Announcements for Sunday, November 19, 2023

11/19/23 Online Announcements


8:45 am Bulletin Link


11 am Bulletin Link


Readings for Pentecost 25

Zephaniah 1:7,12-18
Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30




11/19 – Pentecost 25

+Communion Services @ 8:45 & 11 am

Coffee Hour after service



+Morning Prayer @ 9 am



+Eucharist @ 10 am–cancelled

Bible Study @ 11 am–cancelled



Coffee with the Rector at Benicia Coffee Roasting–cancelled

+Choir Rehearsal–cancelled



Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Interfaith Service with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Congregation B’nai Israel

Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm

This year’s service will be hosted here at St. Paul’s and will also be available to view online at


Common Ground Potluck at 6 pm Before Interfaith Service Nov. 21                                  Join us at 6 pm for a potluck feast with our friends at Congregation B’nai Israel and hear a presentation about their work with Common Ground, a local faith-based community organizing group. Bring a dish (homemade or store bought) and make some new friends before the Interfaith Service at 7:30 pm.


Pies Needed for Community Meal  

The Community Meal is requesting pies for the Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, Nov. 22.  We are not going to receive any food from the food bank for this year’s meal and need your assistance. Thanks to those who donated turkeys. Pies can be dropped off on Tuesday or Wednesday before 2 pm.  If you have any questions, call or text Community Meal Coordinator Donna Marshall at (707) 319-5298. Thank you!


Christmas Choir Rehearsals on Thursdays

Church members who would like to sing in the choir at the Christmas Eve service can rehearse on Thursdays Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, and 21.  If you have any questions, please contact Bill Markley at


Advent Contemplative Prayer Services

Dates: December 8, 15, *, 29 Time: 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm

For centuries, the church used Advent as a time of anticipation, time to reflect and ponder the coming of the Christ-child. Each Friday in December from 6:30 to 7:15 pm, Rev. Beth and Rev. Annie will offer a time to gather, breathe deeply, slow down, and consider the precious gift of the season.

*On Dec. 22 at 7 pm, there will be the Blue Christmas Service.


SSP Chili Dinner Fundraiser Dec. 1

Ho! Ho! Ho!  The Benicia Holiday Open House on First Street is Friday, Dec. 1 and you know what that means?  YES!  It’s our annual Sierra Service Project Chili, Cornbread & Salad Dinner!  There’s no better way to start your evening than by supporting our youth summer service trip!  Tickets will be going on sale in the Parish Hall after services beginning Sunday, Nov. 12. Donations for adults/teens $20, 6-12 $15 and kids 5 and under, free!  Questions? Contact Steve Rodekohr or 707-580-8104.


 Party of Parties Sign-ups

To sign up for any of the parties, contact the church office at (707) 745-0307 or

◻Breakfast at the Opera (1/27/24); $35/per person

◻Domaine Carneros Champagne Tasting (1/13/24); $40/pp

◻First Street Scavenger Hunt (9/7/24); $25/team

◻Family Game Night (1/20/24); $20/family; $10/adults

◻Hike & Bike (5/18/24); $10/pp (free for under age 18)

◻How the Grinch Stole Christmas Party (11/26/23); $15/pp 

◻Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (3/9/24); $20/ family & $10/adults

◻Native Garden Tour 1 & 2 (4/14/24); $20/pp

◻At Your Convenience Scavenger Tour in Benicia and Vallejo (2/1/24); $10/team

◻Sip and Paint (6/8/24); $50/pp


New Exhibit on Display in Church

On exhibition now in display case in the south transept are various documents and pictures about a German memorial ceremony called the Volkstrauertag. What is the Volkstrauertag and what is St. Paul’s connection to it? Come by the exhibit to find out about this unique bit of history. Special thanks to Rev. Mary Goshert and parishioner Bill Markley for donating the items that made this exhibit possible!

—Tim Markley, Archivist




New Japanese Maple tree planted Nov. 17 to replace the oak tree that was removed next to the rectory.  Thank you to Gene Ekenstam, Richard Padfield, and Charlie Kilbourne for planting the tree.