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News & Events

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Here are the latest announcements and upcoming events:

St. Paul's Friendraiser and Art Show

Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14
Did you know that St. Paul’s supports 15 local and regional nonprofit initiatives as well as a number of ministries in South Sudan? On Friday, October 12, St. Paul’s will host our Second Annual Friendraiser to support these Outreach Ministries. Purchase your tickets here!

This festive event will also include a preview of the weekend’s Art Show. Our congregation is full of amazing artists in a variety of media. After a seven-year hiatus, the St. Paul’s Art Show will return this year to showcase their work. Come take a look in the courtyard throughout the weekend of October 12-14 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday).

Book Group

Wednesday, October 17
The St. Paul's book group now meets on Wednesdays once a month, 7:30-9 p.m., and welcomes all readers! For Oct. 17, we're reading The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, a saga interweaving two stories 800 years apart in Syria. On Nov. 14, we'll discuss Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen, a critique of the way American history has been taught. Please join us in the 3rd floor library of Wilmer Hall. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales.

Reception with Bishop Joseph Atem

Sunday, October 21
Please join us in Norton Hall following the 11:00 service as we welcome Bishop Joseph Atem of the Diocese of Renk, our mission partner in South Sudan. Come hear about the Church in South Sudan and how your donations to the Pennies From Heaven scholarship are making a difference at the Renk Basic School.

Faith Seeking Understanding

Sundays, October 21 - November 18
Faith Seeking Understanding (FSU) will meet on Sunday afternoons this fall, Oct. 21 - Nov. 18, from 12:15-1:45 p.m. This season we're exploring the fundamentals of Christianity: baptism, the Bible, Holy Eucharist, prayer, and St. Paul's 5 tenets. Participants will read through Rowan Williams' book Being Christian, share lunch together, and engage in small group discussions. All are welcome to participate, especially folks new to St. Paul's and anyone looking to deepen their understanding of Christianity. Email the Rev. Alyse Viggiano if you have any questions or you would like to sign up.

Carpenter's Shelter Dinner

Wednesday, October 24
St. Paul's will host dinner at the Carpenter's Shelter's new location (the former Macy's at Landmark Mall) on Wednesday, October 24. We are requesting servers and donations of salads, fruit, and desserts by 5:45 p.m. at the shelter. If you would like to help, please contact Lisa DeVaughan.

St. Paul's Cemetery Clean-Up

Saturday, October 27
The Beefeaters' Clean-up at St. Paul’s Cemetery is scheduled for Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Please bring any yard-related implements to help rake, cut, prune, dig, etc. After the work is done, we’ll have a cook-out and toast our past congregants and our church. Contact Anthony Marasco to let us know if you can join. Grill/meat/buns/beverage donations appreciated.

Family Fall Festival

Sunday, October 28
Join us on Sunday, October 28 during the 10:00 hour for our 4th Annual Fall Festival! This is a day where we celebrate all the families at St. Paul’s, and have a blast together on the playground with games, face paint, balloon art, crafts, snacks, and more.

Christ House Dinner

Monday, October 29
Help is needed for a Christ House dinner on Monday, Oct. 29. Servers will be needed from 4:30-6:15 p.m. and bakers can drop off baked goods at Christ House on Sunday the 28th or Monday the 29th before 4:30 p.m. Christ House is located at the corner of West & Prince Streets. If you would like to help, please contact Bob Aulthouse at 703-505-2008 or by email here.

Aging Gracefully with Spirit

Monday, November 5
The St. Paul's Seniors invite all friends over 60 to join us on November 5 at 12:30 p.m. for lunch and an informative discussion with Caroline Morris. Caroline is a fellow parishioner and as a physical therapist who is certified in our topic. She will help us in understanding how to decrease the likelihood of losing physical independence. Please join us and come to share and learn over a cup of coffee and light lunch ($10 -$15). RSVP to Barbara Beach.

Ongoing News/Events

Donate Leftover Yarn to Junior Daughters of the King

Throughout October
Is your leftover yarn stash out of control? If so, the Junior Daughters of the King can help tame that overgrown collection! This year, the Junior Daughters would like to learn how to make prayer squares. The crafter prays while creating them to provide love and goodwill to the recipient. This is a great way for the Junior Daughters to keep their promise of daily prayer and service. If you have leftover yarn to spare or 5 mm crochet hooks to contribute, please contact Corinne Marasco, Lynn O’Connell, or Carolyn Backus.

Contemplative Prayer Group

All are welcome to join in contemplative prayer Sunday evenings at 4:30 pm (before the 5 p.m. service) in the Johnston Room. Be still in the presence of God along with others seeking to deepen their prayer life.

Contemplative Arts

Tuesdays in Fall 2018
In our busy lives that are so full of noise and accomplishments, sometimes it helps to create space for silence and creativity. On Tuesdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m. beginning Sept. 18, St. Paul's will offer a regular place and time to foster a meditative, creative community that supports people in their spiritual practices. Contact the Rev. Elizabeth Rees to learn more.

Explorers Preschool Openings

Fall 2018
It’s time to explore the fall, y’all! St. Paul’s Explorers program still has a few spots available for toddlers 18-36 months. Our play-based program explores the globe year-round. Please email Mr. Rees for a tour and enrollment information.

Farmers' Market Gleaners Needed

Every Saturday this season from about 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m., we collect produce from farmers’ market vendors and redistribute them to Alexandrians in need. To learn more and/or sign up, please contact the Rev. Alyse Viggiano.

Meade Lunch Program Volunteers Needed

St. Paul’s Meade Memorial Brown Bag Lunch ministry is seeking volunteers to serve Alexandria’s homeless, shelter residents, and working and non-working poor. To sign up for fall dates, visit or contact Dede Stanko.

Altar Flowers for All Occasions

Honor a loved one, celebrate a special event, mark a milestone — donating flowers for the church altar is a lovely way to recognize others. Contact Jane Cole at or by phone at (703) 780-0204 for assistance.

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.