[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.
Priest-in-Charge Search Update
Sisters and Brothers of St Paul’s,
The process for selection of our Priest-in-Charge continues and is nearing its completion. Last night, the Bishop’s Committee met with Canon Anna to be introduced to the “short list” – three individuals from the original twelve submitting an application to St. Paul’s. These three were selected by Bishop David and Canon Anna after a stringent vetting process that included speaking to the applicant, their current Bishop and Canon, their references and checking their history.
As a group, the BC reviewed and discussed the Ministry Profiles and resumes of each shortlisted applicant, covering their education, and life and professional experiences. The Ministry Profiles included several pages of essay-type Q & A which provided insight to each applicant. We also viewed a submitted video of each preaching a sermon. Your BC is excited and enthused with our possibilities!
We want to take this opportunity to make you aware of the road map before us. On September 12, we will conduct a Zoom (Skype-type) conversation with each applicant lasting about one hour. As a group, the BC will pray and discern our top choice to be recommended to Bishop David. Bishop David, who ultimately makes the selection, will pray and ponder our recommendation and return to the BC with a final decision for our assent. Once the offer has been made and accepted by the applicant, we will enter a time of silence as we provide our new cleric the opportunity to take their leave from their current congregation. During this time, BC members will not be able to share information about our selection. The two dioceses, San Joaquin and the home diocese of the new cleric, will coordinate a joyful public announcement after the cleric has announced their plans to their current church home.
We request and welcome your continued prayers as we discern regarding whom God and God’s Church is calling as the next Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bakersfield.
Your Bishop’s Committee of St. Paul’s Episcopal
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This week at St. Paul's
7-8am St. Paul’s Breakfast Bunch @ Tina
Marie’s(Chester & 20th)
1 pm Book Study @ Cathy Bader’s
6-7pm UN Day of Peace @ Sanctuary
10-1pm Southern Deanery Meeting
@ Grace Hall
1-3pm Southern Deanery Meeting
@ Grace Hall
8-9am Sunday Conversation
@ Dagny’s 1600 20th
10-11:30am Holy Eucharist
10-10:50am Sunday School (K-8th)
@ CDC room
11:30-12:30 pm Coffee & Community
@ Grace Hall
12-2pm Food Co-op
• 6-9:30 pm St. Paul’s Bridge Fellowship