Category: Parish Life
January-May, we will gather on the specified Monday at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the monthly book read. There will be some guided questions as well as space for you to share your thoughts about the book. We will meet for approximately an hour and a half. All are welcome.
Monday, February 22nd @ 7:00 p.m.
HRI-Sponsored – The Emancipation of Evan Walls by Jeffrey Blount
EVAN WALLS IS TERRIFIED by the birth of his ﬁrst child because he doesn’t want her to suffer the isolation he had as a child. Seeing his torment, his wife, Izzy, prods him to explain. He tells of being a black child growing up in the racially charged 1960s. Inspired to overcome the racism and class status imposed on blacks, he dreams of a life bigger than that lived by most everyone he knows in the small Virginia town of Canaan.
This group will be facilitated by Adrian Luxmoore
Zoom Information: https://zoom.us/j/94265099761?pwd=eFh3dm5MNko4Mlo0U0ZxN0Zvc2pPdz09
Meeting ID: 942 6509 9761 | Passcode: 578123
Upcoming Book Clubs on Mondays in 2021 –
January 25th @ 7:00 p.m. | MESSENGER by Liz Keller Whitehurst facilitated by Keli Shipley Cooper
February 22nd @ 7:00 p.m. | HRI-Sponsored – The Emancipation of Evan Walls by Jeffrey Blount facilitated by Adrian Luxmoore
March 22nd @ 7:00 p.m. | The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion facilitated by Kia J Bentley
April 19th @ 7:00 p.m. | Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya facilitated by Sarah Nolan
May 17th @ 7:00 p.m. | Practicing Imperfection by Rev. Dr. Charles T. Dupree facilitated by Charlie Dupree
“Help! It’s Lent! What is it and what can I do?”
Join us for the Preparing for Lent Workshop facilitated by David Hoover
Thursday, February 11th @ 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Zoom
Do you have questions about Lent? What does it mean to give things up or to take things on? Join parishioner David Hoover, psychotherapist and retreat leader to help find some answers. Using a variety of interactive methods, participants will learn the purposes of Lent and effective practices that can enhance your Lenten experience and draw you deeper into the heart of God.
Registration is encouraged, but not required: https://forms.gle/VM7RY3DFTnb3V19T8
Please contact Keli Shipley Cooper with any questions!
Zoom Information: https://zoom.us/j/97224583692?pwd=OWMzWHB1ODlMLzdOV2lURkJJMmxTZz09
Meeting ID: 972 2458 3692 | Passcode: 476089Read More
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Stone Soup is an annual micro-fundraiser dinner based on the story of stone soup, in which many people give a little to make a soup that feeds everyone. Each attendee at Stone Soup pays a donation of $15 for a bowl of soup. We also accept donations from those who cannot attend or want to give more. All the donations are pooled together and divided evenly among the three organizations working in our community.
We ask each of the organizations to give a presentation during dinner about a specific project they would fund if given a grant of $500. The goal each year is to raise a total of $1,500.
Stone Soup will be held online through Zoom on Sunday, February 21st at 6:00 p.m. You will be able to pick up your soup to go from St. Paul’s on Sunday, February 21st between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. We will also be delivering to Westminster Canterbury and Imperial Plaza.
This year, the three organizations are recipients of grants from the St. Paul’s Covid-19 Relief Fund (Birdhouse Farmer’s Market, Shalom Farms, and The Underground Kitchen Community Project). While you are enjoying your soup, each organization will give a short presentation on their work during the pandemic and how a grant from Stone Soup can help them do more. The entire program should last about an hour.
Even though we can’t be together in person this year, it will be a spirit-filled evening that you won’t want to miss.
Below you can order soup, sign up for raffle tickets, or just make a donation to the event. If you have questions about the event, e-mail Laura Carr.
All orders must be received by February 15th. We are no longer accepting Soup Orders, but you can still purchase raffle tickets.
RAFFLE TICKETS AND DONATIONS (Please note in the memo if you are purchasing raffle tickets or just sending a donation).
Join by Phone: 1-301-715-8592 | Meeting ID: 936 9842 7403 | Passcode: 644891
Stone Soup Raffle Tickets
You can purchase 1 ticket for $5 or 3 tickets for $10. Click the link above to make a purchase.
The winner will receive: Slate lazy Susan serving tray, a bottle of Pinot Noir, A Taste of Virginia Through the Garden Gate cookbook, botanic plants apron, I love Jesus cocktail napkins, and two stemmed wine glasses.
About the Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting is a yearly gathering for the entire congregation required by the Church’s by-laws where the church’s congregational business occurs. The meeting typically includes reflections from the previous year, highlights of the upcoming year an overview upcoming year’s budget, as well as, any Vestry elections. This year’s meeting occurred […]Read More
Beginning Wednesday, January 13th, we will host a five-week series on the Apostle Paul and women in the Pauline network of churches. This is in preparation for and a follow-up to celebrating St. Paul’s Sunday on January 24th. We will specifically focus on five different texts found in the Rev. Dr. Frances Taylor Gench’s (see bio below) book Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture. Rev. Dr. Gench will teach for the first two weeks followed by our clergy teaching the final three weeks of the series. No preparation is needed; however, we do encourage the purchase of Gench’s book. If you have any questions, please contact Keli Shipley Cooper.
Meeting ID: 998 4265 7810 | Passcode: 568589
January 13th | Facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Frances Taylor Gench
Chapter 1: Beyond Textual Harassment: Engaging Tyrannical Texts (1 Timothy 2:8-15)
January 20th | Facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Frances Taylor Gench
Chapter 2: Wives, Be Subject? Articulating Biblical Authority (Ephesians 5:21-33)
January 27th | Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Charlie Dupree
Chapter 3: Women and Worship Wars (I) (1 Corinthians 11:2-16)
February 3rd | Facilitated by the Rev. Gwynn Crichton
Chapter 4: Women and Worship Wars (II) (1 Corinthians 14:33b-36)
February 10th | Facilitated by the Rev. Rainey Dankel
Chapter 6: Women in Ministry (Romans 16:1-16)
Frances Taylor Gench is Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to joining the Union faculty in 1999, she taught for 13 years at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary (Pennsylvania). Frances is a graduate of Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary; M.Div., Ph.D.). We will be studying her most recent book, Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015). She resides in Bellevue with her husband, Roger J. Gench, who serves as Theologian in Residence at Second Presbyterian Church and who has partnered with St. Paul’s for “Faith on Tap.”Read More
St. Paul’s is co-hosting with Second Presbyterian Church a Faith on Tap Series that meets monthly online through Zoom. Faith on Tap is an opportunity for people to gather with their beverage of choice and discuss topics with one another through a faith-based lens.
When: Thursday, December 10th @ 5:00 p.m.
For our final “Faith on Tap” of the year, we will be learning about the Insight Garden Program. Insight Garden Program helps transform the lives of incarcerated people through cultivating gardens in prison yards and other property. The gardens provide a sense of connectedness to Creation, their fellow inmates, and to the Creator. Many walls have come down and the men who participate start to see that they can create friendships and work together across demographic lines. Come hear about this amazing program!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93294631190?pwd=dXQ0WGcxRUNZV2IwTTdiRzYrdm12QT09
Meeting ID: 932 9463 1190
Please contact Keli Shipley Cooper by e-mail with any questions.Read More
Join Us Online for a Special Christmas Eve/Christmas Celebration!
You can find our Service Bulletin with the order of service HERE.
We wanted to capture the spirit of Christmas in a meaningful way during this season when we are unable to all gather together in person. We know it is hard not to gather in person but hope this offering will invite you and your family into the holiness and joy of this season, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and his message of hope, peace, and love for our world.
Join us as we usher in the Christmas Season with the premiere of our Christmas Eve/Christmas film. Below are a couple of ways you can watch the service:
- Participate with the St. Paul’s family! We will host a viewing or “Watch” party on Facebook. This option is similar to Facebook Live and allows you to watch this pre-recorded video in real-time with others from St. Paul’s at the appointed times below. (Note: this is the same service just viewed at different times) – www.facebook.com/stpaulsrva.
- Christmas Eve, December 24th @ 4:00 p.m. on Facebook
- Christmas Eve, December 24th @ 9:00 p.m. on Facebook
- Christmas Day, December 25th @ 10:00 a.m. on Facebook
- Watch anytime! The Christmas video will be accessible on our YouTube Channel, on Facebook, and above on our website starting at 3:55 p.m. on Christmas Eve through the entire Christmas Season. Pop popcorn, mull some cider or make a little hot cocoa and gather around the Christmas tree to watch at a time that is convenient for you or re-watch whenever you want.
Liturgy of the Longest Night, Live-streamed Holy Eucharist | Monday, December 21st @ 7 p.m.
This year, we will experience the Advent-Christmas season like no other as the covid-19 pandemic continues, disrupting our traditions and limiting our ability to travel and gather with our families and loved ones. For those for whom Christmas is already a painful, difficult and lonely time of year, this will be an especially hard Christmas. The Liturgy of the Longest Night, also known as “Blue Christmas,” is symbolically held on the Winter Solstice (December 21st or thereabouts), coinciding with the Feast Day for St. Thomas the Apostle (“Doubting Thomas”). This service creates a space to recognize and hold space for our own Thomist-like struggles of doubt during the darkness before Christmas faced by those living with loss and grief as we together wait in hope and longing for the Eternal Word Made Flesh to be born anew in our weary hearts and world. Please join us for this special live-streamed service (link to the video and live stream will be posted here on the day of service).Read More
Veterans Day is observed in this country on November 11. It is the day that we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.Read More