News Letter: October 22, 2014

 

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

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St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

 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.

 Pollard Family to Join St. Paul’s

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.

 

 Part 129

Being Presbyterian

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.

  1. On Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, Mary is often pictured in art as riding on what animal?
  2. To whom did a heavenly host of angels announce the birth of Jesus?
  3. From what direction did the three kings come to see the baby Jesus?
  4. When Jesus was about two years old, an angel appeared to Joseph telling him to flee with Mary and the child to what country?
  5. What three gifts did the three kings bring?
  6. 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 treasures@si.edu or call (877) 733-9599.

 

 

 

News Letter: October 8, 2014

A unique Christian community bound by God’s love, sharing our love with others

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

October 8, 2014

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

Crime and Punishment” is Sunday Sermon Title

Using the story of the wedding banquet that a king prepared for his son’s wedding from Matthew 22: 1-14 in worship this week we will explore our understanding of how consequences do or do not always match the offense committed.  The Lay Liturgist this week will be Delores Henry.

Deacons Revise Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach

Due to increasing demand and decreasing resources the Deacons have decided to partner with the E. J. Jackson Foundation’s annual Turkey Dinner Give-Away this year.  The date is Tuesday, November 25th and there are flyers on the table in the back of the sanctuary if you know of someone in need of assistance this coming holiday.  Volunteer opportunities are available.  Call 800-522-9955.

Pastor Ann will be on Study Leave next week at Ghost Ranch in Abiqu, New Mexico so there will not be an e-newsletter.  And  because of a trip to Washington DC there will be a one-day delay the following week.  PA

 

Remember to fill out and turn in your 2015 pledge card.  Bring it on Sunday morning and place it in the offering plate or mail it to the office.  St. Paul’s Stewardship and Finance Ministry Team has started work on the 2015 budget and they need your pledge information.

 

 Part 128

Being Presbyterian

Huldrych Zwingli (“Who?” you may be asking) was born on January 1, 1484 and died 482 years ago this week.  Zwingli was one of five of our protestant ancestors who played an important role in the early life of the Reformed Church.

He was leader who began the Protestant Reformation in Zurich by his lectures and sermons and who vigorously enacted his religious and political views against the reigning Roman Catholic powers.  Like Luther’s “95 Theses” Zwingli produced a list of “67 Theses” which included his statement of belief, grounded, he maintained in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In his first public controversy in 1522, he attacked the custom of fasting during Lent. In his publications he noted corruption in the ecclesiastical hierarchy, promoted clerical marriage, and attacked the use of images in places of worship. In 1525, Zwingli introduced a new communion liturgy to replace the mass. Zwingli also clashed with the Anabaptists, which ultimately resulted in their persecution.

As a young priest Zwingli had studied little theology, but this was not considered unusual at the time. His first ecclesiastical post was the pastorate of the town of Glarus, where he stayed for ten years. It was in Glarus, whose soldiers were used as mercenaries in Europe, that Zwingli became involved in politics. He had become convinced that mercenary service was immoral and that Swiss unity was indispensable for any future achievements. He died as a chaplain on the battle field of Kappel on October 11, 1531.

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers to last week’s questions:  (1) Ruth  (2) Simon (3) three (4) Peter (5) Matthew and Luke (6) King Herod.

What was the name of the place where Jesus was taken to be crucified? (And bonus points if you can tell what the name means!)

According to the Gospel of John what were the last words spoken by Jesus?

Who was known as a man with great patience?

The angel Gabriel foretold the birth of what two men?

How old was Abraham when Sarah gave birth to Isaac?

What skin disease did the brave soldier Naaman have?

 

 

OCTOBER IS DOMESTIVE VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in 3 women worldwide will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence knows no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. Victims can be young or old and of any income or job skill level.

These are small but important steps folks at St. Paul’s can do to help alleviate this problem from our homes and communities:

Pray for victims, survivors and perpetrators as well as other family members and friends affected by violence.

Educate. Educate. Educate.  Learn everything you can about the nature of violence and talk about what you have discovered with others.

Volunteer to help at your local domestic violence shelter or agency.

For more information on PC(USA) policies on domestic violence go to: http://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/phewa/pdfs/phewamerged_document.pdf

 

News Letter: October 1, 2014

A unique Christian community bound by God’s love, sharing our love with others

 

World Communion Sunday

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

 

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

 October 1, 2014

World Communion Sunday this Week

St. Paul’s will be celebrating communion this Sunday with Christians around the world.  Our communion servers will be Joyce Dixon, Billie Land, Palmer Smith, Minnie McGriff and Helen Ketch. The lectionary text for this week is Exodus 20:1-20 which some of you will recognize as the ten commandments.  It is suggested that we wear “native dress” this Sunday.  Our Fellowship Hour will feature breads from around the world. World communion Sunday began in 1973.

 

Peacemaking Offering this Sunday

There are many powers and principalities at play in the world that divide us. They exist among the nations, in our communities, throughout congregations, in the midst of households across the globe, and within ourselves. Through these divisions we as God’s children become broken. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians describes peace as a spiritual bonding agent, holding us together through the love of Christ. It restores our fractured pieces to a whole, creating a connection between us. Through this, we experience the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.

The Peacemaking Offering funds the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program enabling us to engage with International Peacemakers, hold conferences, and advocate for active nonviolent solutions to conflict. Please participate in this special offering and help make the Season of Peace a time to renew your commitment and reaffirm your calling to peacemaking.

The Stewardship Way of Life

God has given us all that we have:  life, health and property, the earth and the gospel.  EVERYTHING is a gift from God.  When Jesus invites us to be disciples that includes our role as stewards.  We are called to commit our hearts and minds — our whole being– to God!  Being a good steward is part of discipleship and making a generous financial pledge to St. Paul’s is a part of discipleship.  Being a good steward means being generous with our time, talent and treasure.  It is an expression of love and an honor to support the ministry of St. Paul’s.  Bring or mail your pledge card to the church this week.

Service of Celebration

The NBPSC Service of Celebration is scheduled for October 26th at 3:30 PM at Knox Presbyterian Church.  Plan to attend this inspiring annual     event.

 

 Part 127

Being Presbyterian

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. Presbyterians were early initiators of this world-wide service of remembrance which started back in 1973.  The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is a central act of worship in Presbyterian churches.  It is called an outward and visible sign and seal of the promises God makes in the gospel of Jesus Christ. These promises are received by faith as church members eat the bread and drink the wine, representing Jesus’ body and blood (I Cor. 11:23-26). The sacrament nourishes the faith of believers in the church community and this Sunday unites Presbyterians with all other Christians around the world.

The Lord’s Supper is also called Communion or the Eucharist.  “The “elements” of the Lord’s Supper  are the bread and the wine (or grape juice).  The bread may be a loaf of bread or individual pieces of bread.  The wine/juice may be used from a common cup or individual cups.

When we participate in communion we  join others in the church as people who have received the “new covenant” in Jesus Christ (I Cor. 11:25). We also remember Jesus’ death and resurrection (I Cor. 11:24) and by faith receive the benefits of all that Jesus has done for us (John 6:53-58).  We also celebrate the return of Jesus and the coming reign of God (I Cor. 11:26) when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  Plan to join us this Sunday.

 

Saturday, October 18th, the author of the new PW Bible Study   “Reconciling Paul,” Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, will be featured at a PW  Gathering from 10 AM to 2 PM at Packard Hall at Westminster Gardens in  Duarte.  All Presbyterian women are welcome.  The cost is $18 which includes lunch and the cost of materials.   See Pastor Ann to register.

 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answer to last week’s questions:  1) Jacob, 2) five loaves and two fish, 3) John the Baptist, 4) Elisha, 5) He wrote, “His name is John.” on a tablet. 6) Hannah.

  1. What woman loved her mother-in-law so much that she left her own country and followed her mother-in-law to another land?
  2. What was another name that Peter was called?
  3. How many days and nights was Jonah inside the big fish?
  4. When Jesus walked on water, whom did he tell to come and meet him in the middle of the water?
  5. In which books of the Bible is the prayer called “The Lord’s Prayer?”
  6. What terrible king wanted to kill Jesus and all of the baby boys in Bethlehem?

 

 

News Letter: September 17, 2014

A unique Christian community bound by God’s love, sharing our love with others

            September 17, 2014

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

 

Rev. Catherine Hughes to Preach this Sunday

Using the lectionary text from Matthew 20:1-16 Rev. Hughes will preach this Sunday on the Parable of the Landowner.  Her sermon title is “God Will Meet Our Needs.”  We will also have with us a representative of the national Self Development of People fund to do a Minute for Mission on the fine work this national church agency supports.  St. Paul’s has for many years been very supportive of the One Great Hour of Sharing campaign which funds SDOP

International Day of Peace , Sunday, September 21st

The United Nations has set September 21st as theDay of Peace. This day provides an opportunity forindividuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace ona shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2014 isRight of Peoples to Peace.

Mark Koenig of the PC(USA) office at the United Nations offers these suggestions for celebrating this event:  Organize to address racism; observe a Minute of Silence at noonyour time zone, ring your church bells, hold a public forum focused on issues that need to be addressed in your neighborhood, light candles, hold a vigil, pray, recognize educators in your community or church.  We will be taking up the national Peacemaking Offering on Sunday, October 5th during worship.

Services for Robert Engleton

A funeral service for long time St. Paul’s member Robert Engleton is scheduled for Monday, September 22nd at the Inglewood Park Cemetery in their Manchester Chapel at 2 PM.  Interment will follow with a repast here at St. Paul’s around 4 PM.  Rev. Dr. Leon Fanniel will be officiating at the service.  Please hold Julie and Tiffany and their families up in your prayers throughout the week.  Cards can be sent to  Julie Engleton, 4229 Leimert Blvd. # 4,Angeles 90008 or Tiffany and Gilbert Ruvalcaba, 1035 E. Fairview, Inglewood  90302.

It’s Time to Pledge

Our Stewardship and Finance Ministry Team has begun our 2015 Pledge Campaign.  Pledge cards are available in the pews or can be mailed to you upon request.  Call the church office.

Part 125

Being Presbyterian

This coming Sunday has been designated Theological Education Sunday.  Presbyterians have historically been devoted to the need for education at all levels.

Everyday life has changed significantly since the first of our Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) theological seminaries were founded in 1794 and 1812. Over the years, additional theological institutions were established, carrying on the Presbyterian tradition of providing educated leadership for congregations from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Rim.

Today, our 10 seminaries as well as two theological institutions related to the denomination by covenant agreement have been entrusted to provide the educational foundation pastors need to be able to preach, teach, pray and lead.

Together they:

Prepare men and women to be pastors, educators and musicians for congregations

Provide continuing education and advanced degree programs for ministers of the Word and Sacrament and for lay church leaders.

Serve as centers for theological discourse, reflection and research for the benefit of the wider church during changing times.

As we continue into the 21st century, each of our theological institutions will continue to provide a Presbyterian ethos for learning and spiritual formation — theological education in the Reformed tradition.

Needed!!

A used computer in good working order (please nothing older than Windows 7 or 8) for a 12 year-old boy to help with his homework.  Call the church office if you can help with this. 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers to last week’s questions: (1) Andrew (2) Luke (3) a colorful coat (4) a heart that understands the difference between right and wrong (5) four days (6) Esther

  1. Joseph’s father’s name was Jacob.  What was Joseph’s mother’s name?
  2. What was the name of King Solomon’s mother?
  3. Who was the brother of the sisters Mary and Martha?
  4. Who did the apostle Paul consider his “true son in the faith?”
  5. Who was promised to God before his birth and then grew up in the temple with the priest Eli?
  6. Which apostle was blinded by light on the road to Damascus?

 

News Letter: September 10, 2014

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

A unique Christian community bound by God’s love, sharing our love with others

September 10, 2014

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

 Theme of Forgiveness Continues this Sunday

Our lectionary passage from Matthew’s gospel (18:21-35) continues this week with the idea of forgiveness.  Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone who offends him.  Jesus’ answer overwhelms him.  This week’s sermon will be divided into three parts with congregation participation.  Yes, there will probably be a quiz!  So come prepared.

Stewardship Season Begins at St. Paul’s

Elder Minnie McGriff kicked off our annual pledge drive with a Minute for Stewardship this past Sunday during worship.  Stewardship means a lot of different things to different people, but here are few things to be lifted up:

Stewardship is a way to thank God, for blessing us with special gifts. It is based on our need to give something back to God — not on the church’s need for money.

It is a lifelong commitment to follow Jesus, regardless of the cost.  Our commitments to God can’t be expressed in any single action.

It is a rewarding way of life in which our personal relationship with Jesus is enriched and deepened every day.

It is the key to peace — it makes the world we live in a better place.

We give from substance (not abundance), giving back the first portion of all our God-given gifts.  Sharing is what it is all about.

Embracing God’s Mission will be held on Saturday, September 27th starting at 8:30 AM at Knox Presbyterian Church.  Using Jeremiah 29:4-7 as the text for this event (“Seek the peace of the city”) the topic will be the church and violence and how we can help make and keep our families, churches, schools and communities safer.  Rev. Dr. Lewis Logan from CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) will be the keynote speaker.  The cost is $15 (includes lunch) and pre-registration at presbytery@pacificpresbytery.org or by calling 310-670-5076 is needed.

Mission! Mission!  Mission!

Remember to bring your recyclables to church this Sunday.  AMPT will be collecting them in the parking lot starting around 10 AM.  Help support this most worthwhile ministry.

Part 124

Being Presbyterian

Section 3 of the Social Creed for the 21st Century completes its Trinitarian formula with these words:  In hope sustained by the Holy Spirit, we pledge to be peacemakers in the world and stewards of God’s good creation, by working for:

  • Adoption of simpler lifestyles for those who have enough; grace over greed in economic life.
  • Access for all to clean air and water and healthy food, through wise care of land and technology.
  • Sustainable use of earth’s resources, promoting alternative energy sources and public transportation with binding covenants to reduce global warming and protect populations most affected.
  • Equitable global trade and aid that protects local economics, cultures and livelihoods.
  • Peacemaking through multilateral diplomacy rather than unilateral force, the abolition of torture, and a strengthening of the United Nations and the rule of international law.
  • Nuclear disarmament and redirection of military spending to more peaceful and productive uses.
  • Cooperation and dialogue for peace and environmental justice among the world’s religions.

We—individual Christians and churches—commit ourselves to a culture of peace and freedom that embraces non-violence, nurtures character, treasures the environment, and builds community, rooted in a spirituality of inner growth with outward action.

A gently used computer in good working order is  needed by a 12-year-old boy to help with his homework.  Please — nothing older than Windows 7.     Call the church office for more information or to arrange delivery.

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers from last week’s questions:  (1) a serpent (2) Esther (3) Judas (4) Bartimaeus (5) Egypt (6) not cutting his hair.

  1. Who was the very first disciple of Jesus?
  2. Which apostle was a doctor?
  3. What did Jacob give to his son, Joseph, to show he was his favorite?
  4. When God came to Solomon in a dream, what did Solomon ask God to give him?
  5. How long had Lazarus been dead when Jesus arrived in Bethany?
  6. Who was the queen that saved her people from death?