Christmas Eve at St. Paul

YOU ARE INVITED TO CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE AT ST PAUL  Come worship at any or all of our three distinct services: 6:30 p.m.: Service of Scripture and Carols: Alleluia Ringers and God’s Super Singers Nursery available 8:30 p.m.: Service of Scripture and Carols: Chancel Choir 11:00 p.m.: Service of Word and Sacrament: Adult Bell Choirs

Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Non-Violence

A silent candlelight prayer vigil for peace and non-violence will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Columbia, IL  on the evening of the Ferguson grand jury announcement.  If the announcement is made on Wednesday, the vigil will still take place and the Community Thanksgiving Service will…

Worship. Love. Go. Do.

Churches of the United Church of Christ of southern Illinois (the Illinois South Conference) gather each fall for their annual meeting.  It is a wonderful reminder that the ministry of Jesus Christ spreads beyond the communities where our local church resides.  Yes, there are wonderful ministries we do at the local level, but there are…

Fearless in Ministry

Fearless is one of those words that people often hear differently. For some, fearless is heard as reckless.  For others, fearless means possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance. Fearless, as a word of faith, is more like the second definition; or, in addition to that definition, to challenge one another or to dare one another,…

No Greater Cause (a Sunday preview)

Rev. M. Craig Barnes once gave a stewardship sermon: “No Greater Cause.”  He begins: If CNN pollsters asked for your approval rating, you may say your church is doing fine.  Or you could point to a change or two you would like to make.  But what if the pollster asked, “Do you believe the church…

Pastor Kris, Nicole, Kristian, and Casey visit Windsor Castle.

Sabbatical Report from Pastor Kris

Hello, St. Paul Church!! It is so good to be back doing ministry with you. Don’t get me wrong: the time away was needed and appreciated, but the time comes, when you know you have rested enough and it is time to get back to work; that time has come! Over the summer I did…

God’s Creation and Agriculture Sunday

God’s Creation & Agriculture Sunday On Sunday, August 24, from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon, our congregation will be celebrating God’s Creation and Agriculture Sunday. The prayers and message will be centered on the great blessing of God’s Creation. We will also be acknowledging the role of agriculture in society and in our community with…

Enjoy Your Days: Be a Blessing

This past weekend someone said to me: “fourth of July is over.  The start of school is just around the corner.”  To me, five or six weeks is a lot of time.  God has given us each and every day as a gift.  Savor the time.  Enjoy friends and family.  Don’t wish your time away. …