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October  2019

REFLECTIONS FROM PASTOR AMY JO

Reaching Out with Christ’s Love

October will be an exciting month at Saint Paul’s UMC, with both Vacation Bible School during MEA break and our annual Turkey Dinner, Bake Sale, and Craft Sale.  Both of these events reach out to the larger Mendota Heights community with Christ’s love.  Proceeds from the turkey dinner benefit missions through the UMW, reaching out to those in need with Christ’s love. The turkey dinner also gives us an opportunity to meet our neighbors and show hospitality—reminding our neighbors of the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of Saint Paul’s UMC.

Vacation Bible School is another opportunity to introduce the children of our community to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Currently, in the United States, statistics show us that the younger generations are the least likely to be actively involved in a religious community. So, we focus on the need in younger generations to learn about the Christian faith and have an opportunity to commit their lives to following Jesus. We reach out with Christ’s love, believing that the importance of that relationship with God can make all of the difference
in the world for each child.

A prayer by Henri Nouwen reminds us about the importance and
centrality of our relationship with God in our lives:
“O Lord, who else, or what else can I desire but you? You are my Lord,
Lord of my heart, mind, and soul. . . . Why then, do I keep expecting happiness and satisfaction outside of you? Why do I keep relating to you as one of my many relationships, instead of my only relationship, in which all other ones are
grounded?”

Our hope is for every child in Mendota Heights to be able to have a relationship with Jesus that is at the center of their lives. The fun curriculum of “To Mars and Beyond” should bring the themes of the Gospel to life for the children in ways that delight them and fill them with joy.  Please join us to volunteer with both the Turkey Dinner, Craft/Bake Sale and with Vacation Bible School over MEA break. Both of these events provide opportunities to share Christ’s love in service
through relationships. Let’s shine God’s light brightly in Mendota
Heights!

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