Announcements for Sunday, December 24, 2023

 

UPCOMING:

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24:                                               
10 – 11am: Communion Service (Spoken) Church      
5 – 6pm: Holy Eucharist & Pageant Church 
8 – 9pm: AA Meeting – Parish Hall 
10pm – 12am: Christmas Eve Festal Eucharist Church

                                                                                               

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25:                                                          
9 – 10am Morning Prayer, Side Chapel/Zoom 
10 – 11am Christmas Day Eucharist 
4:30 – 6pm CANCELLED Community Meal – Parish Hall 
8 – 9pm AA Meeting – Parish Hall 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26: 
7 – 8am AA Meeting – Parish Hall 
9 – 10am Morning Prayer – Side Chapel/Zoom 
5:30 – 7:30pm Kiwanis Meeting – Parish Hall 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27: 
7 – 8am AA Meeting – Parish Hall 
9 – 10am Morning Prayer – Side Chapel/Zoom 
4:30 – 6pm – Community Meal To Go Only – Parish Hall 
7 – 9pm GVRD Band Rehearsal Church 

 
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28: 
7 – 8am AA Meeting – Parish Hall 
9 – 10am Morning Prayer – Side Chapel/Zoom 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29: 
7 – 8am AA Meeting – Parish Hall 
9 – 10am Morning Prayer – Side Chapel/Zoom 
6:30 – 7:15pm Advent Contemplative Prayer 
7 – 8:30pm NA Meeting – Parish Hall 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30: 
7am AA Meeting – Parish Hall 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31: 
10 – 11am: Communion Service
8 – 9pm: AA Meeting – Parish Hall

 
 
 
 

Volunteer opportunity: Coffee Hour Coordinator (starting 2024)  
The open position is to encourage volunteers to sign up to host coffee hours as well as stock coffee hour supplies. Interested? E-mail: admin@stpaulsbenicia.org      

 

Community Meal Sign-Up: 
Join hands and hearts in the spirit of giving! We invite you to make a difference in the community by volunteering for our upcoming community meals. Let’s share warmth, nourishment and fellowship, as we help those in need. Please e-mail admin@stpaulsbenicia.org for additional details. 

 
 

Post-Christmas Schedule Changes, Closures and Cancellations 

Church Office: Closed Dec. 25 – Jan. 5 

Worship: Single 10am Service on 12/31. 2 services resume 1/7 

Wed. Eucharist & Bible Study: Canceled 12/21, 12/27, and 1/3. Resumes 1/10. 

Community Meal: Canceled Mon. 12/25 and 1/1. Wednesday meals on 12/27 and 1/3 will be served. 
Contact group or ministry leaders regarding any other cancellations

 

Christmas Exhibit On Display. 
Just in time for the Christmas season is an exhibit featuring various pictures of past Christmas time activities at St. Paul’s as well as a winter holiday Lego diorama arranged and put together by the church archivist. Come by the south transept to see this festive display. Merry Christmas to all!   -Tim Markley, St. Paul’s Archivist 

 
 

To sign up for a party, contact the church office at (707) 745-0307 oradmin@stpaulsbenicia.org. 

  • 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

 

 

Morning Prayer Weekdays at 9 a.m. in Church and on Zoom  

Join Zoom Meeting- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89062643237?pwd=YzFxOU43dDJ0TThnM0VCZkY0REMxUT09  

Meeting ID: 890 6264 3237  

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Announcements for Sunday, December 17, 2023

 
 
17 Dec, Sun
8:45 am     +Communion Service
10 am         JoAnn Coffee Hour (PH)
11am         +Communion Service
4pm          Benicia Sangha Meeting (U)
8 pm           AA Meeting (PH)
 
18 Dec, Mon
9 am          +Morning Prayer
4:30 pm     Community Meal To Go (PH)
7 pm          +GVRD Band Rehearsal
8 pm           AA Meeting(PH)
 
19 Dec, Tue
7am           AA Meeting (PH)
9 am          +Morning Prayer
7pm            Vestry Meeting (U) 
 
20 Dec, Wed
7 am           AA Meeting (PH)
9 am          +Morning Prayer
10 am        +Wednesday Eucharist
11am         Bible Study (PH)

4:30            Community Meal To Go (PH)
7 pm           +GVRD Band Rehearsal
 
21 Dec, Thu
7am           AA Meeting (PH)
9 am          +Morning Prayer
7pm           +Traditional Choir Practice
 
22 Dec, Fri
7am           AA Meeting (PH)
9 am          +Morning Prayer
12:15pm Family Pageant Prep (U)
7 pm          NA Meeting(PH)
7pm          +Blue Christmas Service
 
23 Dec, Sat
7 am          AA Meeting (U)
 
24 Dec, Sun
10 am         +Communion Service
5 pm           +Holy Eucharist & Pageant
8 pm           AA Meeting (PH)
9:30 pm     +Christmas Concert
10 pm        +Christmas Eve Festal Eucharist
 
25 Dec, Mon
9 am          +Morning Prayer
10 am         +Christmas Day Eucharist

4:30 pm     Community Meal To Go (PH)
8 pm           AA Meeting(PH)

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Let’s Celebrate JoAnn! 12/17 @ 10 AM

Join us for a very special potluck brunch to thank and celebrate JoAnn for 20 amazing years with us at St. Paul’s. We’ll present her with a few gifts and share stories!
Please bring a store-bought or homemade brunch dish to the kitchen to share. 

 
Community Meal Sign-Up:

Join hands and hearts in the spirit of giving! We invite you to make a difference in the community by volunteering for our upcoming community meals. Let’s share warmth, nourishment and fellowship, as we help those in need.
Sign up to volunteer on our google doc:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yuhHn1G4Ups5cmzPTap1zY8VPhd3ska3BQh7ba1T0_A/edit?usp=drive_link
 
Volunteer opportunity: Coffee Hour Coordinator (starting 2024)
The open position is to encourage volunteers to sign up to host coffee hours as well as stock coffee hour supplies. Interested? E-mail: 
 
 
Post-Christmas Schedule Changes, Closures and Cancellations

Church Office: Closed Dec. 25 – Jan. 5

Worship: Single 10am Service on 12/31. 2 services resume 1/7

Wed. Eucharist & Bible Study: Canceled 12/21, 12/27, and 1/3. Resumes 1/10.

Community Meal: Canceled Mon. 12/25 and 1/1. Wednesday meals on 12/27 and 1/3 will be served.
Contact group or ministry leaders regarding any other cancellations
 
 

Christmas Exhibit On Display

Just in time for the Christmas season is an exhibit featuring various pictures of past Christmas time activities at St. Paul’s as well as a winter holiday Lego diorama arranged and put together by the church archivist. Come by the south transept to see this festive display. Merry Christmas to all!  -Tim Markley, St. Paul’s Archivist
 
   

Christmas Choir Rehearsals on Thursdays

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

 
 
   
To sign up for a party, contact the church office at (707) 745-0307 or admin@stpaulsbenicia.org.

◻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
 
 

Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus: Sing It Yourself Messiah!

Get Ready to Sing! Maestro Urs Leonhardt Steiner and the Golden Gate Symphony present our annual holiday bash – the Sing it Yourself Messiah! A San Francisco tradition for more than 20 years, come enjoy Handel’s most-loved work with full orchestra, chorus and soloists — AND YOU, the audience.

Sunday, December 17, 2023 3:00 PM
Benicia Clock Tower
 

Monday, December 18, 2023 7:30 PM
Herbst Theatre San Francisco

Morning Prayer Weekdays at 9 a.m. in Church and on Zoom 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89062643237?pwd=YzFxOU43dDJ0TThnM0VCZkY0REMxUT09

Meeting ID: 890 6264 3237

Passcode: 355908

One tap mobile

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Dial by your location

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Meeting ID: 890 6264 3237

Passcode: 355908

Episco-giggle

 


Announcements for Sunday, December 10, 2023

Online Announcements for December 10, 2023

 

 
 

UPCOMING 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10TH 

8:45am – 9:45am Communion Service
11am – 12pm Communion Service
1:30pm – AAUW Reception (P)
8pm – AA (P)

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th

9am – 10am + Morning Prayer
4:30pm – 6pm Community Meal (P)
7pm – 9pm + GVRD Band Rehearsal 
8pm – 9pm AA Meeting (P)

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12th                           

7am – 8am AA Meeting (P)
9am – 10am + Morning Prayer
7pm – + GGSOC

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13th

7am – 8am AA Meeting (P)
9am – 10am + Morning Prayer
10am – 11am + Wednesday Eucharist
11am – 12pm Bible Study (P)
4:30pm – 6pm Community Meal (P)
7pm – 9pm + GVRD Band Rehearsal

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14th                       

7am – 8am AA Meeting (P)
9am – 10am + Morning Prayer
7pm – 8:30 + Traditional Choir Practice

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th

7am – 8am AA Meeting (P)
9am – 10am + Morning Prayer
6:30pm – 7:15pm + Advent Contemplative Prayer
7pm – 8:30pm NA Meeting (P)

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th

7am – 8am AA Meeting
7am – 8am Men’s Meeting
9am – 12pm Tuba Christmas Party (PH)

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH 

8:45am – 9:45am Communion Service
10am – 11am JoAnn Celebration Coffee Hour
11am – 12pm Communion Service
4pm – 6pm Benicia Sangha Meeting
8pm – 9pm AA Meeting

 

 

Let’s Celebrate JoAnn! 12/17 @ 10 AM  

Join us for a very special potluck brunch to thank and celebrate JoAnn for 20 amazing years with us at St. Paul’s. We’ll present her with a few gifts and share stories!

Please bring a store-bought or homemade brunch dish to the kitchen to share. 

Cards & Retirement Gift for JoAnn
Please stop in the Parish Hall following each service to make a card for our parish administrator. Cards, pens and stickers provided! 

If you’d like to contribute to JoAnn’s retirement gift from the congregation, you can donate online (select “JoAnn Retirement Gift” on the drop down menu). Checks should be made out to St. Paul’s Church with “JoAnn” in the memo. Cash can be added to collection plates in the envelopes marked “J” in the pews.

 

Tuba Christmas – 12/16 @ Noon in front of St. Paul’s

Enjoy Christmas music with a performance by tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium players!

In case of rain, performance in the parish hall.
 
Christmas Choir Rehearsals on Thursdays

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

 
To sign up for a party, contact the church office at (707) 745-0307 or admin@stpaulsbenicia.org.

◻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
 
 
Volunteer Opportunity: Coffee Hour Coordinator (starting 2024)
The open position is to encourage volunteers to sign up to host coffee hours as well as stock coffee hour supplies. Interested? E-mail: admin@stpaulsbenicia.org
 

 

Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus: Sing It Yourself Messiah!
Get Ready to Sing! Maestro Urs Leonhardt Steiner and the Golden Gate Symphony present our annual holiday bash – the Sing it Yourself Messiah! A San Francisco tradition for more than 20 years, come enjoy Handel’s most-loved work with full orchestra, chorus and soloists — AND YOU, the audience.
 
Sunday, December 17, 2023 3:00 PM 

-Benicia Clock Tower 

Monday, December 18, 2023 7:30 PM 

-Herbst Theatre San Francisco

 
 

Morning Prayer Weekdays at 9 a.m. in Church and on Zoom 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89062643237?pwd=YzFxOU43dDJ0TThnM0VCZkY0REMxUT09

Meeting ID: 890 6264 3237
Passcode: 355908

One tap mobile
+16699009128,,89062643237#,,,,*355908# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
• +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 890 6264 3237
Passcode: 355908

 
 


Announcements for Sunday, December 3, 2023

8:45 am Bulletin Link
**forthcoming**
 
11 am Bulletin Link
**forthcoming**
 

Readings for the Last Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 64:1-9

1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

 

12/3 – First Sunday of Advent

8:45 – 9:45am Communion Service

11am – 12pm Communion Service

4 – 6pm Benicia Sangha Meeting (PH)

8 – 9pm AA Meeting (PH)

 

4 Dec, Mon

9 – 10am Morning Prayer

4:30 – 6pm Community Meal To Go Only (PH)

7 – 9pm GVRD Band Rehearsal

8 – 9pm AA Meeting (PH
 
 

5 Dec, Mon

7 – 8am AA Meeting (PH)

9 – 10am Morning Prayer

 

6 Dec, Wed

7 – 8am AA Meeting (PH)

9 – 10am Morning Prayer

10 – 11am Wednesday Eucharist

11am – 12pm Bible Study (PH)

4:30 – 6pm Community Meal To Go Only (PH)

7 – 9pm GVRD Band Rehearsal

 

7 Dec, Thu

7 – 8am AA Meeting (PH)

9 – 10am Morning Prayer

7 – 8:30pm Traditional Choir Practice

 

8 Dec, Fri

7 – 8am AA Meeting (PH)

9 – 10am Morning Prayer

6:30 – 7:15pm Advent Contemplative Prayer

7 – 8:30pm NA Meeting (PH)

 

9 Dec, Sat

7 – 8am AA Meeting

 

10 Dec, Sun

8:45 – 9:45am Communion Service

11am – 12pm Communion Service

4 – 6pm Benicia Sangha Meeting (PH)

8 – 9pm AA Meeting (PH)

 
 

Cards & Retirement Gift for JoAnn

Please stop in the Parish Hall following each service to make a card for our parish administrator, JoAnn Souza, as we prepare to celebrate her retirement. Cards, pens and stickers provided! 

If you’d like to contribute to JoAnn’s retirement gift from the congregation, you can donate here (select “JoAnn Retirement Gift” on the drop down menu). Checks should be made out to St. Paul’s Church with “JoAnn” in the memo. Cash can be added to collection plates in the envelopes marked “J” in the pews.
 
 

Christmas Choir Rehearsals on Thursdays

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

 

To sign up for a party, contact the church office at (707) 745-0307 or admin@stpaulsbenicia.org.

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

 

Morning Prayer Weekdays at 9 a.m. in Church and on Zoom 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89062643237?pwd=YzFxOU43dDJ0TThnM0VCZkY0REMxUT09

Meeting ID: 890 6264 3237

Passcode: 355908

One tap mobile

+16699009128,,89062643237#,,,,*355908# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location

  • +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 890 6264 3237

Passcode: 355908

 

 



Announcements for Sunday, November 26, 2023

11/26/23 Online Announcements

 

8:45 am Bulletin Link

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:c94fae2e-2e4d-4148-8f63-8eaa09654871

 

11 am Bulletin Link

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:dc165dc4-00ff-462f-a218-8e5574e16014

 

Readings for the Last Sunday after Pentecost                                                                                                                           

 
                                                                                                                       

Upcoming

 

11/26 – Last Sunday After Pentecost

+Communion Services @ 8:45 & 11 am

Coffee Hour after service

 

11/27-12/1

+Morning Prayer @ 9 am

 

11/28

Vestry Meeting @ 7 pm

 

11/29

+Eucharist @ 10 am

Bible Study @ 11 am

 

11/30

Coffee with the Rector @ 7:30 am

Christmas Choir Rehearsal @ 7 pm

12/1

SSP Chili Dinner Fundraiser @ 5:30 pm

 

12/3 – First Sunday of Advent

+Communion Services @ 8:45 & 11 am

Coffee Hour after 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!  Join us between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale in the Parish Hall after services. Donations for adults/teens $20, 6-12 $15 and kids 5 and under, free! Questions? Contact Steve Rodekohr stevenet@pacbell.net or 707-580-8104.

 

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.

 

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 markleyoffice@gmail.com.

 

 Party of Parties Sign-ups

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

◻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)

◻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 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.



Announcements for Sunday, November 19, 2023

11/19/23 Online Announcements

 

8:45 am Bulletin Link

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:74c6c89a-db69-4465-84cd-e4d4265c9f7a

 

11 am Bulletin Link

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:3f10191c-88ff-48dd-a790-7b85fda01737

 

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

 

Upcoming

 

11/19 – Pentecost 25

+Communion Services @ 8:45 & 11 am

Coffee Hour after service

 

11/20-24

+Morning Prayer @ 9 am

 

11/22

+Eucharist @ 10 am–cancelled

Bible Study @ 11 am–cancelled

 

11/23

Coffee with the Rector at Benicia Coffee Roasting–cancelled

+Choir Rehearsal–cancelled

 

11/23-24

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/877919450202377/

 

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 markleyoffice@gmail.com.

 

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 stevenet@pacbell.net 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 admin@stpaulsbenicia.org.

◻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.



Announcements for Sunday, November 12, 2023

11/12/23 Online Announcements

 

8:45 am Bulletin Link

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:24a3b854-cbb6-41db-8da0-115195e9f57c

 

11 am Bulletin Link

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:14352f9c-613b-4127-9877-5e3b7ffd4430

 

Readings for Pentecost 24

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16
Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

 

 

Upcoming

 

11/12 – Pentecost 24

+Communion Services @ 8:45 & 11 am

Coffee Hour after service

 

11/13-17

+Morning Prayer @ 9 am

 

11/14

Vestry Meeting @ 7 pm

 

11/15

+Eucharist @ 10 am

Bible Study @ 11 am

 

11/16

Coffee with the Rector at Benicia Coffee Roasting 7:30-8:30 am

+Choir Rehearsal @ 7 pm

 

 

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.

 

Common Ground Potluck at 6 pm Before Interfaith Service

Join us at 6 pm for a potluck feast with our friends at 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.

 

Turkeys and Pies Needed   

The Community Meal is requesting turkeys and 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.  Frozen turkeys should be dropped off by Friday, Nov. 17 before 3 pm. 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. 16, 30, and Dec. 7, 14, and 21.  If you have any questions, please contact Bill Markley at markleyoffice@gmail.com.

 

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 stevenet@pacbell.net 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 admin@stpaulsbenicia.org. Note the November parties still have spaces available.

◻Breakfast at the Opera (1/27/24)

◻Domaine Carneros Champagne Tasting (1/13/24)

◻First Street Scavenger Hunt (9/7/24)

◻Family Game Night (1/20/24)

◻Hike & Bike (5/18/24)

◻How the Grinch Stole Christmas Party (11/26/23)

◻Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (3/9/24)

◻Native Garden Tour 1 & 2 (4/14/24)

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

◻Sip and Paint (6/8/24)
 


Announcements for Sunday, November 5, 2023

11/5/23 Online Announcements
 

10 am Bulletin Link

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:520b4b96-70a0-46a3-8081-93499690e669

 

Readings for All Saints’ Day

Revelation 7:9-17

Psalm 34:1-10, 22

1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

 

Upcoming

 

11/5 – All Saints’ Day–One Service Only

+Communion Service @ 10 am

Coffee Hour after service

11/6-10

+Morning Prayer @ 9 am
 

11/7

Worship Meeting @ 4 pm 
 

11/8

+Eucharist @ 10 am

Bible Study @ 11 am

11/9

Coffee with the Rector at Benicia Coffee Roasting 7:30-8:30 am
 

11/10

Church Office closed in observance of Veterans’ Day

 

One Service Only Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10 am

In-gathering of 2024 pledge cards

Celebratory coffee hour

Farewell service to rectory oak tree at 2 pm

We’ll meet in the Rectory driveway to prayerfully bid farewell to the large oak. 

 

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. More details to come.

 

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.

 

Sierra Service Project Sign-ups

Attention, St. Paul’s Family!  If you have a youth interested in attending our Sierra Service Project summer service trip in 2024, please let me know by Friday, Nov. 10. Youth are eligible from the year they leave 8th grade through 12th grade.  For more information, see the SSP website sierraserviceproject.org or contact me by email.  Thank you!  

–Tom Sauter – SSP Coordinator  sauter@tcbbuilders.com 415-420-3821

 

SSP Chili Dinner Fundraiser Dec. 2

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 stevenet@pacbell.net 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 admin@stpaulsbenicia.org. Note the November parties still have spaces available.

◻Breakfast at the Opera (1/27/24)

◻Domaine Carneros Champagne Tasting (1/13/24)

◻First Street Scavenger Hunt (9/7/24)

◻Family Game Night (1/20/24)

◻Hike & Bike (5/18/24)

◻How the Grinch Stole Christmas Party (11/26/23)

◻Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (3/9/24)

◻Native Garden Tour 1 & 2 (4/14/24)

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

◻Sip and Paint (6/8/24)

 



Announcements for Sunday, October 29, 2023

10/29/23 Online Announcements

 

8:45 am Bulletin Link

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:va6c2:952030dc-3a4e-441e-99a2-99eacdf0f421

 

11 am Bulletin Link

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:991e6b09-ce6b-4833-b4cd-1febeae85c2a

  

Readings for Pentecost 22

Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

 

Upcoming

 

 10/29 – Pentecost 22 / Day of the Dead

+Communion Service @ 8:45 am

+Communion Service @ @ 11 am service

Coffee Hours after services

 

10/30-11/3

+Morning Prayer @ 9 am

 

11/1

+Eucharist @ 10 am

Bible Study @ 11 am

 

11/2

Coffee with the Rector at Benicia Coffee Roasting 7:30-8:30 am

 

11/5 – All Saints’ Day–one service only

+Communion Service @ 10 am

Coffee Hours after service

Blessing of the oak tree @ 2 pm  

  

Day of the Dead Services This Sunday

Our celebration of Dia de los Muertos is upon us.  On Sunday we will remember those who went before us, those who inspired us, those who have made a difference in our lives, in our country, and in the world.  It is a day to remember that while death is inevitable, life is precious, and not to be wasted.  You may bring photos of your loved ones (including your pets) to be displayed in church.

The decorations in the sanctuary and outside are intended to give us some sense of how the Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico—with lots of flowers and sugar skulls.  At our historical Ofrenda you will see pictures of some of the people who made a difference at St. Paul’s, going back to its founders in the mid -19th century.  Our pet Ofrenda helps honor the pets we have loved and lost. 

On the altar cloth you will recognize the names of members of our congregation as well as grandparents, aunts and uncles, prophets and politicians, victims of violence and environmental calamities.  Each name has a story to tell.  They are part of what our Book of Common Prayer calls the whole family of God, the communion of saints both living and dead. 

See if you can find the small soccer ball near the middle of the altar cloth.  It dots the “I” of Kaeli DeWeese who was a fantastic soccer player.  Her mother founded the DeWeese Youth Legacy Fund to support youth ministries at St. Paul’s in her honor.  See if you can find the names of Jim and Grace Kurtz, Jackie Brien, Kay Mortlock, Rev. John Bogart, Sherman and Mary Johnson, or Walt and Virginia Vater—the names go on and on. 

Remember their legacies to us—their laughter, insights, and faith.  We have been so lucky to have shared in their lives.  In their honor let’s continue our support for St. Paul’s and its many ministries to our community. 

—Barbara Jewell

 

One Service Only at 10 am on Sunday, Nov. 5

In-gathering of 2024 pledge cards

Celebratory coffee hour

 

 Party of Parties Sign-ups

To sign up for any of the parties, contact the church office at (707) 745-0307 or admin@stpaulsbenicia.org. Note the November parties still have spaces available.

◻Breakfast at the Opera (1/27/24)

◻Domaine Carneros Champagne Tasting (1/13/24)

◻First Street Scavenger Hunt (9/7/24)

◻Family Game Night (1/20/24)

◻Hike & Bike (5/18/24)

◻How the Grinch Stole Christmas Party (11/26/23)

◻Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (3/9/24)

◻Native Garden Tour 1 & 2 (4/14/24)

◻Rustic Wood Mountain Scene Crafting Afternoon (11/5/23—note date change)

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

◻Sip and Paint (6/8/24)

Zampa Bridge 20th Anniversary Celebration (11/4/23) 

 

Benicia Community Action Council Fundraiser Nov. 4

Sharpening Fundraiser to Support Benicia’s Senior Meal Service

On November 4, 2023, the Benicia Community Action Council will be hosting a pre-Thanksgiving sharpening fundraiser to support its Senior Meal Service program. 100% of the day’s proceeds will go to support the Benicia CAC Senior Meal Service program. BCAC, like many other charitable organizations, has experienced severe reductions in its annual funding sources, and is now looking to redouble its fundraising efforts. Golden State Sharpening will be sharpening from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. People are asked to drop off in front of Benicia CAC located at 480 Military East.

Sharpening services will include cutlery, manual garden tools, as well as household, fabric, and utility scissors.

The Benicia CAC was established in 1967. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, run purely by volunteers and donations. Its Senior Meal Service program provides home-delivered hot, fresh, and nutritionally balanced meals to low-income elderly, disabled and homebound seniors. These deliveries are made Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Additionally, the Benicia CAC Food Pantry distributes fresh produce, and basic food staples, such as pasta, tomato sauce, rice, cereal and oatmeal. Nutritional information and easy to prepare recipes are also included with the deliveries . The Food Pantry provides emergency food allocations to homeless persons in Benicia as well. 

 

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Needs Our Help!   

Food insecurity is rampant in Contra Costa and Solano counties.  Where the Food Bank used to be the safety net for 1 in 8 people, it is now the safety net for 1 in 4 people. The high cost of living in the Bay Area, including the ever increasing cost of food, means a large part of our community often has to choose between paying rent and eating.  It’s not a choice any of us would like to make. 

To donate, go to foodbankccs.org and follow the prompts to the donate button.  Our community meal, which gets food from the Food Bank, will appreciate your help. 

—Barbara Jewell

 

 



Announcements for Sunday, October 22, 2023

10/22/23 Online Announcements
 

8:45 am bulletin link:

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:va6c2:fe4a899b-625d-4b55-b40c-a73428e31026

 

11 am bulletin link:

https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:3bc52d79-a618-4385-b883-5add900bc61e

 

UPCOMING

 

10/22 – Pentecost 21

+Communion Service @ 8:45 am

+Communion Service @ @ 11 am service

Coffee Hours after services

 

10/23-27

+Morning Prayer @ 9 am

 

10/25

+Eucharist @ 10 am

Bible Study @ 11 am

 

10/26

Coffee with the Rector at Benicia Coffee Roasting 7:30-8:30 am

 

10/27

Day of the Dead TGIFF potluck and crafts @ 6 pm

 

10/29 – Pentecost 22 / Day of the Dead

+Communion Service @ 8:45 am

+Communion Service @ @ 11 am service

Coffee Hours after services

 

Readings for Pentecost 21

Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13)
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

 
 

Stewardship Forum

Sunday, October 22, between services in the Undercroft

As we enter stewardship season, come learn about the projects we’re hoping to do in 2024! Rev. Annie will present last year’s pledging patterns and next year’s big ideas. We hope you’ll join and share your thoughts.
 
 

Special Day of the Dead TGIFF on Oct. 27

On Friday, Oct. 27 we will enjoy a potluck and decorate sugar skulls in the parish hall starting at 6 pm.  Why do sugar skulls show up at Dia de los Muertos?  It is not to remember our deceased ancestors!  Instead, sugar skulls are reminders to us that for the time we have on the planet, life can be sweet if we make it so.  Sugar skulls poke fun at death!  They remind  us to stop taking ourselves seriously.  

Our inside Ofrendas will be installed for our Open House on Saturday, on Oct. 28 from 10 am-noon, and our Dia de los Muertos Sunday will be on Oct. 29.  We hope you will join in the festivities.   If you would like to help decorate, call Barbara Jewell (510) 368-5072.

 

The Parties Continue

If you missed the Harvest Festival last weekend that kicked off signups for upcoming parties, there’s still time to participate. Several parties will be held next month, and the remainder take place in 2024. Contact the church office at (707) 745-0307 or admin@stpaulsbenicia.org for more information.

Breakfast at the Opera (1/27/24)

Domaine Carneros Champagne Tasting (1/13/24)

First Street Scavenger Hunt (9/7/24)

Family Game Night (1/20/24)

Hike & Bike (5/18/24)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Party (11/26/23)

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (3/9/24)

Native Garden Tour 1 & 2 (4/14/24)

Rustic Wood Mountain Scene Crafting Afternoon (11/4/23)

At Your Convenience Scavenger Tour in Benicia and Vallejo (2/1/24)

Sip and Paint (6/8/24)

Zampa Bridge 20th Anniversary Celebration (11/4/23)

 

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Needs Our Help!   

Food insecurity is rampant in Contra Costa and Solano counties.  Where the Food Bank used to be the safety net for 1 in 8 people, it is now the safety net for 1 in 4 people. The high cost of living in the Bay Area, including the ever increasing cost of food, means a large part of our community often has to choose between paying rent and eating.  It’s not a choice any of us would like to make. 

To donate, go to foodbankccs.org and follow the prompts to the donate button.  Our community meal, which gets food from the Food Bank, will appreciate your help. 

—Barbara Jewell