Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Friday, November 24, 2017


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9:00am = , 11:00am = , Prayer Service = 20, The Lord’s Table = 55, Potomac Place = 32

Sunday School Total = 85, Worship Total = 260


ALTAR FLOWERS - are given by Ralph Myers in memory of his wife, Grace. 


CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY - to Eleanor Columbo-Meardon at the loss of her mother.  Cards of sympathy may be sent to Eleanor at 2791 Alton Hotel Ct. Woodbridge 22192


BLOOD DRIVE - We will be hosting a Blood Drive on Sunday, November 19th in memory of Nicole Mittendorff.  We hope that you will sign-up to attend if you are able to give blood, or if you are able to serve as a volunteer a this event.  Sign up sheets are in the Social Hall following worship. Mark your calendar, Sunday, November 19th 10am - 3pm.


THE BASIS OF STEWARDSHIP - Stewardship is not about raising money; it’s about raising Christians who willingly trust God.   — Unknown


Christmas Brunch - Join your church family to welcome in the Advent Season with our annual Christmas Brunch on Dec 3rd at noon (after the 11:00 worship service). We will serve breakfast casseroles, bacon, and pancakes (along with juice and coffee). There will be gifts for our little folks (under age 10), songs, smiles, and some giggles too. Half of all the funds donated to our Love Offering Jar will go toward the St. Paul Winter Bag Project. What do you need to bring? You’ll need a hand of friendship, a voice of joy, and a heart filled with gratitude. Sign ups will begin next Sunday, November 12th - November 26th.


 11AM ATTENDEES: THIS IS YOUR MONTH - for the month of November, 11am worship attendees have the opportunity to contribute to Fellowship Hour by bringing cookies (or other treats) for all to enjoy.  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.


OUR CHALLENGE TO GIVE THANKS WHEN IT TAKES FAITH – In the late 1800’s, George Mueller operated an orphanage with 1,000 orphans. One morning there was no food to eat, but he called all the children and staff together and prayed, thanking God for the provision of food, even though no food was on the table. A few moments later, a baker knocked on the door. He told Mr. Muller that God had led him to bake bread the night before and give it to the orphanage. Before the bread was given to the children, a milkman knocked on the door. He said that his milk truck had broken down and he wanted to give the milk to the orphanage. George Muller gave thanks, even when it took faith to do so.   –


JOSEPH ADVENT CLASS - St.  Paul will be offering  four-week Advent studies, using Adam Hamilton's book Faithful: Christmas through the eyes of Joseph, beginning the week of November 27 at 7:00-8:30 pm.  The studies will probably be held on Mondays and Tuesdays in the homes of St. Paul members, with one group meeting in the Dumfries/Four Season area and two or more meeting in the Lake Ridge area.  Sign-up sheets are in the social hall.  Please indicate whether you are interested in participating in the Dumfries/Four Season's study or one of the Lake Ridge studies on the sign-up sheets. 


THE ADVENT OF OUR SAVIOR - St. Paul is offering a discussion-friendly 6-week study entitled The Advent of the Savior, which will meet in the Bethany classroom (C248) on Thursday mornings, from 10:00 to 11:15.    Please come when your schedule allows and add your insights to the discussion.  This week's class will focus on Luke 1:26-30, with the discussion led by Barbara Turner.


CHRISTMAS PAGEANT FOR ALL AGES - As we look ahead to Christmas, we are excited to have a new opportunity to celebrate the birth of our savior with a Christmas Pageant for ALL AGES on Sunday, December 24th at 11am!  We are currently taking sign-ups for various roles in the pageant, and encourage any interested pageanteers to join the production! Sign up sheets are in the social hall following worship.


JOIN “SCOUTING FOR FOOD” - St. Paul sponsored Pack 1149 invites you to be a part of “Scouting for Food,” a food collection event that benefits our pantry and winter bags project directly.  On Saturday, Nov. 11, we will collect donations and deliver them to the church. Meet us to be a part of this rewarding project.



November 8, 2017

Wednesday, November 8th at 7:40pm the Leadership Team will meet in the Bethany room (C248).  Below you will find the agenda for the upcoming meeting.  Please note that all Leadership Team meetings are open for members to attend.

· Devotion/Reflection/Prayer

· Approval of September Leadership Team Minutes

· Finance Report: Monthly Report, Stewardship Campaign, 2018 Budget

· Nominations and Leadership Development:  Current status, Identify candidates, Assign invitations

· Pastor Time:  5 Talent Academy Evangelism Task Force Update

· New/Other Business: Request for June Overnight Stay, Christmas Pageant Update

· Dismissal with prayer

In order to keep the congregation informed of Leadership Team’s work, the agenda will be printed the week of the meeting and abbreviated minutes will be printed and available.

UMW PECAN SALE: It’s not too soon to be thinking about Christmas! The annual UMW pecan sale is a great opportunity to buy pecans for your holiday baking and for Christmas gifts.  The pecans have been ordered and should arrive in early November.  We will be selling 16 oz. bags of large halves, 16 oz. bags of large pieces, and the always popular 12 oz. bags of chocolate covered pecans for $10 each.  All proceeds support the missions of the UMW.  If you would like to pre-order pecans, please contact Helen Hanna (703) 494-3086 or Susan Piccione (703)730-3630.

WINTER BAG FOOD COLLECTION -  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 winter break.  Items may be dropped off in the designated shelves, or at the church office.  We are currently focusing our collection on OATMEAL, RICE, BEANS, FRUIT CUPS, RAMEN NOODLES, PASTA, CANNED PASTA SAUCE, RICE, MACARONI & CHEESE, GRANOLA BARS, FRUIT SNACKS.  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!


COME ZUMBA WITH US! – We have a Zumba Classes offered on Monday evenings from 7pm - 8pm & Wednesday evenings 6pm—7pm.  Please consider joining us! No dance experience or rhythm necessary, come ready to have fun and get some exercise! Bring water and a towel and wear comfortable, high support, low tread shoes. Classes are $5 for walk-ins, or $15 for the month. The first class will be free for new students!  Contact the church in regards to weekly child care, as arrangements are made upon request. 


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).


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.