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Merry Christmas!
St. Paul's United Methodist Church  •  7740 Lackman, Lenexa KS  66217  •  913-268-9551
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We wish you and your loved ones a Christmas full of comfort and joy! Here are a few things to keep in mind as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and look forward to a new year full of possibilities at St. Paul's.

Christmas Eve Worship

Contemporary: 5pm | Traditional: 7pm

You’ll have TWO different options to worship on December 24! That’s right, for the first time in almost nine months we will pull the blended service apart for two different worship styles and experiences and sounds. Plan to participate in one of the streams on Facebook - contemporary at 5pm or traditional at 7pm - on our Facebook page. (If you miss out you can always watch "on demand" on Facebook or YouTube :)

Kids are important at St. Paul’s! This year on Christmas Eve, our kids are invited to play Bingo Christmas Eve while participating during service. The idea is that as kids see or hear certain words in the sermon, they get to cross out a box on their bingo board. We mailed bingo boards to families, but if you didn’t receive one or want to invite a friend to participate, you can find them here, or get a non-reader version here. Feel free to comment “Bingo!” or better yet, “Jesus!” in the Facebook comments section during Christmas Eve services. Merry Christmas! 

Come back again at our regular time (10am) on Sunday, December 27! Christmas might be over but we will keep praying “be near me Lord Jesus, we ask thee to stay.” How will God’s Comfort & Joy stay with us?
 
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Christmas Offering


Our Christmas offering this year will be split between two local organizations: MORE2 and Shawnee Community Services. You may make your contribution to the Christmas Offering
fund category any time between now and the end of the year.


 

End of Year Contributions 


In order to be posted during 2020, contributions need to be postmarked by December 31. Automated giving, text giving (1-913-956-0436), or online contributions via our website need to be entered by December 29. Please clearly indicate the funds you are contributing to on the check’s memo line. You can view your giving history and pledge drive balance from your InFellowship account. Contact Lisa Groth, financial secretary if you have questions regarding your contributions. Thank you for your stewardship.

 

New Care Ministry Beginning 2021


We are excited about a new ministry that will debut in 2021 that we believe will greatly enhance our ability to respond to the care needs of our church family. Modeled after a similar ministry launched at the Church of the Resurrection by Rev. Karen Lampe (a St. Paul’s native!), it is based on a team of volunteers called Congregational Care Ministers (or CCMs for short). Working closely with Pastor Sandra, this team will multiply our ability to be in touch with you when you need support or encouragement or prayer.

CCMs will begin with their natural gifts of care and compassion. And then they will receive training in how to reach out to folks in need of contact and share together in a time of prayer. They will meet regularly as a team to receive assignments from Pastor Sandra, as she becomes aware of needs in the congregation.

Are you excited yet? Are you wondering how you can support this ministry? Well, we ask you to pray. PRAY! And then PRAY some more. Pray and ask yourself, “Is God calling me to this ministry?” We are looking for folks who are good listeners, empathetic, and who enjoy encouraging others.

Could that be you?

If you are intrigued, if you are feeling a nudge that God might be leading you to share your gifts in this ministry, please contact Pastor Sandra. She would be happy to talk to you about how you might become a Congregational Care Minister at St. Paul’s.
 

New Small Group in January


Prayer 101
Tuesdays @ 7pm, January 19 - February 2

Host: Rev. Karen Lampe
Why do we pray? How do we pray? What happens when we pray? Join Rev. Karen Lampe for 3 weeks as she shares the basics of prayer and some foundational techniques. Join others from your St. Paul’s family in strengthening your prayer life.

How to join: Contact Pastor Sandra

Star Words & Serving


Star Words and Serving our Neighbors


This tradition is back for its second year! The wise men followed the star that pointed them to Christ. You will receive a star with a word on it and that word will point you toward Christ in the year to come!

After online worship on January 3 you will be invited to come pick up your star word and also to bring non-perishable food items for The Hub Argentine food pantry and the Johnson County North Central Multi-Service Center.

The Hub is asking specifically for donations of 15 oz. cans of protein beans (black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, kidney beans, pork and beans, chili beans, refried beans). The Multi-Service Center will accept similar sized non-perishable foods of all types. Make plans to get your Star Word and drop off donations at the same time on Sunday, January 3, right after online worship!
 
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