Sunday Worship Times
8:30am and 11:00am


WORSHIP at St. Paul’s
Theodore Geisel was born in 1904 on Howard Street in Springfield, Massachusetts, to German immigrant parents. His father and grandfather were brew masters. They lived close to a zoo and Theodore would draw caricatures on his wall as he listened to the animal noises. His mother soothed her children to sleep by chanting rhymes she remembered from her childhood. Dr. Seuss, as he later came to be known, credits his mother with teaching him the art and joy of rhyming. Dr. Seuss, with his unique whimsical illustrations and fanciful prose has entertained generations and opened up the imaginations of countless people of all ages. In May of 1954, Life magazine published a report on children’s literacy which concluded that children were not learning to read because the books such as Dick and Jane were too boring. Dr. Seuss’ publisher was intrigued by this study and created a list of 348 essential words for 1st graders. He gave that list to Dr. Seuss and challenged him to write a book using those words. The result was The Cat In the Hat which used 236 of those words. It was the beginning of a new era of reading! Sometimes we do well to open our imaginations and expand our horizons.
Beginning January 20th through February we will be laying Dr. Seuss’s words and themes alongside our biblical stories to find connections and insights for our daily living. Just like the Dick and Jane books of our childhood, the scriptures can seem rot and dry at times. Dr. Seuss made reading fun! May his books spark us to see and think of faith and life in new ways!
Preaching Schedule:
Date                     St. Paul’s UMC                                    Covenant UMC
January 6              Patti Agnew                                      Sami Pack-Toner
January 13        Sami Pack-Toner                                      Patti Agnew
January 20           Patti Agnew                                            Patti Agnew
January 27         Dominic Tuttle                                      Marti Johnson
February 3   Maren Haynes Marchesini                          Patti Agnew
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