Sermon: July 13, 2014

Sermon:  God Will Provide                                                                     July 13, 2014

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church                                                                                        Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture: Matthew 13:1-23 (MSG) (17)

13 1-3 At about that same time Jesus left the house and sat on the beach. In no time at all a crowd gathered along the shoreline, forcing him to get into a boat. Using the boat as a pulpit, he addressed his congregation, telling stories.

3-8 “What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.

“Are you listening to this? Really listening?”

10 The disciples came up and asked, “Why do you tell stories?”

11-15 Jesus replied, “You’ve been given insight into the realm of God. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it. I don’t want Isaiah’s forecast repeated all over again:

Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing.
Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing.
The people are blockheads!
They stick their fingers in their ears
so they won’t have to listen;
They screw their eyes shut
so they won’t have to look,
so they won’t have to deal with me face-to-face
and let me heal them.

16-17 “But you have God-blessed eyes—eyes that see! And God-blessed ears—ears that hear! A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance. (18)

18-19 “Study this story of the farmer planting seed. When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road.

20-21 “The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.

22 “The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the news of sovereignty, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.

23 “The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”  (19)

Prayer

We have listened to the words of the street corner and the marketplace. And we have heard the words of our friends and neighbors. These words have often left us confused. They have not pointed the way to a clear and compelling goal. So we come to you, O God, in search of the Word that will give direction and meaning to our lives. Amen.

Our Experience

Growing up in Idaho, our small community was surrounded by farms.  I often visited in the home of my aunt and uncle.  My uncle spent most of the day working his family farm in order to produce a successful harvest.  There were wheat fields, plenty of summer corn and apple orchards. My brothers and I often sat at the table and shared their bounty.  Not only were my brothers and I able to enjoy the fruits of these fields but thousands of people we did not know were able to eat as a result of my uncle’s efforts. (19)  Jesus used a parable to introduce his hearers to the realm of God.  A farmer planted seed in hopes of producing a good crop.  Unfortunately not all the seed planted resulted in a harvest.  Some seed fell on rocky soil or into thorns.  Only the seed planted in the good soil resulted in a harvest. (20)       And so it is. Our ministry of telling others about the household of God will not always produce good results.  Some will misunderstand the story completely; others will have nothing more than a temporary religious experience.  But some will get it and they will follow the teachings of Jesus.  An important point in this story is that we are relieved of the responsibility of deciding who does and who does not get into the commonwealth of God.  (21) Our focus is on sharing the message of the Church: that Christ died and brought us new life.  That is the gospel.  We are recipients of the grace of God and when we do our part in the fields of ministry others we may not know personally will also benefit from the message of Jesus’ love.  (22)              The ministry of sowing is not a task for those who are easily discouraged.  Results may not be evident for many years or even in our lifetime.  We sew seeds in faith that a harvest will eventually be reaped even if not in our lifetime.  The reward is in doing the work that Christ calls us to. (23)  (Adapted from: Thad H. Carter:  http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/1342/sermon-starter-the-harvest)

Our Experience Expanded

Now, for those of us with the spiritual gift of delayed gratification that is indeed good news, but for those of us who like the good feeling of knowing NOW that our efforts have paid off, it may be more difficult. Let’s dig a little deeper into this story. The Sower seems to understand what needs to be done.  The Sower understands that by sowing the seed into a field – any old field – change will take place.  The seeds will eventually be transformed into fruit and flowers and vegetables.  The Sower knows that God gives the power for seed to change.  God provides!       (24)                  I believe that the Sower is looking deep into the heart of the soil where the seeds are being planted.  The tossing of seed by the Sower may seem careless, even reckless, but is it? (25) I think the Sower is looking at us (the soil) and asking:  are we spiritual beings having a human experience or are we human beings having spiritual experiences?  And why does that make a difference? (26) Rocky soil?  Rich soil?  Draught affected soil? Properly irrigated soil?  Well fertilized soil?  Soil that is depleted of all minerals?         (27) Have you ever met someone who was spiritually depressed? That would be rocky, arid soil. (28) These are the folks who struggled with hope and faith – they are just not sure it will ever get better. Spiritual Depression, I learned recently, comes in cycles: (1) It starts with a disappointment, an unmet expectation. (2) This inevitably leads to major discontentment. They just can’t accept what has happened. (3) So despair sets in and they see no way out. (4) And before we know it, they become destructive, the alcohol abuse sets in, or the binge eating takes over or the cutting starts or the shopping or spending gets totally out of control. Sometimes I see the church engaged in this cycle.  I hasten to remind those folks that we are an Easter people – we choose life, even if sometimes the church doesn’t have the appearance that it is thriving.                                                                        But then what do I know, silly me, I am one of those people who can hardly wait to get to church on Sunday morning! I felt that way this morning as I thought about meeting in the Fellowship Hall around tables with a PowerPoint order of worship and the prospect of our Town Hall meeting and beginning our visioning, our dreaming and yes, even some planning for St. Paul’s future.  St. Paul’s is a church in search of understanding. (29) We are an anxious church.  We are compassionate and caring people. We need a bit of practice with the being prophetic part of our faith journey, but for the most part we practice discipleship.  Did you know that 69% of Presbyterian congregations have fewer than 100 folks in worship on Sunday morning? Someone I once sat next to on a very tumultuous flight to Chicago reminded me that a little bit of turbulence is not fatal. (30) Sometimes upheaval can even be a good thing.                                                                                               When Dayja was getting ready to leave Alpine Academy in Utah and return home to Santa Monica we met together with her therapist and she reminded us both that transitions can be productive times and that with open and honest communication, regular intentional family time together, overall consistency, not taking any shortcuts and remembering that trust issues go both ways we would be OK. (31)                                                    The Sower takes the seed to places, to soil, it could never imagine. God doesn’t give a hoot what we do; God cares about why we do it.  And if we don’t understand why we do what we do then how will others believe what we believe? 250,000 people showed up to hear Dr. MLK give a speech. Do you think they showed up for themselves? Or did they have other reasons?  25% of the audience was white. They all came to hear him talk about a dream he had, not a plan he hoped to formulate.          (32)

Our Traditions

As Jesus told the parable, a farmer put a heavy seed bag on his shoulder and went out to his field to sow seed. In those days, farmers broadcast seed across a fallow field before plowing.  (33) That’s right; seed was first sown, and then gently plowed into the ground. You might find it interesting that this methodology is being reclaimed today by farmers wanting to better care for God’s earth. (34) “No-till” corn is quite the rage in parts of the Midwest. Using refined technology, a farmer can sow and cultivate a corn crop without deep-plowing the field. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Imagine that! This would have been unheard of back on my uncle’s farm in Idaho 50 years ago.  (35)                  According to Jesus as this farmer broadcast his precious seed some fell on a well-worn path cut by foot traffic through the fallow field. When fields lay fallow, foot travelers would cut walking paths through the fields, taking the shortest distance between two points. Fencing was rarely if ever used in the first century. So some seed landed on the path. And when it did, the birds quickly enjoyed lunch.                                                                  Other seeds, said Jesus, fell on rocky ground. Because there was little soil there, the seedlings sprang up quickly and then withered under the scorching sun.(36)  Thorns choked off other seeds, denying them the light of day and the promise of their bounty. Finally, some seed fell on good ground and brought forth a bumper crop yielding thirty, sixty, even a (37)hundredfold. Jesus ended the story admonishing all to listen; listen carefully, deeply, and thoughtfully. Listen! (38)                                               Now, what if this parable could be applied with equal power to every individual life, to everyone who listens? If that is so, all of our lives have  (39) worn, rocky, thorny, and yes, good soil in which seed can germinate and grow. What if this parable is about you and me? If so, what is God saying to us?      (40)                                                                                  If your life is like mine, you know how daily living creates well-worn paths. We call them ruts. (41) We drive to and from work using the same route day after day. We shop at the same grocery store, fill our tanks at the same Costco every week, thankfully attend the same church, and, more times than not, feed our families predictable menus of foods we know they will eat and enjoy. (42) Routines are often required, but sometimes in our relationship with God, routines can become ruts. We can attend church week after week, hear the scriptures read (like this familiar parable), follow the same order of worship, sing familiar hymns, go through the church routine, and in so doing, give the good seed God sows us to the birds of indifference. Trust me. It happens and may be happening even now.

Re-mything our Traditions

Truth be told, God’s seed also falls on the rocky places of our lives. (43) Life, by definition, can leave us cold, sharp, soilless, and rough. Pain, the cruelty of insensitive friends, and the crude comments of strangers can leave us lifeless and unmoved, rocks void of God’s bounty. Thorns pop up in our life’s ground as well. None of us intend to succumb to the cutting brutality of thorns, but there they are, choking out God’s blessings, robbing us of God’s promise. (44)                                                                          But thanks be to God, some seed falls on good ground. When it does, the miracle of germination, cultivation, nourishment, sunshine, rain, and care yield a generous harvest no one thought was possible. It happens in all our lives in ways that leave us speechless.           (45)                                  Here is the needed twist in this old, old story. Yes, there will always be people who are worn out, rocky, wasted, and yes, good, too. Actually, the gospel reminds us there is far more good in all of us in which God’s grace can take root than any of us imagine. All manner of ground exists in the fields that are our lives. (46) Why don’t we clear out the rocks, cut down the thorns, change up the routines, and give God even more opportunities to grow from our lives the generous, bountiful, giving people God in Christ made us to be? I dare you to believe it today and to discover it as we do the amazing work of God that lies ahead for us.  Adapted from: http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/5127/a-generous-harvest

Prayer

You move into our lives, Spirit of life, quietly taking those fears which trip us up, gently watering the seeds planted in our inept souls until they become bushels of grace. Keep us mindful of the amazing things you do in our lives.  Amen.

 

News Letter: November 5, 2014

 A unique Christian community bound by God’s love, sharing our love with others                                                                                                                                            St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

 November 5, 2014

 St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

 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.

 Recycling Sunday

 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.

Part 131

Being Presbyterian

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)

 

 

News Letter October 31, 2014

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

October 31, 2014

Be sure to set your clocks back     one hour on Saturday evening for the end of Daylight Savings Time. 

 St. Paul’s weekly E-Newsletter

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

 

 Communion Sunday on November 2nd

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.

Happy Halloween!!!

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

Part 130

Being Presbyterian

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?

 

 

News Letter: October 22, 2014

 

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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.

 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

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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