What's Happening With St. Paul's

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Ephesians 4:1

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  • Upcoming St. Paul's Events

    Sunday, May 26, 10:30am
    Worship Service

    Join us this week as Pastor Ryan will be continuing our series The Gospel of Matthew: The Sermon on the Mount.

    We will also hear from missionaries Michael & Claire Wood, friends of Stephanie and Ola who are serving with the Christian Health Service Corps. After a time in The Republic of Congo, the Wood Family is now headed to Davao City in the Philippines. Following service, there will be an opportunity to ask them questions and learn about sponsorship opportunities.

    Watch last week's worship service on our Facebook Page or listen and share the message through our podcast. We will continue to provide the livestream so that out-of-town folks will have a way to join the service.

  • Community

    Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 2

    Move for Amirah (Backpacking Trip)

    Move for Amirah is a national fundraising event in which individuals or teams move on behalf of survivors of trafficking and exploitation. 

    There are multiple ways you can support our Move for Amirah this year:

    •  Join our Team - Get people to support you and do your own move, or you can participate in St. Paul's official move, which will be an overnight backpacking trip, which - weather permitting - will take place Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 2 on the Appalachian Trail. Ethan Barnes is coordinating this year's trip and he put together a detailed itinerary that has everything you will need to prepare you for the trip, even if it is your first time. If you have any questions about the hiking trip, email Ethan. An anonymous donor has agreed to sponsor up to 15 people taking part in the hiking trip for $100 each! And now that we have reached 15 participants, a second donor has come forward to sponsor any additional hikers who join for $100 each!
    • Donate to and/or share our team page with others, and help us reach our goal of $5000!

    Wednesday, June 5, 7:15-8:15pm

    Youth Bible Study

    Pastor Ryan and Alex Muller are leading a Bible Study, the first Wednesday of every month, 7:15-8:15pm. This class is open to anyone in 7th-12th grade. Bring your Bible, if you have one, and a friend.

    Friday, June 7, 7:00-9:00pm

    New Members Class

    Are you interested in becoming a member at St. Paul's? Would you like to learn more about our church community? Pastor Ryan will be leading a membership class on June 7. If you are interested in attending, email Pastor Ryan to let him know.

    Sunday, June 9, 12:00pm

    Membership Meeting

    Join us for one of our biannual membership meetings. At this meeting, we will be voting on the 2024-25 budget and filling you in on what's going on behind the scenes at St. Paul's for this summer and beyond. You don't have to be a member to attend, but membership is required for voting. Childcare and lunch (pizza, wings, and salad) will be provided. If you are interested in becoming a member at St. Paul's, email Pastor Ryan.

    Tuesday, June 18, 7:00pm
    The Chosen Viewing and Discussion Group - Season 4

    Every other week, for the past few years, St. Paul's has hosted a group that watches an episode of The Chosen, and then discusses the episode afterwards. "The Chosen, the first multi-season show about Jesus’s life, hopes to take you deeper into gospel stories by retelling and expounding on the character and intentions of Jesus and those who knew Him." We're all caught up on the first three seasons. The first four episodes of season 4 are available for churches to stream. If you would like to join the group, now is a great time to watch and catch up on the first three seasons so you are all ready to go for season 4.

    Thursday, June 20, 11:00am-4:00pm

    Preacher's College

    Have you ever considered preaching? Preachers’ College is designed to give training in basic preaching principles in an intensive seminar to lay members who occasionally preach in their churches. The purpose is to provide men and women who have been called to preach with the essential tools needed to compose and present biblical, relevant, and effective sermons. If you are interested in attending, contact Pastor Ryan or Keith for a scholarship opportunity.

    Friday, June 28, 7:00-8:00pm

    Worship and Prayer Night

    Join us as we will be having a worship and prayer evening in our downstairs cafe space, led by Leah, Sam, Carly, Ryan, and Andrea. Come and join us to sing, pray, and reflect in God's presence.

    Wednesday, July 10, 7:15-8:15pm

    What We Believe: A Class for Youth (7-12 Grade)

    This class will run once-a-month for one year. In each class, Pastor Ryan will teach and lead a discussion about one line of the Apostles' Creed, an ancient affirmation of our faith. After the final class, the students will be given an opportunity to affirm the creed for themselves at a special service at St. Paul's (whether or not they participate will be entirely up to them). If you are interested in registering or finding out more information, email ryan@stpaulswired.org.

    Friday July 12, 7:45am-2:45pm

    Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day

    Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. They believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. Spending a day on a Habitat build is a great way for companies, businesses, and churches to help make the dream of home-ownership a reality for families living in need. What better way to learn the value of team building, co-operation, and leadership than by working with your co-workers on a Habitat build site?
    Currently, we have 7 volunteers on the St. Paul's team, and we need 3 more! If you are interested in joining us build and/or donating to our team, email Keith to register.

    St. Paul's - The Core

    Do you want to invite our church to an event you are hosting or think others would be interested in? Or have a prayer request you would like our community to be praying for? Do you have a need that you think others can help with? If so, join our Facebook community group - The Core. If you're not on Facebook, but would like to have something posted, email keith@stpaulswired.org. Let us know if you have a prayer request or a personal need, or check in to see how you can be a blessing to someone in our immediate community.

    Volunteer at St. Paul's

    Thank you so much to everyone who attended our volunteer fair and signed up for one of our volunteer teams last month. Be on the lookout for an email from our new worship planning site - worshipplanning.com. Once you receive an initial email, please log in or start an account, and mark the Sundays you are unavailable to serve. More details will follow soon. If you weren't able to make the fair, but would like more info on our volunteer teams, email keith@stpaulswired.org to get plugged in.

    Clifton Strengths Finder

    Interested in discovering your strengths? The CliftonStrengths assessment is a great tool to help you discern how God has equipped you to be a "minister." We're willing to pay for you to take the CliftonStrengths test assessment as long as you meet with the pastoral staff afterward to discuss your results! Email Pastor Ryan if you are interested.

    Small Groups

    Are you in the New Haven shoreline area? Several people who attend St. Paul's from a further-than-average distance are interested in starting a small group in this area. If you are interested, email Pastor Ryan (ryan@stpaulswired.org).

    At St. Paul's we value providing opportunities for connection in
    small groups. Small groups are places where honest discussion about faith can take place, where we can encourage and pray for one another, and where friendships can be cultivated. If you are interested in joining a small group, please contact Pastor Ryan.

    An Offer of Free Professional Counseling  | "ART" Therapy

    If you would like to try meeting with a professional Christian counselor, the church is offering to pay for three sessions through Regeneration Therapy. Their staff's mission is to meet the emotional, spiritual, and mental health needs of individuals, couples, and families by fostering healing, hope and transformation. Please contact Pastor Ryan if you are interested.

    A few weeks ago, Sara Spooner told us about “Accelerated Resolution Therapy” or “ART." Fritz Maurer, who started ReGeneration therapy and who preached several times at St. Paul's in the past, offers ART. Some of you may be interested in using this type of therapy for the three free sessions. Despite the name it is NOT drawing therapy- but it is a type of therapy that can be done within an hour or so of focused attention. It consists of a person focusing on a past traumatic memory, event or experience, in their mind while Fritz will have you use your eye movements to follow his hand- similar to how you would go to an eye doctor for an eye exam. He will direct your attention while helping you incrementally desensitize your body and your emotions that have been attached to the memory or event. You will still keep the memory and the facts, but by the end of the session, you will lose the pain of the memory. This type of therapy helps move the memory from a heightened response in your brain to a healed response when you think back on it.

    In order to do this type of therapy you have to be ready for three things:
    1. Ready to let go of the pain of the memory
    2. Capable of eye movements
    3. Ready to face the memory/pain of the trauma because you do revisit the memory throughout the therapy session as you become desensitized to it.

    It might sound too good to be true, but feel free to ask Sara Spooner, who works with ReGeneration Therapy, any questions you may have. Although she can’t work with any of you individually due to the conflict of interest, she is also certified to do ART and can answer any further questions you may have about what to expect if you were interested and wanted to try this type of therapy.

    Are you interested in finding a way to get more involved?

    Would you like to help find ways to incorporate art into our worship services? Are you interested in teaching our children? Would you like to help manage our media? Do you have an idea for outreach? Would you like to participate in a small group Bible study? Would you like to become a member? Email ryan@stpaulswired.org.

    Need prayer?

    There are several ways you can receive prayer for something going on in your life. Fill out an online connection card, or contact our prayer team at prayer@stpaulswired.org. Our prayer team meets 10:00-11:30am on Tuesdays. If you would like "in-person" prayer (via Zoom) during this time, the team would be happy to pray with you. If this time doesn't work for you, let us know, and we'll find another convenient time.

  • Outreach Opportunities

    Are you interested in helping to mobilize our church to help share the message and love of Christ to our community and the world? If so, contact keith@stpaulswired.org about joining our Outreach Team.

    Ministry Update from Jon and Ruth

    Time to Celebrate!

    ACTS OF GRACE: Ministry update from Grace Lauber

    May Ministry Update

    LIANG LETTERS: James Liang - Cru at UConn

    May 2024 Ministry Update

    Amirah Inc.

    We are reaching out with a special request. This year, we are increasing our expectations for Move for Amirah. Since 2020, we've raised a combined $150,000 with the help of 1,838 movers. This year, we hope to raise $70,000 in 2024 alone!

    To do that, we're asking businesses and non-profits to support our incredible movers by way of sponsorship. Sponsor's logos will appear on our social media pages, Move for Amirah t-shirts, our website, and will be included in communications to Amirah's 5,000+ person list-serve community (variously, according to sponsorship level).

    If you work for a company that engages in philanthropic giving, own your own company, or represent a church or a non-profit and you'd like to sponsor or find out more info, please let us know. If you're unsure if your organization might be a good fit to sponsor, please reach out to mdistefano@amirahinc.org to find out.

    Appalachian Service Project - June 22-29:

    One of our members, Pamela Leggett, has been participating with the Church of Christ Congregational in Newington for over 15 years in their Summer missions trip with the Appalachian Service Project. ASP is a ministry that travels to the poorest counties in the US, located in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. We repair homes to make them warmer, safer, and drier. But the most important aspect is the relationship building between the teens and adults who are on the trip, and the families and towns that we serve.
    If you are a teen (having finished 9th grade) or an adult that feels called to volunteer, we would love to hear from you! Our 2024 trip will be June 22 - 29. You don't have to have any construction experience to participate, but we are always looking for people with skills to help lead small work groups.
    For more info on ASP: Visit asphome.org Questions?  Email pamela@pamelaspatterns.com. Register here.

    The Cavagnet Courant

    Ladies of the (Pioneer) Valley

    News from the MACC Food Pantry:

    MACC Wish List

    Compassion International

    Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry pairing compassionate people with children living in extreme poverty to release the children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. Please be praying for the child St. Paul's sponsors, Angeles. We have sponsored Angeles since October 15, 2015. She is from Peru and will be 14 on April 19. For more info email Stephen Oldham, our liaison with Angeles.
    Visit Compassion's site for more info on sponsoring your own child.

    John and Diane Vampatella's Athletes in Action Update

    Latest Update

    Volunteer Opportunity at the Covenant Food Kitchen:

    The Covenant Soup Kitchen on Valley Street in Willimantic is looking for volunteers. There is an immediate need to staff the Food Pantry which operates Monday through Friday 10 to 3. This involves guiding the guests through the area where they pick items for themselves or their families. When not assisting families, volunteers also stock shelves. If interested in volunteering but not available 10 to 3, there are still other hours including weekends as they also serve meals everyday. Please call the Covenant Soup Kitchen at 860-423-1643 or if more information is desired their website is covenantsoupkitchen.org. You can also talk to Betty Hockla to find out more about what it's like to volunteer there.

    WAIM's looking for Mentors

    An Opportunity to Serve: The Partners in Independence program (PIP) connects mentors with individuals who need help and support in finding employment, returning to school, making better health and wellness choices, improving budgeting and finance skills, or attaining other personal objectives. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, contact director@waimct.org and ask for more information (or to apply).

    Evan and Chelsea Burgess

    Read their October Update

    Watch their Update from 06/26

  • Prayer requests & Praises

    Please see the following request from Allison Picard:
    Could you pray for my sister Grace's son, Leonel? He is about 12years old. He is at Childrens' Hospital in Hartford suffering terrible with a sudden onset condition called Steven Johnson Syndrome. It is caused by certain medications. It is very dangerous and potentially fatal. It is described as a rare, serious, and potentially fatal skin reaction that causes painful blisters and lesions on the skin and mucous membranes. Thanks in advance for your prayers.

    * Gladys France is currently at Woodlake's rehab center in Tolland (26 Shenipsit Lake Rd, 06084). Please pray for her recovery and consider sending her a card to encourage her and lift her spirits. The facility she is in allows visitors throughout the normal day hours. If you would like to visit, you can call to coordinate a time with her at (860) 872-2999.

  • The Board's Table

    There is a public folder of files that provides access to minutes, policies, and other documents from the board and membership meetings.

    If you missed our January 28 membership meeting, the following members were voted in for an upcoming 2 year term: Ola Aladelokun, Chris Crosby, Pamela Leggett, Leah Muller, Andrea Redfern, and Sara Spooner. Meeting minutes, candidate bios, and other info from the meeting can be found in the 24.01.28 Membership Meeting Folder.

    If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to the board at anytime - board@stpaulswired.org.