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July and August 2011

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. Pauls Episcopal Church to be a community that works and prays and gives for the spread of God’s kingdom.

Dear Friends, No longer do I need to catch or bag anything to enjoy fishing or hunting. Being outdoors in old clothes with or without shoes is enough. Catching a few to eat can still be a pleasure (even though I don’t know how to cook), but I release everything else. I like to see them dart away into deep water, even sharks, skates and stingrays. I am always thankful for the moment or two in which my life touches theirs. This altruistic attitude, shared by many friends, used to arouse shameful suspicion in my wife and son, however. Rather than sprinting out with open arms, weeping in gratitude for my safe return, they stood in the doorway tapping their feet and casting furtive glances at one another. Then, after a long look at the car, they had the nerve to ask where I’d really been. I remember the time a friend in Lynchburg went to Cape Hatteras and caught a dozen big chopper blues. He saved their heads and brought them back home, hitting town about 1:00 am. With nobody watching, he threw the big heads out along Blackwater Creek, which flows through downtown Lynchburg. By noon the next day their were three hundred people fishing in the creek, bent on catching one of these “new” fish. I would try this in Hanover County, except there are no more big bluefish on the Cape. In truth, it’s hard for me to live without a regular venture into wild places. A few days in a canoe or roaming the Appalachian Trail restores something inside me. The Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore work on me like a transfusion. .Analyzing it too much is not helpful. Over the years, though, I have been granted some insight, for which I am grateful. Imagine the whole four billion year history of earth compressed into a single year. The first eight months would be totally without life. September and October would see the emergence of viruses, single-cell bacteria, and primitive critters like jellyfish. Halfway through December mammals would appear. Humanity would emerge on December 31 fifteen minutes before midnight. Recorded history would fill the last sixty seconds. For modern humans, so recently out of the primitive, the world has changed too swiftly. As with others, my spiritual needs respond to ancient rhythms of earth history during which there was only God, patiently preparing the world for human life. There is a

spirituality in wilderness that is clear and strong; not nature red in tooth and claw, but the fullness of God expressed in blessed biodiversity. T h e wildness in human personality is a blessing. It is strong in the young, which is why I so love to be with children. A reckless spirit of adventure, a love of nature (especially the powerful silence), a holy exuberance, are signs of the nearness of God. Jack

DID YOU KNOW . . .

 That in the past year

 





we’ve had 9 Second Sunday Luncheons and 8 Last Friday Socials? That the quarterly cost of renting our office copier is $202.50? That 10 teens and 3 adult chaperons are going on our mission trip in July? That we’ll soon start work to shore up the building and terrace at the parish hall entrance? That our parish provides a reception for families and guests following funerals?

If you want to give God a good laugh, tell him your plans. Yiddish proverb

Summer events: July 2-9, Youth Mission trip to South Carolina 11, Vestry meeting 14, Women’s group 18-22, Vacation Bible School Pandamania! 23, Parish party at the Long’s river house 28-20, Whitewater rafting trip to WV August 1, Vestry meeting 11, Women’s group 13, Parish pool party at the Young’s home 26, Last Friday social at the Owen home, Wine and Cheese party


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Quilters Luncheon July 16 at 1PM Janet Kencitzski invites all the special women working on our church quilting project to her home for lunch. This is a special thank you for all you have done on the quilt. (Anyone interested in participating with the making of the quilt, please join us to break bread and see what the group has completed so far.) At the luncheon, each member should plan on bringing her patches/panels, and we will take a well deserved summer break until mid-September when we will resume sewing. RSVP by June 12 to Janet (550-1805) and don’t hesitate to call for directions!

PLAYDAY AT THE LONGS! Saturday, July 23, we’ll gather at Norman and Ann Long’s home on the Rappahannock River for food and fun! Fun starts at 10AM and goes until 6PM. Dinner will be around 4 or 5PM. Come when you can! For years this has been a special time in parish life. Join us this year and see what we mean. Adults get to sit in the shade and cogitate, enjoy special refreshments and gaze at the splendid expanse of the mighty Rappahannock. The young people can play along the sandy beach, swim in the river, mess about in canoes and kayaks, and fish. It’s fun for the very young all the way up to teens. Everyone relaxes and has a good time. Dress is very casual: swimsuits and old shorts. The cookout is delicious. It’s a good time to get to know each other better. Hope everyone will come! * * * * *

Wine and Cheese at the Owen’s August 26, 6:30PM

The Last Friday Social in August will be at the home of Jerry and Mary Owen. They will provide wine and fruit, guests are asked to bring an appetizer or cheese. This is a great way to catch up on all the summer news and get ready to swing into Fall! We’ll see you there!

Hospitality and Parish Life We are hosting so many events this summer! Be sure to read the special articles about each of them in this newsletter. Keep the calendars handy all summer long so you don’t miss any of the fun and fellowship. Thank you to all who have provided refreshments following the services this spring especially the cook out and the Bishop’s reception. Sign up lists for 8:00 coffee time and Lemonade on the Lawn after 10:30 service are posted, so please take a moment to sign up on Sunday. It’s easy, quick and provides for wonderful fellowship. This is something every family can do! Adults and teens are welcome to join our on going Yoga class (Tue. at 6:30PM) any time. Fee is $5 per class, so come whenever you can. The more the merrier in this class, that’s for sure! Anne Cross

+ + + + + Summer Pool Party 3:00PM August 13 Charlie and Melissa Young’s home More summer fun for everyone. Charlie and Melissa will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixings, and drinks. Plan to bring a Everyone has a good time when side dish or dessert, we go to the Young’s pool party! lawn chairs, your towel and bathing suit if you plan to enjoy the pool! This is always a fun time for the parish, so watch for the sign up list and we’ll see you there! Another fun time to spend with friends and neighbors. SEEN ON A CHURCH SIGN: Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like eating without chewing. ETHICS 101 If you could choose the philosophy the government used in raising money, would you choose an approach that falls more heavily on the wealthy (such as graduated income and property taxes), or equally on all people (such as uniform sales taxes and usage fees)? Or would you prefer our government raise money primarily from those who will benefit?


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View from the Back Pew by Scott Harris I was thinking about the good folks in our congregation and the many friends each of us is fortunate to have because of our association with the church and with each other. I’m a curious person and I’m particularly intrigued by the manner in which we interact with others, how and why we form attachments and how those attachments enrich our lives. Webster’s Dictionary defines friendship as an attachment to another by feelings of affection and personal regard; a relationship bound by assistance and mutual support. It sounds like a perfect description of our church. You can’t help but notice the positive buzz of conversations taking place at St. Paul’s or the encouragement and support given so selflessly. If we are able to visualize our lives as a tapestry, the St. Paul’s family would be interwoven throughout. It is a life of vibrancy, full of color and of texture. We are lucky to have a place where we can lower our guard and where defensiveness and distrust is not necessary. A place that welcomes newcomers sincerely, where old-timers greet each other with humor and true affection and where worship is not only communal but also intimately individual. More importantly I think than the building we inhabit or the worship service itself, we are lucky to have each other. That’s where everything we are and can be begins and thankfully where it will end. It is in the relationships we support and in the love we give that we are most close to God. The living God walked the earth 2,000 years ago. He taught us that loving our fellow human beings brings us closer to him. Today, in each of our friendships, in each relationship we encourage and in every dream we nurture, he still lives. Have a good summer, have some fun and keep laughing. See you back here in the September edition! Scott “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please note: Brenda will be out of the office July 25-29.

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Step back in time on October 1st to Relive the Roaring 1920s at our Auction Dinner The 1920s will come roaring back to St. Paul’s on Saturday October 1st at our biannual dinner and live auction to benefit our Shrinemont Retreat Fund. If you haven’t attended this event before you’ll want to make an effort to come this year. Your committee of volunteers (Nina Rowland, Anne Holliday, Anne Cross, Michelle Pauley, Michelle Beaudin, Beverly Townes, Ashley Hession) have been

busy preparing a wonderful elegant evening of 1920s fun. Our lively auctioneer, parishioner Kevin Pauley will be master of ceremonies. Raffles, games and prizes will all be part of the fun. Our last auction in 2009 made enough for us to attend the parish retreat weekend at a nominal cost for two years! 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.- Silent auction and hors d’oeurvres 7 p.m. – Dinner – a 1920s authentic menu $20 per person -1920s style attire/dress encouraged -Please RSVP to Nina Rowland at 804-814-3117 or via email at ninarr@mindspring.com You can help make this special evening a success by donating an item to either our Silent Auction or the Live Auction. Ideas include you contribute include: -Gift cards – any denomination from businesses like Martin’s, Starbucks, Panera, Wal-mart, or restaurants, iTunes, Sheetz (or other gas cards) etc -Movie tickets -Jewelry -Furniture -Lessons -Art and crafts created by you or others -Fine Wines -Themed baskets (auto, emergency, spa, green products) -Personal services like having dinner cooked and served by you, babysitting, a car wash and wax, grass cutting and lawn care - Do you have a specific talent or service you are willing to donate? We really need to firm up these donations soon so we know what to expect. Please give your item to Nina Rowland or Anne Holliday. Many thanks in advance for your contribution of time or money!!

And don’t forget to mark your calendar for our annual Shrine Mont weekend October 21 – 23 in Orkney Springs, VA.


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Did you know…  the newsletter is now available on our website, in full color, at the same time as you receive it in the mail?  you can always check weekly goings -on at church at the website by using the “Church Life” drop down menus? (Thank you to Carol Cash for keeping the Church Life section up to date!)

PandaMania is almost here!!!!! kids, are you ready to play wild games, create amazing crafts, sing incredible songs and eat lip-smacking snacks??? Then come to VBS July 1822 9AM-12Noon, for a wild and wonderful adventure. The PandaMania VBS Decorating Team is in need of live bamboo. If you have some bamboo on your property that you are willing to let us cut down for use on our set, please contact Ashley Palmer 369-7198. Ashley will also gladly welcome any adult or teen willing to lend a hand during the week. It’s going to be fun, please join us!

SUMMER WORSHIP Did you know that attendance at summer worship is about as good as at other times of the year? This is a wonderful comment on parish life because, sadly, other churches are not so fortunate. Summer comes and everybody scatters, sleeping late becomes a habit, and good intentions seem never as strong in the lazy hazy crazy days of summer. But Sunday mornings are really rather busy at St. Paul’s. The eight o’clock congregation, a friendly good-humored group, get together following worship for coffee and visiting. In the library a discussion forum centered on the summer lectionary convenes from roughly 9 till just before 10. At 10 our second service begins, followed by Lemonade on the Lawn. In all this the worship of God is the main focus and aim, a connection through service to the Holy Mysteries of life.

A WORD TO THE WISE Dear Friends, You are likely to agree with me that our church is blessed with good will and generosity all year long. And it helps to understand that many good gifts come to us through the anonymous generosity of faithful parishioners and friends. These are real gifts, given in love for the common good of the whole congregation. And they provide for parish life outside and apart from our operating budget that is based on pledges. The new cooling and heating system installed in the nave in June was an anonymous gift, not an expenditure within our small operating budget. We couldn’t manage it. Donors make possible parish outings, the Ladies’ December Luncheon, the Advent Workshop and supplies, food for special occasions and outings, scholarships for our children to attend summer camp, and many other yearly blessings. None of this is supplied by our parish operating budget and pledges. We couldn’t afford it. Each year we barely squeak by to a minimum budget based on inadequate numbers of pledges, and pledges that increase only marginally year by year. Each winter the Vestry engages in the same old game of cutting the budget line items down to the bare bones, and eliminating some items altogether.

For too long we have coasted on the good gifts of donors without a significant increase in pledging. If we were to go forward in parish life relying upon our skeletal operating budget alone, each of us would see a vast difference in the many blessings enjoyed by our congregation. Your Vestry is a fine group of conscientious people who are willing to take risks. They have recently brought up to the level of a tithe the amount of money we forward to the diocese each year. This is the minimal Biblical standard of giving back to God, and something St. Paul’s should have done many years ago. Will your Vestry struggle to stretch inadequate funds over many and varied needs again for 2012? We are taught in childhood that we should say “thank you” when we receive a gift. Shouldn’t we, individual members of our congregation, say “thank you” to God for the many supportive gifts of parish life? The way to do so is to give back to God in our pledging. We must take in $4000 each week just to fulfill our operating budget! Unless each of us moves steadily over time to a pledge of ten per cent of our income, the Biblical standard, the coming years may mean some changes at St. Paul’s. God has been good to us. Jack


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July 2011 CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: 9AM--1PM, MONDAY -THURSDAY 9AM

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8:00 AM HE 8:50 AM Fellowship 10:00 AM HE 11:00 AM Fellowship

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6:30PM Yoga

Youth Mission trip to South Carolina. Keep them in your prayers!

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8:50 AM Fellowship 10:00 AM HE 2:00PM Prayer 11:00 AM Fellowship

Quilters luncheon @ Kencitski’s

6:30PM Vestry

6:30PM Women’s group

6:30PM Yoga

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8:00 AM HE

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8:50 AM Fellowship 10:00 AM HE 11:00 AM Fellowship

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Pandamania, Vacation Bible School, 9AM– 9AM– 12Noon 2:00PM Prayer

6:30PM Yoga

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10AM10AM6PM River Party @ Long’s

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8:50 AM Fellowship 10:00 AM HE 11:00 AM Fellowship 2:00PM prayer 6:30PM Yoga

Brenda out of the office all week

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8:00 AM HE

8:50 AM Fellowship 10:00 AM HE 11:00 AM Fellowship

White water rafting trip


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August 2011 CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: 9AM--1PM, MONDAY -THURSDAY 9AM

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2:00PM Prayer group

9:30AM Painting class

Noon Pastoral Care

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3PM Pool Party @ Young;s home

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6:30PM Wine & Cheese @ Owen’s home

6:30PM Yoga

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9:30AM Painting class

Noon Pastoral Care

6:30PM Yoga

Brenda took this photo at the front of the church one morning .


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J U LY & A U G U S T S E RV E R S SUNDAY MINISTERS

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Lector-10:00

Chalicer

Greeters__

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J. Sutor

R. Wortham

volunteer needed

M. Lavender, B. Townes

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P. Cash

M. Pauley

R. Evans

N. Rowland, A Palmer

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J. Sutor

T. Moniot

C. Dillon

A. Kent, B. Townes

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P. Cash

A. Cross

R. Wortham

A. Cross, G. Price

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J. Sutor

R. Evans

H. Rice

M. Lavender, H. Holloway

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P. Cash

M. Pauley

A. Long

C. Young, S. Harris

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J. Sutor

S. Heins

T. Moniot

A. Palmer, G. Price

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P. Cash

R. Wortham

R. Evans

L. Reeves, M. Lavender

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J. Sutor

N. Rowland

H. Rice

N. Rowland, A. Cross

Server

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Torches

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L. Farrell

E. Beaudin

E. Beaudin

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L. Rowland

B. Rowland,

L. Rowland

M. Young, R. Young

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L. Farrell

E. Beaudin

J. Farrell

J. Farrell, C. Kent

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P. Lambert

J. Price

J. Sutor

E. Price, K. Walker

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H. Barber

E. Drudge

H. Barber

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volunteer needed

S. Walker

volunteer needed

M. Young, R. Young

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E. Heins

A. Heins

A. Heins

E. Drudge, C. Kent

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S. Reeves

H. Reeves

H. Barber

H. Barber, C. Kent

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P. Lambert

B. Rowland

L. Rowland

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Altar Guild July: Paulette Longan, Anne Cross August: Ann Carroll King, Eve Burton and Anne Cross

WHITE WATER RAFTING NEWS FOR JULY 28, 29 AND 30!!! Attention rafters! Seventeen of us are going, and we’ll have a great time. As the 28th grows closer we’ll plan some car pooling and leaving from a central place. We will lodge at the Quality Inn, in Fayetteville, West Virginia, where a block of rooms has been saved for us. We’ll check in for rafting on the 29th at noon and depart on the river at one o’clock. Thursday and Friday night will be spent visiting around the motel pool. We’ll head back Saturday morning. Call Scott Harris or Jack Sutor if you have any questions. We’ll have fun!


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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

In The Diocese of Virginia

Christian Education Director

Ms. Andrea Kent

Organist and Choir Director

Ms. Sarah Cothern

Parish Secretary

Mrs. Brenda Boldin

Junior Warden

Mr. Charles Young

Senior Warden

The Honorable T. Scott Harris

Rector Emeritus

The Reverend Alwin Reiners, Jr.

Rector

The Reverend Jack Sutor

Bishop of Virginia

The Right Reverend Shannon Johnston

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


July & August 2011 Newsletter