[At St. Paul's, clergy and laity] are sharing ministry . . . in a way that should be spotlighted for the rest of the church. The joy and enthusiasm I saw in the congregation truly reflected the signs of the Holy Spirit."
- The Rev. Canon Sarah Shofstall,
Diocese of Western Massachusetts
We welcome as friends everyone, of any race, gender, creed, denomination, political affiliation, or sexual orientation, for all of us "are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28)
All Are Welcome! ¡Todos están Bienvenidos!
St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Bakersfield welcomes you to worship. We invite you to join our inclusive community as we deepen our awareness of the presence of Jesus Christ in us through the Episcopal tradition of inclusivity, worship, and service. We welcome all to share His joy and love with us, rejoicing in the transforming power of the Spirit.
I am pleased to announce on behalf of St. Paul’s Bakersfield, The Rev. Luis Rodriguez has been called to serve as their next Priest-in-Charge. Luis is currently serving as Interim at Holy Nativity in the diocese of Hawaii, but has previously served at Church of Our Saviour in Hanford, and is excited to return to the Diocese of San Joaquin. We are grateful for the love and leadership of The Rev. Cindy Voien, who has walked with St. Paul’s during this transition. Luis will begin serving on the first Sunday of January, which is the Feast of the Epiphany.
In conversation with Luis, he had this to say about being called to serve:
“After three years away from the Diocesan of San Joaquin I am incredibly excited about returning, and particularly about serving as Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s, Bakersfield. I have always known St. Paul’s as an especially active and committed community with lots going on as well as inherent with lots of possibilities for the future. As I consider serving there I envision St. Paul’s as a focus and center for the wider Bakersfield area and its people, whether Episcopalians or not. I envision it as a place of continuing radical welcome in a landscape that can sometimes be less than hospitable to those on society’s margins; a communitygrounded in the Episcopal tradition with an unapologetic commitment to the Baptismal Covenant. With St. Paul’s being the largest and most central of the parishes in the Southern Deanery, I look forward to fostering relationships with the other churches in the deanery, encouraging a closer fellowship and collaboration. More personally, I am thrilled to be back in California and in DSJ, closer to family and re-kindling long-standing relationships. There is still some time before my arrival in January, and much to do as I end my time in Honolulu, but I know the weeks will fly. Please keep the people of Holy Nativity, Honolulu, St, Paul’s, Bakersfield, and me in your prayers.”
Please join me in welcoming The Rev. Luis Rodriguez to St. Paul’s and back to the diocese!
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followed by Coffee Hour in Grace Hall
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2216 17th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
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This week at St. Paul's
6-9:30 St. Paul’s Bridge Fellowship
6-8pm Advent Supper @ Grace Hall
6:30-8pm Episcopal Youth
@ Grace Hall
8:30ama-4:30pm LifeLine Screening
@ Grace Hall
3:30pm: DOK Tea
@ Kathy Harlan’s Home
8-9am Sunday Conversation
@ Dagny’s 1600 20th
10-11:30am Holy Eucharist
10-10:50am Sunday School (K-8th)
11:30-1:00 Parish Christmas Party
12-2pm Food Co-op