St Paul’s United Methodist Church
Socorro, New Mexico
1000 Goad Street
Socorro, NM 87801
Mid-week Pastor’s Newsletter and Devotions
Thursday Morning Bible Study 10AM
Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study 6PM
Sunday Worship via St Paul’s YouTube page
Communion 1st Sunday of the month
Based on the easing of restrictions this past week we have begun the process of preparing to open in-person worship.
Please check this page often to see what progress has been made toward this goal.
Until then please remain safely at home. God loves and so do we.
- Mid-week Pastor’s Newsletter (MailChimp)
- Pastor’s Office Hours – Thursday 10am – 3pm (check the church calendar as the day may occasionally change)
- Thursday Morning Bible Study 10am (Zoom) email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the group
- Women’s Bible Study 6pm (Zoom) email Darla Bejnar (email@example.com)to be added to the group
- Sunday’s Worship Bulletin will be sent in a MailChimp posting after the worship Service is posted to YouTube on Saturday evening.
- Sunday Worship via YouTube (posted Saturday evening)
Online Church Services
- We will continue to update this list of church services available for you to attend online. We’d appreciate suggestions from you for the list as well. Please send them to Online Services. Here are a few entries to try:
- Hamlin Memorial UMC
- First United Methodist Church of Belen – closest UMC to us in distance.
- Central United Methodist Church, Albuquerque – We have had three pastors from this church come to preach for us, Kelly Brooks, Jim Hawk and Scott Sharp
Find a Methodist Church You can look up any UMC and check to see if they have an online service.
Check Google, Bing etc. for additional online services.
Help us help our community by giving online
We have activated our online giving system and we hope that you will use the button below to access the Online Giving page. Because we are obligated to provide a record of your donations you will need to register for this online service and set the parameters for your account. We are hoping that you will take advantage of this service especially while we are practicing “social distancing”. You can choose from credit and debit cards, ACH direct withdrawal and text messaging. All of these services require a small fee. Please help us get as much of your donation to St Paul’s as possible by using the ACH method if you can (it has the lowest fees) and/or agreeing to pay the extra fee involved. This will mean so very much to our mission programs. If you need help please contact us at: Online Giving Help
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Last week the Church Re-Opening Task Force met to make plans to re-open the church for in-person worship. We should have a solid announcement next week, but plans are in the works. If you know you will not be comfortable meeting in-person until after the New Year, do not worry. St. Paul’s will continue to offer an online worship option. This option will be a permanent addition to our ministry moving forward even when the world resumes a more “normal” rhythm. We are tracking viewership with our mid-week devotional series and our Sunday worship and are attracting regular viewers from all over the country! We are doing the work of the church, sharing the Word of God even in a pandemic. Praise be to God!
Small groups are allowed to meet at the church. Please contact your small group leader to see when your group will resume meeting in person. Masks are required. If your group is not ready to meet, no worries. This is not about rushing into anything that will make you feel uncomfortable. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
While several may not be comfortable returning to church for the forseeable future, keeping in touch is important. I am looking for 2-3 volunteers to take part in our Telecare Ministry. If you have the time to make some phone calls, you are the person I am looking for! Please prayerfully consider joining our phone call ministry. Let me know if you have any questions and are interested.
Our first Zoom Fellowship was held last Sunday. We had a great time visiting and laughing. It was great to see faces. Zoom Fellowship is on the calendar for Sundays from 11-11:30 Please email myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Edna (email@example.com) for the Zoom login information. We are not publishing the link on the website in order to keep strangers from intruding on the meeting (Zoombombers). There have been reports of these incidents around the world, where people get into meetings and share lewd, racists and obsence information. In order to keep our connection free of these intruders, we must send out invites individually. Just send an email and we’ll get the information to you. By the way, you do not have to stay in the meeting for the entire 30 minutes, you can come in, say hello and leave. It is a come and go time to check in and say hello.
May you be surrounded by God’s love today.
Grace, peace and elbows,
Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Wouldn’t it be nice to hear from our St. Paul’s musicians? If you are a musician and would like to share a song, hymn, etc. with the congregation, there is a way to do this. We can post your musical offering to the website, on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. If you would be willing to share your talent with us, please let me and/or Lynn know. If the technical aspect of sharing online is daunting, our resident sound man, Steve Hunyady, has graciously offered to help. You may reach Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-450-3239. I know that our congregation would love to see familiar faces.
I still have plenty of room for Front Porch or Zoom visits. If you would like to visit with me, please sign up at the blue box below. If you want to drop by the church on a Thursday for a few minutes, feel free to do so, but call me to make sure I am in the building. You may always reach me via email at email@example.com, or call 575-322-0528.
Stay safe. Wear your masks, wash your hands, and take care of yourselves. May your week be filled with love and joy.
Grace, peace and elbows,
A Simple Guide for Worshiping at Home
St. Paul’s UMC Socorro – Pastor Cazandra Campos-MacDonald
September 20, 2020
Preparation: Find a spot in your home for yourself/your family to engage in worship. Include your Bible, a candle and a lighter or matches (or battery-operated candle or low wattage table lamp), if possible. You might consider a small cross if you have one available.
Candle Lighting: Light or turn on the candle/lamp to acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit in your worship.
Opening Prayer: Take a deep breath and give thanks for the gift of God’s Holy Spirit.
Song of Celebration: The Trees of the Field FWS #2279 https://youtu.be/T6Kg-58repg
Scripture: Read a passage from the Bible. The text for the St. Paul’s community for September 20, 2020, is Philippians 1:21-30.
Affirmation of Faith: Recite the Apostle’s Creed together (UMH #882).
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic**church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*Traditional use of this creed includes these words: “He descended into hell.”
Songs of Praise:
Now Thank We All Our God, UMH#102 https://youtu.be/sR6Kajdtt3M
My Life is in You Lord, FWS #2070: https://youtu.be/GPqHufcoreg
Giving: Give thanks for God’s faithfulness and provision. Contribute to the mission of
your local church by writing a check or giving online. Contributions to St. Paul’s may be made by mailing a check to 1000 Goad St., Socorro, NM 87801 or giving online via the website www.spumc-socorro.org.
Song of Centering:
Hungry, Kathryn Scott, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPZMEfkb0VQ
Prayers of the People for the Church:
From A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God, Psalm 25:4-6
Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses;
for they have been ever of old. Amen.
(May) the Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
Song of Benediction
How Great is Our God: https://youtu.be/cKLQ1td3MbE
Be at Peace: Reach out to someone you have not spoken to in a while. Send a card, drop off some flowers or a special offering from your kitchen. Let them know they are loved.