Announcements for Sunday, March 24, 2019


MARCH 22    Memorial Service for Edie Lockman @ 2 pm 

TGIFF Social Gathering @ 5:30 pm

MARCH 23    Memorial Service for Jean Wigand @ 2 pm

MARCH 28    Lenten Family Film Night @ 6:30 pm

MARCH 30    Work Party @ 9:30 am

APRIL 3         Grateful, Glad & Giving Meeting @ 7 pm

APRIL 4         Lenten Program @ 6:30 pm

APRIL 7        Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating @ 2 pm

APRIL 11      Lenten Program @ 6:30 pm


Lenten Program Continues  

Thursday Evening Series

6:30- 8:30

Thursday, March 28, April 4, & April 11 — and come on Maundy Thursday, April 18.

March 28:       Family Night: Inside Out film with popcorn

April 4:            World examples of forgiveness in action

April 11:          Building forgiveness into life

Resource: Bullock, J.(2018). Practicing God’s Radial Forgiveness. Cascade Books: Eugene, OR.


 Community Meal News

I am retiring as Coordinator from the Community Meal June 1. This ministry is in its 21 year and continues to offer a warm, safe place for our neighbors to come every Wednesday for a hot meal.

Have you ever thought about becoming involved in this awesome ministry? I am looking for one, two, or three people to take on the coordination of the meal. There are good volunteers in place that cook, serve, and wash dishes. Let me tell you what I do; how worthwhile it would be for a couple of people to share the duties. Ask me questions! Get in touch! Let’s talk! —Debi Hall, (707) 747-9352


Work Party March 30!

All hands on deck on Saturday, March 30 at 9:30 am!  We will be having an all- parish work party.  There are many projects that need to be handled as well as some grounds maintenance.  Many hands makes light work! Join us for breakfast treats and coffee as we fellowship. Pizza follows the party! Look for the sign-up sheet is in Parish Hall!

Thank you,

Kim Rodekohr, Jr. Warden


Deadline April 1 for Summer Youth Pilgrimage

 Pathways is a pilgrimage uniting youth to one another and to God, equipping them to be agents of truth, peace, and reconciliation. Pathways 2019 is open to all youth finishing grades 7-12. The deadline to sign up for the fourth year of our Pathways Youth Pilgrimage is April 1.

This year Pathways will take us to Humboldt County June 16-21 (our home base will be Humboldt State University) where we will explore matters of social and eco justice as we journey to the Redwood Coast, visit historical indigenous sites, local churches, and meet with people in these communities who are engaging in the work of reconciling us and creation to God.         

Giovanna Zampa, a youth member of our parish, is helping to lead this pilgrimage this summer. Contact her at if you are interested in attending or have any questions. For more detailed information and to apply, visit

Just in Time for Easter … Create Ukrainian Eggs

Join us at a Party of Parties as we decorate traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs. No special art or painting skills needed. All supplies and refreshments provided.

Date:  Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time:  2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall

Hosts:  Victoria Brown and Anne Seed

Cost:  $15 per person

RSVP:  Victoria, or Anne, or call the church  office at (707) 745-0307.

Youth age 10 and up are welcome, but supervision is necessary. 
Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent
Exodus 3:1-15

Psalm 63:1-8

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Luke 13:1-9
Meet Your Vestry: Kim Rodekohr, Junior Warden

It was 23 years ago when my husband, Steve, and I were riding bicycles on First Street with our daughters that we began noticing St. Paul’s. With both of us being Episcopalians as young children, we decided to begin attending. We loved the quaint and historic look of this church and had always wanted to attend a service. When we walked into St. Paul’s, it was like coming home. I had never felt such love and acceptance from a community as I did with St. Paul’s.

We became members of the church and dove in, feet first, with serving the church in any capacity we could. I became passionate about St. Paul’s. I am currently serving on the Altar Guild and the Flower Guild. I was the Peddlers’ Fair chair and the Co-chair in 2003. Throughout the years, I have taught Godly Play as well as the high school Sunday School. I am an usher and a LEM and love serving my community of St. Paul’s.

I retired at the rank of sergeant with the Alameda Police Department after 18 years due to injuries sustained on the job. My retirement was a blessing in disguise as I was able to be a stay-at-home mom for our daughters, Shelby and Haley.

I am honored to serve as a vestry member at St. Paul’s.




Readings for Sunday, March 24, 2019 – The third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 3:1-15

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Luke 13:1-9

Psalm 63:1-8

The Collect

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament

Exodus 3:1-15

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:

This is my name forever,
and this my title for all generations.”

The Response

Psalm 63:1-8

1 O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *

my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.

2 Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
that I might behold your power and your glory.

3 For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
my lips shall give you praise.

4 So will I bless you as long as I live *
and lift up my hands in your Name.

5 My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,

6 When I remember you upon my bed, *
and meditate on you in the night watches.

7 For you have been my helper, *
and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

8 My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.

The Epistle

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.

Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

The Gospel

Luke 13:1-9

At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them–do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'”