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Message from Pastor Lora

News
  • Returning to In-person Worship
  • Technical Arts Opportunity
Love
  • Worship this Sunday
  • Holy Week & Easter Worship
  • Share Daily Bread
  • Join us Around the Table
Seek
  • New Small Group forming
  • Wed. Men's Group begins new topic
Serve
  • Helping Fellow Kansans be Well
  • Take Action to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • First Sunday Food Drive
Kids & Youth
  • Youth Programs: New Sunday afternoon topic, LifeHacks
  • Kids' Connection: fun ways to develop faith


Message from Pastor Lora


Holy Week in the life of the church is one of the most beautiful rituals of walking us through parading and proclaiming “Hosanna! Save us!” to the betrayal at the table to the nails of the cross to the empty tomb. The story of death and resurrection is the story of what it means to be Christian.

This week we begin that journey. Palm Passion Sunday takes us through the entrance to Jerusalem (palm parade) to the death of Christ on the cross. I like having a service like this, because it helps us remember that we don’t go from everyone being excited about Jesus coming to save them one Sunday to Easter Sunday the next week. The darkness of that in-between time is important.

Thursday night you can tune into Facebook Live for a Maundy Thursday devotion with me. We’ll share Holy Communion and I’ll also invite you to have water with you to remember the command Jesus gave each of us when he washed his friends’ feet. We’ll use prayers written by Britney Winn Lee.

Friday night you can tune into Facebook Live for Good Friday worship with Jackson Thomas and the virtual choir sharing music as we journey through the Stations of the Cross with prayers written by Pádraig Ó Tuama.

Saturday will be quiet—a day to sit in the darkness of death.

Easter Sunday will begin with Sunrise Service in-person at 6:30am on the church grounds. You’ll see below an invitation to bring flowers to help us decorate for worship that day. We’ll have two amazing services online at 9am and 11am sharing a message of how sometimes resurrection takes some time. I’d encourage you to start inviting family and friends to stream with you—people from all over can join together. If you are gathering with family for Easter, be sure to invite the group to stream worship together when you do! If you’re in town, come by from 12:30-1:30pm for First Sunday Food drive. It will be an Easter parade as we welcome donations for our ministry partners. You might just get some Easter flowers from worship to take with you too!

I never expected my second (or first for that matter) Easter with y’all to be mostly virtual. It’s a real bummer. But I can anticipate the goodness of return on the horizon!

It’s been so good to hear from so many of you this week with your excitement about returning to in-person worship. We’d ask for continued prayers for your church as we prepare to welcome back familiar faces and to welcome new ones to hear this amazing message of death and resurrection, of light in the darkness, of rising up after we fall.

Peace,

Pastor Lora
 
Outdoor in-person worship


Returning to In-person Worship


In case you missed it, here's a link to this past week's re-entry update. We're excitedly making plans to welcome you back to church in the coming weeks, whether it's for your small group meeting, one of our Return Re:Church Gatherings happening the week of April 12, or in-person outdoor worship starting April 25! Get the details here, and watch for Return Re:Church Gathering sign-ups in next week's newsletter. Please reach out to Pastor Lora if you have questions about any of it!

Technical Arts Opportunity


The Technical Arts team is in need of some helping hands! We're looking for people to help with our return to in-person services. We need people to help set up and tear down the outdoor equipment, and we also could use one additional person to help with the indoor, livestream service. Adults, if you have children ages 10 and up who also want to help, this could be a great family service opportunity.

If you're interested and would like more details, contact David Brown, Technical Arts Director, 785.341.9213.

Help Us Decorate Worship for Easter!


Bring flowers, such as tulips or lilies in dirt, to help us make worship full of life on Easter! You can bring them to Sunrise Service or arrange with Pastor Lora a time to drop them off so that we have them ready for Sunday morning. We will then turn around and give them away during the First Sunday Food Drive. Share some love on Easter!
Worship this Week

 

Join us online Sunday morning for Palm Sunday. Prepare for Communion by having crackers/bread (maybe your own homemade!) and water/juice ready in your home worship space. 

9am Contemporary
11am Traditional

Participate in the livestream on Facebook. Can't wait to "see" you! (If you miss out you can always watch later on Facebook or YouTube! :)
 
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Online Worship Guide & Bulletin
Holy Week Worship

March 28: Palm/Passion Sunday
9am Contemporary Online
11am Traditional Online

April 1: Maundy Thursday
7pm Online with Pastor Lora 

April 2: Good Friday
7pm Traditional Worship Online with Pastor Lora and Jackson Thomas
 

April 4 Easter Worship Services
6:30am Outdoor In-person Sunrise Service
9:00am Contemporary Worship Online
11:00am Traditional Worship Online
 


Share Daily Bread


Each week of Lent we're sharing a recipe along with scripture and a conversation topic. As part of our Lenten journey, we encourage you to make the bread, take a picture, and post it on social media with #stpaulsdailybread (if you’re not a social media person, feel free to email your photos to Pastor Lora). We want to use those photos in our worship and promotions this season. We can't wait to see what you create!
 

Around the Table with St. Paul's


To support our Lenten theme of bread in all its yumminess and sustenance, Love Council would like to invite you to join us “Around the Table” (via Zoom) and reflect on what it means to “break bread” with one another, in the spirit of Christian fellowship.
 
"Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people." Acts 2:46-47
 
We have one more opportunity available for you to join us as we share a conversation about memories, traditions, and Star Words tomorrow, Saturday, March 27 at 9am with your host, Melissa Gard! Come "break bread" with us, and let’s share memories about special meal times in your life and maybe even make some new memories together. The session will be an hour long, with your host guiding the conversation.
 
Email Love Council Chair Melissa Gard for the Zoom link!

Pray for our Nation


Bishop Ruben Saenz of the Great Plains UMC Conference is calling for us to set apart a sacred and regular time each day from now until Easter, 4/4/2021, to pray for our nation using a prayer from our own United Methodist Book of Worship, “A Prayer in a Time of National Crisis” (United Methodist Book of Worship, #517):
God of all the ages, in your sight nations rise and fall and pass through times of peril. Now when our land is troubled, be near to judge and save. May leaders be led by your wisdom; may they search your will and see it clearly. If we have turned from your way, reverse our ways and help us to repent. Give us your light and your truth, let them guide us; through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of this world, and our Savior. Amen.
St. Paul’s, let’s join Bishop Saenz in prayer for the healing and the wholeness of our nation.

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 a small group, this is your time! All are open and ready to welcome you in your faith journey. If you have questions about getting started, contact Pastor Sandra Cox
 

New Small Group forming now


Are you looking for a small group that meets to consider how faith impacts real life? Then our newest small group might interest you! It begins Tuesday, April 6. Ray Millard is coordinating this group that will meet via Zoom every other Tuesday at 8:15pm for about an hour. The group will reflect on podcasts they listen to between meetings, beginning with The Bible for Normal People with Peter Enns and Jared Byas (check it out wherever you get your podcasts!). To sign up for this small group and get the Zoom link, contact Pastor Sandra.
 

New Topic for Wednesday Men's Group


The Wednesday Men’s Group has just started a new study called Fail: What to Do When Things Go Wrong by Matt Miofsky. Miofsky is a UM pastor, leading The Gathering in St. Louis, one of the fastest growing UM churches in the country and an emerging voice in the UM church. This 5-week study explores the story of the prophet Jeremiah and how failing is a way to learn something and respond faithfully to the task set before us. The group meets at 6:30am via Zoom. If you are interested in joining this study, contact Scott Groth.
 
Learn more and get started in a small group


Helping Fellow Kansans be Well


This week almost 30 people from St. Paul's attended a session on Medicaid expansion in Kansas. Thanks to Spencer Culver from the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas for sharing an excellent presentation and inviting us to take action. Visit expandkancare.com to learn more and sign up to receive action updates in the future.

Jesus taught us that healing people mattered. If we follow Jesus, what might be our role in helping our fellow Kansans be well? Contact Jack Gregory or Cathy Matlack to learn more and get involved.

Take Action to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation


Every March, Blackout Trafficking challenges people everywhere to do something about human trafficking. Some of St. Paul's Peace & Justice members have participated by wearing one black item each day of March to demonstrate what it's like to have limited choice and freedom. The goal is that this awareness and advocacy leads to change through organizations like Veronica's Voice.

Here's one way to support the end of human trafficking right here in Kansas.
First Sunday Food Drive


First Sunday Food Drive


Our next food drive is Easter Sunday, April 4, 12:30-1:30. Drive through St. Paul’s parking lot to drop off your donations! Contact Scott Groth if you'd like to serve at church on April 4.

The Hub Argentine is asking for facial tissues (square boxes) and granola bars.

JoCo Multi-Service Center has an immediate need for canned fruits, pasta mixes, rice mixes, and soup/snack crackers. They would also appreciate cake/brownie mixes (as an extra treat, not a necessity). 

Thanks for your commitment to Serve God by Serving Others!
 
Kids & Youth


Youth: Middle School/High School


Check out our activities for youth and join us any time! Programs are open to all youth grades 7-12. Contact Allison for Zoom links and more info.

Sunday School
Meets Sundays 10–11am
Topic: Faith & Justice   

LifeHacks
Meets Sundays 3-4pm through May 2, in-person outdoors at St. Paul's 
Equipping us as people of faith for living in the everyday world. Topics include budgeting, food, stress, relationships, house mechanics, and faith and doubt.

Youth and Lent 
Meets Sundays 4:30-5:30pm through March 28
Exploring the sacrament of Communion together. Topics include food and justice, baking, and hospitality.
 

Youth Groups and Activities
Youth Facebook Group
Contact Allison Marcus

Kids' Connection: PreK - Grade 6

 

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

Kids' Connection & KIDS456 weekly meetups
Join us! Contact Jamie for the Zoom links.
  • Kids' Connection: 10:15am Sundays
  • KIDS456: 6pm Sundays  
Join Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk
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