by: Daryl WIlliams
Grace and Peace Friends,
I hope and pray that you are doing well during these unprecedented times in our world. While we are living into a new way of being, we still know that God is able and always in control. While we have not been in our normal operations at St. Paul, we have continued to do great ministry.
WARM NIGHTS UPDATE
This weekend brings a close to our annual two-week stint of hosting Warm Nights in Prince George’s County. As you all are well aware this year’s Warm Nights has been very different for us. We had to implement a host of protocols and systems to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers. We are happy to say that those protocols were very effective, and Warm Nights went off without incident. I want to take this time to thank all of you who selflessly volunteered and served to make sure that we were able to be the hands and feet of God even in these difficult times.
I want to express special gratitude to our Risk Taking Mission Chair, Norceia Daughtridge, to our Warm Nights Chair Pat Jackson, and the core coordinating team for their extraordinary work over these two weeks. In addition, I want to commend our IMPACT Youth director, Tameka Taylor, and our teens for their faithful commitment to this ministry. Between our leaders and our amazing volunteers, we pulled it off, and people are the better for it. Unfortunately, St. Paul is the last church that was willing to host a Warm Nights this season, so we continually pray for our guests as they move on into Prince George’s County care.
NEW OPERATING HOURS AND FOOD PANTRY
With the end of Warm Nights, we will be making some operational changes at St. Paul. To be in better compliance with Governor Hogan's orders, we will be modifying our hours of operation at St. Paul Church. The church will be operating virtually, starting on Monday, March 30th. Because of technology, we will still be able to serve you and answer questions by telephone and email. You can call the Church offices between 9 am and 5 pm by telephone and anytime by email. We are here to serve you.
With all the uncertainty going on right now, we feel it is not a time for us to shut down the feeding ministries of the church. To that end, we will be doing drive-up food distributions through the St. Paul Food Pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 2 pm. During these hours, members of the church can also drop off Tithes and Offerings in the new Finance Office Drop Safe.
WEEKEND WORSHIP & MIDWEEK STUDY
We will continue meeting virtually for worship every weekend. We are learning more and improving our systems every week. This weekend we will again be broadcasting our worship service online. There will be multiple platforms available for you to access the worship service. You can stream through our church website at www.StPaulOxonHill.org, and we will also be releasing a link to our YouTube channel if you would like to stream from there to a smart TV. Either way, it will be the same worship service for your edification and enjoyment.
Also, we will be releasing The Deeper Dive with Pastor Williams every Wednesday. In the Deeper Dive, you will find a link to this week's message, as well as notes, scripture references, and study questions. We hope you will use The Deeper Dive for your personal study and with your family to go deeper in the word during the week.
As always, we ask you to pray for the church body and each other. Take some time out to call a friend and check on them or have prayer with them. You can always join us on the 7:30 am morning prayer call at (605) 313-5874 and use access code 390060.
As we go through this time of not meeting together, we are still joined together as a church family. We also depend on your faithful and generous giving to meet the needs of the ministry. You can give online by clicking this link, you can drop off your tithes and offerings in the dropbox between on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm or you can mail your tithes and offerings to:
St. Paul United Methodist Church of Oxon Hill
6634 St. Barnabas Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745.
Thank you in advance for your generous support.
Remember, stay inside as much as you can, wash your hands often, and know that we will make it through this.
You are in our prayers. I Love you all!