SINGLE SERVICE SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP IN THE SANCTUARY CHURCH SCHOOL IN THE PAVILION CHILDCARE
(UP TO 3Y/O) 10:00 A.M
You are invited to bring your pledge card to the 10 a.m. service this Sunday! During the offertory, you will have an opportunity to place your pledge card on the altar to be blessed. It is a moving experience to not only participate but to watch others bring their gifts to God for our continued mission of Love Period.
We are delighted to welcome award-winning recording artist, Crystal Lewis singing this Sunday in our worship service. Crystal is Cassie Lewis’ sister.
Those of you who have pledged early, rest assured your pledges will also be represented on the altar for you. If you would like to complete your pledge card online, you can do so HERE.
For those who RSVP’d for the luncheon after service, please join us on the patio. If you did not RSVP, you are still welcome to join us for dessert and coffee. This is a lovely time to be together and celebrate our community. Please join us!
We are delighted to welcome Hart Roussel to St. Paul’s! Hart will begin his Diocesan Discernment Year with us on the first Sunday in Advent. He will participate in all aspects of parish life including worship, leading morning prayer, book studies, and personal discernment. Following is a note from Hart:
Greetings to the community of St. Paul’s. I am excited to spend this Diocesan Discernment Year with you. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more but here is some of my background.
I am a native of rural south Louisiana and grew up on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Home for me will always be south Louisiana so you will often hear nostalgic stories of small-farm chores, wandering along the Mississippi, Cajuns, Mardi Gras, and New Orleans. I moved to California in 1998.
Raised Roman Catholic, I was received in the Episcopal Church in 1996 while living in Washington, DC. Today, I live in Fullerton and am a member of St. Andrew’s Fullerton, where I serve on the vestry, the endowment committee, and have been a regular lay preacher since 2018. St. Andrew’s is my sending congregation.
Professionally, I am the Senior Director of Gift Planning at Cal State Fullerton and have worked in the field of University Advancement since 1998 prior to which I worked in nonprofit management and fundraising, primarily in HIV/AIDS services in Washington, DC, Virginia, and New Mexico.
For college, I attended the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, followed by seminary at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Subsequently, I earned an MBA from the Claremont Graduate University, and most recently a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Los Angeles.
In my spare time, I hang out with my whippet, Don Diego. I am an avid hiker, an occasional backpacker, a wandering road tripper, and campervan adventurer. When I am not able to get outside, my other interests include reading and watching science fiction and historical fiction.
I look forward to being a part of St. Paul’s and meeting you.
NEW LECTIONARY BEGINS IN ADVENT
The staff is excited to begin to use “A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church,” starting the first weekend of Advent, November 27 and 28. This lectionary is the profound, scholarly work of the Rev. Dr. Wilda Gafney, who serves as the Sam B. Hulsey Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School.
This work is not only a lectionary – a prescribed set of readings for each week of the church year, along with readings for the feast days – but a translation. Each Scripture chosen has been carefully, newly translated to bring out the nuances of the original languages.
A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church is a completely new lectionary built from the ground up that includes a new gender-expansive translation of the biblical texts. Over the course of the year, we will hear many of the stories of women from the Bible, which the traditional lectionary has generally omitted. Perhaps more noticeably, we will hear many names for God, beyond the usual translations that limit themselves to “Lord” and “Lord God”, which do not reflect the wider variety of terms for the Holy One found in the original languages. The “gender” of God in the texts is not assumed to be masculine, so feminine pronouns for God appear frequently.
The language is meant to wake us up, to ask us to expand our imagination and imagery for God, to invite us to see the biblical texts with new eyes. We may find it discomforting and challenging. My invitation to all of us is to welcome a new perspective as an opportunity to deepen our faith by accepting its challenge.
If you think a weekly study together would interest you, please let Kay know (email@example.com). This promises to be a rich, challenging, enlightening encounter with Scripture, highlighting the parts we rarely read and the stories we don’t know by heart. There is nothing to fear, and so much to learn!
WOMEN'S ADVENT QUIET MORNING Saturday, December 4th at 9:00 a.m.
This holy and complex time of year arrives when our busyness is at its height. Take this morning as a gift of time to rest, reflect, pray, and enjoy the presence of other women.
Come spend the morning with St. Paul’s women as we engage the mystery of Advent in prayer, art, journaling, and quiet time. We’ll conclude the morning with lunch.
More details to follow – please put this on your calendar!
Coming Wednesday Evenings during December WALKING THE WAY OF LOVE TOGETHER Just in time for Advent and Christmas: an opportunity to support one another as we prepare for the incarnation, facilitated by Michael Castro, Claire Purcell, and The Rev. Valerie Hart.
We will gather in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.. for a time of sacred silence. Each week we will experience a different form of listening prayer. At 7:00 p.m. we will move into the Vail room next to the sanctuary to explore together the great themes of Advent and Christmas, based on the Episcopal Church’s Journeying the Way of Love: Advent Curriculum.
All are welcome to come to the silence and the conversation, or just attend one, if that works better for you.
December 1 – Saying Yes to the Journey
December 8 – Spiritual Friendship – Mary and Elizabeth
December 15 – Holy Surprise
December 22 – The Wonder of Birth
December 29 – Nurturing the Child
If there are those who would prefer to attend via Zoom, we will open the conversation for live Zoom participation (no recordings). Please contact Valerie Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about participating virtually.
O Lord, Giver of Life and Source of Freedom. We know that all we have is received from your hand. Gracious and loving God, you call us to be stewards of your Abundance, the caretakers of all you have entrusted to us. Help us always to use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously. Send the Holy Spirit to work through us, bringing your message to those we serve. May our faithful stewardship be a witness to the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. We pray with grateful hearts in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer
This week, we remember those in need of God's healing presence, in illness, grief, and challenging times: especially Sylvia, Royce, Doriel, Holland, Mary, Bob, Ralph, Kathryn, Jean, Kathy, Terry, the Penn family, Judi, Dennis, Freyja, Richard, Gilbert, Lyle, the Chai family, Ron, Lori, the Reese family, Ricardo, Dottie, and Linda. Give them courage and strength during the days ahead; may they know your love and grace.
Gracious God, we entrust all who are dear to us to your never-failing care and love. Guide us so that we may reflect your love and grace to the world. Amen.
We pray for the following members of our parish:
Janniene & Jim Gaff
Heidi & Mohammed Ghods
This week we give thanks for the Stewardship Committee.
THIS WEEK AT ST. PAUL'S LINKS ARE SHOWN FOR ONLINE PROGRAMS Monday – November 15, 2021
8:00 amMorning Prayer - Facebook Live HERE
Tuesday – November 16, 2021
8:00 amMorning Prayer - Facebook Live HERE 7:00 pm JAM-Kids via zoom HERE (Password: JAMKIDS) 7:00 pm Teen Cafe - Contact David Milligan Wednesday – November 17, 2021 8:00 amMorning Prayer - Facebook Live HERE 5:00 pm Evening Prayer - Facebook Live HERE
Thursday – November 18, 2021 7:30 pmAdult Education - Embracing Change HERE (Password: change) Saturday – November 20, 2021 9:30 amCoffee Hour with Connie Ash HERE (Password; coffee)
10:00 am Moms Gathering Zoom Link: Moms Gathering
Sunday – November 21, 2021 - Celebration Sunday
10:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary (Childcare begins at 9:45 am)
10:00 am Church School - In the Garden
11:30 am Celebration Sunday Lunch
11:00 am Shower Ministry
2:30 pm Sunday Supper - Sack dinner and food distribution
Monday – November 22, 2021
8:00 amMorning Prayer - Facebook Live HERE
Tuesday – November 23, 2021
8:00 amMorning Prayer - Facebook Live HERE 7:00 pm JAM-Kids via zoom HERE (Password: JAMKIDS) 7:00 pm Teen Cafe - Contact David Milligan Wednesday – November 24, 2021 8:00 amMorning Prayer - Facebook Live HERE 5:00 pm Evening Prayer - Facebook Live HERE
Thursday – November 25, 2021 - Thanksgiving 10:00 pm Thanksgiving Day Eucharist Saturday – November 27, 2021 9:30 amCoffee Hour with Connie Ash HERE (Password; coffee)
St. Paul’s Staff
The Rev. Kay Sylvester,Rector
The Rev. David Milligan,Associate Pastor
The Rev. Valerie Hart,Assisting Priest
The Venerable Laura Siriani, Welcome andCommunications
The Rev. Bonnie Brandon,Parish Administrator
Cristina Flores,Children and Family Minister
Connie Ash,Coordinator of Giving
Gail Forbes,Preschool Director
Debbie Middlebrooks,Music Associate
Sue Martin,Music Associate
Hilda Hernandez, Sexton
St. Paul’s Vestry
Sr. Warden: George Turner, 714-241-1227 Jr. Warden: Rhonda Matini, 949-813-6697
Joe Bedell,315-576-7111 Pam Brooks,949-5520748 Patty Hicks,714-538-7829 Rhonda Matini, 949-813-6697 John Middlebrooks,949-910-0333 Janet Miles, 714-544-7093 Steve Plesh,714-283-3671 Linda Shearman,914-830-8849 Kitsy Smith,209-608-1218 Adam Tapias, 206-849-6706 Adelle Yeaton, 714-349-7628