"That they all may be one."

John 17:21

"Pastor Michelle's Monthly Newsletter"

Michelle Torigian is Senior Pastor of the Church

Give Thanks in All Circumstances

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always. Give thanks in all circumstances. I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel this is a nearly impossible task sometimes, right? With so many issues going on in our individual lives and families as well as in the world, gratitude and praise often takes a back seat.

Maybe this is the moment for us to pause and breathe. Maybe this is the moment in which we are to refocus our minds from the hurry and anxiety of our world to offer God our praise for what we have and celebrate the beauty of love in our community and congregation.

I want to thank all of you who have been continuing your pledges and making additional gifts this year. I also want to thank each one of you who have been volunteering to make calls, dropping off items at people’s houses, ushering at our services, and sending notes to congregants. Because of all that you’ve been doing, we are able to keep connected with one another and share God’s love.

It’s very easy to be grateful to be a part of St. Paul UCC. Our volunteers are ready and willing to jump right in when we ask for assistance on a project. Even in the midst of this unique time, we have so many people who are designing creative ways to reach out to our congregants and community.

So even though we may have to wear a mask for the foreseeable future and sit a few feet from one another, I still rejoice. Even though our church life has a different image in 2020 than in 2019 as we can’t all be together at once, I give thanks that we are still being the church, still connecting with one another, and still finding ways to gather even with guidelines. This year has taught me that the resilience of the people of St. Paul UCC will withstand anything, and our ingenuity overflows.

Throughout this month and, especially on Thursday, November 26, I will remember the gifts that you continue to share with our church - from talents, time, and treasures. And I look forward to continuing to discover new ways of being church alongside all of you!


Pastor Michelle