Epistle Volume 2

January 1, 2019 – February 1, 2019
Volume 2 | January 2019
The Epistle

Parking at St. Paul’s
Please know that we are currently able to park between the ORANGE CONES and the curb. The best approach is to come south on 15th from I St. and then pull in between the cones to park.
There are parking cards in the Sacristy and the Parish Hall that say: This Car Belongs to St. Paul’s. Please pick one up and put it on the dash of your car if you park in the coned off area.
Special Thanks at Christmas
Please join me in the days ahead to thank those who helped make the Christmas
a joyful season. We are so grateful to Nancy Metzger and the Choir for the wonderful
music of the season that helped us to come and worship the newborn Child. I am grateful to those who helped in the adorning of the church with garlands and flowers:  Albert Bannell, Gerhard Bauer, Robert Husing, Bruce and Loreen Kleinschmidt, Rev. Anne McKeever, Diane Richards, Fr. Eric and Hallie Symons, and Rev. Walker.  We are so thankful for those who came to decorate for Christmas and for those coming Saturday to take it all down! May the joy of Christmas continue to burn in our hearts and be made known to those around us during this season of Epiphany.
Rev. Walker+
2019 Approved Budget
Follow this link for a printable, readable, approved budget for 2019.
Submitted by Doug Clay
Voice of the Cello
Friday, January 25, 2019 7:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Dark, rich, and sonorous, and also bright, sweet, and expressive, the cello is the most versatile of instruments. In this perennial favorite concert, Sacramento Baroque Soloists’ cellists Michael Lawson (bottom picture) and John Lutterman (top picture) perform a selection of Baroque Cello Sonatas, accompanied by a continuo section of harpsichord, organ, and guitar. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets: 1-800-838-3006
Canterbury organist visits
Trinity Cathedral
On  Saturday, January 26 th , Trinity Cathedral welcomes singers from around the Diocese for the Thirty-second Annual Diocesan Choir Festival. We are especially pleased that  Dr David Flood , organist and master of the choristers at Canterbury Cathedral will be our guest conductor. David recently celebrated his thirtieth year as organist at Canterbury Cathedral, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Kent in 2001.
After a full day working with Dr Flood, we finish with at 4:00 pm with a service of Choral Evensong, to which ALL are invited. Included in the service will be the Evening Canticles in F major by John Ireland, and the anthem “How Lovely are Thy Dwellings” from the ‘Requiem’ by Johannes Brahms. 
Please join us for this very special service, which is the last of our Diocesan Choir Festivals!!
Outreach at St. Paul’s
Sack Lunch Sunday, January 27
We are making sack lunches and invite you to bring individually wrapped and non-perishable items to the Parish Hall Sunday Janury 27 th. Items can include: foil packed tuna, Vienna sausages, jello, fruit cups, protein bars, juice boxes, individually wrapped cookies or fruit roll-ups. Following the 10am service we will create the individual sack lunches to distribute during the holidays. 
Nancy Metzer,
St. Paul’s Music Director
Marian Ruhl Metson,
St. Paul’s Music Department
Presents February Concert
A FUNDRAISER for our Music Department on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 2:00 PM will observe the 210 th birthday of composer Felix Mendelssohn.
Our Music Director, Nancy Metzge r, has invited organist Marian Ruhl Metson and singers you know from our choir, to participate with her. Mendelssohn’s music for organ and piano will be presented, as well as vocal pieces sung by Aerial Wernecke, Soprano; Savannah Swan, Mezzo Soprano; and Paige Kelly, Mezzo Soprano. 
We request a donation of $10 per person to go towards our fund which pays our choir section leaders. A lovely reception will follow. Come and enjoy MENDELSSOHN MANIA! and get home before dark!
Phyllis Onechyk Memorial
St. Paul’s is saddened to learn of the passing of Phyllis Onechyk, a long time faithful member of St. Paul’s. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 23 rd at 11am. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 160914, Sacramento, CA 95816 or the Sacramento SPCA 6201 Florin Perkins Rd., Sacramento, CA 95828 or online at https://sspca.salsalabs.org/donations1/index.html .
Our hearts are saddened at the passing of Jason Yokum.
Memorial services are pending. May his soul and the souls of all the departed Rest in Peace.
The Church as Community
b y Barb Chandler
We are social beings, we need relationships with others to help us grow and thrive. There has been a much scientific research into this topic, afterwards all studies have reached the conclusion that we are in fact social beings. God reached this same conclusion without the aid of MRI machines or test subjects when the world was created.
After He created Adam, The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. “Genesis 2:18. Throughout the years many forms of “helpers” have evolved. One such “helper” which addresses both social and spiritual needs is the church.
Community is formed around the table where we gather weekly, or daily, to share the meal that God has given to us. This act not only solidifies our relationship to Him but to one another.
The words of St. Francis come to mind when I think of the Church community; “Preach the Gospel and when necessary use words.” Each person has different gifts they contribute to the community. Some choose to give the gift of presence, others choose a more active role.
There are many examples of how people contribute to the community. One example of this became clear when Pat became very ill, I was faced with an overwhelming sense of helplessness when reality hit and I realized how dependent I was; I don’t drive because of mobility issues and never had taken care of financial matters.
My vulnerability eased as soon as members of the church community stepped in. They stood in for me when I was unable to accompany my partner to the ER, took me to and from the hospital and nursing home, went to the store for me, helped me with the bills and taxes (even buying me a small file cabinet), and eased my anxiety by providing a listening ear,
When Pat and I moved to Sacramento. We went to Trinity, St. Paul’s sister church, as soon as we walked in the door we were provided with information about the services and, a class we could attend as newcomers. When we transferred members of the congregation welcomed us, and told us about the fellowship meal after the service.
These two examples illustrate just some of the ways members of the congregation contribute to the community. There are many others some I can think of are;
People who provide maintenance of the physical building
During public worship people offer their musical abilities, and various supportive ministries.
Members of the congregation provide those who are in different phases of their faith journey with a desire to learn to grow and expand their faith.
We are called to be in community, and through Christ’s command to love one another both inside and outside of the community.
These are some of my thoughts about community. I would like to hear your thoughts or stories about the Church as community. How do you think about the Church as community? Have you experienced a specific ministry that has helped you? What type of ministry do you participate in? Can you think of other examples of ministry?  Please send them to Pat Underwood   for the next newsletter. Thanks.
Pictured above are the 5 candidates for Bishop.
Follow this link to see their biographies.
The “Walk-about” for the candidates for Bishop will be held at Trinity Cathedral on Friday, January 25 th at 6:30pm . All are encouraged to come and hear the panel of candidates being considered.  
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1430 J Street, Sacramento, California 95814
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 160914, Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916.446.2620 + Emergency On-Call Phone: 916.214.0382

This is part two of the January Epistle

Volume 2.1 | January 2019
The Epistle
More happening at St. Paul’s
We will be “de-greening” St. Paul’s this Saturday, January 19th from 9am to noon. Many hands make light work!
Come join us as we prepare for our next holy season.
Annual Meeting
Official Announcement
Sunday, February 24th
Following the 10am Service
Our Annual Meeting is a gathering of the entire parish to elect Vestry Member and Delegates to the 2019 Diocesan Convention. Vestry Members are elected for a 3 yr. term. Those wishing to run must be members in good standing and be pledgers of record for 2019. If you are interested please contact Rev. Lynell Walker ( lwalker259@aol.com ), any vestry member, or member of the clergy. They are both wonderful and necessary ministries at St. Paul’s.
The Annual Meeting will follow a festive potluck after the 10am service. Please bring a salad, dessert or other side dish to share.