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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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Sunday, June 29 at St. Paul's

June 27, 2014 - 9:00am
Sunday, June 29 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Extreme Makeover
Did you ever watch the show Extreme Makeover, or have you ever wished something in your life could get an extreme makeover? This Sunday we will be continuing the window series here at St Paul’s by taking a look at 2 windows that portray the greatest extreme makeover ever, Saul’s spiritual conversion on the road to Damascus. Come and join with us as we explore God’s word in the book of Acts this Sunday.

Marriage Sunday
We will also be celebrating God’s institution of marriage this Sunday. Couples celebrating anniversaries of 25, 50, or 50+ years will be honored during the services.

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  Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

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Sunday, June 22 at St. Paul's

June 20, 2014 - 12:45pm
Sunday, June 22 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Windows Tell Stories
Sunday’s sermon takes on the wild beginnings of the early church in Acts 7 & 8. The events are portrayed in two of St. Paul’s sanctuary windows. Do you know which ones?
Come share in the encouragement that can be found even in some of the most difficult circumstances life can throw at us. There we find Jesus. The sermon title: The Church in the Pressure Cooker: What do you do with a Terrorist? Ken Chaney will be sharing his inspirational faith story in the 8:30 service and Holly King will do the same in our 11 a.m. service.

You will also see and hear an update on St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School, Workshop of Wonders which was under the leadership of Lisa Stahlhut. Thank you, Lisa, along with your army of volunteers!

Pastor Mark is on vacation for three weeks and Chris and I will be your preachers for the next three Sundays.
Looking Ahead
Our missionary, Jonathan Friz, will give an update on the prayer and revival movement in New England and what we can glean from it. It will happen during our ABF hour at 9:45 a.m. in the auditorium.

Men, have some fun and join our men’s chorus singing July 6. Contact Fern Black for more information.
    See you on Sunday!

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Father's Day at St. Paul's

June 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Father's Day at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, This coming Sunday is Father’s Day. In honor of Dad, we have a special tribute which will be given during both worship services. We are also having a Fellowship Time, right after the first service. “Donuts for Dads!” Come and enjoy some time with your church family. Sunday School for children and adults begins at the regular times.
“Paul: Apostle of Grace” is the name of our new sermon series that starts this Sunday. We often judge the impact and effectiveness of our lives by thinking of our careers, degrees, and family heritage, but the Apostle Paul counts all of that as “rubbish” compared to knowing Christ (Phil. 3:8). Two of our stained glass windows will illustrate the message: Window #1 (Spiritus Gladius), and Window #3 (Paul Trained in the School of Gamaliel).
Fern Black begins her work this Sunday as our Supply Organist and Music Director for the Summer. Fern has graciously agreed to serve as our Traditional Worship Director. We will dedicate her to her work this Sunday. Fern and Cathy Woelbling have a special offertory planned for all who attend the 1st service.
  Traditional Worship Director Search. With Lois Percival’s retirement last week, you may be wondering about the progress of the search team. We have had several people apply, and have already interviewed three. There are a few more candidates that we would like to interview, and then the selection process begins. Please keep this team, led by Matt Mazzoni, in your prayers.

VBS begins on Monday. Let’s continue to pray for Lisa Stahlhut, who is directing VBS this year. We could still take some more reservations, so let’s be sure to invite family and friends who might join us from June 16 to 20th. You can register on the St. Paul’s website by clicking here.

I hope that your summer is bringing some more relaxed days your way. Perhaps now is the time to invite some friends to your home who don’t know Christ, or who are growing in Christ. A picnic with neighbors counts as evangelistic outreach, you know!

  Grace, mercy, and peace!

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Pentecost Sunday, June 8, at St. Paul's

June 5, 2014 - 7:00pm
Pentecost Sunday, June 8, at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, “Come, Holy Spirit.” This has always been the cry of the church since its birth on Pentecost, AD 30. This Sunday, our text will be from Acts 2:1-12. Pastor Mark will explore three “powers” that the Holy Spirit pours out upon the Church of Jesus Christ. Why not read this passage before Sunday, and if you have a Study Bible, look at the notes. The birthday of the church is one of the most important events in all of human history!
Communion This Sunday. In order to celebrate the Holy Spirit, we will have communion in both services this Sunday. The disciples were in the upper room when the Holy Spirit came. The windows were shut but the wind of the Spirit still came. As we have communion, let us pray for that same wind to come upon St. Paul’s Church.
Thank You, Lois! Sunday, June 8 will be Lois Percival’s last day as our director of music before she enters retirement.
  • Come early to the 8:30 service to enjoy a piano/organ duet on the tune, Great is Thy Faithfulness.
  • The introit will be given by the praise ringers.
  • The Chorale will sing, The Heavens are Telling, accompanied by Fern Black and enhanced with a vocal trio.
  • Lois’ postlude will be Marche Triomphale. Perhaps some of you would like to stay to the end to offer your appreciation and applause?
11 a.m. Worship. Dustin leads us in praise for the Holy Spirit. We sing together and pray, Breathe On Me, Breath of God. We contemplate the Father’s Love for us. Lois Percival shares a testimony in both services.

Coming Soon. On Sunday, June 15th, we'll begin a new sermon series entitled Paul: Apostle of Grace.
  • Each sermon is based on one (or more) of the stained glass windows in our church.
  • Pastor Mark begins the series with the message, Your Spiritual Profit and Loss Statement, from Philippians 3:1-11.
  • Each bulletin cover will have a picture of the “window of the day”, a collection you may want to keep.
Finally, ALL-CHURCH PRAYER MEETING, Wednesday, June 11, 7 p.m. in Room 5. We will gather to pray for more disciples and better disciples. We will pray for the summer ministries at St. Paul's. We will pray for the various requests which you will bring. This meeting is open to all, and you are encouraged to attend!

“You are loved with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3).” This Sunday, come join your brothers and sisters, who are also loved, and who love one another. Let us worship together, and give great honor to our God!
  Grace, mercy, and peace!

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Sunday, June 1 at St. Paul's

May 29, 2014 - 7:00pm
Sunday, June 1 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Judas Again? This Sunday, we recognize our high school and college graduates in both services. Pastor Mark continues our sermon series, Acts: the Rest of the Story, with a passage he had never preached from before: Acts 1:12-26. You might read it ahead of time, asking yourself this question. Why rehash the story of Judas at this point, right between the two high points of the ascension and coming of the Holy Spirit? Think about that question before Sunday. I will try to answer it in the sermon.

Special Music. Our choir sings a favorite anthem this Sunday in the 8:30 service: The Majesty and Glory of Your Name. Also, you might want to come early, as Craig Caesar will be playing his violin for the prelude: Tambourin. In the second service, the worship team will end with a favorite: The Stand.

$110 for St. Paul's Families. Our King’s Kids registrar, Jannet Dieckgraefe, has extended the early registration deadline to this Sunday, June 1. REMEMBER, the price for St. Paul’s families is $110. That is a big break from the regular price of $350.00 for King’s Kids Camp. Camp is for those entering 4th to 8th grade.

Mission Ice Cream Social. Sunday night, June 1 at 6 p.m., the Missions Team is sponsoring and Ice Cream/Pizza party. Come and hear updates from Berlin, the Philippines, and El Salvador. Enjoy some summer fellowship as the Small Group Ministry takes a break for the summer.

Ministry Co-op, June 2, 7 p.m. Finally, there will be a meeting of all the ministries on Monday evening. Each ministry is asked to report two or three goals for the next 12 to 18 months, and the needs they anticipate in order to accomplish their goals.

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  Looking forward to being together on Sunday!
Summer weather has arrived, and it will be good to be together in worship!

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Combined Worship Sunday, May 25 at 10 a.m.

May 23, 2014 - 9:00am
Combined Worship Sunday, May 25 at 10 a.m. Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, One Combined Worship Service, 10 a.m.! Memorial Day weekend for many of us is the official start of the summer season. We thought it might be fun to celebrate this special holiday weekend together, so we are combining our traditional and contemporary worship services this weekend. Please join us at 10 a.m. for this special service. Here are some highlights:
  • Memorial Day remembrance.
  • Relaxed, summer worship experience.
  • Great hymns of faith, including "To God Be the Glory" and "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus".
  • Great praise songs, including "Lord, I Lift Your Name On High".
  • Children's sermon by Pastor Dan.
  • A sermon focusing on the Ascension of Christ from Acts 1:1-11 (Ascension Day is May 29).
  • An anthem by our choir, "Walk In the Spirit".
No ABFs or Sunday School this weekend. In order to give our volunteers a break, there will be no Adult Bible Fellowship or Sunday School this weekend.

Planning ahead. Don't forget about these summer events:
  • Sunday, June 1, 6 p.m., Missions ice cream social (Ted Drewes ice cream).
  • VBS, June 16-20, 6-8 p.m. Register by June 8 at stpaulsefree.org
  • King's Kids Camp, July 20-25. Register by May 30 for a $50 savings off of the camp fee. Also, we have special fees for children from St. Paul's.
I am really looking forward to combining both the traditional and contemporary congregations this Sunday. Can't wait to be together with you and with God!
  Grace, mercy, and peace.

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Sunday, May 18 at St. Paul's

May 16, 2014 - 8:58am
Sunday, May 18 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Sunday’s Sermon. Chris Kaiser will be finishing up our resurrection series this Sunday from 1 Corinthians 15. In case you haven’t noticed, Chris gets pretty excited about preaching God’s word, and this week is no exception. His sermon title is Mystery & Victory, based on 1 Corinthians 15:50-58.

Busy Week. This has been a busy week at St. Paul’s. We laid our sister, Juanita Harned, to rest on Thursday. On Saturday, our dear friend Cathy Keaton will be married at 1 p.m., and then on Sunday, we will honor Lois Percival for her 32 years of service at St. Paul’s with a party beginning at 4 p.m.

Search Team. Something happening behind the scenes is the work of the Traditional Worship Director Search Team. We are currently interviewing candidates for this position, and are thankful that we have several fine applicants. Our hope is to have a new traditional worship director in place by the middle of August. In the mean time, Fern Black has agreed to be our supply organist for the summer. She will also be arranging for all the special musicians at St. Paul’s this Summer. Thank you, Fern, for helping us in this way!

Community. Let’s be in prayer for one another during these days. It is a time of joy. Many of our students are graduating! There are weddings and births to celebrate. Many of us have experienced loss. Friends have left us to be with the Lord. Some have heard news of health problems. Joys are multiplied, and sorrows are divided, as we share them with one another. Let us continue to deepen our community of faith by caring for one another.

Joint Worship May 25. One final note. We will worship together on Memorial Weekend, at 10 a.m. Only one service that day!
  Grace, mercy, and peace to all!

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Sunday, May 11 at St. Paul's

May 9, 2014 - 10:15am
Sunday, May 11 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we plan to honor mothers in both services.
  • After the first service, there will be a short reception in the multipurpose room with refreshments and a video.
  • During the second service, the children’s bell choir will play special music in honor of mothers present.
This Sunday, we also continue our sermon schedule from 1 Corinthians 15, called “Your Ever After.” Our focus will be on 1 Corinthians 15:35-49: “Your New and Improved Edition.”

Summer is approaching, and we have some exciting thing planned:
  • Sunday, May 18: Party at 4 p.m. to honor Lois Percival for 32 years of service at St. Paul’s. Reservations due Sunday, May 11.
  • Sunday, May 25: ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 1: Missions Ice Cream Social (Ted Drews) at 6 p.m. Hear reports from three missions teams.
  Let’s all remember to honor our Moms this Sunday!
Looking forward to worshiping with you!


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Sunday, May 5 at St. Paul's

May 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Sunday, May 5 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, This Sunday we continue in the afterglow of Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday). Our text is 1 Corinthians 15:12-34, and the sermon title is, “Three Resurrections.” Here is your quiz for Sunday. Read the passage, and ask yourself, “What three resurrections is Pastor Mark talking about?” Also, ask yourself, “What difference should this make in my life?”

Special Speaker in Adult Bible Fellowship: Josh Hammons. Josh will be teaching this Sunday on Intergeneration Outreach with Dignity.

Women are invited to a baby shower for Jessie Staroba this Sunday, May 4, at 12:30 p.m. Baby Staroba has been showing signs of wanting to enter our world early, so this will be a great opportunity for the women to encourage Jessie during this section of her journey.

Graduation Sunday is coming on June 1. If you are a graduate or know of a St. Paul’s graduate, please let us know the name, graduation date, institution name, and degree. Also send a picture if one is available to stpauls@stpaulsefree.org. Newsletter deadline is Tuesday, May 20, 9 a.m.

Food Drive, May 4 through May 18. Bring donations of staple foods to the church and place them in designated baskets in the Welcome Center. Size 1 diapers for ThriVe are also appreciated.

To sign up for King’s Kids Camp, please go to our web site and download the needed forms. Watch this video if you want to know what happens at camp. This is something you don’t want your children or grandchildren to miss.

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  Looking forward to seeing our church family on Sunday!
Let's keep Christ and worship at the center of our priorities!
Grace, mercy, and peace!


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Sunday, April 27 at St. Paul's

April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm
Sunday, April 27 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, New Members! We are excited to be taking in seven new members this Sunday. That, along with the three confirmation students who joined the church brings our new members so far this year up to ten! Please welcome our seven new members this Sunday:
  • Bob & Tess Hilgers
  • Dwight Holman
  • Chris & Tina Kaiser
  • Steven & Sheila McMichael
Your Ever After. Our “After Easter” sermon series is called, Your Ever After. It includes four sermons from 1 Corinthians 15, dealing with the Resurrection and Eternal Life. This Sunday, our theme will be Resurrection Evidence. Last week, we talked about the “who” of the Resurrection. This Sunday, we will talk about the “why.” Christianity is the only major religion whose founder doesn’t have a grave. Why are we so confident that Jesus rose from the dead? What difference does this make for my “ever after.” These are the questions we will be dealing with on Sunday, as we look at 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.

More. There are several other opportunities for “After Easter” Christian growth, witness and just plain fun in the days ahead.
  • Small groups start up again this Sunday. Sign up in the welcome center, or speak to one of the pastors or hosts.
  • Men's Fraternity on Wednesday mornings at 6 a.m.
  • Holocaust Walk of Remembrance Sunday afternoon, 2 p.m. begins by the Lions Gate in the Delmar Loop.
  • Pattonville Jazz Band Sunday afternoon at St. Paul's (tickets needed).
  • Financial Peace University begins Wednesday evening, April 30. Contact Mike & Barb Rohman, 314.435.2137.
Remember. Thanks to all who have signed up to help with Children’s Ministry during the 12 weeks of summer. We are still lacking lead teachers for the Kids Church Hour (Ages K-12) from 11:15-Noon in the Power Plant. As you know, our Children’s Director, Jessie, is having a baby this Summer, and we have several weeks where help is needed. Talk to Jessie if you need more information.
  Looking forward to being with you all on Sunday.
Lots of Resurrection Joy flowing your way...

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Sunday, April 20 at St. Paul's

April 18, 2014 - 9:00am
Sunday, April 20 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Easter Sunday. Throughout the 40 days of Lent, we have been hearing sermons on Wednesday Night about “Close Encounters with the Son of God.” This Sunday, we have the ultimate close encounter. The sermon, from John 20:10-18, is called, The Easter Encounter. Mary Magdalene meets Jesus at the empty tomb. The message is all about hope. I have a definition of hope for you to consider before Easter: Hope is the confidence that God can and will do something good--in this life, and the life to come.” Come with your friends this Sunday to learn why we have every reason to be hopeful!

Easter Sunday Schedule. Here is the schedule for Easter Sunday:
  • 6:30: Sunrise Service at Church Cemetery. Worship led by Tim Roth, Kevin Graeler, and St. Paul’s Youth. Preaching by Chris Kaiser.
  • 7:45: Breakfast in the multipurpose room
  • 8:30: Traditional Worship with Communion
  • 9:45: Sunday School for Adults and Children
  • 11:00: Contemporary Worship with Communion
Saturday, April 19: Rock-n-Roll Easter Event. Please arrive at the church at 10 a.m. for this special event for families and children. Do you remember Tess Hilger’s challenge last from last Sunday? Why not invite neighbors and friends. Lots of joy and work has gone into the planning of this outreach event! Festivities end at 11:30 a.m.

Good News Surprise. We have a surprise announcement for Sunday that should bring great joy to the congregation. We hope that you will be able to join us to hear this wonderful news. We will share the news at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services.

Easter Morning Greeting. Finally, let’s not forget the traditional greeting that has been used on Easter morning throughout the church for centuries. “Christ is risen!” “Christ is risen, indeed!” O Lord, what a morning!
  Easter joy to all!

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