Next Hope Spot

Our summer Hope Spot give-away will be 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 12th. Child care will be available for our shoppers.


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Life Line Screening

Life Line Screenings will be at St Paul’s on Tuesday, August 8th. Be more proactive about your health by getting these screenings that aren’t usually part of a routine physical. Package priced at $139 or more, but there are some discounts available. Get an insight into how to be healthier.

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Memorial Day visits

Did you know that you can find the graves of Sarah Poundstone Holliday, James Haven, Archibald Kennedy, Knowles Shaw, and of course Wendell Willkie all buried at East Hill Cemetery?  Read a few of the St Paul Connections.
 

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Do Something

Do you ever hear a song and know that it will have an impact and a larger meaning?  The song
Do Something
by Matthew West is that way.
Look at these lyrics:
 
Do Something
I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now, thought
How’d we ever get so far down, and
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, yeah, I created you” (now listen)
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yeah
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
Oh, it’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
I’m so tired of talking about
How we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like… Full lyrics on Google Play Music
You get the idea and I ponder, What should I do? (not can I do?)  These words challenge us to be active, not passive in our Christ-like behaviors.  I have a lot more thoughts, but this songs says more than I need to write.  ~R

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Vacation Bible School is here!

St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School,

HERO CENTRAL: Discover Your Strength in God!

May 30&31 and June 1& 2; 9:00 to 11:45 a.m.

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The kids will have four mornings packed with fun and adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the

qualities that make us truly heroic in God! Watch our church transform into an exciting center full of little super heroes. The Super Sonic Leaders and Super Hero Guides will take the Heroes on their adventures with Marvelous Music, Courageous Crafts, Faithfinders Bible Stories, Victory Games, Super Snacks and Spectacular Science!  Flame the Red Panda puppet will have daily appearances with Captain Shield at Hero Headquarters to set the stage for each Bible Story, Hero Code and Hero Verse to:  Do Good! Seek Peace! And Go After It!

We don’t want anyone to miss all the fun and excitement. Tuesday’s color is red, and transportation will be provided from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Invite friends to come along! There will be classes for children that have just
completed kindergarten through 6th grade. 
Registration forms are available in the church office, sanctuary, on our website , and at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Everyone is welcome!  
VBS 1  (front)   VBS 2  (back)
 

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Cha Cha changes

What happens when you hear there are going to be changes?  Is it the fear of the unknown or losing control that locks you up or makes you grab for what you hold to so dearly?  Daily we deal with change be it an appointment change, a flat tire that rearranges our day, you get sick and nothing can be done, or for a kid when a snow day is announced.  One must shift gears and redirect ones actions.  As Christians we face these same shifts, but hopefully
because of our faith, we approach change differently.  We look at all perspectives and evaluate whether what we want is because it is for the good of the church or because we, as individuals, are personally invested and can’t let that get out of our control. Change can be refreshing and invigorating, it can wake us up from our routine and sometimes shake us up.  How do you handle change?  There are many scriptures that touch on change, here are a few to reflect on.
 
Jeremiah 29:11 
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
 
Deuteronomy31:6
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
 
Ecclesiastes 3:1
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
 
Philippians 4:6-8
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
 
These are just a few verse to think about for change.  We are called to be disciples. The good news is that God has a plan for your life to hope, your future, and your prosperity. If we trust in God and allow the change to grow us to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and keep His commandments!
Let’s start by inviting people back to church. 
Blessings.
 
 

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14th Station of the Cross

14th Station of the Cross: Jesus is laid in the tomb (Luke 23:50-54).
After Jesus died and was taken down from the cross, He was laid to rest in a tomb provided by a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea (Luke 23:50-54). Joseph happened to also be a member of the Sanhedrin, but was opposed to the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Joseph secretly believed that Jesus was the Messiah according to Scripture, but feared the consequence of acknowledging his belief publicly (John 19:38). After Jesus died, Joseph went to Pilate secretly and requested the body of Jesus so that he might provide a proper burial.
 

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13th Station of the Cross

13th Station of the Cross: Jesus dies on the cross (Luke 23:44-46).
At the moment of Jesus’ death, the curtain in the Temple, which separated men from the holy of holies, tore from top to bottom. This was terrifying for all the Jews who witnessed the event, who did not realize it signified the end to the Old Covenant and the beginning of the New Covenant. No longer would man have to suffer separation from God because of sin, but we would now be able to approach the throne of grace boldly in prayer for forgiveness of sins. The life and sacrificial death of Jesus had removed the barrier of sin, making it possible for man to obtain salvation by grace.
 

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12th Station of the Cross

12th Station of the Cross: Jesus on the cross speaks with His mother and disciples (John 19:26-27).
Jesus, in His dying moment, was still putting the needs of others before His own as He selflessly committed the care of His mother to His beloved disciple John (John 19:27
). His entire life, including His death, taught by example that we are to put the needs of others before our own, subjecting everything to the perfect will of God. The willingness to abide by His Word and demonstrate with actions by faithfully sacrificing for others in the face of adversity, are defining characteristics of the true Christian life.
 

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10th Station of the Cross

10th Station of the Cross: Jesus is crucified (Luke 23:33-47).
It is difficult, over two thousand years after the fact, to imagine the horror of the moment as those closest to Jesus were forced to helplessly stand by as the spikes were driven through His hands and feet into the timber on which He would take His last breath in human form (Luke 23:44-46). His loved ones and disciples did not yet fully understand the meaning of what was taking place at the time. They were not yet able to understand that this evil deed of men was the result of divine purpose and planning for the salvation of all who would believe in the Christ. For us today, “how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3). “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
 

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How do we at St Paul’s Connect?
 
There are always interesting things going on at our church, but do you know about them?  How do you find out about activities?  How do you communicate?  Do you follow posts on email, blogs, and/or newsletters?  Do you use a smartphone or your computer or both?  These are ways of communicating and we need to learn more about them and get better at connecting with our church family.  Maybe this will take off and we can get some good ideas and create a following. Our app works so that you may also follow us that way. 
Blessings!
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