UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS
Stay tuned for upcoming youth events! We've got lots of fun things planned to close out summer with a splash! And if you haven't had a chance to say "hi" our new Youth Director, Rebekah, yet, feel free to give her a ring or shoot her an email. She'd love to meet you!
NEW YOUTH DIRECTOR
We are excited to welcome our new Youth Director, Rebekah Thomas!
Rebekah grew up in small-town Southern Pennsylvania and recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. While in Northfield, she served on the Youth Staff at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Through time spent at Lutheran summer camps, leading youth mission trips, and nurturing the faith of young children in after school programs, Rebekah has learned a lot about youth ministry. Now, she is excited to share her gifts and experiences with the people of St. Paul! Outside of church, Rebekah loves to climb, hike, and cross-country ski with her dog, Rainy, and fiancé, Maddy.
We hope you'll join us in welcoming Rebekah to St. Paul and Missoula!
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
We're excited to announce that we will be offering summer Sunday school during the 9:00 am service (children released after the children's message at approximately 9:30 am and going until 10:15 am) for Pre-K through 6th graders.
Our summer program will connect older and younger kids through a mentoring program featuring entertaining, theology-targeted Bible stories which are relevant to our lives. We often integrate crafts, games, and other fun activities into our lessons, and we hope to play outside when weather permits, too. We will take a faith journey each Sunday to learn how we can put our faith into action, and we hope your kiddos can join us!
SOLAR PROJECT UPDATES
As part of our goal to care for creation, we've been raising money to install an array of solar panels to offset our current electric demand.
We raised 50% or $33,814 of the cost of a 26.2 kW solar electric system, and we were recently notified that St. Paul has been chosen to receive a grant from the NorthWestern Energy USB Program for 50% of the cost of our solar project, or $33,813!
This renewable generation project received funding through the NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program which is established with the Universal System Benefits (USB) Program funds collected from all NorthWestern electric customers in the state of Montana.
Prior to installing the solar panels, we have just recently replaced the shingles and are working on adding insulation to the attic. We are scheduled to start the installation of the solar array in August! Keep your eyes peeled for all the changes that are coming!
We hope our solar project can inspire others in the community to move towards renewable energy sources and serve as an educational tool for other Missoula churches seeking to fund their own solar project in the future.
Thank you for considering stewardship of our energy resources, and thank you to everyone who has contributed to this effort!