Kick-Off Outdoor Service: Shared Faith, Food, and Fellowship – September 18th at 10:30am

Join Us this Sunday for Our Fall Kick-Off Outdoor Service:
Shared Faith, Food, and Fellowship

We will be combining with King of Kings, Milwaukie, and Creator (Happy Valley) Lutheran Churches for a Celebration of Music, Scripture, Shared Stories of Faith, and a Methodist Love Feast Sharing of Bread.

Please bring your own container of drinking water, for the Opening Ritual.

The service begins at 10:30am at the North Clackamas Park Picnic Shelter next to Milwaukie Community Center 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr. Milwaukie, OR 97222.

At 11:45 there will be a “coffee hour” potluck. Those who would like to share a snack are invited to bring light “coffee hour- style” finger foods.

At the shared celebration in the Park on Sept. 18, we will be collecting donations for the Wichita Center, which serves families in North Clackamas School District. Donations can be brought to the Park on Sunday or to the Church thru September 25. The Wichita Family Service Center is in particular need of: jam, ramen, packaged meals, and diapers-sizes 4, 5, or 6.

Seating is available at picnic tables, but you are welcome to bring your own lawn or camping chair. The Picnic Shelter is wheelchair accessible, and adjacent to restrooms.

Thanks to Creator Lutheran Church for hosting a Zoom Livestream of our shared Worship Service at 10:30AM on Sunday Sept. 18.

To Join The Zoom Meeting CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 842 0806 0550
Passcode: 795594

ROAD CLOSURE Harmony Road (South of Linwood Ave.) between Railroad Ave. and Lake Rd. will be closed Saturday and Sunday Sept 17 & 18. Please take this into account if you are driving to N. Clackamas Park from Milwaukie

Combined Service and Picnic September 18th

Fall Kickoff: Shared Faith, Food, and Fellowship

North Clackamas Park Picnic Shelter next to Milwaukie Community Center 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr.  Milwaukie, OR 97222.

10:30 AM Worship Celebration, Music, Scripture, and Shared Stories of Faith.
11:45 AM Shared Potluck Picnic Lunch.

The Picnic Shelter is wheelchair accessible, and adjacent to restrooms.

Unfortunately, we will NOT be able to livestream this service via ZOOM, but we hope to make a video recording available. For those who prefer, there will an option to listen to the worship service from inside your car, thanks to a small local FM radio transmitter.

Besides St. Paul’s other congregations planning to participate include Creator (Happy Valley), Milwaukie, and King of King’s Lutheran Churches and Milwaukie Kairos United Church of Christ.

There will be plenty of picnic tables, however you are welcome to bring your own camping / lawn chairs if you might be more comfortable.


John Nilsen to lead worship Sept 11th

Musician John Nilsen will lead worship on Sunday, Sept 11th

Nilsen is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most successful songwriters and recording artists, equally comfortable performing on piano, guitar, and singing.  John has played in every United Methodist Church in Oregon and Idaho, toured across the country, and in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Nilsen’s father was a Methodist Minister and his mother a Church Musician.  A native of the Pacific Northwest, Nilsen began studying piano from his mother at age six and taught himself to play guitar at age twelve.

Nilsen teaches songwriting and musical performance at schools throughout the country and derives particular satisfaction from instructing and encouraging young artists.

Find more information about John and links to his recordings at:

Great American BBQ

11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Milwaukie Community Center
at the South Lawn
5440 Kellogg Creek Dr.
Mark your calendars for a delicious BBQ lunch. Choose indoor seating (by reservation) or take your meal to go via our drive-thru station. Pre-purchase tickets in the Milwaukie Community Center’s Gift Shop before June 24. The menu includes a burger or hot dog, with sides and a drink. Vegetarian options are available. Fee: $12 per person. All proceeds benefit the Meals on Wheels program. For more information, call the Nutrition Program at (503) 794-8035.

Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference June 19-25

Not a voting member of AC, but want to know what’s going on?

Visitors do not need to register, but can watch the proceedings online in real time via live stream on the Conference YouTube channel 

Sessions will be recorded and shared on the Conference website and you can find the reports and legislation which will be considered at the AC Session at, but probably not until after the week of AC is over.

Youth Collective Meets at St. Paul’s

Next MS & HS Youth Collective Meeting at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Friday, June 17th at 5:00 – 6:30pm, (note earlier meeting time!)

Guest Chef Vanessa will talk about FOOD as personal health & planet health!

New Play Structure for St. Paul’s

Financial Assistance Requested
Life Beyond 60!

For many years, St. Paul’s has had a playground set located near the Community Gardens. The playground set consists of swings, a slide, a small, attached picnic table and a rock-climbing wall. Due to the age and condition of the set some safety concerns have been raised. At the April 29th meeting of the Trustees, approval was given to research the possibility of securing a new set. Judy and Howard Huey volunteered to take on this task. After checking with Costco, Lowe’s, and the Backyard Fun Factory, they recommended to the Trustee’s that a replacement set be purchased from the Backyard Fun Factory. Their primary reasons are:

  • The set is made from 100% Redwood.
  • It comes with a 10-year warranty.
  • They deliver, properly set, and install the equipment.
  • Their playground set is Adult Rated—No Weight Limit

The Backyard Fun Factory play set will consist of the main structure referred to as Fort Davis w/All Weather Roof, Picnic Table, Rock Wall, 2 Position Swing Beam, and a 12 Foot Rocket Slide.

The anticipated cost is $6,300.00.

Now the question:  From where is St. Paul’s getting the money?

The recommendation for payment will come from the following designated areas:

YOU, the congregation are invited to make a financial contribution and future investment in St. Paul’s Life Beyond 60, as we provide a play structure not only for our children and grandchildren of St. Paul’s, but also for our Community Garden families and finally, children of our Milwaukie neighbors.

The Memorial Fund:  This fund will provide $2,600.00 to the Play Ground Project.

Finally, St. Paul’s Reserve Fund:  This fund will be used to pay the remaining balance.

As your Finance Chair, I invite you to be a participant in this special Play Ground project. Whether you give $5.00 or over $100.00 or more, you will help meet the needs of children in our surrounding area as we as a congregation find ways to continue

St. Paul’s Life Beyond 60.

Barbara Maxwell, Finance Chair
Please indicate on your check or via electronic means the words Play Ground.


Social Justice Sunday


Peace with Justice Offering
Sunday, June 12
Fourth (4) of Six (6) Special Sunday Offerings

What Is Peace with Justice Sunday?
United Methodists relate to this special Sunday by seeking peaceful solutions, creating, and
supporting peace-related ministries in their conference and learning about peaceful and just efforts around the world. Our Social Principles* call us to love our enemies, seek justice, and serve as reconcilers of conflict. We insist that the first moral duty of all nations is to work together to resolve by peaceful means
every dispute that arises between or among them.

The United Methodist Church, with its historic commitment to peace ad justice, can and should provide leadership to this social transformation. The General Board of Church and Society holds a non-governmental, consultative status with the United Nations. This status allows us to participate in UN meetings, consultations, and conferences. We recognize and renew our call for social transformation, for the quest to open the doors of opportunity for all, to distribute resources more equitably, and to provide better care for persons in need.

We also achieve peace with justice by working with the World Council of Churches, interfaith and ecumenical bodies, and secular organizations for social-justice policies and programs that seek the wholeness of shalom for all of God’s people.

Your offerings for this special Sunday support programs and ministries to educate, equip and mobilize actions in support of identified Economic, Health, and Gender Priorities. Each annual conference has a Peace with Justice Coordinator developing local social justice ministries. Fifty percent (50%) of the
offering remains in our annual conference to support our projects for Peace with Justice.

Barbara Maxwell, Finance Chair
*The Social Principles are a part of The Book of Discipline of The UMC. Above information from UMCGiving.