Opportunities are many for the people of St. Paul's, from the very young to the more seasoned members. There are Sunday morning as well as weekday Bible studies, music opportunities, high school and middle school youth, confirmation classes, women's and men's ministries.
Some of the opportunities available are listed below:
JOY55+ is a group whose purpose is to promote positive attitudes toward aging, encourage positive aspects of moving into a new time of life, and appreciate the most of what we have if we are already older. There is no specific age criteria, although the hope is to target those who may be thinking about retirement (though still possibly several years ahead of that decision) and also anyone already retired.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ Sharing (BASICS) groups provide an opportunity to encourage one another in the faith. These groups help to build a sense of community, a sense of family, a sense of belonging. These groups may meet in homes, at church, in restaurants. They may meet around a faith-based study, pursue and seek God-honoring mission in service to our congregation and/or community, or gather around a common interest/hobby. Click here to learn more about BASICS opportunities.
Women's Ministry opportunities are many and include MOPS, Afternoon Guild, Altar Guild, Apples of Gold, and more. Details on some of these ministries are available below. If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact the church office.
Our Men's Ministry hosts a breakfast in February every year at Greenbriar Country Club. Men's Bible Study is available on Mondays at 6:00am. Men's open basketball is every Sunday evening in our school gym at 7:00pm (summer Sundays are sporadic). There is a golf league (for both men and women) that meets beginning in April until September. There is also recreational softball.
Our Seniors meet monthly on the 1st Wednesday of the month at noon (no meeting in July). They begin with a carry-in lunch followed by a program, either educational or entertaining.
Afternoon Guild meets the second Tuesday of the month from September through May. Afternoon Guild is part of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML).
St. Paul's Life Advocacy Group (LIFE) meets periodically. This ministry group confirms the ideals and beliefs on all LIFE issues held by national Lutherans For Life. Their mission is the same, to equip Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices for LIFE. If interested in attending our meetings, please contact the church office.
Our Social Ministry Committee collects food (through the "yellow bag" program) on a regular basis for four different food pantries: Mt. Olive, Transfiguration, St. Matthew's and Concordia Seminary. They also hold annual collections of certain items throughout the year. And they accept monetary donations for the numerous families/individuals with valid needs seeking help through the church.
Along with our Day School, Early Childhood Center, and Parents' Day Out, Sunday School is offered for our littlest to 8th Grade. Little Lambs is for parents of newborns through age 2 where parents and children interact with each other. Nursery class (age 3) and pre-kindergarten class meet in LL1 of the sanctuary, kindergarten meets in LL2, grades 1-4 meet in our school classrooms, and Root 66 for grades 5-8 begins in room 11.
Confirmation classes are offered in Grades 5-8 for those students who do not attend St. Paul's Day School. These classes are offered year-round at various times/days of the week. For a full schedule and more details, please contact Pastor Thomson.
ECHO meets every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30pm. in our Youth Room. This is for high school youth to come hang out, fellowship, and includes Bible study every week. Friends are welcome and encouraged to attend!
In addition to Sunday morning and ECHO, social and service opportunities are offered for our middle school and high school youth on a regular basis.
There are many different opportunities for Bible study at St. Paul's. On Sunday mornings at 9:25 a.m., Pastors Smith and Thomas lead a study which meets in the School Gym. Pastor Thomson leads Foundation in the Fellowship Hall, a discussion-based study of Christ as our foundation, how that foundation prepares us for daily life, and what competes daily for our foundation.
During the week, Monday Morning Men's Bible Study meets from 6-7:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Current topic is: Man Up! The Quest for Masculinity. On Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m., the Women's Bible Study meets in LL3. Institute of Theology meets in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Living Way Bible Study meets on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Childcare is available on Wednesdays.
Confirmation is an exciting time as our youth prepare to confess before the congregation their faith in Christ! The journey to being confirmed in the Lutheran Church is both challenging and rewarding. This is the only time in most people's lives when they study the six chief parts of Luther's Small Catechism and the basics of the Christian faith.
Confirmation for the Class of 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's. Oral examination will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the school gym.
Music serves a vital role in the worship life of St. Paul's. A number of opportunities are provided for people to use their talents in proclaiming the Gospel through music. Opportunities include: Adult Choir (traditional and liturgical choral group); Children's Choir (Grades 3-8); Men's Choir (high school through adult); Women's Choir (high school through adult); School Choir; Handbell Choirs, both Adult and Women's; and instrumentalists. For more information, contact Mark Bender or Melissa Kalbfleisch.
Along with these opportunities to participate in our sanctuary, there are opportunities to participate in our North Campus Gym service on Sunday mornings at 10:45am. This group consists mainly of guitar, percussion, keyboard and vocalists, along with other instruments as well. If you would be interested in joining this group, please contact Whitney Wade.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) invites all moms and their children ages 5 and under for our 2017-2018 year! MOPS is about celebrating motherhood, meeting needs (yours!), making connections and friends, and experiencing God's love.
Join us for our new theme: Free Indeed. Are you ready to leave places of captivity for destinations of freedom? We will explore optimism, surrender, confidence, contentment, intimacy, delight and grace.
More detailed information about our group can be found by clicking here. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact our MOPS Co-Coordinators, Jackie Weber and Jordan Thomson or Sharon Shearman, Director of Family Ministry. Register for our MOPS group here!
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