[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.
Please register for St. Paul's! We strive to be as digital as we can so all of our communication will go through email. Simply use the Google Form below.
CLICK HERE for News from Deacon Steve Karcher
CLICK HERE for a Message from Bishop David Rice
Interested in Baptism? Simply fill out the application below for Baptism for babies, young children or adults. There is a space in the form for questions or concerns that Tim will answer ASAP. Just click on the form URL below:
New Expense Reimbursement Form (Also in Documents)
We are switching our dissemination of quarterly and end-of-year pledge statements to email. To save postage, printing, and envelope costs, we would like to send as many as possible by email.
Diane has set up a simple Google form for this; it asks only for your name and email address and takes only a few seconds. Please sign up. Here’s the link:
¡Bilingual Eucharists Are At St. Paul’s!
We are excited to announce our new bilingual Eucharistic services. They will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 6 p.m. Can’t come on Sunday? Join us Saturday evening!¿No puedes venir el domingo? ¡Acompáñenos el sábado por la noche!We are excited to have you join us on May 13th for our first service. The service booklet will be printed both in English and in Spanish to allow full participation from everyone. If you would like to purchase your own bilingual Book of Common Prayer (or if you would like to donate one to St. Paul’s, which will be labeled with your name on the inside cover), you can make checks out for $28 ($26 + tax) and payable to St. Paul’s Episcopal and in the memo write “Bilingual BCP.” You can mail them in or place them in the collection plate on Sundays. Necesitamos 30 libros. We need 30 books.If you prefer ordering your own from Amazon, here is the info: https://www.amazon.com/Common-Prayer-Libro-Oracion-Comun/dp/0898694493/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493053115&sr=1-3&keywords=El+Libro+de+Oracion+Comun
¡Gracias! Arcie Toia
Also the Youth Director has a Facebook Page! Click here to access
Plus we have a new Youth Group Facebook page! Click here to access
Yelp! Please Yelp St. Paul’s! Do you know that the website/app YELP has a tab for churches and the link to us is: www.yelp.com/biz/st-pauls-episcopal-church-bakersfield Yelp is visited by many people to find not only a good restaurant but a church as well…….Let’s get 50 reviews by June!
Coming Soon: St. Paul’s Super Stars!
Hi Parents of St. Paul’s Kids 5 to 18,
I hope to start a weekly feature of helping our parishioners get to know our St. Paul’s kids while acknowledging and honoring some of their accomplishments and talents at the same time. Please submit a brief bio of your child to Elaine in the office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include: a photo, their name, age, how long they have been coming to St. Paul’s, their grade and the name of the school they attend. You can include things like telling us some of their favorite things, teams they are members of, instruments they play, lessons they take, hobbies, their pet’s name, special talents, outside interests, awards they have received recently…..anything that you think will help us know your child and anything that he or she wants to share about themselves. I would like you to end it with their favorite thing about church is……”
Please start getting them to me sooner than later so the first one can be a part of our next Midweek edition. I will collect them starting today and continue indefinitely. The feature will continue as long as I have the stories to submit. I will keep them and submit one story at a time from the collection I receive.
Counseling now available at St. Paul's
My name is Matt Bader. I’ve been a parishioner since the early Grace days. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and will start having office hours at St. Paul’s soon. I hold degrees in Divinity from Graduate Theological Union and Counseling Psychology from Holy Name College. As many of you know, I am a former Roman Catholic priest. I have helped many people learn to deal with a wide variety of life issues. I am applying to join the approved panels with various insurance companies. I am available for appointments during the week. You can reach me at 916-342-7565 or at email@example.com.
Also, I am a certified Spiritual Director and am available for Spiritual Directions appointments during the week as well. Feel free to give me a call.
House Church Comes to St. Paul’s!
Parents and teenagers! St. Paul's Youth Group will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Whitley Gallery (Fireside Room) on Wednesdays. Come at 6 to get dinner in Grace Hall then join Sean and Patty for snacks and fun. We look forward to getting to know each and every one of you! We encourage you to bring a friend with you every time you come. "Bring a friend to Christ" is one of our founding ideals. It is much more fun to praise, worship, hang out, and be involved with a friend at your side. See you soon!
April 2017 Assistant Warden Report:
Daughters are available every Sunday on each side of the sanctuary for individual prayer needs. After receiving the Eucharist go directly to the chapel if you would like prayer. DOK also has Yellow Bags filled for parishioners to take in their cars to give to the homeless. The bag is filled with much needed items of food and hygiene products. Giving a bag is so much better than giving money. If you would like to donate to the yellow bag ministry you can drop money or checks into the plastic box in the office during the week or see Susan Barle on Sundays. Donations have declined the past few months and it is costly to purchase the items needed to fill them. Donations of items to fill the bags are also welcomed and appreciated.
To Learn about some of our Parishioners, click the button below:
2017 Church Service
PASTOR : "Praise the Lord!"
CONGREGATION : Hallelujah!"
PASTOR: "Will everyone please turn on their tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone, and Kindle Bibles to 1 Corinthians 13:13. And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon."
"Now, Let us pray committing this week into God's hands. Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God."
"As we take our Sunday tithes and offerings, please have your credit and debit cards ready."
"You can log on to the church Wi-Fi using the password 'Lord909887.'
The ushers will circulate mobile card swipe machines among the worshipers:
a. Those who prefer to make electronic fund transfers are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the church.
b. Those who prefer to use iPads can open them.
c. Those who prefer telephone banking, take out your cell phones to transfer your contributions to the church account.
The holy atmosphere of the Church becomes truly electrified as ALL the smart phones, iPads, PCs and laptops beep and flicker!
Final Blessing and Closing Announcements.
a. This week's ministry cell meetings will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place. Please log in and don't miss out.
b. Thursday's Bible study will be held live on Skype at 1900hrs GMT. Please don't miss out.
c. You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counseling and prayers. God bless and have a nice day.
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Church Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm.
Closed Friday the 19th until 12 noon. Office phone is 869-1630
St. Paul's Co-op
FOOD CO-OP SHOPPING LIST
Thanks to all for your support of this vital ministry! Please keep us on your shopping list to restock our shelves. Everyone bringing a few items makes a huge difference
Progresso/Chunky Soups (20)
Vienna sausage (10)
Oatmeal (instant in packages)
Canned Fruit (10)
Pasta Sauce (10)
Peanut Butter (10)
Top Ramen Soup
Members have requested
Men's Socks (9-11)
Women's panties (underwear all sizes)
Wednesday, May 17
for May 21
(click the links)
Celebrant: The Rev. Dr. Tim Vivian
St. Paul’s Preacher: Debby Spaine
Eucharistic Ministers: Miriam Raub Vivian, Marilyn Metzgar, & Philip Holt
Lectors: Curt Asher & Cathy Ellenwood Bader
Verger: Eric Barle Sound: Lori Toia
Altar Guild: Cortnie Enns & Warren Green
Crucifer: Michael Cisneros
Torches: Mason Barravechia & Maria Toia
Choir Director: Christopher Borges
Pianist: James O’Hearn
Greeters: Irene Reyna and Robin Paggi
Ushers: Warren Green and Jose Cantu
Sunday School: Cortnie Enns & Gary Enns
Counters: Elaine Berg, Susan Barle, & Marilyn Metzgar
Hospitality: Susan Barle
New book starting at Wednesday Morning Book Club
The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell.
“Invitation to a Dance"
The Trinity is supposed to be the central, foundational doctrine of our entire Christian belief system, yet we're often told that we shouldn't attempt to understand it because it is a "mystery." Should we presume to try to breach this mystery? If we could, how would it transform our relationship with God and renew our lives?
The word Trinity is not found in the New Testament—it wasn't until the third century that early Christian father Tertullian coined it—but the idea of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was present in Jesus' life and teachings and from the very beginning of the Christian experience.
In the pages of this book, internationally recognized teacher Richard Rohr circles around this most paradoxical idea as he explores the nature of God—circling around being an apt metaphor for this mystery we're trying to apprehend. Early Christians who came to be known as the "Desert Mothers and Fathers" applied the Greek verb perichoresis to the mystery of the Trinity. The best translation of this odd–sounding word is dancing. Our word choreography comes from the same root. Although these early Christians gave us some highly conceptualized thinking on the life of the Trinity, the best they could say, again and again, was, Whatever is going on in God is a flow—it's like a dance.
But God is not a dancer—He is the dance itself. That idea might sound novel, but it is about as traditional as you can get. God is the dance itself, and He invites you to be a part of that dance. Are you ready to join in?” - from Amazon
Other Facebook Pages are listed below.
Bishop & Rector:
The Rt. Rev. David C. Rice, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, 1528 Oakdale Rd., Modesto, CA 95355,
Priest-in-Charge: The Rev. Dr. Tim Vivian,
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Cindy Voien, LHVoien@gmail.com
Bishop’s Warden: Greg Glenn firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Warden: Michael Treut-Virga email@example.com
Administrative Assistant: Elaine Berg, church: 661-869-1630, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: David Oliver,
Parish Registry & Pledges: Diane Mangum, email@example.com
Choir Director: Christopher Borges, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pianist: James O’Hearn, email@example.com
Verger: Eric Barle,
Director of Sunday School: Diane Mangum,
Director of Eucharistic Ministers: Cathy Henry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Acolytes: Paige Atkison, email@example.com
Children’s Choir Director: Faith Bradham, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Phillip Holt, assisting
The Daily Offices On-line
At this web site from Mission St. Clare you can find Morning and Evening Prayer, Noonday Prayer, and Compline (with music, if you wish).
The site supplies the readings and canticles for you. You don’t have to look anything up!
At this site you may send anonymous letters to our priest-in-charge, Tim. He will reply directly or in Midweek or both. (He won’t reply in Midweek if you request that he not.)
For The Assistant Warden's Report, please click here
For Senior Warden Report, click here
Parishioners to view the draft for the 2017 budget, click here
Click below to read the letter on becoming a Sanctuary Church
An Episcopalian, Robin Williams once listed his “Top 10 Reasons to be an Episcopalian”:
10. No snake-handling.
9. You can believe in dinosaurs.
8. Male and female God created them; male and female we ordain them.
7. You don’t have to check your brains at the door.
6. Pew aerobics.
5. Church year is color-coded.
4. Free wine on Sunday.
3. All of the pageantry – none of the guilt.
2. You don’t have to know how to swim to get baptized.
1. No matter what you believe, there’s bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.
1st Peaker-Lozano, Kimberly
3rd Virga, Frank
5th Sanchez, Jackie
7th Jenkins, Coy
7th Sliger, Jason
10th Donev, Stef
15th Fierro, Mariana
20th Enns, August
20th Enns, Liam
20th Reid, Terry
21st Giddings, Anne
23rd Wilson, Marianne
26th Gamboa, Megan
26th Green, Warren
26th Russell, Christine
28th Antongiovanni, Lilah
30th Cooper, Louise
31st Cranston, Clark
31st Sheppard, Penny
The Socks Project
“,,, for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
…I was naked and you gave me clothing.”
What do you do when chilly, rainy, weather leaves you with wet shoes, wet socks, and cold feet? Those of us who are fortunate go home and change into some dry socks and shoes or slippers and turn up the heat. Our brothers and sisters who live on the street do not have that luxury. They may not even own a second pair of socks.
During this season, donations of new white socks and/or underwear will be collected by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and delivered to local homeless shelters for distribution. The campaign for socks will run from March, through April. Please join us in this effort to share Christ’s love.
A box will be provided at church during this season.
>> Women’s and/or Men’s White Socks or underwear, any size.
“…Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Spotlight on St. Paul’s Food Co-op
Shane and Lacey met four years ago when they were both homeless and living near the train station. They found they could help each other survive living on the street. Their time being homeless and living on the margin has made them very devoted to each other.
Two years ago, Shane found a job working in an awning shop and remains employed there. Being employed allowed them to rent a 5th wheel trailer in a trailer park on South Union Ave. Neither has a driver’s license so they ride their bikes when they need to go somewhere. They found out about the St Paul' s food pantry from a note on the trailer park billboard.
They know there are other places they can get food but choose to get on their bikes and ride a considerable distance to St. Paul's each Sunday. Shane said "We like the people here and we get some choice. It’s not just a box of food and if we don’t have the money some weeks, we can work for it"
Shane and Lacey want the people of St. Paul's to know their help and hospitality is deeply appreciated.
Submitted by Mike Dunham; Parishioner and Food Co-op Volunteer
In an effort to get our bilingual service up and running again we are in need of sponsors in order to purchase enough Books of Common Prayer. The version we wish to use shows the services in English on one side of the page and in Spanish on the other. This would allow all to participate equally and within their preferred language. If you would like to sponsor a book which will be labeled with your name on the inside cover, please make checks out for $28 and payable to St. Paul’s Episcopal and in the memo write “Bilingual BCP.” You can mail them in or place them in the collection plate on Sundays.
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