In 1997, the NOEL (Nothing Other than Eating & Loving) Community was organized as a community wide event hosted by St. Paul’s By-The-Sea to provide food and companionship on Christmas Day. The NOEL community has support beyond the parish from other faith-based groups and volunteers in Ocean City, Berlin and Ocean Pines. The Annual Christmas Day communal meal in the church hall has served thousands over the years but has had to be adapted to a meal distribution program due to Covid-19 precautions.
In addition to the Christmas meals, NOEL has prepared lunches on Saturdays during
the year for the Shepherd’s Crook Food Panty in the church hall. NOEL also
participates in the annual gLOVE drive in January and February to collect gloves
and hats for distribution to the community in need around Valentine’s Day.
In addition, NOEL supports initiatives of other groups that serve the food insecure and
housing deprived in the greater community. NOEL is supported from generous financial donations from individuals, community groups, local businesses and corporations. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Patricia Mulcahy is our Parish Liaison to the NOEL Community.