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And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5 (NRSV)

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Outreach to the Community Outreach to the Nation Outreach to the World

In Matthew 22:36-40, we hear Jesus’ response to the question, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord our God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” We at St. Paul love the Lord our God in our worship service.
Our love and concern for our neighbor is demonstrated in the Ministries and Mission Outreach that St. Paul does to honor the God we worship. To this end we truly believe that no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you're welcome here.
This page gives brief examples of three mission outreach projects; for a complete listing of the many mission activities with which our congregation is involved and to explore other outreach activities, click on the links in the navigation bar.

Outreach to the Community

FoodPantryExterior.jpgFoodPantrySign.jpgThe Community Interfaith Food Pantry is in a house that was originally purchased by the St. Paul Property Acquisition Committee. It and other properties were purchased with the hope that these properties would be put to uses that would enhance the neigborhood located near St. Paul Church.

The Community Interfaith Food Pantry is the result of eighteen months of planning, research, and action by several churches in the Belleville/ Swansea communities to work together to improve and expand food assistance to low income, disabled, elderly and homeless families in the local community. All the faiths are contributing to the financing, management and operation of the pantry. The number of volunteers are close to seventy, the pantry in now open four days a week. We are working hard to organize the youth from our churches, the Boy Scouts, the High School Honor Society, and other students to provide 2 hours a month of community service on Saturdays. This is still St. Paul’s food pantry….only now you have eight other churches assisting you in this outreach mission into the community. Your support through volunteering, food donations, and financial gifts are very important in sustaining our support to the community. The poverty levels and working poor are increasing, while governmental support is shrinking or being eliminated.The Community Interfaith Food Pantry is in a house that was originally purchased by the St. Paul Property Acquisition Committee. It and other properties were purchased with the hope that these properties would be put to uses that would enhance the neigborhood located near St. Paul Church.

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Outreach to the Nation

Help in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina

In 2006 Pastor Drew Kramer led a team to New Orleans to repair homes following the devastation by hurricane Katrina. Then in 2007 he led a team to Biloxi, Mississippi to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. We anticipate that St. Paul will participate in these types of outreach each spring.

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Pastor Drew pausing from the job of mudding dry wall to pose and be pleased with the job the team is doing.

The work was done in conjunction with support from a United Church of Christ congregation in New Orleans.

The team from St. Paul has just arrived on site and sees the home that they will work on. The water was up the the third board below the windows on the side of the house. Note the trash on the side of the home. The inside of the home was gutted and new dry wall put in. ghouse_with_trash_on_side.jpg

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Outreach to the World

The Illinois South Conference Partnership with Ecuador.

The Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ has entered into a global church partnership with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the United Evangelical Church, Ecuador. Our retired Pastor, Rev. Gus Kuether, has played a leading part in this partnership. He has led youth teams to Ecuador for the last two summers and participated in the founding agreements that established the partnership. Shown below with some brief descriptions are examples of St. Paul involvement in the mission outreach.
The pictures below are of an Illinois South Conference team who worked on an Habitat for Humanity home in Santa Domingo, Ecuador in February-March 2007.

 

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