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Message from Pastor Lora

Love
  • Good Friday & Easter Worship
  • Sign up to Gather at St. Paul's
  • Share Daily Bread
Seek
  • New Small Group forming
  • Small Group Topic & Schedule Updates
  • Save the date: Virtual Ramadan
Serve
  • First Sunday Food Drive - with the Easter Bunny🐰
  • Easter Offering: Serve Week!
  • Sign up to be a Greeter
  • Serve Cross-Lines Food Kitchen
Kids & Youth
  • Youth Programs: New events and programs for Spring!
  • Kids' Connection: Changing things up and meeting outside!


Message from Pastor Lora


It is my second Holy Week with St. Paul’s and I still have yet to experience it “normally” with all of you. Last year, the adrenaline was going as we scrambled to make sure online worship was good (or at least something!) while all of us were sheltering in place.

This year, we are anticipating a return to something closer to normal very soon, but it’s still just...out...of...reach...

What I know to be true: Easter will still happen.

We’re thrilled to have the chance to see some of you all on Sunday morning. It’s going to be gorgeous outside and your faces will be a delightful glimpse of renewal and LIFE the day we celebrate it most. We know 6:30am is not for everyone—neither is gathering with larger groups in-person for some folks still. For those who will be there, SEE you on Sunday—no quotation marks!—for that simple, no-microphone, stand-and-spread-apart-service. You can see more details below.

Our 9am and 11am online services are the chances to experience the FULL worship services with an Easter message, music, Holy Communion, a video about one of our St. Paul’s families and a practice in their lives that will be sure to offer you some GOOD NEWS, and you get to experience it all from the comforts of your homes. Invite friends to tune in with you! Shelter at Home doesn’t have to be the only time we invite folks to worship online with us—try it out this year too!

You’ll hear a message in those services on Sunday that I have prayed about this whole Daily Bread series. I’ve wrestled with it as I’ve learned to make bread at my own counter. I’ve felt the Spirit offer it as I’ve heard stories about your weariness from COVID, your struggles at home, your wrestling with injustice and systemic sin and your part in it, your GRIEF, and your confessions that you haven’t really stayed engaged in worship (we know—and it’s okay—we forgive you—we are just so excited to see you again!!!!) It’s formed as we’ve read the news of guns and trials and voter suppression, but also with the news of returning to school, opening nursing homes, and vaccinations. It’s come as I’ve seen resurrection in so many of you—and it will be a joy to share it with you as I “see” you on Sunday.

I have a lot of grief that this will be my second Easter with all of you and my second Easter without all of you, too. Maybe we can just get biblical with it next year: on the third day year the body of Christ finally rises on Easter! ☺

“See” you and SEE you on Sunday,

Pastor Lora
 

Help Us Decorate Worship for Easter!


Bring flowers, such as tulips or lilies in dirt, to help us make worship full of life on Easter! You can bring them to Sunrise Service or arrange with Pastor Lora a time to drop them off so that we have them ready for Sunday morning. We will then turn around and give them away during the First Sunday Food Drive. Share some love on Easter!
 
7pm Traditional Worship Online

Tune in to Facebook Live this evening for Good Friday worship at 7pm with Jackson Thomas and the virtual choir sharing music as we journey through the Stations of the Cross with prayers written by Pádraig Ó Tuama.
 

6:30am Outdoor In-person Sunrise Service
9:00am Contemporary Worship Online
11:00am Traditional Worship Online

This Sunday, April 4, will begin with Easter Sunrise Service in-person at 6:30am on the church grounds at the grassy area on the west side of the church. Park in the main lot and walk toward the garden - you'll be sure to see us! If you are uncomfortable standing for the service, you're welcome to bring your own chair. You can access the lyrics from your phone at the church website, or you can print them and bring them with you. We will not have paper to hand out. Please consider bringing flowers to help us decorate for the other worship services that day! Remember: masks and distancing are required to keep us all safe!

We’ll have two amazing services online at 9 am and 11 am sharing a message of how sometimes resurrection takes some time. Invite family and friends to stream with you—people from all over can join together! Prepare for Communion at these services by having crackers/bread (maybe your own homemade!) and water/juice ready in your home worship space. The music and message will help us frame what it means to rise with Christ, to sustain the joy of resurrection over time, and to celebrate what God does for us in Jesus. Participate in the livestream on Facebook. Can't wait to "see" you!
Facebook
YouTube
Easter Sunrise Lyrics
9 & 11am Worship Guide
Return Re:Church Gatherings

 

We want to welcome you back to this holy ground and spend some time together. Beginning Tuesday, April 13, there will be small gatherings on the grounds to spend time in conversation and reflection over the past year, and then to welcome you into the building for time with God. We will provide written blessings to you can pray over the building and let your footsteps and presence rededicate our space to God. This will be a chance to pray, reflect, light a candle, spread out, see some memories of what has been over the last year, and offer our trust in God for what the future will bring. We will start outside and distanced, taking our masks off for conversation while seated. Then inside will be masked and distanced with groups of no more than 15 total. Sign up today!

P.S. In case you missed it, here's a link to this past week's re-entry update.
 
Sign up to attend a gathering


Share Daily Bread


Each week of Lent we're sharing a recipe along with scripture and a conversation topic. As part of our Lenten journey, we encourage you to make the bread, take a picture, and post it on social media with #stpaulsdailybread (if you’re not a social media person, feel free to email your photos to Pastor Lora). We want to use those photos in our worship and promotions this season. We can't wait to see what you create!
 

Pray for our Nation


Bishop Ruben Saenz of the Great Plains UMC Conference is calling for us to set apart a sacred and regular time each day from now until Easter, 4/4/2021, to pray for our nation using a prayer from our own United Methodist Book of Worship, “A Prayer in a Time of National Crisis” (United Methodist Book of Worship, #517):
God of all the ages, in your sight nations rise and fall and pass through times of peril. Now when our land is troubled, be near to judge and save. May leaders be led by your wisdom; may they search your will and see it clearly. If we have turned from your way, reverse our ways and help us to repent. Give us your light and your truth, let them guide us; through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of this world, and our Savior. Amen.
St. Paul’s, let’s join Bishop Saenz in prayer for the healing and the wholeness of our nation.

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 a small group, this is your time! All are open and ready to welcome you in your faith journey. If you have questions about getting started, contact Pastor Sandra Cox
New Small Group forming now
Are you looking for a small group that meets to consider how faith impacts real life? Then our newest small group might interest you! It begins Tuesday, April 6. Ray Millard is coordinating this group, designed especially for men, that will meet via Zoom every other Tuesday at 8:15pm for about an hour. The group will reflect on podcasts they listen to between meetings, beginning with The Bible for Normal People with Peter Enns and Jared Byas (check it out wherever you get your podcasts!). To sign up for this small group and get the Zoom link, contact Pastor Sandra.
New Micah Group Topics
Micah Class meets Sundays, 9:30-10:45am, via Zoom to discuss contemporary topics of faith. Contact Sandy Finney if you'd like to join us any time! Here's what's coming up.

April 4: We won’t have a formal agenda but please plan to join us to socialize and catch up with each other!
April 11:  "Jesus and Muhammad" discussion led by Pat Cooper
April 18: “Speaking in Tongues: Is it just for the few or does everybody do it?" Acts 2:1-4 led by Matt Campbell
April 25: Climate Change issues and how people of faith can make an impact. Led by Sandy Finney.
May 2-May 30: “Paint the Stars: Science, religion and an Evolving Faith” led by Charles Bueso.
New Women's Study Group Topic
On Wednesday, April 7, the Women’s Study Group will begin a six week study based on Trevor Hudson’s book, Invitations of Jesus. In this study, Hudson leads us to see where Christ is touching our lives and calling us to deeper relationships with God, self, and neighbor. Come explore with us how Christ is calling you to new life! Meets 1:00-2:30 via Zoom. Contact Pastor Sandra to join us.
"Take this Bread" Group Rescheduled 
The discussion of Take this Bread by Sara Miles has moved to Monday, April 5 at 7pm. Contact Patricia Marcus to join us!
 
Learn more and get started in a small group

Virtual Ramadan with the Dialogue Institute


Save the Date: St. Paul's has been invited by the Dialogue Institute to join a virtual Ramadan celebration on Tuesday, May 4, 7:30-8:45pm. If you would like to learn more about this month of prayer, introspection, and fasting and the people who celebrate it, please put the date on your calendar. Reach out to Pat Cooper from Peace & Justice Team if you have any questions. More information and Zoom Link will come closer to the date.
Easter Sunday Food Drive


First (Easter!) Sunday Food Drive


Be sure to stop by St. Paul's on Easter Sunday, 12:30-1:30 for our food drive - the Easter Bunny will be there!!! 🐰

The Hub Argentine is asking for facial tissues (square boxes) and granola bars.

JoCo Multi-Service Center has an immediate need for canned fruits, pasta mixes, rice mixes, and soup/snack crackers. They would also appreciate cake/brownie mixes (as an extra treat, not a necessity). 

Thanks for your commitment to Serve God by Serving Others!
 


Easter Offering: Serve Week!


This year instead of one Sunday packed with opportunities to serve, we are going to have a Week of Service the first week in June! There will be opportunities to go out to our partner ministries and serve on-site with them. We will serve with ministries like Cross-Lines, The Hub, Mill Creek Elementary, Veronica's Voice, St. Paul's Community Garden, the Blood Mobile, and more! Then on Sunday, June 6, our worship will celebrate the service that has happened, we'll learn more about those ministries, and worship the God who taught us how and calls us to serve. Your 2021 Easter Offering will help make this awesome opportunity happen! You can give online and invest in so many places doing great things in Kansas City.  

Greeting Opportunities


Being in person again means a return to in-person greeting! You can make a big difference by creating a warm welcome for everyone who shows up - whether they're returning after a season of online-only or brand new and finding their way. Sign up to greet at the upcoming outdoor services here, or contact Pam Draper with questions.
 
Sign up to be a greeter
Cross-Lines Volunteers


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 and she'll be happy to help get you started!
 

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 more info.
 

EVENTS

Teen Summit
Sunday, April 18, 3-5pm at St. James UMC. An evening where Old Mission, St. James, and St. Paul’s youth come together to delve into what youth can do to engage with racial justice in KC. Limited registration available. Register here.  
 
Parking lot Game Night
Wednesday, April 14, 6-7pm in-person outdoors at St. Paul’s. A traditional evening of youth group games in St. Paul’s parking lot. 
 
Youth Summer Kick-off Event
Sunday, May 2, 3-5pm in-person outdoors at St. Paul’s.
Youth Council-led game night.
 
SMALL GROUPS
 
Sunday School
Sundays 10–11am via Zoom
Topic: Faith & Justice

LifeHacks 
Sundays, 3-4, March 21 - May 30 in-person outdoors at St. Paul’s.
Topic: Equipping us as people of faith for living in the everyday world, including budgeting, food, stress, relationships, house mechanics, faith & doubt, and organization. 
 
Revisiting Childhood Stories 
Sundays, 4:30-5:30pm, April 11 - May 30 via Zoom.
Topic: A new look at stories in the Bible we grew up learning about in Children’s Sunday School, including Jonah and the whale, David and Goliath, Noah’s Ark, and Joshua and the Walls of Jericho

 
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
We're changing things up to get ready for in-person worship! See the latest plans for worship and other gatherings, and read on to see what that means for our kids! 
 
Kids' Connection: 10:15am Sundays via Zoom until April 25 (see below for what's next!).

KIDS456: a time for growth and connection for our kids in 4th-6th grade. We'll begin meeting weekly in person starting Wednesday, April 7, 6:30-7:30pm, outdoors and masked.

Starting April 25, we'll no longer be meeting via Zoom for Kids' Connection. The weekly bible lesson will be posted in our Facebook Group. At both 9:30 and 11am, kids will join their parents for the first part of worship. There will then be an opportunity for children to gather and go around the building to the playground for an age-appropriate Bible lesson and some playtime and fun! Your child can also stay with you doing worship, whatever works best for your family! Children are always welcome during service. Please note, the playground has those tiny little rocks, so we recommend you dress your kiddos in tennis shoes and not sandals. We will also need two volunteers for each service to assist, so watch this space for sign-ups coming soon! We're not offering childcare for nursery aged children just yet, but hope to do that soon.

Family Discipleship Kits
April Family Discipleship Kits ready for you! Contact Jamie if your family would like one to let her know when you plan to pick it up:  
  • Sunday, April 4, 6:30am during Sunrise Service or 
  • Sunday, April 4, 12:30-1:30pm during the food drive
You can still Egg a Family 🙂🐰🍬🌷☀️
We still have a few kits available! They're in a small bin just outside the main entrance at church. All you need to do is fill the easter eggs with the supplied candy and then "hide" them in the assigned family's front yard (there's a small slip of paper with the address inside the kit). Leave a sign taped to the family's front door so they'll know who it's from! All are welcome to participate!

Join us! Contact Jamie if you have questions about any of our activities for kids and families.
 
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Contact Jamie Turk
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