St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Saturday, January 16, 2021



St. Paul's has a strong history of Mission and Outreach. Although we may not be a mega-church we are mega-mission minded for we know that we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. We invite you to be a part of our Outreach Ministries!


 Please drop off your donations for the benefit of the Neighborhood House food closet supporting our M.O.T. brothers and sisters.

We Feed the Community Body & Soul

Neighborhood House is in need of the following food/toiletries: Cereal, Rice, Pancake
mix/syrup, individual children’s snacks: juice boxes, pudding cups, raisins, Goldfish etc.;
single Mac and Cheese and disposable face masks.

Reaching Out

Stop in the Narthex to see how you can get involved helping St. Paul’s Mission and Outreach.

Deep Roots volunteers, you are the BEST! We are very grateful to our latest cooks for the meal we delivered to the Deep Roots families last Wednesday! A total of 40 people enjoyed a delicious casserole, in addition to salad and holiday cookies. We will be contacting folks for donations towards a meal which we’ll be providing the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Thank you in advance for your willingness to contribute and help us with this most meaningful endeavor! ~Karen & Nadine
We are in awe and truly blessed by the outpouring number of donations coming into St. Paul's for the Adopt-A-Family annual Christmas tradition of adopting 15 families. Donations totaled over $3,000. We will use the money to buy gift cards as our presents. We will deliver the gift cards on Sunday, December 13th. Thank you so much for continuing to support our families in the MOT area!

If you are able, below are the items needed most to help ODB in meal preparation, preparing the side bags, and the bags of groceries distributed on Fridays. Thank you in advance for whatever you can donate. Donations can be taken to Our Daily Bread, 214 North Broad Street (behind Middletown's Old Town Hall), on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  Items needed:

  • Canned Meats
  • Individual bags of salty snacks
  • Fruit cups
  • Fresh fruit (apples, bananas, oranges)
  • Individual bags of sweet snacks
  • Bottled water or other beverages (apple juice, lemonade, etc.)
  • Spaghetti & Sauce
  • Bake Beans
  • Cereal (Small Boxes)
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Mustard & Ketchup
  • Individual Microwavable Food
MOT Senior Center is accepting items between 8 AM-Noon Tuesday-Thursday. There is a box out front to put items in if they are not there. They are in need of the following: Spaghetti sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, snack size snacks, individual juices, peanut butter, jelly, magazines, word find books, side dishes, cereal, or gift cards to Food Lion for $10 each. 
We have an opportunity to do a simple task to assist a prison ministry offered by one of our own Deaconesses, Patricia Marks. There will be a container in the Narthex in which you to place your postage stamps.
We need servants to pick up food at the WAWA on 299 every other week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45 AM. It takes about an hour to pick it up and then bring to church and bag it. Please contact Dawn Buckworth if you can help at
Sometimes it is the face-to-face encounter with folks of the community of faith that remind us of the importance of connection. We are in need of folks for visitation, not just for homebound or hospitalized, but for general outreach. Spending time with our sisters and brothers, praying with them, sharing the events of congregational life and administering the Sacraments, changes us as well as offering the Spiritual sustenance for those who cannot get to worship. We already have faithful teams who offer the Eucharist, but we also need teams to visit our congregation on a rotating basis. If you would like to be part of this important ministry opportunity, please contact the office at
As part of our partnership with SLE this year, we will continue to collect Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. This is an easy and fun way to earn our school cash. There is a collection box in the kitchen.

On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, Hurricane Isaias impacted our church community. Carlotta Cline and Bill & Margie Apps were severely impacted with property damage. Thankfully Bill & Margie Apps only had porch damage and arrangements have been made for their repairs.

Carlotta Cline’s damages were more significant and therefore we would like to take a special offering for the next two Sundays to support C-Line Stables. Carlotta kindheartedly donated her property for over 8 years to the St. Paul’s Covenant Garden, which provided vegetables for the Neighborhood House to many families in need. Also, our St. Paul’s Youth have benefited from horse-riding instruction located on her same property. Let us come together once again as a community of gracious servant hearts! Your generous donations by checks can be made payable to St. Paul’s UMC and please write “Special Donation-C-Line Stables” on the memo line. Thank you and God Bless!



 We had another food donation drop off, this time for Our Daily Bread, on Sunday, July 19th from Noon – 1 PM and we also collected donations through our yellow hat. Check donations for the yellow hat can be made payable to St. Paul’s UMC. Thank you!


My sincere thanks to all who contributed to the Neighborhood House, with both nonperishables and monetary contributions. Much appreciation for John Harmer, Dick Leuliette, and Charlii Miller who collected, loaded, and delivered the food. I was the greeter/traffic controller and maybe next month we could donate to Our Daily Bread.
Thanks again for being a blessing to those less fortunate than ourselves. Dawn Buckworth


I would like to bring each of you up to date on St. Paul's Covenant Garden and that would be after long hours of thought, discussion, and prayer I believe it's time to close down the Covenant Garden. Several factors have led me to this decision and some of these are, Carlotta has her farm up for sale (which might cause a problem if sold during our garden season), however my main concerns are that a garden the size of ours requires 6-8 hours a week for care such as weeding, carrying water to dry plants, checking for pest damage among other things. As each of you know planting is in volumes and can be laborious at times. And, to be honest, I can no longer put in the hours required to maintain a growing garden. I have also noticed over the last couple of years the church member volunteer workers have dwindled down to 3-4 faithfuls and I understand families and priorities change as families grow. With this being said I would like to remember our garden (which started 8 years ago from the Disciple 1 class group) as the garden that provided bountiful veggies to those in need for 8 years, was location for Prayer sessions, Blessings, Foundation for student papers, Work project for court ordered "Community Service" and last but not least, First announcement of a Pregnancy!! (who is now a faithful youth of St. Paul's).

I truly believe God led us to this garden project and I know God has to be pleased with the way St. Paul's disciples faithfully served the community and the Neighborhood House. Over the 8 years I saw God's Blessings taking place at the Covenant Garden and with those involved with the garden. I will always have fond memories of the Covenant Garden and how God always seem to have his hand placed over the garden. The Covenant Garden has been a Spiritual uplifting for each of us and who knows another God led project might just be on the horizon. 

Thanks to each of you for your discipleship and may God Bless you always......

Paul Loder

JAMES 3:18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace


Go to UMCOR’s website at to find ways to assist YOUR sisters and brothers in the world

Click here
for more information on and find out how YOU can help!!! A $10 contribution will pay for an insecticide-treated bed net, getting it to a family in Africa and teaching them how to use it properly.

Mission Opportunities

Here are some resources to help get you started:
Missions page on the Peninsula-Delaware Website
Volunteer in Missions Projects around the Country
UMCOR - United Methodist Committee on Relief
United Methodist Women (or Women's Division)
UMC General Board of Church and Society
Neighborhood House