MISSIONS & OUTREACH

Our missions programs develop deeply committed Christians by sending members of our congregation into our community, nation, and world to make disciples and serve others in ways that honor God, share Christ, transform lives, and promote justice. Here at Saint Paul’s, we take our name seriously. Saint Paul was the first missionary, and we work to be a church worthy of his name. For that reason, we take missions seriously. When Saint Paul’s was formed in 1952, Bishop Branscomb challenged the congregation when he said: “Never lose your missionary zeal; when you do, change your name!” We have a number ways we do this. But first and foremost, we believe that all of us are called to the mission field. We ensure that our missions work as a church is not merely about providing funds but, also, involves us being the hands and feet of Jesus. How can you get your hands into missions? Watch for announcements in the bulletin and newsletter and look for a missions event that fits your schedule and your abilities. Contact: Charlie Guyton (559-9423 or [email protected]) or Meg Guyton (443-4175 or [email protected])

Some of our on-going opportunities include:

MANNA ON MERIDIAN distributes food to our neighbors in need, no questions asked. “Manna” is a place where churches and community come together with the common goal of reflecting God’s love to each other and our community. We are grateful to the members of Faith Presbyterian, St. Stephen Lutheran, Saint Paul’s United Methodist, and the Unitarian Universalist churches who make this joint ministry possible. Saint Paul’s wants to become known as Manna’s “cereal church” by focusing on the collection of cereal during 2018. Food distributions are held the third Saturday of each month, 9:00 until 10:00 a.m., from the building behind the church office parking lot at Faith Presbyterian Church. Contact: Charles Hubbard ([email protected])

SOUL FOOD is a mission to the homeless in our community. There is a monthly distribution of food and clothing the last Saturday of each month. Items are collected throughout the month in the church office or bins in Sanders Hall. Trucks are loaded with your donations and delivered across the lake to the homeless community. In addition, we serve a hot evening meal one each month. Contact: Belinda McClellan through the church office (385-5146)

As a KATE SULLIVAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Partner for Excellence, Saint Paul’s provides volunteer mentors to work with struggling students. Each trained mentor spends 30-60 minutes each week with a child, providing one-on-one academic assistance. Studies have shown over and over that mentoring improves grades, strengthens social skills, and even creates future community volunteers. And mentoring is just as rewarding for the volunteers as for the students! For more information about mentoring and other ways we support Kate Sullivan, contact Meg Guyton (443-4175 or [email protected])

Our SISTER CHURCHES provide opportunities for mission and ministry in different countries and cultures.

The Cuba/Florida Covenant established a formal relationship between the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church and The Methodist Church of Cuba. Saint Paul’s has sent several teams to establish a deeper relationship with our sister church in Yaguaramas, Cuba, and that congregation has sent representatives to visit us as well. Funds from Saint Paul’s enabled our sister church to construct a new sanctuary building, the first Methodist church built in Cuba since the Communist takeover. In 2018 we are providing financial assistance for the construction of a parsonage. A group from Saint Paul’s may visit the Yaguaramas church during the winter of 2018-2019. Contact: Rev. David Gill ([email protected] or 352-223-2759)

Through the Haiti/Florida Covenant signed by the Florida Conference and The Methodist Church of Haiti, we are in a chartered sister church relationship with the Methodist church in Soisson, Haiti. Our history with the Soisson congregation goes back to the 1980s, when we sent a team to assist with the construction of their church building. We support each other through prayers, gifts, and service. We are in constant communication with our brothers and sisters in Soisson and meet annually either in Haiti or Tallahassee. Contact: Flo Dickinson ([email protected] or 212-2739) or Liane Giroux ([email protected] or 320-0882)

The Earth belongs to God! Everything in all the world is His! (Psalms 24:1). CREATION CARE ministry members at Saint Paul’s are inspired to be good stewards of God’s beautiful creation and share ideas with our congregation and community on how to live sustainably. From growing organic vegetables (that we donate to Manna on Meridian) in the Mosaic Garden , to organizing community clean-ups of Lake Ella, to coordinating events such as the Ladybug Jubilee, EV Expo, and Blessing of the Animals, to making reusable t-shirt bags, we find joy in our calling to be caretakers of God’s creation and we welcome people of all ages to join the fun. Visit our Facebook group at https://www.faceboook.com/groups/spumccreationcare/ to learn more. Contact: Cara Fleischer ([email protected] or 404-771-2608)

iSERVE is a ministry jointly sponsored by Saint Paul’s and Killearn United Methodist Church. Through iServe, volunteers from each of the two congregations perform basic home services for church and community members in need. Projects have included: cleaning roof gutters, installing baseboards, yard work, and, most often, constructing wheelchair ramps. Projects are tackled Saturdays and some Thursdays. Contact: Charlie Guyton (559-9423 or [email protected])

ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT, INC. was founded by Saint Paul’s to provide comfort, support, and assistance to persons with memory disorders and their caregivers. AP is committed to serving the Big Bend community of Florida through education and training, in-home respite, support groups, counseling, referral to community resources, and pro-active recovery of wanderers through the Project Lifesaver program. Volunteers provide respite once a week for usually 2-4 hours at a time, whether at our facility based respite or into a patient’s home. Volunteers provide companionship and help our clients get a break from their reality, enabling them to relax. AP is now an independent organization, but relies on Saint Paul’s for volunteers and in-kind support. Contact: Megan Bakan at Alzheimer’s Project (386-2778)