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St. Paul's United Methodist Church  •  7740 Lackman, Lenexa KS  66217  •  913-268-9551
In this issue:


  • Message from Pastor Lora
  • Worship: Bearing the Light
  • Did you get your star word?
  • New Congregational Care Ministry begins


  • Offer your favorite Bible Verse to our Third Graders
  • New Small Group forming now
  • Virtual Brunch with the Dialogue Institute


  • First Sunday Food Drive
  • Kids & Youth Service Opportunity
  • Thank you for serving as Leaders!
  • Serving Cross-Lines Food Kitchen


  • New Youth Programming
  • Kids' Connection & Third Grade Bibles

Message from Pastor Lora

Terrorism. Racial Inequity. Fear. Unity. Betrayal. Despair. Hope.
There are a lot of emotions happening. I want you to know that your feelings are faithful—and my prayer is what we do with those responses will look like incredible discipleship.

How are we bearing the light in the midst of such darkness? That will be the topic of this Sunday’s worship service. The fantastic worship staff have pivoted and delayed a new series start to make sure that our worship service on Sunday is powerful and speaks to us in this poignant moment in our country. You can read about the service below.

I encourage you all to remain as vigilant in your prayers and attention to our political landscape as your hearts will allow you. We have work to do in the way of justice, policy change, and relationships with our neighbors.

If you have not heard the cries of our siblings of color in the aftermath of the terrorism inflicted on the Capitol, please seek out those voices. The racial inequity in policing collective rage is undeniable. May God have mercy on our country’s sin of white supremacy.

I have found myself drawn into a place of confession and repentance—how might we humble ourselves to let God use us to bring light into the darkness of our country? Here is the traditional confession in our United Methodist tradition. Maybe you’ll find comfort and faithfulness in it with me:

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will, we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May our repentance draw us closer to one another—may worship on Sunday be a reminder of God’s light in the darkness. You are in my prayers, dear Church. May we join our prayers together for our country.

“See” you Sunday,
Pastor Lora
Worship this Week

Worship this Week

We are called to be bearers of the light - it's what we do in the season of Epiphany. As we do, we are also going to pause and let ourselves take in the darkness our nation is experiencing. We will focus on the story in Matthew 2:13-18, immediately following the magi going home. "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more."

Join us as we acknowledge the darkness and the difficulty of bearing the light in times like these. We will highlight our candlelighting time during the "Response to the Word" on Sunday with a special chance to pray for our country. Please have a candle ready to light for our country.

Participate in the livestream on Facebook, Sundays at 10am. If you miss out you can always watch later on Facebook or YouTube.
Online Worship Guide & Bulletin

Did you get your star word?

Did you get your star word last week? This new year tradition gives each of us a unique reflection for the coming year to help point us toward Christ. If you weren't able to get your star word, no worries, we can fix you right up! Contact Pam Draper and she'll be happy to coordinate with you.

New Care Ministry Begins

We are excited about a new ministry that debuts in this new year 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.

Offer your favorite Bible Verse

On Sunday, January 24, our 3rd grade students will be presented with their very own Bibles! Please submit your favorite verse to by Wednesday, January 20. When our students receive their Bibles, your name and the verse you have chosen will be included on a notecard inside their Bible. The insert will accompany a prayer from their church family, marking this memorable occasion. Please know that your participation will undoubtedly impact the spiritual growth and well-being of each of our students!
Prayer 101

New Small Group Forming Now

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. Prayer 101 is for anyone who wants to connect more fully with God…no matter where or how long you have been on your faith journey. During this pandemic we have the “opportunity” to seek a greater connection with God.  

Join us for Prayer 101 and a chance to address our theology of God and our previous experiences with prayer as we decide how to best reignite our connection with the spirit. What do you aspire to in your spiritual life?  
  • Greater grace
  • Peace
  • Comfort
  • Joy 
  • Hope
  • Love 
  • Forgiveness 
How can prayer help you become your best courageous self? Join Rev. Karen Lampe, via Zoom, for this 3 week exploration of prayer at its most basic and most powerful level. Sessions begin Tuesday, January 19, at 7 pm for 3 weeks. Sign up by contacting Pastor Sandra.

Third Ladies Virtual “Brunch” with Dialogue Institute

Friday, January 15  |  10am

Here's our next chance for women from St. Paul's to meet and interact with some delightful friends from the Dialogue Institute, an organization that has a long-standing relationship with St Paul’s. Please join us for our third Ladies’ Virtual Brunch with our Muslim friends. The topic of discussion will be “Memories of our Mothers.”

RSVP here and the Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before the meeting.

For more information contact Pat Cooper.

First Sunday Food Drive

February 7, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Thank you to everyone who brought food for the First Sunday Food Drive! We filled the entryway and teams are taking the food to The Hub and to Johnson County North Central Multi-Service Center. Our next First Sunday Food Drive is February 7, 11:30am - 12:30pm. The Hub is asking for 15 oz. cans of tomatoes (diced, crushed, sauce stewed, rotel). Johnson County Multi-Service Center will accept food of all kinds in similar sized cans. Thanks again for your commitment to Serve God by Serving Others.
Kids & Youth Service
Sign up now
Contact Jamie

Thank You for Serving as Leaders!

With a new year comes a transition in leadership. A portion of our team members transition off in order to welcome new leadership, including three of our team chairs this year.

Roger Williams completed his term as Church Council chair. Under Roger’s leadership 2017-2020, we have made it through General Conference, a pastoral transition, and we are working on getting through a pandemic! Roger’s clarity, commitment to our mission, grace for the team, and countless hours are so appreciated. Thank you, Roger, for all you’ve done to keep St. Paul’s “St. Paul’s” in such pivotal times in the life of our church! Pam Overman is the new Church Council Chair.

Kimberly Goff completed her term as Staff Parish Relations chair. She served for 2020 and although it was one year, we’d say that 2020 was a big task in this role! SPR did an extensive view of the preschool viability, a staff re-design, and we hired FIVE new staff people in 2020. Thank you, Kimberly, for all you did to lead us forward strategically and missionally in such an unprecedented year! Shannon Tefft is the new SPR Chair.

Sandy Finney completed her three-year term as SEEK Team Chair. Sandy braved the role of the first chair of this team under the new structure. Sandy helped lead us forward with initiatives in children’s ministry, youth ministry, adult small groups, and most recently studies in racial justice and development with our discipleship pathway. Thank you, Sandy, for leading forward with grace, compassion, and a willingness to adapt as we go! Patricia Marcus is the new SEEK Team chair.

So many people serve within the church all year round. We extend our thanks to all of you who donate food, volunteer with kids and youth, knit, serve on teams, take care of the building and grounds, care for our staff, and more. Without all of our gifts coming together, we would not be able to fulfill God’s mission for us. Thanks, St. Paul’s! If you’d like to find your way into serving at St. Paul’s, contact Pam Draper and she can help you get plugged in.

Serving Cross-Lines Food Kitchen

Would you like to join one of the St. Paul’s teams that serve monthly at Cross-Lines Food Kitchen? If you’re interested in providing food or serving, please contact Janet Podoll for more information.

You can also heck 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!
Kids & Youth

Youth: Middle School/High School

Check out our activities 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.

Sunday School
Meets Sundays 11–12pm
Topic: Faith & Justice 
 Open to all youth grade levels.  

The Gospel According to Harry Potter
Meets Sundays 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Open to all youth grade levels 

Faith in the World 
Meets Sundays 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
Open to all youth grade levels 

Confirmation Class 
Meets Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Open to Freshmen in High School 

Youth Groups and Activities
Youth Facebook Group
Contact Allison Marcus

Kids' Connection: PreK - Grade 6


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

Kids' Connection & KIDS456 weekly meetups
Join us! Contact Jamie for the Zoom links.
  • Kids' Connection: 11am Sundays
  • KIDS456: 6pm Sundays
Third Grade Bibles
Parents of 3rd Graders, here at St. Paul's, it is our tradition that we present a Bible to each third grade student as a statement of their growing faith and development. Studying scripture is one of the most important ways we can learn about God. We recognize that as a 3rd grader, your child is old enough to study scripture on their own. This Bible is a gift from the St. Paul's congregation, their church family. It is our prayer and hope that this gift will be a starting point for a deeper relationship with God. We also have a student guide titled "Learning to Use My Bible" for your family to utilize at home. If you have a 3rd grader who'd like to receive a Bible, please let us know by Wednesday, January 20, by emailing  
Learn more & get this week's Parent Guide
Join Kids' Connection Facebook Group
Contact Jamie Turk
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