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November 7, 2019

Last week Jenni Cox sent me an email making the following observations:
After returning home from the church Wednesday night, Kevin and I celebrated the activity level present at the church; how smoothly things were running in the various spaces; and the number of children present on campus in the middle of the week. 
By our rough count, the following was going on:
1) SPARKS-- 40 kids, plus adults-- using Generations Park, 300 level classrooms, new children's choir room
2) Couples Bible Study-- 11 couples using Sanders Hall
3) Sacred Dance rehearsal-- 4 dancers using the new children's choir room for a make-up class
4) Universal Christ-- 9 adults using the renovated Chapel
5) Midtown Classical-- 30 kids, 9 adults-- using 210, 211, and the Parlor
6) Wednesday night Dinner—45 people eating in Sanders Hall
7) Griefshare-- 11 adults meeting in room 302
8) Preschool Music-- 18 children and 3 adults using the new children's choir room
This is one afternoon/evening a week and while impressive, is just a piece of what happens here at Saint Paul’s in any given week.  Folks, this level of ministry ONLY happens because of YOU…Because you give to the church; because you dedicate time and talent to volunteering; because you choose to participate in classes to grow in your faith; because you open our church to community groups.  I don’t know about you, but Jenni’s note made me proud of all that WE accomplish TOGETHER through this church. 

Thank you.
Thank you for living into your membership vows to support this church with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness.
On Sunday, November 17 we will all have the sacred responsibility of pledging our financial support to the Operating Budget of Saint Paul’s for 2020.  I am already praying about my own level of support, and I invite you to do the same.  I can only imagine what God has in store for this community of faith for next year, and I look forward to being a part of it – with YOU.



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

Early Morning Advent Study:

I Said This~You Heard That! Couples Study- Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.  Signup to join and for free childcare too!

SPARKS Wednesday Kids Ministry Registration
New Member Information Form

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


Saint Paul's is hosting the Second Annual Community Conversation on Restorative Justice, November 14, 6:30 p.m. in Sanders Hall. Everyone is invited to attend.

United Methodist Children's Home
Gift Card Wish List
As Christmas moves closer we are excited to share our annual Christmas gift card drive to show God's love thru gifts during a season in which gift-giving and generosity are especially celebrated. The gift cards will be distributed across the Children's Home ministry to the children we serve. We would be most grateful for gift cards in increments of $10, $20, $25 and $50  from stores like Walmart, Kohl's, Famous Footware and Gamestop. Also restaurants to treat the children over Christmas break like Golden Corral, Papa John's, Chick-Fil-A, McDonalds and Darden restaurants. Please include a gift card receipt and write the denomination on the card if not shown. Thank you so much for providing Christmas Cheer! Some of our children have never experienced a real Christmas. Please see Janet Clark, the Children's Home Representative for Saint Paul's. She will be collecting your gift cards November 17 through December 1.

"Is Advent preparation for the birthday of Jesus, or is Advent a season unto itself, a sacrament of all times beginning in Jesus' birth and still waiting on its finality at the of this present age? Is Advent’s proclamation centered on dread, judgment, and condemnation or hope, expectation, and promise? Is Advent the beginning of the Christian year or does Advent bring the year to a conclusion?

Join a three week conversation, in the dark before dawn, as we explore the answers to these questions concerning the season of Advent. Working through passages of Fleming Rutledge’s Advent: The Once & Future Coming of Jesus Christ, we will hopefully come to find a richness in this our time between times.
6:30 a.m. *yes, that is A.M.* at Canopy Road Cafe on North Monroe beginning Monday, December 2, 2019.  Sign up here.

(and other yummy foods)!
Our Hurricane Michael Recovery Team #7 will serve in Port St. Joe December 2-6.  With nearly thirty members, this will be the biggest mission team in the history of Saint Paul's and we need your help!
In order to feed our hard-working team well and be budget-friendly, we need volunteers to prepare and freeze casseroles that will serve as the entrees for many of our meals.  Recipes will be provided and the casseroles will need to be prepared in a disposable pan.
If you would like to provide a casserole or provide items such as snacks or desserts, please contact Meg Guyton (443-4175 or meghguyton@ as soon as possible.  THANK YOU!





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

THIS SUNDAY we will be in our NEW SPACE on the 100 level.  You may enter the building across from Generations Park into the Foundation.  

Kindergartners - 3rd graders are learning the "Prescription for Joy" and will be in Room 102 led by JoEllen Brown & Jessie Perry.

4th & 5th graders
 will gather in Room 104 for their lesson with Kevin & Jenni Cox. 

Preschoolers meet in Room 202 in the Nursery Wing.

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 
Weekly, 5:30 - 5:55 p.m. 
New Kids MUSIC Room 200 & 202 
Gaye Herndon & Stephany Bryant, Directors

November 19!
9:30am  Kids age 2 and up
10:00am  UNDER age 2
Room 200 ~ KIDS MUSIC ROOM & Playground fellowship

SPARKS Wednesdays this year will have some extra BAM! in our program!  Heroes of the Bible will be our theme!  

The Heroes of the Bible accomplished amazing things by God’s power and for God’s glory.  Through faith in the all-powerful Creator, these heroes performed jaw-dropping miracles, conquered mighty armies and ruled nations.  They defeated giants, toppled towering city walls, and raised the dead.  They wrote books of the Bible, started churches worldwide, and proclaimed the good new of God’s salvation, even in the face of death.  These heroes rocked!  These heroes were normal people and it’s not who you are that matters to God, it’s what you allow him to do through you.  As the Bible says, by faith you can moved mountains (Matthew 17:20).  

We hope your K-5th kids and their friends (please invite them!) will join us for some BAM ~ Bible Chat, Art and Music!  Our first day of SPARKS is Sept 4.  And, put on your calendar our special Advent multi-media program, “The Christmas Scene Revisited,” will be presented by the kids on December 11. 

Click HERE to register for SPARKS!


Youth Sunday School 
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Room 211
Jesus said, "Do not be afraid."  Join us in Youth Sunday School as we explore worries and fears all of us experience.  We'll be using videos and a guide written just for youth from Adam Hamilton's UNAFRAID:  Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.  Weekly topics will include:  "Understanding and Countering Fear" and  "Failure, Disappointing Others, Insignificance, and Loneliness".  We'll talk about identifying fears and overcoming them all in the light of Scripture.  And, as with all our studies, there will be snacks and a group-building game every week.  Questions?  Call Charlie (559-9423) or Meg (443-4175) Guyton.

Youth Choir
4:30-5:15 p.m.
The Youth Choir is a group of very talented singers. We’re expecting to grow as everyone settles into a new routine. 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 (

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



Hazel Oliver, Wayne & Gail Wallace and family, Carolyn Drake, healing, June Joiner, Beverly Kinloch, Marilyn Lowe, Jim Chick, Ron and Mary Ann Braswell, Nina Martinez’s mother, Marjorie Swanberg (Barbara Bauldree’s aunt), healing, Gordon Bowman, healing, Kristi Osborn & family, JD Godbold, Ethel Pearl, healing and restoration, Henry & Celestine Turner, bereavement, Edna Brownlie, The children who will be receiving bunk beds from out Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build.


Betty Blair, Bob Caldwell, Terry and Carol Broadway; Charlotte Chellman; Dick & Doris Sublette; Helen Keaton; Ralph Kenyon; Jack Pelham; Ivy Lee Daniel; David Beverly; Norma DeRuyter; Margaret Farnell; Pat Giglio, in Georgia; Oriska Henn & her caregiver Doris; Ralph Hook; Leroy Irwin; Bill Jones; Robert Kennedy; Dottie Melton; Ruth Riley; Audrey Robbins; Dot Roberts; Gretchen Scoggin, Terry Shoffstall; Rev. Ben & Betty Spivey; Norma & Pam Strickland; Melanie Tredik; Soisson Church, Haiti, for peace in Haiti; Yaguaramas Methodist Church, Cuba; Those incarcerated and those returning as citizens, and the people in ministry with them.

CALENDAR  November 7 - 13, 2019

Thursday, November 7
MOPS Meeting, 9:15 a.m., Sander Hall, Nursery

Friday, November 8
Office Closed on Fridays
Alzheimer's Respite, 9:00 a.m., Parlor, Chapel
Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Nursery
Alzheimer's Powerful Tools, 10:30 a.m., Room 300
Girl Scout Troop 67 Sleepover, 6:00 p.m., Parlor
Midtown Classical, 6:00 p.m., Rooms 210 & 211

Saturday, November 9
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build, 8:45 a.m., Parking Lot

Sunday, November 10
Informal Worship, 8:30 a.m., Sanctuary

Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
Traditional Worship, 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Barbershop Ladies, 2:00 p.m., Choir Room
Saint Paul's Dancers, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Youth Choir, 4:30 p.m., Choir Room
Handbells, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Monday, November 11
Ed Wynn Luncheon, 11:00 a.m., Sanders Hall
Girl Scout Troop 146, 6:30 p.m., Parlor
Boy Scout Troop 115, 7:00 p.m., Scout House

Tuesday, November 12
Classical Conversations, 8:00 a.m., 300-305, 210-211, 200 Level, Chapel & Parlor

SPARKS Meeting, 8:30 a.m., 100 level
UMW Ruth Circle, 10:00 a.m., Sanders Hall
Covenant Chancel Choir, 6:00 p.m., Choir Room
Se'lah, 7:30 p.m., Choir Room

Wednesday, November 13
Prayer Group, 8:00 a.m., Work Room
Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Nursery
Creation Care T-Shirt Bags, 10:30 a.m., Room 309
SPARKS Wednesday, 3:00 p.m., Room 301/310/Choir Room
Midtown Classical, 3:15 p.m., Room 210, 211
Wednesday Night Dinner, 5:15 p.m., Sanders Hall
Preschool Music, 5:30 p.m., 200 Level
The Universal Christ, 6:15 p.m., Chapel
Couples Bible Study, 6:30 p.m., Sanders Hall
GriefShare, 6:30 p.m., Room 302
Knitters and Crochetiers, 6:30 p.m., Room 311
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