Adult Formation

Bible Study

The Rev. Karen Lewis offers Bible Study on group selected Sunday evenings at 6:30 in the Van Atta room. All are welcome. We pick a book of the Bible that we would like to learn more about. We read the book at home, and then we come together to explore and discuss the historical context, literary form, theology, and what it means to us today. Check the weekly bulletin or the church calendar for the most up-to-date information.  Please join us when our study resumes Sunday, January 10th. The study for this session is Thessalonians. Our study is relaxed and informal. No prior knowledge needed – just curiosity and a desire to learn! Check the bulletin for scheduled Sundays. If you need a Bible, contact Karen Lewis+ (517-482-9454).

Wednesday Series

Periodically, on Wednesdays, we meet for a catered dinner and then have a lesson on different aspects of our faith. For example, in 2014 we experienced three-week sessions on “How to Pray” and “Desert Fathers and Mothers.”
Our first adult formation series for fall 2015 on Sacramental Equality was a great success. The Reverend Lewis lead us in conversation about our sacraments with a particular focus on relationships – what does Scripture, the Anglican tradition and our own experiences tell us about the sacredness of being in relationship; how does this impact our understanding of marriage. The conversation will continue… 
The Spiritual and Legal Issues of Major Life Transitions series begins November 4th. The Rev. Karen Lewis, as well as three of St. Paul’s estate planning attorneys, will be presenting a series on the spiritual and legal stages of life transitions for three successive Wednesdays, November 4th, 11th, and 18th, from 6-8 PM. Each week the class will address the specific needs/issues of certain groups: week one will focus on the concerns of newly married couples and young families; week two, those who are single, including those who have never been married, are widowed, separated, or divorced; and week three, those either in or facing retirement.
Parishioners are encouraged to attend any one or more of these sessions that may be of interest to you. You are also invited to suggest to the presenters – Karen Lewis+, Christine Caswell, Don Lawrence and Pete Sheldon –  particular topics or issues that you would like them to address during these sessions.
Our BOOK STUDY is finally here!! December 2nd, 9th, and 16th,
Starting Wednesday, December 2nd and continuing for a total three weeks, we will enjoy conversation about Chris Yaw’s book “Jesus Was An Episcopalian (and you can be one too!). If you do not yet have a copy of the book, they are available in the church office. Dinner from The Catered Affaire will be offered at 5:30 pm for a cost of $6.00. Please sign-up for dinner if you wish to eat. Also, please sign-up for the class so we may have an adequate number of handouts available. Please read the introduction and Chapters 1-5 for our first gathering.
Please sign-up on the clip board on the Community Life table in the Merrifield Room, if you would like dinner beforehand – dinner will be served from 5:30pm-6:00pm by A Catered Affaire at a cost of $6.00
Check the weekly bulletin or the church calendar for the most up-to-date information on this series.

Prayer Group

The Prayer Group Ministry is an hour of meditation and prayer for St. Paul’s, for our lives, for those whose lives we touch, and for the whole world. There is also inspirational and educational discussion of prayer-related books or articles.

The Prayer Group Ministry meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 PM from September through May in the choir room.

Contact Office at St. Paul’s (517-482-9454) for additional information.

Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Breakfast Group is a fellowship of men who meet on the third Thursday of the month (September-May) to have breakfast together and the share a religious/spiritual program. The breakfasts and programs last from 7 to 8 AM with a cost of $6.00 to cover the catered breakfast. Because the men attend as their schedules permit, breakfast reservations are necessary. The 2015-2016 study is The Bible Makes Sense by Walter Brueggemann available at your favorite book seller. Sign up is in the Merrifield room or contact the church office. Questions? Contact Office at St. Paul’s (517-482-9454) for additional information.

 

Lent Madness

Go to Lentmadness.org to learn more.

radiant halo

2016 Guardians of the Golden Halo: 

Sue LeDuc, Sue Millar, and Candy Womble

***2016 Honorable Mention:*** Amy Wortley

2015 Guardian of the Golden Halo: Sue LeDuc

2014 Guardian of the Golden Halo: Laura LeDuc

 

 2016  Participants

Participants receive one point for each saint they pick who wins the daily match-up. The participant with the most points is St. Paul’s 2016 Guardian of the Golden Halo! Online voting begins on Ash Thursday (February 11th).

Participants                                        Points

Susan Carter…………………………………………14
Alex Dombos…………………………………………9
Claudia Hamlin……………………………………..13
Jeff Irwin……………………………………………..16
Patty Irwin……………………………………………15
Laura LeDuc………………………………………….13
Sue LeDuc…………………………………………….19
Karen Lewis………………………………………….12
Barbara Lindquist………………………………….17
Kirk Lindquist……………………………………….10
Sue Millar……………………………………………..19
Jim Milne**…………………………………………..14
Amanda Ross…………………………………………8
Britt Simonson………………………………………8
Bobbi Tisdale*……………………………………….12
Candy Womble………………………………………19
Jackie Womble………………………………………16
Amy Wortley………………………………………….18
Greg Wortley………………………………………….15

 

** 2014 and 2015 2nd Place Winner; * 2015 2nd Place Winner

 

Halo pic

Want to learn more? Learn all about it here!

Enthusiasm is a word we don’t use too often in church let alone during Lent. But perhaps we should. Do you see the “T-H-U-S” in the middle of the word?  If you follow these letters all the way back in time to ancient Greece, they would have looked like this “θεος” or in our alphabet, “theos.” It means “God.” We get the word “theology” from this same word.
Our original word: enthusiasm usually means that we are excited or passionate about something. But if you look at that little Greek root and add the little Greek prefix “en-” meaning “in”, you get a bit different definition. Etymologically, “enthusiasm” means “in God.” Therefore, when we talk about our passions and excitements, what we are really saying is “these are the ways that I most clearly notice that I am in God.”
This Lent, as a congregation, let’s get enthusiastic about supporting our youth (VBS, Episcopal Youth Events, or camp scholarships, to name a few) by participating in Lent Madness. Use the discipline of Lent to learn something new, participate daily and have some fun! Simply fill out a Lent Madness Bracket (if you like, attach a donation to St. Paul’s youth) and submit it to the church office or place in the offering plate before February 10th to participate. A copy of the Saintly Scorecard (includes biographies of the thirty-two saints in this year’s bracket) is available.

Levels of Participation

Level 1 – Quickly fill out the Bracket, and turn it in

Level 2 – Fill out the bracket, using your prior knowledge, turn your Bracket in, and go to lentmadness.org to vote online

Level 3 – Research saints (using Saintly Scorecard), fill out the Bracket (make a copy to keep), turn in your Bracket, and go to lentmadness.org to vote online each weekday for the saint of your choice starting February 11th

This is an opportunity for the St. Paul’s community to participate in saintly conversation during Lent. Show your ENTHUSIASM by participating at any level – Just Do It!

Watch the Big Bracket on the bulletin board outside the Merrifield room as the saints move forward each week. One point will be awarded for each correct pick. The person with the most points will win the distinction of being St. Paul’s 2016 Lent Madness winner and Guardian of the Golden Halo until the 2017 contest!

Currently Sue LeDuc is the 2015 Guardian of the Golden Halo. Jim Milne and Bobbi Tisdale who tied for second place in 2015 are anxious to claim the halo this year! Do your part to spread the glory around.

About Lent Madness

This unique Lenten devotion combines love of sports with the lives of saints.

“The format is straightforward: thirty-two saints are placed in a tournament-style single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for twenty-four hours, and people vote for their favorite saint. Sixteen saints make it to the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; the winner is awarded to the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the thirty-two saints, then things get more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.

Yes, Lent is a sacred time of preparation, penitence, self-reflection, and renewal, but there’s no reason a Lenten discipline needs to be dreary as we ‘prepare with joy for the Pascal feast.’ Taking our faith yet not ourselves too seriously is the essence of Lent Madness, and as it continues to grow and evolve, what won’t change is the opportunity to meet some amazing people who have come before us in the faith. What we learn from the saints is they, like us, are flawed human beings through whose lives Christ’s love shone brightly. If this love can shine brightly in their lives, perhaps we too can be beacons of the Good News.” *

*from Saintly Scorecard

LM Bracket 2016

(Click on Bracket to print)

Go to Lentmadness.org to learn more.