“One of the most frequently mentioned figures in history, whose writings are read by millions every day, is little known to this generation as a person. The name of Saint Paul the Apostle is familiar to all Christians, to most Jews and Muslims; he is quoted, argued about, attacked, and defended. Yet even those who read his words and adventures with unfailing regularity have scant idea of what he was like…”

These words by author John Pollock state well my personal motivation in offering this new message series PAUL: THE ROAD AHEAD to the church. Whether you are a student of the Bible or just getting started in biblical knowledge, I believe these messages will help the Apostle Paul’s life and message come alive to us as a church. As we trace Paul’s visits to places such as Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth and Athens, we will be able to make the correlation between what happened then to current events and present day realities. It all begins this Sunday with the message, PAUL: THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS. Feel free to poke your head into Acts 9 in preparation for the teaching.

New Groups and Classes at Schweitzer are beginning. To sign up for a group or class and for detailed descriptions, visit sumc.co/GROW.

Paul: The Road Ahead begins tonight, 5:00-6:30pm, upstairs in Room 204/206. (7 weeks)
Alpha Course, Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm in the Outreach Center. Begins January 11. (11 weeks)
Getting Started in the Bible, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm in Room 204. Begins January 11. (7 weeks)
Women’s Bible Studies, Tuesday class begins January 10, 6:00-8:00pm in Room 106. Friday class begins January 13, 10:00am-noon in Room 127.
Small Groups begin week of January 15. Groups available: Wednesday evenings—a group for adults of all ages and a group for empty nesters. Thursday evenings—a group for adults of all ages. Sunday evenings—a group for young adults, 35 or under. (12 weeks). For questions, contact Jake Hotchkiss, jhotchkiss@sumc.co.

Faith & Finances is a 12-week financial education ministry where we will come together to learn money management skills, discover biblical stewardship principles, and build supportive relationships. We need Champions to support and encourage incoming participants. Class starts January 18 at 6:00 p.m. Champion training is January 11 at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Justin Setser, 417-576-7427 or jsetser83@gmail.com.

Interested in becoming a member of Schweitzer? Have you been worshiping, serving, and growing as a follower of Jesus around here for a while? Experience what we believe; how we commit to actively living out our faith here and in the community. Take the next step and join us in Memorial Hall, noon-1:30, on Jan. 15. Food and childcare is provided. To sign up, email Pastor Jim at jmason@sumc.co.

Be careful out there driving on the slippery streets in Springfield. We’ll see you Sunday!
Bob Casady
Lead Pastor

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