WoW – St. Paul’s WithoutWalls – Our Journey
Why Without Walls?
St. Paul’s claimed the WithoutWalls name many years ago, both to identify ourselves as having an intentional, positive focus in the community outside our walls, and to highlight our commitment to openness.
Yes, most of out ministries have taken place outside our walls.
No, there are no virtual walls separating us from others in the community.
2017 took this one step further. The church building was sold, so the physical walls were entirely gone.
We spent much of 2017 in an intense discernment process, exploring questions such as, “What ministries are we passionate about that would not happen if we did not exist?”. Affirmed by our discoveries, we started 2018 exploring ways that we could act on them.
Moving Forward – Walking with Mizpah UCC
During Lent and Easter in 2018, the Holy Spirit led us to Mizpah UCC who were on their own discernment journey. We discovered amazing commonality in our passions for worship, community service, ministry, and love for one another and our community. Since our first gathering, we have been walking together, hand in hand, moving inexorably toward the formation of a new WE.
Over the summer of 2018, we are “practicing” at being a single congregation, both UCC and ELCA, becoming the best both.
The Mizpah UCC web site and its calendar are being used initially for our combined congregation. The separate St. Paul’s calendar that was previously maintained here will no longer be available.