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St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
October 8, 2014
St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter
“Crime and Punishment” is Sunday Sermon Title
Using the story of the wedding banquet that a king prepared for his son’s wedding from Matthew 22: 1-14 in worship this week we will explore our understanding of how consequences do or do not always match the offense committed. The Lay Liturgist this week will be Delores Henry.
Deacons Revise Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach
Due to increasing demand and decreasing resources the Deacons have decided to partner with the E. J. Jackson Foundation’s annual Turkey Dinner Give-Away this year. The date is Tuesday, November 25th and there are flyers on the table in the back of the sanctuary if you know of someone in need of assistance this coming holiday. Volunteer opportunities are available. Call 800-522-9955.
Pastor Ann will be on Study Leave next week at Ghost Ranch in Abiqu, New Mexico so there will not be an e-newsletter. And because of a trip to Washington DC there will be a one-day delay the following week. PA
Remember to fill out and turn in your 2015 pledge card. Bring it on Sunday morning and place it in the offering plate or mail it to the office. St. Paul’s Stewardship and Finance Ministry Team has started work on the 2015 budget and they need your pledge information.
Huldrych Zwingli (“Who?” you may be asking) was born on January 1, 1484 and died 482 years ago this week. Zwingli was one of five of our protestant ancestors who played an important role in the early life of the Reformed Church.
He was leader who began the Protestant Reformation in Zurich by his lectures and sermons and who vigorously enacted his religious and political views against the reigning Roman Catholic powers. Like Luther’s “95 Theses” Zwingli produced a list of “67 Theses” which included his statement of belief, grounded, he maintained in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In his first public controversy in 1522, he attacked the custom of fasting during Lent. In his publications he noted corruption in the ecclesiastical hierarchy, promoted clerical marriage, and attacked the use of images in places of worship. In 1525, Zwingli introduced a new communion liturgy to replace the mass. Zwingli also clashed with the Anabaptists, which ultimately resulted in their persecution.
As a young priest Zwingli had studied little theology, but this was not considered unusual at the time. His first ecclesiastical post was the pastorate of the town of Glarus, where he stayed for ten years. It was in Glarus, whose soldiers were used as mercenaries in Europe, that Zwingli became involved in politics. He had become convinced that mercenary service was immoral and that Swiss unity was indispensable for any future achievements. He died as a chaplain on the battle field of Kappel on October 11, 1531.
Do You Know the Bible?
The answers to last week’s questions: (1) Ruth (2) Simon (3) three (4) Peter (5) Matthew and Luke (6) King Herod.
What was the name of the place where Jesus was taken to be crucified? (And bonus points if you can tell what the name means!)
According to the Gospel of John what were the last words spoken by Jesus?
Who was known as a man with great patience?
The angel Gabriel foretold the birth of what two men?
How old was Abraham when Sarah gave birth to Isaac?
What skin disease did the brave soldier Naaman have?
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIVE VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in 3 women worldwide will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence knows no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. Victims can be young or old and of any income or job skill level.
These are small but important steps folks at St. Paul’s can do to help alleviate this problem from our homes and communities:
Pray for victims, survivors and perpetrators as well as other family members and friends affected by violence.
Educate. Educate. Educate. Learn everything you can about the nature of violence and talk about what you have discovered with others.
Volunteer to help at your local domestic violence shelter or agency.
For more information on PC(USA) policies on domestic violence go to: http://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/phewa/pdfs/phewamerged_document.pdf