"The mission of St. Paul's is to nurture, love, teach, and grow a loving community in Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others."
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Even with the cold and snowy winter weather upon us we are off to a good start for 2015. We have a number of opportunities for deeper engagement with our community at St. Paul’s.
During the Lenten season we will hold Wednesday night Soup Suppers and engage in a 5-session study called, “Embracing an Adult Faith” by Marcus Borg, scholar and Episcopal priest. It is wonderful thing to come together as a community but it is also important to have opportunities to enrich your individual spiritual life in 2015. Maybe you have had a hard time sticking with your New Year’s resolution or you may be doing much better than me and are having great success -- either way I hope you will consider another one.
Spend a small amount of time each day in quiet prayer and reflection. At one of my former parishes we called this the “10/10 Rule.” It’s really quite easy and very doable. Here are a few suggestions to help you get going. Find a quiet place in your home where you can go to each day. You may want to light a candle or sit where you have a view of nature from your favorite chair. Read a small portion of the Bible or a selection from a devotional for 10 minutes. Then, simply sit and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection with God for 10 minutes. That’s it!
If you commit to the “10/10 Rule” you will see in time what a difference it will make in your life. No quick fixes. No silver bullets. Just 20 minutes out of 24 hours devoted to sitting quietly with God. Give it a try and your life will be changed for the better -- I know mine has many times over. If you would like some suggestions for reading Scripture or devotional material please drop by my office or give me a call and I will be happy to help.
May 2015 bring you a life of abundant blessings,
Loaves and Fishes
St. Paul’s has pledged to provide from 5 to 10 parishioners on the fourth Saturday of each month to assist with the serving at the Loaves and Fish program at First United Methodist Church in downtown Peoria. More volunteers are needed to serve during the Loaves and Fishes outreach program on the last Saturday of the month. Sign up on the sheet at the North end of the Nave.
3601 N. North St.
Peoria, IL 61604
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