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.

Shining the Light Through the Eye of a Needle

Happy Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost!  

 

A special thanks to everyone who came and supported our Mission and Vision work last Sunday.  It was an awesome experience, and it tasted pretty good too!  Those 4 “P”s: Purpose, Presence, Partnership, and Passion, will continue to be prevalent in all we do as we do God’s work as a community of faith. 

Now, we move from the Mission and Vision to Financing it, something we’re often afraid to talk about in church.  Money is often a taboo subject for many of us, and that’s not a good thing.  It results in a warped relationship with something Jesus preached on more than any other topic.  And ignoring one of Jesus most frequent topics means we are ignoring one of the biggest areas of our spiritual growth!  This is where partnership comes in concrete form: your contributions directly affect the work the church can do in the world. 

In truth, money is like a walnut: morally neutral, and it’s what we do with it that puts morality into those slips of green paper cloth – or round walnuts.  We’ll read about Jesus confronting a poor financial relationship in Mark 10:17-31, and through that encounter delivering some revolutionary gospel truths.  You’ll hear an extended livestream so some members of our Finance Team can brief you on our Financial Awareness Campaign which will last until November 7th.  I’ll see you at worship! 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:45—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:45 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the service at stpaulsworship.org You can chat once the Livestream service has started. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can also access the Livestream at stpaulsworship.org without the chat feature. A pop-up will ask you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. The service will be available on YouTube either Sunday afternoon or Monday. 

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. There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are now required for worship due to the increased communication of the Delta variant of COVID-19.  We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and others. 

 

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

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm every Sunday. You can always check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated info. 

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. 



Passion: Dreaming of a New Creation

Happy World Communion Sunday!  

As we end our study on the book of Revelation, we end with the goal in mind.  This goal of God’s to bring all creation to justice, restoration, and holiness, should provide us the passion we need to do work for God.  This is our why, and it’s a very big why indeed!  Without the animating passion for this goal, we are just another service agency trying to fix problems and ameliorate suffering.  Not that those are bad goals, mind you!  But with Revelation’s picture of the New Jerusalem before us, our world becomes less of a task and more of a calling.  This dream of God’s new creation should be what animates us and gets us (and those we help) through hard times.  When people meet us, or are helpes by us, they should see that we believe in this picture.   

As we lift up our fourth “P” during worship, we’ll have a final report on the Vision conversations at the end of worship, then we’ll end worship in celebration!  Sunday is also World Communion Sunday, and we’ll take up a special offering for scholarships through the General Boar dof HIgher Education and Ministry.  You can find more information on World Communion Sunday by going to umcgiving.org and clicking on “World Communion Sunday.”  As we share in Holy Communion during the service, we want to extend an invitation to you, whether you’re a member of our church or not, to sit at the Lord’s table with us and share in this moment of grace.   

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:45—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:45 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the service at stpaulsworship.org You can chat once the Livestream service has started. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can also access the Livestream at stpaulsworship.org without the chat feature. A pop-up will ask you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. The service will be available on YouTube either Sunday afternoon or Monday. 

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. There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are now required for worship due to the increased communication of the Delta variant of COVID-19.  We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and others. 

 

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

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm every Sunday. You can always check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated info. 

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. 



Partnership: In Praise of Organized Religion

Happy 18th Sunday after Pentecost!  

“I don’t like organized religion…”  How often have you heard that, or maybe even felt it yourself?  Well, this Sunday as we read Revelation 14:6-13, we’ll talk about partnership.  It’s essentially what puts the “organized” in any religion or group of people.  Without partnership, we never disagree, we never feel put-upon, obligated, or misunderstood, and we also never get anything done.  With partnership, we are more organized, and we enter the dance of relationship, sharing life with others in all its forms.  Oh, and we stand a much better chance of getting things done.  Do we get the wrong things done sometimes?  Yes, absolutely.  But we also get the right things done too!  And on this side of the garden and Judgment Day, that may be the best we can do.  Thank God for that amazing grace. 

The real question is brought up in our passage from Revelation: With whom are you partnering?  Organized religion is wonderful when it is a true expression of God’s love, and it can be terrible when it is warped and twisted into the coercive, selfish, zero-sum world of what John would have identified as “the beast and its image.”  In his world, that was Imperial Rome.  What would it be in our world, and how much are we partnered with it in our day-day lives?  Let’s ask ourselves that question and pray for God’s wisdom, judgement, and partnership to be more evident in our hearts.  See you for worship! 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:45—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:45 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the service at stpaulsworship.org You can chat once the Livestream service has started. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can also access the Livestream at stpaulsworship.org without the chat feature. A pop-up will ask you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. The service will be available on YouTube either Sunday afternoon or Monday. 

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. There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are now required for worship due to the increased communication of the Delta variant of COVID-19.  We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and others. 

 

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

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm every Sunday. You can always check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated info. 

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.