Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Weekly E-Pistle for Sunday 02/04/18

This Sunday, February 4th

Holy Communion - 10AM at St. Paul's
All are welcome to receive Communion!

In Isaiah it is the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars-it is that God who strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus' healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon's mother-in-law, we are lifted up to health and diakonia. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.
Sunday's readings: 
Serving God on Sunday February 4th

Assisting Minister: Dean Ahlberg
Crucifer/Acolyte: Kim Hervey
Lector: Craig Pyle 
Ushers: Joseph White
Organist/Pianist: Cesar Cancino
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship: Vicki Pyle, Kathy Sutin
Sacristans: TBD
Counters: Anita Patten, Karen Spears
Janitorial: Karen Spears
Groundskeeper: Matt Thelen
Worship Schedule
Worship schedules will continue to rotate on a monthly basis in 2018:

February 2018 10:00 a.m. Worship Service at St. Paul's.

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 7 p.m. at Saint Paul's

Change the Game and Tackle Hunger

More than 28 years ago. The Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group:

"Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat."

Since that day, more than $135 million dollars has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around the Big Game into the nation's largest celebration of giving and serving.

Through this mission, young people learn what it's like to make a positive difference in the world as they collect food, raise funds, and volunteer to work in charities providing shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry, and compassion to those in need. 

This Sunday, February 4, will be our regular Food Basket Sunday where we bring food donations for The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County.  This Sunday is a Souper Bowl of Caring/Food Basket Sunday.  Bring your food donations, maybe even including cans of soup, and your $$$ to donate to the Souper Bowl of Caring.  The Pyles will be accepting your monetary donations at the back of the church after the service to help feed the hungry in our community through the Souper Bowl of Caring.

Woman's March Followup
"A group of 8 women, three from Holy Trinity, three from St. Paul's plus three friends of members participated in the Women's March in Napa this past Saturday.  It was a very positive and inspiring experience for all of us. The turnout was impressive, with an estimate of 4,000 per The Times Herald, which included many families and an impressive number of men supporters. We all felt this was worthwhile and important way of promoting what we and so many believe in, which includes working for justice and equal opportunity, while embracing compassion and kindness." - Karen Spears

Celebrating January Birthdays

4-Steve Vad

My apologies for leaving out the following January Birthdays.  

Happy Belated Birthday to...

Natalie Croinex on Jan. 17
Vicki Orzilli Pyle on Jan.22
Jessica Nelson on Jan. 27.

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 or call or text me at (707) 980-9667.

First Quarter Congregation Meeting/Reports Due

Saint Paul's first Quarter Congregational meeting will be February 11th after church service at Saint Paul's.  Please send your Annual Reports to Kathy Campas-Sutin no later than January 28th.  You may email them to the church or drop them off at the office.

Opportunities for Study
There will be no study this Sunday February 4, as we have completed The Cross in Our Context.  On February 11 we will be begin to look at the Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice. This is a process statement and feedback from both women and men is sought.  You can take a look at the statement at  This should be an interesting and challenging discussion for us to engage in.  We will meet downstairs at Saint Paul's at 8:45 AM.

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
Joint choir practice will meet upstairs at St. Paul's at 8:45 AM under the direction of Dean Ahlberg.  New singers are always welcome.

Food Basket Sunday.  The first Sunday of each month 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.
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.
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,
Craig Pyle, Vice President (707) 645-7092,
Keith Domingo, Secretary (707) 373-2774,
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.

Mutual Ministry Committee / 
Comments from Pr. Dawn.
The ELCA strongly suggests that all congregations have a mutual ministry committee comprised of the pastor and members of the congregation. There are many models for this group, and the model chosen for St. Paul's is a pastor-driven committee. This committee is there to discuss concerns, joys, and struggles from the congregation as well as any questions the pastor has. It is also a place for new ideas to be tested, as the committee members listen for comments being made by others. There is always a preference to bring any concerns directly to the pastor, but if that is not possible, these are the people to bring them to. At this time, the committee members are Karen Spears and Judy Faye.

"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)

Continue to pray for Don Stradal, father of Pr. Dawn, who is now in rehab and, Ila Sradal, mother of Pr. Dawn, who is home from the hospital.  

Healing of body, mind, and spirit...

Eugene Duquettee, diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and his sister, Sonya Domingo, as she cares for him.

The family of Carmen Harnish coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico 

Those Who Grieve:

The family of Colleen Jolly, wife of Bob Jolly, cousin of Karen Spears. 

The Family of Dee Fix

Those Who Need Long Term Prayer:

Margaret Cole
Anna Hervey
Jan Jackson
Louisa Johnson and Don Johnson (as he provides care for Louisa)
Gladys Jones (Kathy Campas-Sutin's mother)
Caryl Kroan
Angelika Shanley
Robin Slusher as she navigates the legal process in pursuit of justice for her granddaughter and other children at risk. 
Don Stradal (Pr. Dawn's father) Continuous issues with falling and blocked arteries. 

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 ( 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. 
  • 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
  • Refugees
  • Those serving the armed forces.
Please Note:
If you wish to add new prayer requests please contact Judy Faye at, 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. 

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
The Reverend Dr. Dawn Roginski
650.771.4241 (cell)
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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