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.

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.

 


Setting Our Faith & Hope

 
 

Happy Easter Everyone!

Continuing this season of resurrection, we also continue our journeys into 1 Peter and Acts, looking at how Peter encourages us to live a life of joy by setting our faith and hope in Christ.  We’ll read from Acts 2:14,36-41, and 1 Peter 1:17-23.  We don’t love our way into relationship with God. If that were the case, none of us would ever get there. And none of us could love like we’re called to love. It is beyond our abilities. But because of the relationship that Jesus handed to us through his suffering, we can be purified enough to love. It is a response to, a result of the relationship with God, setting our faith and hope in God, that enables us to love. It is the outgrowth of that relationship.

That’s what being people “of Easter” means. We are made new in the Resurrection and enabled to love like never before. “You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God” (1:23).

Since we’ll be worshipping virtually this Sunday, we thought it would be helpful to have links to all our content for this week in one place.

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: 4/26/20 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.

 


Glorious, Indescribable Joy

 

Happy Easter Everyone!

Into this Easter season we are facing the need for more joy than ever before, and it is for times just like these that people like the apostle Peter can be a blessing to us.  We’ll read from the account of the first Christian sermon (which he preached) in Acts 2:14a, 36-41, and we’ll read from his first letter, 1 Peter 1:3-9.  How in the world can we have what he calls “glorious, indescribable joy” when the world is so chaotic and, well, un-joyous?  Well, the secret lies right where it should – in Easter.  Let’s open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles as we worship on Sunday morning!

Since we’ll be worshipping online this Sunday, we thought it would be helpful to have links to all our content for this week in one place.

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: 4/19/20 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.