Announcements for Sunday, June 21, 2020



June 21                                 Pentecost 3 Sunday Service @ 10 am; Coffee Hour @ 11 am

June 22                                  Christian Living in Times of Pandemic Adult Education @ 7 pm

June 22-26                            Morning Prayer weekdays @ 9 am   

June 23                                  Intercessor Training @ 7 pm

June 24                                  Bible Study @ 11 am

June 28                                  Pentecost 4 Sunday Service @ 10 am; Coffee Hour @ 11 am

June 29                                  Christian Living in Times of Pandemic Adult Education @ 7 pm

June 30                                  Reopening Task Force Meeting @ 7 pm

July 5                                      Pentecost 4 Sunday Service @ 10 am; Coffee Hour @ 11 am

July 6                                      Christian Living in Times of Pandemic Adult Education @ 7 pm



View Sunday Services Without Using Facebook

Our Sunday online service can be accessed through our St. Paul’s website. Go to the website ( at 10 am or a minute before and click the purple box that says CLICK THIS BOX FOR SUNDAY SERVICE AT 10 AM.  This will take you to the live service.  

—Betsy Zampa, Communications Coordinator


Christian Living in Times of Pandemic Adult Education Continues June 22      

Led by the Reverend Arthur Holder, PhD, Monday evenings, 7-8 pm on Zoom

COVID-19 is not the first global pandemic that the Church has faced in its history. Each session in this series will begin with a brief story about a Christian saint who lived in a time of plague or pestilence. Then we will discuss the parallels with our current situation to see if we can find some inspiration and guidance for us today. Check your Friday email from St. Paul’s for secure Zoom log-in information.

  • June 22 – Julian of Norwich: All Shall Be Well
  • June 29 – Martin Luther: Caring for Self and Neighbor
  • July 6 – Constance and the Martyrs of Memphis: No Greater Love

If you missed the first session, here is a link to the recording. 

To view or read the psalm of lament included in the course, pause the recording at 14:00 and watch this on YouTube: Or you can just read that psalm of lament here:   Then you may go back to finish watching the recording of the class.


Intercessor Training

Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm — Zoom

Have you ever wanted to write or deliver the Prayers of the People? Or are you just curious about prayer in general? All are welcome to attend this training, and LEMs are especially encouraged. You’ll hear from three experienced intercessors about their process of writing prayers and learn how we pray as a church. Check your Friday email from St. Paul’s for secure Zoom log-in information.


Rev. Annie on Vacation

Please note that Rev. Annie will be on vacation June 29-July 5. Since she will be visiting high-risk family members, she is sheltering at home leading up to her departure date. She’s available by phone, Email, and Zoom.


Morning Prayer – Weekdays at 9 am

This half-hour service of scripture reading and prayers will start your day off on the right foot. It’s a wonderful anchor in uncertain times! Check your Friday email from St. Paul’s for secure Zoom log-in information.


Bible Study – Wednesdays at 11 am  

Join us as we dive into next Sunday’s readings while enjoying fellowship, deep conversation, and entertaining tangents. Remember – you can always call into the meeting by phone, no computer required! Check your Friday email from St. Paul’s for secure Zoom log-in information.


Re-opening Task Force Update

The St. Paul’s Re-opening task force met on Tuesday, July 9. We discussed many aspects of reopening, such as outdoor services, the number of people we can accommodate safely, how to handle music, and disinfection of our spaces. We’re looking at diocesan, state, and county guidelines through the lens of loving God an our neighbors, and thinking about how we can offer our legendary St. Paul’s Benicia hospitality in this new world.

We decided to check in with the parish with a survey. Please watch your digital and snail-mail inboxes in the coming week and give us your thoughts. Your input will help us to plan a re-opening that makes sense for our community.

The task force is comprised of worship committee and Wardens, and includes the following people:

Rev. Annie Mertz – Rector

Rev. Beth Gaines – Deacon

Yann Jouvenot-Sells – Sr. Warden

Kim Rodekohr – Jr. Warden

Glenn Walp – Traditional Service Music Director

Mark Sackett – Contemporary Service Music Director

JoAnn Souza – Parish Administrator

Andria Reid – Director of Children’s Education

Beckie Pelkey – Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator

Donna Patey – Grateful, Glad, and Giving

Steve Rodekohr – Usher Ministry

Catherine Harrod – Flower Guild

Lorraine Ndusha – Altar Guild


Relay for Life

Due to restrictions on large gatherings, and for the safety of all participants, this year’s Benicia Vallejo Relay for Life is going virtual! St. Paul’s Holy Strollers will be joining our community online to fight cancer. Please mark your calendars for an online event Saturday, August 1 — more details coming closer to the event. This will be St. Paul’s 20th year celebrating, remembering, and fighting back against cancer.

How can you get involved? Donate online and/or sign up for the team and fundraise online, or if you would like to donate via check, make payable to American Cancer Society and send to me. 

Create luminarias at home. Photographs will be organized into a virtual luminaria ceremony that will be shown during the online event. If you would like to honor or remember a survivor or loved one lost to cancer, let me know!

Send an email or call me with number of luminaria bags you would like to create. Mark and I will bring you a DIY kit with luminaria bag, felt pens and stickers, and more information. If you need help with photography, we can assist with that as well. Suggested donation is $10, but any amount is fine, and we have sponsorships if you would like to make a luminaria and are unable to donate this year.

For more information and to participate in luminaria making, contact Laura Peabody-Park.