St. Paul's News

Dear St. Paul's Family,

This coming Sunday ushers in the most important week in the church calendar: Holy Week.
It is a week that takes us from the jubilation of Palm Sunday, to the agony of the Cross, and back again to the victory of Easter. I pray you will join us on March 29, Palm Sunday, as we launch the "bridge to Easter."

  1. Pastor Mark will be preaching from Psalm 118: The Palm Sunday Psalm. It contains the words, "Save us (Hosanna), Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" quoted by the crowds on Palm Sunday. The sermon is called: A Song of Deliverance.
  2. Pastor Dan, Andrew and Mark will participate in a dramatic reading in both services.
  3. In the first service, the choir has a special Palm Sunday anthem, and the congregation joins the choir in the opening hymn.
  4. In the second service, 5 students will be confirmed in their faith, and welcomed into church membership. Here are their names and scripture verses:
Nathan Morteza Amiri        Baptized 08/19/2007    Galatians 5:22-23
Molly Ann Crawford           Baptized 09/30/2001    John 8:12
Leanne Michelle Davis       Baptized 08/26/2001    Ephesians 2:8-9
Samantha Fuxu Kraus       Baptized 11/25/12        Isaiah 43:1-2
Danielle Elizabeth Walter   Baptized 08/19/01        Isaiah 41:10

PLEASE REMEMBER THREE THINGS THIS SUNDAY:
  1. Please sign up to pray for the Good Friday Prayer Vigil.
  2. Please return your Easter Eggs for the Egg Hunt. If you bring them on Easter, it will be too late.
  3. Please plan to attend worship on Good Friday. We have a very special service planned.
Grace, mercy and peace to all!

Pastor Mark Friz

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Join us tonight . . .

  • at 5:45 for a light supper, and testimony by Sharon Nadeau.
  • at 7:00, for special music by Sherdona in the sanctuary. Sherdona joins us from Central Presbyterian. She serves on the worship team there, and also writes many of her own songs.
  • at 7:15, for worship, with a testimony by Danielle Walter, a sermon by Andrew Seley, and special music by Chris Rolland

Also, please remember to return your eggs for the Easter Egg hunt. This community outreach is quickly approaching!

Grace, mercy and peace to all!

Pastor Mark Friz

 

Dear St. Paul's Family,

This Sunday, our 7th and 8th graders will make a presentation of their faith in both services. Pastor Mark will ask questions from the Evangelical Catechism, and Pastor Andrew will deliver a charge to the students. Pastor Mark will also ask unexpected questions concerning doctrine and faith, so that the congregation can get a glimpse into the hearts of the students.

On Sunday Evening join us for the Missouri Baptist University Worship Concert at 6:00 pm. Our own Dr. Larry Smith, who is the fine arts chair at MBU, is bringing his chorale, chamber singers and ringers to St. Paul's. The evening is called, "Make a Joyful Noise." Please invite your friends, and enjoy this extra opportunity to worship our Lord and Savior during the Lenten Season.

Early this morning, Bob Schalk's mother, Arlene Schalk, passed away after a brief stay at Peace Haven Nursing Facility. Funeral arrangements have not been completed at this time, but you may call Baue Funeral Home on West Clay Street in St. Charles for more information (636-925-2808). Our deepest sympathy to Bob and his family.

I look forward to seeing our church family each Sunday. Remember, we will probably have many visitors this week for the Confirmation Presentation, so let's make them all feel welcome.

Grace, mercy and peace to all,

Pastor Mark Friz

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Tomorrow night, we continue with our Lenten Series: Confronted by the Cross. Pastor Andrew will bring message from Matthew 27:1-2,11-26, called Confronted by the Cross: Pilate.  Here is our schedule:

  1. 5:45: Dinner served in multipurpose room, with reuben sandwiches and tomato soup and cookies. (Note: Reuben Sandwiches are made with Corned Beef made by Lynn May for St. Patrick's Day).
  2. 6:15: Rodger Young shares his testimony. Rodger's testimony could have some application to the situation in Ferguson that our city deals with on a regular basis. I encourage you to come and hear this story.
  3. 7:00: Voice Dance Quartet. This is a barbershop quartet of young African-American singers who are Christians. They love to share their gifts, and are trying to get started as a quartet.
  4. 7:15: Worship Service begins.
I hope to see those who are able to make it for this very powerful Lenten Series. Let us continue our Spiritual Disciplines during this time and finish well.

Blessings,

Pastor Mark Friz

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Yes, we do have a little bit of the Irish in us at St. Paul's. This Sunday, we will use St. Patrick's Breastplate in both services. In the second service, our worship music includes bagpipes, tin whistles, and maybe even an Irish jig. Click HERE to see a Facebook post from our contemporary worship director, Jeffery Lawson.

Pastor Mark will finish up our Ecclesiastes Sermon Series this Sunday. The sermon title is, "Live It Up Without Messing Up," and the text is Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14. Here is what is coming up next:

  1. March 22: "Digging Deeper" Presentation in both services, with a charge to the students by Pastor Andrew
  2. March 29: "Palm Sunday." Pastor Mark looks at Psalm 118, and we have a confirmation service at 11:00.
  3. April 3: Good Friday. There will be a Prayer Vigil all day, followed by a Tenebrae Service at 7:15 that night.
  4. April 5: Glorious Easter. We have three services on Easter: Sunrise at Cemetery at 6:30; Traditional at 8:30; Contemporary at 11:00.
  5. AFTER EASTER: 2 TIMOTHY! Our sermons will explore Paul's second letter to Timothy, and I think you will find it has many applications to our modern world.

Please pray for our "Digging Deeper" Students, who are preparing for their presentation on March 22:

  • Class of 2015: Nathan Amiri, Molly Crawford, Leanne Davis, Samantha Kraus, and Danielle Walter
  • Class of 2016: Isabella del Cid, Max McArthur, Bekah Perry

Please also pray for our new prayer leader, Nancy Brigham. Nancy will be recruiting new members for our prayer team, so please keep her in mind and consider whether God may be calling you to this ministry.

Jewish/Christian Relationships. On Monday, we will have an informal, brown bag lunch here at St. Paul's to meet with Batya Abramson-Goldstein and a special guest to talk about strengthening the bonds between our two communities. If you are interested in coming, please speak to Pastor Mark.

This is our last Sunday for Small Groups in this semester. We start up again after Easter with a study of 2 Timothy.

Grace, mercy and peace to all!

Pastor Mark Friz

 

Dear St. Paul's Congregation,

Tomorrow night we continue our Lenten Series, "Confronted by the Cross: Caiaphas." Bob Schalk will be our preacher.

At 5:45, we will serve vegetable beef soup, salad, bread and cookies. $3.00 donation is suggested. Joyce Erselius will share her testimony around 6:20 in the multipurpose room.

At 7:00, Jeff Lawson will lead our "hymn sing" with some contemporary favorites. The service begins at 7:15, with Leslie Davis sharing her testimony. We also have Linda Doby and Fern Black playing a special offertory with flute and piano.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Let's continue our Lenten journey together!

Blessings,

Pastor Mark Friz

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, so please remember to set you clocks ahead by one hour! Yes, this means that we lose one hour of sleep, but coming to worship on Sunday will definitely make up for it!

  1. First, we have the privilege of giving God the gift of corporate worship.
  2. At the 8:30 service, Solomon Frederick, son of David and Amanda Frederick will be baptized. We will sing great hymns, and enjoy an anthem by the Chorale.
  3. Our Celebration Ringers (Children's Bell Choir) will play at both services.
  4. At the 11:00 service, Rick and Judy Burch will be joining the church.
  5. At the 11:00 service, we will commission Jeffery Lawson as our new Director of Contemporary Worship.
  6. From 9:40-9:55, we will enjoy a time of fellowship with donuts and coffee.
Pastor Mark preaches a sermon this Sunday called, "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained" from Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. Four times in our passage, Solomon says, "you do not know" or "you cannot understand." Even though we live in uncertain times, God does not call us to hide or stay away from risk. We will learn more about this on Sunday.

Looking forward to being with all of you!

Blessings,

Pastor Mark Friz


Lenten Dinner, 5:45; Hymn Sing, 7:00; Worship, 7:15 pm

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Tonight Andrew Seley preaches the Lenten Sermon: Confronted by the Cross: Peter. Andrew is planning a first person portrayal.
Two new members of our church, Rick and Judy Burch, will share their testimonies in the multipurpose room around 6:15.

At 7:00, Larry Smith leads our hymn sing.

Look forward to seeing you all!

Pastor Mark Friz

Dear St. Paul's Family,

We are cancelling the 8:30 service and Sunday School tomorrow because of the snow. The forecast is for the snowfall to end by 7:00 a.m., so that would give us some time to pull things together for the late service at 11:00.

Because everyone is in a different situation, every one of you must do what you consider to be safe, even if you are on the church staff or a regular volunteer.

Remember that the telephone ministry will be available at 11:00. Just dial in at 314-627-6338 and enter conference code 63141, followed by the # sign.

Finally, would you do me a favor. Although this information will be posted on our web site, social media, along with channels 2, 5 and 11, please call a friend if you think they don't have email or will read this.

God's blessings on the entire congregation. I hope to see you at 11:00.

Blessings,

Pastor Mark

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Our Light Lenten Supper tomorrow night, February 25, begins at 5:45 pm in the multipurpose room. On the menu is soup, salad, bread and cookies.

Scott Doby, one of our new members, will share his testimony around 6:15 pm while you eat. Scott is a military chaplain who has quite a story, which I'm sure you will want to hear.

We end our dinner time at 6:45, and there is a 15 minute transition to the sanctuary. From 7-7:15 in the sanctuary, Jeff Lawson, our Contemporary Worship Director, will speak about the "new hymn movement" and lead us in singing some of these new hymn arrangements before, and also during the service.

Our service begins at 7:15. Pastor Mark will preaching on the message: "Confronted By the Cross: Judas" from Matthew's gospel. At the end of my message, you will again have the opportunity to take your burdens to the cross, by placing a rock on the table in front of the cross. The service ends by 8:15.

I look forward to walking the path to Calvary with you tomorrow night, and throughout this Lenten Season!

Grace, mercy and peace to you!

Pastor Mark Friz