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In this issue:

Message from Pastor Lora

News
  • Technical Arts Opportunity
Love
  • Worship this Sunday
  • Holy Week & Easter Worship
  • Share Daily Bread
  • Join us Around the Table
Seek
  • New Small Group forming
  • Wed. Men's Group begins new topic
  • Dialogue brunch follow-up & event announcement
Serve
  • Practice Justice with the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas
  • First Sunday Food Drive
Kids & Youth
  • Youth Programs: New Sunday afternoon topic, LifeHacks
  • Kids' Connection: fun ways to develop faith


Message from Pastor Lora


Last week I wrote to you about waiting for vaccinations.

This week I found out clergy who live in Wyandotte County were eligible and I made my way from Argentine to an old K-Mart building on State Ave. and got my first vaccine.

People were so friendly. It felt like hope. When I got to the front of the line and my turn was next, we found out they had to go back and thaw more vaccines. It was a bit of a delay, so I made friends with the woman at the check-in desk. I have my St. Paul’s mask on and she asked me, “Do you go to St. Paul’s? It’s a cool church.” I told her I was the senior pastor.

We talked for a while. She goes the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist. I got to hear about Project 1020, a ministry at their church for unhoused folks in Johnson County. I had heard about the Lenexa homeless shelter and the lawsuit last year, but I hadn’t heard these specific details and the faces behind volunteers like this. It was exciting to hear about her faith community.

She also knew a lot about St. Paul’s. It was fun to hear her perception of who we are and the role we serve in the community. What was cool was that while I was talking to her, she texted her pastor who also pastors in Lenexa but lives in KCK and told her to come get her vaccine too!

I love when connections happen like that—they benefit us all.  I can’t wait to have those in-person times to connect more often. Casual chats at a coffee shop, hellos in the lobby after worship, or running into people at a restaurant—there is something generative and beautiful that happens when we are together!

I saw God this week in my interaction with a stranger in a vaccine line—and when she pointed out her pastor was in line as I left.

As I reflect on what it’s like to have been vaccinated, I feel relieved and excited and privileged. I’m also eager for the day I can see all of you and feel less fearful that being near you could unintentionally get you sick! I anticipate the goodness of what it will be like when all of us have that opportunity one day in the future.

Speaking of which, look for a Re-Entry Team update email on Monday with news about when to expect indoor small groups and outside worship. It deserves its own email. ☺

“See” You Sunday,

Pastor Lora
 

Technical Arts Opportunity


The Technical Arts team is in need of some helping hands! We're looking for people to help with our return to in-person services. We need people to help set up and tear down the outdoor equipment, and we also could use one additional person to help with the indoor, livestream service. Adults, if you have children ages 10 and up who also want to help, this could be a great family service opportunity.

If you're interested and would like more details, contact David Brown, Technical Arts Director, 785.341.9213.
Worship this Week

 

Join us online Sunday morning for the next installment in our Lenten series, "Daily Bread: Bread of Life." 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
Holy Week Worship

March 28: Palm/Passion Sunday
9am Contemporary Online
11am Traditional Online

April 1: Maundy Thursday
7pm Online with Pastor Lora 

April 2: Good Friday
7pm Traditional Worship Online with Pastor Lora and Jackson Thomas
 

April 4 Easter Worship Services
6:30am Outdoor In-person Sunrise Service
9:00am Contemporary Worship Online
11:00am Traditional Worship Online
 
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

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 Small Group forming now


Are you looking for a small group that meets to consider how faith impacts real life? Then our newest small group might interest you! It begins Tuesday, April 6. Ray Millard is coordinating this group that will meet via Zoom every other Tuesday at 8:15pm for about an hour. The group will reflect on podcasts they listen to between meetings, beginning with The Bible for Normal People with Peter Enns and Jared Byas (check it out wherever you get your podcasts!). To sign up for this small group and get the Zoom link, contact Pastor Sandra.
 

New Topic for Wednesday Men's Group


The Wednesday Men’s Group starts a new study next Wednesday, March 24, called Fail: What to Do When Things Go Wrong by Matt Miofsky. Miofsky is a UM pastor, leading The Gathering in St. Louis, one of the fastest growing UM churches in the country and an emerging voice in the UM church. This 5-week study explores the story of the prophet Jeremiah and how failing is a way to learn something and respond faithfully to the task set before us. The group meets at 6:30am via Zoom. If you are interested in joining this study, contact Scott Groth
 
Learn more and get started in a small group
Dialogue Institute Brunch


Sharing Memories, Making Friends

 
On Friday, March 12, eight ladies from St. Paul’s hosted six friends from the Dialogue Institute for our latest virtual “brunch.”  We talked about Easter and Ramadan, which this year occur at about the same time. Then, since we’ve been in isolation for a year, we “traveled” through sharing our memories of our favorite places. A cottage in England, a whale cruise in Massachusetts, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, a camping trip – all were memorable ways of sharing our lives and helping us learn about each other. We are looking forward to our next chance to do that on Friday, May 21. Please plan on joining us then! Contact Pat Cooper to sign up.
Jesus and Muhammad

The Dialogue Institute has invited St Paul's to attend the virtual talk  “Jesus and Muhammad's Exemplary Life on Peace and Forgiveness” by Dr. Craig Considine on Wednesday, March 24, 6-7pm. Please RSVP here or contact Pat Cooper. Micah Sunday School class will have a followup discussion soon on the presentation (learn more about the Micah Class here). You can also watch live here.
 

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.

First Sunday Food Drive


First Sunday Food Drive


Our next food drive is Easter Sunday, April 4, 12:30-1:30. Drive through St. Paul’s parking lot to drop off your donations!

The Hub Argentine is asking for facial tissues (square boxes) and granola bars.

JoCo Multi-Service Center has an immediate need for canned fruits, pasta mixes, rice mixes, and soup/snack crackers. They would also appreciate cake/brownie mixes (as an extra treat, not a necessity). 

Thanks for your commitment to Serve God by Serving Others!
 
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 more info.

Sunday School
Meets Sundays 10–11am
Topic: Faith & Justice   

LifeHacks
Meets Sundays 3-4pm through May 2, in-person outdoors at St. Paul's 
Equipping us as people of faith for living in the everyday world. Topics include budgeting, food, stress, relationships, house mechanics, and faith and doubt.

Youth and Lent 
Meets Sundays 4:30-5:30pm through March 28
Exploring the sacrament of Communion together. Topics include food and justice, baking, and hospitality.
 

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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