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The Summer Good News

July 2024

The Season of Pentecost

The Monthly Newsletter of St. Paul's Episcopal Church

+ To know Christ better and make Him better known +

Liturgical Year B


Welcome The Rev. Linda McConnell!

In the months of July & August, Fr. Mauricio will be on vacation. During that time, we will have in the pulpit, the Rev. Linda McConnell, former Interim Rector at the St. Alban's, Albany and Rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Salinas! Welcome Rev. Linda!

Rev. Linda will be preaching & presiding on July 7th & 14th, and August 11th & 25th.

  • Fr. Mauricio returns on Sunday, Sept. 8th.

Message from the Senior Warden

Dear Fellow Parishioners

Phase 1 of the Ministry Action Plan (MAP) is now completed.

I hope you are having a good Summer. 

Here is an update on the MAP. The Vestry approved Phase I of the MAP at the June Vestry Meeting. It is intended to create feedback loops with the various ministries. We have completed a report which describes current activities and ministry structures. This report has been reviewed and approved by the Vestry. 

We are now entering Phase 2, and are sharing this report with the ministries for their review and input. Specifically, we hope that the ministries will flesh out their priorities and plans for achieving these goals and objectives. We hope to receive input from the ministries before September 2024.

After receiving this information, the MAP will enter Phase 3. Phase 3 will be to meet with the Parish in October 2024 to get input from the entire congregation. We, the MAP committee, welcome your feedback. The MAP should be a “living document” that will include further thoughts and reactions from the parish that will help clarify previous comments, and bring new input. After receiving input from the Congregation the report will be updated, enacted, and will keep going. Phase 4 or the implementation phase will begin in January 2025. 

Strategic planning at St. Paul’s is an on-going matching the on-going nature or our Church. It is a never-ending process. One that lives and grows as we are do and as the church has been doing for thousands of years. 

Vestry & Summer Pastoral Care Needs

Over the summer, The Executive Committee continues to meet monthly while Fr. Mauricio is away. In addition, Vestry members will participate in working groups with Stewardship, the Ministry Action Plan Committee and the Social Justice Ministry (Guns to Gardens/Diocesan Convention Resolution.)

If you have any concerns, please reach out to anyone on the Executive Committee.

For Pastoral concerns, please reach out to Canon Carolyn Bolton in July and Archdeacon Gary England in August.

Pantry of Hope Update

The Pantry of Hope will be on hiatus from July 1, 2024 – Aug. 31 and will reopen September 8. If you want to volunteer, we will resume operation on Saturday Sept. 7th to serve clients on Sunday Sept. 8th, and on Saturday Sept. 21st to serve clients on Sunday, Sept. 22nd. September is an odd month because it has five weeks. Please see Deacon Carolyn for more information.


Starting in September 2024, Acolyte practice will be held every first Saturday of

the month @ 10am. We’re in need of Acolytes young and old. Please come if

you feel called to serve on the Altar, please see Deacon Carolyn to discuss.

The Ven. Canon Carolyn Bolton

The Social Justice Ministry, with the help of Vicki Larson, put together this first in a collection of hand out cards that will be created that outline the many ministries and programs of St. Paul's.

Thank you Social Justice Ministry & Vicki!


Children & Families Summer Schedule

We welcome your children to participate in our worship. During the summer months, children of all ages are welcome to sit with you in the church, in the Mustard Seeds room (aka the "Bride's Room) at the back of the church, or outside in the courtyard.

Faithquest (Sunday School) and Mustard Seeds (for younger children) will start up again in September.

Families Picnic:

For this info, please contact Carolyn B or Sarah Smith for the date and time and place (probably Dimond Park)

Walk in Love: A Stewardship Meditation

Sharon Pilmer, Stewardship Chair

Walk in love, as Christ loved us [a] and gave himself up for us, a perfect offering and sacrifice to God. ~ Ephesians 5:2

Our Stewardship Team has chosen the theme “Walk in Love” to inform our fall focus on annual giving of our time, talent and treasure. We hear these familiar words from Ephesians at a key transition point in the liturgy as we move from the reading of and response to the Word into the sacrament of Holy Communion. As we partake of the bread and wine, we are reminded of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us. He showed us, through his life and teachings, what it means to follow the path of love. What does it mean, for us at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, to walk in love? We show up, worship, sing, pray, work, eat and laugh together. We work with our children, feed our hungry neighbors, look for opportunities to help folks who are struggling in our communities, and try to make our neighborhoods safer. When burdens get heavy for some, we help to carry them. We offer our collective gifts of time, talent and treasure to help support the work of the community.

To walk in love is to walk together, in community, loving God and our neighbors.

Walking in love is to offer the gift of self. On Homecoming, September 15, we will kick off our campaign and wrap up on All Saints Day, November 3. We will begin to have conversations about how we support the community of St. Paul’s with all the gifts that we have been given. What gifts do you have to offer? We look forward to finding out! See you in church!


Guns to Gardens

St. Paul’s is again at work to make our next Guns to Gardens gun buyback a success. This is our 4th buyback; so far we have succeeded in getting about 280 guns off the streets, and have given away about 150 garden tools that have been forged from those guns. The next one is Saturday, July 20, and we need help! We will be, as in the past, raising money to help pay for the gift cards that we give (in addition to a garden tool) in exchange for the guns.

But also, we would like to ask for your help in reaching out to other churches & organizations to get them to join us in the Guns to Gardens movement. Please post the attached poster on your social media favorites and talk to your friends at other churches to ask them to join us in this work. We need to get these guns off our streets, we take our inspiration from Isaiah 2:4 “and they shall forge their swords into plowshares”. 

As always, the names of everyone who donates will be put in a box, and the person whose name is randomly chosen will win this gorgeous quilt, which was made by Paula Hawthorn.

We are so grateful for your support!

Counting Ministry Resumes

After a long hiatus due to COVID, we am seeking volunteers to work in teams of two, once a month, to count the offering plate each Sunday, and prepare the gifts for deposit at the bank. The task takes about 15-20 minutes, and is done in the church office.

A training for those interested will be held in late August, with counting teams resuming regular rotation beginning the first Sunday in Sept.

The counting of the offering is one of the most crucial ways we faithfully steward the financial gifts we offer to the work of the Church. It is a ministry of establishing trust, accountability and transparency with the congregation to enable a more generous community.

I hope that you will prayerfully consider participating in (or returning to) this important Ministry. To indicate your interest, please reach out to me at 510-904-8413 or via email at if you would like to serve our Parish in this capacity.

Many thanks for your consideration.

Pamela Kruse-Buckingham





Alexander Allen Memorial Organ

Austin Organ Company, James B. Jamison, Opus 1862

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakland

Designed by James B. Jamison of Austin Organs, Opus 1862 is one of the West Coast’s best examples of the American Classic organ. Jamison’s design reflected the “English cathedral style,” becoming popular among American organ builders of the day. As originally designed, Opus 1862 had every tonal resource needed to deftly accompany the Anglican service and render more expansive organ repertoire effectively. Jamison wrote,

…St. Paul’s Church affords an unusually favorable opportunity for creating the characteristic majesty and beauty of the cathedral organ and capturing the typical “cathedral effect.” So much of the success of the organ depends on the church in which it sounds and St. Paul’s both in its excellent acoustics and dignified churchly atmosphere, provides an ideal setting for the best the organ builder can design and construct.”

We are in the exploratory phase of an organ restoration project to return our instrument to its original condition, with modern upgrades.

 If you’d like to follow our progress, scan the QR code to get email updates.


For the history of our organ: (under the music tab, choose St. Paul’s Organ)


To get us started on our restoration journey: make a gift to the Organ Restoration Fund by check or via the website (select GIVE then choose Organ Fund).  

Evensong: Upcoming Schedule Change

Evensong will return at 4pm on September 8, and will continue on the second Sunday of each month, September to June.

CONCERT Sunday, July 28, 4pm Giant Shoulders: Music of the Civil Rights Movement

AfterGlow Chorus: Harmony with Meaning 

Arnold Lee, Director of Music


Experience the wide variety of our musical lineup, spanning from freedom songs to African-American spirituals, rich choral pieces, powerful Gospel music, and timeless Motown classics. Here's just a taste of the broad range of music we'll be singing:

  • "Oh Freedom" arranged by Brazeal Dennard
  • "Walk Together Children" arranged by Moses Hogan
  • "I've Got Dreams to Remember" by Otis Redding
  • "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" arranged by Max Addae
  • "They Led My Lord Away" arranged by Brandon Waddles
  • "In Bright Mansions Above" arranged by Roland Carter 
  • "Midnight Train to Georgia" OPB Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • "Peace Be Still" by James Cleveland, (arranged by Chris Poston)
  • "Hallelujah" from "Messiah: A Soulful Celebration" by Mervyn Warren, Michael O. Jackson, and Mark Kibble
  • "Living for the City" by Stevie Wonder

Our special Guest Artist will be Dr. Lynne Morrow. Dr. Morrow is an extraordinary GRAMMY-nominated musician, who specializes in American music of all genres, including opera, music theater, and choral music. A recognized expert on African American spirituals, she currently leads popular workshops throughout the country. Dr. Morrow also directed the Voice and Opera / Music Theatre Programs at Sonoma State University for several decades as well as conducting the Oakland Symphony Chorus for over 15 years.

More information at



Altar Guild 2024

Prayers of the People 2024

Worship Volunteers July - Dec. 2024

Save the Date!

Sept 8 The Programming Year Begins!

Sept 15 Fall Homecoming - Welcome Back to Church!


Juneteenth Feast Day Celebration



Bishop Marc's Last Parish Visit



Confirmation and Reception at Grace Cathedral

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Zachary Strait (confirmed), and Amyellen Kessler (received), with a good representation by St. Paul's parishioners for support. Grace Cathedral was filled with happy family and friends from all over the diocese, for those being confirmed and received. And two Bishops!

To see more photos from the Confirmation service, click HERE

Photo Credit: Nico Strait

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the CONFEDERATED VILLAGES OF LISJAN are the traditional stewards of the land on which our buildings stand and we pay our respect to their people and heritage. The Lisjan Ohlone people have lived in the territory of Huchiun since the beginning of time, and are still here fighting for their land, heritage, culture & spiritual traditions.

St. Paul's is a member of Integrity USAworking for the full equality of LGBTQIA+ persons ​in every part of The Episcopal Church.


The Rt. Rev. Marc H. Andrus, Bishop of California

Rev. Austin Rios, Bishop Coadjutor-Elect of California

The Rev. Dr. Mauricio Wilson, Rector

The Ven. Canon Carolyn Bolton, Archdeacon

The Rev. Christian Harding, Assisting Priest

The Rev. Gary England, Archdeacon


Benjamin Bachmann, MMusic, FAGO, Music Director

Philip Saunders Assistant Music Director

Jackie Kamakate, Parish Administrator

Joan Clerk, Bookkeeper

Danislav Nedevski, Sexton

Elena Nedevska, Housekeeper


Class of 2024

Indira Balkissoon-Sr. Warden

Irene Plunkett

Matthew Schooler

Class of 2025

Pamela Kruse-Buckingham— Treasurer

Richard Larson– Jr. Warden

Daniel (Digger) Lauter

Class of 2026

David Anderson - Clerk

Paula Hawthorn

Doug Jensen

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