OUR NEW PRAYGROUND
We love to give our younger children a special place in our church family and Sunday worship, so we are literally putting them first! September 9th was the first Sunday of our new PrayGround, 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 or concerns? Contact Youth Director Rebekah Thomas.
GROW IS GROWING!
Growing Relationships On Wednesdays is now open to ALL elementary-aged children, kindergarten through fifth grade! We meet in the upstairs Fellowship Room, #210, in the Education (SW) Wing of the building, each Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 pm during the school year. If you missed the first few weeks of GROW, that's okay, but please be sure to register your children here! Together we’ll share a meal and gathering songs before forming two groups, K - 2nd grade in one group and 3rd -5th grade in another, and exploring a Bible lesson and incorporating games or crafts! This is a fun-loving ministry that takes the place of a traditional “Sunday School” to teach children the stories and ideas that form our Christian identity. We’re looking forward to an exciting year of this expanded program, and we hope you’ll join us! Questions? Feel free to contact Youth Director Rebekah Thomas.
Please note: Weekly attendance is not a requirement to participate in GROW. We simply request a registration form so we know how many kids we may be expecting which helps us with our meal preparation.
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 notified this spring that St. Paul was 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 replaced the shingles and are working on adding insulation to the attic. The solar array was installed at the end of August and is now fully functional and generating electricity! Have you seen the array yet? Check it out next time you drive by or come to worship!
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!