The St. Paul's community extends far beyond the walls of our church. Please join us for these events!
Our Path of Faith Continues
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. In early October, members were sent a pledge packet in the mail with information about next year’s needs and a reminder that our shared generosity makes all that we do possible during more normal times and especially during these unprecedented times.
Click here if you wish to make your pledge commitment online for 2021.
St. Paul’s Giving Tree Returns with a Twist
How will our Giving Tree with a Twist be different this year?
There will not be tags on the Giving Tree — the Giving Tree will be virtual!
We will not be helping specific families — but instead contributing to the broader Samaritan House efforts to provide holiday gifts and food to more than 2,000 households who will do a drive-by pick up from Samaritan House at a central location.
We will not wrap or deliver or be Santa’s elves in a myriad of ways.
And, we’ll be done before Thanksgiving!
Our deadline is Sunday, November 22 so that the “grab and go” holiday bags can be packed and ready for distribution to families who will be picking them up soon after Thanksgiving.
Purchase Gift Cards and/or warm jackets and coats for children and teens online:
Target Gift Cards — we’ll be using a St. Paul’s Giving Tree page for online purchases of $25 Target Gift Cards which will be given to parents during the drive-through holiday distribution for purchasing a gift/gifts for their children. Here’s the link to the same online service that we used for St. Paul’s very successful Operation Backpack last summer: https://www.roonga.com/stpauls
Warm jackets/coats for teens and children — all sizes are needed. Click here to use the St. Paul’s Giving Tree list that Tish created on Amazon.
November 23, 2020 • 7:30pm
This month's movie: Disclosure, a documentary featuring leading trans creatives and thinkers sharing heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood's impact on the trans community. 107 minutes.
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 right relationship with one another.
1. Watch, read, or listen to a common text
2. Pray with and study it yourself
3. Join a conversation
Learn from the movies below and join a conversation on the listed dates at 7:30pm on Zoom. Meeting ID: 503 656.8822.
Grab and Go Advent Festival in a Bag!
Saturday, November 28 • 3pm
Occidental Parking Lot
For decades, St. Paul's church held a beloved Advent Festival Coffee Hour on or right before The First Sunday of Advent in order for people to make an Advent wreath for their own personal prayers at home. This year the festival will be served up in a bag to "GRAB and GO!" Volunteers are gathering and putting together bags of all that’s needed to make a beautiful Advent wreath. Each bag will be blessed in the church by the clergy. And will include prayers to say with your wreath as you lit a candle each week.
November 29 is The First Sunday of Advent. Advent means "coming." In the Episcopal Church we observe four Sundays of intentional prayer and spiritual practice in order to prepare our hearts for the birth of the Christ Child. The Evergreen wreath with three purple and one pink candle serves as a symbol to call us into this special time of prayer and reflection. The simple ritual of lighting a candle and saying a prayer or reading helps to set aside the busyness or loneliness of this season and to receive the hope of the coming of Christ into our lives.
For more information email email@example.com to contact The Rev. Julie Graham.
Advent Lessons and Carols
Saturday, November 28 • 5 pm
Be carried from darkness to
the light of seeing God among us through
a dramatic alternation of lessons and carols.
Poetry by Mia Malhotra
Patricia Van Ness | Hear, Hear O Shepherd of Israel premiere!
Paul Manz | E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come
Amy Bebbington | I sing of a maiden
Carol | Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
Choir of St. Paul’s & Organ
Tuesday, December 8 • 4 pm
Preteens (junior high school ages) and teens (high school ages) are invited to get to know other St. Paul teens. We will listen to one another’s stories and learn more about ourselves and God. Zoom sessions are from 4pm to 5pm.
In addition to monthly Zoom gatherings, socially distanced hikes and other outdoor activities are being arranged for those interested.
If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Pastoral Associate Jocelyn A. Sideco.
Annual Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 13 ● 4pm
Pre-concert Talk ● 3pm
Celebrate Christmas with the Choir of St. Paul’s!
Hear the joy of Christmas through the voice of women composers - from the 9th c. Byzantine chant of Kassia, to Barbara Strozzi in 17th c. Italy to the spirituals of Undine Smith Moore and Margaret Bonds in 20th c. USA - and, sing along with the choir in twenty Christmas highlights from Handel's Messiah.
Videos have been created in the beautiful sacred space of St. Paul's by soloists and small choral ensembles. The program also includes virtual choir renditions of "For unto us a child is born" and "Joy to the world" with 40 singers from the choir singing, age 6 through adult.
Register to receive a link to watch the Concert, along with a Messiah score pdf, and Zoom link for the Pre-Concert.
Kassia | 9th c. Byzantine Christmas Chant
Barbara Strozzi | O Maria
Undine Smith Moore | Christmas Alleluia
Margaret Bonds | You can tell the world
G. F. Handel | Messiah (Christmas highlights) Sing-a-long at home from a Messiah score sent to you.
Carol | Joy to the World!
Choir of St. Paul's
Susan Jane Matthews, Organist & Director
Soloists: Abigail Akers, Natalie Dias, Lily Hartley, Jason Harvey, Elizabeth Kimble, David Kurtenbach, Séraphée de Labaca, & Akane Ota
All donations benefit the St. Paul's Choir School.
Christmas On Holy Ground Candlelight Carol Services
Sunday, December 20, 2020 • 5pm and 6:30pm
While it is not possible to gather for Christmas as usual, save the date for an outdoor gathering in anticipation of the birth of Christ. Joyful prayers of praise, an inspiring word and music by our
singers will help us enter the wonderful mystery of God with us. Carols will be sung by an ensemble of eleven from the Choir of St. Paul’s.
Please click below to register for the 5pm service. Please check back for the 6:30pm registration link.
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.
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.
Healing Prayer Service
Wednesdays • 4:30 pm via Zoom
The Healing Ministry of St. Paul’s has pledged to gather each Wednesday for 20-minutes to pray for the healing of this world from pandemic and social injustices.
Anyone and everyone is free to join in this prayer time via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/97637490628 or by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 976 3749 0628.
The Bible Challenge: Read the Whole Bible in a Year
Have you ever been one of those people who said they would like to read the whole Bible? But then when you got started you quickly got lost? Take advantage of this pandemic year to join in the Bible Challenge. Using the book of the same name you’ll be invited to read a small portion of the Bible each day. Along with each passage is a brief reflection by a variety of scholars, bishops and teachers.
Each week, if you choose, you can join in a small group discussion to discuss the week's readings with one of the clergy at St. Paul’s.
A Hidden Wholeness: Practices for Finding Courage and Purpose in Life
When is it that you feel most alive and purposeful?
How does the Spirit work in you to bring life to the world around you?
Parker Palmer laments that so many people get distracted and forgetful in the midst of the demands of living that they cease to live from their deepest values and priorities. He bemoans that people live divided lives.
You are invited to learn about and practice ways of listening that can recapture energy and direction for your life and in the lives of those you care about.
On Sacred Ground: Dialogue Circles for Racial Healing and Justice
A film and reading based journey for those seeking to increase compassion and understanding about race. Ten sessions meeting every other week beginning on Wednesday, October 21, with both a daytime group (time TBD) and evening group (7pm – 9pm).
From the Sacred Ground program guide
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.
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.