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A Tapestry of Great Potential Report to Church Council July 8, 2009. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Mission, Vision, and Values. At St. Paul’s we claim that God employs the church to call others into the Kingdom, to nurture them toward Christian maturity, and to send them
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
At St. Paul’s we claim that God employs the church to call others into the Kingdom, to nurture them toward Christian maturity, and to send them
into the world to witness to the Gospel in word and deed.
St. Paul’s is called to a welcoming and inclusive community in Christ,
equipping and empower persons to serve as Christ’s hands,
feet, and heart in the world.
At St. Paul’s we value: personal and corporate prayer…worship and the celebration of God’s presence in our daily lives…outreach and service in the world…servant leadership…fostering each persons spiritual gifts, passion, and calling from God…community, hospitality, and healing…
relevance and the discovery of God’s will for
the congregation in a changing world…
STRATEGIC DIRECTION I:Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive and Dynamic Program Plan Relevant to the Life, Contexts, and Ministries of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
“Christ constitutes the church as His body by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 12:13.27
5 Infants, 2 Children, 2 Youth Baptisms
11 Participants in Membership Class
+ 17 New Members
+1 Restored to Membership
-6 Withdrew Membership
-2 Member [and 3 Non-Member] Deaths
Total Membership as of 3/31/09 = 1469
Total Membership as of 6/30/09 = 1495
“Do not be conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Christian Education is the transformation process of personal faith development, spiritual growth, and corporate growth – as the individual and the Body of Christ grow in stature and Christian Maturation.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church has adopted a Praxis Model for Christian Education, to include:
** This is the number of different children who have attended one week or more during the period 9-08 through 4-09.
# Indicates growth in class since 8-08 when the class list was printed
^ Many families with infants bring their child to worship with them.
May 16-17, 2009
St. Joseph Institute and Retreat Center
“The Life and Teachings of St. Paul”
Led by Tom Houk
Attended by 13 men of St. Paul’s
Fourteen women enjoyed the beauty of St. Joseph's Institute, Port Matilda, as they shared their faith walk. Inward, outward, and upward journeying were the centerpieces for this event. Fun, art, yoga, exercise, and spa treatments were also beneficial to many who attended. Christian fellowship was a "hallmark" of the weekend, as always. It was a huge success with participants clamoring for more.
Retreat theme for 2010: "Total Forgiveness"
Theme for 2009: Spiritual Direction for our lives.
(ex. Stillness, Shabbat, St. Tegla's Well, and Prayer)
Spiritual Director for the weekend: The Rev. Pat Gable
+/-130 children age 3 years through 5th grade
+/- 30 Adult Small Group Leaders (travel with children to each station)
80 Adult station leaders and behind the scene workers
The main theme of Studio Go! is service. The elementary groups made snacks for the Alpha Fire Dept. and State College Police Dept., dog treats for the SCPA, cards for VBS volunteers, bags for residents of a local assisted living facility and pillowcases for members of several units of the Armed Services servicing in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This year we are able to share our staging pieces with Trout Run UMC and Trinity Lutheran Church
June 21-25 Studio Go!Amy Wilson and Heidi Knutelsky,
A HUGE thanks to Julie and Jim Simon for heading the All-Church Picnic committee. 90 people attended the picnic on June 14th at Spring Creek Park. Thanks also to the Bodenschatz Family, Dustin and Isaac Brackbill, Wendy and Joe Davidson and Kelli Wilson for their help with this event. Everyone had a wonderful time being surrounded by the beauty of God’s work and in fellowship with each other. The food was super too!
“Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching, preaching, and healing every infirmity. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.”
Habitat for Humanity, Housing Transitions, CVIM, Centre County Drug and Alcohol
CONNIE COUSINS NICOLE MORGAN
DONNA SNYDER LIZ ALBERT
August 2nd – August 8th Stephen Leaders will attend training in Pittsburgh
B.J. RHODES LYN HARMON
TORI VON LEER SUE JUSTICE
BOODIE MITCHELL GUY MCDONALD
LINDA KIESLING KELLY SHAFFER
JILL PLAFCAN KIM HELSEL
September 20th – Stephen Minister’s training begins
November 21st – Stephen Minister’s training ends
(Certification requires 50 hours of training)
A Cost Effective Ministry
10 Stephen Ministers
x 1 Hour of caring each week
x 52 weeks in a year
520 hours of caregiving each year
“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.”
Average First Quarter Attendance: 611
Average Second Quarter Attendance: 698
6 Month Average: 655
WZWW – FM
WBUS – FM
WQWK – FM
WMAJ – FM
WMAJ – AM
WRSC - AM
CDT – 4 Saturdays
$7,902 worth of Advertising for $4,351
In May, the Communications Team applied for and received a Matching Grant for a Christmas Marketing Campaign through United Methodist Communications
“Then I said, Ah Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak for I am only a youth. But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say I am only a youth, for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak, for I am with you, says the Lord.’”
Mountain T.O.P. Tennessee Outreach ProjectAltamont, TNJune 20-28, 2009
29 Youth8 Adults
Approximately 70 families served in the nation’s poorest country
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
A. The Wesley Student Fellowship
“Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity…attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching.”
I Timothy 4:12-13
Campus Ministry Panel
Abba Java House
Planning Welcome Events
Wesley Student Fellowship
W.E.P.T. (Wesley’s Exceptional Praise Team)
STRATEGIC DIRECTION III:Shaping, Integrating, and Sustaining the Future of the St. Paul’s Christian Preschool – A Ministry to Children and Their Families
“Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for of these is the Kingdom of God.”
Jesus of Nazareth
Keystone STARS Progress
Pre-K Counts Program
Linking Spirituality and Ministry in Organizing and Deploying the People of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church to fulfill its Mission, Vision, and Values Locally and Across the World
“So those who received Peter’s word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers.”
STRATEGIC DIRECTION V:Developing and Implementing Plans, Policies, and Practices that Provide for the Long Term Viability of the Congregation
“Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an over-flowing blessing.”
Faith Forward + 1 is a new financial campaign to eliminate St. Paul’s debt of $811,000. The campaign is specifically designed to complete the commitments of St. Paul’s to:
120 commitments and gifts have been received to date, totaling $319,004.
39% of the Way There!!!
STRATEGIC DIRECTION VI:Identifying and Creating Connectional, Ecumenical, and Community Networks in Fulfillment of the Mission, Vision, and Values of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”
Next Report: October, 2009