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December Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Advent blessing to you all! Every year, I am struck anew by the juxtaposition of Advent and December. The church season dedicated to waiting, longing, and patient expectation takes place in possibly the busiest, most hectic month of the year. It was not always this way, of course: the…

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November Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, What does it mean to be thankful? As we look forward into November and celebrating Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, we hear words like thankfulness and gratitude often. Less often do we ponder what those words truly mean and how we live them out. Thanksgiving, a holiday meant to celebrate…

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October Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings and blessings from St. Paul’s! What a fun and exciting time it is to be the church together! At St. Paul’s, we have many, many activities and worship events to get involved with (Take a look at the calendar!), and we have also been considering how we as…

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September Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Sometimes it feels like whoever set up our calendars got things wrong when they made the new year start in January. For a lot of us, September and all the changes that come with it feel much more like a new beginning than January 1st does. Schools and colleges begin…

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July/August Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   As July slowly turns to August and we approach the end of summer, I like the rest of you, am adjusting to the retirement of our Senior Pastor Skip McDowell. Pastor Skip served at St. Paul’s for almost ten years, and he and Pam will be missed for…

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June Chimes

My Dear Friends- First, let me say “thanks” for the wonderful Celebration of Ministry picnic and fun time on Sunday, May 22. I so appreciated all the time and effort that went into that wonderful event. Thanks for the book of pictures, the many letters and cards, all of the work it took to make…

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May Chimes

Dear Friends: St. Paul’s will be participating in the Synod’s “Forward Together in Faith” Capital Campaign MAP (Missional Assessment Profile) survey that seeks to EQUIP, INNOVATE, COMMUNICATE, and NETWORK together for a new era of being church. The survey is a measurement of our congregation’s impact, effectiveness and potential. We are setting out on a…

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April Chimes

St. Paul’s will be participating in the Synod’s “Forward Together in Faith” Capital Campaign MAP (Missional Assessment Profile) survey that seeks to EQUIP, INNOVATE, COMMUNICATE, and NETWORK together for a new era of being church. The survey is a measurement of our congregation’s impact, effectiveness and potential. We are setting out on a journey to…

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March Chimes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Can you believe that Easter is only a few short weeks away? Easter is March 27th this year, almost as early as it can be according to our church calendar. It will not be this early again for at least forty years! Our moving calendar of festivals can sometimes…

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February Chimes

Dear Friends, Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and I wanted to give you a preview of our Wednesday Evening Lenten Series. The theme of this year’s journey will be… “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:5 “In Christian literature, light is a metaphor…