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.

What’s In A Name?

Happy Second Sunday after Epiphany!  

Prospective parents spend countless hours every year trying to decide on just the right name for an expected child. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” doesn’t ring true. We want just the right moniker for our progeny. Why? What’s so important about a name anyway?  

This Sunday we read from the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 62:1-5.  It’s a passage full of illustrations that Isaiah makes to help his congregation appreciate the good things God has for those who remain faithful in the face of adversity.  The central illustrations in this passage involve names that Israel will be called at the fulfillment of God’s promise, evoking images of peace, partnership, prosperity, and goodness.  So, what’s your name to God, and what does it mean?  How has God changed your name through salvation and his promise of partnership with you?  It’s not just an imagination exercise, it’s a way to tell our stories to those who don’t know God.  We’ll talk about living our faith and our faith-names as we read from Isaiah and reflect on some important named figures in the faith – namely Martin Luther King, Jr.. 

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. There will be space for those who still wish to social distance and mask, and masks are no longer required at worship for those who are vaccinated. 

 

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

Our regular Youth schedule most weeks is: Praise New Generation meeting from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm every Sunday. You can always check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated info. 

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. 



Baptized to What?

Happy Baptism of the Lord and Epiphany Sunday!  

That’s right, this week we have a two-fer!  Epiphany Day was Thursday, January 6th, and so it’s customary to celebrate it on the closest Sunday, but since January 6th doesn’t fall on a Sunday, we’re also celebrating Jesus’s baptism, which is supposed to be celebrated the first Sunday after the Epiphany.  Who made up this complicated system?  I blame Pope Gregory, personally.  Yes, we could always break from tradition, but the two things actually go together quite nicely, because they’re both Epiphanies – appearances of God on the scene and surprising everyone.  Epiphanies are eureka moments, and both the visit of the Magi and the Baptism of Jesus represent God showing up in big ways.  I’d also present to you that the same happens in our baptisms.  They are also Epiphanies, moments when God manifests personally to us in often surprising ways.   

We think of our baptisms as being for or with, but do we think about what we are baptized to?  Baptism represents the beginning of a journey of sacrificial servanthood that culminates when one passes into full fellowship with Christ in the great beyond. 

Christ lived out his baptism every day as he taught us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the dying, and share the good news with a broken world. As a people who bear the name of Christian, God calls us to live out our baptisms in the same way, caring for the needy and sharing the good news. We too are baptized to a mission of welcoming and redeeming sinners.  Let’s not be baptized with the same fire and mission Jesus had and be about his work in the world. 

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. There will be space for those who still wish to social distance and mask, and masks are no longer required at worship for those who are vaccinated. 

 

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

Our regular Youth schedule most weeks is: Praise New Generation meeting from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm every Sunday. You can always check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated info. 

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. 



Gold, Circumstance, and Mud

Happy Second Sunday of Christmas!  

On Sunday we’ll hear from Rev. Bob Wannall, retired former pastor at St. Paul’s.  He’ll be preaching from Matthew 2:1-2 and doing a little thinking about Epiphany, which occurs on January 6th.  He’ll also be leading us in a celebration of Holy Communion, so be prepared to meet at the table of Christ! 

 

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. There will be space for those who still wish to social distance and mask, and masks are no longer required at worship for those who are vaccinated. 

 

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

Our Youth programs will be taking a break for the holidays. Their next scheduled meeting is Sunday, January 9. Our regular Youth schedule most weeks is: Praise New Generation meeting from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm every Sunday. You can always check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated info. 

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.