Women’s Bible Study
with the Rev. Sarah K. Gaventa
Tuesdays at noon
beginning February 24

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.

PACEM Journey Volunteer Training March 4

PACEM 01PACEM’s next Journey Volunteer training will be Wednesday night, March 4 from 6:00-8:00 at The Haven (112 West Market Street in Charlottesville) in the fourth floor conference room. Many people have expressed interest in volunteering at PACEM beyond a congregation’s hosting or partnering. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a small group that’s paired up with a current or former PACEM guest in a meaningful, mentoring relationship.

Please contact Jesse Boeckermann ( for more information or to RSVP. Attending the training doesn’t obligate you to be a volunteer. Come to the training, ask questions, and see if this opportunity is for you. PACEM’s shelters close for the season March 28, and this is a great program to stay involved with PACEM beyond the shelter season, especially if you’ve made a connection with a specific guest during the season at a host congregation or if you already have an ongoing relationship is a current or former guest of PACEM. We have a number of participants ready to join a group. We just need some volunteer groups to partner up with the participants.

Please share this with your friends, family, church congregation, and/or community groups. We hope to see many people at the training March 4.

Lenten Supper and Speaker: Wednesday, March 4

david lamotteCome join the St. Paul’s, Ivy community for a dinner and programming for all ages this Wednesday, March 4th in the parish hall.  We will gather at 5:30 p.m., say grace at 5:45, and begin the programs at 6:30.  Children will sing with Choir Director Daniel Brinson. We will welcome David LaMotte, who is an award-winning songwriter, speaker and writer, LaMotte’s passion is working for peace. LaMotte’s recent book World-Changing 101:  Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness offers hopeful, practical ways to problem-solve and make a difference. Currently he serves as the chair of the AFSC, Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group and is a consultant on peace issues at the North Carolina Council of Churches

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

Click here to sign up to help with the Lenten Suppers.

Shrine Mont Work Weekend March 21 – Everyone Welcome!

Work weekend graphicWe’ve traditionally sent a dedicated and talented team of volunteers to spend a weekend helping Shrine Mont Conference and Retreat Center get ready to open for 2015. Room and board is provided free, but bring your own linens and towels… Projects to suit all skills and strength levels are available from gardening, raking, to plumbing and electrical. All snacks and meals are provided by Shrine Mont kitchen and Sunday service at the Shrine, weather permitting. If you’re interested in going, please contact Tim Tolson. The flyer and registration document are available here. Only 125 volunteers can attend, so let’s get our registration forms in early.

Printable Church Calendar: March 1 – March 7 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!

Lenten Reading Challenge

childrens library 01In an effort to raise awareness of the collection of books in our Children’s Library, we’re sponsoring a Lenten reading challenge. Beginning Wednesday February 18th – Thursday, April 2nd, children can check out books from our Children’s Library and read (or be read aloud to by parents). All participants will receive prizes on Easter Sunday.

“Murder in the Cathedral” Dramatic Reading on March 15

murder illustration“Murder in the Cathedral”
by T.S. Eliot

March 15, 2015 * 7 pm * Free!     
Church of Our Saviour Main Church

~ a rare opportunity to hear a rehearsed reading of this magnificent drama!
Directed by Elizabeth Collins


Catherine Allen * Barrie Barrett * Rosalind Collins * Tom Dixon * Jeff Fishwick * Harold Hallock * David Harrell * Alan Lane * Sam Sheridan * Sylvia Sundin * Aidan Stoddart * Donald Wells * John Wharton

Church of Our Saviour is on the corner of Rio Road and Huntington Drive in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Collins (

Prison Ministry

vPlAROne 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.

Lenten Devotional 2015

lenten devotional cover 2015Dear brothers and sisters of St. Paul’s Ivy,

It is with great joy and hope that we present to you the 2015 version of our own Lenten Devotional. The season of Lent can be one of the most meaningful times for our faith during the year. Lent provides an opportunity to reflect, to fast, to repent and return to the Lord.

We all fall into particular patterns of behavior in our life. Lent offers us the opportunity to reflect on how we are living out our faith and to intentionally pray and use discipline (giving up something or taking something on) to help establish new, healthier patterns in our faith life.

The season of Lent is 40 days long – beginning Ash Wednesday (February 18, 2015) and continuing through Holy Saturday (April 4, 2015), not including Sundays. These forty days remind us of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness (Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-12), and of the Israelites formation as the people of God during their forty-year journey in the wilderness. We mark these days as a period of fasting, of prayer, and of repentance. This is an intentional time of reorienting the direction of our lives towards God.

Sundays are not included in the count of 40 days because each Sunday of the year is a celebration of the Lord’s resurrection – a mini Easter if you will. We do some things differently during Lent, even on Sundays to observe this season. We “put away” our Alleluias (except for funerals), and celebrate no weddings.

These daily devotionals are offered to you as a tool to help you along your Lenten journey. It is appropriate during the season of Lent to fast or to give up something, in order to focus your attention upon God. Many people also take on a spiritual discipline (like reading daily scripture and a meditation) or a special ministry during this season. Perhaps you will read one of the four Gospels or a recommended spiritual book (located on the table in the back of the church). If the Rev. Sarah or I can be helpful in your Lenten practices, or pray for or with you during this season, please let us know. We are invited, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent.

God’s Peace,
The Rev. Eric J. Liles

Printed copies of the Devotional are available in the back of the church. The devotions and links to all the daily scripture readings are available on our website. You may access the readings from the home page of the website or from the calendar.

Click here to view the Devotional.