St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Worship

 

 
We invite you to worship with us each Sunday!
You will be warmly welcomed as you experience
the love and the grace of God through our
Sunday worship services and teaching.

   

 

 

WORSHIP UPDATE


St. Paul’s UMC In-Person Worship Sundays at 8:30 AM

At the present time, it is the Church’s decision that masks

be worn inside the church for in-person worship services for the protection of vulnerable congregants. We will revisit this decision as

new information becomes available. We appreciate everyone coming together to ensure a safe and healthy church environment.


This service will also be livestreamed and will be

made available via internet on YouTube

 

The Outside Grove Service

will resume in September

Service will include music, a message and communion

 

The Saturday Historical Prayer Walk

will resume in September

Each walk will include a tour of a historical landmark or building

 

The Regular 8:30 AM (with Praise Team) and 11:00 AM (with Choir)

Worship Experiences will tentatively resume on

Sunday, September 5, 2021

 
 
 
  
The folks of St. Paul’s offer worship in which we honor tradition, are challenged with the Christian journey, celebrate the Word and share our stories in the intimate setting that is St. Paul's Church. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to worship for the Children’s Celebration at each service. If you and your family are searching for meaningful worship and discipleship, join us for these opportunities to explore your faith. St. Paul’s is a spiritual home for people of all ages and backgrounds and for families, traditional and non-traditional, where creativity and passion for the Gospel flourish and we are bound by the love of God that draws us together.
 
 Pastor's Letter
 July 1, 2021

Dear St. Paul’s Family,

 

I pray this quarterly newsletter for Summer 2021 finds you well and in good spirits. July will mark a full year that I’ve had the pleasure to serve as your Pastor. I thank God for what we’ve accomplished within a years’ time and the opportunities that have been provided. July 1st will mark my one-year anniversary and I so proud to serve as your pastor. The things I wish to mention for the Summer Newsletter are as follows:

  • Our virtual ministry throughout the year has provided a meaningful worship experience in a time that prevented us from gathering together in-person. We’ve been able to return to in-person worship since the beginning of May and it is wonderful to be together again. Virtual ministry, however, is here to stay and it provides an amazing opportunity for St. Paul’s UMC to connect with the outside virtual world to provide worship experiences for shut-ins, a deaf population, and others.
  • We thank Josh Reitzes and Courtney Martin for providing our Virtual Worship throughout the Pandemic. We also thank KJ Benjamin for producing special videos for the Sunday Worship and Wednesday Prayer Services. Their service to us was more than we could ever imagine. Charlii Miller and John Littell are now working to provide the continued virtual experience. We are praying for other volunteers to help assist with this service.
  • The Worship Art’s Committee continues to beautify the church for each liturgical season and has done so throughout the pandemic.  The sanctuary was always ready for us whenever we were able to worship in-person.
  • Special music has been featured every Sunday.  We continue to look for opportunities that God will provide for us to enhance of worship experience through music.
  • This summer is also filled with exciting activities like the Saturday Prayer Walk, the Sunday Afternoon Grove Services at 4:00 PM, On Par with God (UMM golfing fellowship), Virtual Summer Adult Bible Studies, Confirmation classes and other developing opportunities.
  • The Pandemic Task Force, along with the Leadership Team, has been working to ensure the safety of every parishioner. Everyone that enters the Sanctuary continues to be masked and distanced. Communion is distributed by providing individual baggies that hold the elements. Offerings are being collected in a hands-free manner. We take safety seriously and we will continue to surpass CDC and local state guidelines as St. Paul’s UMC continues to move forward toward normality.
  • Missions, Outreach, and Service has continued in creative and exciting ways. The Neighborhood House, Our Daily Bread and Deep Roots are among the many organizations that have received ongoing support from St. Paul’s UMC throughout the pandemic time and now.
  • Starting the Sunday after Labor Day, we are preparing to resume the 8:30 am and 11:00 am worship experience and to provide in-person Sunday School and childcare. The music ministry has already begun preparing special music with the Chancel and Handbell Choirs for the Fall and Advent season. For safety reasons, all plans are tentative and will continued to be carefully reviewed as new information comes available.

As pastor my number one goal is to preach the gospel and to be guided by the spirit as the church perseveres through this time of pandemic and social unrest. I believe that it is not by accident that I’ve been appointed to St. Paul’s. I can’t wait to see how God is going to continue to use us to make a difference in the MOT community. In this short tenure, I’ve already witnessed the many ways that the spirit has moved each of us to be movers and shakers. This simply has not been an easy time to do ministry.  After consulting many other neighboring churches, I’ve recognized that we are experiencing similar challenges. Yet God is bigger, stronger, and greater than any stumbling block that even thinks about coming our way. God is continuing to use St. Paul’s UMC to transform lives and to lead others to a loving and saving relationship with Jesus Christ. In closing, I thank you for giving your tithe, time, and talent to support the ongoing work of the St. Paul’s UMC ministry.

 

Be encouraged and stay blessed,

Pastor Kevin