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.

Peace & Joy: A Refuge in the Storm

Happy Second Sunday of Easter!  

Welcome to week two of the season of resurrection!  As we celebrate the new work of God in resurrection, we’ll interpret it through the lens of Paul’s discourse on the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5.  A life which is expressed in fruit of the Spirit is truly a resurrected life, so let’s learn what they are and how our lives can mirror them! 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

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. 



Love, the Greatest Gift

Happy Easter Sunday!  

As we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection on Sunday, we’re ending our study of the Disciples by looking at Mary Magdalene, one of the most important followers of Jesus.  In all four Gospels, she is integral to letting the Disciples know that the tomb is empty.  Without her witness, no one would have known about it!  While we don’t have a lot of facts from extra-Biblical stories about Mary Magdalene, we do know she is listed as an important supporter of Jesus’s ministry, although she is often unfairly excluded from lists of the Disciples.   

Mary’s devotion to Jesus, while not on the level of romance, was surely what most would call love.  This is what she offered Christ as she joined in the effort of preparing spices for burial after the Sabbath.  As a woman of some means, she had access to areas of life that the other Disciples avoided because of their gender and place in society.  Paul, in his Galatians 5 discourse on the Fruit of the Spirit as well as his list of Gifts of the spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 & 13, lists love as “the greatest gift” because of the way it binds all the other gifts together. 

So, living the resurrection, we offer the world a gift of Love, just like Mary Magdalene did to Jesus.  Happy Easter! 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s page, just as you did before. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

Sunrise Service at 7:00am We will celebrate Easter Sunrise at 7:00 am in the Courtyard outside our Sanctuary.  

 

The Flowering Cross: On Saturday before the sunrise service, we’d love for you to come by the church Memorial Garden to put your flowers in the cross.  This is a great way to spend some time in prayer as you end the season of Lent.  You can also bring flowers with you to the Sunrise service.   

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. 



Judas

Happy Palm Sunday!  

This week is the final Sunday of Lent, and is sometimes also called Passion Sunday, because this is where we make the turn to remember the pivotal final week of the life of Jesus of Nazareth.  This Sunday begins with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and ends with a deep look at the one we would rather look over – Judas the betrayer.  We’ll read from Luke 19:28-44 and ask ourselves: what can his tragic story teach us about following Jesus? 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s page, just as you did before. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

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.