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.

Youth Mission Trip Celebration

Happy 7th Sunday after Pentecost! 

This Sunday we are celebrating Mission Trip 2021 that the SPYouth and adult volunteers went on a few weeks ago. We are excited to see what they accomplished and learn how it changed their lives! We will also have a report from those who attended Annual Conference at the beginning of June and what they learned from their time there. Please make time to worship with us in-person or on Facebook live during these Spirit-filled Sundays of Summer.  See you soon! 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page 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. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –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 still welcome, but not required, for worship. 

 

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

SPYouth are having a Senior Celebration Pool Party next Sunday starting at 3:00 pm. Contact Kraig for information. The next Praise New Generation practice is in August! Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 4:00 pm-5:00 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. 



Your Bone and Flesh

Happy 6th Sunday after Pentecost! 

This Sunday, on the secular calendar, is Independence Day, when we celebrate the forming of our nation and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  This letter to King George III of England and the resulting struggle for independence took us from 13 colonies to one country.  Valuing our regional differences, we remain “one Bone and Flesh” with each other, regardless of our skin color, national ancestry, or any other category.  It puts us in a unique category of peoples who are united, not by ancestry, religion, or race, but by the values we hold dear. 

Discipleship begins with relationship. With whom are we willing to be in relationship? Who is included in our understanding of bone and flesh? Who is “us” in a world of “us” and “them”?  When we are around “our people,” we might call that home.  When the tribes of Israel come to David and pledge their allegiance to his Kingdom, they acknowledge that David is of their bone and flesh, and that his kingdom is indeed their home.    

The Gospel text presents a reinterpretation of the concept of “home” as we consider shared mission and ideals. Here, too, there is room for confession of how we have not always seen the other, particularly those who might not look like us outwardly, as our bone and flesh. We have dismissed those who are not like us as somehow less than we are.  Discipleship, however, begins with relationship, and not a common likeness.  The Kin-dom of God reminds us that, through Jesus, God has shown what it means for us humans to be bound together by something more powerful than our national identities, ancestries, race, or anything else.  What makes us Christians one bone and flesh with each other is that we are on mission together to be the people of Jesus.  We are supposed to laugh together, celebrate together, mourn together, struggle for justice together, and be one with each other across all that can divide us. 

Worship on this day should be about drawing the circle as wide as possible – to acknowledge our common kinship through the Spirit. Let there be less of a nation of boasting and more of a nation striving to be the light on the hill, the shining example of the kin-dom of heaven on earth.  Worship with us in-person or on Facebook live during these Spirit-filled Sundays of Summer.  See you soon! 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   Our current COVID Protocols have changed, so please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  We will no longer be doing registration or temperature checks at the door, but we will still be entering from the south Narthex doors (facing the Fellowship Hall).  There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are still welcome, but not required, for worship. 

 

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

SPYouth are off this Sunday because of the 4th of July holiday. They will meet at 4pm next Sunday. The next Praise New Generation practice is July 11th! Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm every Sunday.  

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 in-person office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible. 



The Breath of God

Happy 5th Sunday after Pentecost! 

This Sunday, although I’m back from the mission trip, you’ll be hearing from Rev. Kristina Schonewolf.  She is the pastor at our new church located in the Lowell Correctional Facility, the largest women’s prison in the country.  She will be giving you an update on how “The Oasis,” as it’s called, is going, despite the challenges of the past year and a half.  The last Sunday you heard from her was March 8, 2020, and we went into lockdown after that.  I promise this one will be better, so come and hear about the ways God is working through our new ministry at Lowell Correctional Institute! 

Worship with us in-person or on Facebook live  during these Spirit-filled Sundays of Summer.  See you soon! 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   Our current COVID Protocols have changed, so please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  We will no longer be doing registration or temperature checks at the door, but we will still be entering from the south Narthex doors (facing the Fellowship Hall).  There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are still welcome, but not required, for worship. 

 

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

SPYouth are meeting for a mission trip debrief this Sunday night at 4:00pm. The next Praise New Generation practice is in July! Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm every Sunday.  

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 in-person office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.