New Doors to Sanctuary
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A commentary on the state of the Church.


We are living in hostile times here in the United States, never before has the country been so divided. Democrats and Republicans are at each others throats 24/7. The President of the country and his family are under constant attack, parents sturggle to control their children, overdose deaths spread over every city in America like the black plague of death and our Christian faith is under attacked like never before in this country. In addition to this America has turned her back on God’s commandments by allowing LGBT marriages to take place,  killing the unborn by the hundreds. To our dismay we now have major denomination, once strong in the Christian faith allowing homosexual persons to pastor their church. God help us.  Our own denomination United Methodist, is currently in a struggle over human sexuality which threatens to split the church into several factions. God word has never changed despite what the culture does.  We, the chruch, in an effort to make ourselves more attractive to the world have lowered our standards, rejected the convictions and orthodoxy of our church fathers and mothers and have wandered into dangerous territory.  The founder of our own denomination John Wesley warned that such a day would come if we did not hold fast to the faith.  We as a denomination are in serious trouble. We have decline in membership, those faithful to the church are  in their golden years and the church is literally dying on the vine. Our leaders refuse to show any leadership or conviction when it comes to upholding the Book of Discipline much less the Holy Word of God. Here is the good news: God will always have a church,  preachers who will stand in the gap and preach the word of God fearlessly. As a member of Christ Holy Church you have the obligation to find a church that still preaches against sin, that still maintains that God’s commandments are not suggestions, that Salvation is only through Jesus Christ that his blood is the only agent capable of saving us from an eternal hell. Find a church that believes that, “all roads do not lead to heaven.” that heaven and hell are realities and that we have a responsibility to tell the lost of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. If you are looking for a church like this, I know one. You are welcome to attend St. Paul East UMC  located on Ruggles Ferry in East Knoxville.  I promise you that when it comes to upholding the word of God, preaching the truth, winning the lost, standing for holiness of  the heart the mind and the body, wse are:  “Moving in the right direction.”

Pastor Russ




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Welcome Home

New Doors to Sanctuary
New sanctuary entrance doors recently installed at St. Paul East United Methodist.

Who is coming to Homecoming on Sunday, September 14th at 10:30 am? Check out the new entrance doors to St. Paul East. The slogan of the United Methodist Church is “Open Minds, Open Hearts, and Open Doors.” However, in order to showcase the beauty of the new wood and glass details, we decided photograph the doors while closed. Doors will be wide open and welcoming everyone for the annual Homecoming service this coming Sunday, September 14, 2014. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend. The service will be followed by a covered dish meal in the basement fellowship hall. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this wonderful service and meal.

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Homecoming 2014


Mark your calendar, and make plans to attend Homecoming
September 14, 2014
10:30 am

Guest Speaker: Tom Ballard
Special Music: Harmony Ladies Trio
Homecoming Meal: Everyone brings a covered dish and enjoys food, friends, and fellowship downstairs in the church basement following worship service.

We encourage everyone to worship at St. Paul at 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.

Questions? e-mail Pastor Russ:

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Litany for Father’s Day

Pastor: For fathers everywhere, who have given us life and love that we may show them respect and love.
All: Holy God, hear this prayer for our fathers
Pastor: For fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith my give them hope, and their family and friends will console them.
All: Holy God, hear this prayer for our fathers that mourn
Pastor: For step-fathers who have assumed that role with love and joy, who have loved the children of another as their own and created a new family.
All: Holy God, hear this prayer for step-fathers.
Pastor: For adoptive fathers who have claimed the orphan and loved the once unwanted as a precious gift from God.
All: Holy God, hear this prayer for adoptive fathers.
Pastor: For new fathers, full of hope. For long-time fathers, full of wisdom. For the fathers yet to be and fathers soon to be.
All: Holy God, hear our prayer for the fathers of your Church.
Pastor: God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Happy Father’s Day!


All fathers were honored during Sunday services on June 15, 2014. Pastor Russ (pictured above) prepared a special altar for Father’s Day. All fathers were given a special sweet treat that they picked up from the altar (see below). The oldest father in the congregation was given special recognition and presented with a gift card.  The father with the most grandchildren was also honored with a gift card.


  • This is my Father’s World
  • Faith of Our Fathers
  • Jesus is all the World to Me
  • I Stand Amazed in the Presence


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Easter Services 2014

Easter Lily and Bible

Friday, April 18, 2014
7:00 pm Tenabrae Service at
St. Paul United Methodist Church

Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014
7:00 am Sunrise Service at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
followed by Breakfast at Caledonia Presbyterian Church

10:30 am Easter Sunday Service at
St. Paul United Methodist Church

This is a combined Easter celebration by the following churches:

Pleasant Hill United Methodist
Trentville United Methodist
Caledonia Presbyterian
St. Paul United Methodist