News Letter: June 4, 2014

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June 4, 2014

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

Pentecost Sunday

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday and everyone is encouraged to wear red! We will be celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the Christian movement. The sermon text will be Acts 2:1-4 and the sermon title is “Receiving the Spirit” . It was at Pentecost that the disci-ples were enabled by the Holy Spirit to speak in many languages as they witnessed to the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ.

Come Holy spirit!

1001 Worshiping Congregations for the PC(USA)

This Friday is 1001 Worshiping Congregations Day in the PCUSA. 1001 new worshiping communities is a move-ment happening in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Across the PC(USA), God is raising up leaders in churches and presbyteries who are creating new worshiping com-munities. They are taking on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. Primarily they are seek-ing to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ, to change and transform the world.

New worshiping communities will help the PC(USA) make the shift from an inward-focused, membership-maintenance model of church to a more outward, crea-tive, and disciple-making expression of church.

God’s Spirit is moving throughout the church, whispering new things and inspiring new models, fresh vision, and an awareness that is bringing God’s people to understand and embrace again the truth that “It’s all about congregations.” See more at: http://www.onethousandone.org/

Pacific Presbytery has two 1001 Congregations! One meets in a tent in a parking lot near Korea Town on Friday evenings and the other meets in a coffee house in the marina.

Juneteenth Celebration

Church of the Redeemer is hosting a Juneteenth picnic on June 22nd starting at 4 PM. All are welcome for food fun and fellowship. There will be games and activities for all ages.

 

Part 112

Being Presbyterian

Pentecost literally means “the fiftieth day”) and is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot. Later, in the Christian liturgical year, it became a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ (120 in all), as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1 –31. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described by some Christians today as the “Birthday of the Church”.

Pentecost is the old Greek and Latin name for the Jewish harvest festival, or Festival of Weeks referenced in Exodus 34:22, Deuteronomy 16:10.

The New Testament narrative of Pentecost is given in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. While those on whom the Spirit had descended were speaking in many languages, the Apostle Peter stood up with the eleven and proclaimed to the crowd that this event was the fulfillment of the prophecy (“I will pour out my spirit”).

We will be celebrating Pentecost at St. Paul’s this Sunday and here is one more reminder to wear something red to church this Sunday. This commemorates the flames of the Holy Spirit descending on those early disciples.

 

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers from last week are: (1) Andrew (2) Luke (3) A colorful coat (4) Peter (5) Jonathon (6) Aaron.

1. When God came to Solomon in a dream, what did Solomon ask God to give him?

2. How long had Lazarus been dead when Jesus arrived in Bethany?

3. Who was the queen that saved her people from death?

4. Name a man whose birth was foretold by Gabriel.

5. How old was Abraham when Sa-rah gave birth to their son Isaac?

6. What skin disease did the brave soldier Naaman have?

Save these Dates:

This Sunday: A new members class will be held following worship in the library. If you are interested in learning more about joining the church plan to attend!

June 15th: Family Fun Festival following worship! Food and games for everyone in Fellowship Hall.

June 29th at 12:30 PM (following worship) Annual All-Church Picnic. Please sign up to bring side dishes in Fellowship Hall.

July 13th: St. Paul’s session has set a Town Hall meeting following worship on Sunday, July 13th in the Fellowship Hall. A light lunch will be served.