Barry & Liz Huber
A Blessing and Spiritual Lifeline
St. Paul’s has been a blessing in our lives. It has been a lifeline for us to stay connected spiritually as well as physically and emotionally. Sharing prayer and service with people who support us through highs and lows helps to maintain balance in our lives. We both value the love and support that St. Paul’s provides to the congregation and the community.
Liz: I feel very blessed to be a Eucharistic Minister. One of the first times I chaliced was at a Thanksgiving service with the Rev. Gene Wise a few years ago. This exceptional service brought great joy to me and a real feeling of blessedness. I was thankful to have the opportunity to take part in the Eucharist with Father Wise. Standing as a Eucharistic Minister is genuinely an act of worship, where I sense the Lord’s presence. The Thanksgiving service is particularly meaningful to me.
Barry: The first time I really felt the love of St. Paul’s family was at Father Wise’s retirement. The love and appreciation shown during his retirement party were very moving. It was an outpouring of love by a community of faith—everyone shared their feelings of blessing for Gene’s presence in their lives. It is one of my favorite memories at St. Paul’s.
Liz: Outreach is essential to living out our faith as we work to show God’s love in the world. As a downtown church, St. Paul’s has many opportunities to serve the local community. The congregation embraced the Coldest Nights Shelter program as soon as it was announced five years ago. There are so many volunteers and donors of all ages from our own parish. While this is beautiful, the program has grown into an ecumenical one that features five other churches providing meals. This unity of different Christian denominations working together to help homeless women get out of the cold is incredible and heartwarming. I enjoy going to the shelter and spending time with the women whom I know from Journey Home. They are so relaxed and happy in the warm, safe place we have given them.
The newest Outreach program at St. Paul’s is the CONNECT Ministry. This ministry session offers a supportive place for people to come and address their financial needs and other problems they may be facing. Recently, the group had an opportunity to help Mark and Mary travel back to their hometown in Michigan. They had been living in their vehicle for over six months. We located an auto mechanic who installed a much-needed part in their car, and we provided them with gas cards for their travels. I had the opportunity to speak with Mary on the phone. She was calling to let people know they made it to Michigan, located doctors for their health problems, and found a place to live. This news brought great joy to the ministry volunteers.
Barry: I had the opportunity to serve on the vestry during the calling of Father Van Zandt and more recently for Dr. Blaess. On both occasions, it was remarkable how the whole St. Paul’s church family worked together for the good of the church. It was an experience where I felt the presence of God at work. It was not an issue of what we as individuals and a faith community wanted. It was a process in which everyone involved listened for who God had called to serve and lead at St. Paul’s. In each situation, it was a unanimous agreement in which we all felt joyful in the selection.
We give to St. Paul’s because it is our church home. We not only give financially but also of our time and talents. We believe this is what God calls us to do. We want St. Paul’s to continue to grow with marvelous clergy, programs, and outreach.
- WORSHIP—8:30 a.m. service
- SERVE—Coldest Nights, CONNECT Ministry, Vestry, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Habitat Build, others
- GIVE—We give because we believe that is what God calls us to do. We give not only financially, but also of our time and talents.
“Grant us, that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.” Luke 1:74-75 RSV