St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Monday, December 09, 2019

Outreach

 

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!

 
 
 

 
January Pak-A-Sak
Jan 5 - Please bring your non-perishable foods, on the first Sunday of each month, to the church for the Neighborhood House food closet for our M.O.T. brothers and sisters
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We feed the community Body & Soul

On the first Sunday of the month we bring non-perishable items for the food closet at Neighborhood House, a local agency that helps families in the MOT area. This Sunday consider tithing your weekly grocery budget and bring healthy meal choices for folks who are having a hard time making ends meet. Think about including breakfast items, healthy snacks for kids, pasta & sauce, juice, hygiene items.

    
 
 
 
Reaching Out
 
 

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

 

MOSAIC MISSION
With heart felt gratitude, I want to thank you all for your donations for the Mosaic toiletry drive. I am truly humbled by your outpouring of love and generosity. Your gifts will bring such joy to the individuals Mosaic serves. Our Church is an amazing place. We have collected: 39 calendars, 20 personal calendars, 36 activity books, 10 boxes of crayons, 26 decks of cards, 52 bottles of body wash, 90 bars of soap, 43 bottles of shampoo, 50 deodorant, 9 shaving creme, 14 packs of razors, 57 packs of tissues, 8 toothpaste, 5 toothbrushes, 12 bottles of mouthwash, 10 bottles of lotions, 11 bottles of powder, 5 body spray, 23 hand sanitizes, 18 hair brushes/accessories, 19 manicure kits, 7 bottles of nail polish, 2 jars petroleum jelly, 22 lip balms and 8 washcloths. Peace, Mary Ingram
 
DO THE MASHED POTATO!
Thanks so much to ALL who donated! We collected 78 boxes/pouches of mashed potatoes. WOOHOO! A huge thanks to Sue & Mark Holden for delivering!
 
ADOPT-A-FAMILY
Thank You to Everyone who contributed to the Adopt-A-Family Project! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!  We will deliver the gifts on Monday, December 16. If you can help out with delivery, please meet at the church at 9 AM but please email Dawn (dawn.buckworth@verizon.net) to let her know you're coming so she can plan ahead. We also need volunteers Sunday, December 8, after church to help sort presents. Thanks so much!
 

SILVER LAKE SCHOOL NEEDS
We have traditionally supported Silver Lake Elementary in a variety of ways. We will continue to do that this year and maybe add some ways we can support students in our community with a variety of needs. Currently the kids are all getting a snack break every day in an effort to help them focus and keep the blood sugar even!!  Of course, the students who need it most are often the ones who do not or cannot bring a snack.  Silver Lake administration has asked for large bags or boxes of non-peanut snacks like Cheerios, animal crackers, and goldfish. Other ideas may be small pretzels, cheese balls etc. There will be a regular collection place for this ongoing mission. For now, if you have any of these items to donate please put them in the basket by the table in the Narthex labeled Silver Lake Snacks. Thanks for your support and participation!!
  
CREATIVE MENTORING AT SILVERLAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Is God Calling You?
Creative Mentoring, a program of Connecting Generations, supports in-school mentoring programs in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties of Delaware. Several of our members and friends at St. Paul’s have enjoyed mentoring relationships with children attending Silverlake Elementary School. Currently, our pastor, Bo Gordy-Stith, mentors two children every Wednesday morning, but you can bless a child at Silverlake with just a half hour of your time each week. Research shows that a strong mentoring relationship can be one of the most important relationships in a child’s development. Mentoring helps children achieve success in school and life by helping to build self-esteem, self-confidence, interpersonal communication skills, social values, aspirations, and school engagement. Through personal, one-on-one time in schools, mentors work with students to develop their unique qualities and to reach their full potential. For more information, please contact our pastor (in person or via email: pastor@stpaulsodessa.org or text/cell: 302-373-5143) or go online https://connecting-generations.org/become-a-delaware-mentor/
 
POSTAGE STAMPS FOR PRISON MINISTRY
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.
 
WAWA FOOD PICKUP SERVANTS NEEDED
We need servants to pick up food at the WAWA on 299 every other week on 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 dawn.buckworth@verizon.net
 
VISITATION TEAMS 
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 stpodessa@stpaulsodessa.org.
 
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
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.
 
 
2019 COVENANT GARDEN

On Friday, August 23, Alan Martin, John Harmer, Bill Apps, and myself pulled all the plants, removed cages, stakes, and secured in storage barn as the Covenant Garden was put to sleep for the coming winter months. Once again God shared his grace over the Garden and the following was harvested and distributed to the Neighborhood House: 197 Squash, 152 Zucchini, 111 Cucumbers, 735 Okra, 61 Bell Peppers, 775 Cherry Tomatoes, 54 Tomatoes, 13 Egg Plant, 121 Plum Tomatoes and 19 ½ lbs. String Beans. Thanks to All who helped and a Special Thanks to John Harmer for his delivery of every bag of veggies to the Neighborhood House!  God Bless and see you in the Spring! Paul Loder

A Note from Neighbor House: 

The Neighborhood House staff and volunteers would like to thank you for the fresh produce from the Covenant garden. We appreciate the people who cultivated and took care of it during the spring and summer.  Over 100 families were served, and some came back for more!  Earlier in the spring, Neighborhood House held a series of Food Skills & Nutrition classes, and they received recipes that included using fresh veggies.  It is truly a heavenly gift that St. Paul’s UMC gives to the Neighborhood House that provides for those in need.                    

In joy and gratitude always, Marilyn Hendershot

 
 
 

BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK BAG GIVE-A-WAY 2019-2020

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH SORTING, PACKING AND DELIVERING THE BOOK BAGS!!! ALL OF THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT EVERYONE PARTICIPATING!!!  SPECIAL THANKS TO COURTNEY MARTIN FOR SHOPPING FOR THE SUPPLIES AND TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS IMPORTANT MISSION.

 

 
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
TO DEEP ROOTS @ CLAIRVAUX FARM 
 
 

2nd Annual MOT Community "Rise Against Hunger" Event

Saturday, March 9th about 44 people from St. Paul’s came out with other MOT Community Organizations to help assemble meals which benefit developing countries.  Last year over 300 community volunteers, many young children, had a fantastic time packing over 30,000 meals.  It was a great learning opportunity for our young children to learn how to give back.  “Rise Against Hunger” is an international relief organization.  Or more information visit www.RiseAgainstHunger.org  

 

We also had a SUPER “Souper Bowl” Sunday!    

After the 11:00 Service this past Super Bowl Sunday, the ladies shared a wonderful salad and soup lunch for all who stayed.  There was a variety of soups from “Bird Soup” to Cream of Crab. Great soup donations were shared by many of the St. Paul’s family. Salads and dessert were also available for purchase, also.   Proceeds will help support Maggie McCombs, Kathy Chas’ cousin, who was shot and paralyzed in 2012.

“The Midweek” would like to publish any/all of the soup recipes if those of you who donated would like to share them.  Everything was delicious!  Thanks to all who helped with set-up, clean-up and to Kathy for all of her organization!

  
UMCOR Cleaning Buckets---An Overwhelming Success!
Challenge Accepted!!!
 
 

Thanks to Ronnie Miller, Charlii Miller, Carlotta Cline & Hap Bonham for all their help.
A special thanks to Ronnie Miller for the use of his horse trailer and the transport and
delivery of the cleaning buckets.
   
 
DISASTER RESPONSE
Go to UMCOR’s website at http://www.umcor.org/ to find ways to assist YOUR sisters and brothers in the world
         


Click here
for more information on NothingButNets.net 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
 
http://umc-gbcs.org/
 
Neighborhood House