From Pastor David . . .
My first two churches were in Seymour, Indiana. I was a student traveling back and forth to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. I’d make the trip to seminary two times a week.
Growing up in central Indiana, I grew to appreciate the change in seasons. Winter to spring, spring to summer, summer to fall, and then fall to winter fulfilling the cycle.
Fall became one of my favorite seasons with the cooler days, leaves changing colors, and, of course, football. Who could forget football? Yet, it was my time in Seymour that showed me how beautiful fall could be. Don’t get me wrong. Fall in central Indiana was beautiful, but in southern Indiana, I was wowed. The colors of the leaves were vibrant and varied. Just driving around was a joy.
Of course, such beauty has its price. The first time we went to Brown County over the third weekend of October, we could barely move. Cars driving slowly through the Autumn foliage caused congestion and some anger. Some drivers were wanting to experience nature while others were trying to get to a destination.
As I think about that day, I find it interesting that surrounded with so much beauty, anger can form. I hate to admit this, but as I think back, I believe I was a bit frustrated as well. Congested traffic can do that. Even though I wanted to experience the beauty of nature, I wanted to do so at a normal speed. Traffic congestion can cause me to become fixated on what’s wrong and miss the beauty all around me. What about you?
Perhaps my challenge, even now, is to not allow all the frustrations of life to cloud the beauty of life. God blesses time and time again. All of life is a gift from God. God continues to pour good things into our lives even (or especially) when we don’t deserve it.
The temptation (or should I say, tendency) to focus on what goes wrong rather than on God’s grace, mercy, and gifts, causes us to miss so much of life. What would happen if instead of allowing frustrations to ruin the day, we allow God’s beauty to be our focus? What if we allowed gratitude to rule the day? Looking not to frustrations, but to God’s faithfulness and goodness.
Here’s a practice that might help: Whenever you find frustration, anger, judgment, or other negative emotion taking hold, step back. Take a couple of breaths. Close your eyes for a moment, if you are able. Say a short prayer such as, “God, you surround me with so much beauty. Thank you! Open my eyes so I can see the gifts you give me.”
Who knows. You might be amazed at what you discover!
Jesus still calls each of us and our church to make disciples. Jesus told his disciples to make disciples. Jesus expected God’s kingdom to grow. As the disciples were faithful to Jesus, they helped others become faithful to Jesus.
Over the past several months, the Governing Council has been studying and working through “Developing a Stronger Multiplication Culture: A Guide for Churches.” This is a resource from the Indiana Conference. A multiplication culture combines outreach and multiplying leaders and disciples.
As we worked through the resource, we realized, everything we do as a church needs to be bathed in prayer. The Governing Council has been praying for our church, our church’s outreach, and faithfulness in making disciples, in other words, we’ve been praying for a stronger multiplication culture. Would you join us in prayer?
The Governing Council is looking for people who would be willing to pray for St. Paul’s multiplication culture. If you are willing to pray for St. Paul, that we would develop a strong multiplication culture, making disciples, and faithfully sharing Jesus with others, please let us know by filling out the form at: https://stpaulbloomington.churchcenter.com/people/forms/301903 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By indicating your desire to pray for St. Paul, we will keep you updated with prayer needs.
St. Paul Food Pantry
Launches on October 6th!
The St. Paul Food Pantry will open to the public on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
It will be open every Wednesday from 5-7 PM.
How can you help?
Donate: While most of our food items will be coming from our mission partners at Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB), there are several items that HHFB can not provide to us, including items like dry milk and personal care items to name a few. (Items can be placed in the blue bin next to the church office.) Likewise, we also accept monetary donations which will allow us to purchase items as needs arise. You can do so by writing a check to St. Paul. Please remember to write “St. Paul Food Pantry” in the memo line of your check or on your offering envelope, or you may give online at stpaul.life.
(The October Mission of the Month is for our Food Pantry again this month. See below.)
Volunteer: Volunteer to help us with the food pantry! Individuals are needed to man the pantry each Wednesday, to restock our pantry, to pick up food items from HHFB, and more! Simply go to stpaul.life and select the box which says ‘Serve In Our Food Pantry’.
October Mission of the Month
The Mission of the Month for October is for our St. Paul Food Pantry which launches on Wednesday, October 6th! Monetary donations will allow us to purchase needed items as they arise. Our mission partners Hoosier Hills Food Bank will provide most of our food items, but they can not provide items such as dry milk and personal care items.
To give a monetary donation to our St. Paul Food Pantry this month, please write your check to St. Paul and please remember to write “St. Paul Food Pantry” on the memo line of your check or on your special offering envelope. You may give online by simply going to stpaul.life and give to the Mission of the Month during the month of October.
To donate food items, you may place items in the blue plastic bin next to the church office in the hallway. Please make sure that the items have not expired.
BAZAAR / TRASH AND TREASURES
What happened to the Turkey Dinner/Bazaar? Due to the changes in the past year, the turkey dinner has been cancelled but we plan a Bazaar on Thursday and Friday, November 4 and 5, 2021!
We plan to have the Bazaar items in half of the Brashaber Fellowship Hall and the Trash and Treasures items will be in the other half. We will have longer hours on Thursday and be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. On Friday, we will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Even though we are having a smaller bazaar, we will need some help. We will need some men to help us put up tables on Sunday, October 31st, after the second service. You may also bring any donations for Trash and Treasures on Sunday, October 31st, as long as the church is open; or on Monday, November 1st from 10-3. (Please NO clothing, TV’s, large furniture or large electronics.) We will need help getting the Trash and Treasures set up, selling on the two sale days, and we will need help cleaning everything up after the sale is over at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Since there will be no turkey dinner, at present, we are planning to have soup(s) available for carryout both days. Prices will be set as we get closer to the date. We are asking if you can help us defray the cost of the soups. There will be a basket for your donations toward the ingredients available in the Narthex. This will be much cheaper (and take fewer volunteers) than having you bring donations as we have in the past.
Please help us have a good turnout on November 4 and 5!
Pat McCormick, UMW President
Gold Group Trip
The Gold Group (ages 60+) will try again to travel to Terre Haute to visit the Vigo County Historical Society and Museum for a guided tour; then fellowship and lunch at the Saratoga Pie Company!
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 leaving the church at 9:15 a.m.
Costs: $5 each for gas; $10 each for admission; plus the cost of your lunch.
(Please bring a mask if needed for admission to the museum.)
A sign-up sheet is located on bulletin board #2 at the church to reserve your seat on the church bus or contact the church office to be added to the list.
Questions? Contact Barb Buker, Gold Group Coordinator.
United Methodist Women (UMW)
The St. Paul UMW will hold their Craft Class on Thursday, October 14th at 10 AM in classroom M12. At 12 noon, they will have their business meeting in Brashaber Fellowship Hall. Please bring a brown bag lunch and all ladies are invited!
Questions? Contact Pat McCormick, St. Paul UMW President
The Upper Room Devotional
The September/October Upper Room devotionals are available for daily study and devotions. Feel free to grab a copy on Sunday or if you are interested in receiving a copy of the devotional, please call the church office and arrangements will be made to provide a copy to you.
We Celebrate with Pastor Aaron and Emily for the birth of their daughter, Tessa Joy!
Kroger Community Rewards for SPY
Do you shop at Kroger? Sign-up today and part of your spending will come back to SPY (our St. Paul Youth)! Just register your Kroger Plus card at the website below and Kroger will donate 2% of your bill to SPY each time you shop at Kroger. It takes just a few seconds and you will need SPY’s ID number which is: MV709.
Go to: krogercommunityrewards.com and register your Kroger Plus card. If you don’t have one, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger store.
Thank you for supporting SPY while you shop!
Our Apple trees have had a bumper crop this year and the branches are breaking from the weight. Apples are available to pick. If you’d like some and are unable to pick, contact Steve Lill.
Stpaul.life - Our St. Paul Online Community of Faith
Prayer Group, Blueprint Group, That’s Entertainment, and more . . .
Food Pantry Team, Tech Team, Usher Team, Greeter Team, and more . . .
Courses to grow your faith . . .
Sign on today! Simply go to: https://stpaul.life
A ring has been found. Contact the church office.
Church Office Hours
Starting in October, the church office hours will be Tuesday-Friday from 8:30AM-4:30PM. Mondays by appointment.
Giving to St. Paul
Your offering envelopes may be placed in the offering plates in the Narthex at church; mailed to the church office; OR give Online! To give online, simply go to https://stpaul.life and click on “Giving" at the top of the page to sign up!
Thank you for your continued support to the ministries of St. Paul!
Stop the Spread of Germs (CDC.gov/coronavirus)
Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.
Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.
Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.