St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
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St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter
October 22, 2014
Reformation Sunday this Week
Our text for this Reformation Sunday will be Deut. 34: 1-12. The sermon title is “Where Have All the Prophets Gone?” We will be bringing in new members this Sunday (see article below) and Elder Joyce Dixon will serve as our liturgist.
It is a particular pleasure to welcome to St. Paul’s family Farley, Denise, Chelsea and Courtney Pollard. They are coming to us on the reaffirmation of their faith. Farley and Denise are engaged in in-home health care and Chelsea and Courtney are students at Culver City High School. They will be welcomed into our membership this week during worship.
Service of Celebration
The NBPC 45th annual Service of Celebration will take place this Sunday, October 26th at 3:30 PM at Knox Presbyterian Church. All are welcome. A free-will offering will be taken.
Presbyterians celebrate the tradition that grounds their faith on Reformation Sunday. It is always the last Sunday in October, marking the occasion in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
October 26th is Reformation Sunday. This year, we commemorate the 500th birthday of John Knox (ca. 1514-1572) by exploring his famous interview with Queen Mary of Scots at Holyrood Palace in 1561.
John Knox and writer who was a leader of the Protestant Reformation is considered the founder of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland. He is believed to have been educated at the University of St. Andrews worked as a notary-priest. Influenced by early church reformers such as Wishart, he joined the movement to reform the church. He was caught up in the ecclesiastical and political events that involved the murder of Beaton 1546 and the intervention of the Scotland, Mary of Guise. He was taken prisoner by French forces the following year and exiled to England on his release in 1549.
On his return to Scotland he led the Protestant Reformation in Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Protestant nobility. The movement led to the ousting of Mary of Guise, who governed the country in the name of her young daughter Mary, Queen of Scots.
Do You Know the Bible?
The answers from two weeks ago: (1) Golgatha (“the place of the skull”) (2) “It is finished.” (3) Job (4) John the Baptist and Jesus (5) 100 years old (6) leprosy.
- On Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, Mary is often pictured in art as riding on what animal?
- To whom did a heavenly host of angels announce the birth of Jesus?
- From what direction did the three kings come to see the baby Jesus?
- When Jesus was about two years old, an angel appeared to Joseph telling him to flee with Mary and the child to what country?
- What three gifts did the three kings bring?
- Whom did God call on to part the Red Sea?
Mission Opportunities: Habitat for Humanity
At the July 26, 2014 Stated Meeting, the Presbytery of the Pacific voted to work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity to raise $150k for a Habitat for Humanity home in Culver City, located across the street from Culver City Presbyterian Church. We are excited that God has placed such a wonderful mission right in the heart of our Presbytery, and that a struggling family will have access to a well-built home, great schools and a good neighborhood.
PoP has assembled a fundraising team that will be connecting with each church and establishing a designated “Habitat point person” (what a great opportunity to serve!). We are encouraged to give as the Spirit leads us from mission committee budgets, special offerings, fundraisers, or individual donations. Monetary pledges are due January 31, 2015, with the goal of the entire $150K to be raised by June 30, 2015. All funds go directly to Habitat to our “Culver City Presbytery Build” Account. Our church can give in many other ways as well, such as volunteering to build the home!
Museum Seeking National Treasures
This Friday, October 24th has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. For more information go to: http://www.un.org/en/events/unday
Did Aunt Emma leave you her heirloom hand crocheted tablecloth and it has been in a box in your attic for 30 years? The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC is looking to expand its inventory of African American treasures. For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu/programs/treasures, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 733-9599.