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.

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. 

 
 


Reclaiming Our Power

Happy 4th Sunday after Pentecost! 

This Sunday during worship I will be on the road with our SPYouth as they lead a mission trip to Gulf Shores, and while I’m away, Deborah Pritts will be preaching and leading the service with Jo Crowder, our Director of Music Ministries.   Deborah is a retired United Methodist Minister from New York, and you also know her as our accompanist as she works with Jo to develop music for our worship each Sunday.  She’ll be preaching on Psalm 8 as she speaks about “Reclaiming our Power.” 

Many experiences during the pandemic have caused us to feel powerless and limited in our ability to function as God’s people in our church and in God’s world.  We will be reminding ourselves of our true identity in God, the limited yet critical nature of our contribution to God’s world, and the importance of “holy boldness” as we move forward.   

Worship with us in-person or on Facebook live during these Spirit-filled Sundays of Summer as we explore Reclaiming Our Power in the truest sense of the word – with God at the center.   

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. 

 

There are no regular Children’s ministries this week as our SPKidz Team is going on the mission trip! Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Please pray for the SPYouth this week as they are on a mission trip! There will be no meeting at the church this week. 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. 



Growing in the New Creation

Happy 3rd Sunday after Pentecost! 

Worship this week is about growing into the new creation that we are called to be in Christ. So, think about about growing.  We need stories to help us see what living as a disciple is like. We tell our stories, and we tell stories of others as examples of a faithful life.  What is your story of growth with God?  How has your relationship with God grown over the years, or has it?  If God were to co-author a book with you, what would be the title?   

Jesus was also good at telling stories and using metaphors, as we can see in our reading from Mark 4:26-34.  They were hints of stories, glimpses of something just out of reach. Some find these stories or images confusing. “Why doesn’t he just tell us plain?” Well, some things are too complex to be plain. Sometimes you have to share the bigger picture in order to see.  Jesus’s stories and metaphors were his way of giving us the eternal, other-worldly glimpses of the New Creation; a reality we were unable to see with our own eyes, unable to realize with our own efforts.

As we read about in 2 Corinthians 5:6-17, in Christ we are a new creation, reconciled to God. Just as it says, when someone comes to Christ – BOOM! There is a new creation!  So therefore, we are agents of God’s reconciling love for all creation. How, then, do we do the right thing and stay grounded in God’s love?

Worship with us in-person or on Facebook live during these Spirit-filled Sundays of Summer as we explore growing in the new creation– with God at the center of that new creation – the Kin-dom of God.  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 will be meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm. 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.  

On Sunday we have a special Kingdom of the Sun Brass Quintet concert, and we invite you to come!  The concert will be in the courtyard between the worship building and the Fellowship Hall at 6:30.  The concert is free, but a love offering for Kingdom of the Sun will be taken during the concert.  Please bring your own chair and some friends and family for this special summertime concert. 

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.