• St. Paul Lutheran Church

August 2021

From the Pastor's Desk


What is the Narrative Lectionary?


In the month of September, St. Paul Lutheran will begin using a new lectionary. Known as the Narrative Lectionary, it was developed by professors at Luther Seminary, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The purpose of the Narrative Lectionary is to cover the whole story of salvation from Genesis to Revelation. It treats the Bible as a single narrative from beginning to end. The main character of the Bible is God himself as Creator and Redeemer. The center point of the whole story is the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To truly understand the Bible, we need to see the big picture, not just the details.

The Narrative Lectionary has three main sections. The first, which runs from September through mid-December, tells the story of the Old Testament. The second, which runs from Christmas to Easter, covers the life of Jesus. The third, which runs from Easter to Pentecost, tells the story of the early Church. In nine months, the whole story of God and His people is told.

In addition to having three mains sections, the Narrative Lectionary is also divided into four years, known as Year(s) A, B, C and D. During Year A, all Gospel readings come from Matthew. Year B comes from Mark. Years C and D come from Luke and John respectively. Therefore, in addition to covering the whole story of the Bible each year, we also have the opportunity to focus on each Gospel for a full year.

What happens during the three summer months? During that time, we focus on particular books of the Bible for a full month or more. For instance, I preached on the book of Ephesians during the month of July. From August 8 through September 5, I will be preaching on the book of Revelation. Another option is to focus on topics such as the Lord's Prayer, Baptism, Holy Communion, and Stewardship.

As an example, here are the lessons for the series on the book of Revelation:

8/8/21

First Reading: Revelation 4:1-11

Psalm: Psalm 47

Gospel: John 17:1-5

8/15/21

First Reading: Revelation 5:1-13

Psalm: Psalm 98

Gospel: John 1:29-31

8/22/21

First Reading: Revelation 6:1-8

Psalm: Psalm 29

Gospel: John 14:1-4

8/29/21

First Reading: Revelation 13:1-18

Psalm: Psalm 74:12-23

Gospel: John 12:30-32

9/5/21

First Reading: Revelation 21:1-6; 22:1-5

Psalm: Psalm 122

Gospel: John 16:20-22

One thing that I encourage you to do is to bring your own Bible each week. Mark the text for the week ahead of time and read it in preparation for the sermon. Over nine months you will cover the main outline of the story of the Bible. You might also consider using a different color highlighter each year. Make notes in your Bible if you want to. After four years, you will have a much better sense of how the different parts of the Bible fit together.

Another thing that you will gain over time is a better understanding of Christian theology. Who is God? Who is Christ? Who is the Holy Spirit? What do we mean by the words Creation, Sin, Redemption? What is God's plan for history? Where do I fit into God's plan? These are things that we will discover as we journey through the Bible.

I hope you will join us on the journey.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor David Charlton

From the President


Hello Church Family!

I have been serving you for six months already and it has been a learning experience for me. Hiring employees, construction, budgets, but the best lesson I have experienced so far is just how generous you are with your support for our church.

Our treasurer John Quarles brings inspiration of outreach to our community and beyond, Pastor Charlton emphasizes one of our most important outreach I come in; I love an opportunity to socialize and meet new people.

While we have experienced some delay, plans are underway for some weekly bible studies, game nights, informative lectures, and even some yoga instruction. As we all come together in worship, study and fellowship, I hope you all join me in working hard to bring our church and the school together as St. Paul Lutheran Church and Christian School FAMILY. Our first event as a church and school family will be a cookout in the fall. More information to come.

Have you stopped in or called the church office? If so, you encountered our new Office Administrator, Jimi Watts. She is best remembered for her amazing gift of voice as we have enjoyed her singing on special occasions.

The young lady that was offered the position as Children's Minister has decided this is not the right time to take on the task. Please ask our Lord to send the right person for this very important position.

I pray that you are well and look forward to our next visit.

In Christ,

Regina Humphrey, Congregational President

St. Paul Family Cookout


On Sunday, August 29 at 4:00 pm, St. Paul will be holding a Family Cookout, for everyone from our congregation and our school. St. Paul will provide the meat and the drinks. Families are asked to bring side dishes and desserts.

Fun activities will include Cornhole, a bounce house, snow cones, and more. While we are together, we will install the teachers for St. Paul Christian School.

This is a great opportunity for the people of the congregation and the school to get to know each other. We hope you join us.

Worship Time Change


Over the past year, we have had a difficult time deciding when to hold our Saturday Evening Service. For part of the year we held it at 6:30 p.m., but during Daylight Savings Time we moved it to 4:30 p.m. Beginning in September, we will be moving to a standard time that will remain the same throughout the year. It will be at 5:30 p.m. Hopefully, this time will work well for all.

Wednesday Evening Meals


On Wednesday, September 15, the weekly Wednesday evening meals will be resumed. This year the meals will be held in Underdahl Hall instead of in Parish Hall. This will provide many conveniences not available in Parish Hall. The most obvious advantage will be more open space, so that we will not feel so crowded. The round tables will be used for dining, which are more conducive to fellowship. The buffet table will be centrally located in Underdahl Hall, where the dining tables are, and will contain everything in one convenient location: main entree, drinks, dessert, and coffee.

Reservations are required ahead of time, and they can be made several different ways. The information regarding making reservations will be forthcoming as we get closer to the start date and when the signup sheets are posted. Dinner is served each Wednesday between 5:30 - 6:30.

This year the services of four different caterers have been secured, and they will be rotated each week to provide a variety of menus and cooking styles. Also several meals this fall will be provided by some of our church organizations as in the past: Sanctuary Choir, WELCA, and the Youth Group. There will also be a special menu for children as was provided before.

To celebrate the grand reopening of our Wednesday night dinners, a special feast is being offered on our 1st dinner back. Our meal on September 15 will consist of succulent Barbecue Baby Back Ribs with 3 sides, chicken nuggets for the kids, ice cream, and assorted desserts. This is one meal you don't want to miss.

Our caterers have previously been discounting the price they charged to us due to our non-profit status. Unfortunately due to the impact to them of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Florida minimum wage law increase, they will no longer be able to do this. Since they are forced to increase their price to us, regrettably we will have to increase the cost of our meal slightly to $8 for adults and $4 for children (3-12). Children under 3 will still eat free. Takeout orders will be $9. Our price has not changed in over 10 years, and we do this very reluctantly, but otherwise we would not be able to cover the cost of the meal.

Lutheran Men in Mission


August 2021 Bible Study Breakfast


The LMM monthly Bible Study will be Saturday, August 21, at 7:30 A. M. in the Parish Hall. We are continuing the Course on "Spirituality." This is the second session where we will be discussing the subject "Whol-i-ness: With Myself, Others and God" The Bible study topic is "Vocational Life: 'Holy under pressure'" (2 Corinthians 6:3-13). This Bible Study will follow Option 2: A dvanced: Teaching with Margin Questions.

Paul had demonstrated his willingness to suffer all kinds of hardships - beatings, imprisonments, poverty, and even insults - for Jesus. He had a single-hearted commitment to Christ. This extraordinary commitment, demonstrated by the sufferings he had endured, was proof of his apostolic authority. Instead of submitting a list of successes and accomplishments, Paul submitted a list of difficult situations that he had endured for Christ.

In the middle of his list of difficult situations he faced for the cause of Christ, Paul listed character traits of an effective minister of the gospel: purity, understanding, patience, kindness, and sincere love. Although they had encountered all kinds of opposition when they preached the Good News, Paul and the others continued to faithfully preach the truth.

Paul had been completely straightforward with the Corinthians, but critics at Corinth were accusing Paul of some sort of deception. Paul hoped that the very fact that he was cataloging his own weaknesses and suffering before the Corinthians would testify to his openness. Paul and his coworkers had no lack of love for the Corinthians despite the Corinthians withholding their love from them.


2 Corinthians 6:3-13

3 We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange-I speak as to my children-open wide your hearts also.


Discussion will focus on what Paul enumerates as the characteristics of true ministers (that is, "servants") of Christ. Does having these attributes serve as a defense of the authenticity of Paul's ministry? Are they all necessary for Disciples of Christ to effectively preach the Gospel? What is Paul asking the Corinthians and us to do in our response to those preaching the Gospel?

All men of the congregation are invited to attend.

WELCA Fall Gathering


I want to extend a personal invitation to join your sisters in Christ at this year's Fall Gathering, November 12-14, at Lake Yale Baptist Convention Center near Leesburg, FL. Our theme is "Faith Can Move Mountains". While we all hope that by November our lives will more closely resemble the "normal" prior to the pandemic, but as you all know, no one can guarantee that, so our Planning Committee is taking the necessary steps to make this Fall Gathering as safe as we can by staying up to date on the CDC's recommendations for group meetings. More information will be coming from our Co-Chairs Ann English and Loraine Van Haecke as we get closer to the dates and guidelines may change-we are hoping that will mean more relaxed.

We really need to have a good idea of the number who will be joining us at this year's Fall Gathering, so we have moved our registration deadline from October 15 to August 31. We have until September to change our numbers with Lake Yale. After that, we are obligated to pay them for the number that we have guaranteed-even if the actual number is much less. We know this is "not how we've always done things", but it is important that you register by the deadline. Registration information is available on our website, www.flwelca.com. Please plan on joining us! Where else can you spend a weekend with a group of wonderful, creative, joyous, friendly, fantastic, energetic sisters in Christ worshipping and praising our Lord and Savior in a beautiful, peaceful, quiet, serene location for the bargain price of $224.00 per person for two nights and 6 meals? I cannot think of a place! I really hope to see you there!

You may contact me at wade.phyllis73@gmail.com or 850-621-3267.


Phyllis Wade, Synodical Women's Organization President

Women of St. Paul


Our next meeting will be at the home of Janet Kinner on Saturday, August 21 at 11 am. We will have a potluck lunch and pool party. Janet will provide the meat for the potluck. Everyone else is asked to bring a dish or dessert to share, as well as whatever drinks you prefer. Also, bring a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen. Swimming isn't mandatory, but we hope most ladies will want to swim. (No men will be around, if that makes a difference!) Please RSVP to Janet Kinner at 850-493-9169 to let her know what you plan to bring. Hope to see you there!

VBS 2021


Hearts on Fire Vacation Bible School 2021 was a success! The program was 3 days long and there was an average of 70 children who attended daily. Many thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers in our congregation, Pastor David, Brad Sanko, and staff of St. Paul Christian School who shared their time and talents for the event. There were 28 volunteers that helped make the event fun for everyone. The children all seemed to have a blast learning about the Holy Trinity through scripture references about the Trinity and fire (e.g. God speaks to Moses through the burning bush and baptism by the Holy Spirit and fire).

Sunday School


Sunday School Teachers Needed! Back to School preparations are in full swing and Sunday School is not excluded! Sunday School will resume September 12th and we will be returning to age specific small groups. Teachers for all ages (preschool to 5th grade) are needed. Contact Ashley Harte ashleyharte@me.com if you are interested in volunteering or if you want more information. Sign up information for children will be distributed around 2 weeks prior to the start of Sunday School.

Confirmation


Confirmation class will start in the fall. An additional teacher is needed to help with the class. The materials will be selected based on the curriculum, but someone with an interest in teaching and mentoring the students alongside Pastor David is needed. Please contact Phyllis Wade wade.phyllis73@gmail.com or Ashley Harte ashleyharte@me.com if you would like more information.

Thursday Night Rehearsal Resumes


Choir rehearsals will resume on Thursday, August 19. We will follow our regular schedule:

  • Bell Choir - 6 p.m.

  • Chancel Choir - 7 p.m.

Bible Studies and Fellowship


  • Lutheran World Relief Quilters - The third weekend of the month on Friday and Saturday beginning around 9:30.

  • Lutheran Men in Mission - The Purpose of Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) is to bring you together in Christian fellowship with other men in our congregation. We hope to get you involved in an existing LMM activity which interests you and we also hope will stir up ideas for new activities. LMM breakfast at 7:30 am, the 3rd Saturday of each month.