"That they all may be one."

John 17:21

"President's Corner"

Mimi Llamas is President of the Church Council

From the President’s corner...

    It’s almost September!!!  In fact, when you read this, it probably already is September.  Where did summer go?  As they say, time flies when you’re having fun!  And while everything isn’t all fun and games at St. Paul, we certainly seem to be a happy and hopeful congregation of people.

    The thing about September, is even though it is the 9th month of the year, it sort of feels like the first!  September is a month of new beginnings.  Students head to school, some for the first time.  Teachers go back to their classrooms, some for the first time!  For most, it’s all new but somehow very familiar.

    It’s September at St. Paul too.  We are smiling as we look back on a jam packed August, highlighted by the wildly successful Summer Youth Musical.  It was three performances of singing and dancing presented by 40 young, energetic, talented children.  Under the direction of our very own Tyler Kohrs, the kids put on a tremendously entertaining version of Annie, Jr.  What an opportunity for these young people!!  In addition to the stage performers, the lighting, sound, and back stage duties were handled by the youth, with a lot of help and guidance from a group of dedicated volunteer parents.  It was a heartwarming display of talent, enthusiasm, and a lot of hard work on the part of a lot of people dedicated to creating a successful event.   We have always dedicated the Sunday morning service during the Musical weekend to featuring members of the cast, performing a couple of songs so the entire congregation can get a feel for what the kids have been doing.  This year, Pastor Michelle added a “Blessing of the Backpacks” to the day.  There were 40+ children on the chancel with their school backpacks receiving a blessing from Pastor Michelle.  It was an amazing moment!!   How wonderful to see all of those young people together on our chancel!!!!   Can this be in our future?

     In addition to the Musical, Tyler and Pastor Michelle attended the Chamber of Commerce sponsored Back to School Fair at Belleville West as well as the Lindenwood University move in day.  Pastor Michelle is doing her part to get St. Paul UCC out in front of people’s eyes in the community!    

   On the last Saturday in August, the Mingles and Singles group held their annual end of summer get together at Scharf Farm, where Al and Nancy Scharf graciously opened their home and grounds to all of us.  We had the first, and maybe only, Senior Olympic games - with some questionable scoring!!  But I believe everyone who attended would agree, the highlight of the night was a Vespers Service led by Pastor Michelle under a rising full moon reflected in the lake.  It was a truly a moving spiritual experience.

   The choir had their annual kick off gathering, this year at the home of Lisa Hudnall.  A small group of dedicated singers have been gathering for the last couple of weeks to sing on Sunday.  Choir officially begins rehearsals on August 29th.

    And so we begin to gear up!  The lazy days of summer (yeah right) are coming to an end and there is a lot for us to do for the upcoming fall months.  We are all excited – can YOU feel it?   We are anxious to get moving and make good things happen for our church.  Boards are busy preparing budgets for next year (ugh)!  Plans are underway for many activities.  We need YOUR involvement.  There really is a place for everyone!  Let any of us know that you are interested!!  And invite your friends to come to church with you.  We are proud of our Pastor, proud of our Church Building and proud of our Church Family.  We would love to share all of this with your friends and family.  See you in church!!


Mimi Llamas,

President St. Paul UCC Church Council