Home This is the website for St Paul's United Methodist Church located at 714 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ. The site features information on our missions and ministries, upcoming events, and audio messages. http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:36:25 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-us Welcome http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/welcome http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/welcome

Our Purpose is to:
Praise God through worship,
Grow as disciples through study,
Share our faith through testimony, and
Serve others through ministry.

Welcome to St. Paul's. We are a family of Christian believers excited about being a part of what God is doing in the world and in our community. We invite you to visit us to see if the rich Spirit of Christ we are experiencing, meets your needs as well. The pastor, staff and church leaders at St. Paul's are committed to excellence in ministry. We are servants and imitators of Christ, eager to share from the rich abundance of His blessings.

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Service Times http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/service-times http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/service-times
9:00am Traditional Worship
9:00am - 10:45am Child Care provided
9:00am Sunday School for all ages
10:15am Fellowship Time
10:45am Contemporary Worship
On the first Sunday of every month we celebrate Holy Communion at both services. Here at St. Paul´s, we´ll make sure the first face you see when you approach the church has a smile on it. Whether you need childcare for your toddler, or are looking for a place for your teens, a greeter will be nearby to help you get where you need to go. We are concerned with meeting your real life needs and hope you enjoy our upbeat music. We seek to share practical messages that help you deal with real life issues. and we will even give you a handy outline to follow along and take notes, with the Bible passages included. We hope that what you learn on Sunday, you will be able to use during the week.
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Pastoral Staff http://spcs.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff-21 http://spcs.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff-21
Alan Darby
Hector Meza
Director of Youth Ministries
Barbara Estelle
Director of Music / Organist
Judy Propert & Janet Post
Choir Directors
Church Office office@stpaulsbrick.org
Melissa Jensen
Administrative Assistant
Nadean D. Sheppard
Christian School Principal

Bill Nadler, Kim Gavaletz,

Al Primrose, Jeff Propert, 

Gary Deal & Mike Jensen



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Car Wash on July 22nd http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/other-ministries/car-wash-on-july-22nd http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/other-ministries/car-wash-on-july-22nd

Car Wash
July 22nd
from 9am – 1pm at St. Paul's


Donations Accepted

714 Herberstville Road

Brick, N.J.

William Findlay
Chapter DeMolay
Point Pleaseant Beach, N.J.

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Walk to Emmaus Dinner - July 22 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/christian-learning/walk-to-emmaus-dinner-july-22 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/christian-learning/walk-to-emmaus-dinner-july-22

Walk to Emmaus Dinner

Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Norcross Hall at 6:00 pm

St. Paul's UMC, 714 Herberstville Rd, Brick, NJ 08724

Been on the Walk to Emmaus, Interested to find out more about it then please come out and join us for an evening of fellowship and worship following the meal.

 Dinner will be provided by members of the Brick community and ask that you bring a dessert to share.

Contact Peter B. or V. LaSalla for more information

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Pastors Pen - June 2017 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff/our-pastor/pastors-pen-june-2017 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff/our-pastor/pastors-pen-june-2017

Pastor's Pen
June 2017
by Pastor Alan Darby

Dear Friends,

By now, I’m sure many or most of you have heard the news that we have to close St. Paul’s Christian School at the end of this school term. It is with deep sadness and sincere regret, after a great deal of prayer and deliberation, that our school board concluded that we no longer have the enrollment or the resources to remain open. We have done a considerable amount of inquiry and investigation into keeping our preschool classes open but, according to New Jersey’s state codes and regulations, without the elementary school, we cannot operate a preschool without proper licensing. Unfortunately, we would need to make some significant changes to our building to meet these codes before applying for a license, and we cannot announce and advertise a preschool without this license. 

We certainly and wholeheartedly celebrate St. Paul’s Christian School’s wonderful history and impact on students and families over the years. We are proud and blessed to have been able to provide such a great ministry to our church and community as long as we have. We are grateful for the wonderful and dedicated teachers and staff that have served Christ and our students so well during their time with the school. It is unfortunate that we are unable to sustain this great work going forward. In order to give our teachers and remaining families time to look elsewhere for God’s purposes for their work and study, we determined that it was time to make this decision.



We will continue to consider the possibilities of restarting and opening a licensed Christian preschool in September of 2018. We would then need to present such proposals to our church’s administrative board and trustees. As there is a lot of grieving and sadness on many levels with the loss of our school ministry, I find great comfort in the Scriptures. Jeremiah, known and the “weeping prophet” because he was called to minister in the devastating times of God’s people at the time of their exile to Babylon, wrote a comforting, hopeful word, in the midst of his song of lament (Lamentations 3: 20-24). “My soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning for great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.” Let us find comfort and strength in these words as well.


In His Regard,

Pastor Al

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Youth - June 2017 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff/director-of-youth-ministries/youth-june-2017 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/pastoral-staff/director-of-youth-ministries/youth-june-2017

June 2017
by Hector Meza

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

There's a Rita Springer song that I grew up with that I absolutely love for it's honesty and humility. The words go,

"I don't understand your ways
Oh but I will give you my song
give you all of my praise
you hold on to all my pain
with it you are pulling me closer
and pulling me into your ways

Now around every corner
up every mountain
I'm not looking for crowns
or water from fountains
I'm desperate in seeking, frantic believing
that the sight of your face
is all that I'm needing
I will say to you

Its gonna be worth it,
Its gonna be worth it all"

As you've all been made aware of at this point our beloved school is closing after 36 years. As I remember the lives of various students who were ministered to, many of who come from unchurched families, it's hard to see how God could allow such a thing to occur. In the many moments in life where things don't seem make sense, I am humbled to remember that I am not God (as if I needed to be reminded). We've seen the mightiness of God turn terrible things into good all the time but when these disappointments arrive it is hard to immediately turn to praise.

Yet it is in these moments of turmoil and chaos that God breaks forth in great mercy and power. We see this from the very beginning of Creation as the Spirit of God hovered over the dark stormy waters of chaos ready to bring forth order and life. We see this in God promising the Exiles through the prophet Jeremiah to bless and keep them in the midst of captivity. We see this as Jesus calmed the waves as the disciples crossed the sea of Galilee. In all our moments of confusion we can rest assured that God still has a will and it will be accomplished. There is no such thing as defeat with the God who is able to do much more than we can imagine. The best thing we can do is pray, worship and wait on Him. It's gonna be worth it.

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Marriage Moment - June 2017 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/marriage-moment/marriage-moment-june-2017 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/marriage-moment/marriage-moment-june-2017

Marriage Moment
Brian Collis
June 2017


When we get married, we state our intentions of love to our fiancée before God and witnesses. We take vows. A vow (noun) is defined as:


a solemn promise committing oneself to an act, service, or condition.


By these vows we are stating our commitment to the institution of marriage, and to our spouse. When we commit (verb) , we most likely are thinking of this definition:


to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance


But there is another definition of commit.


to entrust, especially for safekeeping


Does this idea, that you are entrusting yourself to your marriage for your well-being,  change the way you think about your union? It should. Too often people today think of marriage (and by extension their spouse) as needing to make them happy, but safekeeping doesn’t necessarily mean happy. Well-being and happiness are not the same. As humans, the things we want are often not the things we need and vice versa.



As Christians we believe that God has plans for us, and those plans are for our benefit and for the advancing of His kingdom. God tells us through the prophet Jeremiah. (29:11)


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Prosperity, hope, a future… no mention of happiness. God’s goal is our holiness, and for those of us who are led to marry, marriage plays a huge part in that.


It is key to remember that the safekeeping is not passive though. It’s not like we are locking ourselves away in a vault to protect us from the world outside. The definitions of VOW and COMMIT listed above work in concert; Through your vows you are committing yourself to your spouse's well being, and by that you entrust yourself to the union for your well-being. Working to meet your spouse’s needs, loving and caring for them is what’s best for you. It’s often said that helping others is the best thing to help yourself, that making others happy is the best way to bring ourselves joy. The leadership expert Jim Rohn said “Help others get what they want, and you’ll get everything you want.” This is true in marriage as well as in life.


Think on this, and commit yourself to your marriage in every sense of the word.


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Women's Softball 2017 Season Begins April 24th http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/recreation/womens-softball/women-s-softball-2017-season-begins-april-24th http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/recreation/womens-softball/women-s-softball-2017-season-begins-april-24th

womenssoftballblueWomen's Softball

Women's Softball is getting ready to start up again!  If you are between the ages of 14 and 100+ and would love to play softball for the church, please contact Eric Brown.  

Practice Starts on March 15th at 6:00pm to 8:00pm and our first game will be April 24th at 6:00pm.  The only requirement is that you must be able to have fun and be supportive!

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Vacation Bible School - July 31-August 4, 2017 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/other-ministries/vacation-bible-school-july-31-august-4-2017 http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/other-ministries/vacation-bible-school-july-31-august-4-2017

Vacation Bible School 2017

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Our program this year is

Discover your strength in God!  

Our VBS program will take place the week of
July 31st through August 4th


     Student Registration will open June 1st

    for children age 4 through grade 5

and registration forms will be available in the office.


If you are interested in volunteering this year

or need more information about the program, 

please contact vbs@stpaulsbrick.org

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Amazon Smile http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/announcements/general/amazon-smile http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/announcements/general/amazon-smile

Amazon Smile


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2017 Blessing of the Animals, Pet Adoption, Pet Fair http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/pet-ministry/2017-blessing-of-the-animals-pet-adoption-pet-fair http://www.stpaulsbrick.org/ministries/pet-ministry/2017-blessing-of-the-animals-pet-adoption-pet-fair  


St. Paul's 6th Annual Blessing of the Animals, Pet Adoption and Pet Fair

Saturday, September 16, 2017

10AM -  2PM

Blessing ceremony, Pet Memorial Montage, K9 Demonstrations, Face Painters, Pet/IOwner activities,

Vendors with shopping opportunities for your pet and yourself, Food Court, and much more.

We welcome new people to help with the day's events,  and Vendor spaces are still available.  If interested, contact Ivy Kirn,


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