[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.
Watch David Clark's sermon from Sunday! https://youtu.be/7Bd8KwHOQO0
Or listen to a digital recording of the sermon here
Read the Guest Essay "And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan..." here
Read Tim's Poem "Beelzebub to His Son" here
Read Tim's Sermon "Stewardship and a Four-Legged Stool"
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 March!
"Affordable Health Care IS a Christian Responsibility"
Read Tim's sermon on this topic
Pastoral Care at St. Paul’s
Appointment Times Available
Busy Souls Can Set a Time.
Cindy holds an office hour from Noon to 1:00 pm on the Sundays she is with us. Walk-ins are welcome, but she will work appointments in as well. Feel free to leave her a message during the week: (310) 938-9242 (cell).
The Rite of Reconciliation
In addition, St. Paul’s will offer the Rite of Reconciliation during Lent. This sacrament is always available, upon request, and is especially encouraged in the Lenten season of growth.
For the rite, see http://www.bcponline.org/. Click on “Pastoral Offices” on the left-hand side and then “Reconciliation of a Penitent.”
The ministry of reconciliation, which has been committed by Christ to his Church, is exercised through the care each Christian has for others, through the common prayer of Christians assembled for public worship, and through the priesthood of Christ and his ministers declaring
absolution. The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. It is not restricted to times of sickness. Confessions may be heard anytime and anywhere.
Tim is available on Fridays from 11-12 and by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy will be available Sunday, April 2, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Cindy’s Sundays, through June:
March 5 - 12:00-1:00
April 2 - 12:00-1:00
1:00-3:00 - Reconciliation
May 14 - 12:00-1:00
June 4, 11, 18, 25 - 12:00-1:00
A Reading for 4 Lent, March 26 - An Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s " A Letter from Birmingham Jail"
But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite fully use you, and persecute you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice: "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Was not Martin Luther an extremist: "Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God." And John Bunyan: "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience."
And Abraham Lincoln: "This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." And Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal . . ." So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?
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!!
One very important topic that came out of last year’s church development workshop with Canon Cleveley was the need, the desire, to have us develop stronger personal ties with other parishioners—outside of church.
So . . . . we’re starting house church groups!
Each house church will have 6-8 people and house churches will be organized by zip codes.
Each house church will develop its own identity: prayer group, study group (either Bible or other book), social meeting (Offer food and they will come!), outreach project, etc., or combine any of the above.
Each group will decide on where to meet, what time, and how often.
House churches will begin in March!
Here’s what you do: send an email to the parish office, ATTN: Penny:
Email St. Paul's
In the email give
*your zip code,
*your email address,
*and . . . if you are willing to help organize your group, please indicate this.
Sunday, March 26
Thursday, March 30
Tahoe Joe's Night
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!
LENGTHWISE GRACEFUL LUNCH BUNCH
Join Tim and fellow parishioners for lunch at Lenghtwise in the Marketplace at 12:30 after coffee hour on the first Sunday of the month.
9000 Ming Ave
*It is not actually on Ming but accessed off of Camino Media just past Haggin Oaks Blvd.
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.
SAVE THE DATE!
St. Paul’s night at Tahoe Joe’s
The Outreach Committee is sponsoring a fundraiser and it means that Tahoe Joe’s is cooking dinner! The date is Thursday, March 30 and the tickets cost $20. You get your choice of steak, ribs or chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and rolls – the meal easily feeds two. You can eat at Tahoe Joe’s or you can get the meal to go. Tahoe Joe’s then donates $10 from each ticket sold back to St. Paul’s and you have had a great meal.Tickets are on sale after church on the patio March 5 – March 26 and in the church office during the week. Contact Robin Paggi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 496-8759 for more information.
The new year approaches and with it the new administration. In the midst of everything else that must be done - indeed, because of it - we invite you to join us in a period of spiritual discipline and prayer in the days leading up to the inauguration.
Every day from January 1 to January 20 we will be sharing a brief reflection from a PICO clergy/faith leader on the Prophetic Resistance social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter). These reflections, representing the diversity of PICO's faith community and rooted in the faith leader’s own spiritual tradition, will explore the themes of Sanctuary and Solidarity to center and inform our own practices. We hope you will likewise share your practices and prayers with us on social media.
To participate in the Season of Prayer, follow us on Twitter at @WeResistpodcast and/or like the *new* Prophetic Resistance Facebook page: facebook.com/PropheticResistance.
PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network is the nation's largest network of faith-based community organizations, working with 45 organizations in more than 120 cities and 21 states, with a collective membership of more than one million families from more than 1,200 congregations. Together, our mission is to create racial and economic justice in the United States by organizing people of many faith traditions and those who are most oppressed by unjust syste: ms and policies. To learn more, visit: www.piconetwork.org
There is a New 1-Hour Women's AA Meeting on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. at:
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
2216 17th Street, 93301
This is an Open Meeting & Children are Welcome
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The meeting has no name yet. We will decide on one next Thursday.
Begin or continue a meditation practice with support. All are welcome at Sunday sittings, where we practice zazen (seated meditation in the Zen tradition), focusing on posture, breath, and attitude of mind. No experience is necessary. For more info, see the calendar.
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Church Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm.
Coffee Conversation @ Dagny's
Choir/Children's Choir Rehearsal
(choir room) every other Sunday
Sunday School K-6th grade
Child Care available 6 wks-5 yrs
March 8-April 12: Lenten Book Study
Led by Cathy Ellenwood Bader
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
by Richard Rohr (See Calendar for info)
For more information contact Cathy Ellenwood Bader at email@example.com.
March 8 – April 12, 2017
Wednesday Evening after Soup Supper
Book not required. The evening will include a short video, reading and reflection, and small group discussion.
3/29/17 – Home and Homsickness/Amnesia and the Big Picture
4/5/17 – A Second Simplicity/A Bright Sadness
4/12/17 – The Shadowlands/New Problems and New Directions/Falling Upward
“Before the truth sets you free, it tends to make you miserable.”
― Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
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Help celebrate Easter at St. Paul's by sharing your Easter Lily. Plants are $10.00 each. See Barb Fleming or Elaine in the Office.
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
Peanut butter (10)
Vienna sausage (10)
Progresso/Chunky Soups (20)
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