June 7 Pastor’s Corner

It’s A Jubilee…

Dave and Fay Buness, our Chancel Choir and wonderful instrumentalists made last Sunday quite a celebration! I hope you were with us as we were all blessed with hearing ‘Songs that Built our Faith.’ If you weren’t here, however, you can still experience the event by watching it online. The link is on our website. Our choir now takes a couple weeks off but they’ll be back again in two weeks, on Jubilee Sunday.

The central celebration of our Jubilee year is on Sunday, June 21 at the 11:00 service. Following immediately after the meeting of our Yellowstone Annual Conference (which we host this year), we will have a grand worship celebration. Our Bishop will be with us and will preach. We will commission our Guatemala Youth Mission Team. Our Chancel Choir will sing and we will all raise a joyful noise in thanks to God for the blessings of the past 150 years. Following worship that day, we will have a Jubilee party with food, fun and dancing in the streets!! The Junk Man’s Choir will be with us for the dancing part of things. Outside. In the street. Or on the patio. Thanks to the generosity of several donors, we will have a Jubilee Booklet available that day as well. It is a snapshot of St. Paul’s at age 150.

Today I want the opportunity to offer a special thanks to the members of the Jubilee Committee who have planned for the events of the year. Maleen Olson has been doing a marvelous job leading the committee. Where would we be without a leader? Others involved in the committee have been Tim Holmes and Marty Thieltges who have been going through pictures that highlight special moments in the history of the church. You have seen some of their work in the pre-worship slides that Sue McNicol has designed for projection. Judy Nielsen and Maleen have provided the historical tidbits that have been in the bulletin. Ron Waterman, Ed Glenn, Marti Johnson, Frank Montibeller and Phaedra Raymond have helped with ideas and plenty of behind-the-scenes legwork. Maggie Long has written our press release. Tim Holmes has done some hard work locating the actual site of that first pile of logs and we are working with Ellen Baumler and the City of Helena to get a plaque on that site. Sue McNicol has designed our Jubilee logo (which you now see on our bulletin cover) and has worked tirelessly to pull together the copy and do the layout for the Jubilee booklet. There will be lots more to do as our Jubilee year unfolds but, for now – thanks to all who have helped so far.

The celebrating continues . . . be sure to mark your calendars for the next event – 11:00 Sunday, June 21. (We will also have our regular 8:30 worship that day, with time for reflection, prayer and communion.)
Grace and peace,
Marianne


May 31st Pastor’s Corner

It’s a Jubilee!

As you know by now, we are in the midst of celebrating our Jubilee Year.  The church we know as St. Paul’s began when a young preacher gathered a small congregation, preached the word and began a ministry.  Helena was just a mining camp in those early days.  But, as it grew to become the Capitol City of Montana, so did St. Paul’s grow into a thriving, active, progressive community, welcoming all people into the full life and membership of the congregation.

 

We officially began our Jubilee year on Easter Sunday.  Today is another big Jubilee event as Dave Buness and the Chancel Choir present our very own Cantata, Songs that Built Our Faith, at both services.  After spending time reading our history and looking in our archives, he compiled a wonderful potpourri of music and commentary.  And, even our coffee hour today picks up on the theme. Using recipes from one of our St. Paul’s Cookbooks from years past, volunteers have made cookies and treats for your tasting pleasure.  Come to the Fellowship Hall today after worship and enjoy!

 

The central celebration of our Jubilee year is still to come and will take place at the 11:00 service on June 21st.  Following immediately after the meeting of our Yellowstone Annual Conference (which we host this year), we are planning a grand worship celebration.  Our Bishop will be with us and will preach.  We will commission our Guatemala Youth Mission Team.  Our Choir will sing and we will all raise a joyful noise in thanks to God for the blessings of the past 150 years.   Following worship that day, we will have a Jubilee party with food, fun and dancing in the streets!!  (Seriously, we are planning to have a band that day … we’ll provide the music but you’ll need to provide the dancing!)

 

We have more ideas for celebrations that will continue into the fall, through the Christmas season, with it all culminating next Easter.  More on that to come.

 

For now, though, do mark your calendars . . .  Plan to be with us on June 21st at 11:00 worship! (We will also have our regular 8:30 worship that day, with time for reflection, prayer and communion.)

Grace and peace,

Marianne



May 24 Pastor’s Corner

“The Jubilee is upon us!” If you ran down Last Chance Gulch yelling the aforementioned statement it would probably not strike fear in people. Instead the sight might bring laughter and hope like our St. Paul’s 150th celebration is meant to strike hope in people about what God is still doing in our community. We hope the events of the next year inspire our community to continue to seek ways to be of service to one another, and invigorate St. Paul’s to continue to be the source of that Spirit. On this Pentecost Sunday it feels right to share with you the spirit of the next two celebrations at St. Paul’s as a part of our 150th and remind us that the Jubilee is about planning for the future as much as celebrating the past.

Next Sunday, May 31, will be a Choir Sunday, featuring “The Songs That Built Our Faith,” to celebrate the music of the past and our song for the future. Dave Buness has been our Chancel Choir Director for 41 years, and his amazing direction has helped us to have music to inspire our worship. This Sunday presentation has been a special project of Dave’s and promises to give us inspiration for the future of our ministry, as well as honor the work of our past.

On Sunday, June 21 following our hosting of the Yellowstone Annual Conference, we will have our Jubilee celebration. As Marianne shared a few weeks ago, we will have a worship service with our full choir, a commissioning of the Guatemala Mission team, preaching from our Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky, and lots of celebration of the hope God gives us for our ministry past and future. Following the service we will have a grand party with the bluegrass group “The Junk Man’s Choir” performing, food, dancing (if you choose), and fun for all ages. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending.

Let’s pray that the Spirit continues to move among us and through us for 150 years to come.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler



Pastor’s Corner May 17

“Courageous” This is the adjective that Ann Waickman used about clients of Helena Food Share. She used this word for people of all ages who seek food assistance during her Challenge Helena talk. (youtube.com/challengehelena). It takes courage to be a parent who needs to admit that you cannot provide for your family, despite your best efforts. Courage for children to peer over a counter and ask for something to fill the empty place in their stomach. Courage for a mother to call Food Share and make sure they have milk, so she can trust the trip will bring nourishing food to her family. By giving to the Helena Church Challenge we have quite literally been lending “canned courage” to people in our community.

Bringing “canned courage” is what St. Paul’s and Covenant have done by their continuing support of the Church Challenge for Helena Food Share. The Church Challenge was started in 2014 during one of the lowest donation times of the year to get churches in Helena to cooperate by reaching a shared goal. We started knowing that 4,000 lbs was the average during April/May. We set out to double this number and brought in over 9,000 in 2014 and 8,213 pounds in 2015 from 20 churches. In 2015 St. Paul’s brought in 2,079 and Covenant brought in 780 lbs. “Canned courage” is our work and Christ is present in the courage.

Thank you for helping to share courage,

Pastor Tyler