St. Paul Lutheran Church

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WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY


We invite you to join us for this fall's Montana-wide Women’s Ecumenical Bible Study (WEBS), gathering virtually on Mondays from 9:30 am to 11:00 am through November 16th on Zoom.  Each gathering will include a time of prayer with both a large group presentation with various guest speakers and clergy from many faith traditions plus a small group break-out Bible study with a time of sharing. This fall the focus is on “Scripture Conversations: the Gospel of Matthew in Dialogue with Hebrew Scripture & the Epistles.” In last year’s WEBS’ study of Matthew, the WEBS women sought to make their own interpretive biases conscious and shareable and to identify Jesus’ distinct way of seeing. In this fall’s WEBS Bible Study, we seek to hear the voices of the Hebrew Scriptures and the Epistles in dynamic, transformative conversation with the Gospel of Matthew – in a dialogue set up by the Revised Lectionary A fall readings for the upcoming Sunday. In the spirit of Brian McLaren’s celebration of the Bible as “inspired and intended to stimulate conversation, to keep people thinking and talking and arguing and seeing across continents and centuries,” as he writes in A New Kind of Christianity, we anticipate that as we “listen and enter into the conversation ourselves” that “God’s Word, God’s speaking, God’s self-revealing will happen to us – transforming and disarming us rather than arming us with ‘truth’ to use like weapons.” We anticipate that “God’s Word intends to not give us easy answers […] but rather to reduce us, again and again, to a posture of wonder, humility, rebuke, and smallness in the face of the unknown.” We are excited to invite all women’s voices to be a part of this dynamic, ongoing conversation. Please RSVP to WEBS Administrator Ann Schrader by email here. Questions? Contact Facilitator Pastor Valerie at (406) 579-3980 or by email here.

SPECIAL MOLLI COURSE


Emmaus Campus Ministry Pastor John Lund will be teaching a special six-week MOLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM) course titled "Decolonizing Christianity and the Church in the US" beginning on Wednesday, September 30th, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am and meeting weekly through November 4th.  A limited number of in-person participants will be allowed to join the class in-person, hosted at St. Paul in Fellowship Room #210.  In-person attendance will be on a first come, first served basis, and participants must wear a mask and maintain a social distance of six feet apart.  The course will also be available virtually on Zoom for access by phone or computer/tablet.

A course description is as follows:

"White Christians in the US are coming to terms with the fact that, since the 4th Century, Western civilizations have been co-opting Christianity to justify their imperialist and colonialist practices. We will examine the real impacts and the aftermath of these practices, and we will consider alternate theological and biblical interpretations that illuminate necessary corrections if the church wants to bring healing and hope to our world today."

The cost is $60.  To register and/or become a MOLLI member and browse the catalog, visit the MOLLI website here.

LIVESTREAM WORSHIP


We invite you to worship with us online live on Sundays at 10:00 am followed immediately by Kids' Time at approximately 10:45 am!  To connect, go to  https://www.stpaulmissoulamt.org/watch-live for a link to the video, bulletin, and a way 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.


At this time, we intend to continue worshiping virtually until further notice.  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 the future with the intent of continuing a form of virtual worship.  Stay tuned to our announcements for more information.

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.

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.

OUR PRAYGROUND


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.

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