News Letter: May 21, 2014

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

May 21, 2014

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

 St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

Matthew George to Preach on Sunday

 The Rev. Matthew George will be preaching this Memorial Day Sunday.  His sermon title is ‘Love and Obedience” and his texts are Acts 17:22-31 and John 14:15-21.  Elder Frank Millin will serve as liturgist.  Pastor Ann will be in Northern California with her family celebrating her mother’s 93rd birthday.

St. Paul’s Session Update

St. Paul’s session met on Monday, May 18th for it’s monthly meeting.  The following decisions were made:

Administration and Personnel:  Completing updated position descriptions for all of our employees.

Building and Grounds:  Received a green light to have the magnolia tree in front of the church pruned.  Plans for the sanctuary refurbishing are progressing as well.

Evangelism:  A New Members Class will be held June 8th following worship. Talk to Pastor Ann for information.

Parish Education:  Will sponsor a seminar on funeral planning and end of life issues.

Stewardship and Finance:  Will explore ways to save water during this drought.

Worship and Spiritual Life: Will be placing one LAST order for the African American Heritage Hymnals.  Order forms are on the table in the narthex for any one still interested in purchasing one or more.  They are $20 each.

Deacons: Are scheduled to meet this Sunday after church.

 

(If you would like to serve on a Session Ministry Team please let Pastor Ann know!!!)

Flooring Fundraiser Is on Target

St. Paul’s has made my 65th birthday one to remember! The donations for flooring for our offices, library, and choir annex now total $1900 so I am going to make an appointment to get the rooms measured and the flooring ordered next week!  There is still an opportunity to donate to this glorious cause.  The forms and envelopes are on the table in the narthex.  Make your checks payable to St. Paul’s and place the word “flooring” on the memo line.  The flooring will cost approximately $2.50 per square foot and we are aiming for 1800 sq. feet.  Many, many, many thanks for supporting this effort!

Family Fun

Put June 15th on your calendar for an Evangelism Ministry Team sponsored family games and fun afternoon following worship.  There will be food and games and prizes for everyone!

Part 110

Being Presbyterian

Worship is central to the life of St. Paul’s and a critical part of worship is the bulletin.  The primary purpose of a bulletin is to assist us with worship so it contains the order of worship, liturgical information like litanies and prayers, the daily Bible readings (called the lectionary) and important announcements.

Here is some information on how to use the bulletin:

  1. Arrive early and scan the bulletin as a way of preparing for worship.
  2. Note which of our two hymnals are being used during the service.
  3. Fill out the attendance card which is located in the pew rack if not found in the bulletin and then place it is in the offering plate when it is passed.
  4. Reflect on the meditation printed at the beginning of the service.
  5. During the service the bulletin will help you track the progress of worship.  There will be liturgical dialogues (litanies and responsive readings or unison prayers) which will require your participation usually indicated in bold print.
  6. Review the printed announcements. There is also a Home Bible Study in the bulletin each week, so we hope you will take it home with you for reference during the week.

 

Save the Date

A Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Sunday, July 13th following worship.  Members will be asked to participate in both discussion and a survey as we start to plan for the future of St. Pauls. All are welcome.  A light lunch will be served.

 

Do You Know the Bible?

Answers to last week’s questions:  (1) Golgotha (2) “It is finished.” (3) Job (4) Peter (5) Matthew and Luke (3) King Herod

  1. 1.      Which biblical woman loved her mother-in-law so much she left her own country and followed her to another land?
  2. 2.      What was another name that Peter was called?
  3. 3.      How many days and nights was Jonah inside the big fish? 
  4. 4.      What was the name of the blind beggar whom Jesus and his disciples met on the road to Jericho?
  5. 5.      Where did Jonah go to try and hide from God?
  6. What was the secret of Samson’s great strength?

 

 

News Letter: May 14, 2014

May 14, 2014

 St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

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

 St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

Catherine Hughes to Preach on Sunday

The Rev. Catherine Hughes will be preaching on this Women’s Sunday topic:  “God Uses Ordinary Women To Do Extraordinary Things.”  Her texts will be Judges 4:1-10 and 1 Peter 2:9.  A special litany honoring the gifts of faithful women will be included in the service.  The liturgist for this Sunday is Billie Land.

Women’s Sunday

The Presbyterian Office at the United Nations

Our United Nations office helps inspire, equip, and connect Christians for ministry and advocacy as faithful disciples of Jesus in the global community. This is a Presbyterian Ministry on behalf of the policies of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The United Nations office seeks to speak from the very heart of the Church Universal. Through the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations the church responds to Christ’s call to bring good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, and let the oppressed go free. The church lives out the reality that “God sends the church in the power of the Holy Spirit to share with Christ in establishing God’s just, peaceable and loving rule in the world”(Book of Order, G-3.0300).

Learn about all of our many ongoing projects at the Ministry at the U.N. website:  www.pcusa.org/un.

Learn more about:  Human rights and ageing, South Sudan, responses to events in the Horn of Africa, The Interim Report of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Freedom, or the Red Hand Campaign to end the use of children as soldiers.

Rev. Matthew George to Preach May 25th

We will welcome the Rev. Matthew George to our pulpit on Sunday, May 25th. Pastor Ann travels to Northern California to celebrate her mother’s 93rd birthday over the Memorial Day weekend.

 NBPCSC Meeting Date Changed

The NBPCSC meeting scheduled for this Saturday at Westminster Church has been moved to Saturday, May 31st at Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church.  It will begin at 10 AM and all are welcome.

Part  109

Being Presbyterian

I mentioned in my sermon last Sunday (you can find it on our website) that when we recite the 23rd Psalm we are wandering deep into Jewish territory.  This comment and Jesus quoting the psalms frequently during his passion brought forth several comments about the nature of the relationship of the Hebrew texts to the life and times of Jesus.

The period of time described in the Old Testament ended about 400 years before Jesus’ birth.  According to “The Presbyterian Handbook” the people of God kept living, believing, struggling, and writing during that period.  There were some important events that took place during that transitional period:

  1. The Hebrew nation dissolved in 587 BC.  At the end of 2 Kings the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and Solomon’s temple, took the leaders into exile and the people scattered.
  2. Judaism was born.  There was no longer a state or national religion but a free standing faith.
  3. The Aramaic language became popular and Alexander the Great conquered the world.
  4. Around 170 BC the Greek emperor outlawed the Sabbath and defiled the temple and the Maccabees (which means “hammer” ) lead a revolt.
  5. The Hebrew Scriptures were finished, David’s descendants did not become kings and the Roman Empire expanded to include Palestine, ruling during the time of Jesus.

Pastor Ann is very, very happy! The campaign to purchase 1800 square feet of carpet and flooring for our offices, the library, the choir annex and Sunday school spaces in honor of her 65th birthday is going exceedingly well!  During the first week we  have taken in $1835!  The carpet and flooring samples and the forms/envelopes are located in the narthex.  Make checks payable to St. Paul’s and write “flooring” on the memo line.  And a BIG thanks to all who have participated thus far! 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers to last week’s questions:  (1) Jacob (2) five loaves and two fish (3) John the Baptist (4) Egypt (5) gold, frankincense and myrrh (6) Moses

  1. What was the name of the place where Jesus was taken to be crucified?
  2. According to the Gospel of John, what were the last words spoken by Jesus?
  3. Who in the Bible is known as a man with great patience?
  4. When Jesus walked on water, whom did he tell to come meet him in the middle of the lake?
  5. In which books of the Bible is the prayer called “The Lord’s Prayer” found?
  6. Which terrible king wanted to kill Jesus and all of the baby boys in Bethlehem?

 

 St. Paul’s collected $650 for this year’s One Great Hour of Sharing Offering.  Thank you for your generosity!

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News Letter May 7, 2014

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

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church                                                                               May 7, 2014

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

 Mother’s Day this Sunday

The lectionary lifts up the 23rd Psalm almost every year and this Sunday is it.  My sermon title for this Mother’s Day is “Running on Empty” and is the second part of a three part sermon series.  Last Sunday we looked at having a personal relationship with Jesus, this week it is growing our faith through difficult times and on June 1st the topic will be prayer.

Fair Trade Saturday:  Good Coffee for a Good Cause

The Presbyterian Coffee Project offers a special link between congregations and communities around the world. Churches can now reach out to neighbors overseas not only with the prayers and offerings we give, but with the goods and products we purchase. A warm cup of coffee (or tea) in our hands is perhaps the most tangible daily connection we have with farmers around the world. It represents warmth, hospitality, fellowship, hard work and life’s pleasures both fine and simple.

Buying fair trade through the Presbyterian Coffee Project ensures that more of the money we spend on coffee reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow it. Support small-scale farming cooperatives through the Small Farmer Fund, administered by the Presbyterian Hunger Program.

            Celebrate World  Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 10th. Order fair trade coffee and t-shirts by visiting             the Global Marketplace at:     www.pcusa.org/fairtrade.

Flooring Funding Campaign

Last week we kicked off a Flooring Fundraiser for St. Paul’s. As you may know our sanctuary is about to be refurbished as we repair the water and termite damage and will include new carpet in the sanctuary.  The flooring campaign to celebrate my birthday will be for carpeting and flooring for our front and back offices, the library, the pastor’s office, the choir annex and  perhaps a classroom or two.  For $2.50 per square foot we are hoping to raise enough money to cover 1800 square feet of space.   Make your checks payable to St. Paul’s and write “flooring” on the memo line!

 Recycling this Sunday

Please support AMPT by bringing your recyclable soda bottles and glass jars to St. Paul’s parking lot this Sunday morning at 10AM.  The proceeds of this fundraiser go towards our all-church picnic and honoring our graduates.

Part 108:   Being Presbyterian

This week is Older Adult Week in the PC(USA).  We are asked to recognize and honor the older adults in our community and their commitments to the life, witness and ministry of the church.  I have heard through the “grape-vine” that 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of our own Bernice Riley as a member of St. Paul’s.  I’m sure we could come up with an impressive list of people who have belonged for twenty and thirty years, too!  What a wonderful witness these members provide.

POAMN is the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network, a network of persons who are engaged in ministry with older adults. These people work in presbyteries and synods, they are leaders in congregations, and some serve in specialized ministries such as chaplains in care facilities and presbytery staff who are involved with older adult ministry committees.

A quarterly newsletter gives an update on news concerning older adult ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), program ideas, worship materials, articles on older adult issues and helpful resources for ministry with older adults. PNN is available as a free, printable Adobe Acrobat pdf file, or through POAMN at www.poamn.org. 

“Building Bridges of Love” is the theme for this summer’s      PW Gathering at Chapman College, July 11th -13th.  All Presbyterian Women are encouraged to      attend this event and a flyer and registration form are available on the      table in the narthex.  The      registration deadline is June 14th.

 

Do You Know the Bible?

Answers from last week:  (1) Ravens (2) 8 years old (3) Daniel (4) a serpent (5) Esther (6) Judas

  1. What was the shepherd Joseph’s father’s name?
  2. Jesus performed many miracles. One time he fed 5,000 people with how many loaves of bread and how many fish?
  3. Who baptized Jesus in the Jordon River?
  4. When Jesus was about two years old an angel appeared to Joseph telling him to flee with Mary and the baby to what country?
  5. What were the three gifts given by the wise men?
  6. Whom did God call on to part the Red Sea?

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