Church Valentine’s Day Party


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WHAT: a Valentine’s Day Lunch Party following our Sunday church service
WHERE: Downstairs in the Fellowship Hall

WHEN: Everyone is invited to join us for church on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 10:30 am, then afterward downstairs in the church basement for lunch and Valentine’s Day Party. The ladies of the church prepare a special lunch meal with a Valentine’s theme. Enjoy fellowship, food, friends, and special Valentine treats.

COST: free, but any donations are greatly appreciated.

This is the Day

I think one of the reasons Christ spoke to Mary and Martha as He did is because at one time or another we are all like Martha. Isn’t it true that life is so busy it’s hard to take a few minutes out of the day just to sit at Jesus’ feet? Considering all of the bible verses, it becomes pretty apparent that love is more than just an ooy gooy feeling deep inside us.
Christ often equated love, that is love for Him, with keeping His word and
His commandments. Yet, how can we keep His word and His commandments when we do not have any time in our life to learn them, ponder them, and apply them to our

This is the day

which the Lord hath made;

We will rejoice

and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24



Homecoming 2015

We encourage everyone to worship at St. Paul every Sunday. Our annual Homecoming service is an especially great time with a guest speaker and special music. If you ever visited or once attended St. Paul, please come back and see the great things God is doing.

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2015
Mark your calendar, and make plans to attend Homecoming
Sunday, September 13, 2015
10:30 am

St. Paul United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN

Homecoming Meal: Everyone brings a covered dish and enjoys food, friends, and fellowship downstairs in the church basement following worship service.

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Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow suffering and evil? These are questions central to the Christian faith, and questions that have not gone unexplored in the canon of Christian philosophy. Job, Augustine, C.S. Lewis, and others have contributed to the ongoing dialog surrounding this issue. For some, stories of personal suffering, persecution, and martyrdom provide a rallying point and reminder of the pain Christ faced at the cross and the price of our sin; others suggest suffering is a character-building endeavor. One thing is sure: suffering is an important element of the Christian faith. As the apostle Paul wrote: ” I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” (Philippians 3 :8, NIV).

Why Christians don’t share their faith



IMG_33331. Fear. The fear of being ridiculed, disapproved and persecuted by the world, especially those close to us and those who have authority over us like parents, spouses and bosses.
2. They don’t feel or think that they are qualified. I AM ALSO GUILTY OF THAT. I spent most of my life trying to heal my
emotions. Didn’t feel qualified to share the gospel I was so messed up who would want what I have if I am still a mess?
3. They want to keep their jobs. Just to keep their jobs, Christians have negated the Great Commission. In the workplace you fear losing your job. It is a very real possibility in this day and age. However in the church it is also a problem because of those with legalistic perspectives. You might not get it right.
4. Complacency, lack of compassion and passion, spiritual laziness Luke 8:14 and that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
5. Too many worry about “political correctness”. It’s not politically correct anymore to share your faith.
6. Influenced by worldly culture because they have believed the lie that they are “pushing” their beliefs on someone.
7. A lack of training and don’t know how to share. ! believe it’s because they weren’t informed about the true meaning and responsibility of being a disciple of The Lord Jesus Christ.
8. Not strong Christians with strong faith.
9. Few people believed what they said and believed in. Because we live in a world that is so tolerant of everything but Christianity! Just the mention of “Jesus” sends everyone to their politically correct corner.

10. ” they don’t see the example from Church leaders.

Welcome Spring: a New Brother in Christ


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Pastor Russ (right) receives our newest member by profession of faith into the church family of St. Paul East. Joining St. Paul East is such a wonderful experience…so much more than just adding a name to the church roster. Below is the profession of faith that is used at St. Paul when a new member joins:

  • Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sins? I do.
  • Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? I do.
  • Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve Him as your Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races? I do.
  • Reception into the United Methodist Church -As a member of Christ’s universal church, will you be loyal to Christ through the United Methodist Church, and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries? I will.
  •  Reception into the Local Congregation -As a member of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your services, and your witness? I will. 

Snowy Scenes yet Warm and Inviting


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Snowy scenes of our sweet little brown church. It may be snowy outdoors, but it is warm and inviting inside. Pastor Russ has provided a stunningly beautiful altarscape with symbols depicting the season of #Lent. Join us for church each Sunday at 10:30 am! #stpauleast #littlebrownchurch


Signed Sealed Delivered


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It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it, found yourself home free —signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment of on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

Ephesians 1:13-14


Our Pastor’s Role as Chaplain




Police officers are in a class by themselves. By nature of the task they perform in the line of duty, they are a breed apart. They bear a tremendous responsibility, they are arbitrators of everything imaginable, instant problem solvers and often called upon to make split second life and death decisions  An effective chaplaincy program can help to conserve this valuable resource. As a chaplain with the Knoxville Police Department my first responsibility is to the Officer, to assist them in spiritual and occupational issues. Next we minister to the victims of crime, inform families when there has been a death or accident. We are one way in which God can use to let law enforcement know that they are not forgotten.
Pastor Russ


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