Dear Church Family,
I had dinner the other night with some old friends who are devout Christians, active in their church, and community up in the Sierra foothills. At some point in our conversation I shared the St. Paul’s mission statement with them: “Serving Christ by loving others.” They thought it was absolutely lovely. They stated that in their own church community, their mission statement is “a really long complicated paragraph” and that even though their little church is a source of love in their little town, my friends felt that the mission statement had missed the mark; speaking more to the administrative functions of their church, rather than to the pastoral or “people side” of their efforts. Our mission statement was developed a few years back, the brainchild of Stevely Anderson and Anne Harris Smith, then adopted by Vestry. Thanks, Anne and Stevely for such a clear, meaningful, genuine, mission statement. Each and every day, our little parish truly is “Serving Christ by loving others.”
And now, on with the news…
Last Chance Food Sunday- August 28. This day is the last day to provide funds or foods for the Thursday, Sept 1st food distribution. Please give what you can. Every little bit helps. (A reminder that pop-top cans and peanut butter are in high demand.)
Many thanks to Junior Warden Sue Johnson and the Men of Arnold’s Breakfast Club for their assistance in getting our sanctuary carpets and pews cleaned, then making sure all of the furniture got moved back in place after the cleaning. Wow, it looks so much nicer! Thanks a bunch!
Tuesday, August 30th, the office will open between 11:00 am and 12 pm, after I return from a doctor’s appointment out of town.
Please note: The bulletins for this Sunday incorrectly placed the info on Thursday, on the calendar page.
Voter registration forms: Ann Glaser will have voter registration forms with her on Sunday, September 4, for anyone who needs to update their voter information before the November election. Those who have undergone a name change, have moved, or are just unsure if they’ve previously registered, can fill out the “No postage required” application, and drop it into the mail. Contact Ann for further info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Back Choir! I have always looked forward to hearing you make a joyful noise on Thursdays when you practice in the our library. Good to see you all again…or should I say hear you!
Falling Upward: Women on the Spiritual Journey- monthly, beginning September 13. We’re a group of women who represent an amazing variety of life experiences – in our faith traditions, life occupations, and current interests. We gather monthly to read a book together and support each other on our spiritual journeys - and this year we invite you to join us in St. Paul's Library. Each time we gather we'll be sharing our lives with each other, and also discussing Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. In this book Fr. Richard Rohr invites us to look more closely at what happens to us as we age: We are being awakened to deep and mysterious things we simply could not see when we were younger. Falling Upward invites us to see aging as the way God is moving us from doing to being, from achieving to appreciating, from planning and plotting to trusting the journey – an unexpected journey in which as we diminish, we strangely expand and grow in all sorts of ways. Please register with Donna Ross by September 1: (927-1989 or email@example.com ).
Diocese of El Camino Real Art Exhibit at Sargent House, Salinas-September 11th. On Sunday, September 11, all are welcome to visit the 1896 Sargent House in Salinas, home of the Diocese of El Camino Real, and tour the first new collection of art masterpieces on loan from renowned West Coast artists. The public open house will take place from 2 to 5 pm and will include refreshments. The historic Sargent House is located in old town Salinas on 154 Central Ave., one block away from John Steinbeck’s boyhood home.
**The artwork represents the creative passion of more than a dozen regional artists. While much of the artwork is on loan, some pieces are for sale to the public. The vibrant creations represent a variety of art forms: oils, watercolors, photographs, weavings, sculptures, and more.
***Many have seen the talented artwork of our Junior Warden, Sue Johnson, and some will recall that last year she presented Angela Lansbury with one of her pieces. This year Sue’s painting, titled “Old Church at St. Eugene”, will be part of the collection displayed. Sue says she discovered the church while traveling through western Canada, where she then painted it on location. Thank you, Sue for supporting the art exhibit in such a generous way!
Nice article in today’s Cambrian about our own Marj Sewell. Make sure to check it out. It is also available on our Facebook page.
Disasters near and far: Please pray for our community’s safety from fire, for those who have lost loved ones or property around our state, and for the courageous men and women working the fire lines throughout California. Please also pray for those in other parts of our country who are experiencing loss from floods and tornadoes.
Peace to you and yours,
St. Paul's Episcopal Church