News Letter: May 14, 2014

May 14, 2014

 St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

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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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