"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...


   Welcome to Fall!  It has finally arrived, I think!!  Somedays it feels more like winter, but then we get a beautiful fall day and life is good.  It’s hard to believe, but we have reached the end of October – where did the time go?  We have packed a lot into the month, as we usually do here at St. Paul.

   The worship board once again worked their magic in transforming the Welcome Center, Narthex, Sanctuary and Heritage Hall into a beautiful array of fall splendor.  It looks so beautiful!  When you see a member of the worship board, thank them for their time and talent in making our church represent the beauty of the fall season.

   Kicking off the season is the annual Fall Rummage Sale sponsored by the Women’s Guild.  Those ladies work so very hard to make that event a success.  Then the money they earn goes right back to the church in the form of donations to a variety of projects.  Great work ladies!  We love you and your dedication.

   The refurbishing of the church pew ends is moving right along.  Thanks to the generosity of many of you, we have enough money to finish a LOT more pew ends.  I’m not sure of the exact number right now, but I can tell you it’s a lot more than we had at this time last month!!!   You all are so generous!   The plan is to get as many fixed before Pastor Michelle’s installation as possible!

   This past Saturday, the 20th, our Chancel Choir joined with the very talented singers from SWIC’s Choir and Chamber singers to present the second program in the St. Paul Fine Arts Series for this season.  If you missed this concert, you missed a special evening.  The kids from SWIC are so talented!  We should be proud that a Community College in our city has such a great music program.  Our Dan Fry collaborated with Andy Jensen from SWIC and created a beautiful, moving program.  It was a delight to be a part of such a great evening.

     The end of the month brings the Mingles and Singles annual Ghosts and Goblins Party at the home of Rusty and Sandy Wagner.  Put on your best costume, if you are so inclined, and head to Millstadt on Friday night, the 26th of October and have some fun.  And Sunday the 4th of November we kick off the Annual Stewardship drive, called “What Shall We Bring”.

   There is a lot happening in November, of course.  Not the least of which is the wedding of our Director of Music, Dan Fry and Jayne Huseman in Quincy, IL on November 3rd.  We all wish Dan and Jayne the very best life has to offer in their new life together.  We will celebrate with Dan and Jayne with a reception between services on Sunday December 2nd.

    And then the biggest celebration of all, the one we have been waiting for at St. Paul UCC for a long time now – the installation of our new Senior Pastor!!!!  We searched for a Pastor; it was a long and involved process, but we have been rewarded with Pastor Michelle Torigian!  She has brought so many blessings to our congregation in her short time with us.  On Sunday November 11th, at 3PM, we will share her installation with her.  It will be a very special day!!!  Hopefully you have already received your invitation; everyone is invited to this special day.  Planning is underway for the installation itself and the reception that will follow.  We are all so excited to be able to share this special day with many, many friends.  Stay tuned!!!!

   And just a reminder that on the 25th of November, we will do our annual “Hanging of the Greens”.  Please plan to be a part of this opportunity to decorate our beautiful church for the Christmas Season.

   Wow, as I said, there is a lot going on.  And there are things I just didn’t get to!!  So, come on and get involved.  As you can see, there is a VARIETY of activities and each one can use your involvement!!!  Pick something that interests you and ask someone how you can help.  You won’t be sorry, I promise you.    

    Blessings to all of you.  Each of you is an important member of our church family!!


Mimi Llamas,

President St. Paul UCC Church Council