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November 5, 2014
St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter
22nd Sunday after Pentecost this Sunday
Our lectionary text is once again from Matthew this Sunday. It is the story (Matthew 25: 1-13) of the ten bridesmaids, half of whom show up with oil for their lamps and half who do not. Now the obvious conclusion is “be prepared”, but maybe there are other lessons to be learned from this text. See you Sunday at 11 AM.
Friday Is World Community Day
World Community Day is organized every year by Church Women United, an ecumenical organization of Christian women who are working to strengthen families. World Community Day focuses on justice and peace around the world, and it is typically celebrated on the first Friday in November. Church Women United (CWU) is a national ecumenical Christian women’s movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women. Founded in 1941, as the United Council of Church Women, this organization has more than 1,200 local and state units in the United States and Puerto Rico. CWU’s members represent 26 supporting denominations and organizations of which one is the PC(USA). Offices are located in New York City, Washing– ton DC and at the United Nations. For more information visit their website at www.churchwomen.org.
Calling all St. Paul’s Women
This Sunday following worship during the Fellowship Hour all the women from St. Paul’s are invited to at-tend the Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering. Come and find out what PW is all about.
Once again this week our AMPT (Adult Ministry Presbyterian Team) will be collecting plastic bottles and glass jars for re-cycling. Please support this most worthwhile ministry.
St. Paul’s will be partnering with the Jackson Foundation to provide Thanksgiving turkey dinners this year. Call the office for details.
NBPC will once again be sponsoring an advent study with light supper starting Wednesday, December 3rd at 6 PM here at St. Paul’s. Save this date as well as December 10th and 17th.
This is our “stewardship season”. Last Sunday we dedicated
our 2015 pledge cards, with a big thank you to all of you who pledge financial support to St. Paul’s.
Even though we focus particular attention on financial support of our ministry in the fall, stewardship is a year-around activity. The church was founded on Jesus’ teachings. Jesus is our gift of new life, a source of hope and strength and joy in a changing world that can often be scary and overwhelming. And Jesus is a model for sharing our worldly and spiritual resources.
As I stated in my sermon last Sunday we give out of gratitude to God, but it still goes without saying that just like our families, our church has responsibilities, too: office expenses, salaries, programs, teaching materials, basic utilities and then there are our buildings. Rick, our plumber, has been out here three times in the past two weeks to clamp off leaky pipes. Your giving is the key to the success of church plans and programs. Supporting St. Paul’s is a way to put Christian values and faith into action. Your personal contributions make a difference and our St. Paul’s staff and our session say “Thanks so very much!” PA
Do You Know the Bible?
Answers to last weeks questions: (1) Eve and Adam (2) fruits of the soil (3) “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (4) his blood (5) Seth.
1. What “fleecy” judge was nick-named “Jerub-Baal” for tearing down Baal’s altar? (Judges 6:32)
2. What prophet of God challenged 450 prophets of Baal to see whose god would answer by fire? (I Kings 18:22-24)
3. What leader’s death preceded the Israelite’s’ descent into Baal worship? (Judges 2:8-11)
4. What evil woman led Israel’s King Ahab, her husband, into Baal worship? (I Kings 16: 29-31)
5. What king of Israel claimed to worship Baal, only to destroy the priests of Baal? (2 Kings 10: 18-19)