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ADVENT

Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Day. This year, it begins November 29. It’s a season in which Christians are to prepare their souls and lives to receive once again the Christ Child.

This whole year has been different from anything almost any of us have ever lived through. And so much of it has been and is painful. Typically, during Advent, we participate in more religious and social in-person gatherings than at any other time of the year. This year people are cancelling in person gatherings with family, friends, and fellow Christians. When they are gathering, they’re wearing annoying masks and distancing when they prefer hugging. Some are gathering virtually which is better than not gathering at all, but it’s just not the same. We’re all grieving the loss of what was, and some are angry about what is.

These changes apply no less to Advent. At the church, we will keep as much as we can the same, while at the same time doing our best to keep everyone safe and healthy. Both the staff and the Worship Team have deliberated and been as creative as we can to make this a meaningful season for you. I hope that you will appreciate their work as much as I do.

In your personal devotional life, maybe there’s an up-side to all of this. With fewer social gatherings, there’s more time for nurturing your relationship with God. The church will be providing resources to assist you in this with Daily Devotionals online, the Upper Room Devotional, and an Advent study, and you can find many other resources online. You may find that when you spend quality time in the true spirit of Advent, Christmas is fuller and richer than ever before.

My prayer is that your Advent will be fruitful in your relationship with the incarnate Christ.

Blessings,
Pastor Sheree
 


 

From the Rio Texas Bishop and Cabinet:
Encouraging diligence through rise of Covid-19 cases
November 12, 2020


Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the people of the Rio Texas Conference have worked to share ministry in ways that protect the health of all the people in our communities, especially the most vulnerable. We are proud of your creativity, and we know it is easy to grow weary. Now, as many churches have returned to in-person worship, and the number of new COVID-19 cases begins to rise, we write to encourage your continued safe practices.

Our leaders and ministry participants must remain committed to doing no harm to one another as we move into the winter. This means leaders will need to remain vigilant in monitoring local and county orders and data on the prevalence of COVID-19 in their respective communities. While final decisions should be made locally, in collaboration between pastors and congregational leaders, Bishop Schnase and the Cabinet strongly encourage the use of social distancing and face masks as best practices for in-person worship services and gatherings. Guidelines and considerations for church gatherings during COVID were shared with the Rio Texas Conference in April; that resource can be found here. This communication includes links to State of Texas recommendations for faith communities.

Masks and distancing, along with hygiene and cleaning practices, have proven to be effective in slowing the spread of the virus. A great number of our churches are already doing an excellent job of providing these protections to their worshipers, both indoors and outdoors; we just have to stay on task. If you would like to hear how others are managing this work, please reach out to colleagues or to your district superintendent.

We are approaching high, holy days, a season when the church typically revels in the retelling of our sacred story, through song, food, and all sorts of gatherings. Advent and Christmas this year will challenge us to find new ways to celebrate and witness to the miracle of the Incarnation that do not put people at risk. For some, that will mean continuing to meet in person, distancing and wearing masks; for other churches it might mean returning exclusively to online worship. We trust your community to make the best decision.

We need this story of life more than ever. The world needs this story. God has called us to this time, and God will supply what we need.

Each of us sends our gratitude to you for your faithfulness and courage during this time. We ask that you remain committed to keeping your families and communities safe, and we join you in claiming God’s promise of life in the days to come.

In Christ,
Bishop Robert Schnase and the Rio Texas Conference Cabinet

 


 

Advent Study
Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas
by Adam Hamilton

Tuesdays — December 1, 8, 15 & 22
1:00pm (in-person) - Room 103 in Gray Education Bldg. & 1:30pm (virtually by Zoom)

Registration has ended for those who want to participate fully in the study (book, video, and discussion session). However, a link to the study videos will be sent by church email each week for those who would just like to watch the videos.
 




                                    December Devotionals

During the month of December, we invite you to join us in reflecting on the meaning of the Chrismons (Monograms of Christ). Throughout the season of Christmas, we will post, as the Daily Devotional on our website, a picture of a Chrismon along with the symbolism it represents. We invite you to share your own comments and insights about these Chrismons in the comment section. This will be a wonderful way to keep our focus on the ONE we celebrate and honor at Christmas!

These Daily Devotionals can be found by going to the “Blogs” tab on the website homepage www.spumctx.org and clicking on Daily Devotional.



Christmas Cantata Celebration

There will be a cantata for Christmas presented by our musical quartet and accompaniest on Sunday morning December 20, 2020. Titled “The Light Before Christmas” written by Joseph Martin, celebrates candles and carols. The music celebrates Advent’s joyful anticipation of Christ’s birth. The five Candles of the Advent wreath provide the central focus for this service of light high-lighting the messages of hope, peace, joy and love; leading us toward lighting the Christ candle and Christmas.

 

CHARGE CONFERENCE 2020

Sunday, December 6th at 2:00pm via ZOOM

Rev. Andy Smith, District Superintendent, will be hosting our Virtual Charge Conference. All churches in the West District will be meeting together by Zoom. The conference will begin at 2 pm and Bishop Robert Schnase is scheduled to speak to us at 2:30 pm.

All Charge Conference forms were approved and perfected by the Administrative Council at our meeting on November 9 and were turned into the District Office on November 23rd with a copy of the minutes and voting records from the meeting.

Please note how to register below; you must register in advance to attend the meeting and you will need the ZOOM app on your device in order to register. The app is free; if you need help in downloading it, please call Pastor Sheree or Sue:

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://riotexas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpce6urTojEt0kjy2izl9C-NY-tlk5W3ob

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Only members of our Administrative Council are to vote; however, any member of the church is welcome to attend the meeting. If you need help in registering, please contact Jozlin Parker, Director of Technical Ministries Rio Texas Conference, Office: 210-408-4500, Cell: 210-788-8438, jparker@riotexas.org.



Christian Education News!

The Education Team put together “Thankful Jars” for the Tally Elementary Teachers and Staff and they were delivered to them the week before Thanksgiving!

Sunday School classes continue to meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM. Below are the leaders/teachers for each class. They would love for you to join them for Bible study!

Children — Susen Cusenbary (teacher) - Room 108
Lois Lister & Sandy Wilbourn (assistants)
Youth — Sandy Wilbourn & Lois Lister (teachers) - Room 134
Darleen Allan & Dwayne Brown (assistants)
Adult — Questers (Lois Shaw—Teacher) - Room 103
Truth Seekers (Doc Pope—Teacher) - Room 133
 


 

HONOR OUR STAFF THIS CHRISTMAS!

Our congregation has been truly blessed with staff members who serve the church with a true commitment to its mission. This was never more evident than during the past months when the Corona Virus impact has caused them to find new approaches to ministry. Led by our pastor, they have provided website programs, e.g., daily devotionals, Bible studies, music videos, publication of The Upper Room and more. Live-streamed worship services make it possible for the church family to “worship” together in spirit. Opening the sanctuary again added another dimension of planning to their duties.
Staff-Parish Relations Committee is not recommending cost of living increases for the staff at this time; however in 2021, they will be given an extra week of paid vacation time, e.g., hours equal to that of their specific weekly work schedules. If you would like to express your appreciation and contribute to a Christmas gift for each person, a collection box will be in the narthex each Sunday and in the office during the week. Cash or gift cards, e.g., H-E-B, are preferred. Checks must be made payable directly to staff members, not St. Paul’s. Sunday, Dec. 20 will be the last day to contribute.

 



 

Roy & Debbie Taylor 12/13
Doug & Sandy Wilbourn 12/20
Doc & Carol Pope 12/21
Justin & Kelly Bridgeman 12/21




 

Bob Watson 12/3

Bonnie White 12/6

Dawne Church 12/9

Evelyn McGehee 12/12

Doug Wilbourn 12/14

Jackie Watson 12/15

Sandra Birdsong 12/18

 

Beverly White 12/18

David Seals 12/21

Justin Bridgeman 12/25

Rosalie Pinson 12/26

Wanda Ligon 12/30

Kay Bradish 12/31

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates & Reminders

OFFICE CLOSED Thursday, December 24 for Christmas Eve
Monday, December 28

  • Sunday, December 6 Annual Charge Conference to be held at 2:00pm via Zoom
  • Sunday, December 6 Deadline for sign-up for the Giving Tree
  • Monday, December 14 Giving Tree items are due
  • Sunday, December 20 Choir Cantata (during Worship)
  • Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve Service will be at 5:30pm

 



 

 

A special THANK YOU to a great team from St. Paul’s who helped paint the Doyle Center playground equipment!!
They did a GREAT JOB!

Richard Reid and grandson Kale Reid, Hayden Hamby, Tony and Lynette Wedig, Roy and Debbie Taylor, Carol Pope, Darleen Allan, and Jan Cannon.

 


 

Technology Corner….

Online Giving is now LIVE!

This is a fast, easy and secure way to make contributions to the church. The website is partnered with PayPal to provide a secure checkout process and protect your information.
The link to the Giving Online form is found on the Home page of our website.

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.



Over a hundred years ago, a small group of mission-minded Christians had a God-sized dream of starting a movement of sending out missionaries to proclaim Christ to the ends of the earth. As a result, World Gospel Mission was formed in 1910. Since those early years, WGM has been helping people find the intersection of their passion and God’s heart.

One of those people is Suzanne Gnaegy. God called her into medicine to serve poor, underserved people in remote areas of the U.S. More recently, God has narrowed her focus to serve and lead national Christian doctors in the Middle East as they care for their own communities. Her passion is teaching young Christian doctors how to stand firm for Christ in a world that despises them. By leading, instructing, and mentoring Christian doctors, her hope is that they are inspired to stay and serve their own people rather than escape for better opportunities.

Suzanne is planning a medical/teaching mission trip through WGM in early 2021 and so please be in prayer for her as she continues to fulfill her passion and God’s call on her life.

Please feel free to contact Doc Pope if you would like more information about Suzanne or the World Gospel Mission.
 


 


DECEMBER ALTAR RAIL MISSION EMPHASIS

Our mission emphasis for the month of December is the Methodist Children's Home in Waco, TX. We have contributed to their annual Christmas fund drive for several years now and will do so again this year. The MCH serves over 5,000 children and family members each year, providing living facilities for children ages 10 - 18 on their Waco campus and the nearby Boy's Ranch. Education is provided in a charter school atmosphere and a transition program is provided for those students who have reached the age of 18 and are about to venture into the world on their own. In addition, MCH offers foster care in some locations and runs a variety of family-based community outreach programs and services. The Methodist Children’s home receives no funding from church apportionments and relies solely on endowments and church and individual gifts/donations. Our rail offerings and designated giving for December will go to help support this important and nurturing organization.

Thank you in advance for your support of this wonderful organization.



 

 

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

Calling ALL St. Paul’s Santas to help provide
needed items to the women and children at the Kerrville
Women’s shelter.

What YOU (SANTAS) are asked to do:

* SIGN-UP to purchase one(1) or more items. A list of items will be
provided via email and a link to Signupgenius will also be provided by email.
* Sign-up will be between November 29 and December 6.
* You can also call or email Sue at the church office to sign-up.
* Purchase items and return them to the church by
MONDAY, December 14th.

The gifts will be delivered to the Women’s Shelter the week of December 14. Thank you so much for helping us share the Christmas spirit with those in need!

 


 

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.)

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
www.spumctx.org

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

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Important Email Addresses:

Pastor Sheree Harris - pastor@spumctx.org
Church Admin Assistant, Debbie Taylor -- office@spumctx.org
Programs Coordinator, Sue Owens – programdirector@spumctx.org
Financial Secretary, Lisa Jeffcoat - finance@spumctx.org
Technology Coordinator, Chris Rotge- technology@spumctx.org

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