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This Week at St. Paul's
St. Paul's United Methodist Church  •  7740 Lackman, Lenexa KS  66217  •  913-268-9551
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In this issue:
 
LOVE
• Message from Pastor Lora
• Worship this Week 
• Next Steps in Faith
 
SEEK
• Upper Room Devotionals 
• Anti-Racism small groups
• Youth ServingKC registration open
• New schedule and summer fun for Kids
 
SERVE
• Serve by Singing! (virtually)
• Faith and Democracy
• Serve from Home
Love

Message from Pastor Lora

July 10, 2020
 
Hello St. Paul’s!

Time away the last couple of weeks was a gift for me. I told you all I needed a break and looked forward to rest and renewal. I can’t imagine a much better break than the one I had the two weeks I was off. I spent time on the lake, reading, working on house projects, and, you know, getting married! Welcoming Carter (and dog Ollie!) to Kansas has been an absolute dream. Thank you all so much for your cards, texts, messages, and gifts. We feel so loved and supported by all of you. Getting married on the green space at St. Paul’s felt like the perfect place to begin this covenant of marriage God has called us to. Thank you for what you’ve done to celebrate our worth, dignity, and gifts. We’ve included a few pictures for you to enjoy.

Enough about that! We have a new series this weekend that I think is pretty exciting too! (Not maybe getting married exciting – but really exciting!) “Finding Our Home: Locating Change in KC, the Bible, and Our Own Hearts” will explore local history and places that have changed and shaped who we are today. We will look to Scripture to help guide our transformative learning as we come to know more about Shawnee Methodist Mission and Change that is Forced, Quindaro and Change that is Intersection, South Park School and Change that is Hard Fought, the Creation of the Suburbs and Change that is Overlooked, the Kaw River Flood and Change that is Beyond our Control, and a look also at Change that is Yet to Come. It will be a mix of history, scripture, and soul searching. I’m learning so much and can’t wait to share it with you.

This weekend we begin with the Shawnee Methodist Mission. I also have the absolute privilege of interviewing Rev. David Wilson of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. I’ll share some of that conversation in worship and then post the whole thing for you all to review later.

COVID-19 is the worst. I hate that it keeps us apart. I hate that this sickness is spreading like wildfire. I hate that it means it will be so long before we are going to get to be together again. But I have faith and trust that God will continue to hold us together in love. I’d really encourage you to join a small group if you can make the time. I’m convinced those connections are what will keep us centered as disciples during this time. Reach out to Pastor Sandra if you’d like to join one!

I’m so glad and GRATEFUL for the dream it is to be back here for year two at St. Paul’s. It’s hard to believe. In many ways it feels like a miracle. What a joy it is to be called together to Love, Seek, and Serve.

“See” You Sunday,

Pastor Lora
Check out Pastor Lora's introduction to our new sermon series!
 

Sunday, July 12

10:00am Livestream on Facebook
 
We know things happen and you can't always participate in the livestream. Or maybe you don't do Facebook. One alternative is to watch later on St. Paul's YouTube channel. Here's a link to last week's service in case you missed it!
Facebook
YouTube
Online Worship Guide
Livestream
Give

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.
 

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.
 
Virtual coffee with a pastor


Virtual Coffee with a Pastor


St. Paul's folks, we miss you! If you want to check in with one of the pastors, we now have virtual coffee times. If you want prayer or just want to talk with a pastor, click the link below, pick a time with one of us, and we will schedule a zoom.
 
Schedule coffee and virtual chat with a pastor
NEXT

You’ve decided that you belong at St. Paul’s UMC, that this is the church for you. (Awesome!) What do you do next?

You come to NEXT, our Zoom meeting in two parts that gives you an overview of our mission and how we invite you to live that out every day. The second session concludes with you taking the vows of membership (to uphold St. Paul’s with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness) making you a full member of St. Paul’s UMC.

When is the next NEXT? Tuesday, July 14 & 21, 7-8:30 p.m. To attend, contact Luke Miltz and he'll get you all set. We're excited to have you become a member of our congregation!
Seek
Upper Room devotionals


Upper Room Devotionals


The Upper Room is providing the July/August 2020 issue of The Upper Room magazine for download at no cost to their standing order partners and subscribers. As a constituent of St. Paul's, you may download the issue at this link.

Anti-Racism Small Groups & Resources


Our leadership is working to present a collective and holistic approach to anti-racism as a congregation that will include opportunities to learn, unlearn, dialogue, and work for change. We want to invite you to begin that work by being part of a small group that will read and share together. Please take a look at these options and find one that’s right for you!
 
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You can also check out our list of anti-racism resources here, and request a Black Lives Matter yard sign here.

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Sundays, 8:45-9:45 a.m. 
Join the Micah Class this Sunday for a conversation about G. S. Griffin’s book, Racism in Kansas City: A Short History. This book takes a look at some of Kansas City’s darkest moments—slavery, the border war, the Civil War, bombings of black homes, lynchings, the segregation of neighborhoods and schools, the civil rights struggle, the Black Panther movement, the 1968 race riot, assassinations in the 1970s, the infamous Missouri v. Jenkins U.S. Supreme Court case, and the racial inequities that still plague Kansas City today. Threaded throughout Racism in Kansas City are stories of those who fought ardently against racist policies...and won. If you’d like to join the conversation, contact Pastor Sandra for the Zoom link.

Mondays, July 13-August 17, 7:00-8:30 pm
Led by Jack and Marilyn Gregory

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

Tuesdays, July 14-August 25, 8:30-9:30 pm
Led by Jessica Looze and Allison Marcus
Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

Raising White Kids offers age-appropriate insights for teaching children how to address racism when they encounter it and tackles tough questions about how to help white kids be mindful of racial relations while understanding their own identity and the role they can play for justice.

Tuesdays, July 14-August 18; 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Led by Angela Thornton-Millard and Jamie Turk
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Wednesdays, July 1-August 5, 6:30-7:30 am
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Oluo offers tough, blunt truths about the realities of racism, power and oppression and a vision of hope; a message that through dialogue and struggle, we can emancipate ourselves from white supremacy.

Wednesdays, July 15-August 19, 1:00-2:30 pm
Led by Pastor Sandra Cox
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

Waking Up White opens a rare window on how white Americans are socialized. Irving's focus on the mechanics of racism operating in just one life—her own—may lead white readers to reconsider the roots of their own perspectives—and their role in dismantling old myths.

This is an important way to begin to confront racism and make a change in your own life and those of others. To join one of these groups, please contact Pastor Sandra.
 
Check out the current schedule of online small groups and join any time. If you don't see something that works for you, contact Pastor Sandra and we'll dream up something new!
St. Paul's Small Group Opportunities
Contact Sandra Cox, Pastor of Faith Formation Contact Sandra Cox, Pastor of Faith Formation

Youth: Middle School/High School


Check out the summer schedule for youth and join us any time! Contact Allison for Zoom links.

On July 27 we begin a week of ServingKC via Zoom. Register now or contact Allison to find out more.

Get the schedule of classes, small groups, and activities
St. Paul's Youth Facebook Group St. Paul's Youth Facebook Group
Contact Allison Marcus, Director of Student Ministries Contact Allison Marcus, Director of Student Ministries

Kids' Connection: PreK - Grade 6


New schedule and fun opportunities!
Our children's ministry program is designed to connect families to the church, so that together we can partner to build a foundation of faith for our children. We want your child to know that God loves them no matter what and that Jesus will be their best friend forever! Check out what's new and get involved, we love seeing you!
 
Since we're not having Vacation Bible School this year, St. Paul's is offering a Kids' Connection (KC) Summer Fun Bucket that will include the "Great and Small" Guide to the Most Okayest Summer Ever! The guide is organized around six toe-tapping, boogie-in-the-backyard songs that bring a biblical story or theological idea to life, making it a springboard for activities and conversations that individuals, families and children of all ages can enjoy.

Get your bucket by sending an email to Jamie Turk. Please include your name, kids' ages, email, and residential address. Since St. Paul's would love to share this fun activity with your neighbors and friends, feel free to request a second KC Summer Fun Bucket to be gifted from your family to theirs!
 
Kids’ Connection & KIDS 456
Join us for story time and our weekly Bible lesson on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 pm! This setting will be ideal for our younger kiddos. KIDS456 will be right after that, using the same Zoom link, at 7 pm. If your child will be in 4th grade in the fall, they are welcome to start participating in KIDS456.
 
Let's get together on Zoom!
Get your Parent Guide, All Hands on Deck, & Video
Kids' Connection Facebook Group Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk, Director of Family & Children's Ministries Contact Jamie Turk, Director of Family & Children's Ministries
Serve


Sing with Us!


We would love for you to participate in our virtual choir, forming now! Check out the video and contact Jackson to get started.
 

Faith and Democracy


As United Methodists we “hold governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the people to free and fair elections” believing that “the form and the leaders of all governments should be determined by exercise of the right to vote guaranteed to all adult citizens.” (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶164A) With that in mind, please note these dates for upcoming opportunities to put faith in action.
 
Important 2020 Kansas Election Voting Dates
Tuesday, July 14
- Last day to register for the Primary Election. To register, re-register, or check your registration, go to ksvotes.org
 
Wednesday, July 15 - First day advance ballots are mailed and in-person advance voting may begin. Contact your county election officer to find out when and where. 
 
Tuesday, July 28 - Deadline for voters to apply for advance ballots to be mailed for the Primary Election.
 
Monday, August 3 - 12:00 pm deadline to cast advance ballots in person at your county election office.
 
Tuesday, August 4 (Primary Election) - Advance ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received in the county election office no later than three days after the election.  Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by close of polls.  
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