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Children's Pageant ~ December 21, 11:00am
Sign up your preschooler through 1st graders to be a part of our Children's Participation Nativity pageant on December 21 during the 11:00am Worship Services. We have an unlimited number of parts to be filed... with one mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, December 20 at 10:00am in the sanctuary. Costumes will be provided. For more information, please give Jill Merryday or Kason Reed a call. Click the photo to signup your child to participate this year! We are truly blessed at Saint Paul's with many wonderful families! We hope your family will join us during this Christmas season to worship Him!
Christmas Cookie Distribution
For the second year, Saint Paulís will be distributing cookies to those people who have to work on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If you would like to deliver your own cookies, we will be providing labels to attach to the plate of cookies saying that they are given from the people of Saint Paulís. If you would like to contribute so that others can give the cookies out, please bring them to the church office next Monday Ė Wednesday and they will be made ready to go out on Christmas Eve. Please bring cookies on a disposable plate (one dozen per plate) and securely wrap them with some kind of plastic wrap. Feel free to sign up by clicking on the cookie photo to help us coordinate this year's project! Thank you!
JOY IN THE CITY!
Our Church-Wide Survey
We are in the process of evaluating the effectiveness of the programs and ministries of Saint Paulís and where we feel that we need to go in the future. To that end, we want to know what you think. It is important that every individual take an on-line survey to give us your opinions. Of course, we only want one survey per person, but if there are two people in a family, both of your opinions are important to us. Please click on the image and take the survey. It should take about 10-15 minutes. Thank you for your help in this important matter! (BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE IMAGE and it will take you to the survey.)
Thank you for everybody who submitted a commitment pledge card for 2015! Your financial commitment to Saint Paulís and its ministries is a wonderful thing! If you havenít filled out a commitment card and given it to the church office yet, please do so right away.
2015 Women's Retreat ~ The Things That Make For Peace
Our 2015 United Methodist Women's Retreat will be held on February 20-22, at the St. George Island Plantation. Our speaker will be Rev. Candace McKibben, of Big Bend Hospice and former Saint Paul's staff member. Early Registration is $130 by October 15, $150 after October 15. Click the photo for more details and to register for the retreat.
Register now for a new year of SPARKS!
SPARKS Wednesdays is a Christian fellowship group for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We meet Wednesday afternoons beginning September 3, 2014 through April 29, 2014, afterschool from 3:00-5:30pm. Join us for faith, fun and friends as we grow together this season. Click on the graphic to learn more and to register for the year.
Our Sunday School December Lessons
"Hope Is Born "
And they will call him, Emmanuel. Matthew 1:23
Leap of Faith: The birth of Jesus shows Godís hope for the world.
December 7 ~ Mary and Joseph ~ Luke 1:26-47; Matthew 1:18-25
December 14 ~ Mary and Elizabeth ~ Luke 1:39-45
December 21 ~The Birth of Jesus ~ Luke 2:1-20
December 28 ~ The Wise Men ~ Matthew 2:1-12
Click the graphic for information on our Sunday Morning for Kids!
Soul Food ~ A Ministry to the Homeless
A new mission ministry has started this winter called Soul Food, a monthly distribution of food and warm clothing the last Saturday of each month. Items are collected throughout the month in the church office or bins in Sanders Hall. Trucks are loaded with your donations and delivered across the lake to the homeless community. To contribute, please bring coats, gloves, socks, hats, and scarves for clothing... and pull-tab individual pack food items i.e., 4 oz. fruit cups/applesauce, pudding cups, peanut butter (comes in a 3 pack) ďJif to GoĒ, Individual boxes raisins, Granola bars, Fruit bars, Vienna sausage, Crackers-cheese or peanut butter, Pretzels, Tuna/chicken salad/crackers, etc. To serve on this team, please contact Belinda McClellan through our church office, 385-5146.
Churches Working Together to Feed our Neighbors
Manna on Meridian is a joint ministry of congregations on Meridian Road in Tallahassee. The idea is simple: to give nutritionally balanced bags of groceries to anyone who comes to our monthly distributions. No questions to answer, no forms to fill out Ė just sharing the gifts that God has given us.
Each week, congregation members bring whatever nonperishable food items they can to church, and those items are added to the Manna pantry. During the month, volunteers go shopping with donated funds to supplement food donations. Volunteers also get the bags of groceries ready for distribution. Then, on the third Saturday of each month, people who need grocery assistance come by the Manna pantry at Faith. (So far, weíve relied on word of mouth, and it has worked well.) Each household is allowed one bag of groceries. The doors stay open from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. We generally distribute 200 bags of groceries. Those who volunteer for Manna say these activities acquaint them with a host of new people, whether those people are bagging groceries, distributing them or taking those groceries home.
Our target foods: Peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, pasta, dried beans, cereal, canned chicken/tuna/fruits/ vegetables/soup. (No glass containers, please.) Donations of food items may be placed in the shopping cart in Sanders Hall or money donations earmarked for Manna through the offering plate.
To serve in this ministry, please contact Stephanie Coughlin through the church office. Thank you for supporting this ministry and praying for those we serve.
Joining Saint Paul's United Methodist Church
Did you ever want to join Saint Paulís but didnít know how? Pastor Mark will be having a New Member class starting November 2 during Sunday school hour, 9:45-10:45am. The class will meet in Room 311 and it will last 3 weeks. Contact Rev. Mark for more information.
Spiritual Gifts Discovery
"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. --- Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." (1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-7)
Saint Paul's has a way for you to take a Spiritual Gifts inventory online. If you would like to take this 80 questions survey and receive immediate results of the ways God has shaped you, please click here. The survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes and you will be presented with your top three to five gifts as soon as you are done.