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May 2014

THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL’S In recognition that all that we have are gifts entrusted to us by God, it is the purpose of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to work and pray and give for the spread of God’s kingdom.

“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 Dear Friends: Prayer is responding to God, by thoughts and deeds, with or without words. BCP p. 856. When you pick up trash and put it in a proper place, or when you drop money into a Salvation Army kettle at Christmas, you are responding to God who desires that the natural beauty of his handiwork be honored and that the poor be helped. Of the kinds of prayer is adoration, the lifting up of the heart and mind to God, asking nothing but to enjoy God’s presence. BCP p. 857. This definition introduces one to the form of prayer known as Contemplative. Most of us think of prayer as thoughts and feelings expressed in words; in truth, this is only one of the ways of praying. Contemplative prayer is the opening of the mind and heart to God, the Ultimate Mystery of reality, beyond words, thoughts, or emotions. In contemplative prayer we open ourselves to God whom we know by faith is within us, closer than thinking, closer even than breathing, more intimate than consciousness itself. Centering prayer is a method of facilitating Contemplative prayer, by preparing us for the knowledge of the gift of God’s closeness. It is a modern reworking of the teaching of the Church in earlier times. It is at the same time a relationship with God, and a daily discipline structured to nurture that relationship. The source of Centering Prayer is the indwelling of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Gregory the Great, in the sixth century, characterized the Christian contemplative experience as “resting in God”, a description that expressed the Christian tradition for the first sixteen centuries of the Church. How does one go about opening oneself to Centering Prayer in God? Choose a special word to use as a symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence within you. Use a word of one or two syllables, such as God, Jesus, Mercy, Mother, Father, Silence, still-

ness, love or trust. Instead of a word, noticing your breathing may suit some people better, being conscious of the in-and-out flow of air into the lungs. Sitting comfortably, with your back straight, on a pillow on the floor, or in a chair, silently introduce the sacred word, or pay attention to your breathing, as a symbol of your consent to God’s presence within you. Close your eyes. When thoughts intrude on your concentration on the word or breathing, as eventually they will, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word or breathing, with the barest minimum of effort. This mild effort is the only activity we initiate or engage in during the time we devote to Centering prayer. “Thoughts” is a term for every perception, sensation, feeling, memory, plan, concept or anything else that may come along in the course of our time of repeating the sacred word. Such “thoughts” are expected, and are an integral part of beginning to pray in tis way. When they intrude, simply acknowledge them and return, immediately and gently, to the sacred word. There is so much to learn about Centering prayer and the Contemplative tradition. The minimum time for this prayer is twenty minutes twice a day, one in the early morning and another around late afternoon. If the late afternoon period is difficult, try lengthening the early period to forty minutes. Open Mind, Open Heart, by Thomas Keating, ISBN: 978-0-8264-1889-0, is the best possible guide for those interested in Centering prayer. It is a classic in the field of meditation and covers all one needs to know to get started. There are a number of Centering prayer group meetings each week in the Richmond area. The closest is a welcoming group that meets every Monday evening at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Ashland. A call to the church will put you in contact with this group. If any of you are interested in further information or counseling, I am always available. Faithfully yours, Jack

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HOSPITALITY AND PARISH LIFE Thank you to all who have provided refreshments after our services. There are still opportunities to sign up. On June 8th we will start "Lemonade on the Lawn" when the time of the later service switches to 10 am. On-going parish activities such as Tuesday night yoga and Thursday night art continue. On Saturday, May 10th, the youth of the parish will be holding a yard sale to benefit their mission trip. I am sure you will find some treasures to take home. Other dates to save are Sunday, June 1st for our picnic and service at Historic Jamestowne; Saturday, June 28th for the Long’s River Party; Saturday, July 19th for the day in Mathews County at the Cross home. On Sunday, June 22 at 2PM, The Hanover County Historical Society is holding a program in our Parish Hall. The public is invited and I hope some of you will attend. The topic is: In the Footsteps of Powhatan: Archaeology at Werowocomoco Speaker: Randy Turner, Archaeologist with the Department of Historic Resources, State of Virginia (retired). I have visited the site of Werowocomoco which was the spiritual center of the Powhatan Indians and it is fascinating. Its discovery has been featured in the National Geographic. YOUTH MISSION TRIP YARD SALE The Youth Group will be holding a Giant Yard Sale on Saturday, May 10th from 8AM to 1PM at the church. Food and other goodies will be available. We are accepting donated items now. You can bring your gently used items to the High School Sunday School room (no clothes please). If you have items that are too large to bring in your car, or you are unable to bring your items to church, we can come pick them up! Mark your calendars...rain or shine!! If you have any questions, contact Gina Dunklebarger, Andrea Kent or Anne Holliday. RIVER PARTY AT NORMAN AND ANN LONG’S Please join us at our Rappahannock River home on Saturday, June 28th beginning at 11AM for a day of fun, food and relaxation. Come and enjoy the view, games, swimming and kayaking. Please bring chairs, a side dish and your choice of beverage or snacks. Hamburgers and hot dogs (condiments included), lemonade and water will be served at 4PM. A sign-up sheet with directions will be posted to the bulletin board later in May.

HISTORIC JAMESTOWNE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST This is a very special time when the congregation of St. Paul’s church visits Jamestown Island for lunch and a service in the Jamestown Memorial church. The church tower dates from the 17th century and the church sanctuary is built on the foundations of the church in which the first elected assembly in the New World met in 1619. Just outside of the church, within the palisades of the original Jamestown Fort, archaeologists have recently discovered the foundations of the very first church built on the island. It was where Pocahontas married John Rolfe 400 years ago. Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by The National Park Service and Preservation Virginia which owns the 22 acres which include the church and the site of the original fort. Preservation Virginia undertook the “Jamestown Rediscovery” project twenty years ago to seek the site of the fort. Archaeologist Bill Kelso and his team have been successful beyond their wildest dreams. Prior to their work, it had been assumed that the original site had long ago eroded away. Those who have been before will remember that at noon we gather under the big blue and white tent beside the James River where lunch will be provided. At 1:30PM we assemble in the church for our service. This is a rare opportunity so please plan to be there with your family? There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board and it is important to sign up. You will receive and information packet and an ID badge for each person attending. This is necessary for admittance to the island. If you have questions please contact Anne Cross. LUNCH AT THE CROSS HOME IN MATHEWS COUNTY Mathews County is a small county on the Chesapeake Bay with more than 200 miles of shoreline. The quaint village of Mathews is noted for its fun consignment shops, art galleries and restaurants. The Cross’s home is a few miles out of the village on Garden Creek. It is in a remote area with sweeping views of the creek, marsh and Chesapeake Bay. On July 19th, we hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to visit Mathews and come to the Cross’s for lunch (inside or outside). You can go crabbing from the dock or take out a kayak. Just a short distance away is Bethel Beach natural preserve on the bay which is a great place to fish or just walk. Later in the summer a sign up sheet will be posted. Faithfully, Anne Cross

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View from the Back Pew


by Scott Harris .

A young father sits by the bedside of his dying child. The young boy looks to his father and tells him that he is tired and ready for sleep. The father holds the child’s small hand and tells him it is okay for him to go. As he drifts away he looks into his father’s eyes and tells him he will see him again in the morning. As the grieving father weeps he thinks about those last words and hopes the promise in them is true. As I sat listening to Jack relate the story on Easter morning I was struck by the metaphorical meaning of such a tragic story. Easter does that for me as I think it does for most of us. It takes us to a place of reflection and introspection. It is at the heart of what we believe as Christians and the cornerstone of our faith. If I understand it correctly, Easter is the fruition of a promise made to each one of us and fulfilled by Jesus himself. It is the promised outcome, the end tale of our lives whether we choose to believe it to be true, or not. On the final evening of his life Jesus, afraid yet resolute in accepting what was coming, asked his disciples to sit up with him, to be with him. Arguably the most powerful force in the world, he wanted to spend his final hours of freedom with those who knew and loved him; in human contact. Even as they fell asleep one by one, disappointing him again in their weaknesses, he followed through with what he knew must happen. How can you not be humbled by such devotion and selflessness? The Christian Church is rich in symbolism. It provides a roadmap of the history of the church and a mechanism for human beings to relate to those things that are difficult to understand. They evoke images that give meaning when words fail us or seem too inadequate to describe what we are feeling. The cross and the altar immediately bring forth images that identify us as followers of Jesus. The weekly readings, the rhythm of the choir and the voices of our fellow congregants all serve to give context to our existence here and comfort in our journey. In his ministry, Jesus often spoke metaphorically and through allegories to communicate his messages to the people. Often some would come away perplexed and uncertain of the meaning of his message. He would just continue teaching using other methods to convey the Gospel. He understood that we must incorporate his message in our own way in order to comprehend, within ourselves, what he was giving us. Easter marked the end of Jesus’ human life and in many ways the beginning of our own. He gave us a fresh start. There are no more excuses for behaving badly, no more convenient ways out. The symbolism of his death should make that clear enough. Jesus said that the only path to the Lord lay through him. He told us to love our fellow man more than we do ourselves. He promised that if we are weary God will comfort us and never forsake us. Finally, to prove that all he had spoken was true, Jesus died for us. What more do we need to know the truth of the resurrection? What more can we ask? Each of us is heading to a destination that is certain and hopefully it will be many years off. We still have stories to tell, more love to give and much laughter to share. Because of Jesus Christ though, when our own Easter comes we will go there with him and as a young child promised, we will see each other again in the morning. Faithfully, Scott “Now is the time to understand more, so we fear less.”-- Marie Curie ALTAR GUILD Thank you to all of you who donated a memorial Easter lily. I am very grateful to all of you who helped prepare the church for Easter. Some polished silver and brass; others arranged flowers; some ironed; others set up the altar. A huge "thank you" to Dale Sayers, Heck and Susie Rice, Wendy Harris, Ann Long, Toni Moniot, Randi Wortham, Nina Rowland, Michelle, Morgan, Adam and Abby Pauley and Rosalind Snively. Faithfully, Anne Cross, Director SHRINE MONT RETREAT Mark your calendars for our annual Shrine Mont Retreat on October 17-19!

CRAFT CLUB The Craft Club will meet on Friday, May 9th and on Friday, June 13th at the home of Janet Kencitzski at 10AM. All ladies of the church are welcome to attend. We will be taking a Summer Break for July and August. Any questions or for directions, please call Janet at 550-1805. LONG RANGE PLANNING REPORT All of the engineering contracts for the sewer project have been executed. We hope to have a clear schedule soon!

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H. Ford

R. Wortham

M. Pauley

T. Lambert/A. Long


P. Cash

T. Moniot

H. Rice

S. Harris/S. Heins


J. Sutor

R. Evans

C. Hewitt

A. Cross/H. Holloway


H. Brockenbrough

M. Pauley

R. Wortham

M. Pauley/D. Walker






L. Farrell

P. Lambert

H. Barber

G. Temple/K. Walker


E. Beaudin

B. Rowland

E. Beaudin

E. Drudge/M. Young


E. Price

J. Price

J. Farrell

C. Kent/J. Farrell


W. Sadler

S. Walker



Altar Guild: Eve Burton, Anne Cross, Toni Moniot

The following was written by Katrina Farrell after the death of Mary Roddenberry

GOOD-BYE TO A FRIEND They say that only the good die young, but Mary Roddenberry proved us all wrong on that one. She was very good, one of the best people I will ever know. Although she acted much younger than her 92 years, she really was almost twice my age. She lived her life with an exuberance and joy that is hard to find. She was my friend, like a mother to me and a grandmother to my children, but mostly a friend. I could talk to her about anything and she would understand and not judge. In that way she was ageless. Mary loved to talk. You could never stop by for a minute, you had to have time for a visit. If I disappeared for a long time all I had say was that I was visiting with Mary and my whole family would know. We called it “holding court” and when she got on a roll there was no leaving. Mary wrote notes and cards. Any little kindness that was shown to her would be acknowledged with a note of thanks and high praise. She always told me I am a good mother and Christian, even though at time I struggle with both. But the thing I will always remember and most admire is her unwavering faith. She had the faith of a child. She just trusted that everything would be okay because “he was driving the train”. She was never timid about her faith. One of my favorite memories is of visiting Mary in the hospital and she led everyone in the room in prayer, about 10-15 of us. It was beautiful. These are just a few of my memories. In the short time that I knew Mary she taught me so much about how to age gracefully, but mostly these things: Be joyful, express your love, have faith, never act your age and it’s okay to be a little crazy sometimes. Katrina Farrell

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May 2014 Church Office Hours: Monday—Thursday 9:00AM-1:00PM












4 8:00AM Worship 8:45AM Fellowship 9:15AM Christian Education 10:30AM Worship 12:00PM Fellowship


5 2:00PM Prayer Group



8::00AM Worship 2:00PM Prayer 8:45AM Fellowship Group 9:15AM Christian Education 10:30AM Worship 12:00PM Fellowship 1:30PM United Daughters of Confederacy




8 6:00PM E-SPAA

10:00AM Craft Club

6:30PM Vestry Meeting

:00AM Worship 2:00PM Prayer 8:45AM Fellowship Group 9:15AM Christian Education 10:30AM Worship 12:00PM Fellowship




8:00AM Worship 2:00PM Prayer 8:45AM Fellowship Group 9:15AM Christian Education 7:00PM Ruritan 10:30AM Worship 12:00PM Fellowship

13 6:30PM YOGA


14 2:00PM Hanover Women’s Club


8:00AM - 1:00PM Youth Group Yard Sale



6:00PM Youth Group










27 6:30PM Region XI Meeting

12:00PM Pastoral Care 5:00PM 4H Weimer Reception

Talent Development Studio Recitals

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church P. O. Box 441 Hanover, VA 23069

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8 0 5 0 S t . P a u l ’ s C h u r c h R o a d H a n o v e r C o u r t H o u s e

Dates to Remember

In The Diocese of Virginia

Christian Education Director

Ms. Andrea Kent

May 14

Organist and Choir Director

Ms. Sarah Cothern

Parish Administrator

Mrs. Tara Wright

May 10 8:00AM - Youth Group Yard Sale

Junior Warden

Mr. Hamilton Holloway

Senior Warden

Mr. Scott Harris

Rector Emeritus

The Reverend Alwin Reiners, Jr.


The Reverend Jack Sutor

Bishop of Virginia

The Right Reverend Shannon Johnston

May 5 6:30PM - Vestry Meeting May 9 10:00AM - Craft Club

2:00PM - Hanover Women’s Group May 15 6:00PM - Youth Group May 26 OFFICE CLOSED

Sunday Services are at 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist (Rite I) and 10:30a.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite II). Christian Education for all ages begins at 9:15AM. A nursery is available for the later service. Further refreshments follow all services. Parish office hours for the Parish Administrator are Monday – Thursday 9:00AM—1:00 PM unless otherwise published.

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