Belong, Believe, Bless

St. Paul Ministries have been centered in the historic Huffman district of East Dayton since 1883. The building and the activities within have become a major hub and community gathering place for a series of holistic services in recent years.

At St. Paul there is a quality of belonging that begins with a small but vital core membership that extends outward to include numerous neighborhoods, community people, partnering churches and social service agencies. This gathering together is anything but homogeneous. The resulting mix is complex, vibrant and multifaceted. Those coming and going throughout the week are often those who feel isolated and left behind in other settings, but the experience at St. Paul makes it easy for all to feel a sense of belonging. Many initially arrive for very non-religious purposes, but the Spirit entices the community into a deeper exploration of what makes St. Paul special and inclusive.

How can such divergent groups coexist? This begins with the aspect of belief. When not oppressed by a dogmatic approach to the Good News, people are naturally inclined toward open conversation, both formal and informal regarding belief. RESPECT guides this interaction. St. Paul generously welcomes people to partake of numerous opportunities for worship, study, service or respite without having to first commit to doctrine. Four weekly worship services offer easy entry into a teaching and contemplation of the Bible and its call on life.

The strongest expression of community is service. At almost every exchange, there is an opportunity to bless and be blessed. This is not a one-way street—although perhaps unaware in the moment, the people passing through the doors of St. Paul bring many gifts. The blessings flow and circulate throughout the convergence of those with multiple theological perspectives, educated and non-educated, wealthy and poor, citizens and non-citizens, incarcerated and free, seniors and children, and so much more, weaving a richness of service.

To explore, contemplate and replicate this community and its many ministries, the congregation—with the help of the United Methodist District and the Annual Conference—has adopted a lens through which to look, explore and appreciate this experience. The lens has been envisioned, articulated and even coached by Rev. Eric Law in his work called Holy Currencies. He has offered—to what is likely thought of as a poor church, within a city, community and world of scarcity—a way to see and manifest a cycle of many blessings.

 

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Sunday, 11 October 2020

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St. Paul's Academy for Spiritual

and Social Practice

 

Virtual Prayer Circle

Join St. Paul’s drop-in Contemplative Prayer Circle. We gather on Zoom every Wednesday at 3pm and Saturday at 10am for Centering Prayer, reßective readings and discussions. Questions? Email Beth Vanoli at vanolibeth@gmail.com.


To register for the circle and receive an email with the zoom link prior to each meeting:https://mailchi.mp/57047ab60621/academy-of-spiritual-and-social-practices

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Upcoming Book Study and Discussions

When we identify where our privilege

intersects with somebody else’s oppression,

we’ll find our opportunities

to make real change.”

Ijeoma Oluo

Beginning in July, we will be starting a virtual book study on the New York Times Best Seller list:

So You Want to Talk About Race.

If you are interested in learning more, contact us using the following link:

Request for information

You can buy the book at any bookstore or on Amazon.

ST. PAUL UMC IS A STEWARD OF HOLY CURRENCIES

HOLY CURRENCIES - THE CYCLE OF BLESSINGS

In his book, Holy Currencies, Eric Law* states that our roles as God’s children are to be part of the recirculation of resources, so that all living things on earth may share God’s abundance. For more than 132 years St. Paul has stood on the corner of Huffman and Fourth in East Dayton, offering a place for the people of the neighborhood to build relationships.

St. Paul has always looked for ways to use its resources, to offer blessings throughout our part of Dayton. Doing so required the sacrifice or letting-go of preconceived ideas, and instead, facing the hard truth of a neighborhood sliding from middle-class to high poverty. There have been times when resources were poor, but still we recirculated what we had out of our abundance, and that is why the church remains here still today.

Our faith in the power of God’s abundance and the gracious life of Jesus has brought us to a new day once again as we take part in the work of Holy Currencies through the West Ohio Conference and the Miami Valley District. Currently we are aligning our ministries and leadership roles around the six currencies:

  • Gracious Leadership

  • Relationship

  • Truth

  • Wellness

  • Money

  • Time and Place

As formulated by Eric Law, the six currencies form the Cycle of Blessings. This idea goes beyond the common belief that money alone is needed for the support and operation of a viable church ministry. These currencies are considered to permeate the ministry, recirculating, exchanging themselves for other currencies and regenerating more currencies, thereby growing and expanding the ministry.

It is our hope that—together with our congregation and ministry partners—we will continue the work of mission in a neighborhood that has so many needs.

*Holy Currencies, Eric H.F. Law, Chalice Press, 2013

Over the years, the people that have circulated in and out of the church have changed, and the mission of the church has changed, but the building remains steady—well-worn but well-loved from the many uses and ministries. 

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SERVICES (Live services suspended)

Traditional Worship: Sunday 10:00am (Online)

Carry-out Lunch: Tuesday 11:30am - 12:45pm

Carry-out Breakfast: Saturday 8:30am - 9:45am

ST PAUL DAYTON

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

101 Huffman Avenue

Dayton, OH 45403

937-252-4467

Fax: 937-254-5227

Email: administrator@stpauldayton.org

FOOD PANTRY/STUFF SHOPPE

 

Monday 10:00am - 1:00pm

Wednesday 10:00am - 1:00pm

Thursday - 10:00am - 1:00pm

OFFICE HOURS

 

Monday - Friday 9am - Noon

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