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The flowers on the High Altar this morning are given by Betty and Lucky Ajeuyitsi to the greater glory of Almighty God and in thanksgiving for the thirtieth birthday (February 24) of their son, Bruru.
R.I.P. PERCIVAL AUGUSTUS QUINTYNE, JR
A Low Mass of Resurrection with Hymns will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Percival Augustus Quintyne, Jr., long-time member of this parish, on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at ten o’clock in the morning in this parish church. May he Rest in Peace, and Rise in Glory!
Sunday Forum meets this morning at 10:15 in the Pillsbury House Dining Hall. This morning’s address will be "Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence", Exhibit at National Gallery of Art/Washington (NGA), illustrated lecture by Alison Luchs, NGA Curator of early European sculpture and decorative arts. Alison is wife of St Paul's parishioner Dick Best. The Della Robbia family sculpted religious subjects often bordered with distinctive, colorful fruit wreaths. This NGA exhibition is free and open to the public daily through June 4, 2017.
There will also be an opportunity to tour the exhibition with David Gariff, Senior Lecturer at the Gallery, on Tuesday, February 28, at 1:00 p.m. The tour will begin in the West Building Rotunda. There will be additional tours on April 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 at 2:00 p.m. all beginning in the West Building Rotunda. For details contact Nancy Work at worknw [at] verizon.net.
SUNDAY FORUMS IN LENT - WHERE GOD HAPPENS BY ROWAN WILLIAMS
Beginning on the Second Sunday of Lent, we will start a book discussion for Sunday Forums. The book we will be discussing is Where God Happens by Rowan Williams. We will discuss this book for four Sundays in Lent. You can purchase the book on Amazon. Fr. Shawn also has some copies for purchase for $13.50. If you do not get the book, do not worry. Please join the conversation nonetheless.
FEAST BEFORE THE FAST
The parish 150 Committee is pleased to sponsor a festive Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) Pancake Supper from 4:00-7 00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28. Cost is $5 per person, children under 12 free. Tickets/sign-up will be available in the Atrium on both February 19 and 26. Offers of help with set up, serving and clean up would be most welcome; contact CB Wooldridge if you are interested
Morning Prayer at 6:45 a.m. and Low Mass at 7:00 a.m. Low Mass at 12 Noon. Evening Prayer at 5:45 p.m. and Solemn Mass at 6:45 p.m.
ASHES TO GO
A St. Paul's tradition in recent years has been to offer Ashes to Go near the Foggy Bottom Metro station. We hope to have a full contingent of St. Paul's people to make it happen again on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016 -- and we hope that you will want to be a part of it. We'll have clergy on hand for the imposition of ashes, but we will also need vested acolytes, thurifers, and other volunteers to help with logistics. If you are interested, please contact Deacon Paul Moberly as soon as possible by phone at 331-425-2447, or by email at pmoberly [at] vts.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN LENT
March 8 – March 29
BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY
5:15 p.m. - Stations of the Cross
6:00 p.m. - Eucharist
6:30 p.m. - Lenten Supper (Suggested Donation $5)
7:00 p.m. – Presentation
8:00 p.m. - Compline
March 8: “From the Dining Room to the Town Square: Liturgy in the Early Church,” by Tylor Sampson. Tyler is a doctoral student in Liturgical Studies and Medieval and Byzantine Studies at the Catholic University of America. His research focuses on the liturgical history in the first millennium and contemporary liturgical theology among Anglicans. He is an active member of Church of the Epiphany along with his wife Kelli and daughter Theodora.
March 15: “Liturgical Growth and Reform: The Medieval and Reformation Periods, by Fr. Shawn Strout.
March 22: “Light from the East: Eastern Christian Liturgical Traditions – Part I,” by Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, who is an Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America. His area of specialization is Byzantine Liturgy. Fr. Stefanos is a Greek Orthodox priest.
March 29: “Light from the East: Eastern Christian Liturgical Traditions – Part II,” by Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos.
St. Paul's parishioners are encouraged to regularly make their confession: an opportunity to free ourselves from sin and burden, as we prepare to greet God's great gift. Priests are always available to hear confessions every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., every Saturday at 8:30 a.m., or by appointment.
BAKE SALE FOR CGS
There will be a bake sale on Sunday, February 26 to raise money for materials for the children's ministry, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS). The theme of the bake sale will be "Fat Tuesday," as it is the Sunday before the start of Lent. There will be homemade Mardi Gras King Cakes available for $40 each. Please pre-order with Allison Winter allisonannewinter [at] gmail.com, or look for a sign-up sheet at coffee hours. If you can make any contributions to the bake sale, please email Jessica Barrett Simpson at jmbsimpson [at] gmail.com
THE 150TH FUND
150 Fund--We are now about half way through our schedule of events for the parish's Sesquicentennial, which is due to wrap up at the end of June.
Last fall, we launched a "150 Fund" to receive donations to fund one or more tangible gifts to the parish to mark this milestone anniversary. Possibilities include replacements for vestments and frontals that are nearing the end of their useful lives. A number of generous gifts have come in for which the 150 Committee is very grateful. The Committee's goal is to report to the Vestry shortly after Easter with suggestions on how the Fund might be used. If you have not yet contributed, now would be the perfect time to consider a gift. If 150 donations of $150 were to come in, we'd have about $20,000 to add to the fabric of our parish church for the generations that come after us. Ten per cent of funds received will be tithed to a mission purpose beyond our doors. Donations can be made on line via the parish website or by check payable to St. Paul's with "150 Fund" on the memo line.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, non-perishable items will help keep local families fed this winter. 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 pm 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 am. 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
The Adult Discussion Group joins Sunday Forum this morning in the Dining Hall at 10:35 a.m. for Alison Luchs’s presentation on the Dela Robbia show at the National Gallery of Art..
Parents of Children ages 3-6. We welcome children to the Level 1 atrium immediately following communion, and conclude by 11am.
Give us a (tiny) seat at the table! The new weekday parent-toddler ministry is off to a great start! We have 9 new families from the community ready to sign up for weekly classes. We need special toddler chairs that will work for little people sitting at the low tables we have in the room. Can you help? There is no budget for children's ministry at St. Paul's, and we have furnished and stocked this new classroom out of pocket. You can sponsor a new chair for $70, and give a DC family a seat at the table at St. Paul's. Make checks to St. Paul's parish with "CGS Special Fund" in the memo line or contact Allison Winter allisonannewinter [at] gmail.com
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.
ON MATTERS OF THE SOUL
The spiritual growth discussion group, “On Matters of the Soul” WILL MEET this coming Monday evening, February 27th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.in the Common Room. Please join us! You are welcome!
This week we pray: