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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:
• Job opportunities: tell your friends!
• Welcome to your Next steps in faith

• Message from Pastor Lora
• Worship this week
• Coffee & Connections
• Tiny Tot Triathlon tomorrow!
• New Small groups forming
• Upper Room Devotionals
• Love your neighbors with a Black Lives Matter sign
• August Blood Drive at St. Paul's
• Serve by Singing!

We're Hiring!

We’re excited to see what God has in store for us and the individuals who will soon be part of our Worship Team!

Check out the open positions listed below and contact us if you feel like one of them might be a good fit for you or someone you know. We’d love to connect with you and hear about how your gifts and our openings match up.

Contemporary Music Director
Our Contemporary Music Director plans and leads music for worship services and other special events. This part-time person conducts weekly rehearsals, inspires congregational singing, and serves as a member of the Worship Team.

Technical Arts Director
This part-time position oversees the technical audio and visual systems associated with worship and other events; records and streams worship services; provides tech support for the video system throughout the church building; supervises the Technical Arts Assistant and volunteers; and serves as a member of the Worship Team. 
Find out more and apply now
Next Steps in Faith

Welcome to what's 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? This Sunday, August 23, and Sunday, August 30, 11:30am-1pm. To attend, contact Luke Miltz.

We're excited for you to become a member of our congregation!

Message from Pastor Lora

August 21, 2020
My antiracism small group had its final meeting last night.

I had to hold in the tears several times as we shared about how this study had changed us. We all know a book study isn’t going to solve racism. It’s policy change. But I can tell you that this group helped me remember what God does when we meet together.

There is vulnerability in a small group that emerges when one person gets brave enough to be real, and it’s like everyone witnesses it and responds together. People shared their fears and hopes and hangups and with this group, our racist tendencies. That isn’t easy.

But there is something God does among us when we choose to be in a space like that. It’s like the community that happens in a small group at church gives permission for growth in ways regular friendship takes longer to achieve.

Some of you know what I mean. You’ve experienced a group like that before. If you haven’t, I hope you’ll check out our new groups this week. We’ve been praying for these groups for a while. We know what God does in small groups, because we (the staff) have experienced it personally. That’s why we have committed to lead many of them—because we believe they are not only worth our time, they are integral to our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.

So if you have been missing church lately, we hope you’ll give a small group a try. It’s different than worship in the sanctuary together. We know that. There isn’t a substitute for in-person worship. But in six weeks I can tell you that the antiracism small group I led showed a trust on their last night that witnessed to who God is in a beautiful way. There was hope and presence and grace and challenging one another. Maybe during this time of distance as a large body, we can say yes to the closeness that a small group brings.

A handful of you all have been asking when we are going back to in-person worship. I can tell you that the Re-Entry Team has taken our work seriously. That means we still don’t know. Cases are still high in our community, and we know it’s still not to the safety standard we hope for. The Re-Entry Team does encourage your small groups and team meetings to try meeting in the parking lot. Lawn chairs, masks as you gather, and distancing feels safe, and there is something really beautiful about being together in real life. We also want to continue to be safe, so rest assured that if you’re not ready for that, there will still be spots for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the re-entry team if you have any questions.

My prayer this week is that you consider stepping out in faith and joining a small group this fall. Because, why not? Because, it might be the presence you need. Because, I know I need community in my walk with God, and I would imagine you’re feeling that too.

“See” you Sunday,
Pastor Lora

P.S. - This Sunday, we start a new sermon series! We’ll study the Book of Joel. It’s a lament but it gives us SO many glimpses of hope. This week we start with that naming the pain in order to heal. Join us!
Worship this Sunday

Sunday, August 23

10:00am Livestream on Facebook

We know things happen and you can't always participate in the livestream. But you can watch later on St. Paul's YouTube channel! Here's a link to last week's service in case you missed it.
Online Worship Guide

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.
Coffee & Connections

Do you miss seeing faces and chatting in the lobby with your church community before worship on Sundays at St. Paul's? Join Love Council 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 Connection 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.
Tiny Tot Triathlon

St. Paul's is an official sponsor of the Lenexa Tiny Tot Triathlon happening this Saturday, August 22! We hope to see lots of St. Paul's friends there that day. We'll be wearing our masks and practicing social distancing. Look for folks in their St. Paul's Love Seek Serve t-shirts! 

The event is for ages 3-9. If you're interested in volunteering with us the day of the event, email our Community Engagement Coordinator, Luke Miltz.

Get more info and register your child now!

Adult & Intergenerational Small Groups

Check out new small groups forming in September! Some of our ongoing small groups also will have new topics after Labor Day (September 7). Visit the website to learn more.
Lora Andrews and Carter Ellis
Sundays 4-5:30pm
The Trails
Hosts: Lora Andrews & Carter Ellis

Beginning September 13, this group will meet Sundays in-person socially distanced and masked at Shawnee Mission Park from 4-5:30pm. We will gather, pray, divide into small walking groups for guided conversation, and return to share all together. We will listen to a relevant podcast each week before meeting to guide our time. Join us for faith community, good conversation, and a beautiful hike. First up: Krista Tippett’s OnBeing interview with John Lewis.
Mondays 8pm
Monday Men's Small Group
Host: Luke Miltz

Starting September 14, this group will initially view and discuss the documentary, The Mask You Live In. The documentary is about the impact of toxic masculinity, but conversation will be oriented towards Christian "manhood," and how God calls us to deconstruct the parts of masculinity that are harmful.
Sandy Finney
Tuesdays 2-3:30pm
Tuesday Women’s Small Group
Host: Sandy Finney

Beginning September 8, this group will meet weekly on Tuesdays via Zoom and/or possibly in-person in an outdoor setting following socially distanced recommendations. This group welcomes women who have not yet found a home in a small group at St. Paul’s, but are interested in building supportive relationships within our church community. This group will start off reading Citizens of Hope: Basics of Christian Identity by Clayton Oliphint.
Jamie Turk
Wednesdays 8-9pm
Evening Women’s Group
Host: Jamie Turk

Are you over-scheduled due to stress we put on ourselves from work and mothering? Beginning September 9th, this group for adult women will meet weekly via Zoom on Wednesdays at 8pm for laughter, friendship, and conversation. We’ll kick off the group with a look at the book Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.
Charlotte Millard and Angela Thornton-Millard
Thursdays 7-8pm
Next Generation Anti-Racism Study
Hosts: Angela Thornton-Millard & Charlotte Millard

Beginning September 10, this group will meet weekly via Zoom on Thursdays from 7 to 8 pm.  Kids and/or youth are invited to participate with a parent and/or adult. The group will read and discuss the book Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson. Please note, there is a young adult version available. This group will also work together to think of actionable items kids and/or youth and families can take to promote anti-racism in our community.
Neighborhood Small Groups
Sign up for a neighborhood small group
Join a small group now
Visit the website to learn more
Contact Sandra Cox, Pastor of Faith Formation Contact Sandra Cox, Pastor of Faith Formation

Youth: Middle School/High School

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

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

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!
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
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.
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We're planting Black Lives Matter signs in our yards to express our commitment to antiracism and loving our neighbors. You have requested (and we have delivered!) over 55 signs so far!

Let us know if you'd like to receive your own sign by filling out this form. You can also contribute to the purchase of signs by entering your gift amount in the Antiracism Action Fund category here.
Blood Drive

St. Paul's is hosting a Community Blood Center (CBC) blood drive on Sunday, August 30, 8:30am - 2:30pm in the lower parking lot adjacent to the bridge, using the bloodmobile. This is an important ministry that takes little time and effort but yields so many benefits. Please plan to donate and encourage your friends to donate as well! All blood types are needed.

The drive is being held in the bloodmobile in order to maintain the security and public health protocols necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Both the CBC and St. Paul's have carefully considered the actions necessary to protect all persons involved.
  • Only four donors maximum will be allowed in the bus, two in the interview area and two in the donation area.
  • All persons will be required to wear a mask
  • In the church building, only the hallway and restrooms adjacent to the bridge doorway will be accessible
  • Access to all other building areas will be restricted and all persons inside the building must wear masks and follow proper social distancing etiquette
  • It is important that any donors who are not feeling well do not attend the drive
Requirements for donation are simple.
  • A donor must be at least 16 years of age 
  • Must weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Donors younger than 18 years of age must provide a parental consent form
Since the church building will be generally closed, there will be no physical signup sheet. You may register directly on the CBC website using the group code KC4A. For assistance in making an appointment, contact Bob Casey (913.645.0192) or Meredith Christian (913.907.9176).

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you August 30!
Meredith Christian
Bob Casey

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.
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