St Paul's United Methodist Church
On a Mission to Share God's Love in Our Community
Here are the first two pictures celebrating Palm Sunday. Hope there will be more soon.
We also hope you will take a picture of your branch, hopefully with your family and email it to us at: mailto:email@example.com so that we can share your picture in our Palm Sunday photo gallery
Online Giving Available Soon!
We are in the process of adding an online giving option so that you may make your contributions to St Paul’s UMC more easily while you are sequestered at home. Once this service is activated you will be able to click on the button below to visit our giving page where you can choose how you would like to make your contribution.
New Pastor Coming
Despite all the confusion, anxiety and chaos going on in the world with the COVID-19 virus including temporarily closing St. Paul’s the Pastor Parish Relations Committee has something positive to share.
We will be getting a Pastor starting in July!! Her name is Cazandra MacDonald. She is a local pastor and her husband is an ordained elder who has been appointed to Belen UMC starting in July. She has also been taking classes at Iliff UMC Seminary in Denver to become ordained.
More to follow as we get closer to July
All services and meetings at St Paul’s UMC in Socorro have been cancelled until April10th
Please read specific details in the sections below
Online Church Services available during closure
As many of you know over the past few months, we have had several pastors coming to preach from Central United Methodist Church in Albuquerque. In continuing with this relationship and given the current situation with the COVID-19, we have set up a link to Central’s Sunday morning services which you can watch live or at your convenience. Also Rev. Kelly Jackson Brooks who preached for us in February has offered her phone number (505-550-9536) for people who may want to discuss their spiritual issues.
Clicking the link below will take you to Central UMC’s YouTube page.
March 20, 2020
Dear St Paul’s Family,
Because we want to make sure that you are aware of what is going on at St Paul’s and we know that not everyone has access to the Internet and email we have decided to send a letter with information about where we are posting information.
If you can access the Internet please check the church’s web page www.spumc-socorro.org every day as that is where we will post the first update of changes to our schedule. We will also continue to send out email posts to all email addresses we have in our database. If you did not receive our post last Saturday please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 207-441-1410 (Edna’s mobile #) and ask to be contacted by text unless you have a new email we should include.
All regular church services have been cancelled through April 10th. However, we will open the church each Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:30am for those who would like to come and pray, and we will organize a short prayer service at 10:45am for all who would chooses to join us.
Weekly group meetings will continue to be held at the discretion of each individual group. Please check with the leader of your weekly group to find out if that group is still meeting.
Here are the things we know have been cancelled
· Choir practice and Dancing at St Paul’s are cancelled until further notice
· The Foundation Board’s Coffee & Donuts on the Plaza April 3rd
· Men’s Group on April 4th is cancelled
· Maunday Thursday Service, April 9th is cancelled as well as our Good Friday gathering (April 10th) at the Plaza
· Easter Sunrise Service and the Pancake Breakfast (April 12th) are also cancelled
· College meals until Tech decides campus is safe
We are hoping to be able to have a modified Easter Service which will include music, prayers and readings. The plan is to hold this service on the front lawn so that people can maintain a safe distance from each other. We will announce more information including time and other details as we get closer to April 12th.
But we also have some good news to report….
Several of our parishioners have been working hard to make sure that our building is clean and safe. Hats off to Kenny Hoke (Trustee Chair), Deanna Miranda (our cleaning lady), the Comstocks, Darla Bejnar, Gloria Tacker and Oliver Wingenter. Because of them we have been able to deep clean all our bathrooms, the Sanctuary, Nursery, Parlor, Fellowship Hall and Office. In addition, we have cleaned ovens, counters and cabinets in the kitchen, and rearranged and weeded out old and or unnecessary items in both the kitchen and Sunday School Room. Blessings on all of you.
Please consider sending your regular offering for St Paul’s by mail to our 1000 Goad St., Socorro, NM 87801 address. Or use your bank or credit union’s online banking service to send us an electronic check. We are not in a desperate place at this point but there are still ongoing expenses that need to be covered. Thank you.
Also let us know if you or someone in your family needs help with groceries, prescription pick-up or just needs someone to talk to while they are in isolation. We will do our best to connect you with someone who can bring you groceries, medicines or a kind word. And please continue to pray for all of us.
A final reminder – please check for updates and new information frequently at www.spumc-socorro.org. The Corona Virus situation is changing constantly and those changes affect all of us.
You are in our prayers,
The Leadership Team
Gloria Tacker, Church Council Chair email@example.com 505-450-2253
Darla Bejnar, Lay Leader firstname.lastname@example.org 575-418-8598
Edna Comstock, Treasurer email@example.com 207-441-1410
Peter Comstock, PPRC Chair firstname.lastname@example.org 575-518-8768
Morning Bible Study Thursday Mornings at 10am cancelled until notified of date to resume
Please join us next Thursday, as we continue our study of 1st & 2nd Peter, at 10 am in St Paul’s Fellowship Hall. We hope it will answer the needs of folks who cannot come to the evening Bible study. Come and share your questions, insights, and curiosity about what God is saying to us.
Edna Comstock (207)441-1410
Gloria Tacker (505)450-2253
Darla Bejnar (575)418-859
UMW Lenten Creation Care Calendar
Once again the New Mexico Conference United Methodist Women has prepared a Lenten Calendar focused on Creation Care. Feel free to use this Calendar as you see fit. Some Churches put a copy in every Sunday bulletin. Others make it available to their congregation through email. Still others print copies and distribute it to interested parties via their ushers. However you use it, know that you are being a good steward of God’s creation. Follow this link to download a copy of the calender.
Dancing at St Paul’s ins suspended until we are notified otherwise
Dance normally meets on the 2nd &
4th Saturdays each month.
9:15am Choir Practice
10:00am Sunday Service
11am Fellowship & Food
Children’s Sunday School meets during church
Youth Group meets during fellowship time
All programs, services and groups have been cancelled until further notice.
All Bible Studies and Prayer groups are cancelled until further notice
No Singing Service at Good Sam
- No Jam Session on Saturdays