The St. Paul's community extends far beyond the walls of our church. Please join us for these events!
Paul the Progressive
Sundays @ 9am in the Higbie Library • January: 26 and February: 2, 9, 16, 23
In a culture where Christianity is seen as intolerant and narrow minded, it can be hard to publicly identify as Christian or Episcopalian. Much of this comes from the ways Christian faith has been interpreted to support the marginalization of women, LGBTQ+ people and people of other faiths. Pressed to defend their exclusion and judgement of others they will often turn to the Bible, especially pulling particular texts from the apostle Paul.
But what if Paul was really the person who made Christianity radically inclusive? What if he was a champion of the equality of all people in Christ? What if he really did believe that God desires to be the God of all? And what if you had enough knowledge of Paul to support your own sense of inclusion and equality for all?
Join us in January and February to see Paul and the Bible in a new and inclusive way. Using Eric Smith’s book, “Paul The Progressive: The Compassionate Christian’s Guide To Reclaiming The Apostle As An Ally,” we will come to understand the teachings of Paul so that we too can understand the inclusive and compassionate dream of God in Christ.
Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 2 • 11:15am
All are invited to participate in our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 2 at 11:15am in Foote Hall. We elect new parish leadership, review where we have been and where we are going and get an overview of the budget for the coming year.
The Annual Meeting is always a wonderful opportunity for fellowship (brunch is served), and to be an important part of sharing the work of our parish. To read about the 2020 Vestry Nominees, look in Sunday’s bulletin or January’s Epistle on page 10.
Build a House in Mexico in One Day
Sign up by Sunday, February 9 and join us Saturday, March 14!
On the weekend of Saturday, March 14, St Paul’s will build a house for a Mexican family in Tijuana. This is much like a habitat project, but the house is completed in one day!
Who can build? Anyone with any experience can be a part of the team. This includes young people 6th-grade and up. This would be a great family project!
How do we get there? Most people travel to San Diego on Friday, March 13, and return on Sunday, March 15. We stay in a local motel and travel into Tijuana for the day.
What does it cost? Our Outreach Team will be using funds from our Outreach fund to build the house. The only costs are gas (shared if you carpool) or airfare to San Diego and meals that are not provided on the road and for lunches.
Who are we partnering with? The home-in-a-day program is sponsored by Corazon. Since the early 1970’s this organization has been building homes for Tijuana residents. Visit them online at www.corazon.org
Fanny Hensel Concert
Saturday, February 15 • 5pm
Chamber Music with Susan Jane Matthews, pianist
Allegro molto in c
Il Saltarello Romano
Fanny Hensel (1805-1847) was a German pianist and composer of tremendous musical talent and skill like her famous younger brother, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
This concert continues to explore Fanny Hensel’s amazing compositions, highlighting three more of her works for piano solo and two chamber works: Piano Quartet for piano, violin, viola, and cello and the Piano Trio for piano, violin, and cello.
Free-will donation. Reception follows.
Searching for Stars
Pancake Sunday is Now SHROVE SUNDAY
February 23 ~ 11:15am in Foote Hall
It was decided it would be best to celebrate Shrove Tuesday the Sunday before. Last year it was called Pancake Sunday, but has now been designated Shrove Sunday! So now, it is finally coming, the Sunday we all wait for! This year’s Shrove Sunday falls on February 23. It is the last Sunday after the Epiphany. (Remember when the wise men came to baby Jesus way back on January 5?) Well, it signifies the beginning of Lent and the time to get our souls prepared for the resurrection. Let's celebrate the end of this season and the coming of Ash Wednesday, on February 26, with eating lots of pancakes cooked and served by our Men’s Group and the Lions Club! There will be arts & crafts for young people, too!! While adults can look for Lenten resources. And if you don’t eat pancakes, no worries! Come and feast on each other’s company! Of course, we could use your help. Please go to the Rev. Julie or email Bryan Vander Lugt to find out how you can help!
The Soul of Aging: A Circle of Trust Small Group
Beginning in March ~ Register now
As we get older, we intuit that we can just get old or we can become elders who have meaningful contributions to make. There are some tough things to encounter in our aging, but if we are willing to face them, there are also enormous gifts. We yearn to grasp what life has been all about and to come as fully alive as we possibly can, which includes claiming unlived parts of ourselves, creative endeavors, thoughtful shadow work and a deeper commitment to our inner life’s work and our relationship with God. It is a time of life we want to be guided by our souls.
To quote Eleanor Roosevelt: Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. In this program, we will creatively approach “the art” of aging intentionally, and the many soulful invitations our maturing years offer us.
This 10-week Circle of Trust course will be a place where participants yearn to explore a more intentional and creative way to move through later life.
There will be 10 meetings beginning in March and going through May (specific times TBD).
For more information, please contact The Rev. Thomas Skillings either by emailing email@example.com or by calling 650-348-4811 x1.
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.
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