Wesley’s General Rules

When some individuals asked John Wesley to help them grow in their faith (actually, they asked Wesley how they might flee “the wrath to come”), Wesley began meeting with them regularly. Over times these gathers grew in number. Wesley believed that one’s desire for salvation would be evident by how one lived. Wesley instituted the…

Pastor’s October Newsletter Article

Wow. What an amazing September it has been! Upward Soccer has been a great success. The funds for the roof are rolling in and soon we will have a new non-leaking roof! The Fruitful Congregations Team has formed and are ready for training, learning, praying, and listening to God’s voice. There is much to celebrate…

Parish Nurse Notes

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! A few facts…. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the US, accounting for nearly 29% of newly diagnosed cancers. One case of breast cancer is diagnosed EVERY TWO MINUTES and causes one death EVERY 13 MINUTES! Breast cancer is second only…

Membership Plus Class

A class for those interested in membership as well as others, will be starting in October! Please sign the “Membership Plus Class” interest sheet which can be found on the bulletin board at the church.

A Different Way Part 3

Finding Space For centuries followers of Jesus practice silence as a way to center on God through Jesus. Silence allows us to slow down and listen as God speaks into our lives. Many activities beckon for our attention and focus. The inability to focus is symptomatic of a noisy and fragmented life. Over time we…

Pastor’s September Newsletter Article

I, again, thank everyone for a wonderfully warm welcome to St. Paul and the Bloomington area. Your love, care, and concern has been overwhelming. I know I am blessed and honored to be able to partner with you and God in sharing God’s love and pursuing his mission and purpose. We have much to celebrate…

Parish Nurse Notes … Back to School!

Going to school means planning for healthy and delicious snacks that are hopefully quick and easy, as well as something kids will eat! Unfortunately, most of what can be purchased from vending machines is filled with salt, sugar, and fat. A zip-lock bag of nuts (check allergies!), a container of fresh fruit such as strawberries,…

Children’s Ministry . . .

Initiative is seeing what needs to be done and doing it. Initiative isn’t just some practical principle; it’s really a spiritual principle that starts with God. It is part of God’s character. When we show initiative, we are reflecting God’s image that is hardwired in us. This month in Sunday School we are going to…

SOAP Bible Method

The SOAP method of scripture reading combines reading scripture, prayer and reflection. SOAP stands for: Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. It is a method that can be used by anybody no matter if he or she is new to the faith or someone who has been a Christian all his or her life. It doesn’t…