Thursday, May 17, 2018

Weekly E-Pistle for Sunday 05/20/18

This Sunday, May 20th

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

On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. Pentecost is sometimes called the church's birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism. Ezekiel's vision shows the Spirit resurrecting and re-creating not just individuals but a whole people. Romans makes it clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire cosmos; yet the Spirit is also at work in the most intimate and personal way, praying in us "with sighs too deep for words" when we do not know how to pray.

Sunday's readings:  

Acts 2:1-21 
Filled with the Spirit to tell God's deeds
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 
Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. (Ps. 104:30)
Romans 8:22-27 
Praying with the Spirit
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 
Christ sends the Spirit of truth

Serving God on Sunday May 20th
Assisting Minister:  Carolyn Kennedy
Crucifer/Acolyte:  Carolyn Kennedy
Lector:  Lynette Felsing
Ushers:  Holy Trinity
Friendship Hour:  Holy Trinity
Sacristans:  Holy Trinity
Pianist:  Clyde Nielsen
Counters:  Anita Patten and Wayne Olson
Janitorial:  Judith Faye
Groundskeeper:  Matt Thelen

Worship Schedule

Service and communion at Holy Trinity in May, 10:00AM 

Note: May 20th is Pentecost Sunday.  You may want to wear red clothing.

Art of Peace
If you didn't catch the opening of this art exhibit on May 11 in downtown Vallejo it is worth your time to go and take a look. Art pieces have been created from the arms collected in the gun buy backs. The guns were dismantled and the parts have been used to construct art for peace. The exhibit is sponsored by the Robby Poblete Foundation. Robbie Poblete was a young man gunned down in a senseless act of violence in Vallejo a few years ago. The exhibit will be up at the Temple Arts Loft exhibition space, located at the intersection of Virginia and Marin Streets, through June 29.

A peace really for justice will be held May 19, 2018 at 3 pm. The starting point is Georgia and Sonoma and participants will walk from there to City Hall at 55 Santa Clara Street. Put your boots to the ground and walk with a number of Vallejo organizations coming together as a voice for peace. Abraham Lincoln once said, "America will never be destroyed form the outside. If we falter and loose our freedom, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Consolidation updates:
We have a new name for our proposed consolidated congregations:  United in Grace Lutheran Church.

Joint Councils continue to meet monthly.

Constitution Draft Recommendations Committee has completed many hours of review of both constitutions with progress being made on a draft constitution and bylaws for our new congregation.

Property Assessment Committees at both churches continue to review our properties, preparing lists of needed repairs.  Written observations may be turned in to Don Ockrassa or Craig Pyle.

A lawyer is being consulted to advise with legal ramifications of consolidation process.

For questions about any of these issues or to provide input please refer to Know Your Church Council near the end of this publication for whom to contact.
Brown Bag Ministry 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. They are located under the table in the hallway leading to Friendship Hall. We have many more blankets stored in the annex so feel free to take one or more to hand out. No additional blanket donations are needed at this time.

Celebrating May Birthdays

2-Dean Ahlberg
5-Lisa Olson
15-Carmen Harnish
21-Anita Patten

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.

Opportunities for Study
We have completed the reading of the Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice.  Class will not meet again until June 3 at 9 am.  We will be reading the book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in America" 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
Joint choir practice will meet upstairs at the hosting congregation at 8:45 AM under the direction of Dean Ahlberg.  New singers are always welcome.

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.
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)

The seniors affected by the closing of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and loss of services and service disruptions. The county social services leaders and community social service and nonprofit providers struggling to redirect and save as many services as possible with as little disruption as possible.

Residents of Hawaii struggling with recent volcano eruptions and earthquakes.

Healing of body, mind, and spirit...

Keith Domingo continues therapy to heal from his broken arm surgery and will be on disability through May 25.

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

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 Eugene Duquettee, brother of Sonya Domingo.

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
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 ( 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, 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,
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.

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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