Posts from 2018

Posts from 2018

Bridge Builders

Youth, in general, are often called the “future of the Church.” I want to invite you to think about this statement in a new way for us at St. Paul. The youth at St. Paul will be the future of the Church AND they are currently a vital and integral part of this congregation. As you all know, I have been on staff here for over a year, beginning as an intern and then transitioning into the full-time Director of…

The Power Of Growth

The Power of Growth Written by Cody Nygard, Director of Discipleship and Connection There are two common mindsets most people operate within: the static, or maintain mindset; and the dynamic, or growth mindset. It is not hard to see how these two ways of thinking influence the trajectory of an individual or a community. The maintain mindset emphasizes “being good,” keeping an even keel, not rocking the boat or making waves, but holding to past glories and present standards. There…

Star Word: Pardon

Pardon For the past two years, I’ve been given a star word for Epiphany, courtesy of my friend Marci, a Presbyterian minister who practices the tradition with her congregation in Boise, Idaho. My star word for 2016 was pardon – not a word, I confess, that intuitively had resonance with me. I started off thinking about what I’ve done wrong – some of the (many, daily) things for which I might want and need to seek pardon. I thought of some biblical…

Portland Promise Partnership

PORTLAND PROMISE PARTNERSHIP by Brad Matthews, St. Paul Member St. Paul continues to provide excellent support for the Portland Promise Center, a Louisville non-profit that serves children, and we wanted to give an update. Last year, St. Paul raised $15,000 at the Portland Promise Center Benefit Dinner and those funds were used to: Provide the summer programs for students, including a week-long church camp for youth Day camps and field trips for our elementary students A Christmas Party for PPC…

Let Your Life Speak

Let Your Life Speak by Karla Temple, Assistant Director of Music Darren’s recent messages about letting our lives speak, and about finding our purpose and calling, have me thinking a lot about what the call of God looks like in our lives. We are all equipped with God-given gifts that will be used for His purposes as we follow Jesus. How will we find a place for these gifts?  How will we know where they fit in our daily lives,…

Newness

by Anna McMahon, Student When 2017 began and I received my star word, ‘newness’, I wondered what it could mean. How would God reveal this word to me and use it in my life? New school? New friends? I was relatively new to committing my life to Jesus, maybe that’s it, I thought. When talk about a youth mission trip, the Fusion tour, began, I was interested but dissuaded myself from signing up because my fears got in the way.…