Pastor Mark Wharff will share a special series of sermons during the month of February focusing on the Book of Matthew, Chapters 5 to 7—related to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

After considerable planning by our website committee composed of Marilyn Maloney, Kit Oase, Andrew Price and Judy Wentworth with support from the church Finance Committee, Pastor Mark Wharff and the Church Council, we have taken steps to launch a new and hopefully improved website.  In it, we hope to meet the needs of newcomers to our church and community as well as existing members who would like to be updated on current happenings.

The website is the creation of our new webmaster, Chris Cline, who was instrumental in developing Central UMC’s website in Stockton.

Our new website will continue to develop over the next couple of months.  We plan to update it regularly and welcome your ideas and suggestions.  Many thanks to all of you who have helped with input on this endeavor.

Practice makes perfect. You’ve heard the expression “practice, practice, practice” when you were growing up and learning to do things.  As adults we’ve learned to garden, paint, work on our car or even come to enjoy a hobby through practice.

As a church, we have studied as a Church Council, and as a congregation, Bishop Robert Schnase’s book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, These practices—The Practice of Radical Hospitality, The Practice of Fruitful Congregations, The Practice of Intentional Faith Development, The Practice of Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and the Practice of Extravagant Generosity. 

These foundational practices are critical to the effectiveness of congregations. Their presence and strength demonstrate congregational health, vitality, and fruit-fulness. For St. Paul’s by repeating and improving these practices, our church will move towards fulfilling our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Goals for our church over the next 5 years reflect this perspective.

Look for more to happen this Spring and Summer, including a trip to a conference at The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas to learn practical ways we can implement ideas we have for our church.  You can start this preparation by obtaining Bishop Robert Schnase’s book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations to read from Kim in the Church Office.

Scholarship Sunday is held in June to celebrate recent graduations and next steps for graduates. 

St. Paul’s UMC actively supports education in our community. Many of our members are teachers, workers and administrators in our local school districts, members have actively supported Give Every Child A Chance after-school program, and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in the community.

We support education and Native American ministries through special offerings. This month we will recognize the promotion from children, youth, young adults and adults from preschool through college this month. Join us in celebration this June.

By Elliott Wright

May 19, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS)

“We commission you to take the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ into all the world.” Twenty-nine times the ancient phrase was intoned as The United Methodist Church sent new missionaries from 11 countries to serve in 16 lands.

Council of Bishops follows tradition with letter to the church

United Methodist Council of Bishops

May 23, 2016

Washington, D.C.: Reviving a tradition that is more than 200 years old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20. The letter reads as follows: