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 a congregation
envision our future.
It is written in the book of Proverbs that, “without a vision, the people perish.” Thankfully, things
are not so dire as that! We, as the church, have a vision provided to us by Jesus. In the Lord’s
Prayer, we are taught to pray for God’s kingdom and God’s will to be done on earth. That vision
is not up for debate. However, figuring out how best to enact this vision is important work for the
Through this time of pastoral transition, we have had several opportunities to work together to
envision where God is calling us to be: how God is calling us to be a community together, how
we might reach out and serve others in need around us, what things are working well and what
things we might want to consider changing.
If you have already been involved in some of this work—Thank you! Our small group dinners,
hosted by the Stewardship Committee, have provided fruitful discussion and new ideas. We have
had over fifty people attend these dinners and it’s been great to hear from everyone. We are also
digesting our results from the Mission Assessment Profile, a survey that over 100 people took!
If you haven’t been involved yet, don’t worry—there is still work to be done. On October 9th we
will have one service at 9:30, which will be followed by a Core Values Exercise led by our
interim consult Pastor Jack Saarela. This is an opportunity to discover, as a whole congregation,
what things we value and where our energies are. We need as many voices and perspectives as
possible to get the most meaning out of this exercise, so we hope to see you there.
And, although we are in a time of transition, we have not stopped being active in our community
and the world! Rally Day was a huge success, packaging 10,000 meals to help fight hunger. Our
choirs have returned from their well-earned summer break, and many groups have had great
beginnings to the new year.
Visions are very important—but at the end of the day, it is the people of St. Paul’s who dedicate
themselves to doing God’s work in this place. So I say, “Thank you.” Because you are what
makes the difference in our ministry and witness.
Pastor Laura Tancredi