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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:
 
NEWS
• Charge Conference update
 
LOVE
• Message from Pastor Lora
• Worship this week
• Election Eve Interfaith Prayer & Meditation
 
SEEK 
• Join a small group
• Read the Bible Daily
• Brunch with friends from the Dialogue Institute
 
SERVE
• Warm Clothing Drive this Sunday
• Donate Blood @ St. Paul's Nov. 8
• Request a Black Lives Matter sign
• Serve by Singing

KIDS & YOUTH
• Youth Fall Festival this Sunday
• New Kids' Connection program on Sundays
• Gratitude activities for all ages: get your Thankful Pumpkin this Sunday!


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 met on Thursday, October 29 for our charge conference work. 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.
Love


Message from Pastor Lora

October 30, 2020

Happy Friday, St. Paul’s!

I’m going to make this quick because I want you to take time to really take in all of the important opportunities to connect this week in the newsletter. There are two things that you will not find in other places in the newsletter:
  1. Vote! Please. You’ll hear in the Kid’s Time this week about how voting is one way that we can love our neighbor and seek justice together. My faith tells me that we can do our part to build God’s kingdom together in lots of ways—being good neighbors, loving, seeking, serving, etc., but this week I’m encouraging each of you to exercise your right to vote as an act of faith. It has been an ugly election (again) and shown us the worst of who are we as a country (again) in so many ways. But we also have the chance to make a difference—your voice matters and when all of our voices come together to vote in ways that help every vote matter, it is a good day in God’s world.
  2. We have a Worship Re-Entry update. I recorded a video for you to watch, because I want to be able to share it with you in a way where you can see my face. I know it will be disappointing for some of you and it will be a relief to others of you. Be kind to one another—invite God to settle your heart before you react too quickly. (Now that I think of it, inviting God’s peace is probably some good election advice too.)
I’m excited to be back in worship (online) with y’all on Sunday. I had a wonderful week of vacation—rest is a good thing! I anticipate worship on Sunday as we process our re-entry news and as we anticipate a big election week before us to be meaningful and needed and good. I hope you’ll make it a priority.

Lastly, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, one of the other pastors, staff, or Church Council if you need anything at all. We want to hear from you—we miss you! If you need help connecting, Jackson, our Administrative Assistant, can help you in the office—office@stpaulslenexa.org.

Peace,

Pastor Lora

Worship this Week

Worship this week
 

Sunday, November 1

10:00am Livestream on Facebook

In preparation for this Sunday, we’re reading Luke 11:27-36 to learn how to seek and recognize the justice Jesus calls us to live. 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!

This week we celebrate the sacrament of Communion together during online worship. Prepare by having some sort of bread or cracker and juice or water available in your home worship space.

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.
Facebook
YouTube
Online Worship Guide
Livestream
Give

We Rise Now: Election Eve Interfaith Prayer & Meditation


Monday, Nov 2, 8pm

On the eve of the election, you are invited to spend some time in prayer and meditation. Monday, November 2, beginning at 8pm, leaders from many different faith traditions will offer words to inspire you and restore you. The Election Eve Vigil Uniting in Peace, Courage and Compassion, sponsored by We Rise Now, will be broadcast on Facebook Live, Youtube, and the We Rise Now website. Registration is required. You can learn more and sign up here.
 

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.

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.
 
Seek


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

Ladies Virtual Brunch with Dialogue Institute friends


Friday, November 13, 10am

Here is your chance to meet and interact with some delightful ladies from the Dialogue Institute, an organization with a long-standing relationship with St Paul’s. We'd love for you to join us for our second virtual ladies’ brunch with our Muslim friends.

Our topic of discussion this time will be “Holiday Traditions.”

Sign up to receive the Zoom link, which will be emailed to you a few days before the brunch. For more information, contact Pat Cooper, patricia.anne.cooper@gmail.com.
 
Sign up to attend virtual brunch

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
Serve


Winter Coats & Clothes Collection


Sunday, November 1 & Sunday, November 15

Our first snow came early this year and with it a burst of cold air. With that in mind, Serve Council is coordinating the collection of new and gently used winter coats and clothing. The items collected will be distributed to the Ushindi community currently meeting in the former Metropolitan Ave UMC (now the Hub) and to the Catholic Charities Refugees program. Both are in need of winter coats, hats, gloves, etc., for children and adults.

Our first drive-thru collection will be this Sunday, November 1. You can drop off your donations at the same time (11am - 1pm) you pick up your Thankful Pumpkin! We'll schedule a second collection on Sunday, Nov 15.


November Blood Drive


Sunday, November 8, 8:30am - 2:30pm
St. Paul's
in the Community Blood Center Donor Bus

As hospitals begin to ramp up their operations, our local blood supply must increase as well. Please sign up to donate at our upcoming blood drive. Appointments are strongly recommended; walk-ins will only be accepted as capacity allows.  

Schedule an appointment now or contact: 
Bob Casey or Meredith Christian
rtcinkck@gmail.com or meredithchristia@hotmail.com

Please wear a face mask to your donation. Remember to bring a photo ID or donor ID card. For questions about eligibility due to travel outside the U.S., medications or medical conditions call 1.800.688.0900.  

To learn more about the importance of donating at this time and to answer your questions about COVID-19, please visit www.savealifenow.org/coronavirus.

Donors presenting:
  • Must wear a mask or face covering
  • Will have their temperature taken
  • Must be 14 days symptom free if recovered from COVID-19
  • May NOT donate if they have a positive diagnostic test or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • May NOT donate if they are currently on self-quarantine restrictions
Convalescent plasma donors*:
  • Must have appointment and proof of positive test results
  • Must be 14 days symptom free
*CP donors do not need to meet close contact criteria and can be healthcare workers or first responders.

The CBC does not test for COVID-19. Please see your health care provider if you want to be tested.
 
Schedule an appointment now
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 this 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.

Kids' Connection & KIDS456 weekly meetups
• Wednesdays, 6:45pm
via Zoom
• Sundays, 11:15am in St. Paul's parking lot

Follow the links below to learn more and join us!
 
Learn more and get this week's Parent Guide
Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk

All Ages



Thankful Pumpkinsthankful pumpkin
"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 this 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
Great Plains Gratitude Menugratitude menu
Check out the interactive Great Plains Gratitude Menu for fun and meaningful activities to do with your family this season!
Share photos and tell us what you’re writing on your pumpkin or doing from your gratitude menu on our website or on social media, #spumcgratitude
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