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Transforming. Not Conforming.

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

A Special Message from Pastor Vernon

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. "There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Matthew 17

This moment on the mountain when three of Jesus disciples witnessed the divinity of Jesus Christ, is what we know as The Transfiguration. They immediately wanted to do something to honor this moment and the place. They wanted to conform the experience to their understanding of this event. Jesus did not let them do this as the goal was the transforming of their heart, minds, and souls.

We are called to allow Jesus to transform us, rather than form Jesus into what we think is right. We are called to introduce Jesus to our neighbors so that they may be transformed also. It is the greatest gift we can give.

The St. Paul's mission statement is, "Connect People, Transform Lives." February 19th is Transfiguration Sunday when we will take time to consider the event found in in Matthew 17. This then set us up for Ash Wednesday on the 22.

On Ash Wednesday we will be offering the imposition of ashes to our Precious Possibilities Childcare families as they pickup their children from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Then we will welcome you and our neighbors for the Eat, Pray, Love Dinner Church at 6:00 pm followed by an Ash Wednesday Worship at 6:30 pm.

Just as a note, on February 12th we will be welcoming the scouting units, Troop 285 and Cub Scout Pack 442 as we celebrate and worship together for Scout Sunday. This is one more way for us to connect people as we continue to build relationships with these families. By the way, the Troop 285 just approved their 228 and 229 Eagle Awards to two great young men.

In the Grace of Christ,

Pastor Vernon

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