News Letter: September 10, 2014

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

A unique Christian community bound by God’s love, sharing our love with others

September 10, 2014

St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter

 Theme of Forgiveness Continues this Sunday

Our lectionary passage from Matthew’s gospel (18:21-35) continues this week with the idea of forgiveness.  Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone who offends him.  Jesus’ answer overwhelms him.  This week’s sermon will be divided into three parts with congregation participation.  Yes, there will probably be a quiz!  So come prepared.

Stewardship Season Begins at St. Paul’s

Elder Minnie McGriff kicked off our annual pledge drive with a Minute for Stewardship this past Sunday during worship.  Stewardship means a lot of different things to different people, but here are few things to be lifted up:

Stewardship is a way to thank God, for blessing us with special gifts. It is based on our need to give something back to God — not on the church’s need for money.

It is a lifelong commitment to follow Jesus, regardless of the cost.  Our commitments to God can’t be expressed in any single action.

It is a rewarding way of life in which our personal relationship with Jesus is enriched and deepened every day.

It is the key to peace — it makes the world we live in a better place.

We give from substance (not abundance), giving back the first portion of all our God-given gifts.  Sharing is what it is all about.

Embracing God’s Mission will be held on Saturday, September 27th starting at 8:30 AM at Knox Presbyterian Church.  Using Jeremiah 29:4-7 as the text for this event (“Seek the peace of the city”) the topic will be the church and violence and how we can help make and keep our families, churches, schools and communities safer.  Rev. Dr. Lewis Logan from CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) will be the keynote speaker.  The cost is $15 (includes lunch) and pre-registration at presbytery@pacificpresbytery.org or by calling 310-670-5076 is needed.

Mission! Mission!  Mission!

Remember to bring your recyclables to church this Sunday.  AMPT will be collecting them in the parking lot starting around 10 AM.  Help support this most worthwhile ministry.

Part 124

Being Presbyterian

Section 3 of the Social Creed for the 21st Century completes its Trinitarian formula with these words:  In hope sustained by the Holy Spirit, we pledge to be peacemakers in the world and stewards of God’s good creation, by working for:

  • Adoption of simpler lifestyles for those who have enough; grace over greed in economic life.
  • Access for all to clean air and water and healthy food, through wise care of land and technology.
  • Sustainable use of earth’s resources, promoting alternative energy sources and public transportation with binding covenants to reduce global warming and protect populations most affected.
  • Equitable global trade and aid that protects local economics, cultures and livelihoods.
  • Peacemaking through multilateral diplomacy rather than unilateral force, the abolition of torture, and a strengthening of the United Nations and the rule of international law.
  • Nuclear disarmament and redirection of military spending to more peaceful and productive uses.
  • Cooperation and dialogue for peace and environmental justice among the world’s religions.

We—individual Christians and churches—commit ourselves to a culture of peace and freedom that embraces non-violence, nurtures character, treasures the environment, and builds community, rooted in a spirituality of inner growth with outward action.

A gently used computer in good working order is  needed by a 12-year-old boy to help with his homework.  Please — nothing older than Windows 7.     Call the church office for more information or to arrange delivery.

Do You Know the Bible?

The answers from last week’s questions:  (1) a serpent (2) Esther (3) Judas (4) Bartimaeus (5) Egypt (6) not cutting his hair.

  1. Who was the very first disciple of Jesus?
  2. Which apostle was a doctor?
  3. What did Jacob give to his son, Joseph, to show he was his favorite?
  4. When God came to Solomon in a dream, what did Solomon ask God to give him?
  5. How long had Lazarus been dead when Jesus arrived in Bethany?
  6. Who was the queen that saved her people from death?