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

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            September 17, 2014

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

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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

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 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?

 

News Letter: September 3, 2014

 St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

                                         September 3, 2014

 

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

 

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“Where Two or  Three are Gathered” this Sunday

 Jesus promises us in our lectionary text for this week, Matthew 18: 15-20, that where two or three are gathered he will be in our midst.  He also offers some advise on how to deal with our differences.  We will  receive Lurine Maxwell into membership by reaffirmation of her faith and this is communion Sunday .  Communion servers are elders Mary Porter, Delores Henry, John Ketch, Yvonne Stewart and deacon Myrtle Weeks.

A Prayer for Children Returning to School

Dear God, thank you for the gift of children. Please watch over them as they go back to school this year. Keep them safe every day. Help them to remember that you are right there with them in the halls and classrooms. Help them soak up good knowledge and dismiss any negative or worldly messages they may hear. Help them treat others with kindness and respect, and to guard their hearts with the armor of Your Word. Give them joy and peace as they put their trust in you. Amen.                                                                 https://www.facebook.com/joycemeyerministries/posts/10151786506677384

‘Embracing God’s Mission’  Set for Sept. 27th

“Engaging Faithfully in Reconciliation and Peacemaking in Cultures of Violence” is the theme for the mission gathering being sponsored by Pacific Presbytery on September 27th.  This event is being held at Knox Presbyterian Church from 8:30 AM to 2:15 PM.  The suggested cost is a $15 donation  and child care will be provided. Registration is on-line at presbyteryofthepacific.org. and the deadline is September 12th.  Call 310-670-5076 for more information.

 New Cluster Groups

Our Parish Clusters have been reorganized, so be sure to check your new 2014 Directory (available on the table in the back of the sanctuary) to find out your cluster number and who your cluster leader is.

Part 123

Being Presbyterian

In this column last week I introduced you to “A Social Creed for the 21st Century.” Written in 1908 to address bad labor practices and adopted with revisions by our PC(USA) General Assembly in 2008, it speaks very boldly to our present day world.  The second section states:

In the love incarnate in Jesus, despite the world’s sufferings and evils, we honor the deep connections within our human family and seek to awaken a new spirit of community, by working for:

  • Abatement of hunger and poverty, and enactment of policies benefiting the most vulnerable.
  • High quality public education for all and universal, affordable and accessible healthcare.
  • An effective program of social security during sickness, disability and old age.
  • Tax and budget policies that reduce disparities between rich and poor, strengthen democracy, and provide greater opportunity for everyone within the common good.
  • Just immigration policies that protect family unity, safeguard worker’s rights, require employer accountability, and foster international cooperation.
  • Sustainable community marked by affordable housing, access to good jobs, and public safety.
  • Public service as a high vocation, with real limits on the power of private interest in politics.

We have received the sad word that a  former sexton for St. Paul’s, Stan Shaw, passed into the next life on  August 26, 2014.  Please keep his family in your prayers during this time of transition.

 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers to last weeks questions: (1) Nazareth (2) day six (3) Mary Magdalene (4) Philip (5) 52 days (6) a rainbow.

  1. What animal tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit?
  2. What woman was entered into a show for the king much like a beauty pageant and then became queen?
  3. What disciple betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver?
  4. What was the name of the blind beggar whom Jesus and his disciples met on the road from Jericho?
  5. Where did Joseph go after his brothers sold him into slavery?
  6. What was the secret of Samson’s great strength?

 

News Letter: August 27, 2014

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 Contemporary Jazz Service this Sunday

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday in August and as is our tradition AMPT will be leading in worship.  Howlett Smith will be back on the organ and keyboard this week and we have organized a service of contemporary, religious jazz music, prayer and meditation.  Please bring your friends and plan to attend.

A Prayer for (Honest-to God) Work

Great God, you are wind in the dark, fire on the far hill, cold water in a desert time: we have always known that we are all on the stormy heath. We have always known that justice without a roof is no justice at all; that a justice with no walls is a travesty; that a justice nailed to thin air is a desecration of the human heart.

There is, after all, only one family in the long view— the view from the eye of God, which looks to every corner of earth. No child lives outside of our care, when human hearts beat within us— the ones you gave us, so like your own. Come, spirit of God, spirit of love, spirit of kindness spirit of tenderness, spirit of generosity, spirit of justice… mighty spirit of all prophets in all times. Call us alive to a work worthy of us and you.  Amen

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Engaging Faithfully in Cultures of Violence

Violence

“Engaging Faithfully in Reconciliation and Peacemaking in Cultures of Violence” is a mission event being sponsored by Pacific Presbytery on September 27th at Knox Presbyterian Church from 8:30 am to 2:25 pm. The cost is a recommended donation of  $15 and child care will be provided. If you have questions or to register go to presbytery@pacificpresbytery.org or call (310) 670-5076.

Is your pledge paid up?

We know how easy it is during the summer to forget to pay your pledge, so please make sure that your pledge to St. Paul’s is paid and up to date.  Thanks so much for your support!

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Being Presbyterian

Part A:  A Social Creed for the 21st Century  was actually written in 1908 to address the harsh practices in early 20th Century industrialization.  It is based on John 10:10 which states, “. . . That all may have life, and have it abundantly.”  This creed was approved by our General Assembly in 2008.

Inspired by Isaiah’s vision of a “peaceable kingdom,” we honor the dignity of every person and the intrinsic value of every creature, and pray and work for the day when none “labor in vain or bear children for calamity.” (Isaiah 65:23).

The creed contains three sections . The first celebrates the full humanity of each woman, man and child, all created in the divine image as individuals of infinite worth, by working for full civil, political and economic rights for all; no forced labor, human trafficking or exploited children; employment for all; the rights of workers to organize and share in workplace decisions; protection from dangerous working conditions and benefits that would enable full family life;  and a system of criminal rehabilitation, based on restorative justice and an end to the death penalty.

Next week we will explore the second section which lifts up the deep connections of our human family and the following week we will cover the third section which makes a pledge for us to be peacemakers in the world and stewards of God’s good creation.   You can read more at www.pcusa.org/socialcreed.

The national Self Development of People (SDOP) committee will be meeting in LA on September 20th for a Partnership Day.  If you know of an agency that would qualify for SDOP funding, please let them know about this.

Do You Know the Bible?

Answers to last weeks questions:  (1) Stephen (2) seven (3) They blew trumpets and smashed jars. (4) ravens (5) eight years old (6) Daniel

  1. What town did Joseph and Mary live in when the angel Gabriel visited them?
  2. On what day of creation did God create humanity?
  3. To whom did Jesus first appear after his resurrection?
  4. Which disciple said, “Show us the father and it will be enough for us”  while talking to Jesus?
  5. How long did it take for Nehemiah and the other Israelites to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem?
  6. What was God’s sign of promise to Noah about never flooding the whole earth again?