State Avenue UMC thankful for pandemic blessings

"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”  - Colossians 3:15

State Avenue United Methodist Church has been a beacon of Christ’s light in Lower Price Hill since 1904.  We see many beautiful children and neighbors each week.  We are both a small church and a larger mission outpost.  We pray for more people to come to know and love our Triune God more deeply.

In the 2020 pandemic, we’ve been blessed to serve in new ways and with new and old friends.  We’ve been so inspired by God’s providential care, by God’s creativity in connecting new volunteers and non-profits and Christ’s church to be church together.

Some pandemic blessings:

  • We are thankful for the Connection, and the partnership with Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church and UMCFoods for helping us organize and distribute children’s meals, fruit and milk on our sidewalk over months.  We all got to hang out with children in a low-key way outdoors.  Children shared smiles, demonstrated basketball dribbling skills and bicycle skills.  We got to see little ones hoist their food over their shoulders and trundle down the street with food.  We saw older siblings helping their younger siblings and parents.
  • We are thankful for unexpected pantry replenishment by Armstrong Chapel, Church of the Saviour, the ORV District, Groesbeck, and Westwood UMCs.  God was right on time over and over.  Just as we wondered how we would meet the needs of our neighbors or we were running low, the Holy Spirit would nudge and inspire a partner church to donate, text, call or email with canned goods, fresh meat, and milk.  Blessings overflowed!
  • We are thankful for our Halloween trail – with faith-based stations offered pandemic style.  Jesus is the light!  Jesus’ love is so sweet!  Thanks to Santa Maria Community Services and Church of the Saviour UMC.  Teens from Santa Maria organized games, brought candy; community members donated candy and volunteered to setup and cleanup; volunteers from Church of the Saviour UMC provided a station and tasty and thoughtful sandwich and sides bags to-go for kids and adults.

We leave you with hope and some scenes from our socially-distant ice cream social.  One sunny Saturday afternoon in late September, we were once again blessed to be in community.  Diverse children and adults – black, brown and white – enjoying each other’s company, building community and sharing God’s love with all.

Grace and peace,
The Trustees and Pastor (Diana McHenry) of State Avenue UMC