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The Abundant Life


July 28, 2016                                                For Sunday, July 31st


From Jerry DiNoto


Out with the old and in with the new!
Every day is an opportunity to discard “earth-weights” and live in the newness of Christ.  Throughout Colossians, Paul stresses that Christ has done everything that is needed for our life of faith. This, however, does not mean that we sit back and do nothing — Paul gives instructions for how we should respond to what Christ has done.
Paul reminds us that we died with Christ – the old you is gone – and that our new identity resides in the life of the resurrected Christ. Since we have been raised with Christ, we are called to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. Paul does not propose we ignore earthly things. Rather, that we bring spiritual qualities to our earthly lives by living in a manner that is appropriate for those who live and move and have their being in God. He lists actions of the “old self” that hurt others – actions that weaken a sense of community among the people. As people of Christ, our attitudes and words should reflect a new standard of living and eliminate habits that hurt others. 
Daily I hear the suffocating news of ongoing hate, violence, exclusion and phobic actions against so many groups of people. I am often moved to tears as I pray, “Dear God, where’s the love?” Yet, I believe that in us God has already addressed my prayer. Are we not called to be that love? How is our new life in Christ reflected in this hurting world? Have we put aside our “old self” in our speech, responses, actions, attitudes and judgements of others? Have we abandoned our “them and us” mindsets? 
Where’s the love? It is nowhere unless we bring it! We “bring in the new” by our understanding that our identity is not in our ethnic group, our education, our sexuality, our race, our gender or our social status. “Christ is all, and is in all.”  Christ is the epitome, the standard, the model, of everything that humanity was ever intended to be, and we can find a higher human identity in Christ. 
When we gather to receive the one bread we also proclaim that we are one body. We must take that proclamation beyond the doors to a world starving for wholeness, forgiveness, compassion and love. Let us look for ways in our daily routines to bring the new into the lives of others.

Jerrry DiNoto




Featured Scripture

     Colossians 3:1-11
If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things– anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!



Parish Life News
Sign up now for the parish “Summer Doldrums” potluck to be held on Thursday, August 18, at 6 p.m. in the parish hall!  Bring your most-requested dish and be prepared to share your thoughts about fun things you would like to do with your fellow parishioners.  The sign-up sheets are in the parish hall and in the narthex.  The sheets also have a few questions about your interest in smaller potlucks held at parishioners’ homes.  And remember, your parish life team is open to new members—we always appreciate more help and new ideas.  Contact Fred Ross (fredeross@comcast.net, 760-325-1542) or Gary Hiatt (ghiatt@comcast.net, 760-325-1542) for more information or to volunteer your assistance.  Your team of six thanks you!

Dick Secrist Celebration of Life
On Friday, July 29th, there will be a “Celebration of Life” for Richard (Dick) Secrist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Washington.
On Saturday, July 30th, Christopher & Nancy Secrist will host a celebration of the 90th birthday of Anna Secrist. Cards may be mailed to: Anna Secrist, Orchard Park Assisted Living, 844 W. Orchard Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225, or phone 360.671.5770. For further details, contact Nancy at 1771 Academy Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226; 360.733.5457.
Altar and Narthex (church lobby) Flower Sponsorships

Sponsoring flowers for the Altar or Narthex is a distinctive way to remember loved ones or commemorate special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries.  RESERVE YOUR SPECIAL DATE NOW by completing the sponsor sign-up form in the Flower Sponsorship Binder.  You’ll find the binder on the table to your right as you enter the Parish Hall. 


Help Answer Gun Violence


In the wake of the recent shootings, St. Paul’s Social Justice Committee is looking for some new faces to assist in its continuing program to combat the scourge of gun violence.  The Committee is currently planning educational programs on gun safety and violence prevention, as well as opportunities for advocacy and prophetic witness for a more peaceful society.  Contact Chris Kelly at cwklly615@gmail.com if you are interested in learning what you can do to help.  


Sunday Mornings at 9:15 AM

Episcopal Café in The Library

Check it out

7/31    Weeds and All
           Led by Gary Scott
           Read about it
8/7     Spirituality of summer.    
          Led by Alan Zimmerman                  
          Read About it
8/14   Pope Francis says;
          “Church should apologize for discriminating against gays.”
          Led by Craig Ewing
          Read About it
8/21   Speaking to the Soul: It’s hard to say goodbye. 
          Led by Gary Scott
          Read About it
8/28  Message in a Bottle- God Paints Backwards.
         Led by Audrey Spencer
          Read About it



Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 PM

Faith Building – In the Library
There will be no Tuesday sessions in July or August.
When Tuesdays @ 7 pm returns in September, we will be reading and studying John Dominic Crossan’s book, “How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis to Revelation.” The book is available on Amazon in paperback. The paperback edition costs $11; hardcopy is $22. It also available on Kindle for 14.99. Please call the office to reserve your space and to let us know that you’re purchasing your book.


Baked Goods and Fruit
for Roy’s
With the snowbirds flown, St. Paul’s Monday night outreach to the homeless men, women and children at Roy’s Desert Resource Center needs your support to help get through the summer doldrums.  Home-made or store bought baked desserts, cakes and cookies, as well as fresh fruit, are urgently needed.  Simply bring your donation to church on Saturday or Sunday and leave it with the ushers.  Contact Chris Kelly at (760) 406-2978 for further information.






Effective May 31 through Sept 6, our summer office hours will be 9:00- 4:30 Tuesday through Thursday: and Friday 9:00 – noon.


Should you call on Monday when we are closed to the public, please leave a message.  In case of an emergency, a priest will return your call.




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If you’re interested in getting to know your fellow parishioners at a more social or personal level, the St. Paul Parish Life Committee may have something just for you!  This new endeavor is looking for ways for St. Paul’s members to socialize and have fun together, with programs starting gradually this summer and expanding in the fall.  If you have thoughts on how social and recreational activities could be developed and sustained, please contact Fred Ross and/or Gary Hiatt at 760-325-1542, or email Fred at fredeross@comcast.net or Gary at ghiatt@comcast.net. Gary and Fred look forward to hearing from you.



Sunday Childcare Change


Sunday worship childcare for 8:00 am services will be suspended for the summer, from July 3 through September 4, resuming on Sunday, September 11.  Childcare will be available for 10:30 Sunday services, beginning at 10:00 am, throughout the summer.



Giving Made Easier
St. Paul’s has a new system for online giving and we encourage you to use it (see the right hand column on this web page.)
If you have any questions, please contact the office. Our online system makes it easy to direct your donation to a specific fund.




The next COMMUNION SERVICE at Windsor Court is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th at 10:15 am. The priest and residents always welcome parishioners to join in the worship. 







Please join us in the Parish Hall after each Sunday service for coffee and refreshments. Coffee Hours are an important ministry of hospitality for both our members and guests.
Today’s Coffee Hour after the 8:00 service is sponsored by Lucinda & John Hampson.
Please consider hosting an upcoming Coffee Hour. There are no sponsors yet for the month of August! The sign-up book is on the table to your right as you enter the Parish Hall.




The Prayer Shawl Ministry invites you to join our circle on 
Wednesday’s from 10 am-1 pm in Hogarth Hall. Whether  you wish to learn to knit or crochet or are an  expert needleworker, we welcome you. Needles, hooks and yarn are provided. Please drop in  to create and enjoy our prayerfully made creations.




Bullying Behavior

Not Welcome Here


At St. Paul in the Desert we welcome all worshipers to a place that is free of violence and bullying.


Physical, verbal or emotional violence against others or against oneself is not acceptable because of our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.  Please let Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself be your guide.


“It Gets Better” is a series of video messages to encourage Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender youth and let them know that they are loved as they are.


“A Blessing for Those Who Are Bullied” was written by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, a Bishop of the Episcopal Church.


It is not enough to say “NO” to bullies. It is important to stand up for people and to provide resources for those who have been the targets.




A Welcoming, Empowering, Supportive Community


Our mission statement calls us to be “a welcoming, empowering and supportive community.” We are currently forming a new ministry at St Paul’s to support that mission.  Volunteers are needed from all three services to donate approximately 90 minutes of their time per month.  That time is split into 3-30 minute segments: 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after the service you attend, once per month, to support the Welcoming Table located in the Narthex and another 30 minutes a month assisting with name badge organization.  If you are able to lend a hand, please contact Mike Funke at 760.-409.0986 or mike.funke@yahoo.com!

Help us live our mission statement!




Report Misconduct


As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, our diocese trains people in the prevention of misconduct and encourages all to report misconduct. All reported incidences are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact Mr. John Seitman, jseitman@pacbell.net, 858-793-4555 or the Rev. Janet Wheelock,  jwheelock@edsd.org, 952-240-8067.




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