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Title: A Tapestry of Great Potential Report to Church Council July 8, 2009


1
A Tapestry of Great Potential Report to Church
Council July 8, 2009
St. Pauls United Methodist Church
2
Mission, Vision, and Values
  • At St. Pauls we claim that God employs the
    church to call others into the Kingdom, to
    nurture them toward Christian maturity, and to
    send them
  • into the world to witness to the Gospel in word
    and deed.
  • St. Pauls is called to a welcoming and inclusive
    community in Christ,
  • equipping and empower persons to serve as
    Christs hands,
  • feet, and heart in the world.
  • At St. Pauls we value personal and corporate
    prayerworship and the celebration of Gods
    presence in our daily livesoutreach and service
    in the worldservant leadershipfostering each
    persons spiritual gifts, passion, and calling
    from Godcommunity, hospitality, and healing
  • relevance and the discovery of Gods will for
  • the congregation in a changing world

3
Six Strategic Directions
  • Dynamic Program Development for Ministry and
    Mission
  • Shaping and Sustaining the Wesley Foundation
  • Shaping and Sustaining the Preschool
  • Spiritual Leadership and Administration
  • Providing for the Long Term Viability of the
    Congregation
  • Identifying and Creating Networks for Ministry
    and Mission

4

5
STRATEGIC DIRECTION I Developing and
Implementing a Comprehensive and Dynamic Program
Plan Relevant to the Life, Contexts, and
Ministries of St. Pauls United Methodist Church
6
A. Membership Cultivation Development
  • Christ constitutes the church as His body by the
    power of the Holy Spirit.
  • 1 Corinthians 1213.27

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Membership Cultivation Development Projects
  • Dr. Patricia Brown, the author of SpiritGifts,
    consulted at St. Pauls on June 28th and 29th,
    2009.
  • Spiritual Gifts process gaining further
    refinement and coaching orientation was held.
  • A listing of local members who are not
    maintaining their vows to July Church Council for
    action.
  • Launched, with the Nominations and Lay
    Empowerment Committee, a new strategy for
    fulfilling the lay leadership positions of St.
    Pauls.

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2nd Quarter Membership Report
  • 5 Infants, 2 Children, 2 Youth Baptisms
  • 11 Participants in Membership Class
  • 17 New Members
  • 16 Confirmands
  • 1 Restored to Membership
  • -6 Withdrew Membership
  • -2 Member and 3 Non-Member Deaths
  • Total Membership as of 3/31/09 1469
  • Total Membership as of 6/30/09 1495

9
B. Christian Education
Do not be conformed to this world but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your minds, so
that you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans
122
  • Christian Education is the transformation process
    of personal faith development, spiritual growth,
    and corporate growth as the individual and the
    Body of Christ grow in stature and Christian
    Maturation.

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Christian Education Praxis Model
St. Pauls United Methodist Church has adopted a
Praxis Model for Christian Education, to include
  • Knowledge/Cognitive Learning (Knowing)
  • Christian/Spiritual Formation (Being)
  • Deployment/Praxis (Doing)

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PRAXIS MODEL
Knowledge/ Cognitive Learning (Knowing)
Christian/ Spiritual Formation (Being)
Deployment/Praxis (Doing)
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Components of the Praxis Model
  • Knowledge/Cognitive Learning (Knowing) Basic
    elements of what every Mature Christian should
    know. Basic beliefs of the UMC. These elements
    will be for all ages at age appropriate levels of
    study
  • Christian/Spiritual Formation (Being) Spiritual
    disciplines small group learning and nurture
    spiritual gifts discovery and coaching for
    assimilation into the community and beyond
    care-giving and nurture membership and retention
    cultivation contemplative study and meditation
    etc.
  • Deployment/Praxis (Doing) Being Christs hands,
    feet, and heart in the world (locally,
    regionally, nationally, and globally) the
    practice of doing ministry spreading the
    Gospel message answering a call to vocational
    study etc.

13
Children on Christian Education Class List by
Age/Grade Vs. Those Attending
  • CLASS NAME CHILDREN PER
    CLASS NUMBER ATTENDING

This is the number of different children who
have attended one week or more during the period
9-08 through 4-09. Indicates growth in class
since 8-08 when the class list was printed Many
families with infants bring their child to
worship with them.
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Childrens Average Weekly Sunday School
Attendance First and Second Quarter Comparison
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Annual Mens Retreat
  • May 16-17, 2009
  • St. Joseph Institute and Retreat Center
  • The Life and Teachings of St. Paul
  • Led by Tom Houk
  • Attended by 13 men of St. Pauls

17
Annual Womens Retreat
Theme for 2009  Spiritual Direction for our
lives. (ex. Stillness, Shabbat, St. Tegla's
Well, and Prayer) Spiritual Director for the
weekend  The Rev. Pat Gable
  •  
  •  Fourteen women enjoyed the beauty of St.
    Joseph's Institute, Port Matilda, as they shared
    their faith walk.  Inward, outward, and upward
    journeying were the centerpieces for this event. 
    Fun, art, yoga, exercise, and spa treatments were
    also beneficial to many who attended.  Christian
    fellowship was a "hallmark" of the weekend, as
    always. It was a huge success with participants
    clamoring for more.
  •  
  • Retreat theme for 2010  "Total Forgiveness"

18
Vacation Bible School 2009
June 21-25 Studio Go! Amy Wilson and Heidi
Knutelsky, Coordinators
  • /-130 children age 3 years through 5th grade
  • /- 30 Adult Small Group Leaders (travel with
    children to each station)
  • 80 Adult station leaders and behind the scene
    workers
  • The main theme of Studio Go! is service. The
    elementary groups made snacks for the Alpha Fire
    Dept. and State College Police Dept., dog treats
    for the SCPA, cards for VBS volunteers, bags for
    residents of a local assisted living facility and
    pillowcases for members of several units of the
    Armed Services servicing in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • This year we are able to share our staging
    pieces with Trout Run UMC and Trinity Lutheran
    Church

19
Christian Family Life Picnic
  • A HUGE thanks to Julie and Jim Simon for heading
    the All-Church Picnic committee. 90 people
    attended the picnic on June 14th at Spring Creek
    Park. Thanks also to the Bodenschatz Family,
    Dustin and Isaac Brackbill, Wendy and Joe
    Davidson and Kelli Wilson for their help with
    this event. Everyone had a wonderful time being
    surrounded by the beauty of Gods work and in
    fellowship with each other. The food was super
    too!
  •  

20
C. Congregational Based Health Ministries
  • Jesus went about all the cities and villages,
    teaching, preaching, and healing every infirmity.
    When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for
    them, because they were like sheep without a
    shepherd.
  • Matthew 935-36

21
Health Ministry Projects
  • Counseling Referral Services
  • CentreVision Ordinary People Extraordinary
    Hope
  • Prayer and Healing Academy
  • Community Agency Networking
  • Habitat for Humanity, Housing Transitions,
    CVIM, Centre County Drug and Alcohol

22
Stephens Ministry
  • STEPHENS LEADERS
  • CONNIE COUSINS NICOLE MORGAN
  • DONNA SNYDER LIZ ALBERT
  • August 2nd August 8th Stephen Leaders will
    attend training in Pittsburgh
  • STEPHENS MINISTERS
  • B.J. RHODES LYN HARMON
  • TORI VON LEER SUE JUSTICE
  • BOODIE MITCHELL GUY MCDONALD
  • LINDA KIESLING KELLY SHAFFER
  • JILL PLAFCAN KIM HELSEL
  • September 20th Stephen Ministers training
    begins
  • November 21st Stephen Ministers training ends
  • (Certification requires 50 hours of training)
  • A Cost Effective Ministry
  • 10 Stephen Ministers

23
Social Justice Grant Research Agency Visits
  • Housing Transitions Inc.
  • CentrePeace
  • Faith Center
  • Bridge of Hope
  • Habitat for Humanity

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D. Worship, Preaching, and The Arts
  • I will bless the Lord at all times his praise
    shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes
    its boast in the Lord let the afflicted hear and
    be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us
    exalt his name together.
  • Psalm 341-3

27
Worship Committee Projects
  • Worship Planning Team
  • Worship Focus Group
  • Baptism Guidelines
  • Wedding Guidelines
  • Academy for Sacred Music

28
Weekly Worship Attendance
Average First Quarter Attendance 611
Average Second Quarter Attendance 698
6 Month Average 655
29
2009 Easter Marketing Campaign
TELEVISION
ABC Family CNN TLC
RADIO
WZWW FM WBUS FM WQWK FM WMAJ FM WMAJ
AM WRSC - AM
NEWSPAPER
CDT 4 Saturdays
7,902 worth of Advertising for 4,351
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2009 Easter Marketing Campaign Results
  • Easter Sunday
  • 55 more visitors compared to 2008
  • During the 3 weeks of the Campaign
  • Overall Attendance Increased by 259 people
  • We had 267 registered visitors compared to 211
    in 2008

In May, the Communications Team applied for and
received a Matching Grant for a Christmas
Marketing Campaign through United Methodist
Communications
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E. Youth Ministries
  • Then I said, Ah Lord God! Behold, I do not know
    how to speak for I am only a youth. But the Lord
    said to me, Do not say I am only a youth, for to
    all to whom I send you, you shall go, and
    whatever I command you, you shall speak, for I am
    with you, says the Lord.
  • Jeremiah 16-8

32
Youth Mission Trip to Mountain T.O.P.
Mountain T.O.P. Tennessee Outreach
Project Altamont, TN June 20-28, 2009
29 Youth 8 Adults Approximately 70 families
served in the nations poorest country
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F. Mission, Outreach, the Pursuit of Justice
  • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
    baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
    the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them
    to obey everything I have commanded you. And
    surely I am with you always, to the very end of
    the age.
  • Matthew 2819-20

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Projects
  • Grant Procedure/Grants to Agencies
  • Missionary Support
  • Mission Interpretation
  • Scholarships
  • Volunteerism/Coordination
  • Networking with Worship Team Education
  • Fundraising
  • Collaboration Needs Assessment Group

Nicaragua 2009
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STRATEGIC DIRECTION II Shaping, Integrating,
Expanding, and Sustaining Campus Ministries at
St. Pauls United Methodist Church
A. The Wesley Student Fellowship
  • Let no one despise your youth, but set the
    believers an example in speech and conduct, in
    love, in faith, in purityattend to the public
    reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching.
  • I Timothy 412-13

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B. Other Campus Ministries and Program Development
  • Campus Ministry Panel
  • Abba Java House
  • Planning Welcome Events
  • Wesley Student Fellowship
  • W.E.P.T. (Wesleys Exceptional Praise Team)
  • Staff
  • Kappa Phi

37
St. Pauls Christian Preschool
STRATEGIC DIRECTION III Shaping, Integrating,
and Sustaining the Future of the St. Pauls
Christian Preschool A Ministry to Children and
Their Families
  • Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,
    for of these is the Kingdom of God.
  • Jesus of Nazareth

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St. Pauls Christian Preschool Keystone STARS
Progress
  • Officially a STAR 3 facility
  • Plan to achieve STAR 4 level within the next
    several months (the highest level)
  • Scored 6.08 out of 7 on the Environment Rating
    Scale Evaluation (need a 5.25 to qualify for
    STAR 4)
  • Need to complete additional hours of
    professional development and several items of
    paperwork to reach STAR 4 level

39
St. Pauls Christian Preschool Pre-K Counts
Program
  • Pre K Counts is an initiative created by the
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private
    foundations to build and strengthen
    pre-kindergarten partnerships in communities so
    that each community can create a self-sustaining
    system for providing high quality early learning
    experiences to children in all settings.
    (http//www.prekcounts.org/)
  • Have been accepted to Pre-K Counts Program
  • Waiting for budget approval from State of
    Pennsylvania

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St. Pauls Christian Preschool Enrichment
Programs
  • Music-every Tuesday for Toddlers and
    Preschoolers for 20-30 minutes
  • Chapel- Wednesday or Thursday each week (will
    be every Wednesday beginning August 2009)
  • Library-currently planning with Nancy Spannuth
  • -once per week for Preschoolers
  • -to be held in St.Pauls UMC library
  • -will be in place by fall 2009

41
Linking Spirituality and Ministry in Organizing
and Deploying the People of St. Pauls United
Methodist Church to fulfill its Mission, Vision,
and Values Locally and Across the World
STRATEGIC DIRECTION IV
So those who received Peters word were
baptized, and there were added that day about
three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves
to the apostles teaching, fellowship, to the
breaking of bread, and to prayers. Acts 241-42
42
Projects
  • Leadership Development
  • Archives and History Past-Perfect Software
  • Principals Coordination and Networking
  • Staff Parish Committee Staffing Plan
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Research and Development Demographics

43
STRATEGIC DIRECTION V Developing and
Implementing Plans, Policies, and Practices that
Provide for the Long Term Viability of the
Congregation
Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that
there may be food in my house and thereby put me
to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will
not open the windows of heaven for you and pour
down for you an over-flowing blessing. Malachi
310
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Finance Committee Projects
  • Consultants
  • Policies, Procedures and Protocols
  • Audit Preparations
  • Staffing Plan Finance Department
  • 2010 Budget Preparation
  • Consecration Sunday The Vine and the Branches
    October 18th to November 22nd

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Board of Trustees
  • Unrestricted Bequest Distribution
  • Emergency Response Plan
  • Security Assessment (ADT)
  • Parsonage Inspections/Improvements
  • Investment Committee
  • Faith Forward 1 Campaign
  • Needs Assessment Group

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Faith Forward 1
Faith Forward 1 is a new financial campaign to
eliminate St. Pauls debt of 811,000. The
campaign is specifically designed to complete the
commitments of St. Pauls to
  • Eliminate the debt of 412,000 on the newly
    renovated Christian Education Center
  • Eliminate the remaining debt of 399,000 on the
    College Mart Building 4.

120 commitments and gifts have been received to
date, totaling 319,004.
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Faith Forward 1 39 of the Way There!!!
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STRATEGIC DIRECTION VI Identifying and Creating
Connectional, Ecumenical, and Community Networks
in Fulfillment of the Mission, Vision, and Values
of St. Pauls United Methodist Church
In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord
make straight in the desert a highway for our
God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every
mountain and hill be made low the uneven ground
shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and
all flesh shall see it together. Isaiah 403-5
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Projects
  • CentreVision A Continuum of Opportunity
  • Senior Pastors Coalition State College
  • Ecumenical Clergy Dialogue
  • Downtown Improvement District
  • Centre County Community Foundation
  • Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Discovery Space State College Borough
  • Mission Central Mechanicsburg, PA
  • M.O.P.S. Mothers of Preschoolers

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A Tapestry of Great Potential Report to Church
Council Next Report October, 2009
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