Weekly Update
July 31, 2020
Worship Moments
Each Sunday, Worship Moments is live-streamed from our sanctuary at 8:30AM, and then uploaded to be vi ewed at your convenience. Tune in via our app, website , Facebook , or YouTube .

This week, enjoy another musical blessing from our past by Wesleyan Choir.
Outdoor Worship: August 1-2
Please register to attend this weekend's outdoor worship services. All are welcome to attend. Share the registration link and note that pre-registration is required for all of our in-person services.

Our Sunday evening parking lot service has been extended to accommodate up to 50 people plus car groups. If registration limitations have kept you on the fence about attending an in-person service, please know that you and your families are welcome! In addition, we are very excited that our Chapel Ringers will be ringing during this Sunday's parking lot service!
This Week
Outdoor Help Needed
As we continue to offer outdoor services this summer, we need volunteers to weed and clean up the church grounds. No experience is necessary, so enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, and consider sharing an hour or two of your time! (Ongoing commitment is not required nor expected, we are just in need some extra helping hands!) Please contact Carla if you are available.
School Bus Driver Employment Opportunity
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church’s Kidz Korner program located at 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA is looking for a school bus driver to drive one of our small school buses to shuttle students to and from the local elementary schools our program services during the school year.

This is a part time, hourly opportunity requiring a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with full certification for driving a school bus in the State of Pennsylvania, and maintaining same throughout the employment period. PA Criminal and Child Abuse clearances, FBI Fingerprinting, and National Sex Offender Registry clearances are required, as well as submitting to random drug testing.

The hours are 8:00AM to 9:00AM, 11:00AM to 1PM, and 3:00PM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday, beginning late August. The position pays $16 per hour.

Contact Kidz Korner Director, Chelsea Enright (412-486-0280) for more information and to apply.
Midweek Meditation Moments
Pastor Chad's midweek meditations can be viewed on Facebook . New devotions premier on Wednesday afternoons, so be sure to check our page!
Pastor Karen's Bible Study
Pastor Karen has returned from vacation, and will resume her 9:00AM Wednesday morning Bible Studies. Please email Pastor Karen if you’d like the Zoom code. All are welcome!
Pastor Jeff's Bible Study
While Pastor Jeff is on vacation, Pastor Chad will continue his Summer Bible Study through August. This is a great opportunity to explore the Bible and get to know Pastor Chad! This week's study will be on Deuteronomy 6:4-5.  

You are welcome to join via Zoom on Wednesdays at either 10:30AM or 7:00PM:
Wholeness and Healing Service (Next Sunday)
All are welcome to this time of prayer and reflection. Please join us next Sunday, August 9.

Topic: Wholeness and Healing Service
Time: Aug 9, 2020 - 6:00PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 473 165 0114
Passcode: faith2468
Update From Pastor Jeff
Greetings, friends. This is my last update for a couple of weeks, as we are on vacation as of Saturday! Here ‘s what I have to offer in the way of new information…

Our Re-opening Task Team met last night and affirmed our current slate of outdoor worship opportunities, with two “improvements”:

The Saturday evening service will continue to be held at 6:00PM, and will meet on the lawn by the Labyrinth. The number of attendees is still limited to 25, but family groups are welcome to attend in their cars. Just park a full space from any other cars, and roll your windows down to hear the service.

The Sunday evening service in the upper parking lot has been bumped up to 50 attendees, as well as providing for family groups to attend in vehicles. Thus far, this has been our most popular service, and the upper lot is quite large enough to easily accommodate 50 people, provide the necessary space for social distancing, and help keep all of you safe.

All of our services still require registration each week, and we are socially distancing and wearing face-coverings. All attendees to date have been wonderfully cooperative with this! Thank you!

We are looking into having improved filters installed in our HVAC systems around the church, as well as exploring the viability of having UV “scrubbers” installed in ductwork. This is in anticipation of opening our building for some activities and limited worship services when the cooler Fall season arrives.

Another piece of good news is that we believe we have “solved” the technical issues with our Sunday morning livestream worship presentation. Our Tech Team also presented a report at our meeting on the costs and feasibility of installing more “professional” livestreaming cameras and equipment. The introductory cost of a more professional system is about $6,500 for a single, high-quality, adjustable TV camera, and about $8,000 for a two camera system. Both of these systems would have the ability to “roll in” external videos of choral/music presentations to add to the interest of our livestream broadcast. So, if any of you hit the Lotto or sell one of those garage sale art finds for serious money, consider making a donation! Livestreaming of our services is something that is here to stay, even after COVID-19 is history, so we are wanting to do this with much higher quality.

Even with the tremendous alteration of life as we know it, due to COVID-19, St. Paul’s remains committed to fulfilling our Purpose of developing the discipleship of our people, supporting our Mission as a Christ-centered, broad-based faith community that provides opportunities for our people to use their spiritual gifts in service to God, and realizing our Vision of becoming a diverse, inclusive church that loves others according to the teachings of Jesus and is working for justice and peace in our world. COVID-19 will not stop God’s call on our church to do these things! Your spiritual health and development is important to us, and Karen, Chad, and I want to remind you that, while we may have to do so “creatively,” we want to meet your pastoral needs as well. We are only a phone call, a text, or a zoom conference away, and we are also willing to make those “porch visits,” at a safe distance and wearing our face-coverings, to keep you safe!

Thank you, all, for your prayers, love, and support you are showing for your church, your church staff, and for each other, of course, during this crisis. Please be well and stay safe! Shalom!
Children's Ministries
Worship Bags
Worship Bags are available for children attending in-person worship on Saturday or Sunday. Please see an Usher or Hospitality Greeter to get a Worship Bag. Please do not return the bags. Keep them with you for the next worship service or enjoy them at home.
Share A Story
Erin continues to share stories that help teach important lessons. We would love to have our children read the stories that are shared on Sunday mornings. Please sign up if your child is interested.
Youth Ministries
Stay Connected
Be in touch with Tami to stay connected while enjoying the outdoors this summer.

Bring Your Own Breakfast & Bible (BYOB&B) continues each Wednesday at 10:00AM (weather permitting). Contact Tami for details.
Adult Ministries
Anti-Racism Pledge
St. Paul’s Working for Justice Ministry (WfJ) and our Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference Anti-Racism Task Force would like to invite all of us to “sign the pledge” to help dismantle racism in our communities and in our churches. Here are some important things to know:

  • Our Annual Conference churches have a sorry history of racism. Several of our churches have actually refused to receive a pastor who was a person of color, often excusing themselves by saying “We don’t have any black people in our church.”

  • Gifted young African American candidates for ministry have become discouraged by our Conference’s lack of support, historically, and by limited appointment opportunities. We have lost many of these candidates who had to transfer to other Annual Conferences to serve a church. One became a high-ranking Air Force Chaplain; one was elected Bishop in the Western Jurisdiction.

  • The population of African American and other persons of color in our United Methodist Churches does not equal the percentage of persons of color in the population of our Western Pennsylvania ministry area.

  • On a more positive note, our episcopal leader, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, has just been elected Chairperson of the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) for our entire denomination.

In order to help us all “get on board” with plans, actions and educational opportunities aimed at dismantling racism, St. Paul’s Working for Justice Ministry urges our church members to go to this link: https://www.wpaumc.org/now-action-pledge and sign up to receive monthly information, materials, and action steps. While our WfJ team is promoting this, the program is set up for individuals to sign up. WfJ will help us engage by organizing discussion groups and facilitating times of conversation over the substance of the program.

Go to the WPAUMC link, sign up today to be a part of this important opportunity, and then use this link to sign up to be notified of discussion/conversation opportunities here at St. Paul’s, organized by Working for Justice.
We appreciate your continued financial support during this time of challenge and hardship. We’ve dialed back as much as we can to save costs, but many of our ministries to children, youth, and adults continue, as does the need to maintain our facility, preparing it to welcome you all back! Giving may still be done online . For those of you who typically place your gifts in the offering plate, please consider mailing them to the church office (1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park 15101), as our financial staff are making sure these get deposited.

Have you found yourself shopping online more often? Please register for Amazon Smile in the name of St. Paul's and use the UMC Market (Allison Park) as a portal for all your online shopping. St. Paul's receives a small percentage from your purchases at no extra cost to you!