Welcome

Our Purpose is to:
Praise God through worship,
Grow as disciples through study,
Share our faith through testimony, and
Serve others through ministry.

Welcome to St. Paul's. We are a family of Christian believers excited about being a part of what God is doing in the world and in our community. We invite you to visit us to see if the rich Spirit of Christ we are experiencing, meets your needs as well. The pastor, staff and church leaders at St. Paul's are committed to excellence in ministry. We are servants and imitators of Christ, eager to share from the rich abundance of His blessings.

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Service Times
9:00am Traditional Worship
9:00am - 10:45am Child Care provided
9:00am Sunday School for all ages
10:15am Fellowship Time
10:45am Contemporary Worship
On the first Sunday of every month we celebrate Holy Communion at both services. Here at St. Paul´s, we´ll make sure the first face you see when you approach the church has a smile on it. Whether you need childcare for your toddler, or are looking for a place for your teens, a greeter will be nearby to help you get where you need to go. We are concerned with meeting your real life needs and hope you enjoy our upbeat music. We seek to share practical messages that help you deal with real life issues. and we will even give you a handy outline to follow along and take notes, with the Bible passages included. We hope that what you learn on Sunday, you will be able to use during the week.
 
Pastoral Staff
Alan Darby
Pastor
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Hector Meza
Director of Youth Ministries
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Barbara Estelle
Director of Music / Organist
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Judy Propert & Janet Post
Choir Directors
 
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Melissa Jensen
Administrative Assistant
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Barry Glickman
Christian School Principal
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Bill Nadler, Kim Gavaletz,
Lynn Wick, Al Primrose,
Rick Guidice & Gary Deal

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Missions
February 2015

Many of you have expressed interest in what we are doing with 1st Baptist Church of Long Branch, (firstbaptistlb.com). Their housing program is through Family Promise in Monmouth County (familypromise.org) . This is a United State wide organization. They house homeless families for a week once every 6-9 wks. The adults go to job counseling, financial classes to understand why this happened and family counseling during the day the children go to school, then they are dropped off at Family Promise headquarters and helped with homework. Around 5pm everyone is transported to the church of the week, where they are fed nutritionally and spiritually. Long Branch also keep a well stocked(when donations are there) clothes closet for anyone who need clothes. They provide appropriate clothes for job interviews, any other clothes needed and warm outer wear for all this time of the year. Samantha, Kristen and I cooked dinner the Sunday before Thanksgiving. We served 20 lovely and truly thankful people. It was such a blessing. Bill spoke with the Finance Committee this month for funding be available allowing us to commit to one dinner when they are housed at Long Branch.

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lenten_lunchLenten Lunch

Our Lenten Lunches & Devotions will be starting on Wednesday, February 18 this year. Lunch will be from 11:45 -12:15PM followed by devotions in the sanctuary. If you can’t make the lunch you are still welcome to attend the Devotions in the Sanctuary starting about 12:20PM each week. If you are interested in providing soup, dessert or crackers for one of the weekly lunches please contact Ruth B.

 
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“Footnote” from the Church Library

It is a wonderful thing that books in our church’s library are getting read and passed around. There are some great titles in our inventory. We welcome you to check them out when you get a chance. We are always looking to improve our selections. If you have recently read something that you think others would benefit, please let us know so we may purchase a copy. If you would like to donate any Christian material, please clearly mark it as a “DONATION” when you leave it in the library. We appreciate your cooperation and your generosity.

Also, there are some titles that have been missing from our shelves for awhile. Perhaps you took a book home and forgot all about it. It happens. No problem. We ask that you please check for home library for any titles that may have misplaced. If anyone has any questions or suggestions, please contact Ruth B. or Sue L.

 
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Youth
February 2015
by Hector Meza

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:37-40

“How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you already given up or are you trudging through even when it’s difficult? I think we can all agree that challenges are hard. That’s why they’re challenging! This summer as the world was dumping buckets of ice cold water on their heads for ALS awareness, I decided to challenge our students to become aware of another pressing issue in desperate need of awareness. Over 2.4 billion people lack adequate sanitation, and another 1.1 billion are without access to safe water. Every day more than 4,000 children die of water related diseases such as cholera and typhoid. And for those that do not die, insufficient access to clean water adversely affects education, health and political stability.

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St. Paul's Youth Group

St. Paul's Youth Group usually meets on Sunday nights for Jr. High (6th-8th grades) from 6:00-8:00pm,and on Monday nights for Sr. High (9th-12th grades) from 6:30-8:30pm.  For information on St. Paul's Youth Group contact youth@stpaulsbrick.org

 
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Financial Seminar

St Paul’s United Methodist Church wishes to be a resource for people by connecting them with those who can help inform them about ways by which to try to make wise and informed decisions concerning their finances. As such, Rich Dworzak has called upon a business partner, Blackrock, to offer an educational event on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30 in the evening entitled Securing Your Retirement - Transforming Social Security Into a Winning Retirement Strategy. The target audience would be individuals who are in their late 50s to age 70 who have not yet elected to receive Social Security (or who have elected to do so within the last 6 months), who wish to gain a better understanding about the elections one can make regarding how and when to receive Social Security entitlements. We encourage you to bring a guest, but you would need to RSVP with the names of attendees to Rich Dworzak at  financialministry@stpaulsbrick.org.

 
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Pastor's Pen
February 2015

by Pastor Alan Darby

Dear Friends,

Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged, but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)

I would like to extend an invitation to all of you to join me in another Lenten adventure. During the upcoming Lenten season, we will be engaging in a “church wide study” entitled “Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life” by Bob Crossman. This is designed to be a great follow up to our fall study “Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity.” Moving beyond Christ’s call to Christian stewardship we will see that the Christian life, in response to God’s saving grace in Jesus Christ, is a life-long journey toward faithful discipleship in six core areas of commitment.

  1. Prayer
  2. Bible Reading
  3. Worship
  4. Witness
  5. Financial Giving
  6. Service
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Marriage Moment
Brian Collis
February 2015

There was an article on the satire website “the Onion” recently, about a (fake) app you could buy for your phone. It would tell you that you ran 5 miles every day, regardless of what you did or didn’t do. It would even knock a few seconds off your time each day, so you could believe you were making strides in fitness and ability! I read another article on why the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions fail. It stated the main reason was because they are nebulous and undefined. “Eat healthier” “exercise more” “procrastinate less” and the like are all well-meaning and sound good, but without being quantifiable they are destined for failure, the good intentions all but sure to be abandoned. It is far too easy to tell yourself you are living up to your goals without doing anything of the sort. That’s the point of the fake app article. In the end, what matters most is action. In James 2:14 it says:

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?

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