Our Own Timothy

A month ago, I preached a message on ???Imitating Honorable Christians???.?? In Philippians chapter two, Paul sets us Timothy and Epaphroditus as examples worthy of imitation.?? And in this blog I???d like to highlight an example from our own community???our own Timothy.

Timothy is an honorable Christian worthy of imitation because he loves the whole church.?? Timothy loves all churches–not just the Philippians, but also the Corinthians, the Ephesians, the Thessalonians and others where he worked.?? He has a vision larger than local.

In our community, Jess Nissen, is our Timothy.?? She loves the whole church.?? She has volunteered in just about ministry we have here:?? administration, rides to church, small groups, children???s ministry and others which I???m probably forgetting.?? Last week I saw her with a name tag saying:?? ???I love my church!????? And she does.?? She is a great example for our community.?? She cares about every facet of our church.?? We are blessed to have her.


To Be Continued

Last week we wrapped up our series on Philippians.?? But we did not examine the last half of chapter four.?? No worries.?? Instead of blogging about the last verses in the book (which I had planned), I???ll preach a two week series on it late next spring.

On May 29th, I???ll preach one message from Philippians 4:10-20 called ???The Secret of Contentment???.?? Paul learns contentment and tells us how we can learn to be content as well.

On June 5th, I???ll preach a second message from Philippians 4:10-20 called ???The Secret of Giving???.?? Paul tells us that giving is really about worship.?? God is the recipient of every gift.


An Update on Ministry in Costa Rica

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The following message is from Bob Jeram…

It has been several weeks now since my return from Costa Rica.?? I have had a chance to readjust to life in the Western world and to reflect upon what, if any, impact St. Paul's Collegiate Church is having in the community of Hatillo – a part of the capital city of San Jose.?? My visit took me back to the Methodist Church in Hatillo and to its' Pastor, Federico Ramirez.????
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In October of 2009, several people from St. Paul's first visited this church.?? It was a church much like our own, having just emerged from some turmoil and transition earlier in the year.????Upon my return, I witnessed a church that is on the mend.?? It has a vibrant cell?? group (small group) network.?? I attended their Thursday evening cell group.?? There were around 20 people, ranging in age from 16 -60, all jammed into the small living room of a members home.????
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This church is also engaged in the transformation of their neighborhood.?? They have just begun to minister to the older adults in their community.?? They do so by holding informational seminars,??providing exercise classes and offering a place in the community where seniors can gather.?? I??met a member of their church who up until recently had been addicted to drugs and was living on the streets.?? This individual, Eddie, is now leading a ministry that brings coffee, food and clothing to the street people that he used to live amongst.
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I visited other church communities that were started by people who just love the Lord but who had no formal seminary training.?? These church communities were getting by on a week to week basis.
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While in Hatillo, I stayed with the family of one of the church members. I asked one of the members of that family, a young man of about 30 years of age, what the church could do to help this community.?? His response was that the church could provide a safe haven where the neighborhood youth could gather to study and interact.?? He said that there currently is no place like that and therefore the youth go to the streets where the temptations are many and where the wisest choices are not always made.??

This young man's response confirmed for me a way that our church could assist in the solution to this problem.?? You see, the Methodist Church in Hatillo had space where the neighborhood youth could gather, they just didn't have a "draw".?? This is where St. Paul's enters the picture.??

About a year ago, we had a family donate a number of items that we have been selling on E-bay.?? They had asked that the proceeds go to one of our global mission projects to be used in a way that would not just benefit the community one time; but would rather have a lasting benefit to the community.?? With this in mind, St. Paul's provided the funds to purchase a ping pong table that would serve as the "draw" to attract youth in the neighborhood into the safe haven provided by the local church.

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The Methodist Church in Hatillo thanks St. Paul's for standing with them in prayer and for encouraging them in their outreach to the Hatillo community.?? We continue to pray for ways that we can partner with Pastor Federico and his church as they act as agents of change in this area of the world.????


The E-Mail You Won’t Want to Miss

Starting in September I'll launch a monthly church-wide e-mail that will be tied into the St. Paul's blog and web site. If you're already receiving e-mails from St. Paul's, then you should be all set. If not, we'll soon share a simple way to subscribe. Here is what you need to know for now.

Who is This For?
This is general church news that will apply to anyone who attends St. Paul's or visits regularly.

What Is It?
Each newsletter will contain a series of brief 2-3 sentence announcements that focus on the most important facts. Longer announcements can be posted on the blog and the newsletter will link readers to the blog for the rest of the announcement.

When Will It Arrive?
Each newsletter will ideally go out the first of each month. Announcements will be due on the 28th of each month.

Where Will It Arrive?
Hopefully this newsletter will appear in your e-mail inbox. If you receive nothing, then drop me a line at ed (at) stpaulswired (dot) org.

Why
It's important to communicate in a variety of ways since everyone has a preferred way of receiving information.

The next step…
If you have an announcement for the month of September, please e-mail me at ed (at) stpaulswired (dot) org by the 28th of August. If you don't have an announcement, you'll all set for now.


Mission Opportunity This September

As many of you know,?? I (Bob Jeram) just returned from spending several days in Costa Rica.?? While there, I was made aware of an opportunity in Zacapa, Guatemala.?? At the end of May, Zacapa was the victim of tropical storm Agatha.?? Lives were lost and many homes and buildings destroyed.?? We have learned that some churches out of the Orlando area have agreed to provide funding for the reconstruction of churches in this area.
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We (St. Paul's) has been asked if we can send a team of 5 or 6 people to participate in the reconstruction.????We would be gone for 7 or 8 days sometime in the month of September.?? Cost, including airfare, lodging and meals would be around $700.
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If there is serious interest on the part of our community, I would go on a scouting trip latter this month to see what has to be done and to plan the logistics.
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Please contact me within the next ten days if you are interested in the September trip.