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A Message from Pastor Kandace

April 11, 2019
Dear Friends;

This Sunday we begin perhaps the most sacred time of the liturgical year with Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday.  We recall the entry of Christ into Jerusalem and the events leading to the crucifixion.  It is a somber week of story and remembering; of entering into the narrative that is central to our faith.  In the tradition of Saint Paul's UMC, it is a week that we share with our brothers and sisters in Christ across denominational lines.

I want to encourage you to be present at our various Holy Week offerings.  We are hosting this year Maundy Thursday service with New Mount Zion AME, which is always a rich time of fellowship, first at the table of Christ, and later at the table of generous fellowship.

I am looking forward to being with you on Palm Sunday - our youth and children will be participating in worship, and as always we will be blessed by what they bring to worship.  Please join us and support the amazing young people of Saint Paul's UMC.

Blessings and peace,


Sunday, April 14, 2019
9:45 a.m. Sanctuary

This called Charge Conference is to approve the sale of the Patch Drive parsonage and the purchase of a more suitable associate parsonage. All members present are eligible to vote.

Due to construction fumes, Sanders Hall and the 300 hallway rooms will be unavailable for Sunday school classes. 

ALL KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES will be in session starting at 9:40a.m. so the parents can get up to the Sanctuary for the Charge Conference! Preschoolers meet in Room 325 (nursery hallway), K & 1st - 203, 2nd & 3rd - 202, 4th & 5th - 204. Hope to see you all on Sunday!

All the young people are invited to join the Palm Processional during our first hymn at both the 8:30 and 11:00 services this Sunday, April 14. Please bring the kids and gather together in the narthex before the services to receive a palm to wave. Kids will return to sit to their parents following the procession. THANKS!   


On Monday, April 8, the floors downstairs in the education building will be waterproofed to ready them for flooring. The fumes will be strong for the better part of the week, April 8-14. We have moved or cancelled any meetings or events scheduled in Sanders Hall down the hallway to room 300. Please check the church calendar to see the revised schedule. The 200 level and the Foundation should be fine.





STILL NEEDED:  Please bring your donations of Easter Candy to be stuffed in our Easter Eggs for the Community Hunt this week. Bring it with you to church on Sunday or drop it by the church office during the week.  Collection bins are in the narthexes and in Sanders Hall.  THANK YOU!  

To purchase tickets online for the International Missions Dinner & Auction, please click here!


Sunday School Classes for ages 2 - 5th grades!
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

I’ve seen the Lord. (John 20:18) 

This Sunday's lesson:  

Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11)

For directions to the kid's classes, stop by the Welcome Table inside Sanders Hall starting at 9:30 a.m.

SPARKS CHOIR will sing in the 11:00 service this Sunday, April 14. We’ll meet in the sanctuary at 10:40 a.m. to warm up. We’ll also be participating in the Procession of the Palms.

Mommy & Me Music
Tuesday Mornings - Room 200

April 16 ~ Click here for all dates
9:30 a.m. - Ages 2 1/2 +
10:00 a.m. - Under 2 1/2
Playground open all morning!
Wednesday Evenings - Room 202
Weekly, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. 
Also known as PARENT AND ME MUSIC!
Stephany Bryant, Music Leader

Preschool Music
Wednesday Evenings 
Weekly, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. 
Age 3 and above - Room 200
Under 3's - Room 202
Gaye Herndon, Director

June 9 - 14  Music Camp - ​Florida Fellowship of United Methodists in Music & Worship Arts, Leesburg
August 4-11 Youth Week


Youth Sunday School 
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Room 302

We encourage youth to share freely and to express doubts and questions as well as their beliefs.  Our only rule is to show respect for one another. And we ALWAYS have snacks!  For details contact one of our amazing teachers, Charlie Guyton, 599-9423, or Meg Guyton, 443-4175!

Youth Choir 
4:30-5:15 p.m.
Choir Room
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.
On April 14, we will meet in the Foundation & Generations Park!




Karen Benavidez, healing
Family of Sandra Bild
Marlene Brewer, healing
Bob Caldwell, Centre Pointe rehab
Elaine Christopher, healing, Jill Merryday's mother
Kathy Combs, comfort, peace for family of Rick Combs
Zach Cooley's family for restoration & Fred's healing
Family of Lorrie Corry

Stan Etheridge, surgery April 12
Bruce Harter, healing
Jay Helton, medical tests
Family of Maggie Hogan
Susan Johnson, cataract surgery pending
Ralph Kenyon, grief
Andrew Kinloch, for job search
Carol Lee, praise for healing
The family of Rod Letchworth, comfort in grief
Olga Martin, lost her grandson, Dustin
Family of Faye Mayberry
JoAnne O'Keefe, healing
Wanda Pierce, healing
Andy Prescott
Wendy Raynor's step-father, Dennis Key, recovering from stroke
Replacement of associate parsonage, guidance

Gretchen Scoggin, very weak
Jay Spencer, healing
Family of Delphine Strickland
Dick and Doris Sublette
Colin Ward, awaiting surgery in England
Bonnie White, who is being cared for by her daughter, Jerita
Maggie Beth Winstead, healing
Hurricane survivors and our church's response
New Members and changed lives
Construction workers repairing the church
Those who grieve
Families hurt by tornadoes, floods

Jim Allen, Gladys Awbrey, Laurie Batten, Betty Blair, Terry & Carol Broadway, Louise Carpenter, Horace Caton, Charlotte Chellman, Ivy Lee Daniel, Norma DeRuyter, Margaret Farnell, Pat Giglio, Nancy Graham, Oriska Henn, Ralph Hook, Leroy Irwin, Bill Jones, Robert Kennedy, Dottie Melton, Jack Pelham, Ruth Riley, Audrey Robbins, Richard Robbins, Dot Roberts, Terry Shoffstall, Ben & Betty Spivey, Norma Strickland, Pam Strickland, Melanie Tredik, Sosisson Church, Haiti, Peace for Haiti, Yaguaramas Methodist, Cuba, The United Methodist Church, reconciliation and direction.

CALENDAR  April 11 - 17, 2019

Thursday, April 11
MOPS, 9:30 a.m., Generations Park, Nursery

Friday, April 12
Office Closed on Fridays
Alzheimer's Respite, 9:00 a.m., Rooms 200/202/204

Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon, Nursery

Saturday, April 13
Sleep In Heavenly Peace, 9:00 a.m., Moss St. & Tharpe St. Parking Lots

Sunday, April 14
Informal Worship, 8:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Juice with Jesus, 9:45 a.m., Generations Park Parking Lot
Traditional Worship, 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Reconciling Ministries Committee, 12:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Confirmation Class, 3:00 p.m., Room 310
Youth Choir, 4:30 p.m., Choir Room
ROOTED Sunday Night 5:00 p.m., Sanders Hall
Handbells, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Monday, April 15
Classical Conversations, 8:00 a.m., Rooms 300, 301, All 200 Level
Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon, Nursery
Core Ministries, 6:30 p.m., Room 301
Trustees, 6:30 p.m., Room 310
Boy Scout Troop 115, 7:00 p.m., Scout House

Tuesday, April 16
Mommy & Me Music and Devotions, 9:30 a.m., Room 200
Creation Care T-Shirt Bags, 10:00 a.m., Room 200
Covenant Chancel Choir, 6:00 p.m., Choir Room
Cub Scout Pack 115, 6:30 p.m., Scout House
Girl Scout Troop 67, 6:30 p.m., Rooms 200-204, 207
Young Adults, 7:00 p.m., Red Eye Cafe
Se'lah Choir, 7:30 p.m., Choir Room

Wednesday, April 17
Lenten Devotion, 6:30 a.m., Sanders Hall
Lenten Breakfast, 7:00 a.m., Sanders Hall
Prayer Group, 8:00 a.m., Work Room
Parents Morning Out, 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon, Nursery
SPARKS, 3:00 p.m., 200 Level
SPARKS Rehearsal, 3:30 p.m., Sanders Hall
Wednesday Night Dinner, 5:15 p.m., Sanders Hall
Moms Night Out, 5:30 p.m., Nursery
Preschool Music, 5:30 p.m., Rooms 200, 202
Knitters and Crochetiers, 6:30 p.m., Room 311
Women's Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. - Room 325
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