St. Paul's
at Midweek
January 5, 2022

Whoever you are,
and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith,
we welcome you to our inclusive faith community.
The Coming Week
at St. Paul's

January 9, 2022
The First Sunday
after the Epiphany:
The Baptism
of Our Lord

10am Eucharist

The 10am service will also be live-streamed via our Facebook page.

Tuesday, January 11
3.30pm - 4.30pm Book Group

January 16, 2022
The Second Sunday
after the Epiphany

8am Morning Prayer

10am Morning Prayer

The 10am service will also be live-streamed via our Facebook page.

Next Bishop's
Committee Meeting:
None currently scheduled

Parochial Annual Meeting
January 23 2022
following 10am Eucharist
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".
St. Paul's
Food Pantry
St. Paul's Food Pantry is up and running, and serving those in need on regular basis. Its doors are open on the 1st, 3rd and 5th (if there is one) Monday of every month. If you have any questions are want to find out how you can help contact either Jan Dunlap or Dcn Cathy Kline.

Getting in Touch

Although mail will be regularly collected, the parish office will be closed until further notice.

However, if you have questions or concerns,
you can reach
Fr. Luis by email
This Week
by The Rev'd Luis Rodriguez
Last week our Luke (our Field Education Student) wrote about the Magi – the three kings in the Gospel of Matthew – and the wider implication of the Epiphany. As he alluded, the Epiphany is not just a day but a season in and of itself – Epiphanytide – when the Church celebrates how the nature of Christ is made known, manifested, in the world. The Greek for manifestation is epifanio. Epiphanytide is that season when the Church, after celebrating the Nativity of Christ, reflects intentionally on who the Christ is. Three gospel stories have traditionally be linked with the Epiphany, and each reveal something of Jesus’ identity. The first is the coming of the three kings who kneel before the infant Jesus and present the with royal gifts. Here he is revealed as king; not just of Israel but of the whole world. The second is Jesus’ baptism when a voice from heaven reveals him as the Son of God. The third is the story of the wedding at Cana when Jesus, to save the host embarrassment, changes water into wine. Here he is revealed in his humanity, engaging with the ordinary things of human life – fellowship, food, mutual care. 

Epiphany is that season of increasing light – both physical and spiritual – by which we are able to see things more clearly, see them for what they are. Here at St. Paul’s we continue to discern that increasing light, the nature of Jesus, and what it means to follow him. This Sunday Lucy and Eleanor Derryberry will be joined to the Body of Christ in baptism. On January 23, after the 10am Eucharist we will gather for our Annual Meeting, and fellowship with one another consider the past in the light of our present, and envision something of the future. At that time, we will also select three new Bishop’s Committee members to serve for a three-year term, as well as our deanery representatives. Early in February the new Bishop’s Committee will meet to consider the coming year, make plans, and set some priorities. Later in February we will again reach out to our local school hoping to meet some of their needs, this time school supplies. Soon, the work will start on the fence at the rear our property, as well as better lighting in the front. Later this month gatherings will begin for adults discerning confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church. Confirmations and receptions will be celebrated when the Bishop visits us on February 27, the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. All this – along with our regular round of worship – is part of our celebration of the new light we know has come into the world; this light we have committed ourselves to follow and to make known. Epiphany is not a day, it’s a season – a season which is just now beginning. It is the season when the Church particularly focuses on the growing presence of God’s light in the world. How will perceive, make known, and contribute to that light?

In the coming months there will be much work to do, and Epiphany seems just the right time to initiate it. You may be asked to serve in some special way for the upbuilding of St. Paul’s and by extension God’s kingdom. Please consider responding positively as we together continue discerning and revealing the light made known at Christmas.   
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 Kathy Harlan 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.
Why is the Créche Still Up?
When you come into church this Sunday you may wonder why the crèche is still up. Isn't Christmas over? As we celebrate the Christmas/Epiphany season our focus is on the manifestation of God’s Light in the person of Jesus, who is both human and divine. And while not a lot of people realize it, the end of this seasonal cycle comes with the Feast of the Presentation on 2 February. It is then we celebrate forty days after Jesus birth and commemorate his being presented in the Temple. It is then we rejoice with the old man Simeon who recognizes Jesus as “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to [God’s] people Israel.” (Luke 2:32) Christmas/Epiphany has only begun. We have many days to continue our observance and contemplate its significance. The crèche will remain until February 2 as a reminder that the Christmas event is an ongoing process through which God is constantly revealing his glory in the world, most particularly through his people.

St. Paul's Book Book Group
Resumes January 11.
St. Paul’s Book Group starts back with Anthony Doerr’s new book, Cloud Cuckoo Land

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope—and a book. In Cloud Cuckoo Land, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness - with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we’re gone.

Join us on Tuesday afternoons via Zoom starting January 11th at 3:30 as we share our insights of this book.

Reading Schedule
January 11 Prologue through Chapter 6
January 18 Chapter 7 through Chapter 12
January 25 Chapter 13 through Chapter 18
February 1 Chapter 19 through Epilogue

You can access the Zoom meeting details here, and if you have any questions contact Dcn Cathy.
Upcoming Parochial
Annual Meeting
The Parochial Annual Meeting will be Sunday, January 23, after our 10am Eucharist. This is a crucial event in our parish life where reports are received from our various ministries, the budget for the coming year (and approved by our Bishop's Committee) is presented, our Priest-in-Charge makes his report, and elections are held for new Bishop's Committee members.

For 2022 there are three open positions on the Bishop's Committee. Do you know someone who would be a good servant for our parish? Consider nominating him or her; also, one can self-nominate.

You can find the Bishop's Committee main responsibilities here.

You can find the qualifications and responsibilities for Bishop's Committee members here.

Bishop's Committee nomination forms can be accessed here.

We also be electing three Deanery Representatives who also serve as Delegates to our Diocesan Convention.

Representatives/Delegates nomination forms (with qualifications and responsibilities) can be found here.

The deadline for all nominations has been extended to Sunday, January 16, 2022

If you have any questions contact either Fr. Luis or Brian Whitfield, our Bishop's Warden
Most Recent COVID Guidelines
from the Diocese
As we continue to live through the COVID crisis our diocese continues to discern ways through these times. To that end, new guidelines have been issued by our Bishop. You can can find these here. What does this mean for us at St. Paul's? It means that we can return to congregational singing (albeit masked) and we can return to a social hour after our Sunday worship. We have once again resumed congregational singing, and our first coffee hour will be at our Parochial Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 23. While the guidelines relax the more stringent guidelines, please be aware that masking will still continue during worship and other gatherings, and that for the foreseeable future Eucharist will remain one kind. If you have any questions, please see Fr. Luis.
Caring for Creation
As part of its ministry, St Paul's Creation Care Committee offers tips and practical information for more responsible use of our natural resources, as well as advertising and promoting ways we can get involved in this increasingly important aspect of Christian stewardship.

While the holidays are a wonderful time for family and celebration, they can produce a lot of waste.

From large meals, to gifts, to decor (and so much more!) the holidays are a time of celebration and fun. But they can also be a time of waste! Americans produce more waste during the holiday season than they do the rest of the year – and lots of it goes straight to our landfills. That said, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season sustainably! Join us as we dive into some of our favorite tips for reducing your holiday waste.

Continue reading here.
In Our Prayers...

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

In Our Prayers
Remember in your prayers Louis, Michaela, all those living with the effects of COVID-19, and all who are in sorrow, sickness, or any kind of need.

Remember all the recently departed, among them, Luke McKenzie, Edith Deloris Steel, Claudia Trujillo, Desmond Tutu, bishop, Betty White; also all those whose year's mind falls at this time.
Monthly Prayer Diary

You can access the
Prayer Diary for January here.

January Birthdays

Jill Hamilton-Bunch
Emi Sperber

January 2
January 12
Connecting with St. Paul's
and The Episcopal Church

St. Paul's Website

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Want to Get in Touch?
Church Office
(661) 869-1630

The Rev'd Luis Rodriguez
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Bishop's Warden
Brian Whitfield:

Junior Warden
Michael Dunham