September 2020 Issue

September 2020 Issue

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From Our Pastor.....

Typically, September brings new ministries to the church in the form of learning and serving opportunities. We hope to announce some of those in the near future. In the meantime, we have several new and different things to celebrate.

As you probably already know, two new people have joined our staff, Debbie Taylor as our Administrative Assistant, and Christopher Rotge as our Technology Coordinator. I hope you get a chance to meet them soon! (To learn more about them, see below) I want to thank Skipper Lister and the Staff Parish Relations Committee for all of the work they have done to fill these two priorities.

On Tuesday, September 1, beginning at 9:00 AM, we’ll celebrate holy communion outside in the front parking lot. I want to thank Brian Mitchell, Dolores Schroder, Mary Anne Hopper, Bob Watson, and Doug Wilbourn for working with several other volunteers to make this possible.

Some of us have missed this more than anything else since we went to LiveStream worship only. If that’s the case for you, I hope to see you Tuesday!

Our tentative date to begin in-person worship is Sunday, September 20. Our Administrative Council will meet prior to that to make the final decision and specific plans on exactly how we’ll open up. Please watch your email and our website for updates.

Sue and I continue to explore ways to reach out to you and to help you reach out to others in ways appropriate in these times. Marsha and Tom, with the help of Jessie Putnam, Mike McCoy, and Dan Sebesta continue to bring us great music every Sunday as well as some Daily Devotionals.

So much for which to be thankful and so much to which to look forward! We are blessed!

Stay safe and be well,

Pastor Sheree



Please join us!

Starting at 9:00 AM, Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Outside in front of the main sanctuary doors

A brief gathering of prayer, scripture, and holy communion.

At 9:20 A.M., a second group of nine will be served and succeeding groups will be served every 20 minutes. Masks will be required. Ushers will direct seating as persons arrive. These procedures conform with the Texas Govenor’s directive on group gatherings.



That friendly new face in the church front office belongs to DEBBIE TAYLOR, our new administrative assistant. Originally from the Houston area, she is a graduate of Katy (Texas) High School, and attended Sam Houston State University. Managing a wholesale travel company in The Woodlands, she travelled extensively among the islands in the Caribbean. In 2010, Debbie relocated to Kerrville, following her parents who had retired here. She has been store manager for Wildgoose Manufacturing in Ingram where her duties ranged from customer service to marketing to administrative office responsibilities. She enjoys outdoor activities, hiking, gardening and baking. Debbie sought part-time work in order to be with her mother who is now widowed and dealing with health issues.

The young man in the a/v room at the back of the sanctuary is CHRISTOPHER LEE ROTGE, who is assuming duties as audio-visual coordinator. Christopher lives in Kerrville, but grew up in the Junction area. He attended Texas Tech and did a 2-1/2 year stint in the U.S. Army, training as a Combat Engineer Specialist, E-4. He served one tour in Korea. His knowledge of technology includes audiovisual, social media and computer skills. Since his father owns Radioshacks in Kerrville and Junction, Christoper says, “I have worked with him for over a decade developing these skills.” We have learned one of his hobbies is fishing, so standby for future fish stories!



Upper Room Devotional Books

The September/October Upper Room Devotional Books will be available for pick-up the week of August 31st through Sept. 3rd. The books will be located on a table outside the main office door and can be picked up during office hours—Mon.-Thur. 9:00 to 4:00.

Please contact the church office if you need a book delivered to you.

Technology Corner…..

Online Giving is now LIVE!

This is a fast, easy and secure way to make contributions to the church for tithes, offering, missions and other programs through out the year.

The links to the Giving Online form is found on the Home page of our website. The website is partnered with PayPal to provide a secure checkout process and protect your information. The process is simple and I have created a tutorial so you can see how it works. 

We are charged a small processing fee which you have the option to help us cover with your contribution. This is completely optional, however, please be aware if you choose not to help cover the processing fee, the amount that the church receives your contribution less the amount of the processing fees. 

Example: a $20 contribution has a $0.91 processing fee. If you choose not to cover this, then what the church will recieve is $19.09. 

Below is the link to the Tutorial for the Giving Online form:


Thank you for everything St. Paul's and be sure to give Chris a warm welcome!

Be Blessed,

Judy L. Phillips
Technology Coordinator


Thank you from the Education Team!

Thank you, church family, for blessing the Tally Elementary teachers, administrators, and staff  through your prayers, monetary gifts, and “teacher notes”! 

A special thank you to those who helped prepare the items for the care packages and to those who helped fill the care packages.


Honoring Lois Shaw

St. Paul's recently received a donation in honor of Lois Shaw
from Clifton & Linda Leda and Daughter.  

Lois was recognized by the city of Kerrville in July
for her community service for many years. 
Mayor Blackburn honored Lois by proclaiming July 14 as "Lois Shaw Day".

 Emmaus News Corner #60

  I pray that this finds you safe and well in these precarious times. Because of COVID-19 safety precautions, the Hill Country Emmaus Community will tentatively have its September 14, 2020 meeting outside at The Light on the Hill (Mount Wesley) at 7:00. Please bring a chair, blanket, water and any other items you will need. No food will be allowed. Masks and safe distancing will be required.

Join in the adoration and praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

De Colores            Ruth Strackbein




The mission emphasis for the month of September is Habitat for Humanity. Founded in Americus, Georgia in the early 1970's, and based on the concept of building affordable housing with prospective owners working side by side with volunteers. Habitat first went "on the road" in Zaire in 1973. After three years of hard work building a successful program there, the project returned to the U.S. and became Habitat for Humanity International in 1976. Habitat now works in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world and has helped over 22 million people achieve stability and independence through safe and affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity is a partnership, not a give-away program. Homeowner families invest hundreds of hours of their own time laboring alongside volunteers and eventually but the homes they help build. As a result, Habitat for Humanity houses are affordable to low income families around the world.

As always, your generosity is greatly appreciated.


For more information on this project  Click Here .

              Billie and Mel Taylor - 09/11
              Gentry and Linda Rigby - 09/13

              Tony and Lynette Wedig - 09/23
              Bill “Bubba” and Janan Hall - 09/28
              Mike and Terry McColloch - 09/30


Heather Mathews 9/3

Carol Johnson 9/4

Brian Mitchell 9/7

Jennifer Humphries 9/8

Mattie Phillips 9/13

Susen Cusenbary 9/14

Sandra Yocham 9/15

Pam Blommers 9/21

Julie Marquez 9/22

Janie Ontiveroz  9/23

Zeke Tafoya 9/23

Wanda Halmon 9/29

Lila Hulse  9/29

Theresa Hardin  9/29


Local Ministries we support year around


The Christian Women's Job Corps is collecting and sending coupons (from newspapers or magazines) to active and veteran military members for use at PX's (shopettes) and commissaries.
*Out-of-date coupons will still be honored. You may put coupons in the basket in the Narthex (foyer).



Christian Assistance Ministries (C.A.M.)

We are always needing to restock our shelves for those who will need assistance.
All donations are appreciated. Thank you for your generosity!

The following are the most needed C.A.M. Foods:

Canned Vegetables -- Canned Fruit --  Boxed Cereals -- Canned Beans
Soups -- Meats -- Rice (1 lb commercial box or bag) -- Ramen -- Noodles -- Jello
Gently worn clothes, especially work clothes for men, and linens are also welcome!

For more information found in this newsletter or on our calendar of events
please visit our website at

You can also find links to to upcoming Sunday Livestreams and much more!

Find us on Facebook!   @StPaulsUMCKerrville

Important Email Addresses:

Pastor Sheree Harris - 
Church Admin Assistant, Debbie Taylor --
Programs Coordinator, Sue Owens –
Financial Secretary, Lisa Jeffcoat - 
Technology Coordinator, Chris Rotge-

If you missed any of  our 
Sunday Worship Services lately

you may view them on
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Facebook page
(click on “watch video”)
or St. Paul’s website,
rom the home page, click video button shown below:




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