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In this issue:


NEWS

  • Announcement from Allison Marcus

LOVE

  • Message from Pastor Lora
  • NEW Worship times begin this Week: 9am Contemporary, 11am Traditional
  • ICYMI: Ash Wednesday Worship
  • Sharing Daily Bread
  • Praying for our Nation

SEEK

  • Sunday morning small group schedules
  • St. James UMC Worship + St. Paul's Reflection
  • Lenten Study Groups start next week 

SERVE

  • 2020 Christmas Offering

KIDS & YOUTH

  • Youth Programs: New Lenten Study
  • Kids' Connection
Allison MarcusAnnouncement from Allison Marcus

I know I have been called to ministry for a long time. Over the course of my ministry, many people have prompted me to explore chaplaincy. As I began to deepen my faith, my calling, and enter the ordination process through the United Methodist Church, it became clear to me that I was being called to become a Deacon in the church, and serve as a chaplain.

A Deacon is called to connect the world and the church. I see serving as a chaplain as the way I will live out call as Deacon. Last week, I was approved as a Provisional Deacon, which means our conference has affirmed my call to this ministry, and invited me to continue in the next steps in the process of ordination. This will be my relationship to the church.

Many of you know I entered the Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Luke’s Hospital last fall. This is required as part of the credentialing process to become a chaplain. The next step is doing a residency, which is a period of supervised training and education, and is a full time commitment.

It is bittersweet to announce that this week I was accepted as a Resident at St. Luke's Spiritual Wellness Department. Being a Resident is a full-time position, which means, this summer I will leave my role as Youth Director at St. Paul's.

It has been a true joy to serve at St. Paul’s as the Youth Director since 2012. The past 9 years I have seen transformation and growth of so many youth and I will dearly miss this work of creating safe and engaging spaces for the youth at St. Paul’s. I am proud to have been part of a congregation that cares so deeply for our youth. I know that they will continue to feel supported and cared for well into the future. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to support our youth ministries program at St. Paul’s!

Blessings,
Allison
 


Message from Pastor Lora


Thursday afternoon I decided to finally venture out of the frozen tundra since the sun was shining and get a little bit of work done at the church.

It’s one of my favorite times of the month, because some of YOU drop by with your Cross-Lines food. I love seeing your faces (well, at least your eyes above your masks) and to feel the warmth of connection. This week was especially exciting because I decided to bring my puppy to meet you all! To my surprise, Navi’s brother, Shep, was there (with his momma, Lisa Groth!).

It was absolutely delightful to watch them play and to watch them greet you! It was like every single time they just ran at the next person like they were their best friends.

I need to tell you I needed to see that kind of unconditional love this week. After Ash Wednesday service bombed I was feeling a little down. (For those of you who missed it, we recorded our service from our homes because of the ice. I edited, added words and graphics, leveled audio, etc. and then didn’t catch that it only downloaded half of it. The service cut out mid-sermon on Facebook Live. I pivoted and did a quick zoom and shared my screen, but we lost about half the folks attending live.) The service is up now and I hope you’ll tune in, but it was one of those deflating energy moments.

Resilience is easier some days than others...unless you’re a puppy. Ha!

I’m excited for Lent in a weird way, partly because I can feel the need for a gentle Lent this year. We will practice a Lent that is less about stripping everything away (we have already done that) and instead work to receive God’s grace in the midst of our failures, weariness, and general down-ness.

We are going to BAKE BREAD! I seriously can’t wait. Each week after we learn about one of the bread stories from the Gospels we are going to give you a recipe. We want you to make it, take a picture, and post it on social media with #stpaulsdailybread. If you’re not a social media person, feel free to email it to me. But we want to use those photos in our worship and promotions this season.

It’s a chance to connect with one another in a time of being apart. It’s an opportunity for us to have something delicious in the middle of returning to God and facing accountability for our sins. It’s a chance for us to make ourselves vulnerable (unless you’re a super fancy baker already) and practice doing a new thing.

We might not be perfect at it, but I hope that you can sense the joy Jesus has to keep coming to us with unconditional love and an undeniable desire for connection. (I’m not sure Jesus is as cute as puppies, but definitely as loving.)

Don’t forget we start TWO SERVICES this weekend: 9am Contemporary and 11am Traditional! Also – don’t miss Allison & Mike Marcus announcements in this newsletter!

“See” you Sunday!

Pastor Lora
 
Worship this week

Two Services this Sunday!

Join us online Sunday morning for our first Sunday of Lent, "Daily Bread: Temptations of Jesus."

9am Contemporary
11am Traditional

We explore the "Temptations of Jesus" from Matthew 4:1-11.
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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Ash Wednesday Worship


We had some technical difficulties getting our Ash Wednesday worship service out to you, so if you missed some or all of it, we encourage you to experience it now on our YouTube channel!
 


Sharing Daily Bread


Each week of Lent we'll share a recipe here in the newsletter and on the homepage of our website. As part of our Lenten journey, we encourage you to make it, 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.

Here's a printable .pdf with recipe, scripture, and conversation questions for our first week of Daily Bread. We can't wait to see what you create!
 

Praying 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.


Sunday Morning Small Group Times


Our Sunday morning faith formation group times are changing in accordance with the new Sunday worship times (9am Contemporary, 11am Traditional). 

ADULTS
Sundays 9:30-10:45am
Micah Class: Five Means of Grace: Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way by Elaine A. Heath

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

Youth also have a new Lent study beginning on Sunday afternoons. Check it out!

KIDS
Sundays 10:15am
Kids' Connection Story time and Bible lesson

St. James UMC Worship Event
& St. Paul's Reflection Session


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 on Feb. 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.
 

 

Lent is the season that leads us into Easter and traditionally it is a time to spend some time working on our spiritual life. One great way to do that is to join a small group where you can read and reflect and grow with other people.

We are excited to offer several new small groups that will explore a variety of resources and topics to enhance your spiritual life during this season. If you aren’t already part of a small group, we invite you to join one now! Take a look at these offerings and see what might be calling to you right now.

Joining one of these groups 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!
 

The Lord’s Prayer: Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray by Mary Lou Redding
“Give us this day our daily bread.” We say it almost without thinking about it. But what does it mean to ask God for what we need each day? How does bread nourish our body? How does prayer nourish our souls? In this small group we will explore the Lord’s Prayer and many other ways of praying.

Pastor Sandra will lead these six sessions on Sundays at 5pm beginning 2/21. You can purchase the book here.
 

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.
 

Take this Bread by Sara Miles
Sara Miles tells her story of being raised an atheist until wandering into a church one day and taking communion for the first time. This changed her life and she found herself embracing a religion she never thought she would. Her faith began to center on hunger, real food and real bodies which led to the formation of almost a dozen food pantries. Her story comes alive in the pages of her memoir, take this bread.

Patricia Marcus will lead these six sessions on Thursdays at 7pm beginning 2/25. You can purchase the book here.
 
Find a small group and sign up today!

2020 Christmas Offering

Once again, St. Paul's, your generosity and commitment to Serving God by serving others has been a bright light in our community. 2020 may be in our rearview mirror now, but we pause today to celebrate our Christmas Offering. You contributed a total of $4,750.36, which was divided evenly and given to the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2) and Shawnee Community Services. 

Thank you for your generosity!

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

 
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