St. Paul’s Waccamaw UMC
January 7, 2021
Each Sunday morning at 10 am the services will be live streamed via the church’s YouTube channel.
The link to our YouTube channel is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2_rB7vyTH5FmKjYMKILTSg
To watch our livestream, go to this page in advance of the scheduled start time. Once watching the video, you can subscribe and also select to be notified of new videos.
Additionally, in the YouTube application you can search St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church and see any videos that exist if you miss the original livestreams.
For any assistance or questions please contact Dave Streeter.
The services will be available on our Sermons webpage http://saintpaulsumc.com/sermons/ later each Sunday and will be shared with the church Facebook friends
later as well.
You can reach the church's YouTube and Facebook pages from the Church's website
In the banner across the top of the website main page and most of the other pages, you can click on the "play" (triangle pointing right) icon that is right of the Facebook icon to go to our YouTube site and the " f" Facebook icon to reach our Facebook page.
“And it Begins”
Sermon Text: Mark 1:4-11
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’
A Message From Your Pastor
Hello, Saints of Saint Paul’s!
I hope you are doing well and doing all those things to keep you and your family safe. Just when we were growing with our live worship, we had to cancel it again due to the rise in COVID cases in Georgetown County. I appreciate our Health Team. They have proved, given the outbreak in COVID in other churches that did not quarantine, they made the right choices. They will come together on or before January 20th to determine a reopening date.
I am grateful we now have “live stream” capabilities. We had some minor clinches Sunday, but I think it was done quite well, given it was the first time. Every Sunday will be a learning moment, and through the months ahead, we will become better and learn all our capabilities. The same system is also in place in the sanctuary, so we will be able to alternate between the two settings in the future. And in the future, when we open for both services, we will be able to live stream both services.
Gail and I want to thank you for all the lovely phone calls, letters, emails, and Christmas Cards you sent our way. We are also grateful for your gifts. You have been genuinely kind and generous, and we are humbled by it.
Welcome to the New Year. 2020 is gone, and 2021 is here. You and I know; however, those are just numbers. The COVID that was with us in 2020 and many other disturbing things is still very much with us. Nevertheless, the idea of turning a page brings on the hope of newness. It is like a Mulligan for a golfer. If the tee shot is errant on the first tee box more often than not, a do-over is requested and generously given. That is a Mulligan.
When the page is turned from one year to the next, we hope it is a Mulligan. All the bad things of the previous year are canceled out, forgotten and there is the opportunity to redo errors and do what was not done. We know; however, this is just not true. COVID-19 is still with us as much in our new year as it was in our previous one. Our faults and failures and indiscretions followed us.
If we are genuinely going to enjoy a new year, it will not come by way of turning a page in a calendar. It will not come from firing-off fireworks or watching a ball drop in Time Square. It will come only with a change in our hearts—a difference in our soul. The Gospels call that transformation repentance.
I pray 2021 will be a year of peace, harmony, tranquility, health and wholeness, unity, and a common respect for every member of our church in particular and the world in general. It can be if we will merely forgive one another and accept the forgiveness given to us. It can be if we will commit ourselves to not only believing the Gospel but living out the grace of God in our lives.
Blessings to you and yours. May 2021 be filled with mystery, wonder, and newness for you and all of yours.
If you have a recurring e-Giving donation in place, please remember to update for any changes associated with your 2021 pledge commitment. This is also a good time to ensure all your information is up to date in your e-Giving account.
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
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.
A Message From Roslyn Keck
Remember to keep your canceled stamps for the Methodist Mission Project. There is a basket in Berly Hall near the kitchen that we put them in. (At this time, you can bring them by the church office from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Mon – Fri due to in- person worship.)
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
Family of Betty Greenwood
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)
Joanette Lee (Rosemary Wainscott’s sister in law having heart surgery 12/21/20)
Renee Shirer (Jan Estabrook’s sister)
Sheri Hughes (former member has Lung Cancer and ask for prayers)
Toombs Kay Ministry
Joe & Joanne Goldy
Wade & Marje Rinehart
Cynthia Nance 1/04
Janelle Sabourin 1/06
Robert Lawrence 1/07
Karen Dill 1/8
Ian Gilley 1/09
Daniel Wetsel 1/09
Karol Anderson 01/10
Austin Rowell 01/14
Ann Hammond 01/16
Karen Calhoun 01/19
Scott Homan 01/21
Cathy Filiatreau 01/22
Joanne Gantt 01/22
Helen Black 01/26
Jeff Rowell 01/27
Jason Walters 01/27
Louise Meredith 01/27
Joanne Goldy 01/28
Kyrie Boos 01/29
Al Sirmon 01/31
John & Nancy Hall 01/03
James & Selma Piver 01/11
Robert & Rebecca Archambeau 01/14
Bill & Anne Marie Hoyle 01/17