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Sunday, October 5, at St. Paul's

October 2, 2014 - 4:31pm
Sunday, October 5, at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Communion This Sunday. This Sunday is World Communion Sunday, and we will celebrate communion in both services. We will be teaching both congregations a new communion song, called "Behold the Lamb" by Getty/Townend. I am looking forward to a very moving and inspiring time together.

New Sermon Series. We will begin a new sermon series this Sunday called, "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus." Our goal is for St. Paul's attenders to have several stories of Jesus that they can share with outsiders (Col. 4:5-6) in their own words. This Sunday, the story is from Luke 6:12-26. Jesus calls his twelve disciples and teaches the crowds. Why not look at this story ahead of time. Consider how you would share this "Story of Jesus" in your own words.
  • In the first service, Fern Black and Diane Mohr will share a special offertory, based on "O Lord Most Holy" and "I Love You, Lord."
  • In the second service, Seth Carruthers will lead us in worship. Let's all make a special effort to be in worship on time, so that we can offer our undistracted attention and praise to God.
October 10 is St. Paul's Night with International Students! Next Friday night, presents a special opportunity for the friends of St. Paul's to engage in Spiritual Conversations with about 120 International Students. Our church is scheduled to serve supper that night at Memorial Presbyterian Church. Our own Jill Pasteris will be the speaker. If you are interested in helping out, either by assisting with the dinner, or simply coming to meet International Students, please speak to Bob or Tess Hilgers. This ministry fits in perfectly with our mission to make more and better disciples.
 
Life Chain. Don't forget about the Life Chain this Sunday, October 5. Stay after church for a light lunch, followed by a testimony by Larry and Sue Jackson's granddaughter, followed by a prayer vigil on Olive Blvd. from 2 to 3:00 pm. We have been rescued by Christ, and for that reason, we rescue others.

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Sunday, September 28, at St. Paul's

September 25, 2014 - 4:29pm
Sunday, September 28, at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Sermon Series Ends. Did you know that Jesus used 307 different questions during the course of his ministry, as it is recorded in the Gospels? We will learn from Jesus this Sunday as we wind up our September Sermon Series, God Space: Talking About God in Everyday Life. The sermon is called, "Listening and Wondering Your Way Into Spiritual Conversations," and is based on Colossians 4:5-6, James 1:19-20, and Matthew 6:25-34. Please prepare for Sunday's worship by reading these scriptures, and chapters 5 and 6 in the God Space book.

Special This Sunday. 
  1. In the first service, the chorale will sing their anthem, "I Fall On My Knees" down front. The congregation has told us over and over again that you want to see the choir, so we are doing what we can to bring them forward when possible. We also have several favorite hymns, including "The Church's One Foundation" and "I Love to Tell the Story."
  2. In the second service, Seth Carruthers, one of our candidates for Contemporary Worship Director, will lead us in worship. We will again have Kid's Church, and it will be a great day to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The "Feast of Tiny Food" is Wednesday, October 1, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets will be on sale this Sunday between services. The price is $12 per person. This year, the entertainment is a very young, African-american, barbershop quartet. I believe you will really enjoy the enthusiasm and spirit of these young people.

Retirement Smart 360, October 2, 9 and 16, is Coming Up Quickly. The cost is $99 per single/couple. The enrollment application and course outline are available in the Welcome Center.

Finally, I Want to Encourage our Congregation to Grow in Prayer. The Prayer Team will meet this Wednesday, October 1, at 7:00. This week, they will meet with the Associate Pastor Search Team to pray with them for a few minutes. If you are interested in joining our prayer team, please speak to Dana Button, the prayer leader. We need more prayer warriors!

I look forward to seeing you, my church family, this Sunday!
  Grace, mercy, and peace to all!

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Sunday, September 7, at St. Paul's

September 4, 2014 - 5:16pm
Sunday, September 7, at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Sermon Series Ends. This Sunday, we will wind up our Summer Sermon Series, Paul: Apostle of Grace. Our pictorial tour through the life of Paul ends with the final two windows in our sanctuary. Window #15 shows Paul writing letters in prison, while Window #16 shows Paul being beheaded. These may seem like rather gruesome scenes to be surrounding us every Sunday in worship, but when one considers some of the things going on in the world today, perhaps they are very relevant.

The Good Fight. The scripture passage for this Sunday is 2 Timothy 4:1-8. Paul speaks his famous words, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race." We will meditate on these words as we consider our worship theme: "Faithful to the End."
  1. Larry Smith, our new Traditional Worship Director will be introduced in both services this Sunday. Larry will lead the choir in the first service and will also fill in as worship team director in the second service during the month of September.
  2. Communion will be served in both services.
“Digging Deeper” Confirmation Class Starts September 7. Please speak to Pastor Mark or Kelly Graeler if you know of a 7th or 8th grader interested in a “Digging Deeper” discipleship experience.

Pick Up Your "God Space" Book. In preparation for our next sermon series, "God Space" books are available for you in the welcome center this Sunday. I encourage you to start reading right away, especially chapters 1 and 2. A suggested donation of $5 will be accepted, but is not required.

Church Picnic September 14, One United Service at 10:00, Picnic at 12 Noon. As I write, our church picnic is only 11 days away. Be sure to bring friends and family. Sign up THIS SUNDAY, Sept. 7, to help with the picnic preparations. Please place your name on the sign up sheet in the Welcome Center. 

Many exciting things are happening at St. Paul’s. Please know that you can always access our web site: www.stpaulsefree.org. From the web site, you can access our church calendar, view past posts, view “St. Paul’s InAction”, and read our church newsletters.
  Grace, mercy, and peace to all!

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Sunday, August 31 at St. Paul's

August 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Sunday, August 31 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Guest Preacher. The Labor Day Weekend provides a great opportunity to gather together with God’s people toward the end of Summer. Join us this Sunday at either the 8:30 or 11:00 Service. We have a guest preacher, Solomon Kendagor, who is the director of International Students, Inc. (ISI), here in St. Louis. Solomon will deliver a message: “Hope for a Hopeless World” from Romans 3.

ISI Ministry Partners. This Sunday also provides an opportunity for you to serve the international students that come to Saint Louis each year. You will be invited to host an international student while they are in Saint Louis. Each host, or ISI Ministry Partner, is assigned a student, and encouraged to spend time with that student throughout the year. To prepare for hosting these students, there is a training session at Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 6, between 8:30 am and noon.
 
Card Shower. We are having a “shower of cards” for Dustin and Jessica Burggraaf. This is Dustin’s last Sunday at St. Paul’s, and we want to send his family off with a lot of love from our congregation. There will be a basket for your cards in the Narthex. Let’s fill it up!
 
Between Services.
  • Solomon Kendagor will speak in the auditorium for the Adult Bible Fellowship.
  • SIGN UP for volunteer opportunities regarding the picnic.
  • Sunday School
  • Youth Sunday School (7th to 12th grades) in youth room, with Chris and Tina Kaiser teaching.
  • NOTE: “Digging Deeper” Confirmation Program begins on September 7. 
Construction. Please note, the highway department is building a new “apron” for our church’s south entrance onto Olive Blvd. Most probably, the south entrance will not be open on Sunday. Even so, the Warson entrance will be open, along with entrances into both east parking lots.
 
Safe Travels. I’m looking forward to seeing the St. Paul’s family on this holiday weekend. May God grant safe travels for those who will be on the road.

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Sunday, August 17 at St. Paul's

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Sunday, August 17 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, This has been a week of turmoil throughout the St. Louis region, with the racial tension in Ferguson are stretched to their limit . Where can we turn for answers? Here are a couple of ideas:
  1. The path toward peace comes through Jesus, and it comes through a secure relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we are truly secure in our relationship with the Father, we are empowered to follow the words of Jesus: “Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well...” (Mt. 5:39-40). Non-violence is not just an idea. It permeates the ministry and teaching of our Lord
  2. The path to peace come through loving action. Please read the following and ask God how you might help out: School Supply and Food Drive for Ferguson. Saturday, August 16th, from 9-11am at First Baptist Church of Ferguson on the south lot located at the corner of New Florissant and Blackburn Ave near the US Bank.
    1. We are looking for donations of food to bless the community, especially the Canfield Apartments. With all that has transpired in Ferguson many residents are unable to get the food they need. As a St. Louis community we want to bless our neighbors in Ferguson and provide what we can for their basic needs. Can goods, and non-perishables, bottled water, and other non-perishables drinks, and basic toiletries.
    2. We are also wanting to collect school supplies. These supplies are planning to be distributed during an event Saturday Evening at FBC Ferguson, and the leftover supplies will be given to Ferguson schools ensuring they have what they need to kick the school year off fully stocked with goods. Plans are being made to distribute these goods and ensure that the needs of our community are met. Thanks in advance for what God is doing through you.” Attached is a link to a form to fill out that you are willing and able to volunteer. All volunteers need to be at FBC Ferguson no later than 8 am. We will pray, and get organized so that we might bless our city. Volunteer Here: http://bit.ly/1oRsmKv. Any questions can be directed to joe@passagechurch.org
 
Worship on Sunday, August 17, will include a special anthem by a bell duet in the first service, and some powerful worship songs by the worship team in the second service. The sermon is called, “The Unknown God,” from Acts 17:16-28. Please read the text ahead of time, and consider how this might apply to America in the 21st Century.

“Digging Deeper” Confirmation Class will be starting September 7. Please speak to Pastor Mark or Kelly Graeler if you know of a 7th or 8th grader interested in a “Digging Deeper” discipleship experience.

There are many exciting things happening at St. Paul’s. Please know that you can always access our web site: www.stpaulsefree.org. You can listen to sermons,  view the church calendar, view past posts, “St. Paul’s InAction”, and our church newsletters.
  Grace, mercy, and peace to all! Pray for our city!

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Sunday, August 10 at St. Paul's

August 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Sunday, August 10 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, God’s Guidance. One of the most important areas of counseling that pastors undertake is helping people to find God’s will for their lives. Whether it is a teenager deciding on a career, a young adult deciding about marriage, a middle age person thinking about a career change, or a senior citizen wondering about God’s call during their retirement years, there are always lots of questions surrounding these decisions.
This Sunday’s Scripture, Acts 16:1-10, tells the story of God “zapping” the Apostle Paul with a vision (see Nave Window #12: Paul’s Macedonian Vision). That’s what many of us say we want—a vision from God. We say, “God, if only you would be clear, then I would obey. If only I knew what you wanted me to do, I would do it.” However, the truth is that miraculous visions are rare, and God more often than not tends to lead us “one step at a time.” This Sunday, we’ll take a closer look at Acts 16, and learn more about God’s guidance in our lives.
Q&A Session, 9:45-10:45. There will be a fellowship (donut) time between services, and also a question and answer period regarding the upcoming pastoral staff changes the elders announced last Sunday. We hope you will be able to join us. Let’s watch for God to be at work behind the scenes, especially in times of change and transition.

Death in St. Paul’s Family. Mildred Birkhead, the oldest member of our church, passed away today at Friendship Village. She was the twin sister of Milton Jung, and was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s. Mildred was 98 years old. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church next Tuesday, August 12, at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a visitation at Schrader Funeral Home, most probably on Monday night (check with funeral home).
  Looking Ahead: Sunday, September 14, Church Picnic and One Combined Service. Here is our schedule for the upcoming Church Picnic:
  1. 10 a.m., Combined Worship Service. Let’s gather on picnic Sunday and all worship together as a congregation!
  2. 12 p.m. noon, Church Picnic at Stacy Park. Fun, games, food, etc.
Neil and Gwen Amiri have taken leadership for the church picnic this year, but that doesn’t mean that they can do it all by themselves. Please watch for ways you can help. And above all, BRING FRIENDS! This will be a day for great celebration and fun!

I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday. Christ’s love surrounds you, and is in you!
Blessings!

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Sunday, August 3 at St. Paul's

August 1, 2014 - 9:00am
Sunday, August 3 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, God’s Word. This Sunday we continue our sermon series, Paul: Apostle of Grace, by focusing on nave windows #10 and #11, and Acts 14:8-23.
  • Window #10 show a cripple throwing of his crutches and springing to his feet.
  • Window #11 shows the Apostle Paul being stoned.
These two windows point out a contrast in the life of a Christian. On the one hand, we get to see God at work in amazing, supernatural ways. On the other hand, God often allows his most dedicated disciples to endure tremendous persecution and pain. Please read this passage and do some meditation before arriving for worship this Sunday.

Mid-Summer Communion. Communion will be held in both services this Sunday, with pew communion in the first service, and altar communion in the second. The Stull Family will be presenting some special music in the first service. In both services, we have a special announcement by the Elders.

Between Services this Sunday (9:45 to 10:45). There are three choices this Sunday for Adult Christian Education.
  1. Seekers/Believers: Exponential Discipleship Series Continues in Auditorium
  2. Spiritual Sisters: “Twelve Extraordinary Women” by John MacArthur on top floor
  3. Leading Forward: A class taught by the Elder Board for existing and potential leadership at St. Paul’s, in Room 5.
The children are continuing their Summer Program from 9:45 to 10:45. Also, we WILL have Kid’s Church this Sunday, during the 11 a.m. service.

The Day Before Sunday. The Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, August 2, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We probably have more people from the community come through our doors at the Rummage Sale than any other time throughout the year. Some of us will be handing out water and coffee as people wait in line before entering the building. Some of us will be working in the snack bar and other locations, sharing the warmth and love of Christ. Some of us will be praying for people. Let’s make the most of this opportunity for outreach, community, and spiritual conversations!

Special Prayer. Let pray for the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, August 5. Let’s exercise our freedom and citizenship, and get out to vote!

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Sunday, July 27 at St. Paul's

July 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Sunday, July 27 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, This week, you have a special treat waiting for you on Sunday. Bob Schalk, one of our elders, will be preaching a sermon in our sermon series, Paul: Apostle of Grace. Bob’s message, from Acts 13:1-12 is called: “Paul, Ambassador to the Gentiles.” Bob will speak of his passion for making disciples, and give a layman’s perspective on our new mission statement: More Disciples, Better Disciples.
King’s Kids Campers also return this Sunday. They will give a report in both services. Let’s welcome them, and listen with joy to their stories of God at work!
The Rummage Sale approaches.
  • I challenge you to think of this as a time to fulfill our mission of making disciples. Think of the opportunities to enter into Spiritual Conversations, as you work here during the week to sort and price the rummage. Think of the opportunities to listen to reasons why people cannot accept God, Jesus or the Church.
  • Think of the opportunity to touch those who are poor, or lonely with the love of Christ! This is much more than making a little money for the church. This is our opportunity to touch our community!
  • Now is the time to gather your donations! You can bring them to the church anytime next week, Monday to Thursday, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. I know that Judy Pfeiffer would love more volunteers to help sort and price items. Please speak to her if you are able to help.
Let us pray for the church.
  1. Our search team has narrowed down the decision for our Traditional Worship Director to two candidates. Please pray for this decision.
  2. Our church picnic approaches on September 14. We will have one combined worship service at 10 a.m. with a picnic at Stacy Park following. Let us pray for a day of joy and unity and outreach at St. Paul’s.
  3. Our children’s, youth and confirmation ministries will launch new programs in September. Let us pray for guidance, direction, and enthusiasm.
  Grace, mercy, and peace to all!

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Sunday, July 6 at St. Paul's

July 3, 2014 - 7:00pm
Sunday, July 6 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Come into the presence of God and His people as we worship Him and gain inspiration this Sunday!
We will be sending off Pastor Chris and our teens to a great week-long conference in Kansas City called Challenge. They will leave following the 8:30 a.m. service to join thousands of other students.

In light of Independence Day celebration throughout our land, the focus of our worship will be on God at work in our nation. We have a message of challenge and hope. What is God saying to us, and how do we respond?

Music will be inspirational in both services. And it’s always good to hear the Men’s Chorus who will be singing in the 8:30 service.
It’s also communion Sunday when we unite together and remember the blessing of our salvation.

And, yes, we will have Adult Bible Fellowships and Sunday School for children at 9:45 a.m.!
    See you Sunday!

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