St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Friday, September 18, 2020

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!

 
 
ALL WEEKLY AND SPECIAL IN-PERSON GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED AND THE OFFICE IS CLOSED DURING THE QUARANTINE
 
FOR WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
 
SPECIAL OFFERING
IMPACTS OF HURRICANE ISAIAS
 

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!

 

 
Aug Pak-A-Sak
Aug 2 - 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

Normally, 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. Please consider tithing your weekly grocery budget and bring healthy meal choices for folks who are having a hard time making ends meet. Items currently in need:

Non-Perishables:
Gluten free (8 yr.old) Pasta + Pasta Sauce
Tuna + Tuna Helper
Any Canned Meats (Protein)
Mac + Cheese
Applesauce
Snack Packs (2 yr.old) ex. Crackers & Cheese Dip

 

7/19/20 OUR DAILY BREAD DONATIONS

 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!

5/31/20 NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE DONATION 

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

    
 
 
 
Reaching Out
 
 

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


 
OUR DAILY BREAD DONATIONS
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:
  • Cold cuts (ham, turkey, chicken, baloney, store made chicken & tuna salads)
  • Sliced cheeses
  • White bread
  • Individual bags of chips and/or snacks
  • Fruit cups
  • Fresh fruit (apples, bananas, oranges)
  • Individual bags of cookies and other desserts
  • Bottled water or other beverages (apple juice, lemonade, etc.)
  • Non-perishables - PB&J, canned veggies, soup, mac & cheese, canned fruits, pasta & sauce, canned chicken & tuna, etc.

 

MOT SENIOR CENTER
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. 
  
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 (On-Hold)
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 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.
 
 
2020 COVENANT GARDEN

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......

Peace
Paul Loder
 

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

 
ADOPT-A-FAMILY
17 Families adopted for Christmas with over 600 gifts!!!
Our generous hearts are overflowing! Kudos to Brenda Shaffer, Dawn Buckworth and everyone who participated with sorting, packing and delivery! Much appreciation!!!
 
 
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!
 
 

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  

    
 
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