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News & Events

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Here are the latest announcements and upcoming events:

Carpenter's Shelter Dinner

Wednesday, November 22
St. Paul's will host the dinner at the Carpenter's Shelter on Wednesday, November 22. We are requesting servers and donations of salads, fruit, and desserts at the shelter by 5:45 p.m. If you would like to help, please contact Benjamin Richardson.

Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Lunch

Thursday, November 23
You are welcome to gather in Norton Hall on Thursday, Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., to celebrate Thanksgiving. We’ll provide the turkey and drinks, and would love for you to bring your favorite side dish or dessert (to serve 8) — but you don’t have to. (Please let us know if and what you are bringing when you RSVP.) We ask for $20 a person with a side dish/dessert or $30 a person without. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 15 to Questions? Contact Barbara Beach or Chas Harris.

Adult Forum

Sunday, November 26
This Sunday at 10 a.m. in Norton Hall, join us for an presentation on our parishioners’ most recent visit to the Compass Rose Society with the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Compass Rose is the Archbishop’s missionary fund, and each year our members and the rector attend to work on reconciliation in the church worldwide.

Book Group Meeting

Tuesday, November 28
The Book Group will meet to discuss The Underground Railroad: A Novel, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young woman’s journeys as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Whitehead’s exploration of this dark period of our nation’s history raises spiritual, moral, and cultural questions that resonate in church and society today. Please join the conversation! Questions? Contact the Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales.

Scottish First Friday Dinner

Friday, December 1
Kick off your weekend of celebrating all things Scottish by joining us for the December First Friday dinner, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. in Norton Hall. Our very own Fiona James will treat us to Scottish music, Ceilidh dances, and authentic Scottish main courses! Click here (before Nov. 29) to RSVP to attend and sign up to bring a dish.

Scottish Walk (Volunteer Docents Needed)

Saturday, December 2
During this year's Scottish Walk weekend (Saturday, Dec. 2), St. Paul's will be a stop on the annual Holiday Home Tour! We are in need of parishioners to serve as docents throughout the day. This is a great opportunity to welcome the Alexandria community to St. Paul's. The proceeds from the Holiday Home tours benefits the programs of the Campagna Center (including St. Paul's Headstart program) that serve over 2,000 children and families daily in Alexandria. If interested, please contact Heidi Schneble.

Advent Wreath-Making

Sunday, December 3
Advent starts later than usual this year, but it's a perfect time to make your wreath and celebrate the four weeks of this season of expectancy. Bring the whole family — 10 a.m. in Norton Hall!

Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 10
The Christmas Pageant is Sunday, December 10 at the 9 a.m. service. Children from ages pre-K through 5th grade are encouraged to participate! Pre-K through 3rd grade (and parents), please report to Norton Hall by 8:30 a.m. to pick up a costume and instructions for how to participate in the service. 4th & 5th grade students, remember you have dress rehearsal on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary and should report by 8:30 a.m. in room 208 on the big day! Questions? Contact Jenn Hooff.

Aging Gracefully with Spirit

Tuesday, December 12
The St. Paul’s Seniors invite all friends over 60 to join us Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 12:30 in Norton Hall for a lecture and discussion on “Mindfulness as a Wellness Practice.” Our knowledgeable guest speaker, Dwight Rodgers, has taught classes in both mindfulness and the history of Christianity for several years. Please come to share and learn over a cup of coffee and light lunch (contributions welcomed). RSVP to Barbara Beach at

Shrine Mont Parish Retreat

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, 2018
As you may have already heard, our annual St. Paul’s Parish Retreat to Shrine Mont has relocated from the previous season of mid-September to the weekend of April 13-15, 2018. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Dean of Virginia Seminary, will be leading the Adult Education sessions and we hope you consider joining us at Shrine Mont next spring! Registration is now open at and all are welcome. If you have any questions or wish to learn more information, please contact the Rev. Greg Millikin.

Ongoing News/Events

Help Support Alexandria's Animals through Chris Tyler's Eagle Scout Project

Chris Tyler is collecting wish list items for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and King Street Cats for his Eagle Scout project. On Sunday he will have a sponsorship table set up between services where you can sponsor an item for his drive and learn more about the project. Desired items run the gamut from ping pong balls to hot dogs (used as treats for dogs) to office supplies to pet carriers. New or gently used wish list items can be left in the marked bin at St. Paul's or Chris can arrange to pick them up. Please email Chris with any questions.

Gentle Yoga for All

Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
St. Paul’s hosts a “Gentle Yoga for All” class on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome! A percentage of the class fees are donated to the Lazarus Ministry and Carpenter’s Shelter. For more information, please contact Margaret Townsend by email or by phone at (571) 218-2161.

Altar Flower Donations

Today’s flowers are given! Altar flowers can honor a loved one, celebrate a birth, baptism, confirmation and mark other special occasions. Learn more about this special Altar Guild program or schedule a donation by contacting Jane Cole at 703 780-0204 or via email.

Sure Foundation Ties & Totes Available

To support St. Paul’s in our Sure Foundation Year, we have tote bags and men’s & boys’ ties from Vineyard Vines available for purchase. Stop by the parish office or contact Maria Halloran to buy yours!