Thoughts From The Pastor
Dear St. Paul Family,
What a generous God we serve! Grateful for the blessings of life we know and have to enjoy, the desires of our hearts and the direction of our lives lean decidedly toward generosity, in our living, leading, and loving.
This Sunday we focus on gratitude and generosity. At 9:00 East and 11:00 Downtown service we will pick up on Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians to explore “The Giving Way of Gratitude: Breaking into Generosity.”
With Mark 6: 31-32 as her example text, M.J. Kirby’s message at “Live at 11:11” (East campus) will assert that in order to serve like Jesus, we must retreat and refill our spiritual cup.
At 9:00 Downtown, Tom East will direct the faithful to 2 Corinthians 8: 1-12, with the message “Daring to Be Generous: Overflowing with Gratitude.”
During these last couple of weeks in November, we encourage you to continue practicing the discipline of giving thanks for specific things each day. When the first Sunday of Advent arrives on December 3, part of the service will be the invitation to present your pledge card for 2018.
Speaking of Advent, the emphasis for the season at St. Paul will be “Home for the Holidays,” looking respectively what it means to come back home (Dec. 3), that home is where we meet (Dec. 10), that joy is our true home (Dec. 17) and that God makes this world our home (Dec 24). Also, at downtown on December 17, St. Paul will present a choral, orchestra, and bells concert at 10:30 a.m. Please see the panels below for several seasonal events coming up in the next few days.
As you know (or may need to be remembering), this coming week is Thanksgiving week, and the church offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Then the following Monday, November 27, we will have our annual Charge Conference with Superintendent Rev. Jim Fisher at 6:00 p.m. While voting members of the Charge Conference are members of the Church Council, along with the ordained ministers (present and retired), all St. Paul folks are encouraged to attend and participate.
Coming up at the end of November and through December, each of our two campuses will feature on “Alternative Market” station on Sunday morning. The displays will feature opportunities to make Christmas gifts in honor of someone by giving toward a MS Conference mission share or to one of a few other ministries or charities. More on this soon.
Have a blessed weekend, and see you Sunday!