St. Paul's at Midweek

September 13, 2023

Whoever you are,

and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith,

we welcome you to our inclusive faith community.

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The Coming Days at St. Paul's

Thursday, September 14

Holy Cross Day

8.30am Morning Prayer

Friday, September 15

Catherine of Genoa, Mystic and Nurse, 1510

Our Lardy of Sorrows

8.30am Morning Prayer

Saturday, September 16

Ninian, Bishop, c. 430

8.30am Matutina (Morning Prayer in Spanish)

9.00am Santo Rosario (Rosary in Spanish)

September 17, 2023

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

8.00 am Eucharist (Rite I)

10.00am Eucharist (Rite II)

Monday, September 18

10.00am Food Pantry

Thursday, September 21

Saint Matthew the Apostle

8.30am Morning Prayer

Friday, September 22

Philander Chase, Bishop, 1852

8.30am Morning Prayer

Saturday, September 23

Thecla of Iconium, Proto-Martyr Among Women, c. 70

8.30am Matutina (Morning Prayer in Spanish)

9.00am Santo Rosario (Rosary in Spanish)

September 24, 2023

The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

8.00 am Morning Prayer (Rite I)

10.00am Morning Prayer (Rite II)

The 10am service is live-streamed via our Facebook page.

Get your Holy Smokes Dark Roast!

Need Coffee? Our coffee initiative and partnership with Blue Oak Coffee is off to a great start. Purchase St. Paul's delicious Holy Smokes dark roast online via our VANCO portal using the QR code below! And you can pick it up at church. St. Paul’s Holy Smokes Dark Roast Coffee is a rich, deep blend that is locally roasted and can be ordered either as whole beans or ground. Its sale helps to support the ministry of St. Paul’s.

Parish Prayer List to be Revised

As we approach the end of the third quarter our parish prayer list will again be revised. This means that all names will be removed at the end of September, and a new list compiled starting October 1. If you would like a name to remain on the list or a name to be added please contact Fr. Luis via email

Episcopal 101

Beginning October 15

Are you considering being confirmed or being received into the Episcopal Church; or maybe you are new to the Church and want to explore what this whole “Episcopal Church thing” is about? Here is your chance. Beginning on Sunday, October 15 a new course will be offered detailing important aspects of the Episcopal Church, including beliefs, worship, and history. The course will meet for five sessions (the last being November 12) on Sundays at 9am in the Forum. They will be led by Fr. Luis. Of course, everyone is invited, but if you would like to be confirmed or received when the Bishop visits on November 19 you must attend all sessions of the course. Please speak with Fr. Luis if you have any questions.  

St. Paul's Book Club:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

by V.E. Schwab

Join us for our new Book Club Read Starting September 19th, at 3:30pm.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Join us on Tuesday afternoons via Zoom starting September 19th at 3:30 as we share our insights of this book.

Reading Schedule:

September 19: Part 1

September 26: Part 2

October 3: Part 3

October 10: Part 4

October 17: Part 5

October 24: Part 6 & 7

You can access the Zoom meeting details here, and if you have any questions contact Dcn Cathy.

Lectio Theologica

Begins October 10

St. Paul’s is launching a new Education and Christian Formation initiative – Lectio Theologica – a reading and discussion group that will take on more challenging theological works and ideas. Sessions will be offered occasionally throughout the year, meeting in person and each lasting from four to six weeks. The inaugural session will begin October 10 (subsequent meetings in the session will be October 17, October 24, and November 7) at 6.30pm in the Whitley Gallery. Each meeting will end with Compline (Night Prayer). 


This first session’s book is Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine by Dorothy L. Sayers. While better known for her fiction, Dorothy L. Sayers was also “a theological writer, translator, and passionate advocate of the truth of the Christian faith.” She is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of saints on December 17. Letters to a Diminished Church is a collection of her essays (sixteen in all) “on a variety of topics addressing core beliefs, the image of God, the problem of sin and evil, and more.”

If you intend to participate, please get a copy of the book as soon as you can and be sure to keep up with the reading for each session. 

Reading Schedule

October 10: Chapters 1-4

October 17: Chapters 5-8

October 24: Chapters 9-12

November 7: Chapters 13-16

Food Pantry Needs

Our food pantry clients send their thanks to our St. Paul’s family for supporting them with our outreach ministry. Particular thanks to all who donated items to this past week’s distribution. Please be sure to put us on your grocery shopping list. 

For next week’s distribution we are in particular need of::

Cereal, Canned Chicken, Spam, Chili, Hearty soups, Cups of soup, Chicken Ramen, Fruit Cups, and Applesauce.

Q-Tips, Soap, Toothpaste, Tooth brushes, and Toilet paper.

Whenever possible, all canned items should have pop-tops.

Thank you for supporting this vital ministry! If you have any questions, contact Jan Dunlap.

Save the Date: October 28

St. Paul's Chili Cook-Off!

Maui Relief Links

You can continue to refer to Bishop Fitzpatrick's Pastoral Letter from August 17th for resources to help give to the efforts of rebuilding Maui after these devastating fires.

The Diocese of Hawai'i also has set up a Relief Webpage, including a donation form link where all donations are going toward the relief effort.

Episcopal Relief and Development has also set up an update page and Emergency Response fund where donations will assist the Diocese of Hawai'i. They also developed a resource page to aid us in our prayers for Maui. We encourage everyone to check out these links and resources in order to remain updated and discern how best to steward your generosity.

Bishop's Invitation:

2023 Annual Convention

The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

64th Annual Convention 

November 10-11, 2023 

Episcopal Conference Center – Oakhurst (ECCO)

43803 Highway 41

Oakhurst CA 93644

Hola, Greetings and G’day Siblings of Jesus in EDSJ

Our 64th Annual Convention is drawing ever closer. Our theme this year is: Called to be…a Community willing to turn. Following a few years of adhering to “COVID Protocols” thus gathering in a virtual manner, EDSJ’s 64th Annual Convention will be an “in person-up close and personal” celebration. The dates for our Annual Convention will be Friday and Saturday, November 10th and 11th at EDSJ’s Camp and Conference Centre (ECCO). I trust you will join me in embracing the anticipation of our gathering in November which will feel, not similar I suspect, to a long awaited reunion.

May we continue to pray for one another, giving thanks for our willingness and ability to adapt, change and “turn” in our ever-changing world.

EDSJ, see you in November at ECCO.

Paz y Bendiciones 

Obispo David 

In Our Prayers...

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Amen.

In Our Prayers

Remember in your prayers Grace, Phyllis, Leslie, Blanche, Bob, Nancy, Sophia, Diane, Stephen, Ken, Agusteen, Heather, Hank, Irene, Myka, Bp. Michael, Danielle, Anna, and all those in any kind of need.

Remember in your prayers the recently departed, among them, Wanda Wheeler, Maria Toia, Ruben Cruz, Lucille M. Smith.

Monthly Prayer Diary

You can access the

Prayer Diary for September here.

Altar Guild

The task of making the Eucharist possible is entrusted to the Altar Guild, a volunteer group of women and men in our parish who assist the Priest-in-Charge in creating beautiful worship services as well as all other services or ceremonies such as funerals and weddings. Altar Guild members care for the altar, vestments, altar linens of the parish, and eucharistic instruments. We are currently looking for more volunteers who can help for a few hours once a month.

For more information on how to get started, contact Jan Dunlap.

Daughters of the King

The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order for women whose mission is the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service and evangelism. At the St. Paul's the order serves our community through their prayers and acts of service.

Do you have a special concern you'd like the Daughters to pray for? Contact Cathy Henry who heads our parish chapter. You can also contact her for further information on the DOK, or you can visit the Order's website here. The Daughters of the King are also at the front of church during the distribution of communion to pray with you for your needs and concerns.

Forward Day by Day

The "Forward Day by Day" devotional booklets for August, September, and October are available now. Many people use this publication as part of their regular prayer life. If you do or would like to, be sure to pick one up in the narthex. 

Finding the Sunday Readings

Did you know you can always find the readings for Sunday by following this link? Did you find two sets of readings for the Sunday? If there are two "tracks", at St. Paul's we are using "Track 2"

Our Bishop's Committee meets next on

Sunday, September 18th.

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