FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES
Family Life Ministry at St. Paul Lutheran strives to help families worship, grow in faith and follow Jesus together. We recognize parents as the primary influence in their child’s faith life. We seek to partner with them by providing community, support and resources that help parents raise their children to know Jesus.
FAITH5 stands for Faith Acts in the Home. It is a simple nightly routine that emphasizes the household as the primary place of engaging and growing in faith. When done over time, FAITH5 carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding, aid sleep, and promote mental, physical and spiritual health.
FAITH5 bookmarks with weekly readings are available weekly at church and are included in Faith @ Home monthly boxes.
The five steps are:
Share your highs and lows that you experienced today.
Read a verse or story from the Bible.
Talk about how the verse relates to your highs and lows. What does the verse mean in your own words? How does it relate to us today?
Pray for one another, for your friends, and for the world. Simply talk to God!
Bless one another. Give each other a kiss or trace the sign of the cross on each other's forehead or palm as a reminder that you belong to God.
Find more information on FAITH5 at: https://faithink.com/the-faith5-steps
Read the book explaining FAITH5: Holding Your Family Together by Dr.Rich Mellheim
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Faith @ Home Boxes
These monthly boxes are filled with interactive and engaging activities to help families dig deeper into Bible at home. Think art, music bubbles, Legos, food – we use it all to help the Scripture sink into the child’s (and adults’) mind, heart and actions!
These boxes can be picked up from the Sanctuary at the beginning of each month.
Children in Worship
It’s so great you’re here! St. Paul Lutheran Church is a welcoming place for families to develop a relationship with God together. We strive to be a spiritually nourishing place for people of all ages. In a time when many people live quite a distance from their extended families, we hope to serve as grandparents, aunties, uncles, sisters and brothers in the faith, sharing our love of God with one another.
Here are some helpful tips as your family worships at St. Paul:
Children are a gift from God. Jesus welcomed the little children, and so do we! We can abide with a little ‘joyful noise’ at St. Paul! However, if you’d like a little extra help, we do offer a nursery for young children every Sunday during the education hour and 11 am worship service. Just ask one of the ushers for directions.
Take advantage of children’s creating station in the back of the Sanctuary! They include coloring, books and tactile aids and change based on the season.
Sit towards the front where it is easier for children to see and participate. They get tired of seeing other people’s backs!
Encourage your children to participate - sing along with you and others, share peace, draw what they see, put the offering in the basket, and come up for the children’s message (especially in the beginning, you might want to come up with them to help them). The best way for children to learn to worship is to worship!
Stick around after service to meet other people! Especially after 11 am worship, we have a lively bunch of families and kids talking, playing and connecting!
Throughout the year, we offer special events to bring families together and help them grow in relationships with Jesus and each other. Following are a few examples of our annual events:
Beginning of the school year pool party
La Posada/ Road to Christmas
Road to Easter
Easter Egg Hunt
Vacation Bible School
Partnering with Local Schools
We support and value education not just in our St. Paul Lutheran School, but also by partnering with local public schools. We are regular guests especially at Cathey Middle School, Jackson Elementary School and Escandon Elementary School. Here are a few examples of this partnership:
Praying with teachers and staff during the school year
Providing Christmas gifts to children from low income families
Providing snacks and school supplies to teachers
Collecting money for school supplies as our Vacation Bible School offering
The mission of the Lutheran Women in Mission is to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.
The LWML is the leading group for LCMS women where each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God-given gifts as she supports global missions and serves the Lord with gladness.
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Involvement with LWML supports local, district, national and global missions. Involvement doesn’t have to be monetary- it can be service, time, unique gifts.
WHEN DO THE LADIES MEET?
The ladies meet once a month for Brunch & Bible. All women are invited to get acquainted and encouraged in a relaxed setting beginning with a delicious brunch.
LWML hosts and attends many different events- rallies (where information, stories, fun, and often food is shared), bible studies, the Annual Rummage Sale, and others. Any of these are great times to join in!