Caring for Caregivers

Caring For Caregivers

CFC is a faith-based support group for men and women caregivers, providing encouragement, resources, support and a safe enviroment for sharing your true feelings.

All meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at   11:00 a.m. in the church Library 

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

5100 Coliseum St

Los Angeles, CA 90016

 

Please join us and other Caregivers in a caring and understanding environment.

“Caregiving is a job with a lot of moving parts and you can’t do it alone”. Here you can ask questions and get straight answers from people who have and are experiencing same or similar challenges – you are not alone!  Come and share the care by building formal and informal networks.  This may be your opportunity to learn creative and caring problem solving techniques and caregiving ideas that may help with the caregiving responsibilities.

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Bracken,      Phone: (323) 295-2062                            Email newmabnew@yahoo.com          OR

Lois Hines,                 Phone: (323) 937-3187                             Email: lhines2001@earthlink.net        OR

via mail:                          St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, ATTN:  CFC (Caring for Caregivers)

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.”

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News Letter: February 4, 2015

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church Los Angeles          February 4, 2015

A unique community of Christians bound by God’s love, sharing our love with others.

 

 

Second Sunday in Black History Month

This Sunday is the second Sunday in Black History Month and the concept being lifted up in our Year of Spiritual Literacy is “being present”.  The lectionary text this week is Mark 1:29-39 on this Fifth Sunday after Epiphany and the sermon title is “Medgar, Malcolm and Martin.”

 

Annual Congregational Meeting this Sunday

Plan to attend our Annual Congregational Meeting this Sunday immediately following worship in the sanctuary.  We will be presenting our 2014 Annual Report and electing the members of our 2015 Nominating Committee.

NBPCSC Leadership Training Event

This is a reminder that the Lydia McDonald Academy will once again be offering its annual Leadership Training event this Saturday, February 7th at Westminster Presbyterian Church from 9 AM to 2 PM.  The leaders for this training will be Rev. Dr. Leon Fanniel and Rev. Dr. Harold Kidd.  The cost is $20 for NBPCSC members and $25 for non-members.  Email Elder Liz Hicks if you plan to attend:  eliz.hicks@ca.rr.com.

 

St. Paul’s Turns 105!!

Yes, on May 28, 2015 St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles will turn 105 years old.  If you would be interested in helping plan this celebration please let Pastor Ann know!

 

 

 

 

 

Being Presbyterian                                                                                     Part 143

“Stewardship: Managing or Sharing?” is the title of an essay by Karl Travis in Communitas, The Journal of Education Beyond the Walls from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Vol. 11, 2014.  Travis reviews the Old Testament’s early emphasis on our stewardship task being “what to do with God’s stuff.”  Soon, comes the command to tithe along with the emphasis on good management of the earth’s resources. With the prophets, there is an emphasis on justice, equity, and shalom.  The New Testament, especially in several of the parables such as the Parable of the Talents, also emphasizes wise management of resources.

 

But management is not the only meaning of stewardship.  Remember the story of the widow’s mite.  The New Testament convinces us that stewardship is also about generosity.  “Faithfulness inspires an intentional balance between wise management and sacrificial generosity. …Wise management is not an end unto itself. Wise management is generosity’s tool.  Wise management assures that generosity is both liberal and sustainable.”

 

God’s resources should be managed as resources for distribution, not for accumulation.  Wealth should be managed for “distributive justice, not for structured inequality.” “ We {should} manage God’s stuff so that more of God’s people have a reasonable chance at sharing in it.  In John Calvin’s words:  “Let this, therefore, be our rule for generosity and beneficence.  We are stewards of everything God has conferred on us by which we are able to help our neighbor, and are required to render account of our stewardship.”

 

All of us, not matter what is our wealth, are called “to wise management as a tool for generosity.”  Do we ask before spending money:  “Can I afford this?”  or do we ask: “Do I need this? With a focus on needs rather than wants, we will find we have the wealth to give generously.   In the words plastered on the side of a blood clinic truck:  You have what it takes.  Give today.”

 

 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers to last week’s questions:  1) Magi, 2) pearl, 3) hanging, 4) a net, 5) Egypt.

1.     Which day of creation included God making night? (Genesis 1:5)

2.     What prophet, troubled by King Saul’s waywardness, cried out all night long to God? (1 Samuel 15: 10-11)

3.     What supernatural source of nighttime light led the Israelites on their journey out of Egypt? (Exodus 13:18-22)

4.     Where was Paul, experiencing a nighttime vision of a man, invited to spread the gospel? (Acts 16:9-10)

5.     What sin did the apostle Paul tell the Thessalonians is likely to occur at night?  (1 Thessalonians 5:7)

Save These Dates

February 18th:  Ash Wednesday Service at 7 PM in the Sanctuary

February 22nd:  Black History Month Soul Food Pot Luck following worship.

  (Sign up to bring your favor side dish in the Fellowship Hall.)

February 25th:  First NBPCSC Lenten Supper Study at St. Paul’s at 6 PM

March 21st:  Zumba and Line Dance Fun Day

March 29th:  Palm Sunday

April 2nd:  Maundy Thursday Service at Knox Presbyterian Church at 6:30 PM

April 3rd:  Good Friday Preach-a-Thon at Church of the Redeemer starting at 12 Noon

April 5th:  Easter Sunday worship at 11 AM

 

To contact us click here. By email we can be reached at stpaulschurchla@sbcglobal.net or visit our website at www.stpaulsla.com.  Call us at 323-292-0471 or “friend” us on Facebook:                              St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church LA.

 

 

News Letter: January 28, 2015

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, LA                                                                January 28, 2015

February 1st, First Sunday in Black History Month

We kick off our month of black history centered worship at St. Paul’s this Sunday, which is also communion Sunday.  We will continue our Year of Spiritual Literacy exploring concepts of beauty.  The texts for this week’s message will be Psalm 111 and Mark 1:21-28. Communion servers are: Frank Millin, Helen Ketch, Joyce Dixon, Palmer Smith and Billie Land.

Black History Month Pot Luck

St. Paul’s session will be hosting the annual potluck lunch traditionally held on the fourth Sunday of Black History Month (February 22nd).  A food signup sheet has gone up in the Fellowship Hall and everyone is encouraged to bring the “soul food” of their choice.  If you have any questions call Minnie McGriff (310) 839-7839 or Yvonne Stewart (323) 756-3552.

 

NBPCSC Lydia McDonald Academy Sponsoring Leadership Training

On Saturday, February 7th, the Lydia McDonald Academy will be hosting a leadership training event for all elders and deacons.  This event will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  The cost is $20 for NBPCSC members and $25 for non-members.  To register contact Elder Liz Hicks at eliz.hicks@ca.rr.com or call (323) 734-5980.

 

Another Kind of Legacy

When we die our possessions will be distributed according to a will in which we have allocated property to specific people.  Objects left in a will are called a legacy.  But “legacy” can have two meanings.  In the Jewish tradition, people write “ethical wills” in which they pass on to the next generation the gift of wisdom and good wishes.  This legacy is often far more profound and permanent than bequests of property.

 

An ethical will is often a personal letter to the most important people in our lives.  It conveys our values, convictions and hopes.  An ethical will can also be an autobiography – not of events and dates, but of the insights and intuitions that define who we are and tell the world what we stand for and we think is important. Interestingly, as highly cherished as these letters can be to those receiving them, the process of writing them can change the writer’s perspective and adjust our own perspectives.  What would you put in your ethical will?

 

 

Being Presbyterian                                                                          Part 142

 

Last week’s column talked about the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a big picture way.  It was clear, however, that St. Paul’s is considered to be a small church (under 70 members).  Now, if we are big into numbers that may not be such good news, but there are characteristics of small church life that make us more vital than we might believe.  According to our General Assembly’s Rural and Small Church Ministries Office in Louisville small churches:

ü  Study scripture and pray intentionally that they may be instruments of Christ’s justice and  peace.

ü  Know that their witness goes far beyond the four walls of the church building.

ü  Engage with its community – both locally and globally.

ü  Recognize that its community is changing and that the church of Jesus Christ is always transforming to respond to these new God given opportunities.

ü  Are willing to step out in faith and try new things.

ü  Reach out to welcome new people, even when newcomers are different from the congregation.

ü  Know they cannot do everything and so focus on a couple of mission projects.

ü  Engage everyone from the oldest to the youngest in the mission of the church.

ü  Know that the pastor and the congregation work together as a team in ministry and mission.

ü  Take time out of their hectic pace to discern where God is leading.  Small churches acknowledge God’s blessings and know that God continues to sustain it every step of the way.

ü  See being small as a blessing.  Resources may be scarce according to human measure, but are recognized as abundant blessings from God.

ü  Know who it is and whose it is.  Small churches know that if this faith community is to continue, it is up to the members to engage in ministry and mission.

ü  Know that the vitality of its ministry and mission will insure a legacy for future generations.  No one wants to be the “last person who turns out the light.”

How is St. Paul’s doing?

 

 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers to last week’s questions:  1) Sarai, later known as Sarah, 2) Moses, 3) Vashti, 4) Tamar, 5) Abigail.

1.     What visitors, carrying gifts to the young child Jesus, are noted only in Matthew’s Gospel? (Matt. 2:1-2)

2.     What gem “of great price” did Jesus mention in a parable found only in Matthew’s Gospel? (Matt. 13:45-46)

3.     What form of suicide used by Judas Iscariot is mentioned only in Matthew’s Gospel? (Matt. 2:1-2)

4.     What fishing tool did Jesus liken to the kingdom of heaven in a parable found only in Matthew’s Gospel? (Matt. 13:47-50)

5.     What country did Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus flee to for safety from King Herod, in an account found only in Matthew’s Gospel?  (Matt. 2:13)

 

 

 

 

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