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January 9, 2020
Dear Friends;

How very much I appreciate your prayers and well wishes this past week.  We continue in the healing process, and your prayers are uplifting us in ways that we ourselves cannot explain. Thank you for your love and caring compassion.  Continue to pray for one another, for the church, and for our world as this first week of 2020 comes to an end.
This Sunday we begin a sermon series that is so very timely - NEW PLACES FOR NEW PEOPLE.  With our Making Room construction at a close, and as we understand that the overall trend in church connection is lower than ever, we look at the story of scripture, the actions of Jesus, and we learn how the church might reconnect with our world in ways that bring healing and peace.  While I am not yet sure if I will be with you physically this week, I am preparing the sermon, so that even in my absence you might be able to hear my words and I can share with you thoughts from scripture on this critical topic.
The United Methodist Church has been very much in the news with the announcement of a proposal for General Conference 2020 that makes way for various expressions within the church.  I want to remind you of a few things as you read and listen to different interpretations of this action:
  • this is one of several proposals that is going before General Conference in May. What makes it newsworthy is that it was drafted with representation from differing perspectives and professionally mediated.
  • no proposal becomes church law until it is voted on by General Conference
  • if you would like to read the proposal and supporting materials, click here to go to the FLUMC webpage article which includes links to all that material.
Finally, and this is important, the Strategic Planning Team is using the month of January to gather information from the congregation about the future of Saint Paul's UMC.  During the month, a total of 8 listening sessions will be held to hear from you.  While we identified approximately 70 persons in the congregation to specifically invite into these conversations, ALL are welcome to participate.  You may use this link to register to attend ONE session and lend your voice to the Strategic Planning Process.  There are sessions scheduled at all different times of the day to accommodate as many as possible.  Thank you for your input.
Thank you again for being the church!


Below are links to forms for events happening at Saint Paul's.

Strategic Planning:

I Beg to Differ Class:

Climate Justice Class:

2020 Women's Retreat:

Online Pledge Card:

Manna on Meridian:

SPARKS Wednesday Kids Ministry

Parents Morning Out Ministry

New Member Information Form

Set up your online giving to the Operating Budget and Making Room Project here:


Climate Justice Class
begins January 15
Climate impacts from extreme weather like massive hurricanes and fires are in the news and Greta Thunberg was just named Time's Person of the Year for her climate justice efforts. Join our Creation Care team as we learn how people all over the world are responding to the climate crisis, and how Christians are mobilizing to help those in harms way. You can register for this Wednesday evening class at 


Friends and strangers class with each other over issues large and small. Coworkers have conflicts in the office.  Married couples fight over finances.  People demonize each other on social media.  Is there any hope for civil discourse?
The course will provide a strategy for having difficult conversations, helping us move from contentious debate to constructive dialogue. Using insights from Scripture and communication theology this class will provide practical ways to manage disagreements and resolve conflicts.
We can disagree without being disagreeable.  Find out how.
Class will meet Wednesday, January 29 - February 19 in room 326.  Please register for this class at the link under Breeze forms.

Sign up with the link in Breeze Forms


Sunday School Classes 
9:45 -10:45 a.m.

Kindergartners & 1st, 2nd & 3rd graders are learning the learning the stories of Advent and meet in the 100 level classrooms.  4th & 5th graders are continuing the story of the Bible sometimes out in the outdoor chapel.  Come and learn the lessons of the Bible.  

Preschoolers meet in Room 201 in the Nursery Wing with Mary Maud Sharpe.

For directions to the kid's classes, stop by the Welcome Table inside Sanders Hall starting at 9:30 a.m.

Toddler & Preschool Music
Wednesday Evenings starting January 8, 2020
Meet Weekly, 5:30 - 5:55 p.m. 
Kids Music Room 200 
Gaye Herndon & Stephany Bryant, Directors

Next Date:  January 21
9:30am  Kids age 2 and up
10:00am  UNDER age 2
Room 200 ~ KIDS MUSIC ROOM & Playground fellowship


Youth Sunday School 
Every Sunday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Room 211

Youth Choir
Every Sunday from 4:30-5:15 p.m.
The Youth Choir is a group of very talented singers.  We rehearse on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 in the choir room. All Youth in Grades 6-12 are invited to join us. Contact Gaye Herndon ( for more information. We will be on Christmas break until January 5th, when our normal schedule will resume.  

Rooted Youth Fellowship
Every Sunday from 5:15 to 7:00 p.m.
We meet in Sanders Hall for dinner, games, and community. 

Winter Retreat
January 17-20, at Blue Lake Camp in Alabama
Let's hit "pause" together and learn to connect with God.  Join us for a weekend of fun and faith.  Registration and payment must be received by December 29.  Click below to register.  Email for more information.
Register for the Retreat!



Kailee & Kandace Brooks, Joe Adams, The Andrews family welcoming a new baby, Bessie Lee Baker, Kathy Barber, Jeff Beekman, Ron and Mary Ann Braswell, Marlene Brewer, Edna Brownlie, Yvonne Brownlie, Brynn - heart problems, Kathy Combs & Addie, The Costigan family welcoming a new baby, Donna Cotterell & family, Virginia Fletcher, Rev. Durwood Foshee, JD Godbold, Charlie & Meg Guyton, The family of Ardrue Hughes, Parker & Charlotte Keaton, Beverly Kinloch, Rev. Bob Laidlaw, Mary Symon Lewis, Barb Lithcum, Nena Martinez’s mother, Jan Mickler, Hazel Oliver, The family of Jack Pelham, Ted & Becky Rokitowski, The family of Audrey Robbins, Kathy Sewell, Susie Shoemaker, Family of Daisy Ward, Ruth Ann Wynn.


Dave Beverly, Betty Blair, Terry, Carol and Ann Broadway, Bob Caldwell, Louise Carpenter, Charlotte Chellman, Ivy Lee Daniel, Norma DeRuyter, Margaret Farnell, Pat Giglio, Oriska Henn & her caregiver Doris, Ralph Hook, Leroy Irwin, Bill Jones, Helen Keaton, Robert Kennedy, Ralph Kenyon, Dottie Melton, Ruth Riley, Dot Roberts, Gretchen Scoggin, Terry Shoffstall, Rev. Ben & Betty Spivey, Norma & Pam Strickland, Dick & Doris Sublette, Melanie Tredik, Soisson Church, Haiti and Yaguaramas Methodist Church, Cuba, Our President and Country, Peace in the Middle East, Fires in Australia

CALENDAR  January 9 - 15, 2020

Thursday, January 9
MOPS, 9:30 a.m., Parlor, Nursery

Friday, January 10
Alzheimer's Respite, 9:00 a.m., Parlor, Chapel

Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m., Nursery
Midtown Classical, 6:00 p.m., Rooms 210,211 & Parlor

Saturday, January 11
Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow Banquet , 6:30 p.m., Sanders Hall

Sunday, January 12
Informal Worship , 8:30 a.m., Sanctuary

Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
Traditional Worship, 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Barbershop Ladies of Tallahassee, 2:00 p.m., Choir Room
Youth Choir, 4:30 p.m., Choir Room
ROOTED Youth Sunday, 5:15 p.m., Sanders Hall
Handbells, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Monday, January 13
Classical Conversations, 8:00 a.m., 300 Level, Rooms 210, 211
Classical Conversations Science Fair, 8:30 a.m., Parlor
Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m., Nursery
Ed Wynn Luncheon, 11:00 a.m., Sanders Hall
Manna Bagging, 5:00 p.m., Faith Presbyterian
Girl Scout Troop 146, 5:00 p.m., Parlor
Boy Scout Troop 115, 7:00 p.m., Scouthouse

Tuesday, January 14
UMW Ruth Circle, 10:00 a.m., Parlor
Chancel Covenant Choir, 6:15 p.m., Choir Room
Cub Scouts 115 Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sanders Hall
Se'lah Choir, 7:30 p.m., Choir Room

Wednesday, January 15
Prayer Group, 8:00 a.m., Room 325
Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m., Nursery
Creation Care T-shirt Bags, 10:30 a.m., 302
SPARKS Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.,100 Level
Midtown Classical, 3:15 p.m., Parlor, 210, 211
Wednesday Night Dinner, 5:15 p.m., Sanders Hall
PreSchool Music, 5:30 p.m., 200 Level
Climate Justice Study, 6:30 p.m., Room 310
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