Upcoming Events

The St. Paul's community extends far beyond the walls of our church. Please join us for these events!

Pledge Season
Grounded in Gratitude, Deepening and Expanding Connections

For over 100 years, St. Paul’s church has been a spiritual center. For its members, St. Paul’s is a place to be grounded in the love of Christ. It has been a place to weather the storms of life and to find inspiration. Here people find support to grow into loving compassionate people. 

Pledge season is the time when each of our households takes the time to reflect and pray about their financial support of Christ’s work through St. Paul’s. Our shared generosity makes many wonderful things possible. Please take time to pray about your support of St. Paul’s.

View pledge brochure here.

You can click here to make a pledge.

 
Sign-ups for Christmas Pageant are due Sunday, November 10!

You, your school friends, neighbors and family are invited to tell the story of Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24. Your gifts for dressing up, acting, reading, lighting, sound, photography, making props, helping children remember their cues, providing snacks and chaperoning. Repairing costumes, making angel wings, lighting candles ... are most needed and joyfully welcomed! There are numerous ways for families to be a part of this generations-old tradition at St. Paul’s Church, such as:

 

·         acting

·         being a narrator

·         getting behind the scenes as side assistant, sound tech, light tech, props/costumer, making the Star of Bethlehem

·         being a “visitor to baby Jesus” as the end of the pageant story

 

This is a chance to learn the real story as well as servethe church in its worship on this holy night. Involvement in this pageant produces friendships and  life memories --  including the transformative experience of celebrating the Incarnation, Emmanuel, God with us!

Click here for a sign up form. Questions??  Email The Rev. Julie Graham.

 
Remembering the Souls of all the Faithful Departed -- Services of Remembrance on All Souls' Sunday
Sunday, November 10 - 8am, 10am and 2pm (Tongan)

 

Each year our parish family sets aside time to remember and pray for all who have died. No matter how recent or distant the loss of those we love is, we call to mind our gratitude for the gifts given by them, we grieve their absence, and we reclaim the hopeful promise of life everlasting in God’s presence.

 

At each service, a table of remembrance at the baptismal font provides a place to bring a photo or memento of loved ones. All are invited to place an item there before the service. If you would like someone remembered in the prayer that Sunday please email the office or call 650-348-4811.

 

At the 10am Eucharist, the Choir of St. Paul’s offers movements from the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, accompanied by a chamber ensemble of strings, clarinets, and bassoons.

 

Donations to underwrite musicians for this special requiem offering may be designated in memory of loved ones. A donation of $300 would underwrite one of the instrumentalists, though gifts of any amount would be gratefully received. Look for dedication envelopes in the pews or contact the office. Tuesday, November 5 is the deadline for memorials to be listed in the bulletin.

The Labyrinth for All Souls’ Weekend
Saturday, Nov. 9 & Sunday Nov. 10 in Foote Hall , St. Paul’s Parish House

 

Open for personal retreat, reflection and remembering

Saturday, November 9: 9am to 3pm

Including a Labyrinth Prayer Service, for those we loved who have died, offered at 9am and 11am 

 

Open after our All Souls’ Worship Services

Sunday, November 10: 9am to 10am & 11:30am to 2pm

 

In addition, two Labyrinth Prayer Services for those we love who have died

Saturday, November 9: 9am and 11am

 

 

What is a Labyrinth?

“The Labyrinth is a spiritual tool meant to awaken us to the deep rhythm that unites us to ourselves and to the Light that calls from within. In surrendering to the winding path, the soul finds healing and wholeness … This walking meditation is an archetype, a mystical ritual found in all religious traditions. It quiets the mind and opens the soul.”

-- The Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress , “Walking a Sacred Path”

Remembering Those at Rest in Our Columbarium
Sunday, November 10 at 9:15am

 

A brief time of prayer and remembrance will be offered in St. Paul’s columbarium for those who find their final resting place there. Family members and loved ones are invited to gather for this simple time of prayer, gratitude and remembrance.

Mozart Requiem on All Souls’ Sunday
Sunday, November 10 ~ 10am

 

Introitus – Kyrie – Lacrimosa – Hostias – Sanctus - Agnus Dei - Lux aeterna

 

At the 10am Eucharist, the Choir of St. Paul’s offers movements from the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, accompanied by a chamber ensemble of strings, clarinets, and bassoons.

 
4th Annual Christmas Concert - Buon Natale!
Sunday, December 15 at 4pm

 

The Choir of St. Paul’s

Chamber Orchestra & Organ

 

~ A Benefit for the St. Paul’s Choir School ~

 

Program  

Antonio Vivaldi | Gloria

Chiara Cozzolani | Magnificat primo

Barbara Strozzi | O Maria

 

Neapolitan | Bagpiper Carol

Vivaldi | Organ Concerto in d, RV 541

Christmas Carols for all to sing

 

Tickets on sale at St. Paul's and online

https://stpaulschristmasconcert.bpt.me/

Concert Sponsor Seating:   

First Row $150.

Rows 2-4  $80. 

General Seating:  $35. | $20. Students

 
“Advent is Coming" Parish Party
Sunday November 24 ~ 11:30 am in Foote Hall

Friends, family and neighbors are invited to a very festive 10am Coffee Hour in Foote Hall to celebrate the “coming” of Advent which begins Sunday, December 1. (Yes, it is redundant to say Advent is coming!)

 

We will have something for EVERYONE, from young children to adults, to support a spiritual journey through the four Sundays of Advent:

·         Festive food — bring your favorite brunch food to share, if you can.

·         Making of your own Advent Wreath for your Advent prayers

·         Opportunities to help with the St. Paul’s Giving Tree for Samaritan House families

·         Resources for preparing your soul for Christmas

·         Arts and crafts for children

·         Advent music!

 

Of course, we would love doing this together. Many hands … Email Paige Austin

Visit Safe Harbor Shelter in South San Francisco
Monday, December 2 at 10am

Would you like to join as we go deeper into work with our community? St Paul's Outreach Team invites you to attend a tour and discussion with the folks at the Safe Harbor shelter in South San Francisco. Safe Harbor is run by Samaritan House. It provides shelter beds to 90 men and women who are currently homeless, as well as supports to help get them back into secure housing. In the bay area, currently 35,000 of our neighbors are experiencing homelessness. Join us, as we see this wonderful shelter, and sit down for a discussion - about how staff helps each person along their journey back home.

 

Please RSVP by Monday, November 18 by emailing Susan K.

When:  Monday, December 2

Arrive at 9:45am  Tour starts at 10 am. We will be done by 11:15am

Where: Safe Harbor Shelter

295 North Access Road, South San Francisco

Making Space for Joy!
An Advent Morning Retreat  Saturday, December 7 ~ 8:30am to 12:30pm

Christmas can be one of the most joyful times of the year, but it can also be the season of great distraction. In the season of Advent we are invited to find ways to create space in our hearts for expectation and joy.

 

All are invited to a morning of making a quiet space for joy. In conversation with each other and quiet time for reflection we will both experience moments of peace and discover practices to make space for joy throughout the Christmas season.

 

Register by emailing The Rev. Thomas Skillings

Advent Lessons and Carols
Choir of St. Paul’s   Saturday, December 7 • 5pm

Festive Advent carols for congregation and choir alternating with lessons of the prophets include all in a candlelight procession to the good news of the Gospel of Luke.

 

Melissa Dunphy O Oriens; Ēriks Ešenvalds Magnificat;

Cecilia McDowall Ave Maria; Stephen Cleobury Joys Seven

 

Free-will donation at service

 

New Christmas CD Release at Reception: Searching for Stars

Searching for Stars
A New Christmas CD by the Choirs of St. Paul’s

Release: December 7, 2019

Searching for Stars was recorded at the end of May by the Choirs of St. Paul’s (grade K through adults) accompanied by organ, string quintet, woodwinds, handbells, water-tuned glasses, and even Tibetan bowl. The CD will be on sale for the first time at the reception following Advent Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 7. With a program of music from the 2018 Christmas concert, this CD will make a terrific gift for friends and families this Christmas.  

1. Fanny Hensel | Präludium for organ

2. Jan Sandström | Es ist ein Ros entsprungen  

3. Jonathan Dove | Seek him that maketh the seven stars   

4.  John Karl Hirten  | As newborn stars  

5. Hildegard von Bingen | Caritas abundat  

6. John Tavener | Mother of God, here I stand 

7. Frank Ticheli | There will be rest 

8. Carol  | O little town of Bethlehem 

9. Paul Edwards  | No small wonder    

10. Will Todd  | My Lord has come

11. Fanny Hensel | November

12. Carol  | From heaven above to earth I come

13. Fanny Hensel | December

14. Fanny Hensel | Nachspiel 

15. Paul Halley | Huron Carol   

16. Philip Ledger | On Christmas Night 

17. Peter Cornelius | The Three Kings  

18. Carol  | Away in a manger  

19. Ēriks Ešenvalds  | Stars   

20. arr. Owain Park | Have yourself a merry little Christmas   

21. Fanny Hensel | Postludium for organ

The Staff is Complete: Welcome Jocelyn Sideco

Since last year your parish leadership has been discerning Next Steps. Last spring we began a search for staff who could lead and support the ministries of St. Paul's as we deepen and expand our connections with each other. In August, The Rev. Julie Graham expanded her role at St. Paul's to include our Invite, Welcome, Connect Initiative and to deepen pastoral care.

I am now excited and pleased to introduce Ms. Jocelyn Sideco. Jocelyn most recently served as the director of community service and social justice at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, where she oversaw the community service graduation requirement and developed opportunities for students to deepen their practice of justice and advocacy. Prior to that, she had been a teacher in the East Bay and served as the executive director of Contemplatives in Action, an educational and spiritual retreat center in post Katrina, New Orleans. Jocelyn has a master’s degree in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology and completed a year of clinical pastoral education at UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics with a focus on mental health.

As Pastoral Associate, Jocelyn will take the lead in deepening and expanding our connections with teens and young adults. She will bring her experience to support and enrich our ministries of outreach and justice. She begins her ministry this week working 20 hour per week and will be at church on Sundays and in the office Tuesday through Thursday. You can email Jocelyn at jsideco@stpaulsburlingame.org or call her at 650-348-4811 x2.

The Rev. Julie Graham Appointed Full-time Associate Rector

Following a discernment process lasting almost a year, the Rector has appointed The Rev. Julie Graham to serve as full-time associate at St. Paul’s. When the position became vacant last August, the Rector and Vestry decided to take the opportunity to reflect how our church could grow in vitality and effectiveness in a world where faith practice is changing rapidly. The Rev. Julie brings the enthusiasm and knowledge we were looking for as we take our next steps as a parish community.  Julie will continue to oversee our ministries with young people and their families, and will take on new responsibilities in making St. Paul’s a welcoming presence in our community.

 

The Rector and search team are in the final stages of filling the half-time pastoral associate position created when Julie moves to full time. This reconstituted staff will help us the deepen the good work we are doing together at St. Paul’s and support our next steps as a parish.

 

Read the Rector’s announcement letter to the parish here.

 

Read a letter from our Sr. Warden detailing the hiring process here.

 

Read the job posting for Associate Rector here.

Announcing our New Associate Rector !
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