News Letter: October 26, 2016

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St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles

October 26, 2016

 

St. Paul’s to Celebrate Reformation Sunday

The tradition of Reformation Sunday offers an opportunity to celebrate our heritage and history, to affirm our central theological convictions and to consider God’s ongoing reformation of the church. The Presbyterian Church does not have special scripture readings or resources designated for Reformation Sunday, since it is not part of the liturgical calendar, but the lectionary offers the delightful story of Zacchaeus who climbs a tree to see Jesus as the Gospel text (Luke 19:1-10) for this week.  Plan to join us this Sunday for Pastor Ann’s last Sunday at St. Paul’s. 

 

Prayer Brunch Saturday

Presbyterian Women are sponsoring their annual Prayer Brunch in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10 AM this Saturday, October 29th. Tickets are available from any of our Presbyterian Women and the cost is $20.  The Rev. Beverly Powell will be the guest speaker.  Plan to attend and bring a friend. 

 

Farewell Potluck for Pastor Ann Following Sunday Worship

There will be a Farewell Potluck celebration of the ministry of Pastor Ann this Sunday following worship in the Fellowship Hall.  Check with your Cluster Leader if you are not sure what to bring.  Pastor Ann is completing an eight-year interim ministry with us. Monday will be her last day in the office.  She will miss you all very much! You have all touched her life in so many ways!

 

A Personal Note:

To thrive in this life, we must take care of ourselves.  We surround ourselves with people who make us laugh and you did.  We forget the bad stuff and focus on the good.  We love the people who treat us right and we pray for the ones who don’t.  Life is too short to be anything but happy.  We have learned that falling down is part of life, and getting back up is living, but please stay off those ladders!!!

 

A quote from St. Teresa of Avila: “May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.  May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God.  Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”

 

Being Presbyterian (Part 225)

It is hard to believe that I have published 225 of these “Being Presbyterian” messages.  I have decided to wrap up this series by talking about “Living Missionally.”

 

You may be asking, “What does ‘living missionally’ really mean?” To help sort out this question, we seek the wisdom of renowned Princeton theologian Darrell Guder, who retired in 2015.  He was at the forefront of the missional church movement in the 1990s.                                                                                  

In the 1990s, Guder says he and other theologians were trying to figure out how churches could create a Christian movement in Western culture, which was increasingly becoming post-Christian—or as he asks, “How might the church help people become missionaries in the context of where they are?” As theological gatherings of participants pondered these questions, Guder says they increasingly began to recognize that it is possible to say “church” or “Christian” and not mean being part of God’s mission. This led to a deepening conviction—new faith communities needed to form primarily around the theology of mission.

 

“A missional community is not an end unto itself. It is not a church that exists for its own purposes, but rather for the mission—the character—of God,” he says. “So in thinking about living missionally, consider it this way: To live missionally means we do not exist for our own purpose, but rather for the purpose of revealing God’s character—God’s mission. It means we should live in a way that brings God’s healing, reconciliation and good news to those around us.”

“It’s being a missional witness, demonstrating to the world as individuals and a community what the reign of God looks like,” says Guder. “Primary in the New Testament is the conduct of the whole community. I hope this ‘live missionally’ theme helps the church consider living life in a way that is worthy of the call of God.”   You can read more at: http://pma.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/gamc/pdf/14february/business/h.105.pdf

Do You Know the Bible?                            The answers to last week’s questions 1) Onesiphorus, 2) Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, 3) David and Jonathon, 4) Hushai, 5) Mary, Martha, Lazarus, 6) Herod and Pilate, 7) Aquila and Priscilla, 8) Hiram, 9) Abraham and 10) Daniel.

1.Who prayed for a drought? (James 5:17-18)                                 

2. Who prayed for victory over an enemy? (II Chronicles 14:8-11)                                                                                                      

3. Who prayed for a drink of water? (Judges 15:18-19)                 

4. Who prayed for a blessing on his house? (II Samuel 7:29)         

5. Who prayed for a son? ((I Samuel 1:10-11)

6. Who prayed for healing of a leprosy case? (Numbers 12:10-13)

7. Who prayed for protection from a brother?  (Genesis 32:9-1)

8. Who prayed to be returned to Jerusalem and his kingdom? (II Chronicles 33:11-13) 

9. Who prayed for the blinding of an army? (II Kings 6:18) 10.Who prayed for guidance in bringing up a child? (Judges 13:8)

 

News Letter: October 19, 2016

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles

October 19, 2016

Rev. Glenn L. Jones

 

Rev. Glenn L. Jones Elected Installed Pastor in Unanimous Vote

The Rev. Glenn L. Jones was unanimously elected to be the installed Designated Pastor at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church last Sunday at a congregational meeting called specifically for that purpose.  Pastor Jones will begin his ministry here on November 1st.  His service of installation has been set for Sunday, November 20th at 3:30 PM in our sanctuary.  We welcome him into the life of this church!

 

This Sunday Has Been Designated “Transform the World” Sunday

The PC(USA) program calendar has declared this Sunday among other things “Transform the World” Sunday.  Those who create the lectionary have given us the text and prayer of the publican from Luke 18:9-14 that is all about humility.  Is it really possible that our crazy world could be positively transformed through our being more humble?  Just imagine the possibilities. . . come worship with us on Sunday and explore some new opportunities.

 

PW Prayer Brunch on Saturday, October 29th

Presbyterian Women will be hosting their annual Prayer Brunch on Saturday, October 29th starting at 10 AM in the Fellowship Hall.  Rev. Beverly Powell will be the guest speaker.  Tickets are $20 and are available from any Presbyterian woman or call the church office for a reservation.  Everyone is welcome, so bring a friend. 

 

The Annual Pledge Drive Is Underway

At St. Paul’s we encourage the stewardship of time and talent and resources.  Stewardship is so important to the life of our church because our lives have real meaning only when we use our gifts in accordance with God’s will.  As Christian stewards, we can develop our full potential as human beings, show our gratitude for God’s many gifts, help restore the world and the human community, and grow spiritually and become more like Christ by supporting the mission of St. Paul’s with a pledge of financial support and a promise to share our talents and time.  Pledge cards have been mailed and are also available in the pew racks.  Place your completed pledge card in the offering plate this Sunday.   

 

Being Presbyterian (Part 224)

Guided by our commitment to Christ, Presbyterians have engaged with the United Nations since before its creation. The 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reaffirmed support for the United Nations. Read that action and learn more about why Presbyterians engage with the United Nations as followers of Jesus at

https://www.pcusa.org/resource/presbyterian-church-us-and-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), but 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). You can learn about all the many ongoing projects at the Presbyterian Ministry at the U.N. website www.pcusa.org/un or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PresbyterianMinistryUN/.

 

You will find more about:

 

·         Human Rights and Ageing

·         South Sudan and Sudan

·         Responses to events in the Horn of Africa

·         The Interim Report of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Freedom

·         The Red Hand Campaign to end the use of children as soldiers

·         The Status of Women worldwide

 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers to last week’s questions:  1) Isaac, 2) Uzziah, 3) Cain, 4) Jacob, 5) Boaz, 6) Elisha, 7) Gideon, 8) David, and 9) Amos.

1.      Who befriended Paul when he was a prisoner? (II Timothy 1:16-17)

2.      Who were Job’s three friends who sat with him for seven days and nights? (Job 2:11-13)

3.      What two men experienced an immediate bond of friendship? (I Samuel 18:1-3)

4.      Who became a false friend of David? (II Samuel 16:16-18)

5.      What three people were warm, personal friends of Jesus? (John 11:5)

6.      What king and governor, who had been enemies, became friends during a trial? (Luke 23:6-12)

7.      What man and wife were friends of Paul? (Romans 16:3-4)

8.      What king was a friend and business associate of a father and son over a period of years? (I Kings 5:1 and II Samuel 5:11)

9.      Who was called “the friend of God?” (James 2:23)

10.  Who, when he got a promotion from the king, requested that his three friends be promoted also? (Daniel 2:48-49)

 

From New Hope Presbyterian Church

New Hope Presbyterian Church in Orange, California, is performing “The Wiz” on Friday, November 4th; Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th at Segerstrom High Theater in Santa Ana.  Tickets are $18 for general admission and can be purchased online at www.artsandlearning.org.  Plan to attend this exciting show. 

News Letter: October 12, 2016

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

October 12, 2016

 

What Time Is It?

 

Candidating Sermon and Congregational Meeting this Sunday

The Rev. Glenn Jones is the nominee of our Designated Pastor Search Committee.  He will be preaching his candidating sermon this Sunday titled “What Time Is It?” based on Ecclesiasts 3:1-8.  Following worship, we will have a Congregational Meeting for the purpose of electing Rev. Jones to a two-year designated position as Head of Staff at St. Paul’s.  Plan to attend worship and participate in this exciting and historic event.

 

Tickets Available for Prayer Brunch

Tickets for the Prayer Brunch are now on sale for $20 from any Presbyterian Woman here at St. Paul’s.  The Brunch will be held in our Fellowship Hall on Saturday, October 29th starting at 10 AM. Rev. Beverly Powell will be the featured speaker. 

 

Pledges Are Now Due

Pledge cards for 2017 are now due.  Please fill one out and place it in the offering plate on Sunday morning.  They were mailed to your home or are available in the pew racks in the sanctuary.  The deadline is November 1st.  The quarterly statements are also available on the table in the back of the sanctuary.  Help us save postage and pick yours up.  This is such an important way to participate in the life of St. Paul’s. Thanks! 

 

A Workshop Available to Explore End of Life Care Planning

Be.group is sponsoring a “Conversation Café” on Monday, October 24th from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Westminster Gardens in Duarte to help people explore end of life care planning.  This will include the End of Life Option Act, POLST and Advanced Care Directives as well as Palliative Care and Hospice information.  The cost is $10 and includes lunch.  Register by October 17th at 626-397-5951 or at megan.tayfoya@huntingtonhospital.com.

 

Jazz Concert Planned for First Presbyterian Inglewood

Pastor Arthur C. Ross, Jr., Ms. Shelli Boone and the Bel-Vue Jazz Ensemble will be featured in “First Time:  The Gospel in Jazz and Standards” on Sunday, October 16th at 3:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church Inglewood, 100 Hillcrest Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90301.  All are welcome. 

 

 

Being Presbyterian (Part 223)

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero. World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people. In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger.  From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of solutions to hunger.

 

Each year, advocates come together to raise awareness and engage Americans and Canadians in the movement to end hunger. Led by the FAO Liaison Office for North America, the World Food Day USA & Canada Network includes over 60 organizations, universities and companies that are working to achieve a zero hunger world. Why do we care about hunger? Because the right to food is a basic human right.   In a world of plenty, 805 million people, one in nine worldwide, live with chronic hunger. The costs of hunger and malnutrition fall heavily on the most vulnerable.

 

·         60% of the hungry in the world are women.

·         Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.

·         4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished damaging their bodies and brains.

 

Every human being has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food. The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement. We can end hunger in our lifetime. It’s possible. The world produces enough food to feed every person on the planet. In September 2000, world leaders signed a commitment to achieve eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015. MDG #1 is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and includes these targets.  Since then:

 

·         Forty countries have already achieved the first target, to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

·         In addition, over the past 20 years, the likelihood of a child dying before age five has been nearly cut in half, which means about 17,000 children are saved every day.

Extreme poverty rates have also been cut in half since 1990.

The challenge is significant, but these results show us that when we focus our attention, we can make big strides.

Source: http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/what-is-wfd

 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers to last week’s questions:  1) Noah, 2) Ezra, 3) Abraham, 4) Moses, 5) Nehemiah, 6) Caleb and Joshua and 7) Joshua.

1.      Who grew a crop that was 100 times the grain he sowed? (Genesis 26:12)

2.      What king “loved husbandry”? (IIChronicle26:9-10)

3.      Who was the first “tiller of the soil”? (Genesis 4:2)

4.      Who built booths for his cattle? (Genesis 33:17)

5.      What farmer winnowed his barley at night? (Ruth 3:2)

6.      Who plowed with 12 yoke of oxen? ((I Kings 19:19)

7.      Who threshed grain secretly in a wine press? (Judges 6:11)

8.      What king put 10 men in charge of his farm activities? (I Chronicles 27:26-31)

9.      What farmers had their plowshares sharpened by Philistine smiths? (I Samuel 13:20-21)

10.  What prophet was a herdsman?  (Amos 1:1)

News Letter: October 5, 2016

 

News Letter: September 28, 2016

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St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles

September 28, 2016

 

World Communion Sunday, October 2, 2016

 

World Communion Sunday, October 2nd

St. Paul’s traditionally celebrates World Communion Sunday with breads from around the world.  This Sunday will be no exception.  Following worship, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for a Festival of Breads.  Everyone is welcome.  Invite your friends to join us and folks all around the world in this remembrance of Christ’s love for us.  It is also appropriate to wear clothing from your native country! 

 

Peace and Global Witness Offering Will Be Taken this Week

What you’ve known as the Peacemaking O­ffering has been transformed into the Peace & Global Witness Off­ering. This new Off­ering will have a greater global reach, more significant impact, and bring peace to people through Christ. A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness. Plan to give generously this Sunday.

 

Session Calls Congregational Meeting

A special Congregational Meeting has been called by the session for the purpose of electing Rev. Glenn Jones to be the installed Designated Pastor of St. Paul’s on Sunday, October 16th, following worship. Rev. Jones will preach his candidating sermon during the worship service.  There will be an opportunity to meet Rev. Jones and to ask him questions before the vote is taken.

 

PW to Host Annual Prayer Brunch

Rev. Beverly Powell will be the guest speaker at the Annual Prayer Brunch scheduled here at St. Paul’s on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at 10:30 AM.  Tickets are available from any of our Presbyterian Women and the cost is $20.  Plan to attend this inspiring event. 

 

 

Being Presbyterian (Part 221)

The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world.  Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration.  One is not to go hungry while another is drunk! (I Cor. 11:21).  This is scandalous behavior opposed to the Way of Christ.  Thus it is appropriate that World Communion Sunday is also a time when we receive the annual Peace and Global Witness Offering as a way of continuing the ancient Christian practice of sharing what we have with brothers and sisters in need.

 

World Communion Sunday (originally called World Wide Communion Sunday) is a gift of the Presbyterian Church to the larger ecumenical church.  The first celebration occurred at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1933 where Dr. Hugh Thompson Kerr served as pastor.

 

John A. Dalles, a PCUSA pastor who has researched the history of World Communion Sunday notes this in his blog entry, reprinted from the October 7, 2002, issue of Presbyterian Outlook:

 

Davitt S. Bell (the late Clerk of Session and church historian at Shadyside) recalled that Dr. Kerr first conceived the notion of World Communion Sunday during his year as moderator of the General Assembly (1930). Dr. Kerr’s younger son, the Rev. Dr. Donald Craig Kerr, who is pastor emeritus of the Roland Park Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, was sixteen in 1933. He has related that World Communion Sunday grew out of the Division of Stewardship at Shadyside. It was their attempt to bring churches together in a service of Christian unity—in which everyone might receive both inspiration and information, and above all, to know how important the Church of Jesus Christ is, and how each congregation is interconnected one with another. When I asked Donald Kerr how the idea of World Communion Sunday spread from that first service to the world wide practice of today, this is what he replied,

 

“The concept spread very slowly at the start. People did not give it a whole lot of thought. It was during the Second World War that the spirit caught hold, because we were trying to hold the world together. World Wide Communion symbolized the effort to hold things together, in a spiritual sense. It emphasized that we are one in the Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

 

Celebration of World Wide Communion Sunday was adopted as a denominational practice in the Presbyterian Church (US) in 1936.  Churches in other denominations were invited to celebrate with us from the beginning, but it wasn’t until 1940 when the Department of Evangelism of the Federal Council of Churches (a predecessor body of the National Council of Churches) promoted extending the celebration to a number of churches around the world that the practice became widespread. 

 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers to last week’s questions:  10) Rebekah, 2) Reuel, 3) Publius, 4) Abram, 5) Elijah, 6) Job, 7) Lot, 8) David to Mephibosheth, 9) Shunammite woman, and 10) Paul.

1.       Who persisted in praying even though it meant being thrown to the lions? (Daniel 6:6-10)

2.       Who dared to ask Pilot for Jesus’ body? (Mark 15:43)

3.       During a battle in which he was deserted by fellow soldiers, who alone beat back the enemy? (II Samuel 23:11-12)

4.       Who during a plague dared to mingle with the stricken people to make atonement for them with God? (Numbers 16:46-48)

5.       Who refused to run from danger and take refuge in a temple? (Nehemiah 6:10-13)

6.       Who attacked a vast army with only 300 soldiers? (Judges 7:15-21)

7.       Who dared to face an enemy giant, armed with only a sling and staff? (I Samuel 17:4, 40)

8.       Who killed two lion-like men, a lion and an Egyptian warrior? (II Samuel 23:20-21)