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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:
• Job opening: Connections Ministry Coordinator 

• Message from Pastor Lora
• Worship this week: new sermon series
• New small groups in October
• Read the Bible Daily
• #SearchKC with Veronica's Voice
• Tend the Food Pantry Garden
• "Brunch" with Dialogue Institute
• Engage voters
• Help navigate back-to-school
• Request a Black Lives Matter sign
• Serve by Singing

• Love, Seek, Serve with St. Paul's Youth
• Celebrate Wonder in Kids' Connection

• Jackson Thomas & OCTETOBERFEST

We're hiring: Connections Ministry Coordinator

Do you have a passion for helping people grow in their faith? The Connections Ministry Coordinator works to invite, engage, and care for congregation and guests in a changing context (online, in-person, hybrid). This part-time person works closely with volunteers and systems for engaging folks more deeply on the discipleship pathway.

Visit our website if you feel like this might be a good fit for you or someone you know! We’d love to connect with you.
Find out more and apply now

Message from Pastor Lora

September 25, 2020

There are three things that have me super excited about this week.

1) This Sunday we start a new series on our “Discipleship Pathway.” For some of you, that term will be brand new. For others of you, your ministry team has been hearing about it for a year. It refers to the things we do to follow Jesus here at St. Paul’s. If someone came in and asked what we were about, we’d tell them about our Love, Seek, and Serve mission statement. But if we’re being honest, so often churches just assume we all automatically know how to grow in our faith with Jesus. The Discipleship Pathway is the way our church guides folks in that faith. These first three weeks are a series on how we “Love God and ALL Others Unconditionally” in this path. The three ways we focus on that at St. Paul’s are: 1) Worship Weekly; 2) Share Our Faith Story; 3) Pray Daily. Over the next three weeks, you’ll hear more about these LOVE areas. Our prayer is that you can find ways to grow closer to Jesus no matter where you are on your faith journey.

2) There is a new weekly part of worship this week too, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. KID’S TIME!!!!!! All throughout the pandemic, we have been trying to figure out the best way to engage our youngest disciples in worship. We think we’ve found it. It happens at the beginning of the service before the first song, so parents you can plan for those first 10 or so minutes of worship being great for even your youngest ones! Hooray!

3) Last night (Thursday), about 50 of you came together on Zoom to recommend Andrea Murdock and Luke Miltz for candidacy to the District Committee on Ministry as they both pursue a call to ordination as an elder! That means they are officially “declared” candidates and will appear before the district committee to be officially certified. What a joy it is to celebrate what God is doing in their lives and to witness your incredible congregational support. The culture of call we see at St. Paul’s is a beautiful thing. We get the gift and privilege of supporting them, along with Allison Marcus and Pastor Mike Marcus as they all pursue ordination. Look for Luke preaching next Sunday (!!!!) and Allison and Pastor Mike both preaching later this fall as part of their continued calling. Thanks for the ways you welcome this learning and growth!

“See” You Sunday,
Pastor Lora

Worship this Week

Worship this week

Sunday, September 27

10:00am Livestream on Facebook

This week we begin a new sermon series exploring our mission to "Love God and all others unconditionally." 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 worship guide (link below) for suggestions on how to feel more connected in worship while we're apart.
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 and Connections

Do you miss seeing faces and chatting in the lobby with your church community before worship on Sundays at St. Paul's? Join us 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 Connections Zoom link
Meeting ID: 893 3022 6401
Password: SPUMC

Pastoral Care

Pastor Sandra will be on vacation until September 28, so if there is something you would like your St. Paul's family to pray about or you have need for pastoral care during that time, please contact Pastor Lora.

Adult & Intergenerational Small Groups

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. 

New in October

Bible 101
starts Monday, October 19, 7pm

Host: Marilyn Gregory

The Bible is a collection of books, written by many different people over nearly two thousand years for vastly different purposes. We believe it to be our sacred text, a text that can bring us into God’s presence and purpose.

But it is hard to understand. Good people come to different conclusions about what it means for us today. This six-week study will not answer all your questions. But it will give you some tools for becoming a student of the Bible.

We will learn how to find a passage of scripture. We will explore some of the history of the Bible and what that history means for how we read the Bible today. We will acquaint ourselves with resources that can help us understand the Bible. We will practice digging into the rich meanings of a few Bible stories. It is my hope that participants will leave Bible 101 wanting to go deeper into the books of the Bible and feeling confident to do so.
Tuesday Evening Small Group
starts October 6 @ 6:30pm

Host: rotating leadership

Assuming the weather cooperates, we'll meet on the church parking lot near the garden (westernmost part of the lot). Bring your chair, mask, drink, book and your unique personality. We will be distanced and masked, in keeping with church policy. You will need to get a copy of See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur and read the Introduction and Chapter 1 before our first meeting.
Learn more & join us!
Contact Pastor Sandra

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.

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

#SearchKC with Veronica's Voice

Join St. Paul's Peace & Justice team in assisting Veronica's Voice with a search for missing children in the KC area. Veronica's Voice is organizing the October 16 social media search for missing and exploited children.

Find more information on the Veronica's Voice website or by contacting Suzette Mack.

Register before September 30 to join this effort.

Tend the Food Pantry Garden


Meet up with other St. Paul’s volunteers in the garden on Saturday, October 3, 9am to dig up sweet potatoes, pull and bag other plants, and put our hard working garden beds to rest.

If you have any extra lawn bags, please bring them. No experience needed, we’ll be happy to have you! Remember to practice social distancing guidelines. Contact Kurt Hookstra for more info, and be sure to join our Facebook garden group to stay in the loop.

"Brunch" with Dialogue Institute

Fourteen women participated in our virtual gathering last week; nine from St. Paul's and five from the Dialogue Institute. It was an enjoyable and educational morning. Even though we didn't really eat brunch, we had a lot of fun chatting about our lives, families, and customs. Our Turkish friends shared their tradition of making "Noah's pudding" to celebrate peace and community with their neighbors, and St. Paul's ladies spoke of similar American customs like "friendship" bread, holiday cookies, and family cookbooks. We all are looking forward to the next virtual meeting on November 13.

Engage Voters

Get involved in the work of anti-racism at St. Paul’s by doing phone banking for voter engagement. Our next phone bank, in partnership with MORE2, will be Sunday, October 4, 1-3pm via Zoom. Join us!

Learn more and sign up for phone banking

Serve in a Learning Pod

Looking for a way to help parents and students navigate back-to-school 2020? Join St. Paul's as we partner with The Hub @ Metropolitan Ave UMC & YouthFront to provide Learning Pods for students in KCK. Training will be provided by YouthFront the week of September 28 and the Learning Pods will begin the following week. Find out more and sign up at the link below!
Learn more and sign up
Black Lives Matter
Over 50 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 fall schedule for youth and join us any time! Programs are open to all youth grades 7-12. Contact Allison for Zoom links.

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 a new thing - Kid's Time! - so be sure and gather round for that, 10am on Facebook Live.
Learn more and get this week's Parent Guide
Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk
Join Jackson Thomas and select KC VITAs singers on the terrace of Simpson House for OCTETOBERFEST on Sunday, October 4 at 4pm. $50 tickets include your own socially-distanced space in the garden allowing for up to 5 attendees, live music by 8 members of KC VITAs, a pretzel from KC Pretzel Boys, and, for guests of age, your choice of local Oktoberfest beer or pumpkin ale! Mask-wearing and the latest CDC guidelines will be enforced. In order to ensure the safety of guests and maintain proper social distancing, we have very limited seating available. Reserve your space today! 
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