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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:
• Message from Pastor Lora
• Worship this week
• Coffee & Connections
• Welcome to what's NEXT!
• Small groups for all ages
• Attention Kids! The Tiny Tot Triathlon is coming!
• Upper Room Devotionals
• Love your neighbors with a Black Lives Matter sign
• Cross-Lines Food Kitchen serve opportunity
• August Blood Drive at St. Paul's
• Serve by Singing!

• Just Because3 benefit concert with Jackson Thomas 

Message from Pastor Lora

August 14, 2020
In the past two weeks, we’ve had our first two in-person group staff meetings in five months. Last week, Worship Team met in the sanctuary, chairs spaced, masks on, to plan worship during this transition time as Church of the Resurrection helps us with AV. This week, Program Team met on the lawn for lunch to celebrate Ronelle’s retirement.

I think we said, “this is weird,” about 30 times at each meeting. It is so different to be together in person. There are ways you can have multiple conversations happening at once that just isn’t possible in a zoom room. You can have silence, and it doesn’t feel as awkward.

The thing that I noticed the most in person at both meetings was the laughter. We were more playful together. I don't know if that has to be true. (I seem to remember a certain Lenten small group I was a part of where costumes happened…you remember the early days of stay-at-home, right???) But I will say that in person there was some sort of freedom and relaxation that happened that it’s just hard to replicate elsewhere.

It made me wonder how I can cultivate the ease that happens in person as a regular part of my weeks in this time when it is truly safer to be at home and distanced. What does playful look like right now?

I took a whole class in Play Theology in divinity school. Learning about how recreation ties us to God’s gift of life—of the re-creation before us—was one of those times I felt myself ease. Sitting in a distanced circle of chairs and laughing, I felt God creating something among us again.

But I’ve also felt that gift of life when I play with our dog Ollie, when I pot new houseplants (I’m a little obsessed…my office might look like a greenhouse right now), or on a hike with Carter we haven’t been on before.

When we find those things that bring joy for joy’s sake, God’s gift of re-creation offers us that ease that is a little harder to come by these zoom-filled, less connected days. Play is just one spiritual discipline where we meet God. Maybe you can give it a try intentionally this weekend?

If not, find another way to experience God’s grace—maybe it’s joining a small group that is about to form—maybe it’s volunteering this week to bring food for Cross-Lines? Check out the SEEK and SERVE sections this week to find out how.

Play on,
Pastor Lora

P.S. – The Love Seek Serve Moment in worship this weekend is going to be pretty special. You’ll get to hear from a handful of those 81 people who are in anti-racism groups—the ones who are youth! Their vision for the change that is yet to come is an inspiring witness of faith. Join us in worship!

Sunday, August 16

10:00am Livestream on Facebook

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.
Online Worship Guide

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.
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.
Next steps in faith

Welcome to what's NEXT!

You’ve decided that you belong at St. Paul’s UMC, that this is the church for you. (Awesome!) What do you do next?

You come to NEXT, our Zoom meeting in two parts that gives you an overview of our mission and how we invite you to live that out every day. The second session concludes with you taking the vows of membership (to uphold St. Paul’s with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness) making you a full member of St. Paul’s UMC.

When is the next NEXT? Sunday, August 23 & 30, 11:30am-1pm. To attend, contact Luke Miltz.

We're excited for you to become a member of our congregation!

Adults: Small Groups & Resources

Stay tuned as we add new small groups in the coming weeks! 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.
Neighborhood Small Groups
Sign up for a neighborhood small group now!
See the list of small groups 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 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.

Tiny Tot Triathlon
St. Paul's is an official sponsor of the Lenexa Tiny Tot Triathlon happening on Saturday, August 22! We hope to see lots of St. Paul's friends there that day. We'll be wearing our masks and practicing social distancing. Look for folks in their St. Paul's Love Seek Serve t-shirts! 

The event is for ages 3-9. If you're interested in volunteering with us the day of the event, email our Community Engagement Coordinator, Luke Miltz.

Get more info and register your child now!
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.
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We're planting Black Lives Matter signs in our yards to express our commitment to antiracism and loving our neighbors. You have requested (and we have delivered!) over 55 signs so far!

Let us know if you'd like to receive your own sign by filling out this form. You can also contribute to the purchase of signs by entering your gift amount in the Antiracism Action Fund category here.

Cross-Lines Food Kitchen Serve Opportunity

Cross-Lines Food Kitchen serving date is coming up Friday, August 21. It is Red Team's turn to provide the meal. Food providers (tortilla wraps, fruit, brownies), donations for food, and servers to pack sack lunches at the kitchen are needed. Servers will travel to Cross-Lines at 9:30 am on Friday the 21st and will spend 3 hours filling lunch bags and passing them out to people through a plexiglass shielded door space. There is no inside dining and mask wearing volunteers will social distance while packing lunches and handing the sacks out at the window. If you are able to help in any way, please email Janet Podoll to volunteer or get more information.
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

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.
St. Paul's Around Town
Are you involved in a community activity you'd like your St. Paul's friends to know about? Tell us about it!

Just Because3
A Pandemic-Style Voice Recital
Wednesday, August 19, 7pm
St. James Catholic Church
309 S. Stewart Rd.
Liberty, MO

Kirsten Hyde (soprano) and Jackson Thomas (tenor...and St. Paul's Director of Choral Music!) are joining forces once again to present Just Because³ - A pandemic-style voice recital benefitting Alive & Well Communities. Joining Kirsten & Jackson is Nanette Kraus on piano and Matthew Bennett on violin. Featured are works by Faure, Tosti, Flaherty, Sondheim, and of course Jason Robert Brown!

Admission is free, but they would graciously accept any free-will offerings that will benefit Alive & Well Communities, a Missouri-based nonprofit focused on addressing the toxic stress and trauma of discrimination.

Masks will be required. St. James Catholic Church has a capacity of 1,200, so there is ample room to social distance. The recital will be livestreamed via Facebook Live if you'd like to join us virtually instead.
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