Highlights of Past Events at St. Paul's

The community of St. Paul's offers many opportunities to learn and grow. Here are highlights of previous events from the current program year: 

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4pm Choral Evensong & Dinner
Sunday, May 15

 

You are invited to join in a celebration of 15 years of the Choir School & the Evensong Series (2007-2022) at St. Paul’s.

4pm Choral Evensong
A free-will offering at the service of Evensong will benefit the July 2022 Residency at Wells Cathedral, England by the Choir of St. Paul’s Repertoire:

        Margaret Burk | Responses
        Herbert Howells | Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Gloucester)
        Joanna Forbes L’Estrange | The Chorister’s Prayer
        Sarah Quartel | How can I keep from singing?

5pm Catered Dinner
Tickets: $15 Adult / $10 Child

         Includes Choir Awards & Presentation of RSCM Ribbons
         Closing Choral Blessing: Joanna Forbes L’Estrange | Irish Blessing

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The Circle of St. Paul's ONE DAY Sale
Saturday, May 7  | 10am - 4pm

Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church

                      415 El Camino Real, Burlingame

The Circle of St. Pauls invites the community to shop for outstanding prices on gently used, new and/or vintage items that you just cannot live without.

 

Proceeds from the one day rummage sale are donated to local charities selected for ongoing support through The Circle of St. Paul's. These charities support a diverse range of causes. We also provide financial support to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Burlingame for special projects, facilities improvements and operating expenses.

 

For more details, visit The Circle of St. Paul's website: https://circlerummage.wixsite.com/stpauls

Corazon House Build in Mexico
Saturday, April 30
 

We will be building a house in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, April 30, 2022. We still have some space for a few more volunteers.

 

There are very experienced builders on the build team so no experience is necessary! If you can hold a paint brush or hammer a nail, you're ready. If you can do neither, we'll still put you to work helping the crew. Each to his/her ability.

The work is joyous - often working alongside the excited new homeowning family and/or their relatives. These new homeowners typically have spent months or years awaiting this blessing. But the blessing is truly ours, as we see the fruits of our combined efforts  take form, and we see the resulting happiness in the faces of a deserving family.

Volunteers are responsible for transportation to and from San Diego and lodging. Our group is staying at a local hotel (some will stay with friends or family nearby) and there is the opportunity to share some meals at nearby restaurants on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

We depart San Diego by bus very early Saturday morning and arrive at the house site in Tijuana where a foundation and plumbing has already been put into place. By the time we arrive back at the hotel, we'll have completed our mission and can share stories of the day. This trip and its impact can be life changing  for those who volunteer.


For more details or to sign up, contact Jocelyn, jsideco@stpaulsburlingame.org.

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watch & pray: Flee
Monday, April 25 | 7:30pm


Movie: Flee, an animated documentary

Where to find it: Hulu

About the Film: An animated documentary telling the true story about a man's need to confront his past in order to truly have a future. Amin arrived in Denmark as an unaccompanied minor from Afghanistan. Today, at 36, he is a successful academic and is getting married. A secret he has been hiding for over 20 years threatens to ruin the life he has built for himself. For the first time, he is sharing his story with his close friend.
 

About the process:

  • Watch the film

  • Pray about it and pay attention to what comes up for you

  • Join in on the conversation with others on Monday, April 25 at 7:30pm via Zoom Meeting ID: 503 656 8822

2022 St. Paul’s Parish Retreat 
April 22 -24

After a two-year hiatus, St. Paul’s Burlingame will return to the spectacular Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg.  The weekend will be the perfect time to connect and reconnect with friends, old and new.  Nestled among the vineyards of the Russian River Valley wine country, the Bishop’s Ranch offers comfortable accommodations and tasty homemade meals in a beautiful setting to provide a rich experience for all ages.

There will be plenty of activities for those young…..and young at heart, or you can just relax with a good book in the garden.  A full list of activities and schedule will be forthcoming.

 

Based on strong interest, we’ve secured the iconic Ranch House for our weekend, with the ability to expand our footprint should we need more space.  Costs will be based on specific rooms in the Ranch House.  A list of rooms and their prices will be provided upon request,  so please call or e-mail Tom Power with your RSVP, and he will send you the information.  tom.power@srsre.com or (415) 990-4942. 

 

As always, financial assistance is available by contacting Rev. Jen Hornbeck -  jhornbeck@stpaulsburlingame.org

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Holy Week & Easter
Services and Music
April 10-17, 2022

 

Come to celebrate the mysteries of Jesus' life, death and resurrection:

 

Palm Sunday | April 10 | 8am, 10am, 12:30pm, & 5pm

Join in the Procession of Palms, remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem

10am Music (click here for details)

 

 

Maundy Thursday | April 14 | 7pm

Share in the recollection of the Last Supper Jesus shared with the disciples.

This service includes an invitation to share in the foot washing and witness the stripping of the altar, after which all leave in silence.

Music (click here for details)

Good Friday | April 15 | 5pm

A contemplative time to venerate (pray, worship, be present) the cross and the day of Jesus’ death. We share in the reserved sacrament.

Music (click here for details)

Easter Vigil | April 16 | 7pm

We begin this service with kindling a fire, sharing in the lessons of the Old Testament and entering into the Easter celebration with the Gospel and sharing a celebratory Eucharist.

Music (click here for details)

Easter Sunday Choral Eucharist |April 17| 9am & 11:15am**

Bring your flowers for flowering the cross and celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and the beginning of the Great Fifty Days of Easter. For those who prefer to attend an Easter Service outside, the 11:15am service will also offer outside seating with the service broadcast auditorily and communion offered outside.

Music (click here for details)

Choir of St. Paul’s

Chamber Orchestra, Handbells, Cymbals, Piano & Organ

St. Cecilia & St. Nicolas Choirs (grades K-3) join the rest of Choir School at 9am service to sing:

Barry Rose | Risen Lord

* *10:15am - Coffee Hour between services

* *10:30am - Easter Egg Hunt in the Nursery School playground  

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Flowering of the Cross on Easter 


Please bring flowers  or greenery (from your garden) if you would like to help flower the cross before both services on Easter Day.

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Casual Sunday Evening Worship and Fellowship
 

During the season of Lent, we have added an additional simple worship service on Sunday evenings at 5:00pm, followed by a shared meal and fellowship groups. 

These new services were born out of our recent Congregation Conversations and will be a time to experiment with a potentially more permanent service. If you would like to help with meals, please email Jennifer: jhornbeck@stpaulsburlingame.org

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Annual Choir School Concert

Sunday, March 6  | 4pm

20th-Century Music of the Choir Room Composer Timeline

Reception follows hosted by the Gerster family

 

The youth of the Choir School (grades K-12) bring music of nine of the composers of the new Choir Room Composer Timeline to life.

 

Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989) | Come down angels

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) | Ballad of the Brown King:  III. Sing Alleluia!

Florence Price (1887-1953) | Peter, go ring them bells

Organ:  F. Price | Variations on the Folksong “Peter, go ring them bells”

 

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) | My spirit sang all day

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) | O sacrum convivium

Judith Weir (b. 1954) | I love all beauteous things

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) | Psalm 24

Piano:  L. Boulanger | III. Cortège (Trois Morceaux)

 

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) | This little light of mine; Little David

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) | Psalm 150

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) | God be with you till we meet again

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Lent at St. Paul's
Ash Wednesday, March 2 

There are two Ash Wednesday services on March 2:

12:30pm Cantor and Organ

7pm Choir and Organ

 

We will be exploring and learning more about the Eucharist during Lent.

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Watch & Pray | My name is Pauli Murray 
Monday, February 28 | 7:30pm on Zoom

 

Lifting up a powerful story of justice, would you consider watching this film, praying with the feelings and ideas that emerge for you, and joining others for a conversation? 

 

About the program

  1. Watch the documentary, My name is Pauli Murray (which can be found in Amazon Prime)

  2. Pray with & Study it yourself

  3. Join a conversation on Monday, February 28 at 7:30pm. Go to Zoom and enter Meeting ID 503 656 8822.

About the Film

Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South— who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Pauli’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time. Told largely in Pauli’s own words, My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary journey of a lifelong faithful Episcopalian called to eventually serve as a priest.

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Choral Evensong
Sunday, February 13 | 4pm
Choir of St. Paul’s

 

As the Choir prepares for a July 2022 residency at Wells Cathedral, England, hear some of the repertoire they will be singing at February’s Evensong (sung Evening Prayer), including evening responses and canticles by rising star women composers from England and the United States, and a jubilant arrangement of the spiritual “Peter, go ring them bells” by English baritone Roderick Williams.

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange | Magnificat and Nunc dimittis  (King’s College Service)

 

Margaret Burk | Responses

 

Spiritual, arr. Roderick Williams | Peter, go ring them bells 

Michael Caraher, soloist
 

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First Annual Marcia McCowin Concert
Sunday, January 23  |  4pm
 

Highlighting women composers and poets, with a musical treat for children of all ages

An Annual Marcia McCowin Concert has been underwritten by the Estate of Marcia McCowin, established to highlight the work of women composers and poets at St. Paul’s. Dr. McCowin (1952-2020) was a Professor of Clinical Radiology at UCSF and a generous supporter of Music at St. Paul’s.

 

The program of the first annual concert at 4pm on Sunday, January 23 will include music for soloists, choir, narrator, cello, violin, organ, and piano:

 

Margaret Bonds | No man has seen his face (Words by Janice Lovoos)

Lili Boulanger | D’un matin de printemps for violin and piano; Psalm 24 for choir

Maddalena Casulana | Vagh'amorosi augelli

Melissa Dunphy | Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Commissioned for the Choir of St. Paul’s 2022 Wells Residency in celebration of Marcia’s life)

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange | The Three Wise Women; Give us grace (Poetry of Jane Austen)

Elizabeth Kimble | Gloria (premiere)

Maria Theresia von Paradis | Sicilienne for cello

Barbara Strozzi | O Maria

George Akerley | A Sweet for Mother Goose for organ and narrator

Christopher Putnam | Mother’s Love (2008 commission for Marcia’s mother by her children; Words by Lucy Maud Montgomery)

 

Musicians include Michael Caraher, Emily Gross, Jefferson Packer, Séraphée de Labaca, Michelle Maruyama, Susan Jane Matthews, Akane Ota, and Haruka Ota.

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Return of Adult Education Forum 
Sundays  | 9:15am in person in Higbie Hall
Tuesdays  | 12pm - 12:45pm on Zoom

We will begin AGAIN to offer Adult Education on January 23 and 30 at 9:15 am in Higbie Hall.  We will also be offering an online option on Tuesdays at noon.

The Rev. Jennifer is inviting you to a Zoom meeting.
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Peninsula Multifaith Coalition's
10TH ANNUAL  MLK JR. MULTIFAITH DAY OF SERVICE
Monday, January 17

 

Please join us for this unique opportunity to work side by side with people of other faiths and cultures to benefit our local community. This year we will include a mix of outdoor, indoor, and online family friendly projects. San Mateo County mandated Covid safety protocols will be followed.

 

Bringing together our diverse community to build bridges of understanding and respect.

For more information about PMC or this event, contact Edith Foothorap (rongoerss@aol.com).

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The Christmas Pageant
Friday, December 24 | 4pm

 

Thank you to all the families and the children who have signed up to be main characters, stage support, and narrators! 


Rehearsal Reminders: 

  • Sunday, December 5 from 11:15-12:30pm

  • Sunday, December 12 from 11:15-12:30pm

  • Wednesday, December 22 beginning at 4pm

Christmas Pageant: 4:00pm Friday, December 24, call time 2:45pm

Calling all available angels and shepherds and animals who would like to show up for Jesus' birth! Let us know so we can get you a costume. Feel free to email Jessica Sobolik at j_sobolik@hotmail.com, Rue Richey at ruerichey@gmail.com or Jocelyn at jsideco@stpaulsburlingame.org.

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Annual Christmas Concert 
Sunday, December 19 | 4pm
And peace on earth
 

Invite friends and family to celebrate Christmas with the Choir of St. Paul’s, Chamber Orchestra & Organ.


The 6th Annual Christmas Concert with the Choir of St. Paul’s and Chamber Orchestra echoes the angels’ tidings of peace.  The program includes beloved Christmas carols and choral music of the ages (Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Finzi and Rutter), alongside uncovered treasures by black women composers (Undine Smith Moore, Rosephanye Powell, Errollyn Wallen, Margaret Bonds), German pianist Fanny Hensel; and a 2021 setting of the Nunc Dimittis written for the choir by Melissa Dunphy.

The choir so looks forward to sharing this program with you! Enjoy the calm of reserving a seat in the first four rows while supporting the choir's residency at Wells Cathedral, England.

 

Doors will open at 3:30pm on Sunday.  

An outdoor reception of holiday drinks to warm your spirit follows, hosted by the St. Paul’s Vestry.

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Children and Families: Let's Make Parols!
Sunday, December 12  during 10am Service

 

 

Calling all children and families for a fun activity as we prepare for Christmas! All supplies will be provided to make your own Filipino lantern in the children's and family area of the Sanctuary during Sunday's 10am service. If you cannot make it for the service, simply let Jocelyn know. She will package supplies and share directions on how to make these beautiful Parols at home at your own convenience.

The real origin of the Filipino “Parol” can be linked to the Mexican “luminaria” or clay-pot lantern placed outside the window during the El Posada, when villagers re-enact Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem in search of a room to deliver the baby Jesus. 

What a fitting way to celebrate Gaudete, the Third Sunday of Advent. Rejoice! The Lord is near!

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Daffodils: Reliable signs of renewal
Sunday, December 5 after 10am Service

 

Bring your gloves and hand shovels, we're planting Daffodils in our new garden!

We're looking for 7 people/families to plant daffodils immediately following the 10am service on
December 5.

The gardener will prepare the bed so all we need to do is lay each bulb in and cover with soil. We will bless our soil and bless this time of growing for St. Paul's.

 

Sign up with Jocelyn at jsideco@stpaulsburlngame.org

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Advent Lessons and Carols
A light to those who sit in darkness
Sunday, December 5 | 4pm

 

This candlelight choral service carries us from darkness into the light of seeing God among us.  Carols for congregation, choir and organ alternating with readings from the prophets include all in a dramatic procession. 
 
Carols for Choir:  Melissa Dunphy O Oriens, Hildegard von Bingen O Virtus Sapientiae, Herbert Howells A Spotless Rose, Benjamin Britten A Hymn to the Virgin, Sergei Rachmaninoff Bogoroditse Devo, Melissa Dunphy Magnificat.

Voluntaries: Aria from J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations; Verschiedene Canones, BWV1087, arranged for piano and organ duet.
 
A free-will offering benefits the Choir School. 

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Advent Festival 
Sunday, November 21  | 11:00am to 12:30pm
 

Bring the whole family, and invite your neighbors!

Listen to seasonal music prepared by Dr. Susan Jane Matthews and members of the Choir of St. Paul's.

Singers of all ages from the Choir of St. Paul’s will offer music for a joyful beginning to the Advent season: Carol | The angel Gabriel from heaven came; Canon | Dona nobis pacem; Margaret Bonds | You can tell the world.

We will also have wreath-making supplies, our Giving Tree sign-ups, Advent prayer resources, and opportunity for kiddos to frost cookies and create a prayerful Advent chain. 

To volunteer for an arts and crafts station, please contact Jocelyn.

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St. Paul's Giving Tree
Starting Sunday, November 21

Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 21, for the return of St. Paul's Giving Tree. This year we will be helping 4-6 large families who are clients of Samaritan House. There will be opportunities to participate in person after Church services from November 21 through December 19 or from the comfort of your home if you choose.

Key dates for this year's Giving Tree are:

November 21:  Kick-off of the Giving Tree in Foote Hall as well as online opportunities to participate

November 28 & December 5:  Last two dates to take tags from the Giving Tree for food and gifts

December 12: Last day to turn in food and gifts we'll have options for those contributing while sheltered in place

December 19: Food sorting, gift wrapping, and deliveries, this year our deliveries

to the families we are helping will be done outside for safety for everyone

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Celebrating All Souls' Day
Sunday, November 7

Who would you like remembered on All Souls' Day, Sunday, November 7?

If you have a loved one you'd like to have remembered during the service on All Souls' Day, please send the name/s to Marisol Tria, at mtria@stpaulsburlingame.org or call the office at 650.348.4811

We will host a Table of Remembrance at the entrance of the church this Sunday. Bring a photo, memento or flower of a loved one.

Take time to have a quiet moment of prayer and reflection:

  • The Sanctuary is open from 7:30am to noon.

  • Columbarium gathering at 9:15am

  • Walk the outdoor Labyrinth before/after each service.*

  • Walk the outdoor Labyrinth at Sunset 5pm

*Members of the Healing Ministry will be present and will be available to answer questions about walking a labyrinth.

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All Saints' Sunday
Sunday, October 31

Music for All Saints’ Sunday

Hymns | For all the saints; I sing a song of the saints of God
Come down, Angels | Spiritual, arr. Undine Smith Moore
And I saw a new heaven | Edgar Bainton
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum | Claude Debussy   
Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565 | Johann Sebastian Bach

Choir of St. Paul’s
Susan Jane Matthews, Director of Music

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Choral Evensong

Sunday, October 24 | 4pm

 

The October 24th Evensong includes the premiere of a choral work by Philadelphia composer Melissa Dunphy.

 

This first setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Dunphy was commissioned by the Marcia McCowin Estate Fund, established to highlight the work of women composers and poets at St. Paul’s. Dr. McCowin was a Professor of Clinical Radiology at UCSF and a generous supporter of Music at St. Paul’s.

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One Day Yard Sale
Saturday, October 16 | 10am-4pm
Occidental Parking Lot

Rugs, Lamps, Furniture, Frames, Pictures, Bric-a Brac

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS WITH STRENGTH WHO CAN PULL OUT FURNITURE BEFORE AND AFTER! Sign-up using the button below or contact Candace Martin at candacemartin1340@att.net.​

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The Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 10 

St Paul’s will be easing back into providing services once again by starting with small gatherings for worship, learning and prayer this fall. While our main focus will remain connecting online and through calls and notes, we will be exploring ways to be together in person. On Sunday we will celebrate the gift our pet(s) are to us, especially in these pandemic times. We will also give thanks for creation, bless our pets and pray for their care. 

 

All attending must register ahead of time online.

 

To participate online, bring your pet to Virtual Coffee Hour for a blessing.

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Care Packages for College
Every Sunday in October 

Consider writing a card or dropping something into these boxes sometime over the entire month of October!

 

Boxes will be located in Foote Hall before and after each service.

 

If you would like to drop something off during the week, please feel free to drop off items in our office or place them directly into the boxes in Foote Hall.

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Choral Evensong
Sunday, September 26 | 4pm


The 2021 - 2022 Evensong Series, monthly offerings on Sundays at 4pm, continues with Choral Evensong on September 26, sung by the Choir of St. Paul’s. Drawing on the ancient monastic offices of Vespers and Compline, the beautiful and uniquely Anglican service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening prayer) is centered on sung prayer, psalms, and Scripture readings.  

 

Choral music on September 26th will include:

Elizabeth Kimble | Preces and Responses

Sarah MacDonald | Magnificat and Nunc dimittis

Fanny Hensel | Lobgesang: 5. Ich will von Gottes Güte singen

 

In this 15th Anniversary Season of the Evensong Series and Choir School,  join in the festive offerings in a journey toward the July 2022 Residency by the Choir of St. Paul’s at Wells Cathedral, England.

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Fall Fellowship Meals in October
October 16, 17 and 23

Enjoy connecting with old and new friends over lunch or dinner hosted 
in a St. Paul’s member’s home!


Dates are:
Sat, Oct 16 for dinner at 6 pm
Sun, Oct 17 for lunch at 12 pm
Sat, Oct 23 for dinner at 6 pm
 

RSVP to Marisol Tria, mtria@stpaulsburlingame.org or 650-348-4811
Be sure to include your name, preferred date, indoor/outdoor preference, and email or phone number, so your host can contact you with further details.

 

Unlike the “Progressive Dinners” of the past, your meal will begin and end at the same address and with same people.

 

Indoor and outdoor options available. Groups will be 8-12 people.

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Dedication of Skillings Garden and Labyrinth 
Sunday, September 19 | 11:15am

Sunday, September 19 marks the culmination of a long-time dream to transform the much-used area between the Church and the Parish Hall into a Garden with a permanent Labyrinth.  Several gifts over the years got the planning going but the retirement of The Reverend Thomas Skillings in May 2021 after nineteen years as St. Paul's Rector offered the opportunity to raise the needed remaining funds to bring this dream to reality. 

 

Thank you to everyone who made such a transformational project possible to be enjoyed now and by future generations of St. Paul's and the greater community.

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Celebrate the Return to In Person Services 
Sunday, September 12 | 8am and 10am

 

We will be together AGAIN in the Sanctuary on Sunday, September 12. Services will include an 8am Spoken Eucharist in the Chapel and a 10am Holy Eucharist with Choir in the Sanctuary.

 

Check out the new piano, an enhanced sound system and HEPA filters for safety and comfort.

 

Come masked and ready to pray together in-person!

And, if you aren't able/ready to come in person, continue to check out St. Paul's virtual services on YouTube--the link is on the website.  

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BBQ To Follow In Person Service
Sunday, September 12 after 10am Service

Help make our BBQ after Sunday's 10am service fun and enjoyable for all.

 

There are various volunteer opportunities you can take advantage of anytime between 9am and 12:30pm.

 

To volunteer, please contact Tish Busselle at tnbusselle@gmail.com or 650.504.0919.

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Parish Work Morning 
Saturday, September 11 | 9am-11am

 

...many hands make light work...

We are looking for volunteers to help prepare our spaces in preparation for our in-person worship on Sunday 9/12/21.

 

The morning starts at 9:00 with coffee & doughnuts, come join your fellow parishioners for a bit of fellowship, then it is on to our actual work of the morning.

 

There are several locations which will need attention; setting up for the BBQ in the playground, taking down Foote Hall- returning items to the church, stacking chairs, cleaning pews in church, putting the hymnals and prayerbook in pews, setting up the Narthex, etc. There will be members of the Vestry in each the areas that will help direct and organize the various activities.

 

Please come and help, even if you can’t stay for the whole two hours, every little bit will help. We will conclude our morning with Jen, blessing our spaces in anticipation of moving forward in this next chapter of our life together.

 

Thank you,

 

The Wardens 

Kathy Martin, Sr. Warden

Tish Busselle, Co-Jr. Warden

Karen McCormick, Co-Jr. Warden

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Piano Dedication Concert
Sunday, August 29 | 4pm

Susan Jane Matthews, pianist

 

All are invited to the dedication concert of St. Paul’s new 2004 Steinway B offered by Susan Jane Matthews, Director of Music. The program is 80 minutes in length.  A free-will offering will benefit the St. Paul’s Choir School.

 

Franz Schubert

Impromptu in G-flat, Opus 90, No. 3

Impromptu in E-flat, Opus 90, No. 2

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Moonlight Sonata

 

Greek folk song, arr. Jan August

Misirlou

 

Joan Tower

Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

 

Margaret Bonds

Troubled Water

 

Fanny Hensel

Das Jahr: June, September, November

Vier Lieder, Opus 6