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NEW TIME LINE FOR SPIFF UP ST. PAUL CLEAN OUT / FIX UP PROJECT

The Business and Property Board has proposed a major "Clean Out / Fix Up Project for our church this summer.

After walk-throughs to identify jobs needed, the B&P Board has decided our original intent of doing this in June is over-ambitious. We believe making this a summer project will give a better result. It will also get our project clear of the Patriotic Concert and Vacation Bible School, already scheduled for June.

The following is the new time line we propose to follow:

JUNE AND JULY: CLEAN OUT ROOMS AND STORAGE AREAS; MAKE REPAIRS WHERE NEEDED AS POSSIBLE.

Each Board or Group can work in their own time to get their areas cleaned out. The B&P Board will also be working with volunteers to get  other areas cleaned out and repairs done. We'll have two months (instead of two weeks) to accomplish this.

OUR GOAL IS TO DIVIDE OUR "STUFF" INTO THREE CATEGORIES: Things to KEEP; Things to SELL Or DONATE; and Things to RECYCLE or PITCH. These things will be stored appropriately until the second Saturday in August.

SATURDAY,AUGUST 16: SPIFF UP ST. PAUL DAY WILL BRING THE "STUFF" TOGETHER.

Everything marked SELL OR DONATE, or RECYCLE or PITCH will be brought to the Activity Center to organize for our sale. 

All church areas, except AC, must be left ready for use on Rally Day. 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23: ST PAUL FLEA MARKET (GARAGE SALE(?) HELD ON PARKING LOT.

Everything in Activity Center will be moved to parking lot and set up for sale. Volunteers will be needed to move stuff out and operate the sale, and to clean up afterward so the area is ready for Sunday.  

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Thoughts from St. Paul Staff

Herb 

Dear Friends in the St. Paul Church Family,

“O give Him all your tears and sadness,

Give Him all your years of pain,

And you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.”

These words are from a praise hymn called “Spirit Song”. A certain refugee man who fled his own country in Southeast Asia literally to save his own life felt comforted and sustained by these words as he worked at various odd jobs in busy Hong Kong, missing his wife and children intensely. This was reported by Judy Chan, a missionary in Hong Kong working to bring together Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches in a unified Christian radio ministry in this teeming city with vast numbers of residents and staggering variations in income.

When our human tears seem never to stop and when our human sadness seems overwhelming, we do need to give all this and more over to the always understanding and infinitely caring God we say we believe in. Isn’t this the Christian way to face our trials?

And yet, this is so easy to say and so hard to do. If we pray deeply and sincerely, at times we are able to turn our trials over to God. And yet, at other times, we may turn our troubles over to God, but take them back onto ourselves almost immediately. Is there some “magical formula” we must use to accomplish this? No, it simply depends on (1) our degree of trust in God, and (2) what God knows is best for us.

Do we truly trust in God? Do we believe that God can and will reach out to help me, a mere human being facing right-now difficulties? Do we genuinely trust that God will do what is best for us? Our answers to these questions will have a lot to do with turning our troubles over to God to handle.

Some of the shut-ins I visit seem quite contented and at ease with God and with life. Others are caught in the web of confusion or doubts or shortage of trust or whatever else and show signs of tears and sadness, even spiritual pain. Each individual needs to enter into LIFE in Jesus’ name. And, I believe that each shut-in and each person of any age can enter into LIFE in Jesus’ name. God makes this possible. No human formula of any kind can do this.

So, each of us, regardless of our chronological or spiritual age, need to have a full-blown trust in God. I pray that our trust can grow, can deepen, can develop until we really do have a full-blown trust in God. Then, we can really enter into LIFE in Jesus’ name, putting aside our tears and sadness, our worries, our pain, and let God deal with them in ways far better than any way we human beings can devise.

Pastor Herb Schafale

Minister of Visitation