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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:
• Welcome new staff member!

• Message from Pastor Lora
• Worship this week
• Pray in the Sanctuary
• Share the Lord's Prayer
• New small groups in October
• Read the Bible Daily
• Serving by Giving & Extra Steps
• Serving at the Hub
• Request a Black Lives Matter sign
• Serve Cross-Lines October 16
• Serve by Singing

• Love, Seek, Serve with St. Paul's Youth
• Celebrate Wonder in Kids' Connection
Pam Draper

Welcome our new Connections Ministry Coordinator!

Hi St. Paul’s! My name is Pam Draper and I am very much looking forward to being your Connections Ministry Coordinator.

My husband Bruce is a pastor at Bristol Hill UMC & Roeland Park UMC and I have two children, Sophie (23) and Quinn (19). I also have two shih tzus, Tigger (12) & Kirby (2) and a caique parrot named Gladys.

In my spare time I love playing pickleball, doing yoga, camping at our RV spot at Sugar Valley Lake and organizing (I love bins and containers!).

I am a lifelong United Methodist and most recently served in Connections as a lay person in a new church start while also singing with the worship band. I love worship! I also have my substitute teaching license and have subbed in the Desoto School District the past 12 years.  

I cannot wait to connect with you and learn more about your faith journey. Feel free to reach out to me anytime.  

Message from Pastor Lora

October 9, 2020

A year ago I was in Montgomery with a national ecumenical group called Christian Churches Together on a spiritual pilgrimage remembering 400 years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Across denominations, we walked through powerful and tragic racial history together. I learned about the racial terror lynchings in our country. I removed my shoes with the group as we stood in 110 degree heat around a fountain on Commerce Street where enslaved Africans were bought and sold—knowing that only God can make a place like that holy ground as we sang “Amazing Grace.”

I left there with pain in my heart for what I witnessed, gratitude for the relationships formed through conversation, and conviction in my heart that the work of antiracism could not just be something I talked about at conferences but lived out every day.

Pastor Sandra and I dreamed about what a St. Paul’s pilgrimage to Montgomery might look like and how we might foster education through SEEK Team around the work of antiracism. We looked ahead to 2020 and 2021 and began to sketch when would be the best time to do this work well.

Then the pandemic hit. Then George Floyd died.

And it was clear that the time was now for our church to do the work of antiracism collectively. Since then, we’ve had over 100 people in antiracism small groups, over 80 people request Black Lives Matter signs as a witness of faith in their neighborhoods, we have begun to work on using black-owned businesses for our purchases (like those masks!), and we have learned in worship what it means to see God in this work in scripture and in Kansas City.

This week, I gathered on Zoom with the Christian Churches Together folks again. There were a lot of weary voices asking if anything had changed since we last met. I could hear the frustration in their voices. But I was so convicted by the Spirit to see with eyes wide open how God has moved our church in the last year.

As Wesleyan Christians, we believe in prevenient grace—that God’s grace goes before us. What an example of that grace this is! God has paved a way for this work for us at St. Paul’s, and I’m grateful to each of you for the confessional work you’re doing, the uncomfortable learning you’re seeking, and the hope-filled liberation you are envisioning.

From monuments in Montgomery to learning about Quindaro to being a congregation leading the way in our district in antiracism, I am grateful for you. Thank you for saying “yes” to this calling from God. A year from now, may we be able to look back and name all of the continued work we have done that we do not yet know is coming!

“See” you Sunday for a word on God’s call to “Pray Daily,”

Pastor Lora

P.S. – Check out our Connections news! 👆We could not be more excited. Tune in Sunday to get to meet her for yourself.

Worship this Week

Worship this week

Sunday, October 11

10:00am Livestream on Facebook

This week we'll be looking at prayer as foundation of faithful living. 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 worship guide (link below) for suggestions on how to feel more connected in worship while we're apart.
Online Worship Guide

Pray in the Sanctuary

As a follow-up to this Sunday's focus on praying daily, the sanctuary at church will be open this coming Thursday, October 15, for you to come and spend time in prayer any time between 10am and 6:30pm. Plan to follow the safety guidelines posted at church while you're there. 🙏🏼😷 

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 at the link below. We can't wait to see and hear your prayer.
Submit a Lord's Prayer Video

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.

Adult & Intergenerational Small Groups

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. 

New in October

Bible 101
starts Monday, October 19, 7pm

Host: Marilyn Gregory

The Bible is a collection of books, written by many different people over nearly two thousand years for vastly different purposes. We believe it to be our sacred text, a text that can bring us into God’s presence and purpose.

But it is hard to understand. Good people come to different conclusions about what it means for us today. This six-week study will not answer all your questions. But it will give you some tools for becoming a student of the Bible.

We will learn how to find a passage of scripture. We will explore some of the history of the Bible and what that history means for how we read the Bible today. We will acquaint ourselves with resources that can help us understand the Bible. We will practice digging into the rich meanings of a few Bible stories. It is my hope that participants will leave Bible 101 wanting to go deeper into the books of the Bible and feeling confident to do so.
The Small Group
New group, new time! 6pm Tuesdays

Host: rotating leadership

Assuming the weather cooperates, The Group will meet on the church parking lot near the garden (westernmost part of the lot). Bring your chair, mask, drink, and your unique personality. We will be distanced and masked, in keeping with church policy. Focusing on relationship with one another, the group will discuss differing topics each week that will allow for growth and education while seeking answers to our questions.
Learn more & join us!
Contact Pastor Sandra

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
Serve by giving

July - September Serve by Giving

In addition to volunteering your time in a variety of ways, your financial generosity has recently touched each of the vital ministries listed above. “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will repay them for their deed.” – Proverbs 19:17

Extra Steps Improvements to the Bridge

Our most recent “Extra Steps” property improvement project was re-staining “the bridge” section of our building. The Extra Steps projects are funded through giving that is above and beyond regular tithes and offerings. We encourage everyone to give first to the operating expenses, as that is where our everyday mission is funded and lived out every day, and we are grateful for those who have discerned that their additional giving beyond their tithe will help update and upgrade our property. Thank you! If you have any questions about the Operating and Extra Steps Property Improvement Fund, please talk to Pastor Lora or Lisa Groth.


Hub volunteers

Serving at The Hub 

Thanks to Don White, Pam Overman, and Luke Miltz for volunteering at The Hub (formerly Metropolitan Ave UMC) with Better Together, a non-profit that runs a free health clinic for the neighborhood.
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

October Cross-Lines Food Kitchen

Each month we provide food and serve at Cross-Lines food kitchen. Our next serving date is Friday, October 16. You can participate by providing food (tortilla wraps, fruit, brownies) or donations for food, or by packing sack lunches at the kitchen. Travel to Cross-Lines at 9:30am and spend three hours filling lunch bags and passing them out through a plexiglass shielded door space. There is no inside dining, and volunteers wear masks and practice social distancing. Contact Janet Podoll to find out more and get started!

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 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.
Learn more and get this week's Parent Guide
Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk
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