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A Message from Pastor Kandace

October 10, 2019
Dear Friends;
"Celebrating the offering is a spiritual act of worship every believer can actively participate in each week. Giving becomes a celebration when the believer discovers the joy of generosity, which grows out of God's grace." — Melvin Amerson
To belong to our congregation is to be a steward. Some may say that “stewardship” is just a polite way of referring to financial giving to the church. But it’s far more than that.
One character in some of Jesus’ parables is the steward — the servant charged by the master to care for the master’s property. It is the master, not the steward, who owns the property, but the steward is responsible for it and is accountable to the master. So it is, said Jesus, between God and us. As God’s stewards we have three responsibilities:
  • We receive with joyful thanksgiving the many gifts that God showers upon us — time, talent, treasure, our bodies, our friendships, natural resources, and the beauty around us.
  • We take good care of what we have received. We manage these resources wisely — for our own good and the good of others.
  • Out of our gratitude in receiving so abundantly, we want to share with others.

As we lead up to our Commitment Sunday and engage a time of considering the finances and budget of the church, I want to share with you stories of members of our church who have made the decision to be generous in their giving. I share these stories to encourage you and remind you of the importance of faithful stewardship to the health of the church.


“I just prayed, and something said, ‘That person could be you.’ A little voice came in my head and said, ‘You can help.’ ”
It’s moving for Jean to talk about how her and George’s parents modeled generosity to them. And it’s moving to recall moments when she knows she made a difference. Once, her hairdresser, who was raising her two grandchildren, broke a shoulder and was out of work. Jean prayed that help would come from somewhere.
“We like to support our Saint Paul’s children, too,” she said. “Some can’t afford money to go on the chorus trips and such. … We are in a position when we see something like that, we do it. It makes you feel good.”
The Holzapfels are no longer physically able to do mission work, but they say giving helps them feel connected.
The Holzapfels say Saint Paul’s has been good to them since they moved to Tallahassee in 1976. While their careers kept them from going on international mission trips, they realized they could help in other ways. Years ago, the pastor from our sister church in Yaguaramas, Cuba, visited Tallahassee with his wife. The Holzapfels had them as dinner guests and got to know their story — how they ate meat maybe once a week, how $1,000 might mean a year’s salary. Jean took the pastor’s wife to her closet and gave her some nice clothes to wear on Sundays. Later, they helped the church purchase windows.
“They were much more inexpensive than I expected them to be,” she said, adding how much the Burleigh Law class is loving their new, evolving space. “To me, they look like stained glass windows.”
“They were just beautiful. They added so much color to the room,” Jean said. “I called Kandace and said we couldn’t see the ones in the back. I said I like them, and I’d like to donate some more.
Take, for example, the banners in the renovated chapel. The longtime members of the Burleigh Law class were surprised and delighted to arrive one Sunday and see a few banners had gone up in the blank-looking space.
George and Jean Holzapfel are the kind of people who see a need and quietly meet it.

And so she did.
Below are links to forms for events happening at Saint Paul's.

I Said This~You Heard That! Couples Study- Starts this Wednesday, October 16, 6:30pm  Signup to join and for free childcare too!

The Universal Christ Book Study registration form.

SPARKS Wednesday Kids Ministry Registration
New Member Information Form

ROOTED - Monday Funday trip to Urban Air and Movies - Oct 14

Trunk or Treat:  Sign up to bring your TRUNK October 27

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build, November 9

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


 Strategic Planning Team
This is an important season in the life of the United Methodist Church, and especially Saint Paul’s UMC. We are gathering a Strategic Planning Team to consider our future together and to make plans for the next several years. If you would like to serve on this team, please contact Pastor Kandace (
New Sermon Series



Please bring your Treat Donations to Church on Sundays or drop off during the week in the church office. Click here to sign up to also bring your TRUNK! The best fun around will be here at Saint Paul's! Don't miss it!

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

Kindergartners - 3rd graders are learning the "Prescription for Joy" in Room 210 led by JoEllen Brown & Jessie Perry; the 4th & 5th graders are gathering in the Parlor for their lesson with Kevin & Jenni Cox. Preschoolers meet in Room 202. 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

Starts this Tuesday, October 15!
9:30 Kids OVER age 2 and 10:00 UNDER age 2
Room 200 ~ New KIDS MUSIC ROOM & Playground

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

The "weaker sex"?  Absolutely not!  Be a part of Youth Sunday School this week as we continue our lesson series about women in the Bible.  We meet in room 211 for a lesson designed with youth in mind, for something fun, and for a delicious (though rarely nutritious) snack. All we are missing is YOU. Questions?  Give Charlie (559-9423) or Meg (443-4175) a call.

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.



Gerald Coulsey; Ethel Pearl; Henry & Celestine Turner; Trey McNabb; Colin Ward; Emily & Jacob Warner; Elizabeth Foder; Rob Ruskin; Marcia Polischuck; Greg Nanigion; Edna Brownlie; Edward; Amy; Frances Stiles; Gretchen Scoggin; Madelyn Duggar; The Jaeger and Sanders families; Karen James; Barbara Zirps, Fotena’s mother; Diane Taylor; Wayne and Carol Mathews; Yvonne and Bob Brownlie; Carolyn Drake; Daniel Gill; June; Bob Richardson; Ray Schwartz, Karolyn Holmes’s dad; Maria and Melissa Garcia; Garrett Farrell, nephew of Kandace Brooks; Hurricane and natural disaster victims, especially those in the Bahamas and the Panhandle.  


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; Terry Shoffstall; Rev. Ben & Betty Spivey; Norma & Pam Strickland; Melanie Tredik; Soisson Church, Haiti, for peace in Haiti; Yaguaramas Methodist Church, Cuba.

CALENDAR  October 10 - 16, 2019

Thursday, October 10
MOPS, 9:15 a.m., Sanders Hall, Nursery
Capital Area Healthy Start Walk to Remember, 5:30 p.m., Sanders Hall, Sanctuary, Nursery

Friday, October 11
Office Closed on Fridays
Fall Camping Trip
Alzheimer's Respite, 9:00 a.m., Parlor, Chapel
Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Nursery
Midtown Classical, 6:00 p.m., Rooms 210 & 211

Saturday, October 12
Fall Camping Trip

Sunday, October 13
Fall Camping Trip
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
Dancer's Rehearsal, 3:50 p.m., Sanctuary
Youth Choir, 4:30 p.m., Choir Room
Handbells, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Monday, October 14
Classical Conversations, 8:00 a.m., 300-305, 210-211, 200 Level, Chapel & Parlor
Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Nursery
Ed Wynn Luncheon, 11:00 a.m., Sanders Hall
Youth Monday Funday, 1:00 p.m., Urban Air/Movies
Manna Bagging, 5:00 p.m., Faith Presbyterian
Poverty Hearing, 6:00 p.m., Sanders Hall
Girl Scout Troop 146, 6:30 p.m., Parlor
Boy Scout Troop 115, 7:00 p.m., Room 211

Tuesday, October 15
Mommy & Me Music, 9:30 a.m., 200 Music & Playground
Creation Care T-Shirt Bags, 10:30 a.m., Room 309
Alzheimer's Caregivers Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Parlor
Covenant Chancel Choir, 6:00 p.m., Choir Room
Cub Scout 115, 6:30 p.m., Sanders Hall
Girl Scout Troop 67, 6:30 p.m., Parlor, Rooms 210 & 211
Se'lah, 7:30 p.m., Choir Room

Wednesday, October 16
Prayer Group, 8:00 a.m., Work Room
Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Nursery
SPARKS Wednesday, 3:00 p.m., Room 301/310/Choir Room
Midtown Classical, 3:15 p.m., 210, 211
Wednesday Night Dinner, 5:15 p.m., Sanders Hall
Preschool Music, 5:30 p.m., 200 Music
The Universal Christ, 6:15 p.m., Chapel
Couples Bible Study, 6:30 p.m., Room 300
GriefShare, 6:30 p.m., Room 302
Knitters and Crochetiers, 6:30 p.m., Room 311
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