Welcome to Saint Paul’s

In coming to our website, I realize you might have many questions. You might be excited about finding a church to belong to, or you might be a bit fearful from bad church experiences in the past. If you are looking for a church that focuses on creating spiritual fruits, not religious nuts, then you have come to the right place.

I hope the information on this website will help you feel more comfortable with visiting us in person and knowing more about who we are. Feel free to email me if you have any further questions that are not covered here.
 
Our Mission statement at St. Paul’s says a lot about who we are and what we do:

 

As a Christian family of faith,
Saint Paul’s affirms God’s love by
transforming lives,
connecting generations,
impacting our community & world,
and
making disciples for Jesus Christ.

 
Affirming God’s Love by
transforming lives:
Here at St. Paul’s we believe that we are supposed to transform peoples’ lives for the better because of our Christian faith. Whether it is feeding people who are hungry, giving hope to the hopeless, or voice to the voiceless, faith is not just for our own benefit, but is supposed to be for the whole world!
Matthew 25:31-46
 
Affirming God’s love by
connecting generations:
Here at St. Paul’s we believe that connecting generations is a key part of how we affirm God’s love. We believe in ministry that serves the needs of particular age groups but also connects generations together. This can be seen when our Children & Youth make and deliver gifts to our homebound members, and when our younger members are welcomed to be a part of our adult ministries. We believe that it does take a village to raise a child, and that we all benefit when we are all involved in age-related ministries.
Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17
 
Affirming God’s love by
impacting our community & world:
Here at St. Paul’s we believe that our faith needs to have an impact in our community (through local ministries such as Interfaith Emergency Services and Open Arms Village) and our world (through projects such as our Pillowcase Dresses, Prayer Quilts, and Stop Hunger Now).
Matthew 5:13-16
 
Affirming God’s love by
making disciples for Jesus Christ:
Here at St. Paul’s we believe that the core mission of the church to which all our activities point is to make people into disciples (followers) of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20
 
St. Paul’s Christian School shares its campus with us and many of the families in our church and school come from the surrounding neighborhood. In this quiet, picturesque corner of Ocala we are kind of like the neighborhood park – you’re likely to see families playing on our playground, couples taking a stroll around the campus, someone sitting for a prayer in our Memorial Garden, or our Scouts having a meeting at the fire pit. This image is really the vision we have for St. Paul’s: a place that offers God’s grace, love and comfort to the people around us.
 
Want to know more?  Come and see what we’re all about!
 
In Christ,
 
Robert

Robert’s Blog

…who can explain it to me?”

 

Happy 6th Sunday of Pentecost!

This Sunday we read a compelling story from the ministry of Philip, one of those Hellenist deacons we read about earlier.  While the apostles thought they were ordaining him to a life of “waiting on tables” as they called it in the food bank of the early church, he ends up doing all sorts of things as the church is attacked and scattered amid the killing of Stephen.

Philip, led by an angel, encounters an Ethiopian eunuch.  This eunuch was, essentially the secretary of the treasury for the Candace (Queen) of Meroe, a Nubian Kingdom on the banks of the Nile in modern-day Sudan.  This high-ranking (but enslaved and mutilated) eunuch goes to Jerusalem to worship, but does not find what he is seeking there.  Instead, he is barred from the Temple because of his non-Jewish birth and his condition as a eunuch (Lev. 21:20 & Deut. 23:1).  So he heads back home, probably reading the Isaiah scroll to himself and trying to figure it all out.  Why was I rejected?  What does all this mean?

Enter Philip – a Christian who helps him discover that he is not rejected, but is instead a part of the household of God.  When a Christian is invited to mentor someone who is seeking to find God, they should do so by interpreting Scripture for them as a gateway to that knowledge.  Afraid you don’t have the words?  Well, that’s why God is with you?  And who knows, you might get the chance to watch God change the destiny of an entire kingdom!

Sunday’s Online Service—If you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 7/12/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

Sunday’s In-Person Service – At 8am we will worship in the church courtyard (between the Fellowship Hall and the Sanctuary).  Worshipers are asked to bring their own chairs or picnic blankets, face coverings, hand sanitizer, and Communion Elements (bread & grape juice) to each service.

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

This week we have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 9:45am on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be taking a break from regular meetings throughout the rest of the summer. Praise NG will be meeting in the Sanctuary on Sunday evening at 4:30pm as part of our re-launch plan approved by the trustees. Masks will be required!  Contact Kraig by email for more information if you are interested.

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.

 


Showing Love by Sharing

 

Happy Independence Day Weekend! 

This week we begin a few notable things: an 8am in-person service, a new month, the second day of my fortieth year on the planet, and a new sermon series!  We leave the Gospel according to Matthew for several Sundays this summer in order to study how the newly-formed Christian church grew and stayed centered on Christ while they encountered their own hinge time.   

What’s a “hinge-time?” I encountered this phrase as I read an article from May in the Financial Times where the author equates this current crisis to other pivotal events in which history “hinged” from one course to another.  Other such examples are the 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand that began the First World War (and laid the groundwork for the Second), the 1929 stock market crash which ushered in a worldwide Depression, or the 2001 Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center.  You can find the article at: https://www.ft.com/content/de643ae8-9527-11ea-899a-f62a20d54625. This virus, the author argues and I’m inclined to agree, have changed the world as we know it, and will probably continue to change it going into the future.  And, importantly enough, he wrote his article before we encountered the next hinge of protests around the brutal killing of Black men and women by people sworn to serve and protect those same communities. 

The early church was born in just such a time.  As the influence of Jesus began to grow after his death, the new church had to figure out how Jesus’s teaching would be manifest in the world.  They had no template to work from, and they merely prayed and constantly sought guidance on what they should do to bring the Good News to the world.  In reading through the Acts of the Apostles again, I pray we can see our own way through this time of change and anxiety into a deeper relationship with Christ and each other.  In Acts 6:1-7 we’ll read Luke’s telling of the first conflict within the church – which might sound strangely familiar – and see how we too can begin to heal the wounds that have been exposed within our society.  What if Christians were known for that? For healing emotional, generational wounds and bringing reconciliation to hurting parts of society?  I pray it is so! 

 

Sunday’s Online ServiceIf you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 7/5/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend! 

Sunday’s In-Person Service – At 8am we will worship in the church courtyard (between the Fellowship Hall and the Sanctuary).  Worshipers are asked to bring their own chairs or picnic blankets, face coverings, hand sanitizer, and Communion Elements (bread & grape juice) to each service. 

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home! 

This week because of the holiday we will be taking a break from iClub, but usually we have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 9:45am on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this. 

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube 

SPKidz Packet 

iClub Packet 

 

The Youth will be taking a break from regular meetings throughout the rest of the summer. Praise NG will be meeting in the Sanctuary on Sunday evening at 4:30pm as part of our re-launch plan approved by the trustees. Masks will be required!  Contact Kraig by email for more information if you are interested. 

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible. 

 


Love All the People

 

Happy Pentecost Everyone!

As we continue to work our way through Matthew during these weeks after Pentecost, we come to the ending of the 10th chapter and Jesus making some startling claims to his disciples.  Sending them out to do the work of the Kingdom of Heaven, he also promises them they will have a terrible time doing it and will constantly be persecuted.  Then, after that rousing encouragement, he ends chapter 10 with words on welcome that are not only meant for those disciples long ago, but also for us present-day disciples.  We’ll read from Matthew 10:40-42 and we’ll also the other lectionary passage for this week: Psalm 13, as we explore the gift of welcome and receiving people.  Let’s open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles as we worship together on YouTube at 10:30am on Sunday morning!

 

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 6/28/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday evening at 4:30pm as part of our re-launch plan approved by the trustees. This week’s meeting is at a different time and place than usual, so please remember 4:30!  Masks will be required, and a meal will not be served during this socially-distanced youth group return!  See Kraig’s by email for more directions if you are interested.

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.

 


Bishop Carter, Guest Preacher

 

Happy Pentecost Everyone!

Sunday’s service will be a bit different as we let Bishop Carter and the Cabinet of the Florida Conference lead us in worship.  In recognition of the increased workload in local churches during the pandemic, the Bishop and Cabinet wanted to help everyone take a bit of time off as we all edit video, try to do worship online, and various other things we weren’t doing in February!  You’ll get to hear voices from all across the United Methodist Connection here In Florida, celebrating together and worshipping God with us!  We’ve also got an exciting announcement from the Trustees about some upcoming steps in our re-launch plan coming soon!  I hope you all have a Happy Father’s Day and we all find a way to honor our fathers (or dads) this weekend.  

 

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 6/21/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday evening at 4:30pm as part of our re-launch plan approved by the trustees. This week’s meeting is at a different time and place than usual, so please remember 4:30!  Masks will be required, and a meal will not be served during this socially-distanced youth group return!  See Kraig’s email for more directions if you are interested.

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.

 


See All the People

 

Happy Pentecost Everyone!

As we continue to celebrate the Spirit and the mission of the church during Pentecost, we join the Gospel according to Matthew, reading from 9:35-10:15, noticing how Jesus paused from his frenetic action-packed miracles in Chapters 8 & 9 to see the crowd around him.  What does it mean to see the people? To really see them? Not to prejudge or categorize, but simply to see. To see them as people worthy of compassion and care? We might see that the people around us are indeed harassed and helpless, suffering from the lack of a savior. But we won’t know that is what we will see until we look. Oh, sure we can assume, but what do we see?

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 6/14/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting and doing a lesson on Sunday evening at 4:30pm using the Zoom online conferencing tool. This week’s meeting is at a different time than usual, so please remember 4:30!  Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this if you are interested.

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.

 


Go, Therefore

 
 

Happy Pentecost Everyone!

Continuing into this season of Pentecost, we read from Matthew 28:16-20 which is Matthew’s telling of Jesus’s final words to the disciples.  Let’s hear their words anew on Sunday, and let’s see how they connect us to ministries of social justice during this time of protest and greater awareness of the Gospel’s power to change culture and defeat prejudice – even if it’s in our own hearts.

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 6/7/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting and doing a lesson on Sunday evening at 4:30pm using the Zoom online conferencing tool. This week’s meeting is at a different time than usual, so please remember 4:30!  Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this if you are interested.

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.



Getting Thrown Out

 

Happy Pentecost Everyone!

Somewhere around three thousand years ago, the Hebrew people were just beginning their off-road overlanding journey we now call the Exodus.  Moses, having trouble leading this massive group of people by himself, gathered the family leaders and delegated leadership to them.  The Bible tells us that a portion of God’s Spirit rested on these men as they took the mantle of leadership with Moses.  However, there were two leaders who didn’t make it to the meeting tent soon enough.  Running late, you might think they would miss something – but God’s Spirit isn’t contained in a meeting tent or only available to perfect vessels of punctuality.  We’re told that as those elders gathered inside the tent, the same Spirit that rested on them jumped the walls and rested on Eldad and Medad, and they began prophesying the same as the folks inside the tent.  While some people were upset and complained to Moses, Moses reply fits perfectly on this Pentecost Sunday – “I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit upon them all!” (Numbers 11:29 NLT)

Well, that’s what finally happened at the festival of Pentecost about two thousand years ago.  While the Holy Spirit had always been around, and had been inspiring God’s people all along, it took on a special meaning and power as the presence of Christ with the disciples on that day, forming them into the ekklesia, a Greek word meaning “the called-out ones.”  Like those two Hebrew elders who caught the Spirit outside the tent, the crowd that begins assembling outside the gathered disciples begins to be blessed as the Spirit is thrown out into the streets.  Peter then follows, called – or thrown – out to explain the meaning of this miraculous and Spirit-filled moment.  What had been a low-key Jewish holiday becomes the birth – the calling/throwing out – of the Holy Spirit and the followers of Jesus to both make disciples of all nations, baptizing them …and teaching them (Matthew 28:19-20) and be Jesus’s “witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). Truly this is that moment Moses wished for, when the Spirit would come to rest upon all people of the earth.

It is this commission that the Acts of the Apostles follows as the church expands in the first century world.  While that’s all very exciting, we must now turn to ask what our place is in this story.  Is all that Spirit-filled action just meant for the first generation of Disciples and Apostles?  Do we have the same call today to follow Jesus’s commission and become apostles ourselves?  And what exactly does “empowered by the Holy Spirit” mean?  Does it mean “acting crazy in church,” or is there a deeper meaning to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives?  Should we really want to get thrown out of church?

So there’s a lot to get to on Pentecost Sunday!  As we open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles we’ll dive into that powerful day that the Disciples became Apostles and the gathered crowd becomes the church.  I hope you can also be a part of our Pentecost Parade later in the afternoon as we are “thrown out” to spread God’s love to others!  See you on YouTube and in the parking lot!

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 5/31/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting and doing a lesson on Sunday evening at 5:30pm using the Zoom online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this if you are interested.

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.

 


Following the Ascension

Happy Easter Everyone! 

This Sunday is part of the weekend we remember as a memorial to those who have fallen in our nation’s military, and on the church’s calendar it is the final Sunday in the Easter season, when we remember Jesus’s ascension into heaven. As Jesus ascends to heaven, the disciples face a sudden choice-what will happen to them now that Jesus is gone?  Is it back to normal, or is it reflecting the life Christ gave them? Do they stand frozen in amazement, or do they get on to the mission they have been given? Do they have the capacity to dream forward, or do they stay stuck in the present, wishing for the past? 

The disciples want Jesus to restore the Kingdom, Jesus tells them to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. They stand there after Jesus has ascended, staring up to heaven in awe at what they have just seen, and just then they are met by two angels standing beside them who pour cold water on their reverie, reminding them that this will all happen in reverse some day. Their trance broken, they return to the upper room for prayer and the next steps into a future they never could have imagined. 

These are also the first steps in the church growing into a realization of what it means to be the extension of the Apostles’ teaching and Jesus’s ministry. Do we have the capacity to still dream forward at times like this, or do we stand frozen in the present, wishing for the past? 

 

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 5/24/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend! 

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home! 

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this. 

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube 

SPKidz Packet 

iClub Packet 

 

The Youth will be meeting and doing a lesson on Sunday evening at 5:30pm using the Zoom online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this if you are interested. 

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible. 

 


Come & Hear

 

Happy Easter Everyone!

As we come to the sixth Sunday in the Easter season, we read from Psalm 66:8-20 and 1 Peter 3:13-22.  Psalm 66 is an epic Psalm that has some interesting twists to it, such as the Psalmist praising God for some pretty difficult times.  Also, Peter encourages the recipients of his letter to use the difficulties they experience to increase their faith and re-orient their perspective.  The good things we encounter are just a much a test of our faith as are the negative things. Will we continue to honor God in this time of good fortune? Will we be humble when the applause comes? Will we be faithful when we move to the top floor? Life is a test of faith.

Our calling as followers of Christ is not just to keep ourselves on the path, but to invite others to walk the same path we walk – to invite others to praise God and “come and hear” the good news of salvation!

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 5/17/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting and doing a lesson on Sunday evening at 5:30pm using the Zoom online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this if you are interested.

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these rough times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.

 
 


Like Living Stones

Happy Easter Everyone!

As we look toward Sunday, we’re continuing our Easter emphasis on joy and looking at Peter’s first letter to those fledgling, struggling and persecuted churches in Asia Minor.  We’re reading from the second chapter, verses 1-10, and we see that Peter, from the Greek word Petros, whose name basically means “Rocky,” has stones on the brain.  He develops a beautiful image, probably making light of his nickname, of us being stones too – living stones – letting God build us into his beautiful new Kingdom.  We’ll also hear Jesus’s mysterious and comforting words in John 14:1-14 about God making – building? – a place for his followers in heaven.  What does God want us to do with all these rocks?  Let’s open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles as we worship online on Sunday!

 

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 5/10/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting and doing a lesson on Sunday evening at 5:30pm using the Zoom online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this if you are interested.

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these rough times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.