Dear Members and Friends of St. Paul’s,

The St. Paul’s United Methodist Church family excitedly extends a special invitation to you to join us as we celebrate 181 years of Methodism in Orangeburg. 2017 marks the 119th year since the dedication of our beautiful sanctuary.

At St. Paul’s we continue to live into these roots planted so long ago as we gather as the family of God every Sunday. And on Sunday, May 7, 2017, we will celebrate Homecoming Sunday. Mark your calendar and make sure you are here for this special service of worship. The celebration will begin at 10:15. Thumb through the hymnal and find your favorites! We will then have a wonderful worship service at 10:45 am followed by a covered dish luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.

Our Homecoming Speaker will be Rev. Ray K. Smith, pastor from 1998-2003. Ray and Sarah currently live in Lake View, S. C. Born in Athens, Tennessee, Ray is a graduate of Union College and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and served churches in South Carolina since 1974, including St. Paul’s, New Ellenton, St. Paul’s, Orangeburg, and Socastee United Methodist. Currently he is retired and supplies Lake View United Methodist.

Homecoming Day will be an exciting day filled with good singing, God’s Word, preaching and lots of fun, food, and fellowship.

If you are unable to be with us on this special Sunday, we hope that you will be in prayer for this celebration. Please send us a note and let us know how you are doing! Please participate by sending us a story of your journey of faith that happened at St. Paul’s. You are an important part of the family of God here at St. Paul’s. We thank God for all the people across the years who have been a part of our community of faith, hope, and love.

in His Grace,

Rev. William N. Harper (Will)