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November 5, 2014
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22nd Sunday after Pentecost this Sunday
Our lectionary text is once again from Matthew this Sunday. It is the story (Matthew 25: 1-13) of the ten bridesmaids, half of whom show up with oil for their lamps and half who do not. Now the obvious conclusion is “be prepared”, but maybe there are other lessons to be learned from this text. See you Sunday at 11 AM.
Friday Is World Community Day
World Community Day is organized every year by Church Women United, an ecumenical organization of Christian women who are working to strengthen families. World Community Day focuses on justice and peace around the world, and it is typically celebrated on the first Friday in November. Church Women United (CWU) is a national ecumenical Christian women’s movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women. Founded in 1941, as the United Council of Church Women, this organization has more than 1,200 local and state units in the United States and Puerto Rico. CWU’s members represent 26 supporting denominations and organizations of which one is the PC(USA). Offices are located in New York City, Washing– ton DC and at the United Nations. For more information visit their website at www.churchwomen.org.
Calling all St. Paul’s Women
This Sunday following worship during the Fellowship Hour all the women from St. Paul’s are invited to at-tend the Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering. Come and find out what PW is all about.
Once again this week our AMPT (Adult Ministry Presbyterian Team) will be collecting plastic bottles and glass jars for re-cycling. Please support this most worthwhile ministry.
St. Paul’s will be partnering with the Jackson Foundation to provide Thanksgiving turkey dinners this year. Call the office for details.
NBPC will once again be sponsoring an advent study with light supper starting Wednesday, December 3rd at 6 PM here at St. Paul’s. Save this date as well as December 10th and 17th.
This is our “stewardship season”. Last Sunday we dedicated
our 2015 pledge cards, with a big thank you to all of you who pledge financial support to St. Paul’s.
Even though we focus particular attention on financial support of our ministry in the fall, stewardship is a year-around activity. The church was founded on Jesus’ teachings. Jesus is our gift of new life, a source of hope and strength and joy in a changing world that can often be scary and overwhelming. And Jesus is a model for sharing our worldly and spiritual resources.
As I stated in my sermon last Sunday we give out of gratitude to God, but it still goes without saying that just like our families, our church has responsibilities, too: office expenses, salaries, programs, teaching materials, basic utilities and then there are our buildings. Rick, our plumber, has been out here three times in the past two weeks to clamp off leaky pipes. Your giving is the key to the success of church plans and programs. Supporting St. Paul’s is a way to put Christian values and faith into action. Your personal contributions make a difference and our St. Paul’s staff and our session say “Thanks so very much!” PA
Do You Know the Bible?
Answers to last weeks questions: (1) Eve and Adam (2) fruits of the soil (3) “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (4) his blood (5) Seth.
1. What “fleecy” judge was nick-named “Jerub-Baal” for tearing down Baal’s altar? (Judges 6:32)
2. What prophet of God challenged 450 prophets of Baal to see whose god would answer by fire? (I Kings 18:22-24)
3. What leader’s death preceded the Israelite’s’ descent into Baal worship? (Judges 2:8-11)
4. What evil woman led Israel’s King Ahab, her husband, into Baal worship? (I Kings 16: 29-31)
5. What king of Israel claimed to worship Baal, only to destroy the priests of Baal? (2 Kings 10: 18-19)
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October 31, 2014
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Matthew 23:1-12 is our lectionary gospel text this week. In this passage Jesus accuses the Scribes and Pharisees of not practicing what they preach. Most of us know how difficult it can be to set high standards and then stay in sync with them. This is communion Sunday and our servers are Joyce Dixon, Lois Hines, Yvonne Stewart, Andrea Bracken and Michelle McCladdie.
A Brief History of Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve)
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31st.The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.
Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. Read more at: http://www.halloweenhistory.org/
Pledge Card Dedication this Sunday
It is not too late to turn in your financial pledge card for 2015. We will dedicate them this Sunday during worship. The amount that is pledged each fall is then used by our Stewardship and Finance Ministry Team to determine what St. Paul’s budget will be for next year. We will see the preliminary budget for 2015 at our congregational meeting set for November 30th
Stewardship is a critical part of the commitments we make to ourselves and our community of faith when we become members. You could say that stewardship is a way of life. We must remind ourselves daily that all we have comes from God.
When we accepted the call of Jesus to become disciples we accepted along with it the role of steward. We commit our hearts and our minds — our whole being — to God as a part of discipleship. Being a good steward means being generous with our time, our talent and our treasure.
Stewardship is first and foremost an expression of love. God loves us and we love God in return. Stewardship is also part of our vocation. God has given each of us special gifts for God’s special purpose. It falls to us to develop those gifts as part of a life-long responsibility.
And last, but never least, stewardship is an honor and an opportunity to give our very best to Jesus and the church. It can also be a challenge. It can change the way we work, live and think.
Plan to attend the PW Fellowship Hour following worship on Sunday, November 9th for a light lunch and a time of fellowship and harmony!
Perhaps one of the greatest expectations of people of faith in relationship to our stewardship is that we will be cheerful givers, including giving honestly, regularly and generously. So with open hearts each year we pledge or commit to support St. Paul’s with a fair share of our “first fruits”, thankful for all God’s gifts to us.
Do You Know the Bible?
Answers to last week’s questions: (1) a donkey (2) shepherds (3) the East (4) Egypt (5) gold, frankincense and myrrh (6) Moses.
What “first couple” gave birth to Abel?
What unacceptable offering provoked Cain’s murder of Abel?
What five-word question did Cain use to dismiss God’s question about Abel’s whereabouts?
What part of Abel did God tell Cain “cries out to me from the ground”?
What third son did Eve say God gave her in place of the murdered Abel?
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October 22, 2014
Reformation Sunday this Week
Our text for this Reformation Sunday will be Deut. 34: 1-12. The sermon title is “Where Have All the Prophets Gone?” We will be bringing in new members this Sunday (see article below) and Elder Joyce Dixon will serve as our liturgist.
It is a particular pleasure to welcome to St. Paul’s family Farley, Denise, Chelsea and Courtney Pollard. They are coming to us on the reaffirmation of their faith. Farley and Denise are engaged in in-home health care and Chelsea and Courtney are students at Culver City High School. They will be welcomed into our membership this week during worship.
Service of Celebration
The NBPC 45th annual Service of Celebration will take place this Sunday, October 26th at 3:30 PM at Knox Presbyterian Church. All are welcome. A free-will offering will be taken.
Presbyterians celebrate the tradition that grounds their faith on Reformation Sunday. It is always the last Sunday in October, marking the occasion in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
October 26th is Reformation Sunday. This year, we commemorate the 500th birthday of John Knox (ca. 1514-1572) by exploring his famous interview with Queen Mary of Scots at Holyrood Palace in 1561.
John Knox and writer who was a leader of the Protestant Reformation is considered the founder of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland. He is believed to have been educated at the University of St. Andrews worked as a notary-priest. Influenced by early church reformers such as Wishart, he joined the movement to reform the church. He was caught up in the ecclesiastical and political events that involved the murder of Beaton 1546 and the intervention of the Scotland, Mary of Guise. He was taken prisoner by French forces the following year and exiled to England on his release in 1549.
On his return to Scotland he led the Protestant Reformation in Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Protestant nobility. The movement led to the ousting of Mary of Guise, who governed the country in the name of her young daughter Mary, Queen of Scots.
Do You Know the Bible?
The answers from two weeks ago: (1) Golgatha (“the place of the skull”) (2) “It is finished.” (3) Job (4) John the Baptist and Jesus (5) 100 years old (6) leprosy.
- On Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, Mary is often pictured in art as riding on what animal?
- To whom did a heavenly host of angels announce the birth of Jesus?
- From what direction did the three kings come to see the baby Jesus?
- When Jesus was about two years old, an angel appeared to Joseph telling him to flee with Mary and the child to what country?
- What three gifts did the three kings bring?
- Whom did God call on to part the Red Sea?
Mission Opportunities: Habitat for Humanity
At the July 26, 2014 Stated Meeting, the Presbytery of the Pacific voted to work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity to raise $150k for a Habitat for Humanity home in Culver City, located across the street from Culver City Presbyterian Church. We are excited that God has placed such a wonderful mission right in the heart of our Presbytery, and that a struggling family will have access to a well-built home, great schools and a good neighborhood.
PoP has assembled a fundraising team that will be connecting with each church and establishing a designated “Habitat point person” (what a great opportunity to serve!). We are encouraged to give as the Spirit leads us from mission committee budgets, special offerings, fundraisers, or individual donations. Monetary pledges are due January 31, 2015, with the goal of the entire $150K to be raised by June 30, 2015. All funds go directly to Habitat to our “Culver City Presbytery Build” Account. Our church can give in many other ways as well, such as volunteering to build the home!
Museum Seeking National Treasures
This Friday, October 24th has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. For more information go to: http://www.un.org/en/events/unday
Did Aunt Emma leave you her heirloom hand crocheted tablecloth and it has been in a box in your attic for 30 years? The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC is looking to expand its inventory of African American treasures. For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu/programs/treasures, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 733-9599.