And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
What's Happening With St. Paul's
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Upcoming St Paul's Events
Sunday, March 26, 10:30am
This week, Pastor Ryan will be continuing our On the Way to the Cross series with "The Temple Protest" (Mark 11:12-18; 13:1-2).
If you missed last week's service, you can watch it on our YouTube Channel, 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.
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00pm
Easter Craft Fest Assembly Night
Building Healthy Families is hosting an Easter/Spring Craft Fest at Squire Village in Manchester and we need your help! We're looking for volunteers to prepare our wonderful ideas. Our assembly night will take place at the BHF office at 20 Hartford Road in Manchester, and will involve cutting, counting, or coloring parts to assemble into kits for each craft station.
If you can help, please email Peter and Karen Tullson by March 22nd. Questions, please call or text them at (860) 375-0121.
Thursday, March 30, 6:00-8:00pm
Fighting Homelessness Together
Join the MACC team for a Community Education and Awareness Forum at Manchester High School, Bailey Auditorium. The panel will include experts from the Town of Manchester, MACC Charities, Manchester Police Department, and Community Health Resources (CHR). We will address and discuss what we are doing for those identified as homeless or "at risk" of becoming homeless in Manchester and the best ways for the community to help us in assisting our neighbors.
Wednesday, April 05, 7:15-8:30pm
Youth Bible StudyPastor Ryan is leading a Bible Study on the Sermon of the Mount, the first Wednesday of every month, 7:15-8:30pm. This class is open to anyone in 7th-12th grade. Bring your What if Jesus was Serious book and a Bible if you have one.
Friday, April 07, 7:00pm
Good Friday Service
Join us as we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
Saturday, April 08, 10:00am-12:00pm
Easter Craft Fest
Building Healthy Families is hosting an Easter/Spring Craft Fest at Squire Village in Manchester and we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to bring an engaging and fun time for children and their parents. We’ll need 10 volunteers to staff craft activities for children and their parent or caregiver. This is a great way for families to serve together. Also, it’s a great way for high school students who want to earn community service credit!
If you can help with any part of the process, please email Peter and Karen Tullson. Questions, please call or text us at (860) 375-0121.
Sunday, April 09, 9:00am
All are welcome to join us for breakfast on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection. We'll be serving the meal before service in our cafe. We'll have fruit, pastries, coffee, juice, and of course, breakfast meats. We're looking for you to bring casseroles, quiches, bakes, or any other breakfast dish you would like to share. You do not need to bring something to attend. If you plan on attending please e-mail Keith, and let him know if you plan on bringing something. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, April 13, 7:00-8:30pm
The Chosen Viewing and Discussion Group
Every other Tuesday, starting April 11th, St. Paul's will be hosting a group that will watch an episode of The Chosen and then discuss 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." Please email email@example.com if you are interested. And, if you are interested but cannot attend on Tuesdays let us know that too, as we have some flexibility with nights.
Saturday, April 29, 5:45pm
AIA and Cru Vision Dinner
AIA and Cru at the University of Connecticut have invited our congregation to their annual Vision Dinner at the Manchester Country Club located at 305 South Main St. in Manchester. This is an opportunity to learn more about their shared mission to bring the hope and love of Christ to students, athletes and faculty. You'll hear from many as they share how God is changing lives on teams, in the classroom on multiple campuses around Connecticut and around the world. Come learn how the Lord can use you to help spread the good news. Reservations are required and an opportunity for a faith investment will be provided. If you are interested, and would like to join the St. Paul's table, e-mail Keith by April 8.
"I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth" -1 Corinthians 3:5-9.
An Offer of Free Professional Counseling
The Outreach Team has recognized that the circumstances of this past year have likely taken a toll on many peoples' mental health. 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 wold 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 OpportunitiesAre 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 email@example.com about joining our Outreach Team.
Amirah's Evening of Hope: Eyes Looking Inward
Save the Date - Saturday, May 6
We are excited to announce that tickets are now available for our fundraising Gala on Saturday evening, May 6th. Please mark your calendars and join us for an evening of hope, encouragement, and celebration.
For this year's 2023 Gala, Evening of Hope: Eyes Looking Inward, we are shining a light on the courage, resiliency, and hard work that the women in our programs exhibit daily. By highlighting their stories, we celebrate their journeys of hope and create space for more women to begin their own journeys out of exploitation.
This year we will honor our guest speaker, Nancy Kerrigan, who will share her personal story of resiliency.
Reception and gallery viewing will be held at 5 pm, followed by dinner and a silent auction at 6 pm. Purchase tickets here. If you would like to attend and need assistance with costs, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTS OF GRACE: Ministry update from Grace LauberMarch 2023 Prayer Letter
WAIM's looking for MentorsAn 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 email@example.com and ask for more information (or to apply).
Evan and Chelsea BurgessRead their October Update
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John and Diane Vampatella's Athletes in Action UpdateSept. 2022 Prayer Letter
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The Cavagnet CourantOct/Nov Prayer Letter
We could not do what we do without the Church. God in Christ is our guide; we simply follow Him into the fray. Because of this, the Church is everything to Amirah. They are our partners, our shepherds, our champions, and our friends.Thank you for your support in helping us take a stand against commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. We couldn't do the work we do without you! Learn more about Amirah.
News from the MACC Food Pantry
With your help, MACC prepares 200 meals in the kitchen in one day, provides groceries to 20 households, and hands out free hats, mittens, gloves, and coats to 30 people.
Giving now is easier than ever as you can donate directly through MACC's Amazon Wish List.
We accept donations in our emergency pantry; Monday –Thursday 9am- 3pm and Friday 9am-1:30pm.
Let your donations to MACC be a teaching tool for the next generation of our future families!
Prayer requests & Praises
* Gladys France fell and fractured her ankle a few months ago. Her cast is off, but she will still need time to heal and regain her strength. She 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. She is not in pain but has a long road of rehab ahead of her. 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.
* For Lisa Loree, who is in need of a liver transplant: either from an organ donor, or a living donor. Her blood type is O Positive. If you are interested in learning more about living donor transplants, you can call the Yale New Haven Transplantation Center at 866-925-3897.
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.
Our last membership meeting took play on October 16. During the meeting we gave some ministry reports that updated the community on everything taking place within our church, we voted on and made some changes to our bylaws, and heard a special announcement from the board.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to the board at anytime - firstname.lastname@example.org.