CHURCH COUNCIL – The Church Council consists of 12 church members who meet the second Monday of each month. Members are elected for two years, renewable for an additional two years. The Council oversees daily operations of the church, including core missions, budget, finances, building maintenance and personnel.
BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (BCE) – The BCE consists of six church members and a Sunday School superintendent regularly throughout the year. BCE is responsible for providing Christian education programs, for planning Rally Day, the kick-off of the Christian education year, Christmas pageants, Easter pageants and other events relating to Christian education. BCE also supports the Lebanon Community Vacation Bible School, which is hosted by St. Paul every three years.
MEMORIAL COMMITTEE – The Memorial Committee consists of six church members who meet two or three times a year or as needed to oversee memorial gift funds, bequests and the Gordley Scholarships that are awarded each year to members attending college. To do this, they work with the Church Council, BCE and the faith family to develop mission goals for St. Paul.
Christian Education For all Ages
PRESCHOOL – SR. HIGH YOUTH – Sunday School is available for ages 3 through high school each Sunday between services, September - May, at 9:15am.
CARPENTERS OF FAITH – This adult class is for those interested in bible study using a variety of methods from discussion of individual books of the bible to more formal Sunday School curricula.
CONFIRMATION – Confirmation classes are offered for youth beginning in the 6th grade. The program focuses on bible study and faith exploration and is designed to be completed in one year if a student chooses. Recognizing, however, that families are busy and most children participate in a variety of activities, our program can be completed over a period of time that works for the student, which can be two, three or more years. When all modules of the program are completed, the student will then be eligible for Confirmation. The class generally meets one Sunday a month and 11:30 am - 2:00 pm and students are required to attend Sunday School and Sunday worship services.
Justice & Witness Ministry
The Justice and Witness Ministry was founded in 2017. The vision for this ministry was and continues to be: We educate ourselves, then the rest of the congregation, on what our United Church of Christ is lifting up as essential work to be done in the current culture and how we might consider engaging in that work locally. Additionally, this ministry is responsible for assessing our own area communities and suggesting ways to be involved with ministries of witness wherever appropriate.
Environmental Arts Ministry
The Environmental Arts Ministry is responsible for tending to the décor of the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall and the bulletin boards. Special attention is paid during the church seasons of Christmas, Easter, and High Holy days. Environmental Arts meets as needed with the Worship Ministry throughout the year to discuss and plan decor. Those who have an eye for decorating and design or who are willing to work to help pull it all together would be best suited for this ministry.
Men's Fellowship & Women's Fellowship
The Men’s Fellowship meets for breakfast and camaraderie the first Saturday of each month. They also host the Christmas Breakfast and Easter Breakfast each year and participate in other church fundraising events.
The Women’s Fellowship generally meets on the fifth Mondays for dinner or other special outings that are determined in advance and publicized in the weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter. The Women's Fellowship hosts a
bi-annual trivia night in the fall, the proceeds of which are used to provide scholarships for summer camp and other local, national and international missions.
The Prayer Circle meets on Tuesday mornings for fellowship and to pray, specifically for those listed on the weekly prayer list.
The Quilting Ministry meets twice a week in the Quilters room to quilt top for members, private individuals and for fundraisers. Experienced quilters and those wishing to learn are cordially invited to participate.
Prayer Bear Ministry
Prayer Bears are loving stitched by members of St. Paul and they sit in the Sanctuary where they receive the prayers prayed during worship. Bears are then taken to those who are hospitalized, are ill, or who otherwise need prayers. The bears are treasured by all who receive them and it's a great way to let them know their St. Paul family is praying for them and thinking about them. Each bear includes a tag with the following: This little bear has spent time in the midst of our congregation. It has heard the scriptures read, the sermons given, prayers prayed, and songs of praise sung. It knows both the joys and heartaches of our people, and it has been surrounded by the love so freely shared by our faith family. It comes to offer you comfort and peace with all the blessings of worship and love.
Funeral Luncheon Ministry
The Funeral Luncheons Ministry is responsible for providing meals for funerals that occur at the church throughout the year. The Ministry is split into two groups who are alternately called upon to provide lunch when there is a funeral and a luncheon is requested. Occasionally, both groups are called upon if a larger group of guests are expected. Help is always needed to prepare and serve food, and those interested should contact the Church Office so they can be added to one of the groups to be notified when help is needed.
Members of the Liturgists Ministry fulfill an important role in worship each week by serving as a Liturgist at either the 8:00 or 10:30am Worship Services. Liturgists read scripture and lead the congregation in other liturgical responses throughout the service. Liturgists may also assist the pastor during the distribution of Communion as needed.
The Music Ministry season runs from September through May. Special music during the summer is provided by any family group or individual(s) wishing to share their musical talents.
ST. PAUL CHANCEL CHOIR meets each Wednesday evening and provides a mix of traditional and classically contemporary music.
ST. PAUL RINGERS bell choir meets each Wednesday evening following the Chancel Choir. No previous experience is needed to play bells, although reading music is helpful.
ST. PAUL CHILDREN'S CHOIR sings during worship once a month during the regular choir season. They, along with other children of the congregation, participate in the annual Christmas Pageant. Children practice on Sunday mornings between services.
Acolytes play a vital roll in each Service of Worship by bringing the Light of Christ's Spirit into the Service. Generally, our acolytes are children in 3rd - Confirmation age (6th - 8th grade). Training is provided by the pastor.
Ushers & Greeters also play a vital role in each Service of Worship by greeting people as they enter the Sanctuary, distributing bulletins, receiving the offering, and assisting with Communion.
The Technology Ministry provides audio/visual support each week during Sunday worship, and as needed for weddings, funerals, and other special events. Those who have experience in sound systems, computers, and/or video equipment or are willing to learn are needed to round out the support of the Technology Ministry. Must be available on a rotating basis to manage the technology at either the 8:00 or 10:30 a.m. worship service.
The Puppet Ministry has been dormant for some years, but has recently started again. Ministry leaders use Sunday school children to operate the puppets and they give a presentation in worship once or twice a month.
Sharing God’s love and grace through Jesus Christ, St. Paul United Church of Christ—a diverse, welcoming faith family—invites all to joyfully worship God; pray together; exercise God-given gifts and ministries; and feast at the Table of the Lord, from which we live and toward which we journey.
The St. Paul U.C.C. faith family provides a wide variety of ministries for
individuals to explore and express their faith using the many gifts and talents with which God blesses all people. For more information about any of our Ministries, please contact the Church Office at 618.537.4991