Thoughts From The Pastor
Welcome New Members
Take a moment to welcome the following new members to our St. Paul Family.
Dear St. Paul Family,
At 9:00 East and 11:00 Downtown, we’ll be looking at 1 John 1:1 – 2:2, focusing on what it means to “walk in the light” and have true fellowship with God and one another. There is a sense in which I do not really know you, nor you me, until we get to a point where we differ. There are many forms of “indirection” we can choose to spin, rather than risking disagreement that might open the way for real fellowship (“koinonia”). The message is “Walking in the Light.”
The Paul family is invited to a service of marriage at Downtown Campus on April 15, shortly after 11:00 worship. Our own Hal Galloway and Elizabeth Stewart invite you to witness their nuptial vows and share in this time of celebration.
At “Live at 11:11,” M.J. Kirby will preach the second installment of a six-week series on Colossians entitled “Dig Your Roots,” this week focusing on 1: 15-29 with the message “Love Song for a Savior.”
At 9:00 Downtown, Tom East will take up Luke 24: 36-49, when the resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples and “opened their minds to understand the scriptures,” with the message entitled “Distracted by Disappointment.”
Confirmation Sunday is coming up next Sunday (4/22) and will be part of “Live at 11:11” that morning since confirmands and their families have been worshiping at that service. But prior to Sunday, on Friday (4/20), we will have beach baptisms for youth of our confirmation class at 7:00 p.m. at Front Beach. The church community, family and friends are invited to gather beforehand near Ft. Maurepas pavilion. All present will be invited to “remember your baptism.”
At services this Sunday we will hear a Mission Moment from persons of our Ecuador Mission team, leaving to serve in that South American country in late June. The team is raising funds to cover construction and other costs for their trip to go toward construction costs and funding for participants. The goal is to raise $5,000.00.
Please see the notice about the Ocean Springs Chorale Concert, coming up on April 22 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Downtown. This will be a splendid time of worship and praise, and you won’t want to miss it.
We are utilizing volunteers to help with some of our office work. The hours of need are for East Campus Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-12, and Downtown Campus Tuesday and Thursday 8-12. Church Offices will be open for guests and deliveries Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please contact Jill Taylor at 228-238-2440 to volunteer at East Campus or Elizabeth Stewart at 662-266-1400 to volunteer at Downtown Campus. Please be patient with all of us as we find our way with this new process.
Our Christian love and sympathy go to the family of Rev. Jim Fisher (wife, Madge) who died on Tuesday. Jim was our Seashore District Superintendent, a faithful servant of God, and a friend to many. A Celebration of Life service will be held tomorrow at Caswell Springs UMC at 2:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 1:00.
Have a great weekend and see you Sunday! Rick