Regular Service Times
Wednesday 9:00 am HEALING Service
Intimate, Intercessory Prayer Healing Service with Eucharist gathering in the chapel
Sunday 8:00 am RITE I Service
Traditional language service with Eucharist
Sunday 10:15 am - RITE II Service
Service with Eucharist and choral music
Youth Group and Children's Chapel meet at 10:00 am.
Child care for ages 5 and under is available during the 10:15 service, located in the nursery next to the church office.
Church Office Hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Tuesday - Friday | Closed for lunch 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Food Pantry Hours
Tuesday-Friday | 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Listen to the most recent sermons to catch up from a missed Sunday service or you may need a spiritual pick me up.
The weekly lessons appointed for use on Sundays, Holy Days and Feast Days at the click of your mouse, available for reference to the recorded sermons.
Join us for one of our Bible Studies, Youth and Child programs, Sunday School or Sunday Adult Formation.
Advent & Christmas Season Music at St. Paul's
Our musical Advent and Christmas season is going to be beautiful, featuring special music arrangements written specifically for St. Paul's by our Music Minister, Dr. Felix Eisenhauer, alongside favorite hymns.
The bell choir is going play selections from "Vier Wiegenlieder (Four Lullabies)" by Felix Eisenhauer on the chimes to accompany the lighting of the Advent wreath. They are based on German lullabies Felix sings to his now seven month old son every night. They felt like an appropriate source since we are expecting the birth of Baby Jesus during Advent, who would also need some lullabies.
The processional throughout Advent is a new arrangement by Felix Eisenhauer of "O come, O come, Emmanuel "for chimes, organ, and a different woodwind instrument for each day of Advent, mixing familiar with something new every Sunday.
During the Advent season, the music team will also reintroduce mass parts (the Sanctus and Agnus Dei) from St. Paul's Mass, written specifically for St. Paul's congregation. Christmas Eve will include additional movements from St. Paul's Mass (the Gloria and Credo). And remember how exciting the original arrangement of Handel's Halleljuah Chorus was last Easter? For both the Advent and Christmas season, two additional arrangements of Handel's works to complement the Hallelujah Chorus performance.
Parish Christmas Party
Sunday, December 17th | 11:30 a.m. | Kahler Hall
Bring your friends and neighbors and join us on Sunday, December 17th at 11:30 a.m. in Kahler Hall for a Christmas Carol Sing-Along & Cookie Decorating Party. All are welcome!
Greening of the Church for Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 23 | 9:00 am-Noon | St. Paul's Church
All hands on deck! Join us for a continental breakfast and then help us to transform the church in preparation for Christmas. The Greening takes place Saturday from 9-noon. Sign-up sheets are in the narthex and in Kahler Hall. We need your help!
The 4th Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve this Year
Sunday, December 24 | One Service Only at 9am | Youth Room in Kahler Hall
Just as Mary and Joseph were traveling, out of place, as they made their way to Bethlehem, we will be out of place for this simple yet beautiful service of 4th Advent. Join us in the Youth Room in Kahler Hall for a simple spoken Eucharist. We will get back to basics and praise God in humble sacrifices this morning before the great celebration begins.
ADVENT REFLECTION AND GROUP STUDY
Wednesday Mornings | 10:30am | Library
The Wednesday Morning Bible Study will be meeting weekly contemplating the book Let Every Heart Prepare: Meditations for Advent and Christmas by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton. This book is based on beautiful seasonal hymns and provides daily meditations on faith, prayer, forgiveness and healing for Advent and Christmas. For centuries, the words and poetry of our hymns have spoken deeply to us. They will make a wonderful focus for our time together. All are welcome to join us. Those who are interested are also invited to join us for the Healing Service offered at 9:00 am on Wednesday mornings. Together or separately, these are wonderful spiritual practices, and we would love to have you join us as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.
We invite you to bring your family, friends and neighbors and join us this Christmas for inspiring worship, beautiful music, friendly fellowship, and the opportunity to be filled with the true message of Christmas.
Night Before Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 23rd
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Come enjoy the peace of the beautifully decorated church before the celebration. We'll light candles, lift prayers, sing carols and tell the Christmas story. This is a wonderful event for people of all ages. Children are invited to come in their jammies and bring blankets.
The 4th Sunday of Advent | Sunday, December 24th
falls on Christmas Eve this year.
One service simple spoken Eucharist at 9:00 am will be held in Kahler Hall
Christmas Eve at St. Paul’s
4:00 p.m. Family Service
This is a friendly service that is especially appropriate for families and children of all ages.
10:00 p.m. Candlelight Service
Carols begin at 10:00 p.m., the service begins at 10:30 p.m. This service includes: traditional Christmas lessons, candlelight, choir and Eucharist.
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Join us for a beautiful service on this holy day!
Fair Trade Sales - For your Holiday Gift Giving
Sunday, December 10th | After Sunday services | Kahler Hall
Buy fine chocolates and coffee that are from businesses committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers. For more information speak with Joanne Waklee.
Excited for Advent? So are we! And as the season changes, so does our music. Please join us in Kahler Hall after the 10:15 service for the next few weeks and spend a few minutes learning the Advent service music (Sanctus, Fraction) composed specifically for St. Paul's. We will also learn Joy to the World! in four-part harmony.
A meeting took place on Sunday, November 12 in the Sanctuary between Sunday services. The purpose was to have a discussion about safety and security procedures. The precautions already in place were reviewed and other ideas to help keep everyone safe were discussed. Click icon to read the document handed out at the meeting.
A Safety & Security Committee will be formed in January and meet with a security consultant familiar with churches and the balance of maintaining security and a welcoming environment. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact the office.
Advent and Christmas Flowers and Music
For Donations Please Submit by December 18th
If you would like to contribute to the flowers and music for our Advent season & Christmas Eve services, please place your donation in the offering plate with 'Flowers & Music' noted in the memo line of your check or offering envelope. You may also send it to the office or donate via the website/PayPal no later than December 18. Be sure to note whether the donation is in memory or honor of a loved one and whether you would like it included in the service bulletins. We appreciate your generosity.
Reach out into the World!
Help Serve Lunch to those in Need
Monday, December 18th | 9:30-1:00 pm | 303 No. Ventura Ave, Ventura
Come serve hungry neighbors on Monday! Show up at 9:30am to help prepare for our guests. Servers are needed from 11:30-12:30. We serve about 250 plates. Wear your Santa hats and help hand out the wrapped toiletries. Don't miss out on this rewarding ministry. Meet at 303 N. Ventura. Contact Paula Robertson with questions.
Tuesday, December 19th | 3:00-6:00 pm | Thompson Square Laundromat, 2611 E. Thompson
Tuesday, December 26th | 6:30-8:00 pm | Midtown Coin Laundry, 1848 E. Main
You are invited to meet at 3:00 pm at Thompson Square Laundromat, 2611 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura on Tuesday, December 19th. The hours have been extended from 5:30pm-8:00pm to 3:00 pm-8:00 pm to serve the increase in need from the Thomas Fire. Volunteers are needed to serve the guests. The effort will be led by Paula Robertson. Quarters, laundry soap, dryer sheets will be provided. You need to bring your welcoming, sympathetic ear and assist in handling the money and supplies. Come for an hour or stay the whole time. Contact Paula to sign-up as soon as possible. 643-5033
We are also partnering to provide volunteers for the December 26th date. A minimum of 4 volunteers are needed to hold the event. This is a great opportunity to donate your time to our neighbors in need.
A special thank you to everyone who serves in the important ministries at St. Paul's.
We appreciate all our members past, present and future.
Coats for All
Collecting Now Until the End of the Year
We are collecting new or gently used coats and jackets of all sizes now through the end of the year! Coats will be cleaned and donated to people in need through local churches and non-profits. The drive is sponsored through the Downtown Chapter of the Rotary club. Donation box is located in the narthex (church lobby).
Gifts for Life | Consider Supporting Episcopal Relief & Development this Advent & Christmas Season
Please help us support Episcopal Relief & Development by making a donation through our team's fundraising page for Alternative Gift Market. Even a small donation will help us achieve our goal of providing 3 goats, a flock of chickens and 2 pigs to families in need this Christmas! The process is fast, easy with a secure check out.
Diocesan Fire Relief Fund
Under the direction of Bishop Diocesan John H. Taylor, the Diocese of Los Angeles has started a relief fund that will assist people --particularly the poor and homeless--in the diocese affected by the recent fires. Donations may be made online at www.EDLAFireHelp.org; or by checks made payable to the Diocese of Los Angeles, "Fire Relief Fund" noted in the memo line, and sent to the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles 90026.
Episcopal relief and development (ERD) is also receiving donations for relief work in the fire area. Make contributions online at: www.episcopalrelief.org or mail checks to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
St. Paul's Direct Relief through Rector's Discretionary Account
We continue to receive donations to help those less fortunate in our community. Note "Fire Relief" in the memo line of your check or Paypal transaction to St. Paul's and it will be used specifically for those impacted.
St. Paul's Pantry
Your donations are very much appreciated. If you would like to make a monetary donation, note Food Pantry on the memo line of your donation check made out to St. Paul's Episcopal. Our shopper, Bill Brewer, will spend it wisely. To find out current food or other needs, please contact the office. Thank you for helping to feed our hungry neighbors.
Canned Food Drive
St. Paul's is collecting non-perishable food for Project Understanding's food pantry. Especially needed are protein items: peanut butter, canned tuna and canned chicken, etc. Monetary donations are very welcome as well. Checks should be made payable to St. Paul's and note Project Understanding Food Pantry. This project will run until the end of this year! Contact RoseAnn Hill with any questions at 805-798-1460.
Join The Abundant Table CSA
The Abundant Table community supported agriculture produce program is now available for pick up at St. Paul's Ventura. Sign up to receive a weekly or biweekly box of fresh, local, sustainably grown produce. Deliveries are every Wednesday; pick up between 1-7 pm. Subscription types: Large Share $40, 15-20 produce items; Regular Share $25, 7-10 produce items. Subscription purchasing plans are flexible; 4, 8 or 12 payments at a time are accepted. Going on vacation? Put your subscription on hold with the click of a button! See attached for more information and subscribe here: www.csa.farmigo.com/join/jointhefarm; email: firstname.lastname@example.org