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St. Paul's United Methodist Church  •  7740 Lackman, Lenexa KS  66217  •  913-268-9551
LOVE God and all others unconditionally
SEEK answers to our questions
SERVE God by serving others
Rev. David LivingstonJune 10, 2016
As you look through this week’s newsletter I hope that you’ll find at least one fun summer activity to be involved in. My personal favorite: the Comedy City show on June 25. You’ll have an absolute blast with a group that adjusts the comedy to the audience that is there. One week later on July 1 we’ll have a fun and educational experience with the Ramadan fast-breaking. This evening experience is a great opportunity to learn more about Muslim practices so that we can be good neighbors. Then on July 22 those of us who went on the Greece trip will share some of our stories at a church potluck.
Three very different experiences, at least one of which I’m sure would work well for you. See more information in this newsletter and in the weeks to come. And don’t forget to use the new Infellowship website to find groups to join. There are now 40 different St. Paul’s groups that you can explore there!
Worship this Sunday
JUNE 12, 2016
8:15, 9:30, & 11:00am
Our message this Sunday, Wait. What?, is from Pastor David Livingston in our series based on significant chapter 3 verse 16 Scriptures. Join us!

Notes from the Love, Seek, Serve JarLove, Seek, Serve Jar

When you or someone you know is living out our mission statement to Love, Seek and Serve, please let us know by leaving a note in the jar at the ConneXions Center. We'll share examples here.

"So grateful for the musical gifts of Jeremy gifted and creative...enjoy every Sunday's music!"
A nursery for infants and toddlers, staffed by certified caregivers, is available downstairs all morning on Sundays. Parents, please bring your cell phones to nursery check-in; we will text you if your child needs you.

Adults  ** New Class Beginning this Sunday! **

9:30am | Back Bridge Classroom
"Third Grade Bible Lessons For and From Adults"
Calling all Adult Bible Newbies and Adult Bible Scholars! Please consider joining us beginning this Sunday, June 12, as Bob McCoy leads this six week look at the Bible. This will be both an introduction for adults new to the Bible, and a primer for adults considering becoming Sunday School Teachers from the perspective of the third grade Bible curriculum. 

The idea is two-fold. First, to help adults learn or recall what every third grader should know about the Bible and to learn or recall what third grade Bible skills fit into the lives of adults. And second, to help adults thinking of teaching children's Sunday School Classes what Bible lessons taught in third grade are important and how to bring the power and joy found in these Bible lessons to children. 

This class is open to all adults - we especially want adult Bible newbies in addition to Biblical scholars so that the class has a balanced composition. Please join us!

11am | Back Bridge Classroom
Tex Mix, a DVD by Tex Sample. 

Youth Grades 7-12

This Sunday @ 9:30 & 11am | Student Center
Hope at the Cross

Youth Group
Grades 7-12: Wednesday, June 15, 6-7:30pm
Meet us in the Student Center downstairs. We'll play Tennis Ball Frisbee Golf!

Find Youth news on our Facebook group page >>

Children Age 3 - Grade 6

This Sunday @ 9:30 & 11am | Downstairs Classrooms

July 5-8: 6th Grade Service Week

Attention Youth who will have completed 6th grade this summer: Join us for a week of mission and fellowship in the greater Kansas City area!
  • July 5-8, 8am-1pm
  • Cost: $40 includes lunch
  • Register at the ConneXions Center; due to Allison by June 19
We will start each morning at St. Paul’s UMC Student Center for a morning devotion and fellowship games before departing to our work sites each day. We will be serving at My Father’s HouseHarvesters, and another venue to be announced. After our service time is over for the day we will eat lunch at St. Paul’s UMC before parent pick-up. On Friday, we will experience Science City as our fun day of fellowship! Contact: Allison Marcus,

Vacation Bible School

Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love!

Monday-Thursday, July 11-14, 5:30-8pmVBS logo
Our sanctuary will be transformed into a wave-catching, hang-ten, kind of beach club with a team of volunteers ready to guide each child through awesome activities with music, games, crafts…and even a science center! Kids will become Surfers each day and explore first-hand how to serve God and God’s mission in the world. And they will catch the wave of God’s love that is swelling throughout the world! 

Register online now, or pick up a form at the ConneXions Center and return it with your registration fee to the church office by Sunday, June 26. 

A note about dinner: All parents are invited to join us for dinner each evening at 5:30. If your child is younger than age 6, please make arrangements to accompany them during mealtime. 

This promises to be the event of the summer - you don’t want to miss it! Questions? Contact  Pastor Sandra Cox, or 913.268.9551. Register Now!


Blood Drive this Sunday; Walk-ins Welcome

Community Blood Center logoOur joint Blood Drive with Shawnee Presbyterian takes place this Sunday, June 12, 8:30am-1pm at Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 6837 Nieman. You can literally save a life with your donation - the need is great during the summer when high schools aren't in session and people are on vacation. Adding to the urgency is that people who have traveled to areas including Mexico and parts of Central America, South America, the Caribbean Islands, and the South Pacific have a waiting period before donating. 

Walk-ins are welcome, or schedule an appointment online today! >>  

New Vocal Ensemble Forming

from Jeremy Watson, Director of Contemporary Music
Jeremy WatsonHello! I hope all of you are enjoying your first couple weeks of summer. I am writing to inform you about a new vocal ensemble I'm organizing to perform exclusively at the 8:15 worship service. I'd like to call this group First Light and schedule our first rehearsal for 11:15am-noon on Saturday, June 25th. Our first performance is slotted for July 10th, so we are about a month out. All talent levels are welcome and I'm going to do my best to select repertoire that both accentuates worship themes and is fun to learn and sing. If you have any comments/questions, feel free to contact me at or text me at 816-806-6104. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Imagine Reaching Milestones 

Imagine logoAt just over 2/3 of the way through our 3-year Imagine capital campaign, we want to take a moment to celebrate the remarkable progress we've made so far and encourage you to imagine reaching our goals even sooner.

In addition to the building renovations we've completed, we have just reached the milestone of going below $640,000 in debt. We have been able to pay extra toward the principle balance of our debt each month, which means we end up paying less in interest over time. We anticipate that in a year, we'll begin a one-year capital campaign to completely wipe out our debt. To reach this goal of zero debt even sooner, we ask that those who are already participating consider making an accelerated gift, and for those who haven't had the opportunity to take part, there's no time like the present to begin!

Contribute via credit card or ACH:
Go to and click Online Giving. Enter your gift in the "Imagine Campaign" category on the donation page.

Contribute via check:
Write "Imagine Campaign" on the memo line and place in the offering plate or the collection box on the wall to the left of the office door. 

Imagine the lives that will be touched and transformed through our gifts. Imagine being part of God's work in the world through this church. And know that with God's power working through us, God can do  much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.

Is God Calling You to Serve Beyond St. Paul's?

Connecting Council imageFrom Disaster Response to planning Annual Conference or working with Pensions and Health Insurance (with many areas of ministries in-between), the Great Plains Conference needs people to serve. People who are feeling called can go beyond the local church and discover what can happen when over 1,000 churches and their pastors unite with a common mission to create great churches, with great leaders, great disciples, and a transformed world. Are you feeling the call? Check out the different areas to serve. You can nominate yourself, a person in your church, or even your pastor here. Visit the Great Plains website or contact TruDee Little at 316-684-0266 for more info.

Have you set up your InFellowship account? 

InFellowship screenshotWe've updated the InFellowship Q&A Guide to assist you in setting up your account, so be sure and check it out. We encourage you to begin realizing the benefits of this new interactive, online system. Opt-in to the church directory, choose your privacy settings, connect with any of the 40 available St. Paul's groups, and more. Here's a link to the updated guide, or go directly to the InFellowship account set up page to get started right away. Please contact Ronelle Neperud,, if you have questions.

On the Calendar

Here are a few of many other St. Paul's calendar items you may want to plan ahead for. Check out the full online calendar any time for more info!
Cross-Lines Food Kitchen
Friday, June 17, 10am-2pm | Offsite
Prepare food and/or serve with us! Contact Judi Derks,

Book Club
Monday, June 20, 7-9pm | Student Center
We will discuss The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. All are welcome! 

PEO (Parents' Evening Out)
Saturday, June 25, 4-8pm | Downstairs @ St. Paul's
Register no later than the Wednesday prior to PEO; forms are at the ConneXions Center and next to the elevator downstairs.

Comedy City Improv Night
Saturday, June 25, 7:30pm | Comedy City
Join us for a “G” rated family comedy show: “Major League Improv”; the Sharks vs. the Jets Comedy Sporting Event. Show is approximately 90 minutes long; drinks and food are available to purchase. Sign up at the ConneXions Center; your spot will be reserved when payment is made. Tickets are $11/adult and $9/child. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s with ‘Comedy City’ written in the memo line. Place in the wooden collection box to the left of the office. Deadline for reservations is June 15! Contact: Shari Breckenridge,

Sunday, June 26, 1:30pm | St. Andrews, 11099 West 135th, Overland Park
Sign up at the ConneXions Center or contact Barb Balzer,

Ramadan Fast-Breaking Dinner
Friday, July 1, 8pm reception & presentation, 8:45 dinner | St. Paul's 
Ramadan is the time each year when Muslims neither eat nor drink from dawn to dusk in order to help them focus on prayer, charity, and self-reflection. After sunset they traditionally break their fast and share their meal with friends and neighbors. The Kansas City chapter of Dialogue Institute of the Southwest has offered St. Paul’s an opportunity to share this meaningful experience on Friday, July 1 with a Ramadan fast-breaking evening meal. We will be just one of many churches throughout the area to benefit from their generosity. 
The evening will begin here at St. Paul's at 8pm with a reception, presentation about Ramadan, and the chance to visit with Muslim families. Then, after sunset, around 8:45pm, we will be able to try the delicious food brought by Institute members. This will be a great opportunity to meet and talk with members of another faith! Please plan to join us, and feel free to bring family members, including children, and friends. RSVP by June 27 on the bulletin tear-off or by emailing Pat Cooper at

St. Paul's Greek Night Pot Luck Dinner
Friday, July 22, 6:30pm | @ St. Paul's
Our friends who traveled to Greece "in the footsteps of St. Paul" will share their experiences with us. Mark your calendar; more details to come!

Friday, August 19, 8pm | Chestnut Fine Arts Center
Join us for “Two Zany Redheads,” an evening of knee-slapping laughs and musical fun featuring the comedy of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. Cost: Adults, $28; Seniors, $25. Seating is limited, so make reservations early. Check out the seating chart and call the box office 913-764-2121 to purchase tickets. Contact: Ruth Cooper,
Are you or a loved one participating in a community activity you'd like your St. Paul's family to know about? Tell us about it! 
Note: Submissions are subject to review and approval prior to publication. 

St. Paul's Mission Partners News

Two of St. Paul's Mission Partners, Cross-Lines and JoCo Interfaith Hospitality Network, have fundraisers coming up this month (see below), and the KC Star reported some good news about the Cross-Lines Community Outreach Garden - check it out!   

Smoke Out Hunger logoSmoke Out Hunger
Support Cross-Lines and enjoy BBQ at the same time! The event takes place June 10-11, 6-10pm at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds. Read all about it >>

IHN auction logoCruising for a Cause
IHN is holding its 5th annual charity dinner and auction on Thursday, June 23 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Check it out >>

KC VITAs Chamber Choir

St. Paul's Director of Choral Music, Jackson Thomas, is founder and Director of KC VITAs. 2016 Season Performances:
  • August 5, 7pm @ Old Mission UMC
  • August 7, 2pm @ Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
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