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This Week at St. Paul's
St. Paul's United Methodist Church  •  7740 Lackman, Lenexa KS  66217  •  913-268-9551
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In this issue:
 
LOVE
• Message from Jamie Turk
• Worship this week
• Showering Ronelle
• Coffee & Connections
• Season of Transition: SPR updates
 
SEEK 
• Star Word reflection
• Small groups for all ages
• Upper Room Devotionals
 
SERVE
• Donations benefit Veronica's Voice
• August Blood Drive at St. Paul's
• Serve by Giving: You are making a difference
• Serve by Singing!
• Faith and Democracy
• Serve from Home
Love

Jamie Turk

Message from Jamie Turk

July 31, 2020
 
The Seek Team is excited to facilitate opportunities for our congregation to experience spiritual growth, discipleship and relationships with God and one another. Our goal is that everyone is reading the Bible daily in some shape or form. We hope you are enjoying the daily scripture we are providing via Facebook and find the words to be meaningful and purposeful in your daily life.

If you are not on Facebook, we encourage you to find a daily devotional that speaks to you. It’s important that we keep Christ centered in our daily life! In today’s world of technology, there are so many tools at our disposal where we can do just that. We really have no excuse. I know that I find daily Bible reading to be a moment of clarity that almost always helps me through a struggle I might be facing that day. I find that this moment of purposefulness makes me a better wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, employee…and well, heck, just a better person.

Okay, now, I want to share something about small groups…

When we first moved to Kansas almost exactly ten years ago, we didn’t know a single soul here. I was a new mom with two very young children, suddenly staying home for the first time and my husband was in a new position at work and facing added pressures that a new position can bring. I was able to connect with a handful of women that year through a small group at church. These were women who were all going through a similar season in life. We developed not only a friendship, but a safe space for questions, support, discussion, and prayer. That first Thanksgiving that we were here, my mother, who lived in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. I was pregnant with my third son. She was only 54 and passed within four months of her diagnosis. It was an awful time and I felt helpless. We were several states away and I was unable to be there for my mom as much as I wanted to be. My friends from that small group were there for me in a way I can’t even begin to articulate. After my mother’s death, I struggled with depression, and I remember overhearing my husband discuss with my now best friend that he would make sure I was doing okay in the evening and then she chuckled and said, “I’ll make sure she’s doing okay during the day.” That love and support is what a small group is to me. Small groups connect us closer to God and each other. No matter your stage in life, there is a place for you to find authentic relationships at St. Paul’s.

Over the next month, you will see invitations to join a faith formation small group. This is the perfect time to join a small group! All of our groups are meeting either online or outside in a socially distant fashion. If you are not already participating in a small group, you are encouraged to find one that fits your needs! If one does not exist, we encourage you to start one or let us know what you are looking for. Small groups are not one size fits all. The Seek Team is here to support you every step of the way!

Maybe your relationship with God and others is already deep and you don’t feel compelled to join a small group. Or maybe you are reading this and thinking, I’m already in a small group. If that’s the case, I encourage you to host a new group, even if only temporarily. Your discipleship can bless others in a meaningful way that might just change their life forever.  

Blessings,
Jamie Turk
Seek Team Co-Leader
Director of Children & Family Ministries
 
Worship this week
 

Sunday, August 2

10:00am Livestream on Facebook
“When Change is Hard Fought: South Park School”

We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion this Sunday. Please prepare by having bread/cracker and juice/water available in your home worship space. 

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.
Facebook
YouTube
Online Worship Guide
Livestream
Give

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.
 
Ronelle Neperud


Showering Ronelle


As most of you in our St. Paul's community know, Ronelle Neperud will be retiring from her staff position on August 14.

One of the ways we want to express our love and gratitude is with a card shower. Because of Ronelle's passion for connecting people, serving others, and social justice, we suggest you dedicate a service project or action to her and include a note in your card telling her about it!

We are so grateful for Ronelle's joy, grace, spirit and leadership. Let's shower her with cards and notes of blessing for the journey ahead.

Send cards and notes to:
Ronelle Neperud
c/o St. Paul’s UMC
7740 Lackman Rd.
Lenexa, KS 66217
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.
 

Season of Transition


SPR and Pastors want to keep you all in the loop through the staffing transitions. We know there has been a lot of change, but we can assure you that we are listening to God’s Spirit lead us forward during this time. Change brings with it loss and we grieve the staffing transitions that have happened. We also trust that God will continue to lead us forward. We want to be sure that you all know what is happening in this season. We have formed SPR sub-teams to discern our directions with Connections (opening of Connections Ministry Coordinator) and Worship (openings of Contemporary Worship Director/AV Director and AV Assistant) moving forward so that we can continue these vibrant ministries. We want to be sure that we have evaluated job descriptions, needs, and the gifts we bring as a church to these roles. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Pastor Lora or SPR Chair, Kimberly Goff, if you have specific thoughts and would like to share them.
 
In the interim time, Luke Miltz, our Community Engagement Coordinator, will be taking on the interim role of Connections Ministry Coordinator. Church of the Resurrection has generously loaned us one of their AV staff, Frank Gentile, who is their Director of Production, to help us continue worship until we can hire a new person. Frank will join Loren Bridge this Sunday to learn from him and be ready to keep us online for the next month.
 
We look forward to the new staff that we anticipate hiring in this season of transition, and we give God thanks for the people who have served in these roles so far. We are especially grateful for the gift of the United Methodist connection and Church of the Resurrection’s generosity to help us out during this vacancy. We ask for your prayers for SPR, the staff, and the people God might call to these roles in the future. When we have solidified positions and job descriptions, we will be asking you to help share them widely! Thank you for your grace.
Seek
Star Word reflection

In January we received Star Words to help point us toward Jesus throughout all the days of this year.

How has your star word surprised you so far?

Join the conversation on Facebook!
 

Adults: Small Groups & Resources


The current schedule of antiracism and other small groups is here. If you don't see something that works for you, contact Pastor Sandra and we'll dream up something new! You can also check out our list of anti-racism resources here, and request a Black Lives Matter yard sign here.
 
Find a small group and join us!
Contact Sandra Cox, Pastor of Faith Formation Contact Sandra Cox, Pastor of Faith Formation

Youth: Middle School/High School


Check out the summer 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.
Serve
Veronica's Voice fundraiser

St. Paul's Peace & Justice Committee has a great opportunity for you to help Veronica's Voice by cleaning out your closets, garage, basement - wherever you store your stuff! Savers Thrift Store has an upcoming one-day charity event with proceeds going to Veronica’s Voice. Find info on what they can and cannot accept here under Current News.

All items must be clean in good, sellable condition and in tied off trash bags or boxes. You have two options for dropping off donations:
  • Bring to Suzette Mack's garage, 7614 Bradshaw St, Shawnee 66216, between August 1 and 10. Please call Suzette prior to dropping off items at 720-556-8956. Or...
  • Bring your bags/boxes to the Savers at 95th & Nall between 4-5 pm only on August 12.
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
Since we have been at home and distanced, you all have been giving generously to help those who need it. Your generosity has recently touched each of the vital ministries listed above, all of whom are grateful for your giving. “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will repay them for their deed.” – Proverbs 19:17


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.
 

Faith and Democracy


As United Methodists we “hold governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the people to free and fair elections” believing that “the form and the leaders of all governments should be determined by exercise of the right to vote guaranteed to all adult citizens.” (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶164A) With that in mind, please note these dates for upcoming opportunities to put faith in action.
 
Important 2020 Kansas Election Voting Dates
Monday, August 3 - 12:00 pm deadline to cast advance ballots in person at your county election office.
 
Tuesday, August 4 (Primary Election) - Advance ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received in the county election office no later than three days after the election.  Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by close of polls.  
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