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St. Paul's Epistle
Week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 02, 2021

The Pastor's Perspective

Life, Death, and The Book of Ruth
     I hope you are participating in our church-wide reading of the Old Testament book of Ruth and the accompanying daily devotion called The Ordinary Ways of God.  I’ve studied Ruth before, but I am gaining faith-building knowledge and insight from reading and studying it again.  The book of Ruth starts with death – A LOT of it.  Three of the main characters die in the first chapter.  But our extraordinary God acts on behalf of the remaining characters (Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz).  God saves them and blesses them and gives them new life. 
     Although the book of Ruth is found in the Old Testament, it is setting us up for the Gospels of the New Testament and the story of Jesus.  In the New Testament, God comes to life and He takes on flesh in Jesus.  He dies on the cross, but He rises again to new and eternal life.  And He blesses all those who have faith in Jesus with new life and eternal life.  The Lord of life conquers death and gives new life to us just like He did for Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz.
     As you read the Bible, I hope you will see how God words are alive.  The Bible refers to itself as the “living Word” (1st Peter 1:23).  The Bible is always fresh and never obsolete.  It is indestructible, it gives insight to our lives, and it produces growth.  On top of that, it sustains life.  Praise our extraordinary God for His living Word!
     The story of the book of Ruth took place 3,000 years ago.  And yet, the circumstances, the situations, and the characters in the book are alive and well today.  We are the characters in God’s story, and we deal with the same circumstances and situations of the past.  But God is still alive, and His word (the Bible) and His Word-made-flesh (Jesus) gives us new life and eternal life.  Keep reading the living word and remember how God works in the ordinary ways of your life to save you, to bless you, and to give you new and eternal life.  He loves you extraordinarily!  Happy reading.
Jason +
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.
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
 The  AFL real LIFE Oct. Newsletter will be available in the narthex.  One item noted in the newsletter is the sale of Christmas cards. You can see the artwork, inside message, and inside left message in the newsletter.
If anyone is interested,  please contact Deb Spellerberg,  843-340-4198 or  For each pack of cards sold, St. Paul's will receive $5.00.  Debbie will need your order and donation by November 30th. This is a wonderful way to express your love and help St. Paul's at the same time

Sunday, October 31
VPOD-Neil Spellerberg, Gene Pharr
Altar Guild- Jackie Browder, Barb Hilgemen, Jackie Olster, Eunice Roberts
Usher-Neil Spellerberg
Acolyte/Lector-Jacquie Olster


Usher-Jeff Miller, Joe Ruggio
Greeter-Mike Strite, Larry Biddle
Master Server-Cathy Strite
Lector- Jeff Miller


Happy Birthday To:

Oct. 30     Leola Mitchell, Gene Pharr
Oct.31      Hannah Collins

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:

Oct.  27    Sean & Robin Richardson
Oct. 28     Glenn & Lois Sincovic
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

Pop Up Drive Through Distributions:

Fridays,  November 19, December 17, 10 AM to Noon
Conway Recreation Center

1515 Mill Pond Road
Conway, SC 29527
New Beginnings Monthly Food Distribution – Drive Thru
Held at Church of the Resurrection

8901 Highway 17 Bypass, Northbound side
Surfside Beach, SC 29577 (843) 215-4500

Upcoming Dates
November 20, 2021
Cars start lining up at 7:00 A.M.
Hablamos Español
Held on the 3rd Saturday of every month

Larry Nowak, President of Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand
and Chairperson of New Beginnings Monthly Food Distribution
This is a no cost event in partnership with Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand and the Lowcountry Food Bank
Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand
P.O. Box 2871, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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George Thompson died Monday, October 25, 2021 and is now in the Presence of Jesus. A date for George's funeral is still pending as family from out-of-town coordinate their travel plans. Please pray for George's family, especially his wife Kitty Kenney and grand-daughter Victoria who have been members of our church family. May George rest in peace and rise in glory!


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