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WEEKLY NOTES December 1, 2022

Greetings Saint Paul's Family and Friends,

We are excited to be on this Advent adventure with you! This celebratory season before Christmas is a time of preparation as we await the arrival of Christ into the world. As your pastors, we wonder: how well do you know Advent? Not sure? No worries. We've prepared a little quiz just for you!

1. What does the word Advent (from the Latin adventus) mean?

  • Before Christmas
  • Arrival or coming
  • To go on an adventure
  • Preparation

2. According to tradition, approximately how far did Mary travel to visit Elizabeth?

  • 10 miles
  • 50 miles
  • 100 miles
  • 500 miles

3. On the third Sunday in Advent, some churches light a pink candle in the Advent wreath. Why?

  • Pink (or rose) is a color of joy.
  • Pink signifies Mary.
  • The rose color symbolizes Jesus’ childhood.
  • The rosebud is a sign of new birth.
4. True or False: Like the 40 days of Lent, Advent is a fixed number of days before Christmas.
  • True
  • False

5. Which of these Advent hymns was written by Charles Wesley?

  • “Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming”
  • “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
  • “Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
  • “Hail to the Lord's Anointed”

6. What is the meaning of the Hebrew word “Emmanuel”?

  • Mighty king
  • Christ child
  • God with us
  • Lord be praised
7. Which two colors are most often used in liturgical churches to represent Advent?
  •  green and red
  •  white and gold
  •  silver and gold
  •  purple and blue

Soooooo.... how did you do? Are you an Advent ROCKSTAR or still need a little help? If there are questions that you still need answered, feel free to ask us. We'd love to chat. May your Advent be filled with beautiful surprises.

With Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love,

~ Pastors Latricia & Becky


We are excited about all that is happening at Saint Paul's and the many things that God is growing here!  Will you nurture the seed planted in you?  Will you be a part of the ministry here through a commitment of your time and resources?  Will you let the Holy Spirit speak to you as you prayerfully consider your pledge of support for 2023?  

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, December 4, 2022
2023 Financial Pledge
Register your Worship Attendance Here
Be a Sunday Morning Volunteer!


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:
December 01:  Colossians 3 - 4
December 02:  1 Thessalonians 1 - 3
December 03:  1 Thessalonians 4 - 5
December 04:  2 Thessalonians 1 - 3
December 05:  1 Timothy 1 - 3
December 06:  1 Timothy 4 - 6
December 07:  2 Timothy 1 - 2

Happy reading!

Wednesday Night Dinners

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, 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 or check, in the church office, or online when you make your reservation through the Weekly Notes.  Menu items include a salad bar, dessert, and drink.  

December Menu:
7th -  Spaghetti and meatballs
14th -  Turkey, mashed potatos, and brussel sprouts
Our evening Bible Talk class meets from 6:30-7:30pm in room 310 with nursery available.  These dinners are a great way to get to know others in the church.
RSVP Here for December

 We are excited to see you all this Sunday!  

United Women in Faith

United Women in Faith, formerly United Methodist Women, will be meeting on Tuesday, December 13th, at 10:00 in Sanders Hall. Our speaker for the morning will be Fotena Zirps who will be sharing about her Christmas mission project. We will also be wrapping calendars for her to distribute as part of her project. Come and join us for a time of fellowship, education and service.

All women of the church are welcome. If you have any questions please contact Peggy Harter, 850-339-1356 or .

Christmas Poinsettias

Each year we encourage everyone to purchase Poinsettias to fill the sanctuary during the Advent and Christmas seasons.  You may purchase flowers in honor or in memory of someone, and those will be published in the Christmas Eve Order of Worship. 

You may take your purchased flower(s) home with you on Christmas Eve, or you may donate the flowers to our congregational care ministry, and they will be delivered to those in the hospital or homebound who are in need of extra cheer. 

Thank you so much for making this a special season for our whole church as we celebrate Emmanuel, God-with-us!

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Boy Scout Christmas Tree Fundraiser

WHO:  Troop 115 and Troop 118
WHEN: Starting November 25 until they are sold out
WHERE:  Saint Paul’s UMC Scout House Tree Lot.  1700 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee
TIME:  November 25:  8am to 8pm, then:
   Monday – Friday    5pm to 8pm
   Saturday    8am to 8pm
   Sunday    12pm to 6pm
WHAT:  5ft to 11 ft Frazier Fir Trees (Prices vary based on height)
   22” Fresh Wreaths with Bows ($35)

Children's Ministry Updates

Come join us for all ages family fun as we open our hearts to the graces of the season with:
Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love

Dec. 4th Come to Christmas 4:30-6:30pm -  Family focused Advent workshop for all ages

Dec.7th  Kids@Art Musical 6:30- 7:00pm - Sander's Hall following dinner

Dec. 18th Children's Christmas Pageant 11:00am Service

Thank you for your faithfulness,

Bridget Weisbrod, Director of Children's Ministry
Kids@Art Choir invites you all to their Christmas Musical performance on Wed. Dec.7th starting at 6:30pm in Sander's Hall. 
Calling all children to be a part of this beloved church tradition.  Beautiful new costumes for many have been made for this occasion!  All children old enough to walk through grade school are invited to participate.  We have an unlimited number of parts to be filled: shepherds, angels, animals, and of course, Mary, Joseph and the Wise men will be assigned. 

Sign-ups due by Wed. Dec.14th. Contact Bridget with any questions (850) 408-5528.
Christmas Pageant Sign Up
Parents Morning Out (PMO) children are one of kind and teach us new things everyday.  Now enrolling ages 6 months- 5 years old.  Hours are: Mon -Fri. 8:45-12:15 with more options.   To learn more or schedule a tour contact Director Beth Wilde (850)  559-1523
Parents Morning Out Info.

Youth Ministry Updates

I hope you all had a Thanksgiving break that was full of rest and relaxation, we are back this week! Hanging of the Greens was awesome, nothing makes me happier then watching our youth lead our church. Our youth did everything from reading, to decorating, dancing, and singing choir. We ended the evening with some homemade cookies made by Kaden Rokitowski and hot cocoa. This week we are easing back in before hitting December full speed, be sure to check the events we have coming up this month. Here's what we have coming up this week:

Sunday, November 20th - Sunday School
Sunday School runs from 9:45-10:45, this week your Youth will be learning about 1 Timothy. Doughnuts will be provided!

Sunday, December 4th - Come to Christmas
On December 4th, we will be participating in the church wide come to Christmas event. Our youth will be hosting an ornament station and will lead people in the making of their ornament. Dinner will be served at 6, with the event ending at 6:30. Youth should plan to arrive in Youth Room 211 between 4 and 4:15 in order to set up for our ornament station. 

Wednesday, November 23rd - Youth and Choir
      5:30 - Dinner
      6:00 - Youth
      7:00 - Youth ends, Choir begins
      7:45 - Choir ends
Parents of youth that do not attend Youth Choir should pick up their youth at 7.

December 10th - Manna on Meridian
We have a service opportunity! On December 10th, our youth will be bagging groceries from 2:30 - 4pm with Manna on Meridian. This is a fantastic opportunity for your youth to serve people in need and have fun while doing it. We need six people! RSVP using the button below to save your spot.
Click Here for the full Youth Newlestter

Missions Committee Update

Thank you so much to everyone that donated during our annual Alternative Christmas Market!  We raised around $6,000 toward the mission work taking place here at Saint Paul's.  For those who donated to a mission project at our recent Alternative Christmas Market, Pastor Becky will have your receipts and Christmas cards to send to your loved ones this Sunday.  Please look for her at the table with poinsettias in the breezeway between Sanders Hall and the Sanctuary from 9:15-11:00 a.m.

Also thank you to all who helped with Project Annie - those who loaned coolers and those who cooked turkeys.  Annie fed over 2,000 people on Thanksgiving!

Retreat Registration and info.
It is with deep sadness that we let you know of two recent members that went home to be with Jesus. 

Dot Carroll passed away on 11/17.  Her service will be on December 3 at Saint Paul's at 11:00 AM. Obituary

Anne Humphrey passed away on 11/13.  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, December 12, from 10:30-11:30am.  We will be bringing cookies to put together gifts for our homebound members.    
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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