News Letter: February 4, 2015

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

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

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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:


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


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