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Worship Team Updates
Serve Team Updates
Grow Team Updates
Children's Ministry Updates
Youth Ministry Updates
Congregational Care Updates

WEEKLY NOTES May 18, 2023

Greetings Saint Paul's Friends and Family, 

Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with celebration!

                         ~ Psalm 100:1-2 (CEB)

IT'S CELEBRATION TIME!! What are you celebrating these days? This week at Saint Paul's, we are celebrating phenomenal graduates. We are celebrating our amazing music ministry. We are celebrating wonderful lives well-lived. We are celebrating life!  And, as we celebrate, we give thanks to the Lord our God from whom all blessings flow. It is truly because of God that we "live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28a)."

With Gratitude and Love,

Pastor Latricia & Pastor Becky

P.S.  The directories are here!  There will be a table set up on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings for this week and next, and then available in the church office after that.  Each directory has a sticky note with the name of the family it belongs to.  Please only take your directory.  If you did not have a portrait taken, we will have extra church directories for sale in the church office or at Wednesday Night Dinner ($7 each).  
Email Linda to Order a Directory

Worship With Us This Week

This Sunday, Worship at Saint Paul's will be at 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary with the 11:00 service live-streamed on both Facebook and YouTube.  Sunday school classes for all ages meet from 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. every Sunday.  We will be transitioning to our summer worship schedule in June with one worship service at 9:30 am.  

This Sunday we will be celebrating our graduates and expressing appreciation for those who participate and lead in our music ministries!  Come join us for this morning of celebration and giving thanks!

Order of Worship
Register Your Attendance
Be a Sunday Morning Volunteer

Pentecost Sunday
May 28th

Don't forget to wear shades of red, yellow, or orange on Sunday, May 28th, as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.  

Combined Summer Worship

During June and July we will combine our Sunday morning worship services and worship together at 9:30 am.  Children and Youth Sunday School classes will be right after worship, along with most Adult Sunday School classes.  Your class may choose to meet before worship - just let the church office know.  This service will be live-streamed to Facebook and Youtube.  

Current Volunteer Needs at Saint Paul's UMC:

Tech Team Volunteers:
As of March 26th, we are live-streaming our worship services!  With our new system in place, we need additional volunteers to operate the worship technology that helps us effectively communicate both within the Sanctuary and to those who join us remotely. For each service, we need one person to handle sound and another to handle video, slides, etc. Technical aptitude is helpful, but the important requirements are to be reliable and attentive. Training will be provided. The more volunteers we have, the fewer shifts each one needs to take on.  Contact Jay Wirth at  

Capital Area Justice Ministry (CAJM)

Saint Paul's UMC has joined the Capital Area Justice Ministry and everyone is invited to participate in the next big event:

Justice Celebration
Monday, May 22nd @ 6:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal
211 N. Monroe, 32301

Wednesday Night Dinners

Below is a link where you can make your reservation.  You can make your reservation weekly, or for the entire month.  You may also RSVP on the attendance pads during worship, or by calling the church office.  Please sign up no later than noon on Mondays.  Dinner is $7 for adults and $3 for children and you can pay at the door with cash, check, or text-to-pay, in the church office, or online when you make your reservation through the Weekly Notes.  Menu items include a salad bar, dessert, and drink.  

May Menu:
5/24 - Pulled Pork
5/31 - Enchiladas*
* Vegetarian option available

These dinners are a great way to get to know others in the church.  Keep scrolling for Wednesday Night Adult Classes!
RSVP for May Dinners
We will take a break from our Wednesday Night Programming during June and July.  May 24th we will have a "Family Talk" gathering right after dinner.  Be on the lookout for some special events during the summer where we can gather and break bread together.  

4-Week Creation Care Study

Join us for this timely Creation Care Study Series that aims to challenge and inspire you. 

Based on articles written by today's leading Christian authors and published by Christianity Today magazines, this study fosters deep, authentic, and relevant discussion that will challenge and grow any small group.

Creation Care addresses the problem of how we as Christians can appropriately deal with the difficult topics of stewardship, the environment, climate change, and more. 

The final class will meet on May 31st, Classes are on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in room 310.  Email Cara Fleischer at for more information.

Learn more at: Creation Care (Christianity Today Study Series)

Barbara Goldstein Presentation

Sponsored by SPUMC Cheers Sunday School
Anti Semitism is on the rise. Cheers Sunday School class feels we should look to history and has invited Barbara Goldstein, the Executive Director of the Holocaust Resource Council to speak to us about Holocaust Awareness, Education, and Antisemitism.  We invite all classes and individuals to join us in Sanders Hall on Sunday, May 21 from 9:45-10:45 am to hear this presentation.  If your class plans to attend, please let Barb Block at (850-241-2642) know so we have enough chairs set up.  You can click the link below for more information on Ms. Goldstein.
More Information
Thanks to everyone who came to the volunteer Child & Youth Protection training, we couldn't do ministry work without you!  If you missed last night's training you can still come tonight - 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary.  

If anyone is still looking for ways to help please consider cheering on VBS by making a donation towards the cost of snacks & experiments or pick something off our Amazon Wishlist: 
VBS Amazon Wishlist
With Thanks & Joy,
Bridget Weisbrod, Director of Children's Ministry

Children's Summer Sunday School

Meet the extraordinary Margot Almond!  She's back by popular demand to help teach Sunday School starting May 28th!   She will continue to lead the Combined Class for the summer beginning the following Sunday in the foundation Level “Art Room”.  With her presence and the help of parents we are sure to have a super fun summer!    

VBS 2023: "Spirit Week!"

There are still spaces available for kids to sign up for VBS but don't wait too long!

Help us cheer on VBS by making a donation towards the cost of snacks & experiments or pick something off our Amazon Wishlist.  (See the button/link above)
VBS Sign-Up
VBS Volunteer Sign-Up
Last Wednesday we attended our fantastic Kids@Art end of year musical and at Sunday School we began our summer series, "Start the Party". Our last night of Wednesday Youth is tomorrow! We will not have youth from 6-7 on the 24th following our time at the Tallahassee Rock Gym. 
Read this week's Youth Newsletter
Here's what we have going on this week:

Sunday, May 21st - Sunday School
Sunday School runs from 9:45 - 10:45. This is the second week of our Summer Sunday School series, "Start the Party". In this series students are going to be exploring getting the most out of life through promises Jesus makes us. This week, our youth will be challenged to be people who do more than the bare minimum in order to meet the needs they see around them. The scripture reference for this lesson is Romans 5:8, and Matthew 5:41. Parentsclick HERE to access daily devotionals for this week! Doughnuts will be provided. 

Sunday, May 21st - Sunday Night Youth/Summer Kickoff!
Join us this Sunday from 6-8 for Sunday Night Youth! This month's SNY is special as it will be our Senior's last night of youth, as well as our rising sixth grader's first night! We will have dinner provided by our Seeker's class, and will worship together at the contemporary service starting at 7. You won't want your youth to miss this week! 

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, May 15, from 10:30-11:30am in room 326.
Printable Prayer List and Address List

Join us in prayer...

A reminder that we have online prayer gatherings every 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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