St. Paul's News

Dear St. Paul's Family,

This Sunday, we continue our sermon series Persevere from the book of 2 Timothy. Pastor Mark will preach a message called, "Fellowship of the Unashamed." Please read our scripture text from 2 Timothy 1:8-18 before you arrive. Notice the reference to "unashamed" in verses 8, 12, and 16.

Here is something else I'd like you to think about before Sunday. I have been in touch with a Christian counselor this week, and she explained that shame is different than guilt. Guilt is focused on behavior. Guilt says, “I did something bad.” Shame, on the other hand, goes much deeper. Shame is focused on self. Shame says, “I am unworthy of love, or community, or connection with others." As you read, think of how the Apostle Paul was tempted toward shame in our passage, especially as you read 2 Timothy 1:15.

This Sunday, the Chorale sings "Holy is the Lord" in the first service, and in the second service, Jeff Lawson leads the worship team in "Your Grace is Enough," "Your Great Name" and also some retuned hymns. Kid's Church is really going strong in the 2nd service, with some Sundays more than 25 attending. What a blessing that our children are receiving such fine care!

Here are some prayer concerns for this weekend:

  1. D. J. Russell is leading the youth to the Dare to Share Conference on Friday and Saturday. The theme is "Fearless." It is an event to help students make disciples who make disciples. Please pray for D. J. and the youth. Another youth ministry from Springfield will be joining us for the weekend.
  2. Our Elders will be meeting for a retreat on Friday night, and during the day on Saturday, at the church. Please pray for good direction for the elders.
Grace, mercy and peace to all!

Pastor Mark Friz

Dear St. Paul's Family,

2 Timothy Series Begins. After a glorious Easter Celebration, with three wonderful worship services, we enter into the glorious season of the resurrection in the church year. Our theme for the next weeks will be "Persevere," as we enter into a sermon series from 2 Timothy.

Small Group Semester Begins. This Sunday, Andrew Seley will bring the first message in this series. His sermon is called, "Fan Into Flame God's Gift," from 2 Timothy 1:1-7. You will also be able to sign up for the new series of small groups, in the Welcome Center.

Christian Education Hour 9:45-10:45. Between services, please join one of three Adult Bible Fellowships, or one of the Sunday School classes for all ages. The "Digging Deeper" Class will be discussing poverty and its causes. Also, Kelly Schjenken will begin a leadership class on Sunday, open to anyone interested in becoming a better leader.

King's Kids Camp will be from July 19-24, 2015. If you are interested in being a camp counselor, or if you have a child you would like to send to camp, please click HERE for more information.

The Sunday after Easter is often known as "Low Sunday," which means low attendance. Let's disprove the trends and show our zeal for God, God's Word and God's People by making worship a high commitment this week and always.

Grace, mercy and peace to all,

Pastor Mark Friz

Dear St. Paul's Family,

We now approach the most holy days of the year for Christians.

  1. On Good Friday, 4/3, there will be a Prayer Vigil at the church from 6 am to 6 pm. Feel free to come by the sanctuary at any time for this day of Prayer and Fasting.
  2. Our Good Friday Service with communion starts promptly at 7:15 on Good Friday evening. Maria Rolland plays the role of Mary Magdalene in a special drama. The Tenebrae service takes us through twelve "shadows" of the Passion of Christ. I can tell you with certainty--you don't want to miss this service!
  3. On Saturday, 4/4, the Easter Egg Festival is from 10 am to 1 pm. Bring the whole family, with an egg hunt for children 2 years to 6th grade! Good food and fun for all!
  4. Easter Sunrise Service is on 4/5 at 6:30 at the Cemetery, weather permitting.
  5. Easter Sunrise Breakfast will be served at 7:15.
  6. Easter Traditional Worship with Communion will be at 8:30. Maria Rolland will again play the part of Mary Magdalene. Pastor Mark's sermon is called, "This Changes Everything," from Psalm 16. We end by singing together the Hallelujah Chorus as a congregation, directed by Larry Smith
  7. Easter Contemporary Worship with Communion will be at 11:00. Jeff Lawson has some great Easter songs chosen, and again we will hear from Mary Magdalene and Pastor Mark.

Let us all take this time to consider our hearts as we celebrate the day our Lord was crucified. How have we betrayed? How have we spoken behind someone's back? How have we broken confidences like Judas? How have we denied our Lord like Peter? Let us take time for repentance before coming to church to remember our Lord.

A Meaningful Good Friday and Joyous Easter to All!

Pastor Mark Friz

 

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