Adult ministries at San Pedro Presbyterian includes classes, small groups and online learning opportunities. Our goal is to nurture faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Reverend Paul Gaedke and I consider it a high privilege to share God's word with folks on a daily basis. We write a daily devotional in addition to the weekly gospel presentation in worship and our wonderful education opportunities. Get connected!"
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Through this extended time of uncertainty, San Pedro Presbyterian continues to be the church. Ministries for all ages continue, with renewed hope for a “normal” routine. Let us rejoice to see our children on Wednesdays with their friends (Pastor Paul knows how to get kids to sing), and to engage our children on Sundays during our Time for Children and as acolytes with their parents.
And yet, let us acknowledge the trauma that lingers. There is a general hesitancy for so many faithful Christians about being together without masks; and there is fatigue from the ever-shifting news about COVID numbers that rise and fall from week to week.
How should the church respond now?
No matter the season, we continue to be the church. We never stopped being the church. And we will always do the work of proclaiming the Good News, meeting the needs of our neighbors, and teaching the next generation of saints about Jesus.
So as a reminder: if you or somebody you know needs a contact from the church, for whatever reason, let us know. Call the church office and we’ll coordinate a pastoral visit or phone call. It’s o.k. to hurt or feel blue, but please remember the love of Christ offered to you through our church family. We have deacons, elders and pastoral staff who count it a privilege to reach out anytime.
You are loved by God and your church family at San Pedro Presbyterian.
The Lit n' Lattes Book Club meets in the Fireside Room on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm. Betty Hayes is the facilitator of this group. If you have an interest in learning more about this group please give Betty a call at 210-497-3433.
Inviting people to church is vital for church growth. In a recent survey it was discovered that 71% of people would attend church if someone invited them. The Williamsons are one such family. Several years ago, Kaela, the oldest daughter, was invited by a friend in her Irish Dance troupe, Maggie Joyce to a youth event. Kaela and her family slowly started attending church services and youth events.
When the Joyce family moved away, I wondered if the Williamsons would begin to look elsewhere. Thankfully, that was not the case. Kaela and Landry have been active members of our youth program, attending small groups, going through confirmation, and performing in Youth Sundays. Their mother, Gina has been a youth leader and adult small group leader. She currently leading one of our Good Life small groups!
You never know what will happen when you invite someone to church, but you do know what will happen if you don’t. Inviting people to church can seem intimidating, here are a few suggestions. Invite them to an age-appropriate event. Share with people why you love San Pedro. Ask them what they are looking for in a church.
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” - Romans 10:14-15 (NLT)
Suppose you get a small, quiet, inspiration. Some whispering voice or insight tickles the back of your mind, a tiny light bulb goes on or a spiderweb thread connects two ideas. Maybe a question trips up the otherwise smooth flow of your ideas, and you think to your self there might be a spiritual idea there that you could explore to your benefit.
If you are like me, what might happen is you think, “I should dig into that someday” and that is pretty much the end of it. The followup gets procrastinated into oblivion.
But, suppose instead, there were a schedule! You considered the inspiration just enough to subdivide your exploration of it into a handful of themes, and decided to look at one theme per week. Then each week, you pick up that theme, hunt through the Bible or research in other sources to get more insight on that theme, and put together a few central points on that theme. Even better, you then get to present the few central points, and a whole panel of thoughtful, attentive people give you their feedback, share their ideas, connect and weave the theme into their experience of the world, and amplify it.
How rewarding that is! I say so with complete confidence, having been privileged to lead a few classes at San Pedro. Most recently, the Les Miserables class this winter was a truly wonderful experience. There was the weekly panic, “do I have enough to make it worth-while for people to attend”, then the digging into the source material (Victor Hugo’s monumental novel, in this case), the research to find connections throughout the Bible and references in later works, finding alternate interpretations relevant to my themes (turns out, there’s a pretty good musical in this case…) and finally, getting to sit down and bounce my ideas back and forth with interested, engaged people from the San Pedro family. Afterwards, each week, there’s sitting back and digesting their suggestions and just feeling warm and happy for days (until next week’s panic).
Christianity is all about relationships. Shared exploration of inspirations turns out to be a great way to build and strengthen relationships. Leading a class discussion is a fantastic experience, and I commend that experience to every one of you.
The next time a little, quiet voice tickles the back of your mind, be aware what it’s inviting you to - you will get a lot out of it if you accept the invitation. Note it down, drop an email to me or Dave, and get a schedule. The rest will exceed your expectations.