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In this issue:


NEWS

  • General Conference Postponed

LOVE

  • Message from Pastor Lora
  • Worship this Sunday: 9am Contemporary, 11am Traditional
  • Share Daily Bread
  • Egg a Family!
  • Pray for our Nation

SEEK

  • Worship with St. James UMC, reflect with St. Paul's
  • Join a small group for Lent (it's not too late!)
  • Have brunch with friends from the Dialogue Institute 

SERVE

  • First Sunday Food Drive
  • Practice Justice: things you can do today

KIDS & YOUTH

  • Youth Programs: explore your faith with friends
  • Kids' Connection: sign up today to get your March Family Discipleship kit


General Conference Postponed


News broke on Thursday of the postponement of General Conference 2020 (again). This is a painful delay for LGBTQ+ United Methodists and allies, and it is also the right choice due to the pandemic. We pray that our Bishops continue to live into the spirit of the Protocol and offer abeyance as we wait longer to have an inclusive church.

You can read about it from the Great Plains Conference and Reconciling Ministries Network.
 


Message from Pastor Lora


We are in the middle of NEXT sessions with new folks to St. Paul’s. God continues to blow me away with the way people are finding St. Paul’s even in the pandemic and online. (Welcome those of you reading this! You are proof that God is freaking amazing!)

One of the things we do in that time together is walk through the discipleship pathway at St. Paul’s—those regular practices of faith we make a part of our lives to grow closer with God and others. Every time we teach about it, I find myself being challenged to grow in my own faith as well.

How about sharing my faith story? Why am I three days behind on my daily Bible reading app?

This week, I’d like to invite you all to check out this newsletter with your spiritual life in mind—each week we offer ways to get plugged in to Love, Seek, and Serve. I know I’m especially excited about some opportunities we have to Practice Justice this week. Read about them and check out our website for more of a chance to get involved!

Thanks to all of you sending in your #stpaulsdailybread photos. It is SO much fun to see you baking and sharing in the practice. I’d love to hear about how it’s going for you! I know that I’ve made those crackers at least three times now–delicious!

I can’t wait for this weekend’s worship. In addition to the excitement of having two services, our Youth Council co-chair, Ian Mulkey, is preaching! Ian is a senior at Rockhurst and heading to KU in the fall. He is a pretty amazing theologian. He’s obsessed with the synoptic gospels and the role of silence in worship. This Sunday he will be preaching Mark’s take on the Feeding of the 5000 and sharing with us a message of compassion. Don’t forget we have communion EVERY SUNDAY of Lent with our “Daily Bread” series, so go ahead and get that grape juice from the store when you have a chance. Maybe you can even bake some bread to have ready for service!

"See" you Sunday!

Pastor Lora
 

Two Services this Sunday!

Join us online Sunday morning for the next installment in our Lenten series, "Daily Bread: Feeding the 5000."

9am Contemporary
11am Traditional

Our scripture this week is from Mark 6:30-44. Prepare for Communion by having crackers/bread and water/juice ready in your home worship space. 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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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!
 

Egg a Family!

Intergenerational Easter Fun

At St. Paul's UMC, intergenerational relationships are important. Sign up to bless a family this Easter season! You are invited to “egg” a family’s front yard. What does that mean?!

We'll assign a family to you and provide all the supplies, you provide the fun! 
  • Sign up today to participate
  • Pick up your supplies during the food drive on March 7 or on Sunday, March 21, 12:30-1:30pm.
  • Fill the easter eggs with candy
  • Hide them in the family's front yard
  • Leave a sign taped to the family's front door so they'll know who it's from!
All are welcome to participate! Even if you have kids of your own and might get egged yourself, you're invited to egg another family's yard!
 
Sign up to bless a family :)

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.


Worship with St. James UMC & Reflect with St. Paul's


St. James UMC, a Kansas City, Missouri historically African American congregation, is graciously welcoming all the churches in our district to join in worship as guests this Sunday, February 28 at 9am in partnership with our KC District Antiracism Team. This will be a chance for our congregations, especially our mostly white congregations, to experience Black United Methodist worship in a time when it has never been easier to visit another church. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Cleaver III will begin a new sermon series on that day, "Stories of Restoration," which lines up with their theme for the year, The Promise of Restoration.

You can take part in worship on February 28 at 9am here. Please feel free to sign in toward the bottom of the page and let us know how many people are worshipping with you. The service is archived on that site as well if you’d like to share it throughout the week.

St. Paul's UMC will be hosting a time of reflection and consideration via Zoom on March 2 at 6:30pm. Join us as Pastor Mike leads us to consider:
  • How did God speak to you?
  • What surprised you?
  • Where did you feel God's comfort?
  • What questions do you have?
Find the Zoom link for the St. Paul's event here.
 
Lenten Studies

 

It's not too late to get started in a Lenten Study Group, and joining is easy! Just click the name of the leader of the group you’d like to join to send an email and let them know you want to join the group!

Note: Take this Bread is being offered as a one-time session; read the book this month on your own and then get together book-club style for discussion at the end of March. Details 👇🏼
 

Take this Bread by Sara Miles
One session: Monday, March 29 @ 6pm

Would you like to read “Take this Bread” on your own schedule and then meet with a group of people who have also read the book? Now is your chance! Grab the book, read Sara’s story of how Communion changed her life, and then join us on Monday, March 29 at 6pm to discuss the book and how the act of Communion took her life in a new direction.

Email Patricia Marcus or call/text 913-669-8294 if you're interested in this opportunity. You can purchase the book here or borrow it from the Johnson County Library. Grab your copy, curl up and read, then join us on Monday, March 29 at 6pm.
 

Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season by Kara Oliver
A small group especially for parents who want to set a spiritual foundation for their children. Each session will give you a symbol for the Lenten/Easter season and model for you a conversation about its importance with your child.

Amy Rhodes will lead these six sessions on Tuesdays at 8:30pm beginning 2/23. You can purchase the book here.
 

Lent in Plain Sight by Jill J. Duffield
Each week we'll read and reflect on a biblical story that includes bread and how God communicated a message of grace or abundance through it. There will also be time allowed to explore a prayer practice each week.

Pastor Sandra will lead this six session study on Wednesdays at 1pm beginning 2/24. You can purchase the book here.
 

A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent by Sarah Parsons
It’s time for spring cleaning of the soul! This study throughout the Lenten season will draw you closer to God through spiritual practices, personal reflection and individual exercises.

Kim Romary will lead this six session study on Wednesdays at 7pm beginning 2/24. You can purchase the book here.
 
Dialogue Brunch


Fourth Ladies Virtual “Brunch” with Dialogue Institute

Friday, March 12 | 10am 

It’s time once again for ladies from St. Paul’s to meet virtually with our Muslim friends from the Dialogue Institute, an organization which has a long-standing relationship with St Paul’s. Join us for a morning of sharing and learning on Friday, March 12 at 10am.

Sign up today! We'll email the Zoom link to you a few days before the meeting.

Sign up today to join us March 12
First Sunday Food Drive
 
Sunday, March 7  |  12:30-1:30pm

Drive through St. Paul's parking lot after worship and drop off items for this month's food drive!

The Hub Argentine is asking for canned soup or Ramen noodles.

JoCo Multi-Service Center will accept similar items, and also has an immediate need for laundry soap, liquid dish soap, and personal hygiene items such as deodorant, toothpaste, liquid hand soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Other items that are appreciated: flour, sugar, cake mixes, pancake mix, ketchup, mustard, and salad dressing.

Thank you for your commitment to Serve God by Serving Others!
 

Practice Justice


Rev. Chenda Innis LeeStand with Clergy of Color
This petition calls on the Council of Bishops in the UMC to address the white supremacy harming clergy of color serving all-white churches in our denomination. Read Rev. Chenda Innis Lee’s story and consider adding your name to support this call to action.


Follow Legislation
Visit Kansas Interfaith Action's (KIFA) website for a list of justice-related legislative issues in our community and what to do about them.

Expand Medicaid
Medicaid Expansion would provide health insurance to approximately 165,000 Kansans who are currently going without it. It’s for individuals and families who are earning too much to qualify for medicaid (known as KanCare in Kansas) but not enough to afford the cost of health insurance. It’s for people who work minimum wage and low-income jobs or part-time jobs (think Mom’s who are balancing work and child care) - or for those whose companies don’t offer health insurance. 

Jesus made it clear that being his disciple meant more than practicing bottom line economics and political loyalty. By turning a blind eye to those who need our compassion, we turn a blind eye to Jesus who we meet in the hungry, thirsty, sick, or those in prison. (Matthew 25). 

Our Program Staff spent time this week contacting our elected officials about this, and we hope you do too! If you have questions, Cathy Matlack and Jack Gregory would be glad to help.

Learn more and take action.

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 be sure to join our Facebook group for updates.

Sunday School
Meets Sundays 10–11am
Topic: Faith & Justice 
 Open to all youth grade levels.  

The Gospel According to Harry Potter
Meets Sundays 3-4pm 
Open to all youth grade levels

Youth Lent Small Group 
Meets Sundays 4:30-5:30pm, February 21 - March 28
Open to all youth grade levels   

Confirmation Class 
Meets Thursdays 6:30-8pm
Open to Freshmen in High School 

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
March Family Discipleship Kits
Sign up today for the March Family Discipleship Kit! The kits will be available on Sunday, March 7, during the drive-thru food collection. The kit includes
  • Parent Guide with our weekly Bible lesson
  • Activity sheets
  • Spiritual practices
  • Crafts
  • Recipes
  • Science experiment
  • Materials for Easter
You're welcome to use the Family Discipleship Kit on your own at your own pace, or join Jamie and friends during Kids' Connection and/or Kids456 to complete the activities.  
 
Sign up for the March Family Discipleship Kit
Join Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk
Visit Kids' Connection on the Web
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