January 2023 Inspiration for You
Because Inspiration isn't just for Sundays...
This month we offer the following resources
to help you build spiritual strength and live a more fulfilling life.
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Get inspired while exploring the wonder of Holy Scripture...
Scripture Readings for Coming Sundays
The Holy Name, 1/1
Baptism of Our Lord, 1/8
2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, 1/15
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, 1/22
4th Sunday after the Epiphany, 1/29
Help make a difference by putting your Faith in Action
Faith in Action Suggestion for the Month of January
We are called to pray, AND we are called to put our faith into action. We are called to follow Jesus which means we need to love and serve our neighbors in the name of Christ. It’s also our job to stand up to injustice and respect the dignity of every human being.
This month we suggest working together for housing justice. Learn more about homelessness in Ventura County and take action to support CLUE VC (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice - Ventura County). Attend an important event (online or in-person) Sunday, January 8 at 2pm. Bethel AME Church, 855 South F Street, Oxnard AND live on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cluevc
Register to attend in person at https://bit.ly/3UwzD49
Register to attend Facebook Livestream at https://bit.ly/3uFvOyV
For more information, go to www.cluevc.org
You can find many more ways to put your faith into action at https://www.episcopalchurch.org/ministries/office-....
Help serve the world in the name of Christ...
This Month's Outreach Project
Want to help the hungry?
FEEDING OUR HUNGRY NEIGHBORS
We’re raising the funds to purchase the food and paper goods used for when we take our turn once a month at the Family to Family lunch ministry. We serve about 100 lunches each third Monday of the month. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to help sustain this ministry into the new year. Donate in person, on the website, use PayPal or send in a check. We appreciate whatever you can do to support this important cause. Thank you!
Year of Prayer to End Racism
The Diocese of West Virginia has released an inspiring and motivating series of prayers to be used throughout the year as we work and pray for an end to racism. I encourage you to use these prayers in your personal prayer life, and I encourage us to make the commitment to become more and more, day by day the people God is calling us to be.
JANUARY—Pray for an end to slavery: (January 1, Emancipation Proclamation)
“O God of liberty and justice: we live in a nation in which the institution of human
bondage was once a legal and accepted practice. We give thanks for those who worked and fought, at great personal sacrifice, to bring about an end to that cruel and oppressive system in our own land, and we pray that governments and authorities everywhere in the world might be led to make a quick end to the enslavement of any human being, throughout the Earth.” Amen.
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Keeping Up with Everything Offered at St. Paul's
This is an overview of this week's resources to help you GROW in faith. To learn about everything going on at St. Paul’s, please see our E-newsletter. If you don’t receive it, please let us know. We’d be happy to add you to the list!
Finally, I welcome you to reach out to share your spiritual journey. Next week, we’ll have new ideas and resources for you. And week after week we’ll get stronger, go deeper and offer ourselves to be transformed more and more into the people God is calling us to be.
God bless you this week and always,
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