From Our Pastor.....

November is a time we when we pause and give thanks for the things and mostly for the people whom we care about. We’re all intricately connected in so many ways that will highlighted this month.

We’ll begin the month with All Saint’s Day by remembering our church members and loved ones who have died in the last year and all of those Christians who’ve come before us. On Election Day, the final votes will be cast to elect those individuals who will lead our local community and state, and one leader who will serve all of us. At our Administrative Council meeting, we’ll nominate the people who will lead our church next year. We’ll celebrate Veteran’s Day and give thanks for all those who serve us and the world in serving our country. Then of course, we’ll gather however we can safely, to feast with family and friends while we share memories and hopes.

There’s no denying that we’re all connected. At a time when we’re asked to distance ourselves from each other, it’s very clear that we’re in this together. I’m thankful to be in it with you. I’m thankful to be a citizen of the United States. And I’m very thankful for Christian community, the connection that extends back thousands of years and into the future. My prayer is that we will work together, as a church and as a nation, for liberty, equality, and justice for all, that we might live in peace.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Sheree



A Month of Thanksgiving

We want to thank God for his great blessings every day in November by having members of St. Paul’s share devotionals that will be posted as the Daily Devotional on the St. Paul’s website. You should have already received an email with a list of Scriptures and prayer prompts for each day of the month, as well as a LINK to SIGN-UP for the day you want.

Please contact Sue if you DO NOT have email and would like to sign-up!




Sunday, November 1, is All Saint's Sunday.
Please join us for worship as we celebrate holy communion with
"God's people on earth and all the company of heaven" in remembering Christ Jesus.
The names of the members of our church who have died since last
year's All Saint's Sunday will be read aloud during worship.


Emmaus News Corner #61

Hopefully you continue to be safe and well in these uncertain times.
The Hill Country Emmaus Community will have its November 2, 2020
meeting outside at The Light on the Hill (Mount Wesley) at 5:30.
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 our praise and thanksgiving to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

De Colores Ruth Strackbein



Outreach Project at the Doyle Community Center


A special THANK YOU to Richard Reid for all his hard work in power washing and scraping the playground equipment at the Doyle Community Center! He also made repairs and painted some of the more needy pieces of equipment! His expert advice and skill has been such a blessing!

We need volunteers to help paint the rest of the wood and metal parts of the playground equipment on Saturday, November 7th beginning at 9:00 a.m. Contact Sue if you can help!

Low-Impact Exercise Class to Resume!

Mark your calendar and join us as we take time
to rejuvenate our bodies, minds, and souls!

We will start back with our weekly exercise class Wednesday, November 4,
from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

We will safely distance & wear our masks to ensure everyone’s safety!

  1. contact Janan Hall at 830-377-9191
    if you are interested or have questions.

Education Team News!

The Education Team will be organizing another outreach project for the Tally Elementary teachers and staff during the month of November. Something simple, but meaningful. Something that will encourage and inspire!

We had funds leftover from the care packages we put together at the beginning of the school year, and so THANK YOU St. Paul’s for helping make this outreach possible!




Please join us on Sunday, November 22 at 2:00pm
in the sanctuary
for our annual Hanging of the Greens.
We will decorate our sanctuary & narthex in preparation
for the coming of the Christ Child.

Christmas Poinsettias
If you wish to purchase a poinsettia in memory or in honor of someone this Christmas(or for yourself), please complete the form which will be provided in the worship service.
Please drop it, along with your check, in the offering plate by November 8
We will also send an email with the attached form November 12.
Please print it and either bring it by the office
with your check, or mail it to us.

St. Paul’s Advent Devotionals

We invite members of St. Paul’s to provide a
written devotional that will be posted on the Daily Devotional
blog on our website during the season of Advent & Christmas.

The devotionals will run November 29 through December 31.

Please contact Pastor Sheree at if you would like to write a devotional!


Important Dates & Reminders

Daylight Savings Time Ends! Don't forget to change your clock back October 31!


Veteran's Day is November 11. We will acknowledge our appreciation and recognize all veterans in our worship services on November 8. As citizens of the United States, we are thankful for their service to our country.

OFFICE CLOSED - The church office will be closed:

  • November 12 in observance of Veteran's Day
  • November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving Day

November 9 - Administrative Council meeting to review reports for
the Charge Conference that will be held on December 6

December 6 - Annual Charge Conference to be held at 2:00pm via Zoom


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.





Thank you for your support of the Hill Country Veterans Center. These funds will be put to good use in the Center to help pay for many services they provide for our local veterans such as the food pantry. 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.


The Missions Team invites you to join them in sharing the

gift of Christmas with the women and children at the Kerrville Women’s Shelter.
This emergency shelter is for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse,
and child abuse. They are provided a safe place to live as well as counseling and advocacy support.

The St. Paul’s Santas will be able to sign-up ONLINE for one or more items to donate and the link to the sign-up will be provided through an email that will be sent the end of November.

Sign-up will take place between November 29 and December 6. You will then purchase the item(s) and return them to the church (unwrapped) by Sunday, December 13th. The gifts will be delivered to the Women’s Shelter the week of December 14-18.

Thank you so much for helping us share the Christmas spirit with those in need!





Charge Conference will be on Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 PM. Bishop Robert Schnase will join us during the conference. It will be a District-wide Conference with all of the churches in the Hill Country District meeting at the same time by ZOOM. Only members of the Administrative Council are allowed to vote at the conference, however, all members of the church are welcome to attend. As of this writing, it has not been determined exactly how we can access the meeting or how Council members will be able to vote. When this has been determined, we will let you know. Please watch your email for further developments.

Because Charge Conference is a group conference meeting, all reports by our church will be received and voted on at our Administrative Council meeting on Monday, November 9, at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Among the most important things that will be voted on is the Nominations and Leadership Report which nominates our church’s leaders for 2021. Please plan to join us!


This course is a Lay Servant Advanced Class Teaching How to Lead in Public Prayer and is open to anyone. It will be held online on Sat, November 7, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM CST. The cost is $6.94, and the Student Handbook, Shaping the Prayers of the People :The Art of Intercession by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher is required. The book is available at Cokesbury and on Amazon. Refunds are available up to 7 days before the event. Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

This course on praying in public will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in public prayer and enrich their personal prayer life. It may challenge some of your assumptions, test some of your preconceived ideas, stretch your thinking, and enrich your prayer life. It will, at the very least, present you with an opportunity to grow in the discipline of leading public prayer.

To register for this class, use this link:





The mission center in Eagle Pass is now open after having been closed for months due to COVID-19. While they are not receiving mission teams at this time, they are in need of donations.

1. New underwear for men & women underwear-small & medium
2. Female personal hygiene items, especially those for new mothers.
3. Coats for adults & children. Adults should be small & medium.
4. Rice - many coming at this time are from Haiti. Rice is to Haiti as tortillas are to Mexico.
5. Large refrigerator & chest type freezer.
6. Privacy fence to secure area where burned out parsonage was received.

Donations can be mailed to PO Box #7536, Eagle Pass 78853
or you may bring them to the church, and we will get them to Eagle Pass.

If anyone has questions please contact Pam Elliott at 830-325-6719.



Memorial Gifts were given in October for:

Katie Roth

Jessie Peebles







Bob & Carolyn Watson - 11/7









Mark Walter 11/3

Erma Mullins-Sutton 11/5

David Hendrickson 11/5

Julia Humphries 11/6

Linda Faught 11/8

Jessie Jimenez 11/10

Gladys Suarez 11/10

Lee Ann Allen 11/15




Gage Reid 11/16

Karen McFaul 11/18

Gene Sanford 11/19

Charles Strackbein 11/24

Elizabeth VanPelt 11/24

Marlowe Chalfant 11/24

Carlton Biermann 11/26

William Winn 11/27




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!


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

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