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Message from Pastor Lora

Love
  • Worship this Sunday: 9am Contemporary, 11am Traditional
  • Share Daily Bread
  • Egg a Family!
  • Pray for our Nation
Seek
  • New LGBTQ+ Small Group forming now
  • The Pursuit is not Trivial: worship with St. James UMC 
Serve
  • Practice Justice with the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas
  • Serve Cross-Lines Food Kitchen
Kids & Youth
  • Youth Programs: explore your faith with friends
  • Kids' Connection: fun ways to develop faith


Message from Pastor Lora


“The last shall be first and the first shall be last.” Matthew 20:16

As I write this newsletter this morning, Carter is at an old K-Mart building here in KCK getting her second vaccine. She, along with some St. Paul’s volunteers at The Hub, qualified because of their leading of the food pantry and direct contact with guests through that.

When she told me about her experience getting the first one, I couldn’t stop smiling. The atmosphere was celebratory and kind—some of that same “we’re in it togetherness” we saw a year ago as we all were ordered to stay at home.

It’s truly a glimpse of hope.

I pray every day about vaccinations—and the ethics around who gets them and who doesn’t. I pray that my neighbors will be safe, especially my neighbors who have every right not to trust healthcare or government because of the racial and ethnic disparities in how they are treated. I pray that we can remember Jesus’s words “the last shall be first, and the first shall be last” as we patiently wait for our turn to be called.

It is hard to wait—especially knowing how close we are to the other side of this. The CDC’s news about how vaccinated people can interact along with the President’s declarations on Thursday night leave us with so much anticipation and hope!

If you are one who is still waiting your turn, you are not alone! We’ll be called soon enough, and those who are prioritized right now are for a reason. There will be enough vaccines when it is your time.

I share all of that because it is the voice I need to hear too. It’s easy to want to hustle and find a way in. It’s harder to wait one more week in line to get back to normal.

I know we all have reasons and choices for how we are making those choices and why. My prayer is just that we memorize that verse and hold it in our hearts as we make those decisions. And for those of you who have been vaccinated, know that I am THRILLED for you. Nothing was more exciting than every other car at First Sunday Food Drive sharing their vaccination stories. I want everyone to be vaccinated as soon as they are offered it!

Maybe following Jesus right now is a regular answering of: How can we use the privilege of our vaccination hustle to help others in their waiting too?

Maybe that looks like making plans for what coming out of pandemic will look like and how you will use your time to glorify God.

Maybe that looks like still waiting to go eat until you know the person serving you has had a chance to be vaccinated too—or tipping generously if you choose to do so.

Maybe that looks like asking questions of the pandemic ethics of the places where you spend money.

Maybe that looks like volunteering at one of the vaccination sites.

Maybe it looks like praying every day for those who will not be vaccinated—because of their health or fear or because they are a child and we don’t know what is next for them yet.

There is so much goodness and hope right now. My prayer for each of us as we wait or as we celebrate is that we do so glorifying Jesus—LOVING God and ALL others unconditionally, SEEKING answers to our questions, and SERVING God by serving others.

Here’s my breath prayer these days: Patient God // Wait with me.

“See” you Sunday!

Pastor Lora


Worship this Week

 
Join us online Sunday morning for the next installment in our Lenten series, "Daily Bread: The Lord's Prayer." Prepare for Communion by having crackers/bread (maybe your own homemade!) and water/juice ready in your home worship space. 

9am Contemporary
11am Traditional

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! :)
 
Facebook
YouTube
Online Worship Guide & Bulletin
Week four recipe


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!
 

Around the Table with St. Paul's


To support our Lenten theme of bread in all its yumminess and sustenance, Love Council would like to invite you to join us “Around the Table” (via Zoom) and reflect on what it means to “break bread” with one another, in the spirit of Christian fellowship.
 
"Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people." Acts 2:46-47
 
Join us as we share a conversation about memories, traditions, and Star Words! Come "break bread" with us, and let’s share memories about special meal times in your life and maybe even make some new memories together. Each session will be an hour long, with your hosts guiding the conversations, so please attend the session that best fits your schedule.
 
Email Love Council Chair Melissa Gard for the Zoom link!

Available Dates:
  • Tuesday, March 23 at 6pm with your host, Corrie Mahaffie
  • Thursday, March 25 at noon with your host, Melissa Gard
  • Saturday, March 27 at 9am with your host, Melissa Gard

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 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.

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 a small group, this is your time! All are open and ready to welcome you in your faith journey. If you have questions about getting started, contact Pastor Sandra Cox

New LGBTQ+ Small Group Forming Now
Jesi Lipp and Luke Miltz invite queer individuals of faith to join them as we create a landing space for LGBTQ+ Christians at St. Paul's. The first meeting will be Sunday, March 14, 5pm via Zoom. Contact Luke Miltz to sign up or ask questions; he'll send you a Zoom link prior to the first session. 
 
Learn more and get started in a small group

The Pursuit is Not Trivial


The Pursuit is Not Trivial is the sermon Dr. Emanuel Cleaver, III preached at St. James’s United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri on February 28, the worship experience they were gracious enough to share with us by Vimeo. We understand some of you might have had difficulty logging in, so if you weren’t able to view it before, the Seek team would like to invite you to use this direct link to watch this important message from Dr. Emanuel Cleaver, III.

Practice Justice with the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

Presentation & Conversation
Monday, March 22  |  7pm

Join host Cathy Matlack and other St. Paul's friends for a Zoom presentation and conversation about Medicaid expansion with Spencer Culver, Advocacy Specialist at the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. Tens of thousands of low-income Kansans have no affordable health coverage option because our state legislature won’t act. By getting informed and involved on this issue, you can seek and practice justice as a member of St. Paul’s congregation. 

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Spencer Culver is the Advocacy Specialist for the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is a statewide coalition working throughout Kansas, encouraging people and organizations to promote policies that ensure everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. Spencer coordinates with grassroots advocates across the state, working to shape the public conversation around Medicaid expansion. Spencer, a native of Kansas City, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Communication degree and returned to the Midwest to work in healthcare advocacy.

Learn more about why Medicaid expansion is a social justice issue for us as Christians here. If you have questions, Cathy Matlack and Jack Gregory will be glad to help.

Cross-lines volunteers


Serve Cross-Lines Food Kitchen

 

Would you like to join one of the St. Paul’s teams that serve monthly at Cross-Lines Food Kitchen? If you’re interested in providing food or serving, please contact Janet Podoll and she’ll be happy to help get you started!

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  
Join Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk
Visit Kids' Connection on the Web
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