St. Paul's
at Midweek
June 15, 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

June 19, 2022
The Second Sunday after Pentecost

8am Eucharist
10am Eucharist

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

Monday, June 20
10.00pm Food Pantry

Tuesday, June 21
6.30pm Eucharist

Wednesday, June 22
Alban, Martyr, c. 304

June 26, 2022
The Third Sunday after Pentecost:

8am Eucharist
10am Eucharist

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

Next Bishop's
Committee Meeting:
June 26, 2022
at 11.30am
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"

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
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.

Currently our Food Pantry is need of juice packs, powdered milk, small packages of cookies, and Ritz crackers.
This Week
by Curt Asher,
Bishop's Committee Member
Pentecost Hope

I had the opportunity to teach a class in the correctional center in Tehachapi this past spring. Each Wednesday as I walked across the D-yard to my classroom, I visited a world very different from my own. It was a world of guard towers and security gates and tall fences topped with razor wire, where prisoners in blue denim uniforms watched years of their lives roll by— lives lived under a code of dull routine and violence.

In a classroom discussion about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, an inmate in his 60s said forcefully, “Man, those people have freedom. And somebody just came along to take it all away. If you have freedom, it’s hard to go back to being oppressed.” I knew that his comments were as much about himself as they were about the war.

Some of my students had committed monstrous acts on the outside. One student introduced himself to me after the first day of class with the words, “I’ll bet I’m the first lifer you ever met.” He was. He was also the most attentive and diligent student I have ever had.

People are rarely one thing. We are all complex beings, capable of a range of behaviors. In the divided world we live in, it is easy to forget that. 

When I read Acts on Pentecost Sunday, I was struck by that same thought. People of status — when they heard unsophisticated Galileans speaking multiple languages – could not believe that these backwater illiterates following a self-proclaimed Christ were capable of such feats of linguistic skill. Instead of marveling at the gifts that the Holy Spirit had blessed the apostles with, the elites branded Jesus’ followers drunks.

On Pentecost, Peter preached that following Christ would open the door to the Holy Spirit and that, if his listeners took the opportunity, they could share in the Holy Spirit’s gifts. The Holy Spirit, who created such confusion on that first Pentecost, is the third person of the Trinity and is treated with special reverence in our faith. I view the Holy Spirit as the animating spirit of goodwill in the world.

I think the lesson of Pentecost, at least in part, is that our judgments about other people’s gifts are often wrong. Peter, the rock upon which the church was built, denied Christ on the darkest night of his life. Peter was an example of a forgiven believer. On the day of Pentecost, he defended the miracle of languages, and those who spoke them, before a crowd of non-believers. Peter told us that faith and cooperation could change things.

Peter’s words are just as urgent now as when he spoke them. 

Peter’s denial could have ended his story, but it didn’t. He repented and stayed faithful. He founded the churches of Rome and Antioch. This troubled Jewish fisherman led a religion that would spread and dominate the world.

Pentecost is the season when the good news of Christ is proclaimed. On Pentecost, Peter preached that belief could change us. He taught us that the fire of the Holy Spirit can offer hope, even to lifers living in the dark world of a prison.
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.
Sunday Morning Contemplation Group on Summer Hiatus

The Sunday morning contemplation group is un summer break until September. Watch Midweek for the day it will resume. If you have any questions, contact
Observing Immigration Month
Listening to Immigrant Voices
SJRAISE, the Diocesan Immigration Commission, will again be sponsoring Immigration Month this spring focused on immigrant and refugee voices in our midst. On four successive Wednesdays (6:30 - 8:00 PM) members of some of the diverse immigrant communities in our midst will be sharing their experience of being immigrants in the San Joaquin Valley.
June 15:     Voices of African descent
All sessions will be held via Zoom. We hope you will join us! To receive the Zoom link for these sessions please register on the diocesan website:
SJRAISE has also produced a resource for daily reflection on the struggles of immigrants and refugees. See Friday Reflections for the link to download.
Finally, at the conclusion of the month’s activities we will be inviting people to contribute to the work of SJRAISE and our partners: Faith in the Valley, Episcopal Migration Ministries, and Episcopal Relief and Development. Funds gathered will be divided equally between them. Thanks in advance for your generous support.

Audio-Visual Training Day
Are you interested in joining the AV team at St. Paul's, or maybe you are just curious about how the whole thing works?

Join Brian Dumont our AV Director and others from St. Paul's to find out about this crucial"behind-the-scenes" ministry. 

A training day is scheduled for this Wednesday,
June 15, at 3.30pm in the main church. 

If you have any questions,
you can contact Brian directly via email.

Diocesan Diaconal Ordination
June 25, 2022
God Willing and the People Consenting
The Right Reverend David Cappel Rice
Bishop of San Joaquin
Will Ordain
José Antonio Álvarez

To the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One, Holy,
Catholic and Apostolic Church on
Saturday, the Twenty-Fifth of June Two Thousand Twenty-Two at
Ten O’clock in the Morning.
St. James Cathedral
4147 E. Dakota Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
Your prayers and presence are requested
Reception to follow                                                              Clergy: Red Stoles
Prayer List to be Revised
As we approach the end of the second quarter our parish prayer list will again be revised. This means that all names will be removed at the end of June, and a new list compiled starting July 1. If you would like a name to remain on the list or a name to be added please contact Fr. Luis via email
Most Recent COVID Guidelines
from the Diocese
Bishop David, at the recommendation of the Diocesan COVID Task Force, has issued new guidelines to go into effect Easter. The most salient points of these are:

  1. Masks will now be optional.
  2. The Peace may now be shared physically, but only with one's immediate neighbors in the pews.
  3. Communion will remain in one kind for the time being and clergy must wear masks during its distribution.

Here you can find a video with a more expansive delineation of the new policies. These will go into effect at the Easter Vigil.
In Our Prayers...

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

In Our Prayers
Remember in your prayers Evan, Carey, Ray, Louis, Lisa, 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; also all those whose year's mind falls at this time, among the Peter Kline and Alan Marks.

Monthly Prayer Diary

You can access the
Prayer Diary for June here.

June Birthdays
Arcie Toia
Hank Webb
Leeanna Tameny
Mike Dunham
Brian Whitfield
Dee Whitley
June 4
June 11
June 20
June 22
June 28
June 30
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The Rev'd Cathy Kline
Bishop's Warden
Martin Brown

Junior Warden
Jan Dunlap