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Highlights of Past Events

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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Choral Evensong for Lent
March 19 | 4pm


It is a joy to invite all to a Lenten Evensong sung at St. Paul’s by the Choir of Walla Walla University, Washington; Kraig Scott, director.  The Choir of St. Paul’s will join the Walla Walla Choir in two anthems:  Caroline Shaw and the swallow & Stephen Paulus The Road Home.

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Choir School Concert
The Song of Birds
March 12 | 4pm

You are warmly invited to the 2023 Annual Concert by the youth of the Choir School, grades K-12. The program seeks to awaken the listener to the joy of birds – from the sparrow to the kingfisher - as these winged creatures fill our lives with soaring song.


This 45-minute concert performed is a terrific way to introduce children to the choir at St. Paul’s. A Reception follows hosted by the Akers Family.



Thomas Tallis | All praise to thee, my God this night (Tallis Canon) Kristina Arakelyan | You know me (Psalm 139)

Richard Rodney Bennett | The Birds’ Lament, The Owl, The Lark (The Aviary)

Swedish folk song, arr. Michael Burkhardt | Thy holy wings
John Rutter | All things bright and beautiful

Piano: Elena Kats-Chernin | Wild Swans  Suite: Eliza Aria


Benjamin Britten | Cuckoo!  Friday Afternoons

Southern folk tune, arr. David N. Johnson | The lone, wild bird

Katie Burk | Listen, sweet dove

Andrew Carter | Butterflies and Moths; Badgers and Hedgehogs (Bless the Lord)

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Ministry Teams | Evenings of Wonder
March 15, May 17 | 7pm-8:30pm


Let us gather to listen and pay attention to what God is doing within us and throughout our community.


If you are a part of this community, you are invited! We all minister to one another. Join Rev. Sarah and Jocelyn for this series where we hope to unlock, evermore carefully, how God is active and present in our common life together. Meet and talk with others. Encourage one another in our practice of faith. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Ash Wednesday Worship Services
February 22 | 12:15pm & 7pm


The first of the forty days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality, and may be imposed with the sign of the cross.

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Mardi Gras Shrove Sunday
February 19 | 11:15am-1pm


We gather to celebrate the time before Lent with the tradition of Shrove Tuesday, but celebrated on Sunday.  We eat pancakes in order to eat the last of the "fat" before the season of Lent and fasting begins.  Mardi Gras has come to St. Paul's as we "put away the alleluias" and burn our palms for Ash Wednesday. Come for pancakes! Come for fun with old and new friends!

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Conversion of St. Paul -- St. Paul's Day
January 29 | 11:15am-1pm


Join us on St. Paul’s Sunday for a multi-generational festive coffee hour in Foote Hall after the 10am worship service, in honor of our patron saint’s conversion day, as we immerse ourselves in the grace that changed Saul’s path forever and sent him–and sends us– into the world, transformed in sharing God’s love!


Journey of Transformation: our Canvas Labyrinth will be available to pray

Letters of Encouragement: card-writing to our neighbors in need of encouragement and love

Celebration of Love: fun activities for the entire family


We look forward to playing and praying with you at St. Paul’s in the year ahead, as we celebrate this amazing inheritance we receive and share through the love of Jesus Christ!

The Choir of St. Paul’s (grade K through adult) will be singing at the 10am Sung Eucharist, under the direction of guest conductor Robert Nicholls, Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana since 1996. Robert will be at St. Paul’s to prepare choristers for Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) exams. He started his musical education as a Chorister at Westminster Abbey and graduated from Cambridge University, where he sang in the choirs of Gonville and Caius and St. John's Colleges.

The Gifts of the Epiphany
beginning January 8 and through all of January

Who will be among the ones to bring their gifts to serve Jesus? 


Come remember how the Magi traveled from afar to venerate the Christ Child, during our 10am Sunday worship on the Feast of the Epiphany. 


We invite you to offer contemporary versions of those classic gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to our neighbors being served by LifeMoves:


Gold = recognizing Jesus’ kingship = new soap, new shampoo 

Frankincense = celebrating Jesus’ deity = new lip balm

Myrrh = anticipating Jesus’ death = new pair of socks


Collection boxes will be placed at the entrances of the Church for the entire month of January. Toiletries can also be dropped off at the office during the week during regular office hours.

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Marcia McCowin Second Annual Concert

January 22 | 4pm

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


The Annual Marcia McCowin Concert arose from the visionary sparkle of Marcia McCowin. Dr. McCowin (1952-2020) was a Professor of Clinical Radiology at UCSF, a generous supporter of Music at St. Paul’s, and an inspiration to all who knew her.

In the last months of her life, Marcia delighted in coming to St. Paul’s Burlingame to listen to the music offerings. She worked closely with Director of Music Susan Jane Matthews to designate an estate gift to St. Paul’s for an annual concert to highlight the work of women composers and poets, with a musical treat for the young at heart, too.


The 2023 program features choral works of 20th-century and contemporary women composers sung by an octet, including Choir School seniors Lily Hartley and Abigail Akers, and St. Paul’s professional singers soprano Emily Shafer and tenor Anmol Gupta. The 2023 treat comes as a slideshow of bird photography by Susan Jane Matthews, from burrowing owls to a wood duck, water dancing grebes and baby tree swallows, all symbols of hope in their wordless songs.




Caroline Shaw | and the swallow (Psalm 84)


Imogen Holst (1907-1984) | Sanctus and Agnus Dei

Kerensa Briggs | Media vita

Lili Boulanger | Cortége for violin and piano

Lucy Montgomery & Christopher Putnam | Song of a Mother's Love

Roxanna Panufnik | Ubi caritas

Kristina Arakelyan | You know me (Psalm 139)

Cécile Chaminade | Trois Danses

Anciennes for piano

Emily Dickinson & Christopher Tin | Flocks a Mile Wide (transcription for organ

Hope is the thing with feathers

Accompanied by Bird Photography by Susan Jane Matthews


Amy Beach (1867-1944) | Peace I leave with you

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Ministry Teams | Evenings of Wonder
January 18, March 15, May 17 | 7pm-8:30pm


Let us gather to listen and pay attention to what God is doing within us and throughout our community.


If you are a part of this community, you are invited! We all minister to one another. Join Rev. Sarah and Jocelyn for this series where we hope to unlock, evermore carefully, how God is active and present in our common life together. Meet and talk with others. Encourage one another in our practice of faith. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

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MLK, Jr. Day of Service
January 16 | morning-lunch


Look for all the details for each project and register by January 8 by going to Click on Reserve A Spot to get more information about each project. Consider volunteering with a friend or look forward to making new friends.   Several projects welcome children, teens or families.  Go to the sign up to check out what’s available for various age groups. 

St. Paul's Youth and Families: Select any George Hall of Huddart Park Project to work alongside our friends from Church of the Epiphany or St. Matthew's. Be in touch with Jocelyn to coordinate.

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Baptismal Reunion | January 15

After 10am Service in Foote Hall


In our liturgy of Holy Baptism, Christians are invited to “remember your baptism” as the priest splashes blessed water from the font onto members of the gathered congregation. We remember in many ways, including celebrating the light of Christ in each newly baptized person. Come be part of our Baptismal Reunion in Foote Hall after the 10am service, as we welcome these precious little ones into God’s family and invite them into a deeper life of love in the Body of Christ. If you’d like to help host the reception for  his reunion of all members in God’s household, please contact Rev. Sarah at

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Christmas Services

Christmas Eve | December 24 | 10pm


Come, celebrate the birth of Christ on this holy night.

Choral Eucharist

Hear once again a young chorister sing the carol "Once in royal David’s city" and sing "Silent Night" by candlelight with the Choir of St. Paul’s and strings. Choral music includes Adolphe Adam “O holy night” and George Malcolm “Mass of the Creche.” A prelude of Handel’s Cuckoo and Nightingale Organ Concerto begins at 9:45pm.



Sunday, December 25

11am Sung Eucharist with choir and organ


12:30pm Tongan Service with Nativity Gospel and Eucharist

Christmas Services 
Christmas Eve | December 24 | 4pm

Come, celebrate the birth of Christ on this holy night.

A Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant

Children present the Nativity Gospel in costume and song in alternation with Christmas carols for all to sing.

If your family has a little one who would like to put on a costume and greet the baby Jesus in the manger, you are welcome! (Additional costumes available for use at the entrance of the church.)

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Mid-Week Morning Prayer
on Zoom with Rev. Sarah
Wednesdays @ 9:30am

As we lean into gratitude for this new season of life together, you are warmly welcome to join friends in faith for Mid-Week Morning Prayer (on Zoom), led by Rev. Sarah on Wednesdays through the month of December at 9:30am. Please contact the church office to receive participant details, including the meeting link. 
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Seventh Annual Christmas Concert 
December 18 | 4pm


Choir of St. Paul’s

String Quintet, Harp, Organ, & Piano

A reception follows in the Skillings Garden hosted by the Vestry.

Tickets may be purchased at


Reserved Concert Sponsor Seating: $100.

General Seating: $35. | $20. Students

Doors open at 3:30pm.



Ralph Vaughan Williams | Fantasia on Christmas Carols


Kassia | Augustus, the Monarch

Tomás Luis de Victoria | O magnum mysterium

Robert Lucas de Pearsall | In dulci jubilo

Harold Darke | In the bleak midwinter

Jessica French | Love came down at Christmas


Benjamin Britten | This little Babe

Nadia Boulanger | Cantique

John Rutter | Tomorrow shall be my dancing day


Fanny Hensel | Piano Trio in d minor: 3. Lied 4. Finale


Carol | What child is this?


Healey Willan | Three Kings

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange | Thee Three Wise Women

Margaret Bonds | The Ballad of the Brown King: 3. Sing Alleluia! 7. O sing of the king who was tall and brown 8. That was a Christmas long ago 9. Alleluia


Malcolm Archer: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Children's Chapel

December 18| 11:15am-11:45am


We value cultivating a space for the youngest amongst us to connect with God and their neighbors. Children’s Chapel provides a space to pray together through song, activity, and friendship with others between the ages of infant to 12.

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Advent Lessons & Carols
December 4 | 4pm


All are invited to walk from darkness into light with the Choir of St. Paul’s as candles are gradually lit throughout the church. Beginning with young choristers, the reading of lessons alternates with Advent carols for choir and congregation, from the creation story and the prophets to Angel Gabriel’s good news to Mary.


A free-will offering will benefit the Choir School.

A reception follows hosted by Jo Ann Hartley in Brewer Hall.


Melissa Dunphy | O Oriens

Elizabeth Poston | Jesus Christ the apple tree

Herbert Howells | A Spotless Rose

Ēriks Ešenvalds | O Emmanuel

Ēriks Ešenvalds | Stars with water-tuned glasses

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange | Magnificat (King’s College)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina | Tomorrow go ye forth

Children's Chapel

December 4| 11:15am-11:45am


We value cultivating a space for the youngest amongst us to connect with God and their neighbors. Children’s Chapel provides a space to pray together through song, activity, and friendship with others between the ages of infant to 12.


Today we learned and prayed with the Jesse Tree!


From the Search and Transition Committee:

Bishop Search Listening Session at St. Paul's
December 3 | 10:00 am - 12noon | Higbie Library

Please join us for a conversation sponsored by the Search and Transition Committee for the Diocese of California inviting our personal and communal hopes for a new Bishop as we consider:


•What do we need from our next bishop? How might these priorities contrast with our desires and preferences?

•What are the most critical issues facing church communities within our diocese?

•What gifts or skills will our next diocesan bishop need to lead effectively?

•What might potential candidates need to know about the diocese and the churches in the Peninsula Deanery?


Feedback from these listening sessions will be applied by the Committee to craft the core of our Diocesan profile, used to discern with potential candidates. Your perspective and input is greatly valued in this important process! 


Please join us at St. Paul’s in Higbie Library starting at 10am. You also are welcome to join via Zoom if attending in person is not possible, using the following link:

Meeting ID:  812 7482 6226


Please feel free to contact the Rev. Sarah C. Stewart with questions about this offering at

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Lessons and Carols: Theology,  History, and Innovation Program in Higbie Library, followed by light supperDecember 1 | 5:30 pm 

Dr. David Pacini and Rev. Sarah explore the historical development, theological trajectories, and contemporary innovations in our Lessons and Carols tradition. 
Children's Chapel

November 6 | 11:15am-11:45am

St. Paul's Nursery Playground


We value cultivating a space for the youngest amongst us to connect with God and their neighbors. Children’s Chapel provides a space to pray together through song, activity, and friendship with others between the ages of infant to 12.


We also bake and/or decorate cookies to deliver to St. Paul’s friends!

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All Souls' Sunday

November 6 | 8am and 10am Holy Eucharist

Services of remembrance of all faithful departed, with the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé offered by the Choir of St. Paul's, string quintet and organ at the 10am service. All are invited to bring photographs or mementos of loved ones who have died, to display on communal tables located near the baptismal font. We also honor our departed by distributing roses to all households.

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All Saints' Sunday
October 30 | 8am and 10am Holy Eucharist


A festive celebration of the life we share through Christ in the communion of saints, including in-gathering of 2023 financial pledges, with gratitude for the generosity of St. Paul's during our Season of Stewardship.

Pledge Sunday
October 30

Fill out and bring your pledge card to church on October 30.  Pledges of all sizes are gratefully received as we “walk new paths together”.


Click here to make or fulfill a pledge.


Read the 2023 Stewardship brochure here and view this year’s New Paths videos here.

13th Annual North Peninsula Interfaith Choral ConcertSunday, October 16 | 5pm | Hosted by St. Paul's
St. Paul’s is delighted to host the 13th Annual North Peninsula Interfaith Choral Concert, a benefit for homeless ministry. One-hundred singers from five north peninsula church choirs will be participating from: • Congregational Church of San Mateo, UCC• The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints• First Presbyterian Church, Burlingame• St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame• St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, BurlingameLearn more here.
Children's Chapel | St. Paul's Nursery Playground
October 16, 2022 | 11:15am - 11:45am 
A time for praying together through song, activity, and friendship. Bring your children of any age to participate in this outdoor worship service. The playground will be available immediately following the service for people ages 10 and below.
Celebrating St. Francis Day 
October 9 | 8am & 10am worship services

Bring your furry, fuzzy, or feathery family members to worship at the 8am or 10am worship services on Sunday, October 9, as we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi’s witness to our interdependence as participants within God’s creation!

Learn more here. 

Circle of St. Paul's One Day Whale of a Sale

Foote Hall and parking lots | free admission for everyone

October 8 | 9:30am-3pm

Great items - Outstanding prices - Great FUN! 

Lots of bargains in Accessories, Books, Home and Garden, Household, Kitchen, Linens, Men's and Women’s Fashions, Sewing, Crafts and Holiday, Toys and Children’s departments. 

Learn more here. 

The sacramental rite in which the candidates "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" (BCP, p. 860).
St. Paul’s is thrilled to have eight people preparing for their Confirmation. 
Learn more here.
Confirmation | Grace Cathedral
September 25, 2022 | 6pm 
Choral Evensong
Reception with Wells Cathedral Residency Report
4pm Sunday, September 25
You are invited to the first Evensong of the season sung by the Choir of St. Paul’s, including all singers of the Choir School (grades K-12), with The Rev. Sarah C. Stewart officiating.  The choral music of this 45-minute evening prayer service will include Wells Residency favorites.

Following the service, the reception will feature a Wells Residency Report, with a new video and singers of all ages presenting highlights of their experience.

Learn more here.
Meet Our New Rector
Mark your calendars: Sunday, September 11
Sunday, September 11, will be a special day at St. Paul's - - our "official" welcome of our new Rector, The Rev. Sarah C. Stewart, the kick off of St. Paul's new program year, the return of the Choir of St. Paul's at the 10am service, and barbecue for all at 11:00am.

Learn more about Sarah here.
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Sundays, August 28 and September 4
Do you enjoy singing in choirs?

Come to the 9am rehearsal and sing in the summer choir at the 10am Holy Eucharist, delight in great music and get to know some of the amazing people in the choir community better by joining them in song. 

Singers should meet by 9am in the choir stalls.  Suggested minimum age:  youth entering grade 3.  Section leaders will be present to help anchor parts.  
Hard copies of anthems will be available in the choir stalls, along with a bulletin and hymnal.  There are no dress guidelines, and vestments are not worn to allow singers to easily join. 

Full vaccination is required to sing in the choir.  Send proof of vaccination ahead to St. Paul’s Director of Music, Dr. Susan Jane Matthews, at She will then send you pdfs of the anthems.

Anthems for Aug. 28
Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. Brian Judge | He that is down need fear no fall
Shaker Song, arr. Kevin Siegfried | Lay me low

Anthems for Sept. 4
Melanie DeMore | Blessed Be!
Undine Smith Moore | We shall walk through the valley in peace

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Operation Backpack: Success!

A backpack salute to all of St. Paul's members and friends who donated to St. Paul's Operation Backpack this year. St. Paul's donation of 226 backpacks was part of the backpack distribution to nearly 3000 children and teens of Samaritan House clients that took place last weekend. What a gift for them to start the school year with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

Thank you for your generosity and caring!

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Enjoy the daily postings of pictures and videos from the Wells Cathedral Residency by the Choir of St. Paul’s



Learn more here

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Choir of St. Paul’s July 2022 Residency 
at Wells Cathedral, England

The Choir of St. Paul’s was in residence for a week at Wells Cathedral, England in July 2022, at the close of the Choir School’s 15th anniversary season. Twenty-three singers from the Choir of St. Paul’s (boy and girl Choristers from age 10, Teens, Choir School alumni and adult Chancel Choir members) were the choir for six services of Evensong and also for the Sunday morning Choral Eucharist at Wells Cathedral. 


This magnificent Anglican cathedral dates from 1175, the first English cathedral built entirely in the Gothic style.  Cathedral residencies offer the Choir of St. Paul’s a life-changing experience of immersion in the daily rhythm of sung Evensong, becoming a part of this tradition dating from 1549 in the world-wide Anglican communion. 

You may enjoy the daily postings of pictures and videos from the Wells Cathedral Residency at:


Click here for more details.

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St. Paul's Operation Backpack -- deadline Extended to August!

There’s still time to participate in St. Paul's Annual Backpack Drive for children whose families are helped by Samaritan House, one of the local non-profits with which we partner serving families who are struggling financially. Last year, St. Paul’s community and friends provided 240 backpacks. What will this year's number be?

It's an easy and virtual way to help students in need. The COVID -19 pandemic has hit our community's most vulnerable families very hard over the last 30 months. All students deserve to start the school year knowing that their families and the greater community want them to have new backpacks with much-needed supplies.

It is a tradition for our St. Paul's community to donate new backpacks and supplies to local students in need through Samaritan House. Like last year, all donations will be done online or through St. Paul's directly. Thank you to all who have already contributed to St. Paul’s Operation Backpack—your generosity to those in need will make a big difference when school reopens for the new year and children helped wear their new backpacks with pride and happiness.

It's easy to participate in providing backpack/s for children in need by choosing one of the following options:

1. Go to to select choose the backpack/s that you'd like to donate OR

2. Send a check (or give online) for Backpacks to St. Paul's Church, 415 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA 94010 and we'll do the choosing for you. If you send a check, please note "Backpacks" on it.

3. Select the QR code to give online.

Summertime. . . summer fun at St. Paul's


The Vestry is looking for members of our community who would be interested in organizing some opportunities to stay connected with each other during the summer. 


Opportunities?? What are those??   


They could be:

  • hosting a s'mores (marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers) gathering in the early evening around St. Paul's fire pit in the Skillings Garden perhaps with a sing-a-long;

  • organizing a St. Paul's picnic/play date in a local park;

  • hosting an inside or outdoor movie night for either adults or families with children or both;

  • organizing a group to see the Giants;

  • offering to take a small group on a guided hike in one of San Mateo County's treasured parks;

  • organizing a one-time service project with a local non-profit;

  • or ???


Our community is brimming with talent and special skills and interests to share.   The gatherings can be limited (for example, a hike) or open for all.   The Vestry encourages everyone to put on their thinking caps and contact one of the Wardens (Tish, Jay, or Lisa) with what you'd like to organize.  

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Celebrate Pentecost at St. Paul's
Sunday, June 5 | 10am


With white doves, colorful pinwheels, speaking in tongues, St. Paul's will be filled with the Holy Spirit on Sunday, June 5.  And if that weren't enough, it will also be a time at the 10am service to celebrate St. Paul's newly confirmed and this year's high school graduates, and thank the Choir of St. Paul's as it completes the Choir season begun last September.  

St. Paul's Tongan Choir will also be at the 10am service adding its special music to St. Paul's Choir's repertoire.  

Everyone is invited after the 10am service to join in an ice cream social hosted by the Vestry in the Skillings Garden. 

Please plan to come and wear something RED.  Child care and Children's Chapel will be provided.

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They're Confirmed!

Saturday, June 3 was a special day for three members of St. Paul's community. 


Tiale, Grace and Barbara were confirmed along with 85 other confirmands from throughout the Diocese at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.   


They are shown with Jocelyn who guided them in their preparation for confirmation.  

The Circle of St. Paul's SUCCESSFUL Whale of a Sale!

The Circle’s “Whale of a Sale” in May was a great success in so many ways—clearing out rummage accumulated for the sale scheduled for May 2020 which had to be cancelled, helping so many neighbors and others find either a needed item or a treasure, and providing financial support for St. Paul’s Operating Budget. The Circle recently presented a check to St. Paul’s for $10,000 in fulfillment of its commitment to St. Paul’s Operating Budget for 2022.

Thank you to The Circle whose members worked both creatively and tirelessly to make the “Whale of a Sale” happen and to those who helped with setting up, selling, and/or taking down. It was a community effort!

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Corazon House Build Update
The House got built and so did community

An intergenerational group of St. Paul's parishioners joined four rotary clubs at the end of April to build a home with Corazon in Tecate, Mexico.  This was St. Paul's second effort with Corazon, a Southern California non-profit whose mission is to provide families in Tijuana  with housing.

The new homeowner reflected on her experience, "Because of my experience with Corazon last week, I remember to always be grateful for all that I have and never take what I have for granted."


At the end of the day over 60 Americans and Mexicans shared in the joy of building hope together.

To participate in the next build, be sure to let Jocelyn know you are interested.

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Spiritual Parenting
Wednesday, May 25 | 7pm 

Who: The group formerly called Moms on a Mission (MOMs) is gathering and making more room for anyone identifying as a parent for communal support, prayer, and friendship.


If you are interested, please email Jocelyn, at, for the details and location of the gathering. 

Do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to participate but want to suggest finding another, additional time/venue.

watch & pray: Encanto
Monday, May 23 | 7:30pm

Movie: Encanto Where to find it: Disney+, YouTube, Vudu


About the Film: “Encanto” tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel (voice of Stephanie Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.


About the process:

1. Watch the film

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

3. Join in on the conversation with others via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 503 656 8822

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Faithful Friends
Sundays, May 8 and May 22 

Who: for children in grades 4-6


How long: 20-30 minutes 


What: A time to learn and grow in community. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will have fun learning about their faith with their peers and other mentor children slightly older than them. 


For more information, please contact Jocelyn,

St. Paul's Transitions in May

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May 22

On May 22, we will welcome The Rev. Beth Lind Foote who will be with us serving as Interim Rector through the calling of our sixth Rector.  

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May 15

On May 15, St. Paul's community will say thank you and bid farewell to The Rev. Jen Hornbeck who has been our Interim Rector for the last year.  Jen has accepted a call from Transfiguration Church in San Mateo so, while gone from St. Paul's, we may see her and her distinctive cowboy boots around the Peninsula.
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Video of May 15th Evensong


You may listen to the recording of the May 15th Evensong sung by the Choir of St. Paul’s at this link:


Along with the Evening Canticles which Herbert Howells composed for Gloucester Cathedral, this evening prayer service highlighted music of three contemporary women composers: Joanna Forbes L’Estrange The Chorister’s Prayer; Margaret Burk Responses, and Sarah Quartel How can I keep from singing?


Evensong will be offered again at 7pm on July 11 and 12, before the choir journeys to England for a week-long residency at Wells Cathedral.

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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:

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,

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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. or (415) 990-4942. 


As always, financial assistance is available by contacting Rev. Jen Hornbeck -

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Easter Eggs on Hay
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:

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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.
Join Zoom Meeting:        Meeting ID: 759 908 3602

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Peninsula Multifaith Coalition's
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 (

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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, Rue Richey at or Jocelyn at

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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

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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. 

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 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

Choral Evensong

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​

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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.

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, 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.