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Our guest preacher this morning is Fr. Nicholas Stebbing of the Community of the Resurrection in Yorkshire, England. Please see the notice below under Sunday Forums for more information about Fr. Stebbing.
PROVISIONAL VOTERS LIST FOR THE 2017 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
The Provisional List of "Qualified Voters" has been posted and, along with the relevant by-laws provisions, is located on the Vestry bulletin board in the Pillsbury House hallway. This year's Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. following the morning Mass. As the by-laws state: "Each parishioner is responsible for verifying the presence of his/her name on both the provisional list and the final list, and bringing any questions to the attention of the Rector, the Secretary of the Vestry, or the Treasurer if there is any discrepancy." If you have any questions about this notice, please contact a Vestry member.
CARPE DEUM BRUNCH 5/20
Carpe Deum, the St Paul's ministry for young adults, will be hosting a brunch on Saturday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Dining Hall. This is a new initiative aimed at giving opportunities for attendees of both Sunday services, particularly including young families, to share fellowship together. Please sign up at the following link by 5/17 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScv3a3mZXcFjupjkYuz3QvRBMOWY1Dy...
Sunday Forums meet in the Dining Hall at 10:15 a.m. and will resume on April 30. We are fortunate to have the following presenters in the near future:
Today: Tariro – Hope for Youth in Zimbabwe with Fr. Nicolas Stebbing. Fr Nicolas Stebbing is a Zimbabwean who lives now in the monastic Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield in Yorkshire. His work there is to teach at the College, give retreats, and look after the kitchen. He also travels to Europe on ecumenical work. Twice a year he goes back to his native Zimbabwe to check on the work of Tariro (a charity for young people) and enjoys the young people Tariro in his care.
5/7/17: Israel's Monarchy: David, Solomon, and a Dwelling Place for God with Dr. Ryan Danker. A scholar of evangelicalism and modern English church history, Ryan Danker teaches church history and United Methodist studies on the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the author of the recently published, Wesley and the Anglicans: Political Division in Early Evangelicalism and taught previously at Greensboro College in North Carolina and Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania.
5/14/17: "Exiles and Foreigners": Theological and Practical Reflections on Migrants and Refugees with Fr. Peter Pham.
5/21/17: The Early Prophets with Dr. Stephen Cook. Dr. Stephen L. Cook serves as the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author of five books, including The Apocalyptic Literature (Abingdon, 2003), Reading Deuteronomy (Smith & Helwys, 2015), and Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah (Morehouse, 2008). He has written introductions and annotations for the major modern study Bibles, including the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the CEB Study Bible, and the Harper Collins Study Bible, as well as many journal articles and essays in reference works.
5/28/17: The Later Prophets with Dr. Stephen Cook
BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY
There are four Eastertide Wednesday Evening Programs. Please look at the programs below and see if any or all of them appeal to you. If so, then please join us; reservations are NOT necessary!
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN EASTERTIDE
May 3 – May 24
Fellowship & Formation
5:45 p.m. – Regina Coeli & Evening Prayer
6:00 p.m. - Eucharist
6:30 p.m. - Supper (Suggested Donation $5)
7:00 p.m. - Presentation
5/3/17: Christian Faith as a Way of Life with Dr. Timothy Sedgewick. Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D., is the Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA, where he has taught since 1997. He has served the Episcopal Church on its committees, councils, and boards and most recently completed work with the Anglican Roman Catholic Theological Consultation on shared understandings of Christian formation and moral teaching. He has most recently published Sex, Moral Teaching, and the Unity of the Church (2014) and is the author of The Christian Moral Life which is the text used on Christian ethics for the four-year, international small group and online course "Education for Ministry" from St. Luke's School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee).
5/10/17: A Muslim Vision for Interfaith Relations with Dr. and Mr. Zeyneb and Salih Sayilgan. Salih Sayilgan is pursuing his doctorate in Religion and Culture at the Catholic University of America in DC. Salih has previously taught as adjunct faculty in the Theology department at Georgetown University and at the Washington Theological Consortium. Zeyneb Sayilgan is Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Theology and Religious Pluralism and the Senior Fellow for Peace and Reconciliation in the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. She obtained her doctorate in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University.
5/17/17: "Ah'm reet chuffed wi' 'at!" - looking at the theology, work and re-order of Pontefract St Giles. The Rev'd Canon R. G. Cooper (Fr. Bob) is married to Kate with four children. He has been ordained for twenty-four years and presently served as vicar of St Giles Pontefract for twelve years. In a former life, he worked as a nightclub bouncer. He also serves as Canon of Wakefield Cathedral and is a graduate of Aberystwyth and Nottingham Universities. His interests include good food and wine, Land Rovers, and rugby (having recently retired after 30 years of playing).
5/24/17: The Good Life: Wisdom from Church Tradition with Dr. Ryan Danker.
St. Paul's parishioners are encouraged to make their confession during Eastertide. Priests are available for confessions on Wednesdays, at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., or by appointment.
KEY AND FOB INVENTORY
Parish administration is in the process of conducting an inventory of fobs and keys. If you have either or both, please contact the Parish Administrative Assistant, Patrick White, and let him know. He can be reached by email at: notices [at] stpauls-kst.com or you can leave a voice mail at 202-337-2020 ext. 52. Thanks very much for your help with this important project!
REQUEST FOR FILING CABINETS
Our music department is in need of at least 6 large file cabinets (letter or legal size). If you can donate or have contacts who could offer these to us, please contact jsmith [at] stpauls-kst.com..
GETTING CLOSER TO MAKING THE CENTENNIAL BELL RING AGAIN
Thanks to thirty plus generous gifts totaling just over $5800, we are making good progress on our goal of raising sufficient funds in the "150 Fund" to cover the cost of needed repairs and improvements to the parish's roof top bell that was installed as part of St. Paul's centennial celebration 50 years ago.
If you have been considering a gift, now is the time to make it. With the commitment the Vestry made to send a 10% tithe to a mission purpose outside the parish, we need a total of $8250 to fund both that donation and the $7500 cost of repairs to the bell itself. That means we have less than $2500 to go.
Checks should be made payable to "St. Paul's Parish" with "150 Fund" on the memo line. Ideally, we would have the funds in hand in time to repair the bell so it can ring again as we wrap up our Sesquicentennial celebration in June.
Many thanks to all who have already contributed!
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, non-perishable items will help keep local families fed this spring. It's an easy way to make a difference and an ideal way to introduce children to the importance of helping those in need. The donation basket is located at the baptismal font.
What better way is there to honor the Lord's incarnation than to uplift in some way the life of a needy person? An opportunity is at hand - our Grate Patrol is looking for help preparing and delivering breakfast on weekends to the dozens of homeless people in our area.
Preparation of 400 bags takes place in the Parish Hall from 2:00-3:30 p.m. each Friday. All help is welcome -no advance notice is necessary. Index 17 on the front or back door keypad to be "buzzed in."
Delivery takes about 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings - 5:45 - 9:00 a.m. We meet in the church parking lot and follow 2 distinct routes to deliver meals and hot coffee. Please contact Glenn Marsh to schedule this - 703 622-6464 or gmarsh338 [at] outlook.com. Thank you for your blessing of help throughout the year.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
Today the Adult Discussion Group begins consideration of the Epistle to the Thessalonians using Bishop N.T. Wright's Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonians. The Group meets in the Common Room from 10:30 AM to 11:00. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
Parents of Children ages 3-12: We welcome children to both Level 1 (ages 3-6) and Level 2/3 (ages 6-12) immediately following communion at the 9am Mass. We will conclude by 11am.
YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY
A Sunday Afternoon Bible Study aimed at young adults/young professionals meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Carwithen Parlor. The group is looking at the Book of Revelation. Each session includes time of teaching and reflecting on the Scriptures, with emphasis on their applicability to our daily lives. The group is led by Dr. Ryan Danker of Wesley Theological Seminary. Please dial 43 on the keypad at the front or rear door and someone will let you in.
ON MATTERS OF THE SOUL
The spiritual growth group “On Matters of the Soul" will next meet on Monday, May 1, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Common Room. We are discussing references to prayer and personality. Newcomers are welcome! For more information, contact the convener, Ed Loucks, at edloucks [at] comcast.net or 301-633-5937.
This week we pray: