UPDATES ON IN-PERSON WORSHIP
In light of Governor Bullock’s announcement on Wednesday, 4/22/2020, about beginning to relax the “shelter at home” restrictions, we and the area Lutheran pastors feel we need to wait at least several more weeks before beginning in-person worship. At this time, we intend to continue worshiping virtually through May 31st. The safety of all is our primary focus.
We continue to monitor and review the situation in light of potentially re-opening in-person worship in June with the possibility of continuing a form of virtual worship. More information will be forthcoming in the weekly updates and the May newsletter.
Please stay tuned for a formal announcement of that decision and new safety procedures in the coming weeks.
God’s Healing Peace,
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-area 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 https://www.stpaulmissoulamt.org/watch-live for a link to the video, bulletin, and a link to make an offering online.
More information on our Virtual Gatherings and Programming and all weekly updates regarding our online ministries can be found here.
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.
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.