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This Week at St. Paul's
St. Paul's United Methodist Church  •  7740 Lackman, Lenexa KS  66217  •  913-268-9551
In this issue:
• Register now for the Charge Conference
• Message from Pastor Lora
• Worship this week
• Coffee & Reflections
• Join a small group
• Read the Bible Daily
• Brunch with friends from the Dialogue Institute
• Attend Dialogue Institute Friendship Gathering
• Donate Blood @ St. Paul's this Sunday
• Donate Warm Clothing and Food Nov. 15
• Cross-Lines Christmas & Food Kitchen
• Request a Black Lives Matter sign
• Serve by Singing

• New Youth small group schedule
• Kids' Connection programs

Charge Conference 2020 Update

The Conference has authorized the Church Council to act as an executive committee of the charge conference to conduct official church business for the local churches this year. Our Church Council met on Thursday, October 29 for our charge conference work. On Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8pm, everyone is invited to a district-wide webinar for the charge conference work of all the district churches to be affirmed. Bishop Saenz will be preaching and our very own Jesi Lipp will be the liturgist. We'd love for you to attend.

Register now and you'll receive an email that will give you a link to join the webinar on November 18. 

Message from Pastor Lora


I was nervously watching the news on Tuesday night with the rest of the globe and tuning out most of the rest of everything else. It seems that Halloween candy is meant to be left over for election-eating…at least that is true in my house. I was trying to do electoral college math (can we all just agree we are living in a real life 4th grade story problem right now?) and figure out if there was a channel that had the least amount of Hunger Games vibes going on as they shared pictures of project winners, and then my phone rang.

Now, I don’t have a lot of phone calls. Texts? Yes. Emails? Goodness, yes. Phone calls? Rarely.

It was my nephews. Andy is five and Josh is three. They are the best (in addition to our nieces on the other side, Charlotte (4), Ellis (3), Nora (1).

Andy said, “Hi Aunt Lora!” and Josh chimed in with his usual, “I want to see Carter!” (He no longer thinks I’m his most interesting aunt.) Sigh.

But before I could show them Carter, Andy said, “Guess what?! Guess what?! Guess what?!”

I said, “Tell me, sweet boy.”


Then he raised his shoulders and giggled like he does when he is overjoyed/proud/waiting to be received with love.

“A WIGGLY TOOTH?! Oh my goodness! That is the best news!”

He jumped up and down and twirled and put his tooth right up to the camera and wiggled it for me. It was perfect.

On a night that felt like so much was at stake, I felt so safe and held in care in my five-year-old nephew’s world. Maybe it was a bit of escapism—or maybe it was a glimpse of God’s Kingdom. 🙂 

What breaks you away from carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders these days? How do you let yourself settle into the good during times like we are walking through right now?

Maybe it’s a call with a child or a good Netflix show. Maybe it’s your daily devotion or hearing Jackson or Sydney sing on Sunday mornings. Maybe it is that shade of rust the leaves are these days that form a color you didn’t even know you thought was beautiful until you saw it on that tree on Johnson Drive. Maybe it’s asking for help or time off or sharing your truth with a friend.

My advice? Answer the phone when it rings you into the wiggly-tooth goodness you need in the moment. I don’t know what the “phone” is for you, but I hope God shows it to you as you read this today.

Worship on Sunday will be beautiful—between the band, virtual choir, Love Seek Serve video, and a message about how we can have something to give even if it feels like we’re running on empty, I think it will be something we might all need to hear. Reach out if you need us—your pastors and staff and this church are here for you if you need some Wiggly Tooth Goodness and you’re not sure where to turn these days.

Much love,
Pastor Lora

Worship this Week


Sunday, November 8

10:00am Livestream on Facebook

In preparation for this week, we're reading Luke 9:10-17 to learn how serving our community will bring us closer to Jesus. Find a related daily scripture reading and reflection here on our website. We'll also begin worship with Kid's Time, so be sure they're tuned in for that!

Participate in the livestream on Facebook or watch later on St. Paul's YouTube channel. Here's a link to last week's service in case you missed it. Check out the online worship guide to find the bulletin and suggestions on how to feel more connected in worship while we're apart.
Online Worship Guide

Coffee & Reflections

Sundays starting November 15

Coffee & ReflectionsBeginning Sunday, November 15 right after worship, we'll meet via Zoom to not only connect, but also to reflect on the morning's sermon, share what resonated within us, and discuss any thoughts or questions that came up. Zoom link will be available soon! Contact: Pam Draper

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.

Share the Lord's Prayer

Would you like to lead the congregation in prayer? You can do it from home! Find instructions and submit your video here. We can't wait to see and hear your prayer.

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.

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 one, this is your time! Check out all the possibilities on our website and sign up. Contact Pastor Sandra if you have questions. 
Learn more & join us!
Contact Pastor Sandra

Read the Bible Daily

Prepare during the week for worship with daily readings and questions for reflection here on our website. Join (or begin!) a discussion in the comments below the readings. We’d love to hear from you about how reading the Bible daily is bringing you closer to God and one another.
Read the Bible Daily

Ladies Virtual Brunch with Dialogue Institute friends

Friday, November 13, 10am

Here is your chance to meet and interact with some delightful ladies from the Dialogue Institute, an organization with a long-standing relationship with St Paul’s. We'd love for you to join us for our second virtual ladies’ brunch with our Muslim friends.

Our topic of discussion this time will be “Celebration Traditions.” We'll hear about the Turkish tradition of celebrating teachers in November and share some of our traditions for different holidays.

Sign up to receive the Zoom link, which will be emailed to you a few days before the brunch. For more information, contact Pat Cooper,
Sign up to attend virtual brunch

Dialogue Institute 15th Annual Friendship Gathering

Wednesday, November 18, 7pm

Please join us! St. Paul’s will be hosting a table at the Dialogue Institute’s 15th Annual Friendship Gathering. The Gathering will feature speaker John Pahl talking about the Hizmet Movement and community service.

Learn more and contact Pat Cooper,, with questions.

Upper Room Devotionals

Find the current issue of the Upper Room devotional in the black mailbox by the church front entrance. As a constituent of St. Paul's, you also may download a digital copy at no charge here.
Get your copy of the Upper Room devotional

November Blood Drive

Sunday, November 8, 8:30am - 2:30pm
St. Paul's
in the Community Blood Center Donor Bus

As hospitals begin to ramp up their operations, our local blood supply must increase as well. Please sign up to donate at our upcoming blood drive. Appointments are strongly recommended; walk-ins will only be accepted as capacity allows.  

Schedule an appointment now or contact: 
Bob Casey or Meredith Christian or

Please wear a face mask to your donation. Remember to bring a photo ID or donor ID card. For questions about eligibility due to travel outside the U.S., medications or medical conditions call 1.800.688.0900.  

To learn more about the importance of donating at this time and to answer your questions about COVID-19, please visit

Donors presenting:
  • Must wear a mask or face covering
  • Will have their temperature taken
  • Must be 14 days symptom free if recovered from COVID-19
  • May NOT donate if they have a positive diagnostic test or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • May NOT donate if they are currently on self-quarantine restrictions
Convalescent plasma donors*:
  • Must have appointment and proof of positive test results
  • Must be 14 days symptom free
*CP donors do not need to meet close contact criteria and can be healthcare workers or first responders.

The CBC does not test for COVID-19. Please see your health care provider if you want to be tested.
Schedule an appointment now

Winter Coats & Clothes Collection

Sunday, November 15, 11am-1pm

Our first snow came early this year and with it a burst of cold air. With that in mind, Serve Council is coordinating the collection of new and gently used winter coats and clothing. We are especially in need of coats for children and youth. The items collected will be distributed to the Ushindi community currently meeting in the former Metropolitan Ave UMC (now the Hub) and to the Catholic Charities Refugees program. Both are in need of winter coats, hats, gloves, etc., for children and adults. Our next collection will be on Sunday, November 15, 11am-1pm.

The Hub Argentine Food Drive

Sunday, November 15, 11am-1pm

The Hub Argentine is in need of the following food items to help stock their food pantry.
  • 15 oz. cans of beans (black, pinto, garbanzo, chili, cannellini, and kidney)
  • 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce
  • 10-15 oz. cans of tomato sauce, Rotel, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, etc.
You can drop these off at the same time you drop off warm winter wear on November 15!

Cross-Lines Christmas Store

These are such busy times at Cross-Lines. The Christmas Store has been cancelled this year due to COVID restrictions, limited volunteers, and the current workload of staff. Cross-Lines is stretched beyond belief right now to serve food in the Kitchen, provide showers for the homeless, bring commodity food boxes to the elderly, and provide rent/utility assistance so people can remain in their homes. Many of these tasks were performed with the help of volunteers before the pandemic. Now the staff is bearing much of the load on their own.

To help with the ongoing needs of clients, Cross-Lines is providing $20 Walmart gift certificates to those currently receiving assistance at their offices. This year, St. Paul's is stepping up to help provide these gift certificates instead of collecting clothing donations. Cross-Lines will use the money we donate to purchase the Walmart gift certificates. Families can use these to purchase clothing, food and a few gifts for their families. Please donate online or by check to St. Paul’s special collection for the Christmas store.

Cross-Lines Food Kitchen

Friday, November 20

Interested in volunteering at Cross-Lines? Check out their online sign up form to view weekly opportunities to help pack food boxes, assist in the food pantry, or help to make and serve meals. If you’d like to partner with another person from St. Paul’s, please contact Janet Podoll and we’ll put you in touch with a person or group. 

Red Team will serve this month at the Cross-Lines Food Kitchen on Friday, November 20. If you’re interested in providing food or serving, please contact Janet Podoll for more information.
Black Lives Matter
Over 80 St. Paul's families are expressing their commitment to antiracism and loving our neighbors with Black Lives Matter signs in their yards. Join us!
Request a Black Lives Matter sign
Give to the Antiracism fund

Sing with Us!

We would love for you to participate in our virtual choir! Contact Jackson to get started.

Youth: Middle School/High School

Check out our new small group schedule 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.

Sundays, 3-4pm via Zoom 
Who Am I? A look into our identities as God each uniquely created us. Open to all youth grade levels. 

  • Nov. 8 - I Am…
  • Nov. 15 - My Values
  • Nov. 22 - Vocation 
  • Nov. 29 - Called a Disciple
  • Dec. 6 - Remembering Your Baptism 
  • Dec. 13 - Risk 
  • Dec. 20 - Going Forward 

Sundays, 6-7pm via Zoom
Relationships and the Bible. Open to all youth grade levels 

  • Nov. 8 - God as Parent 
  • Nov. 15 - Siblings 
  • Nov. 22 - Neighbors
  • Nov. 29 - Friends
  • Dec. 6 - Significant Others
  • Dec. 13 - Enemies
  • Dec. 20 - Church
Youth groups and activities
Youth Facebook Group
Contact Allison Marcus

Kids' Connection: PreK - Grade 6

Celebrate Wonder
Check out our multimedia opportunities for kids to connect with God and each other! There's a place for you here.

We begin worship this Sunday with Kid's Time! so be sure and gather round for that, 10am on Facebook Live.

Kids' Connection & KIDS456 weekly meetups
• Wednesdays, 6:45pm
via Zoom
• Sundays, 11:15am in St. Paul's parking lot

Follow the links below to learn more and join us!
Learn more and get this week's Parent Guide
Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk
Great Plains Gratitude Menugratitude menu
Check out the interactive Great Plains Gratitude Menu for fun and meaningful activities to do with your family this season!
Share photos and tell us what you’re writing on your pumpkin or doing from your gratitude menu on our website or on social media, #spumcgratitude
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