Wednesday, August 8, 2018

United in Grace Gazette, #2

The next edition of the United in Grace Gazette is here!

  Please email me anything you would like to see in the Gazette, by Tuesdays please, if possible! 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

First Edition of the United in Grace Gazette!

Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity and St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church have voted to become united as United in Grace Lutheran Church of Vallejo, California! 
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Last E-Pistle for Sunday 07/29/18

This Sunday, July 29th

Holy Communion - 10AM at Holy Trinity
All are welcome to receive Communion!

Today is the first of five Sundays with gospel readings from John 6, the first four of which focus on Jesus as bread of life. Today Jesus feeds thousands of people with five loaves and two fish. What we have, what we bring to Jesus' table, seems like it is not nearly enough to meet all the needs we see around us. But it is not the adequacy of our supplies or our skills that finally makes the difference: it is the power of Jesus working in the littlest and least to transform this world into the world God desires, a world where all the hungry are satisfied.

Sunday's readings:  
Serving God on Sunday July 29th
Assisting Minister:  Karl Kelley
Crucifer/Acolyte:
Lector:  Roger Riley
Ushers:  Scott Soliday and Barbara Schneider
Flowers:
Friendship Hour:
Pianist:  Cesar Cancino
Counters:  Anita Patten and Wayne Olson
Janitorial:  Karen Spears
Groundskeeper:  Matt Thelen

Worship Schedule

Service and communion will be at 201 Doyle Drive in July at 10:00 AM

New Unified Newsletter...
Now that we are "United in Grace", the LCHT e-letter and the St. Paul's e-Pistle will unite into a new, combined e-newsletter, the "United in Grace Gazette"!

The first edition will be emailed out next Wednesday, August 1st and will be sent to anyone who received the LCHT e-letter and St. Paul's e-Pistle. If you do not wish to receive the UIG Gazette, simply unsubscribe at the bottom of the email.

The United in Grace Gazette will continue to evolve and I will count on you to tell me what you would like to see in the e-newsletter or to send me items you want included.

Thanks in advance! - - - Susan Riley

It's official !
The formal vote has been taken and we will be joined together and known as...

United in Grace Lutheran Church of Vallejo, California!

The vote details are as follows: 

For Holy Trinity there are 28 Voting Members; 27 Voting Members were either present to vote or had assigned their Proxy. There were 26 votes for yes to consolidate/merge and one no vote. 

For St. Paul's there are 47 Voting Members; 22 Voting Members were present to vote and all voted yes to consolidate/merge. 

May God be praised and guide us in our new mission!


  
Content courtesy of Susan Riley.

Lutheran World Relief Sustainable Development. Lasting Promise

Imagine having to choose between a meal or purchasing a notebook. Project Promise School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Pencils and paper can help write a positive future.

The following items are needed for 1 School Kit:

4 - Spiral 70 sheet notebooks 1-12 inch ruler
1 - Pencil sharpener
1 - Pair of blunt scissors
5 - Unsharpened Number 2 pencils with erasers 5 - Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
1 - Box of 16 or 24 crayons
1 - 2 1/2 inch eraser

We have had an excellent response and the cut off date for any additional donations will be August 12.

If you have questions, please contact Anita Patten at (707) 745-0648.

Alert Solano

Here is the link to Alert Solano Pr. Dawn mentioned during Sunday announcements. This is a free service that notifies people in an emergency.
 
Book Study
The Adult Class is reading "Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond at 9 AM downstairs at the hosting congregation.

"WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION"

In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond
follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their
heads. Hailed as "wrenching and revelatory" (The Nation), "vivid and
unsettling" (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh
ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems.
Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of
home, without which nothing else is possible."

Matthew Desmond estimates that 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 - a rate of four every minute. "Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of poverty," he says. Read this story

Brown Bag Ministry from Karen Spears
I am delighted to see more and more people taking Brown Bags to give to the hungry, who are always with us. If you can, I encourage you to engage them in a little conversation letting them know that they are "real people" and worthy of being acknowledged as such. The cost of the bag remain about $4.00. Donations can be placed either in the special brown bag envelopes, available at the Brown Bag display table or in any envelope marked "Brown Bag Ministry" and placed in the offering plate. We also have blankets available to give out.
Blankets are available in Saint Paul's Annex if there is a need.

Celebrating July Birthdays


12-Craig Pyle





Note:  I am in the process of reconstructing the monthly birthday list.  If I get it wrong or someone is left out for the month, please let me know.  Contact me at judithfaye@aol.com or call or text me at (707) 980-9667.

Opportunities for Study
The adult study class will meet at 9 AM in the basement of the hosting church.  We are reading "Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond.

Martha Circle, women's Bible Study using "Gather" magazine meets the third Thursday of each month in the basement at 1300 Tuolumne.  Bring your own bag lunch and dessert will be served by the monthly hostess. 

Opportunities for Service
Choir will be on break until this coming Fall.

Vacation Bible School will be at Ascension Episcopal Church July 30-August 3.  If you would like to help contact Kathy Sutin at (707) 333-0150.

Food Basket Sunday.  The first Sunday of each month when we are having service at St. Paul's.  Food donations go to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.
 
Brown Bag Lunches for distribution to the homeless are located in Fellowship Hall. Blankets are stored in the Annex and may be given out as needed.
 
Sewing Ministry:  The 1st Thursday of every month in Fellowship Hall from 1 to 4 pm.  Both women and men are welcome.  No prior sewing experience is required.
 

"Without the discipline of prayer, the world retains its illusions. Without an hour of public prayers, or half hour of private prayer, or ten minutes of quiet meditation, or saying a brief prayer of gratitude before or after a meal, we forget that God is present in the world and in our life. When we remember to pray in the morning, when we are mindful of the present moment, when we set apart Saturday or Sunday as the Sabbath, God's special day of the week, then all of life, and all times and places, and all people that we see are transformed by the light of God. The more we pray--in the sense of living a prayerful life--the more we desire to be with God in prayer. Prayer creates in us a hunger and thirst to be with the One whom we have see shining through nature and moments in time, people and events." -Henri Nouwen-SPIRITUAL FORMATION 

Christ's Care List

(Recent Additions or Updates)

Gary Schumacher has recently begun immunotherapy that he will will be repeating every two weeks.  He reports that he is doing well and wants to say hi to everyone.

Tony Egbo for stabilization of housing and employment uncertainties.

The immigrant children separated from their parents that they may be reunited as soon as possible.


Healing of body, mind, and spirit...

Nkechi Dialllo (who is having legal problems), Beverly and Susan (who are homeless, both friends of Moca Nightshade.

Judy Faye struggling to manage Trigeminal Neuraligia symptoms.

The family of Carmen Harnish and other families coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and still without electricity and many other basic needs.

Mary Ann Newton (Moca Nightshade's grandmother), who has a brain tumor and is in Hospice.

Lisa Olson struggling with multiple health issues, diet adjustments and diagnostic issues.

Gary Schumacher diagnosed with stage 3, non-small cell lung cancer as he continues in treatment and struggles with swallowing issues.


Those Who Grieve:

The family of Gladys Jones (Kathy Campas-Sutin's mother).

The family of Rod Tasman (friend of Craig and Vicki Orzilli Pyle).


Those Who Need Long Term Prayer:

Margaret Cole
Anna Hervey
Jan Jackson
Louisa Johnson and Don Johnson (as he provides care for Louisa) 
Caryl Kroan
Don and Ila Stradal parents of Pr. Dawn.
Angelika Shanley
Robin Slusher as she navigates the legal process in pursuit of justice for her granddaughter and other children at risk.


Let Us Rejoice:

In our successful vote for consolidation as United in Grace congregation.


We also pray for:
  • Those affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters. Your support through Lutheran Disaster Response will bring hope and healing to those who have or will be affected. Donations can be made on line at (http://www.elca.org/give) or call (800)638-3522. 
  • Pray for an end to acts of terrorism and hatred in our country and around the world. Pray also for those who hate that their hearts might be changed. Pray also that we will not become numb and will work toward sensible laws to discourage violence.
  • The communities of both St. Paul's and Holy Trinity as we continue to explore the possibility of consolidation.
  • A just and lasting peace in the Holy Land
  • Refugees
  • Those serving the armed forces.

Please Note:

If you wish to add new prayer requests please contact Judy Faye at judithfaye@aol.com, or (707) 980-9667 or (707) 557-4531. When submitting new names, be sure to use an identifier such as friend of Karen Spears or daughter of Jessica Nelson. Also briefly tell us the reason you are requesting prayers such as recent surgery so people will know what to pray for. If you see names on the list that it is time to remove, your own, or an old submission please let Judy know. With the exception of the Long Term Category, Council has recommended that names will be placed on the list for one month and then removed unless a new request with an update is submitted. If a name disappears that you want to stay in, just contact Judy with the reason you are requesting continuing prayer and she will add it back. 



Kindly Remember
Submissions to The Weekly e-pistle are due on Tuesday of each week as we agreed to at our Congregation Meeting.  If you submit an article late, and it still has significance for the next week it will be included then. 

Know Your Church Council
 
Don Ockrassa, President  (510) 719-7730, d.ockrassa@gmail.com
Craig Pyle, Vice President (707) 645-7092, capylepe@pacbell.net
Keith Domingo, Secretary (707) 373-2774, k-s-domingo@sbcglobal.net
Corie Hervey, returning member (510) 691-2728
Kim Hervey, new member (707) 334-4872 (Use text messaging)
Kathy Sutin , Church Treasurer, Ex officio member (707) 333-0150 (use text messaging)
Rev. Dr. Dawn Roginski (650) 771-4241
 
Please know that you are free to contact your council members with questions you might have about church governance.  Remember to be patient while waiting for a response as most council members hold full time jobs and volunteer their free time to the church.  They will get back to you as soon as possible.  You are also welcome to attend council meetings with the exception of occasional closed executive sessions dealing with such things as personnel matters.  If you wish to get something on the council agenda for a regular council meeting, contact Keith Domingo.  If you wish to view council minutes, they are on file in the office.  Any council member can help you access these.  Remember if you are viewing minutes, they do not become final and official until approved at the next meeting.




St. Paul's Lutheran Church
The Reverend Dr. Dawn Roginski
650.771.4241 (cell)
pastordawn@stpaulsvallejo.org
707-643-5761 (Church)
1300 Tuolumne Street
Vallejo, California 94590
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1300 Tuolumne Street, Vallejo, CA 94590
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Weekly E-Pistle for Sunday 07/22/18

This Sunday, July 22nd

Holy Communion - 10AM at Holy Trinity
All are welcome to receive Communion!

Mark's gospel makes clear how great was the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet in today's gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn't think of ourselves at all; but Jesus also honors the caregivers' need. We are sent from Christ's table to care for others and for ourselves.


Sunday's readings:  
Serving God on Sunday July 22nd
Assisting Minister Carolyn Kennedy
Crucifer/Acolyte:  
Lector:  
Ushers:  Scott Soliday
Flowers:  
Friendship Hour:  
Pianist:  Clyde Nielsen
Counters:  Anita Patten and Wayne Olson
Janitorial:  Judy Faye
Groundskeeper: Matt Thelen

Worship Schedule

Service and communion at Holy Trinity in July at 10:00 AM.

It's official !
The formal vote has been taken and we will be joined together and known as...

United in Grace Lutheran Church of Vallejo, California!

The vote details are as follows: 

For Holy Trinity there are 28 Voting Members; 27 Voting Members were either present to vote or had assigned their Proxy. There were 26 votes for yes to consolidate/merge and one no vote. 

For St. Paul's there are 47 Voting Members; 22 Voting Members were present to vote and all voted yes to consolidate/merge. 

May God be praised and guide us in our new mission!


  
Content courtesy of Susan Riley.

Lutheran World Relief Sustainable Development. Lasting Promise

Imagine having to choose between a meal or purchasing a notebook. Project Promise School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Pencils and paper can help write a positive future.

The following items are needed for 1 School Kit:

4 - Spiral 70 sheet notebooks 1-12 inch ruler
1 - Pencil sharpener
1 - Pair of blunt scissors
5 - Unsharpened Number 2 pencils with erasers 5 - Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
1 - Box of 16 or 24 crayons
1 - 2 1/2 inch eraser

If you have questions, please contact Anita Patten at (707) 745-0648.

Alert Solano

Here is the link to Alert Solano Pr. Dawn mentioned during Sunday announcements. This is a free service that notifies people in an emergency.
 
Book Study
The Adult Class is reading "Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond at 9 AM downstairs at the hosting congregation.

"WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION"

In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond
follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their
heads. Hailed as "wrenching and revelatory" (The Nation), "vivid and
unsettling" (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh
ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems.
Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of
home, without which nothing else is possible."

Matthew Desmond estimates that 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 - a rate of four every minute. "Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of poverty," he says. Read this story

Brown Bags and Blankets update from Karen Spears
I am delighted to see more and more people taking Brown Bags to give to the hungry, who are always with us. If you can, I encourage you to engage them in a little conversation letting them know that they are "real people" and worthy of being acknowledged as such. The cost of the bag remain about $4.00. Donations can be placed either in the special brown bag envelopes, available at the Brown Bag display table or in any envelope marked "Brown Bag Ministry" and placed in the offering plate. We also have blankets available to give out.
Blankets are available in Saint Paul's Annex if there is a need.

Celebrating July Birthdays


12-Craig Pyle





Note:  I am in the process of reconstructing the monthly birthday list.  If I get it wrong or someone is left out for the month, please let me know.  Contact me at judithfaye@aol.com or call or text me at (707) 980-9667.

Opportunities for Study
The adult study class will meet at 9 AM in the basement of the hosting church.  We are reading "Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond.

Martha Circle, women's Bible Study using "Gather" magazine meets the third Thursday of each month in Fellowship Hall at St. Paul's.  Bring your own bag lunch and dessert will be served by the monthly hostess. 

Opportunities for Service
Choir will be on break until this coming Fall.

Vacation Bible School will be at Ascension Episcopal Church July 30-August 3.  If you would like to help contact Kathy Sutin at (707) 333-0150.

Food Basket Sunday.  The first Sunday of each month when we are having service at St. Paul's.  Food donations go to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.
 
Brown Bag Lunches for distribution to the homeless are located in Fellowship Hall. Blankets are stored in the Annex and may be given out as needed.
 
Sewing Ministry:  The 1st Thursday of every month in Fellowship Hall from 1 to 4 pm.  Both women and men are welcome.  No prior sewing experience is required.
 

"Without the discipline of prayer, the world retains its illusions. Without an hour of public prayers, or half hour of private prayer, or ten minutes of quiet meditation, or saying a brief prayer of gratitude before or after a meal, we forget that God is present in the world and in our life. When we remember to pray in the morning, when we are mindful of the present moment, when we set apart Saturday or Sunday as the Sabbath, God's special day of the week, then all of life, and all times and places, and all people that we see are transformed by the light of God. The more we pray--in the sense of living a prayerful life--the more we desire to be with God in prayer. Prayer creates in us a hunger and thirst to be with the One whom we have see shining through nature and moments in time, people and events." -Henri Nouwen-SPIRITUAL FORMATION 

Christ's Care List

(Recent Additions or Updates)

Tony Egbo for stabilization of housing and employment uncertainties.

The immigrant children separated from their parents that they may be reunited as soon as possible.


Healing of body, mind, and spirit...

Nkechi Dialllo (who is having legal problems), Beverly and Susan (who are homeless, both friends of Moca Nightshade.

Judy Faye struggling to manage Trigeminal Neuraligia symptoms.

The family of Carmen Harnish and other families coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and still without electricity and many other basic needs.

Mary Ann Newton (Moca Nightshade's grandmother), who has a brain tumor and is in Hospice.

Lisa Olson struggling with multiple health issues, diet adjustments and diagnostic issues.

Gary Schumacher diagnosed with stage 3, non-small cell lung cancer as he continues in treatment and struggles with swallowing issues.


Those Who Grieve:

The family of Gladys Jones (Kathy Campas-Sutin's mother).

The family of Rod Tasman (friend of Craig and Vicki Orzilli Pyle).


Those Who Need Long Term Prayer:

Margaret Cole
Anna Hervey
Jan Jackson
Louisa Johnson and Don Johnson (as he provides care for Louisa) 
Caryl Kroan
Don and Ila Stradal parents of Pr. Dawn.
Angelika Shanley
Robin Slusher as she navigates the legal process in pursuit of justice for her granddaughter and other children at risk.


We also pray for:
  • Those affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters. Your support through Lutheran Disaster Response will bring hope and healing to those who have or will be affected. Donations can be made on line at (http://www.elca.org/give) or call (800)638-3522. 
  • Pray for an end to acts of terrorism and hatred in our country and around the world. Pray also for those who hate that their hearts might be changed. Pray also that we will not become numb and will work toward sensible laws to discourage violence.
  • The communities of both St. Paul's and Holy Trinity as we continue to explore the possibility of consolidation.
  • An end to racism and its injustice
  • A just and lasting peace in the Holy Land
  • The peace talks in the Korean Peninsula that they may bear good fruit.
  • Refugees
  • Those serving the armed forces.

Please Note:

If you wish to add new prayer requests please contact Judy Faye at judithfaye@aol.com, or (707) 980-9667 or (707) 557-4531. When submitting new names, be sure to use an identifier such as friend of Karen Spears or daughter of Jessica Nelson. Also briefly tell us the reason you are requesting prayers such as recent surgery so people will know what to pray for. If you see names on the list that it is time to remove, your own, or an old submission please let Judy know. With the exception of the Long Term Category, Council has recommended that names will be placed on the list for one month and then removed unless a new request with an update is submitted. If a name disappears that you want to stay in, just contact Judy with the reason you are requesting continuing prayer and she will add it back. 



Kindly Remember
Submissions to The Weekly e-pistle are due on Tuesday of each week as we agreed to at our Congregation Meeting.  If you submit an article late, and it still has significance for the next week it will be included then. 

Know Your Church Council
 
Don Ockrassa, President  (510) 719-7730, d.ockrassa@gmail.com
Craig Pyle, Vice President (707) 645-7092, capylepe@pacbell.net
Keith Domingo, Secretary (707) 373-2774, k-s-domingo@sbcglobal.net
Corie Hervey, returning member (510) 691-2728
Kim Hervey, new member (707) 334-4872 (Use text messaging)
Kathy Sutin , Church Treasurer, Ex officio member (707) 333-0150 (use text messaging)
Rev. Dr. Dawn Roginski (650) 771-4241
 
Please know that you are free to contact your council members with questions you might have about church governance.  Remember to be patient while waiting for a response as most council members hold full time jobs and volunteer their free time to the church.  They will get back to you as soon as possible.  You are also welcome to attend council meetings with the exception of occasional closed executive sessions dealing with such things as personnel matters.  If you wish to get something on the council agenda for a regular council meeting, contact Keith Domingo.  If you wish to view council minutes, they are on file in the office.  Any council member can help you access these.  Remember if you are viewing minutes, they do not become final and official until approved at the next meeting.




St. Paul's Lutheran Church
The Reverend Dr. Dawn Roginski
650.771.4241 (cell)
pastordawn@stpaulsvallejo.org
707-643-5761 (Church)
1300 Tuolumne Street
Vallejo, California 94590
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1300 Tuolumne Street, Vallejo, CA 94590
Sent by stpaulsvallejo@sbcglobal.net in collaboration with
Constant Contact