ONLINE MINISTRIES & UPDATES
As we adapt to the changing times, we've moved many of our ministries and programming online! Read our latest updates including links to our virtual programming and worship services, the latest news from the church office, tips for getting through this period of transition, and a weekly devotional. Get access to all our virtual gatherings and updates here!
If you’re in need of pastoral care during this time, please contact Pastor Chris in the church office at (406) 549-4141 or by email.
Many thanks to our Missoula ELCA pastors and Immanuel Lutheran Church who have been working collaboratively to organize livestreamed, joint worship services! We invite you to worship with us virtually on Sundays via livestream! To connect, go to http://imluchurch.org/category/worship-services. Scroll to the Sunday's title (for example, "Sunday Livestream Worship 3-22-20") and click on the title link which will take you to the video, bulletin, and a link to make an offering online ( https://pushpay.com/g/stpaulmissoulamt?src=hpp).
More videos from Pastor Chris and St. Paul will be coming soon including Wednesday's Holden Evening Prayer service and other devotionals via our Facebook feed and YouTube channel. Stay tuned!
RECONCILING IN CHRIST
Following a training last fall, we've started a Reconciling In Christ (RIC) team to explore how we as a church can be more welcoming to all peoples and particularly those who identify as LGBTQ+ in addition to those who feel excluded due to race or economic status.
Our RIC training focused on the journey of creating safe, nurturing, and affirming communities for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to truly welcome all to worship and learn in our faith community. As a team, we are interested in promoting this inclusive welcome and possibly becoming RIC-rostered (as are Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Billings and our own Emmaus Campus Ministry).
To become part of the RIC roster, a congregation must make a public, specific indication of its welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This is typically done by passing an Affirmation of Welcome or Welcome Statement at a congregational meeting. Beforehand, we're interested in lots of discussion and education around these topics.
We would love to hear your questions, thoughts, and feedback or to have you join our team. Contact Pastor Chris or Rebekah Cochrane in the church office at (406) 549-4141 (or email Pastor Chris here or Rebekah here).
ST. PAUL CORE TEAMS
Nine of our members recently completed training with the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC) and 35 other non-profit organizations and faith communities in Missoula to launch our very own "Core Team." This team will be reaching out to our community members to have one-on-one, confidential conversations to learn more about each person's vision for St. Paul's work as a church and in the greater Missoula community.
If you would like to participate in either our Core Team or in a confidential, one-on-one conversation with one of our Core Team members, please contact Ann Bailey at (406) 369-5649 or Vicke Schend at (406) 390-6074) or email Ann here or email Vicke here.
BELONG. RECLAIM. ACT.
Confluence is a new community partnership for all ages supported by multiple denominations. We emphasize honest conversations as we de-tangle faith narratives from systems of oppression, creating a more compassionate world through our words and actions. Join us Sundays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the UCC Fireside Room at 405 University Ave, Missoula. On the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sundays of the month we ground ourselves in faith, reclaiming sacred stories that bring us into relationship with each other and all of God's creation. On the 4th Sunday of every month we connect to each other and strategize action on social issues alongside friends, neighbors, and Missoula organizations. For more information or to contact us with questions, visit our website at confluencemissoula.org.
We love to give our younger children a special place in our church family and Sunday worship, so we literally put them first! Our PrayGround is a space at the front of the sanctuary designed for children to be active participants in every worship service. This space features quiet activities for kids during worship, and our youth director is present to guide them through the rhythms of worship in ways they can understand. Kids are invited to sing and pray with the whole congregation. A children’s lesson helps them connect to the Bible stories that shape our faith, and playing is always an option! All children are welcome, and parents can feel free to stay with their children at the PrayGround or sit in a nearby pew. We hope that the PrayGround is an engaging place for children to be present in the worshiping community and is of service to parents who want to direct their focus toward participating more fully on Sunday mornings. Questions? Contact Youth Director Rebekah Cochrane.