**MAY 6, 2017 – ST. PAUL WORK DAY
8:00 – 3:00
WE NEED ALL OF YOU!
THAT INCLUDES CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN (IF THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH)!
We have 16 different work projects (SEE LIST BELOW), ranging from working in the kitchen to being outside in God’s sunshine! There will be a list of the projects posted on the bulletin board in the Crossroads, where you can sign up.
If you cannot work physically, please consider donating whatever you can to make this a successful event.  We will need painting supplies, face masks, work gloves, yard bags, cold drinks, and something for lunch. For some of the projects, please bring rakes, hoes, prunning loppers, and a chain saw.  We will need a trailer to haul away all the shrubbery and scrap building materials to the city dump.
We need to make God’s house beautiful again!
1. BARBEQUE PIT –Clean up around it & reattach the loose tin on roof.
2. CHILDREN’S NURSERY – Remove wallpaper, pull up carpet, paint walls.
3. CONCRETE WORK (on foundation where old building was attached)  — Fill in with cinder
            Blocks.
4.  FRONT 3 CROSSES – Repaint (Need long ladder)
5.  FRONT PARKING AREA – Patch pot holes with bags of asphalt
6.  FRONT SIGN –run electricity from it to the air conditioners’ box.
7.  GATE ON FENCE – Attach latch and pull weeds inside. Use weed killer.
8.  LEAVES ON PARKVIEW SIDE AROUND ACs – Rake & bag leaves & trash.
9.  LETTERING ON BUILDING ON PARKVIEW SIDE – Remove the Founder’s Hall letters
            and replace the missing letter in “Church.”
10. NEW CLOSET – Paint inside and decide what kind of shelving needs to be built.
11. PARKVIEW AWNING AND DOOR — Paint the awning & posts. Cover the old
            door with white vinyl siding.
12. SCREEN ON PARKVIEW SIDE — Remove the screen pieces from the window to right.
13. SCRAP MATERIALS – Gather all scrap lumber, etc. to haul away to city dump.
14. SERENITY GARDEN – Completely cut down crape myrtle. Trim all other shrubbery. Pull
weeds (use Weed Killer too), & sweep down the spider webs under eaves and around door.
15. SHRUBBERY AROUND BUILDING – Use truck or tractor to pull up all old shrubbery and
            haul away to city dump.
16. KITCHEN – Provide drinks/snacks and a light lunch for workers. Also clean out
            refrigerators.
 Work Day in May
** If it is bad weather, we will reschedule.

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A Note from the Pastor’s Desk

 

With Holy Week and Easter behind us, we are tempted to take a deep breath and relax; however, the work of the Church is never done, nor does the church ever stop or relax. The church is always moving forward triumphantly. It never looks back. It expands into the future like yeast when guided by the Holy Spirit, but when guided by the efforts of men and women, the Church triumphant can stagnate or even move backwards to the point where the proclamation of the gospels are overlooked or replaced by the concerns of men and women. Ultimately, God’s concern and love for His church are often forgotten when it focuses inward on itself. We become blinded to God’s love for us. Perhaps this is not the best analogy to use, but I have used it before. As Nazi Germany  in World War II advanced or move forward into Russia, Josef Stalin’s orders to the Red Army were “not one step backwards.”

As a church, Saint Paul cannot take one step backwards. We must give of our finances to move forward. We must give of our time to move forward. We must give of out talents to move forward. We must draw that line in the sand in order to tell the world we will not step backwards over that line. We move forward. We cannot even stand still because if you are standing still, you are in fact moving backwards because the rest of the world is moving forward around you.

Moving forward means changes. Often change just simply happens because of the presence of the Holy Spirit. If or what that change might look like for Saint Paul has yet to be seen. Change is a reality because everything changes.  Yes, change is difficult because with change comes conflict over competing ideas.  Diversity of opinion concerning the direction churches should take is very biblical. Scriptures confirm the blessing of diversity when it comes to matters of interpretation and thought. In the Book of Acts we see several debates over how to reach out to the gentiles. For example, there may be a division on how to evangelize people. One group may say we need to work on existing church members who haven’t attended in a while; others may say we need to evangelize new folks. Conflict may arise over that, but ultimately, a compromise must be found. In regards to Paul’s day, some believed that the Gentiles must follow the same ritual laws as the Jewish Christian. Others believed that this would be a burden rather than a blessing. A compromise was eventually reached that preserved the Christian movement so that it can move forward. The Book of Acts is full of conflict within the church regarding its ministry and the direction in which the churches should go, but compromises were always reached.

One of the blessings of the Bible is that it is rich with a diversity of theology, perspectives, and insight into the ways of God. The Bible does not try to cover up such debates and disagreements. Within its pages we learn that it is possible to disagree on many facets of faith and still maintain a sense of unity in the Spirit (see Romans 14:1-23). Diversity of thought helps us all to grow while realizing the possibility of conflict.

As infinite and limited human beings, we do not have all the answers for every time and circumstance. However, the diversity of thought enriches our lives and helps us to grow in faithfulness and love even if that diversity of thought results in conflict. The early Church grew out of conflict.

–Rev. Charlie

 

 

 

 

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