Thursday, May 31, 2018

Weekly E-Pistle for Sunday 06/03/18

This Sunday, June 3rd

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

Deuteronomy makes clear that sabbath-keeping is meant for the welfare of all. God delivered the Israelites out of slavery, so they should not ever work anyone else seven days a week. Even slaves should be able to rest; even resident aliens. Yet human beings can turn even the most liberating religious practice into a life-destroying rule. Jesus does not reject sabbath-keeping, but defends its original life-enhancing meaning. Our worship and our religious way of life are to lead to the hungry being fed and the sick being healed.

Sunday's readings:  

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 
The commandment regarding the sabbath
Psalm 81:1-10 
Raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob. (Ps. 81:1)
2 Corinthians 4:5-12 
Treasure in clay jars
Mark 2:23--3:6 
Doing the work of God on the sabbath

Serving God on Sunday June 3rd
Assisting Minister:  Dean Ahlberg
Crucifer/Acolyte:  Kim Hervey
Lector:  Karen Spears
Ushers:  Joseph White, John Patten and Enrique Arellano
Friendship Hour:  Theresa Arellano and Cynthia Bettini
Pianist:  Cesar Cancino
Counters:  Anita Patten and Karen Spears
Janitorial:  Karen Spears
Groundskeeper:  Matt Thelen

Worship Schedule

Service and communion at Saint Paul's in June at 10:00 AM.

Don't forget this Sunday is Food Basket Sunday.  

We need your donations to support the work of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.  Peanut Butter is always a much needed item.  No glass jars please to prevent breakage.

31st Annual Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly
The annual Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly will be this coming weekend, Friday, June 1 - Sunday, June 3 in Sacramento. The theme this year is We Are Church Together/This is Our Neighborhood. Pr. Dawn and Kathy Campas-Sutin will vote and represent St. Paul's at the assembly. We will look forward to their reports when they return.
Book Study
The Adult Class will begin reading "Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond at 9 AM downstairs at the hosting congregation.


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

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 have reviewed our properties and prepared lists of needed repairs .  A realtor has been enlisted to evaluate the properties.

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 June Birthdays

2-Shirley Gonsalves
7-Cynthia Bettini
11-Kathy Campas-Sutin
12-Nicole Hervey

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
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.

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)

Gladys Jones (Kathy Campas-Sutin's mother) is in hospice care.

Healing of body, mind, and spirit...

Keith Domingo continues therapy to heal from his broken arm surgery. 

Judy Faye with recurrence of 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.

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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