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News & Events

Stay up-to-date on all upcoming events and deadlines at St. Paul's! Find services and parish happenings on our events calendar, read in-depth articles in our quarterly Epistle Magazine, and sign up for our eNewsletters so you won't miss a thing.

Here are the latest announcements and upcoming events:

Pennies from Heaven Fundraising Campaign

Throughout July
Thanks to everyone for your generosity with our first summer outreach campaign to support Together We Bake. We now move on to our annual Pennies from Heaven campaign to provide scholarships to the Renk Basic School in South Sudan, which St. Paul’s has long supported. Amazingly, $300 covers tuition, food, and school uniforms for one child for one year of elementary school. Our goal is to raise 30 scholarships by late July. To make a donation of any amount, click here (select Pennies from Heaven in the dropdown menu) or write "Pennies from Heaven" in the memo line of a check to St. Paul’s.

Carpenter's Shelter Dinner

Wednesday, July 25
St. Paul's will host dinner at the Carpenter's Shelter's new location (the former Macy's at Landmark Mall) on Wednesday, July 25. 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 Ben Richardson.

General Convention Recap Forum

Sunday, July 29
Russ Randle, a Deputy to General Convention from the Diocese of Virginia, will join us for a forum on July 29 in Norton Hall after the 10 a.m. service to share his experience at Convention and give us insight into the big issues currently at play in the Episcopal Church. This 79th General Convention (held every three years) may mean major changes — everything from decisions about the Church’s budget and leadership, to a possible revision of the Book of Common Prayer. You won’t want to miss this!

Pious Pint

Sunday, July 29
Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 at 1823 (the pub on campus at VTS) as we continue the summer series of Pious Pint: Your Curious Clergy. On the last Sunday of each month this summer, the Pious Pint will explore the spiritual formation of Alyse, Oran, and Elizabeth. It’s not only a chance to learn, but also the opportunity to ask that burning theological question.

Christ House Dinner

Monday, July 30
Help is needed for a Christ House dinner on Monday, July 30. Servers will be needed from 4:30-6:15 p.m. and bakers can drop off baked goods at Christ House on Sunday the 29th or Monday the 30th 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 email

Special Liturgy Forum

Sunday, August 5
For the month of July, the 10 a.m. service for Holy Eucharist will be a contemporary adaptation of the Rite I liturgy. This liturgy has the structure of Rite I, the contemporary language of Rite II, and hopefully incorporates some of the best components of both. On Sunday, August 5 following the 10 a.m. service, please join Oran in Norton Hall for a conversation about this experience.

Parish Directory Updates

Due Monday, August 6
The office is working on the 2018 printed directory. Please let us know of any changes to your contact information in the last year (address, phone numbers, etc.). If you would prefer we use a cell phone number as your primary contact, make sure we have that information, as well as current email addresses. If you’ve signed up for our online directory, please check and make sure your information is up to date, or email your updates to

Summer Reading for Book Group

Tuesday, September 18
The Book Group is delving into fiction this summer, with two fast-moving and very different books. The first, I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming, is part of a series featuring an Episcopal priest and amateur detective, Clare Fergusson. The second (a bonus for those who have time!) is the recently published The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. Set in Syria, two narrators 800 years apart weave a tale that humanizes today's headlines and places them in the sweep of history. Read one, read both, or read what you can and join the conversation on Tuesday, September 18. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales at

"In the Executioner's Shadow" Screening and Q&A

Thursday, September 20
Please save the date for a special event on Thursday, Sept. 20 — "In the Executioner's Shadow" screening and Q&A. This documentary casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful stories: a former state executioner, a Boston Marathon bombing victim, and the parents of a murder victim who choose to fight for the life of their daughter’s killer. As the battle to overturn capital punishment comes to a head in the U.S., this provocative film challenges viewers to question their deepest beliefs about justice. Join us for a screening and Q&A with the filmmakers; more details to come later this summer.

Ongoing News/Events

Explorers' Summer Camp

June 18 - August 17
Join us for summer fun at St. Paul’s Explorers summer camps! Children (2-5 years) will explore our world for 8 weeks between June 18 - August 17. Contact Rees Kirkorian, Explorers Director.

We’re also looking for youth volunteers to help out! Youth must be rising 7th-12th graders (middle/high school). Volunteers can serve all summer or only selected days/weeks. If you’re interested, please apply here.

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.

Keep Your Pledge Current This Summer

Summer is here! Please remember the Church doesn’t take a summer vacation from funding mission and ministry. We need you to continue with your regular pledge payments so we can keep up with our commitments. Make life easy and sign up for automatic withdrawal or consider making your July and August contributions now. Please contact Maria Halloran, Director of Stewardship, at (703) 549-3312, x21 or if you have any questions.

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.

Summer Choir

Starting Sunday, June 3
Summer Choir will start on June 3. Come sing with us this summer through September 2, whether you’re 13 or 93 (or older) whenever you are able. Rehearsals are on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the gallery for the 10 a.m. service. No auditions! Help lead the congregation in song and learn simple anthems to sing. We don’t vest or process in the summer. For further information contact Grant Hellmers.

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!