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WEEKLY NOTES September 22, 2022


Greetings Saint Paul's Family and Friends!

"Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea', and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you."
                  ~ Mark 11:23


Do you believe that your words have power? We do! This week, we encourage you to use your words to speak life, and light, and love into a world that is so desperately in need of kindness and grace. This week we offer a challenge to all to share the gospel - the good news of Christ - through the ways we engage each other everyday. This week, we encourage you - as we encourage ourselves - to choose our words wisely, knowing that "life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)."

This is our challenge. Let's be attentive to what we say, how we say it, and to whom things are said. In fact, let's get excited about how we can co-create new realities with God through our actions and our words. Let's believe together and watch things happen!

With Gratitude,

~ Pastors Latricia & Becky

P.S.  Don't forget to sign up for the bed build on Saturday, October 8th!  At this moment, we don't have enough volunteers signed up, so if you plan to be there, register now so we know we have enough hands.  
Our next Governing Board Meeting is Monday, September 26th at 6:30 P.M. in the Parlor.  Governing Board meetings are open to all except for Staff Pastor-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) portions regarding confidential H.R. matters.  Those who are visiting have a voice, but no vote.  We welcome all that wish to be there to come.

New Staff Announcement!

It is our joy to welcome Zac Prasse to the Saint Paul's family to serve as our new Director of Youth Ministry.  Zac will begin on October 3rd, and we could not be more thrilled to have him on the team.  If you would like to share a card of welcome, just drop it by the church office anytime.  We would love to have a stack of cards on his desk for his first day!  Please wish him a warm welcome when you see him on campus. 

With excitement, 
Your Pastors and SPRC

Greetings From Our New 
Director of Youth Ministry

Hey Saint Paul’s Family! 

My name is Zac Prasse and I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with our Youth here at Saint Paul's. I’m a lifelong resident of Tallahassee and I currently attend Florida State University as well as the Youth Ministry Institute. I have been working in Youth Ministry since 2019 at Warren Willis United Methodist Camp, as well as Killearn United Methodist Church since 2020.

Again, I am overjoyed to have been presented with the opportunity to serve our Youth, and look forward to meeting you all! 

Sincerely,
Zac Prasse

WORSHIP WITH US ON SUNDAY

This Sunday we will be blessed to hear from retired pastor, Rev. David Gill, who serves as our Mission Team Coordinator at Saint Paul's.  He is preaching from the Gospel of Mark, and Jesus' call to "Follow Me!" 

We have two worship services, at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM, with the Sunday School Hour in between from 9:45-10:45 AM.  We would love to have you join us, whether in the sanctuary or online.  Classes are available for all ages on our campus.  

Order of Worship, September 25, 2022
Register your Worship Attendance Here
Be a Sunday Morning Volunteer!

BIBLE TALK

Have you joined in on Bible Talk yet? We'd love to have you join in the discussion each Wednesday at 10:00 am in room 325 or after Wednesday Night Dinner at 6:30 pm in room 310.  All are welcome to join in at any time.  

This week's readings:
September 22:  Mark 7-8
September 23:  Mark 9-10:45
September 24:  Mark 10:46-12:34
September 25:  Mark 12:35-13
September 26:  Mark 14
September 27:  Mark 15-16
September 28:  Luke 1

Happy reading!

New Member Information Session

Are you new and looking for more information about Saint Paul's?  Have you been attending a while and are thinking of joining?  Have you been attending for YEARS but never made the step of membership?  Join us in Sanders Hall on September 25th, during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:45am), to find out more!
Now that the weather is cooling off, Walking on Wednesdays (WOW) has started back.  Meet at the Outdoor Chapel across from Generations Park (weather permissable), and we will walk around Lake Ella before dinner... Just DO it!  For more information, call Wanda Pierce at (850) 509-7206.

Wednesday Night Dinners

We are restarting our regular Wednesday Night Dinners!  Ted Rokitowski has volunteered to be our chef through the end of the year while we work on the budget for 2023 and look toward hiring someone next year.  Our Kitchen Committee is getting things going and they are always looking for hands willing to help.

Below is a link where you can make your reservation.  We have modified our sign-ups so that you can make your reservation weekly, or for the entire month.  You may also RSVP on the attendance pads during worship.  Dinner is $7 for adults and $3 for children and you can pay at the door with cash or check, in the church office, or online when you make your reservation through the Weekly Notes. 

September Menu:
9/28 - Fish with Wild Rice and Vegetables

October Menu:
10/5 - Pulled pork sliders, corn, collards
10/12 - Chicken enchiladas, rice, beans
10/19 - Lasagna, garlic bread, salad
10/26 - Shepherds pie, pumpkin with sauteed onions
Our evening Bible Talk class will be moving to in-person, following Wednesday night dinner, from 6:30-7:30pm.  Youth programming and youth choir will also meet during that time, and we plan to offer more options in October, including a "Church 101" Class.  Nursery is available during all of our class times.      

These dinners are a great way to get to know others in the church.  We plan to hold a quarterly church gathering like we did on the 31st where you can ask questions and where we will update you on the state of the church and upcoming goals and initiatives.  We also hope to host some fun family events. Hope to see you there!
RSVP Here for September
RSVP Here for October

Sleep In Heavenly Peace Bed Build

All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads, too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health. That’s where Sleep in Heavenly Peace and Saint Paul’s UMC comes in as we are co-sponsoring a 16-bunk bed build at Saint Paul’s on October 8, 2022.  Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and the build will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No carpentry skills are needed!
 
The money for materials has been raised and ordered.  Trained station leaders from Sleep in Heavenly Peace have volunteered.  The equipment is ready.  What we need are volunteers.  What we need is you, your family, and your friends to help us provide beds for 32 children in the Florida Panhandle.  We have a collection bin in the lobby of Sanders Hall for bedding donations (sheets, pillows, and blankets must be new). 

Whether the children are in Panama City or Port St. Joe, Marianna or Tallahassee, Quincy or Monticello, we need to remove kids from the floor and provide them beds.
 
Thanks so much,
Anne Godbold and Jerry Roney
Sign Up To Participate

Peace & Justice Pilgrimage

Join us on pilgrimage to deepen our faith in Christ and stoke our desire to love one another.  

The purpose of this journey is to engage the reality of systemic racism and injustice in our lives.  We will learn the history of white racial violence from the Antebellum South, through Reconstruction, to Jim Crow, and all the way to mass incarceration today.  We pray that on our journey we will all know better how to love our neighbor more fully on our path of discipleship.  

We will depart Tallahassee at 8am on Friday, Nov 11th and return on the evening of Saturday, Nov 12th. The cost of this trip is $295-305 for single occupancy and $200-210 for double occupancy. The final number of participants may alter the price slightly, so we wanted to give a range for the moment. This includes your hotel room, 4 meals (Fri dinner not included), museum and memorial admission, and transportation costs.

For more information on the memorial and the museum, as well as FAQ's, please click this link https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/ 

There are only 70 spots available and they are filling up fast, so register early if you are planning to attend.  We opened this to Saint Paul's UMC and Trinity UMC first, but soon it will be published to all the churches in the district. 

Sign Up Here

Children's Ministry Haiku


Children learn and grow
Camping, singing, dreaming of
All the ways we love 

Bridget Weisbrod, Director of Children's Ministry
 
There are 2 tent sites left and an extra tent if anyone needs one to attend.
Camp Trip Sign Up
Kids@Art happening every Wednesday afternoon sings their hearts out and sets their hands to creating one of kind art each week. To learn more contact Bridget@saintpaulsumc.org
Trunk or Treat returns Oct. 30th from 4:30-6:00pm. We need trunks to make this a treat, please sign up below to be a part of one our church traditions of fun & friendship with our neighborhood. 
Trunk Sign Up

Youth Ministry Updates

Beach Day - September 25 - This Monday, public school kids have the day off and we are going to head to the beach!  We will leave at 9:00am, visit Bald Point State Park, enjoy a picnic lunch at a pavillion, and then visit the Gulf Specimen Aquarium in Panacea (tickets are $12) before heading back.  We plan to return by 4:00pm. 

Count Me In For Beach Day!
Join us for Wednesday night youth, "ROOTED."  Eat dinner together from 5:30-6:00, games and gathering from 6:00-7:00pm, followed by youth choir until 7:45pm.  Need a ride?  We may be able to pick you up!  Just email Pastor Becky at becky@saintpaulsumc.org.

Also, in case you missed it up top... WE ARE GETTING A NEW YOUTH DIRECTOR!  We will welcome Zac Prasse to the Team starting on October 3rd.  
We are in the process of discerning who will serve on Governing Board and Core Ministry Team in 2023.  If you believe that you or someone you know would be a good fit to serve in one of these vital leadership roles, please let us know by clicking below and filling out a brief interest form.  If you click the link, there is more information about serving on both Governing Board and the Core Ministry Team.
Serving in Leadership at SPUMC
We have had several members that have gone to be with the Lord recently.  Below are their names and the details of service dates.  We are holding their families and friends in our prayers.  

Marie Parramore passed away on 9/21.  There will be a viewing this Friday, September 23, from 5-7pm at Lifesong Funeral Home in Quincy.  The service will be held on Saturday, September 24, at 11:00am, at Antioch Baptist Church on McCall Bridge Road in Quincy.  Link to Obituary.

Ruth Riley passed away on 9/6.  A memorial service will be held September 23, 2022 at 11:00am at Bevis Funeral Home Chapel on John Knox Rd.  Link to Obituary.

Bob Frye passed away on 9/6.  His service will be held at Saint Paul's UMC in the Burleigh Law Memorial Chapel on November 26, at 3:00pm.  Link to Obituary.

Betty Durr passed away 9/5.  The service will be held at Bevis Funeral Home Chapel on John Knox Rd on Saturday, September 24, at 1:00pm.  Link to Obituary.

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.  Our next Congregational Care team Meeting is Monday, October. 17, from 10:30-11:30am.  
Printable Prayer List and Address List
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, or click the link at the bottom of the Prayer Email that is sent out weekly.  If you would like to receive the weekly Prayer Email, click the tiny words "update your preferences" at the bottom of this email and then select the prayer email from the list of subscriptions.  
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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