St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Worship

 

 
We invite you to worship with us each Sunday!
You will be warmly welcomed as you experience
the love and the grace of God through our
Sunday worship services and teaching.

   

 

 
SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
TWO SERVICES - 8:30 AM & 10:15 AM
 
 
The folks of St. Paul’s offer worship in which we honor tradition, are challenged with the Christian journey, celebrate the Word and share our stories in the intimate setting that is St. Paul's Church. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to worship for the Children’s Celebration at each service. If you and your family are searching for meaningful worship and discipleship, join us for these opportunities to explore your faith. St. Paul’s is a spiritual home for people of all ages and backgrounds and for families, traditional and non-traditional, where creativity and passion for the Gospel flourish and we are bound by the love of God that draws us together.

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PASTORAL LETTER

 

July 17, 2019

 

 

Dear Saints at St. Paul’s,
 
Approximately 40-50 of us had a faith-filled conversation after worship last Sunday, July 14, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., about discerning whether God is calling us to serve as a sanctuary congregation for Marisol and her daughter, Genesis, who are seeking asylum in the U.S. Several others let me know they were unable to attend because of prior commitments. I was very proud of how we shared our thoughts, feelings, and questions with honesty and respect for one another. We pledged to learn and pray as much as possible to discern faithfully if and how we might go about this new ministry calling.
 
This Sunday afternoon, July 21, at 4 p.m., the Rev. Bob Coombe, pastor of First UMC of Germantown (in Philadelphia), will speak with us about what his church has experienced as a sanctuary congregation for two families, including three adults and six youth and children, since last August. During our conversation Sunday, I shared with everyone that Pastor Coombe had offered to speak with us about sanctuary ministry in our initial phone conversation last week – and everyone agreed this would be a natural next step in our process of learning and discernment. I hope that you can make some time to be a part of this important meeting Sunday, which will include a time of presentation as well as time for questions and answers. To better appreciate their story, please visit the church online at fumcog.org.
 
Whether or not you can make Sunday’s meetings with Pastor Bob Coombe, Wesley UMC in Dover (15 E. North St.) will be hosting a conversation on “Immigration and the Southern Border Crisis” this Saturday, July 20, from 2-4 p.m. If you are interested, you’ll need to RSVP at facebook.com/events/707236733049585/ (or contact the church office and we’ll help you out!). You can catch the same presentation Saturday evening, July 20, from 6-8, at The Mill in Wilmington, DE - 1007 N Orange Street (RSVP to facebook.com/events/386900888625810/).
 
I contacted our District Superintendent, the Rev. Joe Archie, and he has given us permission to hold a Special Church Conference on Sunday, July 28, at 4 p.m., for discussion and a formal vote (all members of the church who are present at the meeting will be eligible to vote) to decide whether to pursue this ministry calling as a sanctuary congregation for Marisol and Genesis or not. While an affirmative vote would commit us to sanctuary ministry, Marisol and Genesis do not need sanctuary at present, and a decision to host anyone else would be up to our Administrative Council. In scheduling a formal vote for July 28, I am balancing the need for deliberation and education with the preparations that will be necessary should we decide together to move forward.
 
The Rev. Patti Ravilious forwarded a link to an article in Politico describing how horrible it is especially for women in Honduras now. "Violence—particularly domestic and sexual violence—in Honduras has taken or forever changed many women’s and girls’ lives. Gender-based violence is the second-leading cause of death for women of reproductive age. And in a country where emergency contraception and abortion are banned, even for rape victims, survivors of sexual violence have few options if they become pregnant. They can seek to terminate the pregnancy and risk prison time, or they can go through with it and face one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Latin America." https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/06/07/honduras-why-people-flee-photos-227087
 
She also turned up this recollection from a 2011 mission trip to Honduras by Rev. Tom Hudspeth of Lover's Lane Deaf Church in Dallas, Texas.  Tom is a Deaf pastor. He would be a font of information for us if we need it. https://www.umdeaf.org/mission/2029.html. Patti found other information about the Deaf and church experience in Honduras here: https://joshuaproject.net/assets/media/profiles/text/t19007_ho.pdf
 
Friends, I have no idea where this conversation will take us, but I’m grateful to be having it at all, and I’m especially grateful to be having it with you.       
 
Peace!