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WEEKLY NOTES May 12, 2022

Dear Friends:
There is something about watching children sing that automatically uplifts my heart.  And when they are singing words that teach and praise God, it is even better.  And...when they are having FUN doing so, working hard and feeling proud of themselves - that is the best of all!  Want to experience this same heart-lift?  Come and support our kids@ART musical presentation of In The Image on Wednesday, May 18.  We will be serving a free spaghetti dinner (doors open at 5:30 p.m. - the kids will be rehearsing up to that point) and enjoying fellowship together before the music starts at 6:30 p.m.  Sign up today!

I have, of course, been thinking much about the pastoral transition here at Saint Paul's and wondering what I could do - what we could do now to help the transition along.  I have already invited you to share notes and cards of welcome and encouragement with Pastor Latricia.  This week, I want us to focus on ONE THING we can do now....and that is to pray.   Add to your daily prayers Pastor Latricia and her family, and for our church family as well - I believe that this one action will go a long way to easing the transition.

A second thing you can do in July when Rev. Scriven arrives is to be diligent to wear your name tag on Sunday morning - you have one new face/new name to learn...she has MANY!  As one pastor suggested:
wear name tags—and keep doing that—every Sunday—for the rest of your life—until Jesus comes back—forever and ever, Amen.

This Saturday we say our gathered good bye to Bruce Harter as we celebrate a life of courage and service.  I hope that you are planning to attend his memorial service on Saturday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. in our Sanctuary.  A reception will follow in Sanders Hall.  Bruce was a source of inspiration to so many in the way that he lived his life, and he is already greatly missed.  I am grateful that we hold on to a faith that allows us to rejoice in resurrection and eternal life even in the midst of our physical death.  I know that this is a great comfort for me, and I pray it is for all of us.

Blessings and peace,


This week, we look at what is undoubtedly the best-known Psalm, even outside of faith circles...Psalm 23, a Song of COMFORT.  What brings you comfort when life becomes unsettled?  There are loads of potential responses here, and it would be fascinating to compile a list!

At our 11:00 a.m. service this week we will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism and welcome members of the Saint Andrew's Society for the Kirkin' of the Tartans. 

Join us at either 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. for worship this week!

Order of Worship for May 15, 2022
Register your Worship Attendance Here


Did you know that you can join one of two weekly discussions on the assigned Bible Readings?  
Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the staff conference Room.
Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM.

Join us anytime!

This week's readings:
May 12:  Psalm 50-53
May 13: Psalm 54-56
May 14: Psalm 57-59
May 15: Psalm 60-63
May 16: Psalm 64-68
May 17: Psalm 69-72
May 18: Psalm 73-75

Zoom Link for Bible Talk


We recently asked our Sunday School leaders when it would be best to start our SINGLE SERVICE worship schedule and the answer was unanimous - Sunday, June 5.  We will begin our summer schedule on that Sunday (Pentecost Sunday) with worship at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  The Summer worship schedule will continue through Sunday, August 7.

Look for posters around our buildings with a listing of special summer worship themes and events.

Children's Ministry Update

Come taste & see all the good happening in and around our church this week, you're in for a real treat!  Our Kids@Art end of the year musical is this Wednesday May 18th in Sander's Hall.  Everyone is welcome to sign up for a spaghetti dinner and stay for the show, it's going to knock your socks off!   Don't worry though if you need an extra pair the MOPS pantry has you covered.  The pantry "Blessing Box" is a beautiful new addition to our church grounds and community, come check it out! Located just outside the foundation of our Children's wing it is delightful inside and out.   

Last call to sign up for Kids@Art Summer Camp!  This is our church VBS, it is uniquely Saint Paul's in every way thanks to the many talented members who make it happen!  We hope your family can join us! Registration will close on Monday May 16th.
Summer Camp (VBS) Sign up

Calling all hands on deck
to help with Kids@Art (VBS) week

All youth age and older helpers are welcome and much appreciated during one of our biggest weeks in children's ministry.  Free childcare available for the children of all volunteers.

Volunteer Sign up


Join us on Wednesday, May 18 for a free Spaghetti Dinner followed by the presentation of the musical  In His Image by our children!  It will be a delightful evening of fellowship and uplifting music.  We are asking that you register for the dinner below so that we can have an accurate count for food preparation.  Thanks so much!

Sign up for Spaghetti Dinner here

PMO Enrollment for Summer is open: 

Our popular ministry to young families is growing to offer care 5 days a week Mon.-Fri from 9am-12pm with extended stay and play options. For more information click the link below and or contact Director Beth Wilde at (850) 559-1523 

June Session:
July Session


Youth week is coming up quickly and we can use some help from the congregation to make sure these teenagers are fed each night.  If you would like to help, please click the link below to see where you might fill in, or see Pastor Becky.  

Help With Youth Week
Graduation Sunday:
May 22nd we will be celebrating our graduates! If you have a graduate or if you are a graduate, please email Pastor Becky at  and include graduation details as well as a picture.

MONDAY, MAY 30 (Memorial Day):
Art Night (6pm-8pm in Sanders Hall)
Come ready to create!  We will be painting and Pastor Kandace is going to help us create the cool acrylic pours that the kids did last year.  We will also be creating some special 6th-grade-welcome projects, and working on a group project for the youth room.  Drinks and Snacks will be available. 

Game Night and 6th Grade Welcome (6pm-8pm at Sanders Hall)
We will OFFICIALLY welcome our 6th graders on Tuesday.  We will play a lot of fun group games, minute-to-win-it challenges, and all sorts of games together.  Drinks and snacks will be available.  

Cookie Making Day (1:00pm-4:00pm meet in Sanders Hall):
Come ready to bake, decorate, and EAT!  We will be cooking together to create cookies and see who can do the best decorating.  Everyone will get to take home cookies for their families.  We will also play games while the cookies are baking.  

Shipwreck Island in Panama City (8am-6pm)
We are going to spend all day at Shipwreck Island!  The cost is $65 per person, and includes transportation, lunch, and park admission.  Siblings may come if a parent comes too.  Sign up soon to guarantee your spot on the bus.  

Movie Night and Pajama Party (6pm-9pm in Sanders Hall)
We are going to set up a big screen in Sander's Hall and show "Ron's Gone Wrong."  We will also have pizza, a popcorn bar, and play hide & seek (aka Underground Church).    

Messy Game Night and Pool Party (5pm-8pm at location TBD)
We will play some outdoor messy games, then hose off and go swimming!  We will have dinner poolside and chill together as we celebrate all that we love about youth group.

Sign Up For Youth Week!
Bruce Harter entered eternal rest on Tuesday, April 26.  Please keep Peggy in your prayers.  The service will be on May 14th at Saint Paul's UMC at 11:00 AM followed by a reception.

Carol Lee entered eternal rest on Wednesday, April 27.  Please keep Dennis in your prayers.  Carol's service will be on Saturday, May 28 at Saint Paul's UMC at 11:00 AM followed by a reception in Sanders Hall.

May they be at peace in the arms of Jesus.  

How you can care for others...

Want to connect with others in the church who may need a word of encouragement or prayer? You can use the button below to access our current care and celebration list.  A thoughtful card or note would brighten a day and make a difference!  You may stop by the church office to pick up a printed list during office hours.
Birthday List and Address List for Care Cards
A reminder that we have online prayer gatherings on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. and all are invited to attend these.  The meetings are via Zoom, and you can contact Pastor Becky for the link.  

You can submit prayer requests by clicking the button below.  Prayer requests are always private unless permission has been given to share.  
Submit Prayer Requests Here
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