Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


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9-17-17 Epistle Plus Printed Announcements


9:00am = 55, 11:00am = 95, Prayer Service = 11, The Lord’s Table = 54, Potomac Place = 33

Sunday School Total = 106, Worship Total = 248


ALTAR FLOWERS - are given to celebrate the baptism of Anna Beatrice Conforti.


WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY - On October 2nd, we will have only one worship service at 11am as we combine in worship with Ghana Wesley UMC for World Communion Sunday.  A reception will follow. 


CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS -  Contribution statements through August 31st will be on a table in the Narthex through next Sunday.  Please pick up your statement to save as stamp!


ST. PAUL CHURCH PICNIC will be on Sept 24th at 12:30 pm. Wear casual clothes, your St. Paul shirt, favorite Christian or Red t-shirt, to church and then head out to Veterans’ Park in Woodbridge. The men of the church will cook hamburgers and hot dogs for us. Hospitality will provide condiments, buns, ice water, and all paper products. If your last name begins with A-G please bring a dessert to share, H -Z please bring a salad or side dish to share. Bring a comfortable lawn chair (picnic blanket), drinks (if you’d like something other than ice water), and come prepared to enjoy good food, fun games, fellowship, and a sing along. Please invite your friends and family to join us. If you have a canopy, we’d appreciate your bringing it as the extra shade will be very much welcomed.

 COME ONE, COME ALL TO THE ST. PAUL PRESCHOOL CARNIVAL! Games! Prizes! Food! Fun! Friday, September 29th, at 5:30pm.  Tickets may be purchased at the door for $0.25 each. Some activities/food will require more than one ticket. Preschool alumni, friends, families and church members are welcome to join in on the fun! We'll see you there!


GOSPEL QUARTET CONCERT - THIS MONDAY, September 18th, at 7:30pm, The United Methodist Men of St. Paul UMC invite you to an evening of music, worship and fellowship as we welcome the Mount Calvary Singers to our Quarterly event. The "Calvary Singers" will share great gospel quartet music in this free concert. All are welcome! A love offering will be taken.


NINE TO DINE - October – March groups are now being formed!  Do you enjoy good food and fellowship?  Would you like to meet and get to know more of your church family?  If so, consider joining Nine to Dine.  These groups of approximately nine (9) people meet once a month for a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or another interesting activity the group may choose.  Groups are rearranged every six (6) months so you get to know even more people in a fun and relaxed setting.  This fellowship opportunity is open to everyone - singles, couples, non-members as well as members.  You can sign up by emailing or calling Suzanne Bowes ( or 703 494-2097).  Sign up deadline for the October – March groups is Thursday, Sept. 28.  If you have been inactive for a while, now may be  the time to rejoin the mix and meet more of your church family.  If you are already in a group, you will automatically be assigned to a new group unless you contact Suzanne by the deadline.


EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? - Some stores & vendors are starting to stock the 2017 White House Ornament!  Plan to purchase your White House ornaments from the St. Paul Preschool, and encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same!  The St. Paul Preschool White House Ornament Fundraiser will begin in October for delivery before Thanksgiving!  The cost will be $20 (which is less than retail!). Additionally, for a $1 donation the ornament will be wrapped for delivery.  Funds raised from the purchase will go toward the Preschool Scholarship fund.


COAT COLLECTIONS - The Lord’s Clothes Closet is collecting WINTER COATES & HEAVY HOODIES of all sized (except infant/toddler—we received a generous number of this size already) through the end of October.  Our annual Winter Coat Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th 9am—12pm. 


HILDA BARG FAMILY SHELTER - St. Paul is scheduled to provide meals, October 8 - 14 at the Hilda Barg Family Shelter.  St. Paul has provided meals for the families at the shelter for over 20 years.  As in the past we will be serving supper and providing breakfast and lunch Sunday thru Saturday.  If you feel led to participate in this ministry, sign-up sheets will be in the fellowship hall, starting September 10th, after each worship service.


HURRICANE RELIEF - Looking for a way to help those in need after Hurricanes Harvey & Irma? Go to to donate to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) US Disaster Response Fund. Or donate through St. Paul by noting your donation with the memo “UMCOR.” 100% of your gift goes straight to relief efforts in the US.  

 CALLING ALL DEAL-FINDERS & GROCERY SHOPPERS! Through December 3rd, St. Paul will be collecting specific items for the Children & Youth's 6th Winter Bags Mission Project. This project will provide food bags to students on free-lunch in local schools over the 2 week winter break.  Items may be dropped off in the designated shelves, or at the church office.  We are currently focusing our collection on CANNED ITEMS— Canned Fruit, Tuna and Canned Pasta Sauce.  A full list of items will be posted on our website and paper flyers; please consider taking this list to your workplace or neighborhood, for a food drive!  It is estimated that each bag costs about $5-$7 to fill, if you would like to contribute toward the purchase of a bag, please designate your donation to “WINTER BAGS”  Thank you for your support of this project!


11AM FELLOWSHIP HOUR, THANKS AND COOKIE COLLECTION - Many thanks to the terrific people who have volunteered to clean up after Fellowship Hour about once every 6 weeks.  Also thanks to Charlie Chapman for making reminder calls.  Now the rest of the 11:00 Service congregation has the opportunity to participate in Fellowship Hour by bringing cookies (or other treats) during the month of September.  Place your contribution in the “Cookie Monster” located on the center table in the kitchen.  Thanks in advance for sharing with those who worship at St. Paul.


MAINTAINING OUR PANTRY MINISTRY - St. Paul is known throughout Prince William County for its strong Outreach Program, and a major component of the program is our Food Pantry ministry through which we distribute food to approximately 60 families at each of our two monthly distribution days.  After more than 5 years of managing operations and coordinating volunteers for the Pantry, Gayle Basehoar and Susan Young, are retiring at the end of 2017.  They and their very supportive husbands have done a fabulous job and have worked hard on behalf this ministry.  St. Paul thanks them for making a tremendous difference in the lives of so many of our less fortunate neighbors.  The Outreach Team is seeking a couple of people to replace Gayle and Susan as Pantry co-managers and seeking several other volunteers so that the tasks and time to perform the required activities can be divided among many to make the individual loads light.  In Matthew 22:35-40 and Mark 12:28-34, Jesus says that the two greatest commandants are to love God with all our heart and soul and mind and to love our neighbor as ourself.  This ministry is helping to ensure that our neighbors and their children don’t go hungry.  If you would like to volunteer or to learn more about this very important ministry, please contact Mike Wilson (703-568-5694) or Bob Bryant (703-798-4080).


MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP - On Sunday, October 15, 2pm - 4pm, This a repeat presentation of the same material from the July Media Connection Workshop.  Come discover how to use online media to promote and advertise the ministries of St. Paul! Amy Miller will lead us in a presentation on how to utilize social media to reach our local community through more deliberate interaction! If you love St. Paul and have a social media account, this workshop is for you! Topics will include: Google, Facebook, Hashtags, and a little bit of Twitter.  Children are welcome to attend with parental supervision- coloring sheets will be provided, and the format will be casual. Light snacks will be provided.


STEWARDSHIP, SALVATION IS A JOURNEY – “The Wesleyan Way is the journey of a lifetime. From one point of view, it’s a journey with a destination called eternal life. … The ultimate goal of following Jesus is life forever with God. The short-term goal (the length of our lives here on earth) is having a life that matters. … God has created each person to live in relationship with him. … The power of God’s grace is real, and the journey is possible with God’s help. Living a life that matters is one of the goals of following the Wesleyan Way and inviting others to make the journey with us is part of it. We know that the way will be hard at times, but a relationship with Christ provides the strength and resources to live a blessed life regardless of the bumps in the road or unexpected detours.”  – Scott J. Jones, The Wesleyan Way

 OUR CHALLENGE TO LISTEN TO GOD – God communicates with us in a variety of ways, including through the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. In John 14:15-26, Jesus instructs his disciples. “If you love me, obey me, and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Comforter, and he will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, for it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, … The one who obeys me is the one who loves me, and because he loves me, my Father will love him; and I will too, and I will reveal myself to him. … Anyone who doesn’t obey me doesn’t love me. … I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Holy Spirit, he will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I have told you.” Are we open to listening to God, to seeking God’s guidance, to being aware of the whispering and nudging of the Holy Spirit, to obeying Jesus?


NO ENVELOPE, NO CHECKBOOK, NO CASH, NO PROBLEM!– We are excited to introduce our new ONLINE GIVING option to the congregation!  If you are like many who do not carry cash or checks regularly, this is a solution for you!  You can set-up a reoccurring donation or make a one-time donation using a debit card, credit card, or check.  We also have options to designate funds, the ability to contribute to special offerings, or even pay for your Sunday School books through this system.  To make an online donation is EASY, just go to our website ( and click on the “online giving” image. You will be directed to our St. Paul online giving page, where you can securely login and make a donation.  Or scan this QR Code Square with your smartphone to be led directly to the St. Paul online donation phone-friendly version.


ALTAR FLOWER SIGN-UP - Every Sunday, we enjoy flowers on the altar in memory or honor of a loved one or occasion.  The altar arrangements are beautifully designed by Lake Ridge Florist.  To sign-up to have an arrangement, please see the “Flower Chart” posted in the church office hallway.  There are several slots in the coming weeks for altar flowers.  Payment for the flowers should be placed in the offering plate or using online giving ($35 for Altar Flowers). Individual flowers (carnation or rose) are also available as well.  Contact Donna Bolton (703-494-3217 or for individual flower requests. Please provide an email or phone call to the church office (703-494-2445, with preferred wording for the Epistle Plus write-up. Following the 11am worship service, the flowers are yours to take home and enjoy