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This Week at St. Paul's
St. Paul's United Methodist Church  •  7740 Lackman, Lenexa KS  66217  •  913-268-9551
In this issue:
• Charge Conference update
• Message from Pastor Sandra
• Worship this week
• Share the Lord's Prayer
• Join a small group
• Read the Bible Daily
• Request a Black Lives Matter sign
• Serve by Singing

• Youth Fall Festival Nov. 1
• New Kids' Connection program on Sundays
• Thankful Pumpkins: get yours on Nov. 1

Charge Conference 2020 Update

The Conference has authorized the Church Council to act as an executive committee of the charge conference to conduct official church business for the local churches this year. Our Church Council will meet on Thursday, October 29 at 6pm for our charge conference work. Then on Wednesday, November 18, everyone is invited to a district-wide webinar for the charge conference work of all the district churches to be affirmed. Bishop Saenz will be preaching and our very own Jesi Lipp will be the liturgist. We will share more information about the evening of November 18 as it becomes available. We'd love for you to attend.

Message from Pastor Sandra

October 23, 2020

I am so grateful that we are spending time exploring our Discipleship Pathway. Especially the part about asking questions. Well, loving God is important too. And so is serving God. But I love asking questions. Especially in church.

My earliest memory of asking questions in church was when I was probably 4 or 5 years old. I went to church with my mom in this beautiful Catholic Church with stained glass windows and ornate carvings and beautiful mysterious objects all laid out on what my mom told me was called an “altar.” There were goblets and plates and ornate candle holders. Shiny beautiful things that intrigued me. Why were they there? What did they do?

I asked all those questions. But apparently, church was a place where you supposed to be quiet. At least while the service was going on.

So, to my mom’s credit, she didn’t tell me to be quiet. She told me to stand on the pew beside her. I was just tall enough that my mouth would reach her ear. “Ask right in my ear,” my mom would say. I thought it was this great ritual guaranteed to produce right answers! (I know now my voice carried less when I whispered right into mom’s ear)!

The priest serving the mass that day drew my attention. He wore this glorious brocade robe and it fascinated me. Why did he wear that? What did it mean? So I asked my mom. I whispered right in her ear, “Why is that man wearing a dress?”

Apparently I asked my question right after the priest said, “Let us pray.” So it was quiet in that sanctuary. Stone cold quiet. Except for my 4 year old voice stage-whispering about the man in the dress.

I remember people looking at me. I thought maybe they wondered too. And I remember that my mom decided we had to leave. Right then.

And shortly after that we became Episcopalian.

Which I never thought was connected until I was a lot older. And that story of my question in the middle of church was told over and over again at family dinners. As an example of poor timing.

I’ve always appreciated that for my mom, my question asking wasn’t problematic. Just the when and where of asking it. Which can still make you reluctant to ask what’s on your mind.

At St. Paul’s we want to create an environment where it is always appropriate for you to ask your question. There is no right or wrong time. And there is no question that can’t be asked! Because we strongly believe that by asking questions we learn. And by learning we draw closer to Christ. And by drawing closer to Christ we are doing the work of the church.

What is the question you have always longed to ask? Send it to me! I’d love to hear it! I may not have an answer, but I’d love to know what questions are propelling you in these times.

And, may I say, I am so grateful for a church like St. Paul’s where questions are valued and puzzling through them together is considered our sacred task.

This Sunday, we will explore how reading the Bible every day can be a way for your deepest, most sincere questions to emerge. And how Jesus becomes realer than real.

“See” you then!

Pastor Sandra

Worship this Week

Worship this week

Sunday, October 25

10:00am Livestream on Facebook

In preparation for this Sunday, we’re reading Luke 9:18-27 to better understand how daily Bible reading can lead us into a deeper understanding of where we can encounter Jesus. Find a related daily scripture reading and reflection here on our website. We'll also begin worship with Kid's Time, so be sure they're tuned in for that!

Participate in the livestream on Facebook or watch later on St. Paul's YouTube channel. Here's a link to last week's service in case you missed it. Check out the online worship guide to find the bulletin and suggestions on how to feel more connected in worship while we're apart.
Online Worship Guide

Presence Worship

Presence is a neurodiverse worship community. We welcome and celebrate the different ways in which we all interact with God, each other, and our environment.

Presence small group worship meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., currently on Zoom; contact Mike Marcus for the link. Advance notice of the discussion question for the week is available by request. Contact Pastor Mike Marcus for more information.

Share the Lord's Prayer

Would you like to lead the congregation in prayer? You can do it from home! Find instructions and submit your video here. We can't wait to see and hear your prayer.

Coffee and Connections

Do you miss seeing faces and chatting in the lobby with your church community before worship on Sundays at St. Paul's? Join us for Coffee and Connections - a virtual, come-and-go opportunity to gather together, even though we're apart. Invite a friend and join us any time after 9am this Sunday via Zoom!

Coffee and Connections Zoom link
Meeting ID: 893 3022 6401
Password: SPUMC

Pastoral Care

If you have need of pastoral care (going to the hospital, a death or injury in your family, a prayer request) please email Pastor Sandra. For emergencies, you can reach Pastor Sandra by phone at 913-579-1298.

Join a Small Group

Being part of a small group working through questions about faith and life is an important part of spiritual growth. If you aren’t already part of one, this is your time! Check out all the possibilities on our website and sign up. Contact Pastor Sandra if you have questions. 
Learn more & join us!
Contact Pastor Sandra

Read the Bible Daily

Prepare during the week for worship with daily readings and questions for reflection here on our website. Join (or begin!) a discussion in the comments below the readings. We’d love to hear from you about how reading the Bible daily is bringing you closer to God and one another.
Read the Bible Daily

Upper Room Devotionals

Find the current issue of the Upper Room devotional in the black mailbox by the church front entrance. As a constituent of St. Paul's, you also may download a digital copy at no charge here.
Get your copy of the Upper Room devotional
Black Lives Matter
Over 80 St. Paul's families are expressing their commitment to antiracism and loving our neighbors with Black Lives Matter signs in their yards. Join us!
Request a Black Lives Matter sign
Give to the Antiracism fund

Sing with Us!

We would love for you to participate in our virtual choir! Contact Jackson to get started.

Youth: Middle School/High School

Check out our fall schedule for youth and join us any time! Programs are open to all youth grades 7-12. Contact Allison for Zoom links, and be sure to join our Facebook group for updates.

Youth Fall Festival

youth fall festJoin us for our in-person Youth Fall Fest on Sunday, November 1, 4:30-6pm! We'll meet in the lower parking lot by the fire-pit at St. Paul’s for S'mores and Pumpkin Painting! Please bring your own chair and pumpkin. All other supplies will be provided.

Covid guidelines we will adhere to:
- Must wear a mask
- Hand sanitation
- Social Distancing
- S'mores supplies will be individually packaged ahead of time
- Paint supplies will be set at each chair station and not shared
- Have filled out a consent form

Parents - please fill out this consent form before your youth attend on Sunday. Hard copies will also be available on site to fill out.

Youth groups and activities
Youth Facebook Group
Contact Allison Marcus

Kids' Connection: PreK - Grade 6

Celebrate Wonder
Check out our multimedia opportunities for kids to connect with God and each other! There's a place for you here.

We begin worship this Sunday with Kid's Time! so be sure and gather round for that, 10am on Facebook Live.

NEW: Starting this Sunday, Oct. 25, Kids' Connection will meet for an outdoor gathering at the church after online worship.

Sunday, 11:15am in St. Paul's parking lot
  • Socially distanced Bible story 
  • RSVP is required to limit numbers
  • Siblings will be allowed to sit together
  • Masks are required
  • Parents must remain on-site and are encouraged to stay in their vehicle
💌 Please RSVP by emailing with the number of children who will be attending. It will be so wonderful to gather together! Since we'll be outside be sure to dress for the weather! ☂️🌈☀️
Learn more and get this week's Parent Guide
Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk

thankful pumpkinThankful Pumpkins

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" Psalm 107:1

In lieu of Trunk or Treat this year, we're doing a month of Thankful Pumpkins! 

Join us after church on Sunday, November 1, 11am - 1pm, to pick up your pumpkin - drive through style! This month-long activity requires only a Sharpie, the pumpkin you pick up at St. Paul's, and a heart full of gratitude.

Each day, ask yourself and/or those in your family what they are thankful for and then write it down on the pumpkin. This simple task will be a visual reminder to center our lives towards God and be grateful for the gifts we've received. Thanks be to God!

Questions? Contact Jamie Turk, Director of Children & Family Ministries
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