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St Paul's United Methodist Church

On a Mission to Share God's Love in Our Community

No At Church Activities including worship until the Governor lifts the quarantine order.

Meet our new pastor Cazandra Campos-MacDonald

St Paul's New Pastor

Our new pastor, Cazandra Campos-MacDonald begins her ministry with us this week and we will be posting her schedule and  information on our web site and Facebook page after Tuesday. To contact Pastor Cazandra use: pastor@spumc-socorro.org 

Let’s Give Cazandra A Great Big Welcome to St Paul’s UMC

Last week we noted that we can’t have a BIG welcoming event at church (Hoping to have a church event later in the year).  We asked those of you who feel comfortable to send us a selfie of your family or a short video introducing your family to Cazandra.   And we noted that cards and notes would work too.  Here is the information again for sending those greetings to Pastor Cazandra.  Send to Welcome, 1000 Goad St., Socorro, NM 87801 or if an electronic greeting use pastor@spumc-socorro.org  

Returning to Church Survey Results

While there is currently no change to our plans for returning to church, although we will be working on a plan for the future with our new pastor,  we can share the results of the survey we launched on June 6th.  We had 22 responses with the following percentages for each option.

9.5% choose the option to resume services July 12th
14.3% choose the option to resume August 1st
28,6% choose the option to return when more of the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted
47.6% opted for returning only after all restrictions have been lifted.

In addition we received 10 responses to question #2 Do you have suggestions for additional ways we might keep our church community connected? (i.e. more Zoom groups, blog, newsletter, Upper Room distribution, etc.)? We have not included responses that offered no suggestions for improvement.
 

  • A blog where church members can connect and keep up with each other. The Prayer Shawl group and the Jam Session group are small and could sit apart. I would like to see them start meeting in August.
  • The average age of our church is somewhere around 65, this is still the highest age risk demographic for covid-19. I would like to church to be safe so did we can continue to not have any Active cases in our congregation. And maybe that means we wait  a little bit longer to resume services. I know this can be aggravating for people who going to church is a social outlet and maybe even a 60 year tradition but  I promise heaven, God’s love and the community of the church is not going anywhere.
  • everything looks good, and I’m happy that covid 19 restrictions for the patrons are the church’s highest prioraties 
  • I like receiving the Upper Room and I think it is a great way to connect us. I get a warm feeling for St. Paul’s when I see it on the table and open it to read. I’m looking forward to the Pastor’s Sermon online.  AND I hesitated choosing the above because I’m very vulnerable. I wouldn’t want to sway the survey for others who are not in my health position.  I’d appreciate some way we could share the service online for folks like me.
  • Zoom groups would be one way for people to remain connected. Recorded sermons by our new pastor, distributed over the web, might be another good way to keep our community connected. 
  • Newsletter or bog. I do not have Zoom,

St Paul's has a new Facebook page

 Check out St Paul’s new Facebook page!  St Paul’s UMC.  It gooes with the Facebook Group site we have had for sometime.  Everyone on the group page has already been connected to the new Page.  You can join us by liking or following the page.  Our new pastor, Cazandra Campos-MacDonald, who will be with us beginning July 1st will be her sermons and devotionals on this page soon.  So look for them soon. 

Online Church Services & Giving

  • 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:

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 

Online Giving

A great article from Cazandra MacDonald who will be our new pastor 'hopefully" in July

Thoughts from a “Technical Director”
 
Cazandra Campos-MacDonald, Certified Candidate, Hamlin Memorial UMC, Farwell, Texas
I wear many hats in my local church. From leading worship, preaching, organizing events, teaching, and serving wherever there is a need, I am actively involved. Now I took on a new role out of necessity…” technical director.” My technical directing tools involve the use of an iPad, iMovie, and YouTube. It is hardly high tech, but for my small church, it gets the job done. But there is something that happened during these weeks of quarantine that surprised me.
 
I enjoy watching services throughout our conference. I get to see what the inside of the sanctuary looks like, hear music from different groups as well as hear pastors preach that I never heard before. Some churches stream their services without hesitation because it is part of what they did prior to COVID-19. Views capturing the pastor from different angles move seamlessly during a sermon. Close-ups of images from the church and people sharing music give the viewer a more interesting visual component to worship. And the sound is amplified by high tech microphones.
 
I’m just using my iPad. Is it enough?
 
The sin of comparison begins to rear its ugly head as I doubt the work that I continue to put out. I try my best to capture the hearts of the small team that assembles each week to worship but is it enough?
Yes, Beloved, it is enough.
 
Some of us have amazing technology at our fingertips with skilled individuals able to make the magic happen, while others struggle. Some of our communities prefer to not be online, so reaching them is more difficult. And when we do make the attempt to put a service or devotional online, technical difficulty get the best of our efforts.
 
If there is a week that the technology is not cooperating, share a link to another church in the conference. We are connectional! If technology is not an option, send a devotional via the post office. Perhaps you are in a small church…make weekly phone calls.
 
We are a connectional people in a vastly different world. Your efforts are enough. Don’t let comparison get the best of you.
 
Published in the New Mexico Annual Conference”s Weekly Newsletter for April 14, 2020
 

Our Easter Gallery

An Easter Experience shared by Kenny Hoke

Well, Easter Covid 2020 shall be long remembered. Yes, this Easter was different in many ways with no public gatherings, meaning no Sunrise Service, no Pancake Breakfast at the church afterwards, or Easter egg hunts for the kids. With all that was canceled, I volunteered to go ring Saint Paul’s Methodist Church bell here in Socorro, NM at sunrise. (I had no idea how many memories would come flooding back across my mind as the morning went on.)

I felt it was only right to make sure I was dressed in my Sunday finery, and no, that does not mean my pajamas. So Kristal and I went to the church bright and early and waited for 6:40 to roll around. There we were, me standing inside the church with hands on the rope and Kristal standing just outside the door. And the moment came. I pulled the rope and just like something from an old silent movie – there was no sound as about 10 feet of rope fell earthward from the ceiling. I turned to look at Kristal each with shocked looks on our faces. I said, “Now what?!” She said, “You better grab the ladder.” So here I am, dressed in me Sunday go-to-meeting clothes, heading to the shed to grab the BIG ladder to clamber up on the roof. After taking about two steps the thought came to mind of the house I lived in in California many years ago. From my front porch I could see the roof of the house across the street and one fine day I saw their 8 year old daughter on the their roof wearing a cape, with an umbrella in one hand and the leash hooked to the Cat in the other, all while wearing roller skates. Yes, roller skates! I think this came to mind as my own shoes I was wearing was a bit on the slick side for being on the roof. But I still managed to work my way up to the bell tower and open the door and start ringing the bell for the better part of a minute at sunrise-ish, all the while thinking of the old guy in that Western movie saying “I’ll wack that bell.”

When I got done with the ringing, while still sitting on the little ledge of the small doorway to the belfry, I stopped and took off my shoes figuring I would have better traction in just my socks and tossed my shoes on down.

After all of that came the realization that something needed to be done to try to fix the bell before the 11 o’clock hour when it was to be rung by others. But I did go home and change clothes first and get better shoes on. After all, I didn’t have a cape, or umbrella nor do I think my cat would go with me. But it made for a memorable Easter for sure! It was just as I finished the chore of fixing the bell that one of the lay leaders of the church called to say “He has Risen!” Through my laughter I was able to respond with “Yes, He has Risen indeed!” and then proceeded to tell her about the morning.