St. Paul United Methodist Church
2949 Davies Plantation Rd.
Lakeland, TN 38002

February 17, 2021 Newsletter
Dear St. Paul Family,
This week we begin the WALK through LENT.

Our sermons during LENT will be based on two books; “The WALK, Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life” by Adam Hamilton, and Bishop Schnase’s Book “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”

In 2009, eleven years ago, my sister and I, walked part of the CAMINO. It is a Pilgrim walk that starts on the borders between France and Spain, and stretches 500 miles across, the northern part of Spain. 

The Pilgrimage begins in the city of Pamplona/Iruna and ends in Santiago Compostela, where the Apostle St. James, one of the twelve disciples is buried.

Throughout history thousands of pilgrims have made this pilgrimage. James was one of the three most intimate friends of Jesus, and it was probably because, it is believed that his mother, was a sister of Mary, Jesus’ mom.

James was very spirited, enthusiastic and very courageous sharing the Good News that Death has been defeated, Jesus Christ has been resurrected. James preached this message as much as he could and anywhere he could. He was captured in Jerusalem and executed under the reign of King Agripa I. To offer him an honorable burial, his disciples brought his remains back to what today is known as Santiago de Compostela.

When you walk the Camino, you carry your belongings in a backpack and you walk anywhere between 12 – 14 miles, sometimes longer, a day. We slept in what we would call “Bed & Breakfast” places and had refreshments in cafés along the way. Each day we had a “map for the day” that would guide us to our next “Bed & Breakfast” place. 

On the front you had the actual map and on the back you have a description of the walk you were about to take.  It was an amazing experience to walk 110 miles in 6 days. We met some interesting people on our walk, had the most interesting food, and slept in some “funky” Bed & Breakfasts. 

The walk was not easy, we had practiced for months ahead, but it is hard to prepare for walking up and down mountains, here in Memphis and in Denmark, where my sister lives, there are no mountains. But I practiced walking up and down in parking garages and out in Shelby Forest. But nothing had prepared me for some of the steep climbs we had to do if we wanted to get to where we were going to spend the night. There was not a “Motel-6” in between point A and point B, so you had to make it.

The Pilgrim walk my sister and I did reminds me of the WALK you are invited to take during LENT.  
Our [SPUMC] walk will focus on “WORSHIP & PRAYER”, Living the Hallelujah,  “STUDY”  the importance of Listening and Paying Attention, “SERVE” Here I Am Lord, Send Me, “GIVE” Where Your Treasure Is, “SHARE” Going Fishing, Reflecting the Light and “The FIVE PRACTICES from the Cross. We did not go through these five practices exactly, but when you walk all day long, carrying your belongings, you begin to reflect on your life and what is important. And that is what LENT is about, to reflect on our lives and our relationship with God and others. 

From our Book of Worship, we read:
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.

To help you along the WALK, each Sunday, you will be given a WALK meditation guide, with prayers, scripture and reflection questions. Each Sunday, you will be invited to share on a posted note, what you have learned on your WALK that week and how you are willing to commit to Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Share. Our WALK is meant to help us re-connect with the vows we took, when we became members of the Methodist church. We said, we promised to be faithful to the church with our Prayers, our Presence, our Gifts, our Service and our Witness. 

Each day, we began our day with praying this prayer, written by Joyce Rupp and Tom Pfeffer, who walked all 500 miles of the Camino:

Guardian of my soul,
Guide me on my way this day.
Keep me from harm.
Deepen my relationship with you,
your earth and all your family.
Strengthen your love within me
that I may be a presence of your peace
in our world. Amen

God’s Grace & Peace
Pastor Bee


Grief Group

We grieve over the loss of anything or anyone,
important to us.
Sometimes our loss is so great,
 that it shakes the very foundation of our life
and we are thrown into deep despair.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve,
because grief is an individual journey.
If you would like to walk along with others,        
who are on this journey,
I offer a Grief Group on the following days.
Wednesday, March 17
Wednesday, April 21
Wednesday, May 19
Wednesday, June 16 

             We will meet in person for one hour           
 from 6:30 pm -7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
           If you plan to attend Grief Group,          
 please send me an email or give me a call

God's Grace and Peace,
Pastor Bee
Staff Snow Pictures 

Susan, Wes, & Chad Holmes 

Reagan, Asa, & Mayleigh
from Jessica Clough

Otis & Moose from Jill Kirk 

Progression from Pastor Bee 

Bubba from Ellie Tieman 
Save the Date -

Disciple 1 will be offered in the Fall DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, during 34 weeks of study.  This will be a 2 hour Sunday afternoon class for those interested in studying almost the whole Bible.  This study will be led by Pastor Bee and Sharon Higgins. Registration will open in May. We hope you will join us.
I hope you and your family are keeping warm and staying safe today! The snow sure is pretty, so hopefully you're enjoying it with your loved ones. Don't forget to drip your pipes and start your car every once in a while!

I'm going to go ahead and cancel the Midweek Meetup planned for tomorrow, 2/16. It seems unlikely that this white stuff will be gone by then :)
We'll move what we were going to do to next Tuesday, 2/23. High schoolers will meet me at Crave from 5-6, then middle schoolers will come to Crave from 6-7. Surely all the ice will be melted by then!

As of now, we'll still keep our Soup Kitchen meal packing (Saturday at 1:30 at the church) and regular Sunday school and Youth Fellowship on the calendar for this week, but of course if conditions worsen I will send email/Remind updates later in the week. 

Thank you to everyone who helped out with our Strawberry fundraiser this week; we earned around $800 to go toward Youth Missions! A big thank you to Tracie Stephens and all of the parents who helped out with our dipping days and deliveries.

Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns about upcoming activities or any Youth Group programs.

Happy snow day!

Sam Belcher
Youth Director
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Click the image above to view the
Children's Ministry Newsletter

Marla Frost 02/17
Carol Florow 02/21
Julie Meadows 02/22
Jennie Pearson Decarlo 02/22
Ryan Knight 02/22

Happy Birthday
God's Blessings To You! Though you may blow out your candles, the light of the Lord will always shine on you and his warmth shall be a comfort.
Your Friends and Family at SPUMC! 
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God's Peace and Blessings, 

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Pledge Cards received as of February 8, 2021 for 2021:  $276,636 from 49 cards (pledge cards received for current year:  $428,140 from 73 cards)

Actual Year to Date Financial Reporting for period ending February 14, 2021: 

This is preliminary, before all adjustments are made:

YTD offering                                                $48,467
Other Income                                                $ 3,857
Less:  Expenses                                         ($55,626)
YTD net Loss                                                ($3,302)

Contributions for the General Budget for the week ending February 14, 2021 are $3,348

Please consider mailing in your contributions or paying online and submitting your pledge card if you haven’t already done so. 
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02/21/2021 - Amy Emerson / Mary Overby
02/28/2021 - Tracie Stephens / Sheryl Goddard
03/07/2021 - Brad Emerson / Kathy Morgan
03/14/2021 - Nancy Filippelli / Sharon Jordan
03/21/2021 - Karen Udovich / Niels French
03/28/2021 - Bill Clemmons / Shannon Stewart
Acolyte Schedule 
2/21/2021 - Bethany & Whitney Emerson
2/28/2021 -  Nicholas Stewart / Skylar Lapp
03/07/2021 - DeAnna & Vivian Estridge
03/14/2021 - Bethany & Whitney Emerson
03/21/2021 - Nicholas Stewart / Breanna King
03/28/2021 - Kate Bingham / Erica Trieschman

Church Office
(Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Office Phone: 901-387-0007

Rev. Dr. Birgitte T. French ~ Cell: 901-484-1576      

Preschool Office
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Phone: 901-372-7808  

Staff Members:
Rev. Dr. Birgitte T. French - Pastor
 Sam Belcher – Director of Youth Ministry
Jessica Clough - Director of Preschool                
Susan Holmes - Finance Administrator
Jill, Kirk - Director of Children’s Ministries
Ellie Tieman - Office Administrator
Sarah Harper - Worship & Music Director
Andrew Harper - Assistant Worship & Music Leader

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