ST. PAUL CORE TEAMS
Nine of our members recently completed training to become part of our very own "Core Team" which 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. This Core Team works in collaboration with Missoula Interfaith Collborative (MIC) and is part of 35 other non-profit organizations in Missoula engaged in this work of discernment and relationship-building.
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 congregatoinal meeting.
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).
ANNUAL MEN'S RETREAT
All men are invited to join us on our annual Men's Retreat at the beautiful Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. Get away for a short weekend, Friday, March 27th, to Saturday, March 29th, for a time of rest, spiritual renewal, and friendship.
Our guest speaker is Pastor Jean Larson who is a familiar face in the ELCA Missoula community having served both as a resident pastor and a campus pastor at Emmaus Campus Ministry. She has been a long-time advocate for social justice and equal rights for all. She will be sharing the story of her faith journey with us.
To sign up, please call the church office. The cost is $85 and covers lodging, three delicious meals, and the camp's highly competent staff catering to our every need.
Questions? Please contact Don Spritzer at (406) 549-5582 or Pastor Chris in the church office at (406) 549-4141.
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.