St. Paul’s Waccamaw UMC
The Third Sunday in Advent
December 10, 2020
With in-person services continuing in Berly Hall on Sunday at 10 am, recorded versions of the service will be set in the more traditional Sanctuary setting and still premier Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on our Facebook page,
Please share the post from your Facebook page so your friends can join in or see the recording.
Recorded versions of the sermon will be available on Facebook (after the premiere) and the Sermons web page.
Simply go to http://saintpaulsumc.com/sermons/
Christmas Eve Service will be premiered on Facebook at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and available on our website’s Sermon page
December 13 Sermon
“When the Wilderness Call - a Voice is Needed”
Sermon Text: John 1:6-8/19-28
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ This took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
A Message From Your Music Director
Sunday was a moving service with a great sermon and trumpet music performed by James Canty. James and I were recorded by Charles in the sanctuary after worship, so you can hear the trumpet selections on the December 13 recorded service. Thanks to Charles for his editing particularly with the special touches he has added for Advent.
This Sunday, December 13, we will have a guest flutist. John Samuel Roper is a dynamic performer and teaching artist here in the low country. He is Principal Flutist of the Long Bay Symphony and plays frequently with ensembles throughout the Southeast. Selections will include traditional carols with artistic arrangements bringing exciting new harmonizations and flourishes. In plain terms this means Olivia must practice because the chords include many unexpected accidentals (sharps and flats.)
December 13 has a special significance for my family. On this day in 1973 our house was destroyed by a tornado. The old clock over the stove stopped at 3:02 pm and luckily no one was at home. For several days we sifted through broken plaster, boards, and glass before the walls were purposely collapsed for safety reasons.
Was it the worst Christmas ever? Actually it was one of the best as we gathered up pieces of the artificial tree and lights and set up Christmas at our grandparent’s house. We gathered the scattered presents and neighbors placed our saved possessions in storage at the volunteer fire department. My piano, a gift from my Aunt Olivia, was destroyed. My Daddy took one look and told me not to worry, he would budget the insurance money to include a new piano.
Advent is defined as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christ at Christmas. This week I placed small trees, twinkling lights, and garland in my condo. I thought of how our family’s unexpected preparations 47 years ago did not deter our celebration of the coming of Christ. God had his hand in how we celebrated and assured us Christmas joy.
Do not let the hustle and bustle or more appropriately, the pandemic, lessen your joy during this season. People are definitely decorating as the stores were stripped of garland, lights, and other decor last weekend.
Hoping to celebrate with you Sunday,
Staff Love Offering
If you would like to contribute to the staff Christmas love offering, you can place it in the offering plate this coming Sunday. Just be sure to mark it as Staff Love Offering. Or you can send the money in to the office, place it in the black box outside the office or (online e-giving……choose Love Offering and type Staff Love Offering in the memo.)
Deadline is December 13th.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
Now that Advent season is here, you can access a new page on the church's website for information about the season at http://saintpaulsumc.com/advent-and-christmas/ or select the page in the menu under Ministries and Activities.
Check the page and Facebook for updates for service information and any activities related to the season as we move into December.
December 2020 Treasurer Update December 10, 2020
e-giving: Please setup your e-giving account
Our e-Giving program continues to grow. As of Nov 30th, a total of $138,770 in donations were made this year with e-giving. If you use a check to donate to the church, e-giving will work for you. In addition, you can use your credit card to donate via e-giving. E-giving is secure and safe – no handling of money or checks.
Sign up today for e-giving – start by going to www.saintpaulsumc.com web page and clicking “Online Giving” at the top right of the home page. On the next page you will see a link that provides directions on how to sign up and make your donations.
As always, please feel free to call or email me with questions or to get assistance. You can reach me at 703-786-0670 (cell). My home email address is: email@example.com; Church email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With love and blessings,
St. Paul’s Waccamaw UMC Treasurer
A Message from Janet Parsons
Any contributions to St. Paul’s Waccamaw UMC for 2020 tax purposes must be in the church office by December 30th.
Volunteers Needed for Media Ministry Team
St. Paul’s Waccamaw UMC has recently approved the installation of equipment needed to record and live stream our worship services. The project was approved by the Church Council and the Endowment Committee. Dave Streeter will be leading the team. He will coordinate system installation, training and startup of the worship service recordings / live streams. Our vendor, Sound Systems, will provide support and training to get us up and running. We expect Sound Systems to start installation this month.
If you are interested in serving on the Media Ministries Team, please contact Dave Streeter or the Church Office by phone or email. We would like a team of 4-6 volunteers. Volunteers will learn how to operate the system and should expect to commit to regular scheduled Sunday morning work. Some knowledge of computers and software would be helpful, but not required. Support to other activities requiring video recording may evolve as we gain expertise.
Contact Dave Streeter - email: email@example.com; phone: 843-314-3539 or Church Office - email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 843-237-2294.
If you know someone from the Church that does not have access to the Newsletter and information electronically – please email their name(s) and address to Alice so she can send them copies through regular mail weekly.
Please let me know if I need to remove, change, or add to the following lists. As most of you know, I have a computer at home that I check emails throughout the day, so please email me for any reason to the Church Office at email@example.com Thank you, Alice
Prayer Concerns/Church Family & Friends
Jesse and Josie Shehane
Rev. Milton McGuirt
George & Clem Leyendecker
The Family of Justin, Stacey and Ryleigh Thompson (Justin’s father Larry Thompson passed away)
Gene Moran (his brother, Phillip, passed away December 2nd)
Chuck Abronze (Annette Dow’s brother)
Margaret Ann Webster
Kyle Halverson (Ann Hammond’s grandson)
Family of Joshua Faulkner (Rosemary Wainscott’s nephew)
Carolyn Rhyne Price (Michael Rhyne & Jane Parker’s daughter)
Doris Pioth (Barb Ottinger’s friend-she lost her husband and has bad vertigo)
Marlene Greer (Nancy Wetsel’s friend)
Barbara Boone (Rosemary Wainscott’s close friend, suffering from terminal cancer)
Renee Shirer (Jan Estabrook’s sister)
Toombs Kay Ministry
Joe & Joanne Goldy
Wade & Marje Rinehart
Candy Jackson 12/10
Garland Porterfield 12/10
Joe Mayhew 12/12
James Odom 12/12
Jennifer Cundiff 12/14
David Streeter 12/14
Heidi West 12/19
Pat Shelley 12/21
Ray Wells 12/22
Meredith Jackson 12/23
Nancy Phillips 12/24
Bleeker Cannon 12/26
Steve Watson 12/27
Debra Dempsey 12/28
Brenda Flythe 12/28
Ronald Cooper 12/31
Edward & Mary Ethel Bowers 12/11
James & Sandra Whitmire 12/17
Jesse & Joanne Shehane 12/18
Jim & Donna Schmidt 12/27
Jim & Betty Kemp 12/30