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Rev. James E. Boline
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Barbara Hoffman
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WORSHIP Sundays, 10 a.m.
SUNDAY SCHOOL K-6, 10 a.m.
Professional childcare available during services year-round.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
958 Lincoln Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 451-1346
St. Paul's Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Southwest California Synod.
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Parish Announcements

Palisades Preschool Celebrates Decade

The Palisades Preschool marks their tenth year at St. Paul’s this year.   Plans are underway for a celebratory observance of the symbiotic relationship between school and congregation, which will take place in the fall. We are grateful for the good rapport and collegiality we share with the PPS community and, in particular, their very capable and creative director Nancy Sadler.

The renewal of the lease with PPS is currently being addressed by a congregation council task force.

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Stained Glass Window Project to Commence

Judson Studios, renowned LA-based stained glass artisans, have made their initial site visit to St. Paul’s to begin conceptualizing the stained glass window in the balcony, which will depict the crucifixion of Christ.  St Paul’s will be receiving a bequest this summer from the estate of Gertrude F. “Gertie” Miles, which directs us to place this window in her memory and to the glory of God.  Presently, nearly every major scene from the life of Christ is depicted in stained glass throughout the sanctuary, with the surprising exception of the crucifixion.

The project is expected to take 6-9 months, and at some point during the summer months the present windows in the balcony will be removed and replaced with temporary plexi-glass translucent windows.

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A Choral Eucharist: St. Paul’s Choir Sings Final Service of Season, June 21

The Choir of St. Paul’s Church comes to the close of its 2008-09 season on Sunday, June 21 with a Choral Eucharist.  Singing favorite anthems from the past seasons of the church year interspersed with readings of scripture and the poetry of Susan Palo Cherwien, the choir will then be on summer hiatus until September.

We thank our director of music Barbara Hoffman and this ensemble of singers for their commitment to the weekly leadership of our communal song at St. Paul’s.

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Synod Assembly, June 5-7

The 22nd annual Assembly of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America takes place June 5-7 on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.  Gathering under the theme, “I Was in Prison and You Visited Me,” the assembly will be addressed by distinguished Lutheran historian Martin Marty from the University of Chicago, and will be led in scripture study by Dr. David Tiede, president emeritus and professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

Thank you to voting members in attendance from St. Paul’s:  Gene Larson, Mary Tabata, Barbara Hoffman, and Pastor Jim.

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Pastor Jim will be in attendance as a congregational observer from St. Paul’s at the 11th biennial Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in Minneapolis, MN, August 17-23.  Among the business of the assembly will be to adopt a churchwide statement on human sexuality, and to adopt ministry recommendations which include revising the policy to permit persons who are in committed same gender relationships to serve on the ministry rosters of the ELCA.

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A Pastoral Thank-You!

WE ARE GRATEFUL to Chris Wogaman who joins us today as guest preacher. Chris has lived in Minneapolis since last year,  having previously completed studies and training for ordained ministry in the ELCA (Yale Divinity School/Institute of Sacred Music and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary). He has been waiting for over two years for his first call, and is currently Office Manager at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Minneapolis. Chris enjoys piano and genealogy.

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Save the Date: Sunday School Rally and Kick-Off, September 20

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMITTEE would like your help in reaching out to our members with school-aged children, as well as any possible new members. You are invited to consider helping out in the planning of our kick-off Sunday or teaching Sunday School this year.  The “Kick-Off Sunday” is September 20,  and will be a joint effort between the Outreach and Education Committees.  Contact Steven Johnson ( or Sandy Cano (  Thanks!

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Save the Date: Choir Back in the Stalls, September 13

THE ST. PAUL’S CHOIR will begin its season Sunday, September 13. Details to follow. For information on how to join, call Barbara in the church office.

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“Sloppy Joes for All the Saints” Lunch, November 1

Now that our youth have returned from the ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, and have had some time to reflect on their experiences in service and worship, it’s time for them to share the experience and their gratitude for the congregation’s support.

The four young men who, along with 30,000 other Lutheran youth and their 7,000 adult chaperones, attended the Youth Gathering last July are now eager to tell their story with the congregation which so generously supported their fundraising efforts last spring and early summer.

On All Saints Sunday, Nov. 1, and in celebration of “when the saints go marchin’ in”, the four young men from St Paul’s (with a little help from their parents) will serve up a sloppy joe lunch (with salad, chips, cake, and beverage) immediately following worship.  An audio-visual presentation is planned, along with each youth sharing a portion of the 5-day experience in New Orleans.

A freewill offering will be taken to help toward meeting the remaining expenses not covered by previous fundraisers (approx. $1,500).

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Get Set for 25th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service, Wednesday, November 25

St. Paul’s hosts the 25th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday evening, Nov. 25 with the Santa Monica Synagogue community.

Rabbi Jeffrey Marx and Pastor Jim have been meeting to plan this quarter-century celebration which will have as its theme “Gratitude for Grace.”

More than just a retrospective of 25 years of relationship between the two congregations, the service will accentuate living in humble awareness of God’s gracious gifts in our lives: health, family & friends, livelihood, the creation, and community.

For the past quarter of a century, the people of St Paul’s and Sha’arei Am have shared this evening together.  For a number of years, the synagogue’s home was here at St. Paul’s.

Service time is 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall.  Dessert sign-up in narthex.

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