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.

Weekly devotionals and sermons may be found on our “Sermons/Devotionals” page.

Meet our new pastor Cazandra Campos-MacDonald
Meet our new pastor Cazandra Campos-MacDonald

Pastor’s Newsletter – Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

How do you stay connected to God? Is it through daily prayer or reading scripture and/or devotionals? There are so many ways to connect with God and in my mid-week devotional, Devotions in the Desert, I will explore spiritual practices. Some of these practices may be new to you while others may already be a part of your life. I challenge you to consider these practices and try one that speaks to you. You never know how a practice may work for you until you give it a try.
This is a special week because we are celebrating communion together as a church family. On Thursday, July 16th from 1-3 pm, I invite you to come to the church (no need to get out of your car) and pick up prepackaged communion elements. If you cannot get to the church on this day, see if a friend will pick up elements for you, or let me know and I will make sure you have what you need. It is a very different way than how we are accustomed to taking communion, but for now it is the safest way. Once you pick up the elements, I encourage you to sit with your family on Saturday evening (6/18) or Sunday (6/19) and follow the Worship at Home Guide and listen to the sermon for the week. If you are not able to get communion elements in time for your home worship this weekend, I will include a liturgy for a Wesleyan Love Feast, which can be used at any time during your week.
My office hours are on Thursdays from 10 – 3. If you would like to set up an appointment to see me, please give me a call on the new church office number, 575-322-0528. I have the church phone with me all week. If you are not comfortable meeting in person, feel free to send me an email. I want to get to know you all and while this pandemic is making life difficult for us, I think it is important to continue reaching out to others and keep connected as much as possible.
May God’s abundant grace and love cover you this day as you continue to be a blessing to others.
Click here or on the image below for this week’s message.

Peace, love and elbows,
Pastor Cazandra


It’s July and we have lots of new things to share now that Pastor Cazandra has arrived at St. Paul’s.
We have:

  • A   St Paul’s YouTube Channel where Pastor Cazandra will post her sermons, devotions and other helpful resources. Use the button above to go directly to our YouTube page each week.
  •  A new Facebook page St Paul’s UMC.  Make sure you follow this link and like the page so you’ll get all of Pastor Cazandra’s updates
  •  A new church phone number (575)322-0528. Use this number to reach pastor Cazandra.
  • A midweek mailchimp newsletter from Pastor Cazandra that will include a devotion series called “Devotions in the Desert”
  • A worship guide for Sunday service at home which will be posted on Saturday evenings
  • A Sunday worship experience with a Sermon and in a couple of weeks Communion.

Weekly Reminders

  • Pastor’s Office Hours – Thursday  10am – 3pm (check the church calendar as the day may occasionally change)
  • Mid-week Pastor’s Newsletter (MailChimp)
  • Thursday Morning Bible Study 10am (Zoom)
  • 1-3pm Drop by church to pick-up Communion elements
  • Women’s Bible Study 6pm (Zoom)
  • 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)

Coming July 19th – Communion
Make sure you read the  article below so you’ll know how we are planning to deliver the Holy Sacrament of Communion

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
One of my favorite parts of worship is taking communion. I grew up in the Catholic tradition and took communion weekly It is an important part of my spiritual life. I appreciate that the community of St. Paul’s observes communion twice a month, but with the virus it has been quite a while since we have feasted together.
On Thursday, July 16th from 1-3 pm, I invite you to come to the church (no need to get out of your car) and pick up prepackaged communion elements. If you cannot get to the church on this day, see if a friend will pick up elements for you, or let me know and I will make sure you have what you need. It is a very different way than how we are accustomed to taking communion, but for now it is the safest way. Once you pick up the elements, I encourage you to sit with your family on Saturday evening (6/18) or Sunday (6/19) and follow the Worship at Home Guide and listen to the sermon for the week.

Please use the Simple Guide for Worshipping at Home which you will find below to prepare this Sunday’s worship experience.

July 5, 2020

A Simple Guide for Worshiping at Home
St. Paul’s UMC Socorro – Pastor Cazandra Campos-MacDonald

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: Lift High the Cross, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbcBXYP4AlE
Scripture: Read a passage from the Bible. The text for the St. Paul’s community for July 5, 2020, is           1 Peter 4:7-11.
Affirmation of Faith: Recite the Apostle’s Creed together (UMH #881).
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And 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*;
The third day he rose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth at the right hand of the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come again to judge the quick 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.”
**universal

Sermon: Listen to, watch or read a sermon.  Pastor Cazandra’s sermon, “Loving Others and New Beginnings,” will be posted on YouTube Saturday evening. You will also find it available on the church Facebook page and website.
Songs of Praise:
Jesus Messiah, Chris Tomlin  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdxSC1tHJn0
Who You Say I Am, Cross Worship feat. Jillian Ellis  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76OFLNtX1ak

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:
10,000 Reasons, Matt Redman   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E
Prayers of the People for the Church:
From the UM Book of Worship, #501

O gracious God, we pray for your holy Church universal,
that you would be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace.
Where it is corrupt, purify it;
where it is in error, direct it;
where in any thing it is amiss, reform it;
where it is right, establish it;
where it is in want, provide for it’
where it is divided, reunite it;
for the sake of him who died and rose again,
and ever lives to make intercession for us,
Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Blessing: Say this verse aloud: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Romans
15:13)

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.

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.

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

ST Paul's Working on new Heating System

Sunday Service continue successfully in the Fellowship Hall

We continue to hold Sunday services to the Fellowship Hall while we wait for needed repairs and replacement of our sanctuary furnace.  We will move back to the sanctuary as soon as our new system is in place.  We appreciated everyone’ s patience each Sunday morning  as we work to make our temporary home work as our sanctuary.

And , yes , we will still have Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day services. see the Advent Calendar for dates and times..  And please keep this project in your prayers, as you  think about how you can contribute to hastening the work of rebuilding our system.

Thanks for your patience, love and commitment to St Paul’s UMC