I am REALLY being blessed by reading the Old Testament book of Ruth and the accompanying daily devotion called The Ordinary Ways of God with all of you. The more I read the more I realize that God has been setting us up. By that, I mean that in the book of Ruth, our extraordinary God is setting us up for the Gospel – the good news about Jesus. Here are a few examples of the set up:
1. The story of Ruth begins with death but ends with new birth and new life. We are plagued with death because of sin, but when we come to faith in Jesus, we are “born again” as He gives us new life and eternal life.
2. Boaz is Ruth and Naomi’s redeemer. Boaz pays their debts and restores them. Jesus is our Redeemer; He paid our debt by sacrificing Himself on the cross. Jesus redeems us by forgiving our sins and restoring us to a relationship with God.
3. Boaz feeds Ruth with bread and wine and she is satisfied. At the Last Supper, Jesus told His disciples that the bread is His body and the wine is His blood, and as they ate it in remembrance of Him, He would be Present with them and would satisfy them. When we partake in Holy Communion, we, too, eat bread and wine, Jesus’ body and blood, and He satisfies our souls.
4. Boaz (an Israelite) redeems and saves Ruth the Moabite (a Gentile). In John Chapter 4, Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well (a Gentile) that salvation comes from the Jews. Through faith in Jesus (the Jewish Messiah), Gentiles like you and me are redeemed, saved, and incorporated into the people of God (the Church).
5. Boaz redeems Ruth, but the person who is saved by their relationship is Naomi. This foreshadows the fact that we Gentiles are saved by Jesus the Jewish Messiah and we are called to proclaim the good news about Jesus to Jews so that they, too, will be saved.
Through Boaz, God is setting us up for Jesus. Through Ruth, God is setting us up to be saved and redeemed by Jesus. All of this took place 3,000 years ago. So, if God has been setting us up to be saved by Jesus for 3,000 years (and more), that means that God has been committed to us – to our provision, protection, and salvation – for a LONG TIME! God is VERY committed to you and me. We have an opportunity to commit to Him. On November 14, I’m asking you to join me and commit to the LORD our extraordinary God and to St. Paul’s Church our extraordinary church family. Please return a Commitment Card on November 14 and commit to give back to our extraordinary God for Who He is and for all He’s done. Commit to give your time in worship, your talents in ministry and service, and your treasure/money to support the mission and ministry of St. Paul’s Church. If you cannot attend worship services in person on November 14, please mail your Commitment Card to the church office with the self-addressed stamped envelope you received.
I’m convinced that the Lord is setting us up for good things in 2022. That’s good news for all of us. Thank you in advance for your commitment.
Don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour Saturday night. Please enjoy an extra hour of sleep and be refreshed and ready to worship on Sunday morning.
THE VILLAGE IS COMING!! November we will focus on IDENTITY. Who am I? Session 3 looks into this timeless question that everyone faces. Kids want to know where they fit in with their friends and the culture. Parents want to be on the front end of helping shape their kids and guiding them through with a biblical response.
The Healing Service will be on
Sunday, November 7 at 5PM in the church.
It's live and in-person.
Acolyte Training Session
Sat. 11/13/21, @ 9:00AM in the Church
We have a couple new of boys who want to be acolytes. Therefore, we are having an acolyte training session for anyone who wants to become an acolyte. This is open to boys & girls and also, men or women who would like to help out with acolyte duties. Come join us and become active members of this vey important ministry at St. Paul's Church. Any questions, please call Willard Wadman @ 843-234-9958 or Jennifer Bryan @ 843-222-3044.
Please join St Paul’s and Light from Light for A Brighter Haiti. This dinner and fellowship is an opportunity to hear about what is going on at Lespwa Timoun and how you can continue to support the ministry. Click on this link to purchase tickets lightfromlight.me/abhtickets
The funeral service for George Thompson will be Saturday, November 20 at 10AM at the church. Interment will be in the Memorial Garden on the church grounds. A visitation will follow the interment in the Parish Hall.
Sunday, November 07
VPOD- Dave Hilgeman, Neil Spellerberg
Altar Guild- Betsy Bullard, Jeanne Browder, Jacqueline Wiley
Usher-Kay and Phil Hungerford
Greeter- Jimmy Jordan, Janie Talbert
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
9 Facts About Pancreatic Cancer
1. Pancreatic cancer is hard to diagnosis early as the pancreas is deep in the body and can’t be felt or seen by health care professionals until the cancer has grown very large and/or has metastasized.
2. There are no routine tests for pancreatic cancer for those of average risk, and no test has been shown to help lower the risk of dying from this cancer. Tests are generally only for those with high family risk factors.
3. Some tumors growing in the pancreas can be benign, but others become cancerous if left untreated.
4. Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include: smoking (25%), smokeless tobacco use (vaping, chewing tobacco), excessive alcohol and coffee consumption, being overweight, diabetes, or being exposed to chemicals in the dry cleaning and metal working industries, as well as genetic proclivities.
5. Men are more likely to get pancreatic cancer than women. The risk rises with age as the average age of diagnosis is 70.
6. The American Cancer Society annually reports 60,430 diagnosed cases (31,950 men; 28,480 women) and 48,200 deaths (25,250 men; 22,950 women). SCDHEC lists the rate of pancreatic cancer slightly higher for SC than the national average, with an annual average of 883 new cases reported and 766 deaths. South Carolina is ranked #14 in the United States for pancreatic cancer.
7. Pancreatic cancer is 3% of all cancers each year in the United States and 7% of all cancer deaths. The risk factor is 1 in 64. The 5 year survival rate is less than 10%.
8. Symptoms may include: jaundice, belly pain, back pain, fatigue, new onset of diabetes, loss of appetite, blood clots, chest pain, gall bladder enlargement.
9. Cancer can affect anyone regardless of status, wealth, age, gender, education, etc. Celebrities who have succumbed to pancreatic cancer include: Alex Trebek, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Jobs, Margaret Mead, Rex Harrison, Patrick Swayze, Jack Benny, Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Crawford, Sally Ride, Donna Reed, Richard Crenna, Melvin Belli, Anne Francis, Count Basie, Fred Gwynne, Ben Gazzara, Michael Landon, Henry Mancini, Keenan Wynne, Pernell Roberts, Lorraine Hansberry, Mickey Spillane, Randy Pausche, Frank Church, Art Fleming.
Happy Birthday To:
Nov. 02 Ken Faircloth
Nov. 03 Leigh Corontzes
Nov. 04 Eileen Sause
Nov. 07 Santos Wilfredo Valenzuela
Nov. 08 Matthew Dangerfield
Nov. 10 Hunter Smith
Nov. 13 Harley Dowler, Blake Bryan
Nov. 14 Hayes Drake, Anna Grace Roberts
Nov. 15 Julie Hardwick
Nov. 16 Taylor Harrelson
Nov. 17 Jean Barber,James Holbert, Andrew Brooks
Nov. 18 Linda Benway, Kerry Smith
Nov. 19 Jody Browder, Ron Speedy
Nov. 20 Kevin Belt
Nov. 22 John Avinger, Richard Smith
Nov. 23 Jeffrey Mong
Nov. 24 Janet Starosto
Nov. 26 Marilyn Todd
Nov. 28 Jimmy Jordan, Marilyn Bule
Nov. 29 Sue Harrison, Connor David Schuk, Christopher Zoll
Nov. 30 Carol Klekotka, Kenneth Wicks
Happy Anniversary To:
Nov. 05 Wil & Sarah Valenzuela
Nov. 06 Terry & Ryan Smith
Nov. 20 Jack & Kathy Benson, Peter & Linda Bourey
Nov. 24 Jimmy & Sammie Jordan
Nov. 27 Anderson & Barbara Stacy
Nov. 29 Dave & Kim Gabel
Please pray for:
Short-term: Beth Artz, Joanna Beall, Melodie Beall, Theresa Benway, Bob Donougan, David Friddle, Michael Mefford, Kitty Kenney & Victoria, Vern & Jean Simmons, Neil Spellerberg, Ann Sprinkle, Hoss Stacy, Janet Starosto, Joe Triacca, Janelle Warthen, Ken Wicks
Long-term: Shay Gaillard & Family, Ithalia Hewitt, Bob Hill, Aaron Joyner, Jack Joyner, John Lesnansky, Suzanne Damiano-Owen, Cindy Palmer, Lewis Rider, Norm Smith, Kate Strite, Ellis Todd, Fran Tuohy, Bob & Jackie Whitlatch, Todd Whitesides, Natalie Wicks, Scott Wiley, Blair Zoll