As part of our Sunday Learning Hour (10:45-11:45 am), the
Forum for adults and high school students provides important opportunities for connecting our faith with the wider community. This venue serves to educate and inspire St. Paul members and their guests. Speakers range from national/local community groups and St. Paul ministries and benevolences to church members, religious educators and interfaith organizations. Beginning at 10:45 am, the hour-long Forum is open to members and non-members from September through May.
The Forum schedule in November is:
11/03: PFLAG Panel Discussion
11/10: Behind the Scenes with Meals Do Matter
11/17: Travels to Israel and Jordan
11/24: Glutes and Godliness: Biceps and the Bible
Life of Faith Events
The concept of “Life of Faith” means making a greater connection between our faith and our daily lives. We should live our faith in all we say and do, and to support ministries taking place in our day-to-day actions, not just those at church but in our homes, workplace, schools, local communities and the world. Each Life of Faith event is designed for all ages, and intended to help shape us as disciples of Jesus for service in every aspect of our daily activities, ultimately making our community and world a better place.
During the church year, different Life of Faith events will be held in lieu of the Learning Hour. The schedule is as follows:
9/08: Rally Day
10/06: Quilt Sunday
10/27: Reformation Sunday
2/23: Mardi Gras
4/19: Holy Humor / Talent Show
Faith Circle consists of monthly social and spiritual meetings of women who share fellowship over lunch and pray for each other and any concerns brought to the group. Offerings are collected to extend the circle of faith to bless other ministries and groups. Each meeting includes a program that may be an educational talk led by a ministry partner or an informal discussion on a topic of interest (e.g., crafts, traveling, health care). Two women serve as hosts and provide drinks and desserts; everyone brings her own lunch. Once a year, the group volunteers at Feed My Starving Children; they also have a Christmas luncheon and cookie exchange and end with a spring luncheon at a local restaurant before their summer break. All women are warmly invited to join Faith Circle!
Men's Faith-Based Book Discussion Group
This self-directed men's book discussion group meets every other Saturday morning. The books that are read generally have a link to faith formation, some more directly than others. Discussions typically include personal experiences and observations, fostering relationship growth. Book/topic selection is by consensus, with leadership assumed by the person who chose the book. Books are discussed one or two chapters at a time, about 30 pages per session. Volunteers bring coffee and a breakfast snack, and lead the group in a closing prayer. Men of all ages are welcome to participate!