If you haven’t been to church in awhile, now is a great time to come and be involved! Preparations and planning for fall activities have begun and it is shaping up to be a very exciting time at St. Paul’s with a lot of great events!
Here are just a few of the things that are happening this month:
St. Paul’s Community Engagement Project is well underway. This project is at the core of St. Paul’s 2013 Partnership Grant objectives and has two major parts.
The project began by launching the first-ever Listening Campaign at St. Paul’s in March. Over the following months, St. Paul’s Listening Team scheduled a number of one-to-one’s with members and friends of St. Paul’s. The first phase of listening led to the Pentecost Report (you can see that here). Over the summer, the Listening Team further debriefed the experience and met this past week to set the trajectory for phase two. Because this was our first go around with a listening campaign, there was a lot to take in and learn from that experience. In the coming days, a “Learnings Reflection” on the first phase will be posted online. The Listening Team will continue throughout the fall by supporting and working alongside the “grant team.”
The Community Grant makes up the second component of the community engagement project. This week, a team has met with Tiffany Hatfield who provided an overview of the grant process. From here, the team will work to set the guidelines of the grant and extend invitations to local organizations to apply. Later this fall, the entire congregation will have the opportunity to select the recipient together.
There are a lot of other things happening as well!
Rostered members and friends of St. Paul’s should have received a letter last month discussing the exploration of shared ministry possibilities. More information about these possibilities is being gathered over the next few weeks and further information will be provided following the council’s meeting in September. In the meantime, if you have questions, please talk with Pastor Joshua.
Grandparents are invited to a Table Talk on Monday, August 26th (5:30p-7:00p). This will be an opportunity for grandparents to get together, learn a little about each other, and have a guided conversation about faith, family, and the things that matter most. If you did not sign up in July, but would like to attend, you can RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also happening in August is Gloria Dei’s Chicken Bash dinner on August 14th, from 4:30-7:00. Tickets are available in advance – $8.50 for adults and $4.00 for children 8 and under. The proceeds will benefit the food pantries in Rossville and Mulberry. Folks can contact the church,765-296-2108 for tickets. Gloria Dei Lutheran is located at 610 W Jackson St in Mulberry.
Finally, the initial meeting for the 2013 Stewardship campaign planning team will be held this coming Sunday (August 11) at 9:00am. St. Paul’s will be hosting a special lunch on November 17th following service – so mark your calendar now and plan to attend!
If one or more of these events sound interesting, connect with Pastor Joshua (email) to learn more about how to get involved! As other events are scheduled, they will be added to St. Paul’s Calendar. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date information. You should also “Like” St. Paul’s on Facebook! It’s a great way to keep connected.