[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.
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Read Tim's Sermon from Sunday 8/6
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Do you enjoy singing?
St. Paul’s choir wants you!
St. Paul’s choir seeks new members as we gear up for another choir year, which begins with rehearsal on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 6:00 to 7:30pm.
If you have any questions, please contact either our choir director,
Christopher Borges (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Miriam Raub Vivian (email@example.com).
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Diocese of San Joaquin
58th Annual Diocesan Convention
October 27 and 28, 2017
Episcopal Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
This year, the only way to register is online!
Clergy, Delegates, and Alternates:
Please promote Annual Convention at your parishes and missions and encourage that all are welcome to attend.
Please highlight the Youth Activities
and encourage parents to bring their children.
Raffle Items Needed for A Taste of Grace, our Oct. 6 Parish FUNdraiser
It’s that time again! We are gearing up for the parish’s annual fundraiser for the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, and we need your help securing raffle items from area businesses.
Copies of the event flyer and donation letter (for tax purposes) will be available after church within the coming month.
Use these to ask owners and managers of your favorite restaurants, bakeries, hair salons, spas, pet stores, ice cream shops, retail stores, and so on, to support this fundraiser for those in need in our community. Places that you patronize regularly, where owners and/or managers know you, are ideal. Gift certificates/cards are great, as are services (1 month pool service, a free haircut, home-made pies for Thanksgiving, a month of piano lessons, etc.). Higher-end items, such as bikes, symphony tickets, a weekend in a condo on the coast, and the like, are a big draw in helping us raise money.
Items valued between about $20 and $50 will be in the $1 raffle; items over $50 will be part of the $5 raffle.
Please let Robin Paggi, Cathy Henry, or Miriam Raub Vivian know if you have something you would like to donate. We’d also happily accept gift cards you have that you don’t expect to use.
Thanks from the Taste of Grace Coordinating Committee
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. Click here for the link to sign up!
Children’s Activity Time for summer
Following our tradition at St. Paul’s, this summer Sunday School-age children (K-6) will go up to the front of the church at the beginning of the service and recess to “This Little Light of Mine.” Patty and Sean will supervise the kids and lead their activities related to the Sunday Paper Junior, an Episcopal publication out of New
Haven, CT, which is tied to the Revised Common Lectionary and to which our parish has begun to subscribe. The Sunday Paper Junior has modified readings, pages to color, and other written activities. Children’s Activity Time will run through summer,
providing parents with supervised time for their children during the first half of the worship service.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 meets 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. You are encouraged 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!
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.
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Church Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm.
FOOD CO-OP SHOPPING LIST
Our members were blessed once again this past Sunday by your generous
giving. Please keep us on your shopping list! We are in particular
need of restocking for the following items:
Cereal - (5 on shelf)
Vienna Sausage (none on shelf)
Canned Corn & Peas
Wednesday, August 16
This Sunday’s Service:
Celebrant: The Rev. Dr. Tim Vivian, Priest-in-Charge
St. Paul’s Preacher: Cathy Ellenwood Bader
Eucharistic Ministers: Michael Treut-Virga, Sara Chan Pettiford, Jerry Pettiford
Lectors: Andy Troup & Jan Dunlap
Verger: Eric Barle
Altar Guild: Barb Fleming & Cortnie Enns
Crucifer: Michael Cisneros
Torches: Mason Barravecchia
Cantor: Robin Paggi
Choir Director: Christopher Borges
Pianist: James O’Hearn
Greeters: Irene Reyna and Robin Paggi
Ushers: Warren Green and Jose Cantu
Sunday School: All Teachers
Counters: Elaine Berg, Susan Barle, & Marilyn Metzgar
Hospitality: Susan Barle
for August 20
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Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
The Communion of Saints
(from Holy Women, Holy Men
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Other Facebook Pages are listed below.
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.
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