Welcome to Saint Paul’s!

St. Paul’s is a different kind of church.  We’re not a large megachurch with a sound stage and a suped-up production machine, but we strive to be a church full of authentic followers of Jesus.  No matter how you come to visit us, we pray you’ll find clear examples of God’s love, whether through us or through our ministries – but hopefully both!

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. Either way, 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 get to know us, whether you’re an online or in-person visitor. 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.

Gentleness and Faithfulness: The Small Voice of God

Happy Sixth Sunday of Easter!  

You probably know the story – and if you don’t, read 1 Kings, chapters 18 and 19 all the way through.  It’s a story filled with drama, action, and even some locker room smack-talking put in for good measure.   On Sunday we’ll read Elijah’s encounter with Jezebel and look at Faithfulness and Gentleness, two of the strongest things in the world that appear to be the weakest.  These Fruits of the Spirit are powerful reminders of the character of God and how different it is from what is assumed to be “strength” nowadays.  We’ll look at this classic story of faithfulness, gentleness, and listening to the small voice of God, so come and worship with us as we continue in our study of the Fruit of the Spirit. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service at 10:30 –Our in-person, indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.  Please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may 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. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 



Goodness: Our Spiritual Act of Worship

Happy Fifth Sunday of Easter!  

This week’s fruit of the Spirit is goodness, which can honestly seem kind of general, sort of a catch-all for anything the previous 8 descriptors leave out.  It’s like the “miscellaneous” category of good things.  The original Greek word agathos means to do good deeds, so it is an active verb, not a catch-all mushy word.  In other words, you know what this means: doing good, being good, having good character and good moral grounding.  Once again, not being THAT guy or woman.   

While this general word that means so much can seem rather normal, it is actually a great way to think about the goal of the Christian life.  We are to be good people, guided and loved by a good God who loves us and is saving us from our sin.  We’ll read Paul’s exhortation to the Romans, Chapter 12, verses 1-12 when he lists a myriad of ways we can be good to each other and good to the cause of Christ. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service at 10:30 –Our in-person, indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.  Please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may 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. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 



Patience

Happy Fourth Sunday of Easter!  

Worship on Sunday will be all about the next Fruit of the Spirit on Paul’s list in his letter to the Galatians: Patience.  There are many good stories in the Bible about patience, but none perhaps so connected with Jesus than the story of Simeon when Joseph and Mary bring infant Jesus to the Temple.  We’ll read it on Sunday, but you’re welcome to read it for yourself in Luke 2:25-35.  How can we have patience like Simeon, and what does this story of patience tell us about God?  We’ll explore this important fruit of the Spirit during worship, so meet us there!  

Sunday’s In-Person Service at 10:30 –Our in-person, indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.  Please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may 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. We will get back to you as soon as possible.