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.

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.

 


By His Wounds

 
 
 

Happy Easter Everyone!

In this different (to say the least) season of Easter, we’re continuing our journey with Peter the Apostle and reading from his letter, specifically Chapter 2, verses 19-23.  In these passages, Peter makes some profound statements about the healing (and resurrecting) properties of Jesus’s blood and resurrection.  “By his wounds” is a statement you’ve probably heard said, or even preached before – especially in revival settings – but it’s also a deeply complex and meaningful theology, and it can mean wonders to us personally.  Yes, literally wonders.  So let’s open our hearts and our Bibles as we worship online together on the Fourth Sunday of Easter!

We will be celebrating Holy Communion this Sunday.  Gather your communion elements from what you have at home, and please do not put yourself at more risk to get the exact match of bread & grape juice.  Just use anything you have that can represent the bread and the cup (or wine) that Jesus asked us to use and be creative if needed.  The liturgy and the prayers will be the same, even if the setting is a little different, and God’s grace will still be sacramental.

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: 5/3/20 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.