What does "FOR Pinellas" mean?
Too many times people only know what churches are against. We want to start a conversation about what St. Paul is FOR. We are FOR our neighbors, our community, families, elders, first responders, local businesses, those in need… We are FOR kindness, generosity, and positive change. We are FOR sharing God's love with our community. We are FOR Pinellas.
How do we show that we are FOR Pinellas?
Being FOR Pinellas means reaching out to our community and showing them what God's love is all about. It also means lifting up the people in our community who are making Pinellas a great place to be! Some of the ways that you can show that we're FOR Pinellas:
If you have a social media account, share the positive things you see in our community, or positive things you're doing, with the hashtag #FORpinellas. This might mean posting about the customer service you got that was above and beyond, or a local business that you've seen doing something positive for the community. It might be a random act of kindness you witnessed, or something you did. It might be the St. Paul ministry you're serving alongside. Anything that is making our community a better place — post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag it #FORpinellas so we can all share these positives.
Support Community Events
When we hear of community events, anything from Little League games to 5Ks, festivals to high school plays, we'll put together a St. Paul group to attend and cheer on our neighbors or support them by doing something like providing water at 5Ks. We'll get out into the community to show we care about our community and that we are FOR Pinellas.
Take part in St. Paul ministries that impact our community
St. Paul has many ways that we are already serving our community, with new ministries like our afterschool program starting soon. There are lots of ways for you to get involved. Our upcoming Vacation Bible Sschool and Back to School Jubilee are two ways we're reaching out to families in our community this summer. We also have lots of ongoing ministries you can serve with long term like Open Arms, our homeless meal, and Stephen Ministry. Sign up on the Connect Card on Sunday or contact us if you are interested in serving in any of these ways.
Wear the Shirt
Visit the Connection Center or the church office to get your FOR Pinellas t-shirt! Wear it out in the community and if anyone asks you what it means, tell them that St. Paul is FOR our community, and FOR them! When we serve the community at VBS or Back to School Jubilee, or if we go as a group to support an event in the community, we'll wear our shirts so everyone can see we are FOR Pinellas. Shirts are available for a donation of $5 ($6 if paying by credit card). We welcome additional donations if you would like to cover the cost of a shirt for someone who can't afford it.
FOR Pinellas Cards
Pick up FOR Pinellas cards in the Connection Center or in the back of the pew and carry them with you. If you do a random act of kindness, like paying for someone's meal or coffee at a drive-thru, give the server a card so they know why you're doing it. If you're sharing someone's story on social media, or someone asks you about your FOR Pinellas shirt, you can give them a card so they understand what FOR Pinellas means.
Let's be a positive force in our community!