REFLECTIONS FROM PASTOR AMY JO
NEW IN 2018!
Today, we begin a new calendar year, and begin two exciting, new endeavors at Saint Paul’s UMC.
Year of Music
2018 will be the Year of Music at Saint Paul’s UMC, with special musical guests in worship services monthly, as well as a free concert series. We hope that the Year of Music will help to inspire us and open our spirits to God in the very special way that music can do. We also hope that the beautiful music in worship and weekend concerts will provide opportunities for us to invite friends to experience musical inspiration at Saint Paul’s UMC. So, mark your calendars, make plans to attend, and bring a friend with you to share in the joy!
Blessing Sunday Worship
Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 10:30 am
Guest Musician: Jennifer Thomas, violin
We will pray for God’s blessings in our lives during the new year. As we pray, Jennifer will provide uplifting violin music.
Concert 1: Hymnus Angelicus, Lenten Vespers
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Let your spirit soar with the fourteen soaring voices and beautiful instruments of Hymnus Angelicus as they lead us in Lenten Vespers, including two cantatas, the reading of Scripture, and congregational song.
Lenten Vespers will call our hearts to quiet, peaceful, and powerful Lenten reflection.
Concert 2: Don Irwin, piano
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Join us for a spiritually moving and joy-filled piano concert. Don is a classically trained pianist, performing a wide, varied repertoire of different styles of music. His virtuosic skill will amaze, energize, and inspire us!
The 2018 Year of Music is funded through memorial gifts to Saint Paul’s UMC. Thank you to all who made memorial gifts that remember our saints with the gift of music!
Healthy Church Initiative
During 2018, Saint Paul’s UMC will be part of the Healthy Church Initiative. Healthy Church Initiative is an all-congregation strategic process, helping already healthy congregations to increased vitality and increased growth. We will join three other congregations in the annual conference on this journey during 2018.
We will begin with a self-study of the Mendota Heights area, learning more about the neighborhood in which we are in mission. We will participate in two upcoming training workshops on church outreach: Saturday, February 3 and Saturday, April 14, and we will also take the Natural Church Development survey to help get a current snapshot of our congregation’s strengths.
Later in the year, we will have an all-congregation meeting facilitated by consultants and annual conference leaders, designed to learn more about who Saint Paul’s UMC is right now, and who we dream of becoming in the future.
Pastor Amy Jo will participate in a monthly pastor’s leadership training, and throughout the year we will all PRAY FAITHFULLY for the life and health of the church. After the all-congregation meeting, the coaches and consultants will deliver to us five strengths of our congregation and five prescriptions for healthy change. If we decide to move ahead with the five prescriptions for healthy change, then coaching will be provided to our congregation as we implement the new ideas.
We celebrate this opportunity for growth and new beginnings in our congregation. Watch for more information to come and mark your calendars for participation in training workshops!
We celebrate all of the exciting possibilities for God to be at work through Saint Paul’s UMC in 2018!
Pastor Amy Jo