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.

Phillip Come and See

Happy Fourth Sunday of Lent!  

This week we continue our series on the Disciples of Jesus by taking a look at Phillip.  The three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke), tell us nothing except his name, but John’s gospel fills in some details to tell us he was probably someone who preferred to be in the background.  In three of the four instances we see his name in John’s Gospel, someone is seeking him, and only once is he the initiator of a relationship.  This is quite the contrast to Peter and the two “Sons of Thunder.”  We’ll read from John 1:43-51 and study this remarkable follower of Jesus.  What do you see in Phillip that reminds you of yourself, or your journey with Jesus?  In being a disciple, we are inviting others to “come and see” what being close to Jesus is all about – so what are we showing them? 

Later that afternoon at 3:30, I’ll be having a chat about the sermon on Facebook Live and our YouTube channel.  We’ll be doing the Sunday Chat in partnership with Living Room Church, which is an online United Methodist Church community here in our area.  If you’ve got questions or something you’d like to discuss about the sermon, you’re welcome to hop on and be a part of the conversation!     

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 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.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

 

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

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings and Praise: New Generation meetings. 

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. 



Peter Rock of Ages

Happy Third Sunday of Lent!  

If you are a fan of Def Leppard, we’re not talking about that song in worship – sorry!  Also, we’re not talking about Duane “The Rock” Johnson.  No, Sunday is Peter’s Sunday, and we’ll read from 2 Peter 1: 3-11 as Jane Darling brings the message.  We’ll celebrate and shine a light on United Women in Faith, which is the organization formally known as United Methodist Women.  Peter was nicknamed “The Rock” by Jesus since his name comes from the Greek word for “rock,” and Jesus also said that Peter’s confession of faith would be the rock upon which the church was built.  Let’s explore God’s Word and celebrate the UWF on Sunday as we study Peter, the Rock of Ages! 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 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.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

 

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

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings and Praise: New Generation meetings. 

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. 



A Son of Thunder

Happy Second Sunday of Lent!  

In Luke 9:46-55, we’re presented with an almost comical episode, if only John and James, the sons of Zebedee, weren’t so serious.  Just after Jesus teaches them about how they should come into the Kingdom of God, John, obviously not listening in the slightest, talks proprietary spirituality and a violent response to a lack of hospitality.  What in the world was John thinking?   

James and John are both nicknamed “sons of thunder” by Jesus because of their quick, passionate tempers, evidenced in the earlier passage.  It’s hard to believe they were able to be a part of the company of disciples and weren’t among those who betrayed Jesus to the authorities.  However, they stuck to Jesus, both before, during, and after the crucifixion.  The truth is, some of the most embarrassing liabilities we see in ourselves are actually the things God can use the most powerfully to do his Kingdom work, and we can see that clearly in John.  So, if you’ve got some embarrassing things about you, don’t let that stop you from being a follower, instead let God use them in you to do amazing things!  Let’s talk more about that at worship – I’ll see you there! 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 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.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

 

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

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings and Praise: New Generation meetings. 

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.