St. Paul’s Waccamaw UMC
November 5, 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/
November 8 Sermon
“We’ve Been Warned!”
Sermon Text: Matthew 25:1-13
‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us.” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
A Word From Your Pastor
I heard someone say Sunday in a happy tone, “Well, we’re back! Back we were. Back we are. And “back,” we will stay as long as it is wise and healthy to do so.
There are many to thank. I know it is said never to thank with names because you will leave out someone. But I will try to recognize the leaders and their teams.
First, I want to thank Delisa Staton and her Health Team. Their conscientious and unwavering servanthood is deeply appreciated. It was hard on them. They knew people wanted to worship. Amid surging infection in churches that did not practice safety, there is a surge of infection upon the congregations and staff. Although we sincerely wanted to be together for worship, we were led to be safe first.
Secondly, I would like to thank George Leyendecker and his team of ushers. We had a large group ready and willing to assist in every way possible. There were no protocols to follow, but they performed admirably, directing us in the safest methods and paths possible.
Then there is Olivia and the band. It was so good hearing them together again. They sounded great. And it was Olivia who has been meeting mid-week for months recording music for worship, and she did a marvelous job choosing music and creating it for us to enjoy.
At the moment, we do not have the technical capabilities to live stream Worship and Bible Studies. George Leyendecker, Dave Streeter, Charles Estabrook, and others are working in concert to make this possible soon. However, Charles Estabrook with what he had at his disposal and made it possible for us to enjoy worship by providing recordings. He has met with since the first of April, mid-week, every week, to record worship. Then he spent hours compiling, editing the material, and posting it on the website and Facebook.
Steve and Delisa Staton should be acknowledged for the prep-work done in Berly for worship. Spots were measured for safe distancing, and chairs put in place. Markings were provided outside to ensure safe distancing while we waited to enter.
There were many who were not involved in worship but kept us connected with letters, cards, phone calls, and emails. Alice Cochran kept a presence in the office a few days a week. These were a bonding link for the congregation. They helped us be “Church” in a tough and uncertain time.
There are probably others I did not acknowledge, and you have my sincere apology. God knows, however, who you are and all you did.
Grace and peace until we meet again.
A Word From Your Music Director
Sunday worship was a joyful celebration. People enjoyed great fellowship, a good sermon, and joyous music. Special thanks to the volunteers who made this possible. I am enjoying planning music for our upcoming Advent through Epiphany seasons.
“Keep Your Lamps” is one of my favorite anthems and I will sing it as a hymn this week. Mathew 25:1-13 tells of the wise and foolish bridesmaids carrying their lamps to meet the bridegroom. Additionally, I will play an arrangement with God of Our Fathers and Eternal Father, Strong to Save. Veteran’s Day is Wednesday, November 11, and though not part of our UMC liturgy, service music can reflect sympathy and sacrifices made to ensure world justice and peace.
Once again, I remind you we still record worship every Wednesday. Each week I will include organ selections since we are worshiping in Berly Hall and recording in the sanctuary.
November 2020 Treasurer Update November 5, 2020
Stewardship and Budget Planning Activities
We have received 79 pledge cards as of November 2nd (we had 95 pledge cards last year). We need your help to support the 2021 financial needs of the church, ministries and missions. If you have not received your pledge card or need another one, please let the church office know and we will assist you as needed. You can get a replacement Pledge Card from the Stewardship page on the Website http://saintpaulsumc.com/stewardship/ by clicking on the link for Pledge Card or request one from the church office. If you need assistance with this process contact Charles Estabrook or Dave Streeter.
There are three ways to return your filled-out pledge card; 1) mail it to the church, 2) drop off in the metal lock box installed outside the north Church Office entrance, and 3) scan and e-mail the pledge card or just type the information that’s on the card and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stewardship pledge donations are a critical element of the 2021 budget plan. We want to thank the congregation of St. Paul’s Waccamaw UMC for the generous giving, so far.
e-giving: A preferred way to send your pledge donations to the church
Our e-Giving program continues to grow. We had a large number of new participants as a result of the pandemic. As part of your 2021 commitment, please consider using e-Giving as the way to deliver your donations to the church.
E-Giving is an easy way to make your donations for your tithe and/or offerings. e-Giving is a safe and effective way to make your contributions to the church. Please consider using e-giving.
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
Sign up to join a ZOOM, ADVENT BIBLE STUDY
Please sign up to join Kathy Powers as the host in a new “Zoom” Bible Study starting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 2:00PM. This is a safe and effective way for us to connect and study God’s word together.
The title of the study is “Sent, Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas” by Jorge Acevedo with Jacob Armstrong, Rachel Billups, Justin LaRosa and Lanecia Rouse. In this study, learners can explore what it means for Christ to be sent by God into our lives and can reflect on how they in turn might be sent into the world as the hands and feet of Christ, not just in this season, but all year long.
Here is a place where you may purchase the bible study book:
The book SENT can be purchased at My Sister’s Books here in Pawley’s Island
843-235-9618 and on website mysistersbooks.com. Bess Long, a member of our church, will give you a discount for supporting her small business.
Zoom-Bible study dates are:
No class on November 25 (Thanksgiving is on the 26th)
No class on December 23
If you need assistance with Zoom, please call Delisa Staton at (803-682-0000).
Delisa and I are looking forward to trying something new to us, while exploring God’s word through the use of the internet.
To register for this class please contact Alice, our church secretary, at 843-237-2294 or email: email@example.com by November 9th.
No Angle Tree in 2020
Some of you will hear that the Presbyterian Church will have an angel tree this year by taking children from the elementary and intermediate schools (they have been involved for the past couple of years as they picked up 10-15 children each that we could no longer handle). Here is what’s happening. The school nurses are not calling parents to get information, but are waiting for parents with real needs to call them. The Presbyterian Church will help those children with specific needs. Once the shopping has been done, the church will schedule pick-up by the parents at the church—the schools cannot be a pick-up site. In fact, the schools are not even allowing parents to come inside. And nurses cannot come outside to pick-up or deliver.
The Mission Committee spent considerable time talking to the middle school nurse about how we might help. We talked about many options including a limited number of people doing the shopping and gifts cards. In the end, she said that she thought we should skip 2020 since there is no practical and safe approach for delivery. If there are families in real need, she will contact the Mission Committee and we will figure out how to help.
Operation Christmas Child
Please return box or boxes and a (check for $9 each box, made payable to Samaritans Purse), to the office no later than November 13th. If you have any questions, please email Donna Carraway at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Teresa Archambeau at 843-995-1816.
The office will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mon – Fri if you would like drop off between those hours. Also, you can email me at email@example.com.
TOYS FOR TOTS
There is a box placed in Berly Hall for Toys for Tots if you would like to donate a toy. The campaign runs October thru December (Marine Corps Reserve).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you, Alice
Prayer Concerns/Church Family & Friends
Jesse and Josie Shehane
Rev. Milton McGuirt
George & Clem Leyendecker
The Jim Nubson Family
The Carol Fuerneisen Family
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)
Judy Rose (Rosemary Wainscott’s sister-in-law, deep brain stimulation surgery (DBS) Friday. “Prayers for a good outcome and recovery.”
Barbara Boone (Rosemary Wainscott’s close friend, suffering from terminal cancer)
Vickie (Jan Estabrook’s best friend)
Toombs Kay Ministry
Joe & Joanne Goldy
Wade & Marje Rinehart
Stacey Black Thompson 11/03
Gerald Rolfsmeyer 11/04
Phillip Cusick 11/05
Rosemary Wainscott 11/06
Ashley Rowell 11/12
Anne Marie Hoyle 11/15
Thomas Kelly 11/16
Joe Santillo 11/18
Jim Schmidt 11/19
Linda Peterson 11/22
Karen Sinkway 11/22
Dave Gustafson 11/24
Titi Greene 11/25
Mickey McDowell 11/26
R. Tucker Dieter 11/28
Sarah Cook 11/29
Fred Hutcheson 11/29
Judy Mort 11/29
Norma Wolfe 11/29
Betsy & Jeff Rowell 11/12
Chuck & Carolyn Gee 11/13
James & Ginger Odom 11/18
Ed & Karen Osterhuber 11/26
Scott & Peggy Homan 11/28
Marshall & Nancy Truluck 11/30
St Paul's Waccamaw UMC
180 St Paul Place
Pawleys Island, SC 29585