The St. Paul's community extends far beyond the walls of our church. Please join us for these events!
watch & pray
Monday, January 25 • 7:30pm
Storytelling through film has a way of capturing our attention in a renewed and refreshed way. Our film series will feature a recent film that holds promise for a faithful and prayerful conversation. The chosen films will explore how centralizing personhood ultimately leads us to the right relationship with one another.
Watch, read, or listen to a common text
Pray and study with it
Join a conversation
Learn from the movie and join a conversation on Monday at 7:30pm on Zoom. Meeting ID: 503 656.8822.
January 25: Selma, A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. 128 minutes.
St. Paul’s Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 7 • 10:45am
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82528148498
All members of St. Paul’s are invited to our first ever virtual Annual Meeting. In the pandemic, join with fellow members of St. Paul’s to celebrate and share our plans and dreams for the coming year.
● Receive a report on the state and health of our parish from the rector.
● Elect and meet new Vestry members and Diocesan delegates.
● Hear a report on the budget for the coming year.
● Sing together in thanksgiving and praise.
Attend Online Weekly Services
In-person gatherings at St. Paul's have been suspended, and we are hosting times for prayer together online. Join us for our offerings of hymns, readings, sermon, and music; click the following to find service resources.
Join Our Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour
Every Sunday all are invited to an online Coffee Hour. Beginning at 8:45 am and 10:45 am these are live opportunities for conversation and check-in. So after participating online in worship for the day, join with others for a time of conversation and community.
Please join us at 8:45 am via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87884282944 or by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 878 8428 2944.
Or at 10:45 am via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88580629168 or again by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 885 8062 9168.
A Deeper Dive into Bible Readings Bible Study
Sundays • 12:30 pm
Join with the leaders of our Tongan congregation and the rector for a deeper dive into the scriptures for each Sunday.
Join our email list for some preparation material before each gathering or simply join the Zoom session by clicking on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81775796902 or by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 817 7579 6902.
Prayer Vigil for Healing & Systemic Racism for the World Continues
Wednesdays • 4:30 pm via Zoom
In April after we were shut down by the pandemic of COVID-19, the Healing Ministries Team began a Healing Prayer service every Wednesday at 4:30pm, a vigil for the healing of our world. At first we thought this was temporary, only needed a few weeks, okay months, but to date it continues.
The Vigil is open to everyone. Not only St. Paul’s members need to keep the vigil for the healing of our world. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Join us Wednesdays, 4:30pm, https://zoom.us/j/99471513814 or by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 994 7151 3814 Passcode: 024222
Samaritan House and Home & Hope are Looking for Meals
We are so grateful for all the people who have donated time and money to provide meals for the Samaritan House staff twice a week. We continue to look for funders, meal organizers, and drivers as this need remains. Our average cost is $6/lunch. We can reimburse people up to $330 for each meal.
If you can contribute as a funder, donations of any amount are accepted via check or credit card or online on our website by clicking here.
Join the Choir School in 2021!
Anchored in the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) training program, the Choir School continues robust online offerings in January 2021 for grades K-12, including both small group rehearsals and individual sessions with the director.
Special 2021 opportunities include recording for an online March Choir School Concert and a July Compline for the RSCM National Virtual Summer Training Course hosted by Duke University and National Cathedral. The Choir School will continue to perform virtually with the full choir and carefully following current safety guidelines, record in small groups in the beautiful nave of St. Paul’s. We look forward to a July 2022 residency at Wells Cathedral, England.
Rehearsals resume online on Tuesday, January 12.
On Sacred Ground: Dialogue Circles for Racial Healing and Justice
A new dialogue circle is forming in February!
The vast majority of white Americans have forsworn intentional racism. The challenge is to look at how good, well-intentioned people still can have unconscious habits of mind and emotion that reproduce bias, can have systemic advantages in terms of life prospects that others don’t have, and can be looking the other way as harms are reproduced.
What is a Sacred Ground dialogue circle like?
In preparation for each meeting participants watch films and read short articles around a particular area of racial history and justice. This preparation takes about two hours over the two week intervals, and you can watch the videos on your own device at home. Click here to sign up.
A Great Host of Black Composers
Music at St. Paul’s will be highlighting the amazing music of A Great Host of Black Composers in January and February 2021. You are invited to listen to the expanding collection of video recordings in this YouTube playlist. The playlist and each video includes details on the composers (Click on SHOW MORE).
Composers include: Betty Jackson King, Florence Price, Thomas Dorsey, Zenobia Powell Perry, David Hurd, Melanie DeMore, Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, and Roderick Williams.
We are United Against Racism
This phrase and stance are taken from the National Council of Churches' book, United Against Racism: Churches for Change. “Authentic Christianity requires the loving inclusion of all God’s creation. An inclusive, beloved community is a community free from racism. United Against Racism is a call to an authentic Christianity, a religion that strives to become God’s inclusive, beloved community. It summons Christians to pray, think, and act to end racism. This resource aims to support churches, communions, and those who endeavor to share the journey of the Christian faith in the pursuit of an unfinished agenda to embody a more excellent way of racial equity.”
Racial Justice Working Group
A smaller group of Vestry members, staff, and parishioners contribute to the coordination and resourcing of anti-racism education throughout the programming year.
Resources for Racial Reconciliation and Justice: https://episcopalchurch.org/racial-reconciliation/resources
Responding to Racist Violence: https://episcopalchurch.org/responding-to-racist-violence
More from our Weekly Resources
Music at St. Paul’s on YouTube
Listen again to the growing video collection of virtual choir anthems by the Choir of St. Paul’s, organ postludes, and piano works by Fanny Hensel at the YouTube Channel of Director of Music, Susan Jane Matthews.
Pastoral Care – We Are Here for YOU!
We remain a community connected in God's love even in this necessary social distancing. The pastoral staff is still at work and available for you, especially during these unsettling and anxious times. The staff will offer “Online Open Office Hours.”
The Rev. Thomas Skillings can be reached via email at email@example.com or by calling (650) 430-3738.
The Rev. Julie Graham can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (650) 344-3675.
Jocelyn A. Sideco via email at email@example.com or social media and Zoom by appointment or by calling (504) 376-5856.
We want to know you are cared for and not alone. Please don't hesitate to reach out to let us.