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WEEKLY NOTES November 17, 2022


“When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives,
miracles start to appear everywhere.”
– Emmanuel Dagher
Greetings Saint Paul's Family and Friends,

Commitment Sunday is coming up, new members are joining, Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and Advent is right around the corner. We have a LOT for which to be grateful! And, as beautifully stated by Emmanuel Dagher in the quote above, "When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere."

This week, let's take time to enjoy each moment, to be present, to breathe deeply, to live with intention, to smile, and to engage the world with grace and love. And as we do these things, let us do so with gratitude in our hearts as we watch for the miracles - big and small - to appear all around us!  Thank you for Growing with God with us. For you, we are grateful.

With Love, Joy, and Grateful Hearts,

~ 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, November 20, 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:
November 17:  1 Corinthians 13 - 16
November 18:  2 Corinthians 1 - 3
November 19:  2 Corinthians 4 - 7
November 20   2 Corinthians 8 - 10
November 21:  2 Corinthians 11 - 13
November 22:  Galatians 1 - 2
November 23:  Galatians 3 - 4

Happy reading!

Schedule Your Appointment

Hanging of the Greens

The Hanging of the Greens is an evening worship service on November 27th at 6:30 PM.  This is the service where we as a congregation decorate our church to welcome the season of Advent as we talk about the meaning of the different symbols we use during the Christmas season.  We hope you will join us for this special occasion. 

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.  

November Menu:
11/30 - Southern vegetable soup with brocoli turnovers
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.  There will be no class or dinner this upcoming week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  
RSVP Here for November

Come To Christmas

We invite all of our Church Family and Friends to join us for “Come to Christmas,” on December 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m. For this special Advent event, we’ll gather in the breezeway in front of Sanders Hall, receive a map to find all of our stations attended by various Sunday School Classes and ministry groups, and go from station to station making Christmas ornaments and Crafts. There will be a Secret Santa station for our little ones to make a gift for their family, Santa will be stationed on the stage in Sanders Hall for pictures, and pizza, soup, salad, and dessert will be served from 5:45-6:30.  Please sign up if you plan to attend.

Come To Christmas Sign Up

MOPS Coffee Sale

Support our Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) by ordering Lucky Goat Coffee. To place your order contact Jenni Cox (850) 222-4072 or email:

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

There is a lot to look forward to in celebrating our children and faith during this holiday season and we hope you will join us!

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

A prayer for our children during this busy season:  Lord walk with our children as they go about their days and guide them to follow your ways of truth and light in the world.  Give them courage to be a light unto others. 
For all glory and honor is yours almighty Father.  Amen

Bridget Weisbrod, Director of Children's Ministry
Kids@Art practiced watercolor painting techniques and stretched their singing to another level.  You won't want to miss their Christmas Musical Wed. Dec.7th at 6:30pm in Sander's hall immediately after dinner, it's going to be a real treat!
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) is full of fun and welcomes new friends to join us. Now enrolling Mon-Fri. with wrap around options.  For more info. or schedule a tour contact Director Beth Wilde (850)  559-1523
Parents Morning Out Info.

Youth Ministry Updates

This past week we had our Youth Town Hall meeting, played "sell your story", learned about Paul's letter to the church in Corinth, and capped it all off with Pizza and Praise Sunday night. Last night's Family Trivia Night was so much fun!  We had such an incredible week, a huge thank you to all of our awesome volunteers and everyone that came to our events!

Here's a look at 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 the book of Galatians. Doughnuts will be provided!

Thanksgiving Schedule for Rooted Youth
We will not have Wednesday Night programming on November 23rd. We will pick back up with Sunday school on November 27th, followed by the Hanging of the Greens service that evening at 6:30pm. 
Click Here for the full Youth Newlestter

Trustee Steeple Update

Wade Pierce received word from the Steeple company in Campbellsville, KY that our delivery and installation date has been delayed.  We are now expecting the new steeple the week of January 9th.  We will celebrate a new steeple with the new year!

We are still hoping and planning to repair and resurface the parking lot after the steeple has been installed, and we will keep you all up to speed on those plans as they develop.  Likewise, the ceiling in the balcony will be fixed as soon as the steeple is installed. 

Retreat Registration and info.

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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