ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 3-12-17
9:00am = 48, 11:00am = 114, Prayer Service = 10, = , The Lord’s Table = 69, Potomac Place = 35
Sunday School Total = 113, Worship Total = 276
Today’s Acolyte - Connor Moore
ALTAR FLOWRS - Today are given in memory of Katie Southard for her birthday on February 26th.
EASTER FLOWERS - Easter flowers will be available for pre-order in March. Choices include tulips, lilies, daffodils and hyacinths. Donna Bolton will be in the Fellowship Hall to take orders and receive payment following both services. Contact Donna if you have questions – email@example.com
METHODISM 101 - will be offered on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Bethany classroom (C248). Whether you are new to the United Methodist Church or simply need a refresher about United Methodist beliefs and practices, this five-week study is for you. The course is about the basics of Methodist history, doctrine, social principles and social creed; worship and sacraments; and discipleship, discovering your spiritual gifts, and service opportunities at St. Paul. Bob Bryant is the course leader. A sign-up sheet is located in the social hall.
EASTER EGG HUNT REQUESTS - The Children’s Ministry team is gearing up for the Easter Egg Hunt to be held on April 8th at 10am and are seeking fillers for all of the Easter Eggs! Egg-sized candies are requested (tootsie rolls, smarties, kisses, mini chocolates, m&m small packs, skittles small packs, etc) - please avoid candy with nuts or peanut butter. Donations may be dropped off in the church office during the week or on Sundays in the bin outside of the nursery.
In addition to the eggs, we will be decorating cookies, and will be asking individuals for donations of plain sugar cookies or shortbread cookies to be used for the decorating. For more information on how to get involved with this great family event, please contact Andrea Ker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michelle Rowe (email@example.com) or call the church office.
SPRING SALAD LUNCHEON - April 2, 12:15pm (after 11am service in the Social Hall)
It’s finally spring! The days of warm, heavy foods have passed and it’s time for some lighter fare. Bring your favorite salad to share (green salad, potato salad, fruit salad, jello salad, Mexican salad, pasta salad, etc., etc.) There are so many to choose from! Be sure to sign up on the back of the attendance sheet, and please join us for a salad bar extraordinaire!
PRESCHOOL SOCK HOP – The preschool is hosting our second annual sock-hop 50’s themed dance on March 25th from 12pm – 2pm in the Social Hall. Come on out for dancing, snacks and a silent auction! Tickets are $10 per immediate family and are available for purchase at the door! We’ll see you at the hop!
PROJECT EASTER BASKET - Once again, the St. Paul Youth are collecting items to fill Easter Baskets that will be sent to the Henry Fork Service Center in Rocky Mount Virginia. We are collecting small Easter gifts today through March 26th. This year, you are invited to shop for Boy, Girl, or Unisex items based on your last name:
If your last name begins with A - I, please shop for non-candy items for GIRLS
(novelty socks, hair accessories, bracelets, water toys, books, cups, toothbrush)
If your last name begins with J - R, please shop for non-candy items for BOYS
(toys, coloring sheets, novelty socks, sport toys, water toys, toothbrush, school supplies)
*Please no weapon-resembling, or violent items
If your last name begins with S - Z, please shop for non-candy UNISEX items.
(stickers, pencils, books, cups, toothbrush, school supplies, straws, bubbles, coloring items)
For more information about the Henry Fork Service center and more detailed requests about items, please see the info on the church website: www.stpaul-umc.org/ProjectEasterBasket. Each year, the children and youth ages 4 - 11 look forward to these gifts from their friends at St. Paul. Last year, we assembled and delivered over 50 Easter Baskets to the students at Henry Fork Center. Thank you for helping us with our project to spread Easter joy with some great kids!
NINE TO DINE - - April - September 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 703 494-2097 ) Sign up deadline for the April-September groups is Friday, March 24. 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.
BUBB I FOR RENT - Would you or someone you know like to be our neighbor? The Bubb I house (located across the church parking lot at 1334 G Street) will be available for rent starting April 15th. Rent is $1500 for this 4 bedroom, 2 full bath house. Contact Tom Davies with interest or questions, 703-494-2445, email@example.com)
JOIN THE SOUND TEAM - The sound team has opportunities for more team members for the 11am services! Help to ensure that the service is able to be heard by the congregation, in addition to those who are unable to attend by recording the service for CD mailings and for the website. The sound system is an easy-to-learn system! If you are comfortable with operating your home devices, this will be a great fit for you. Contact Suzanne Bowes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the church office (703-494-2445) to express interest.
JESUS’ FINAL WEEK - is an 8-week study using a Matthew 28:18-20 Project discussion-oriented guide. The study meets from 10:00 - 11:15 on Wednesday mornings and focuses attention on the events of Christ's life during Holy Week. Please come to any or all of the Wednesday discussions that your schedule will allow. This Wednesday the discussion will be led by Barbara Turner and will center on the Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-30). We will be meeting in Room B133 this week.
EAT OUT FOR HUNGER - TWO opportunities to Eat out for Hunger are coming up! Share with your work, neighbors, family and friends! St. Paul will be packaging meals for world hunger through the third annual Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event on May 21, 2017. In order to reach our goal of 25,000 meals, we are hosting regular "Eat out for Hunger" to raise funds. Each meal that we package costs less than $.20, so every dollar makes a difference!
1) The whole month of MARCH - receipts from any Glory Days in the country will count toward our goal! (although the Woodbridge location is closed, consider when you travel to Manassas, Lorton, Fairfax, or even out of the state). Out of state friends and family mail the receipts to the church office to be included!
2) Brixx Stonebridge Town Center, TODAY 5pm-9pm! St. Paul Eat out for Hunger and a portion of the pizza sales will benefit our Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Fundraising! Pick up a flyer to bring with you to dinner.
STEWARDSHIP MOMENT– Sir Michael Costa was a great orchestral conductor. It is said that one day he was conducting a rehearsal in which the orchestra was joined by a great choir. Midway through the session the piccolo player stopped playing. It seemed innocent enough – after all who would miss the tiny piccolo amidst the great mass of instruments blazing away? All of a sudden Sir Michael stopped the entire orchestra and choir. “Stop! Stop! Where’s the piccolo? What’s happened to the piccolo?” We may sometimes feel like that piccolo player – that we don’t have much to offer, that if we stopped our ministry no one would notice anyway. Yet the Great Conductor notices and needs us to complete his orchestral masterpiece!
CHALLENGE 2017 - In 2017, a church-wide Challenge with the goals to increase financial giving and to increase participation and engagement in church activities and ministries is essential to achieve the vision of St. Paul UMC. “The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.” (Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration)
ST. PAUL 2017 STOP HUNGER NOW MEAL PACKAGING EVENT - On May 21st, 2017, as part of the United Methodist Church Change the World Weekend, St. Paul is hosting our 3rd annual Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event. In about 2 hours, approximately 100 volunteers will work in small teams to prepare more than 25,000 meals for disadvantaged children and families across the globe. Plan to be a part of it! Mark your calendar now and watch for more ways to raise funds and support this effort!
MATTHEW 28:18-20 PROJECT - Check out the table at the front of the social hall and examine copies of many of the books which are available free if you are considering leading a neighborhood study group. Additional information about this effort to take St. Paul out into our communities is available on the table.
UMCOR HEALTH KITS FOR 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – The United Methodist Women of Saint Paul are beginning to collect materials for UMCOR health kits that will be taken to the 2017 Virginia UM Conference. They will be emphasizing one item each month.
· In March we will be collecting hand towels (any color), 15” X 25” to 17” X 27.”
Please place your donated items in the designated box located in the front hallway of the church. Also, be mindful that an entire kit can be purchased for a donation of $12.00 to the United Methodist Women. Thanks in advance to everyone for helping reach the goal of at least 200 kits.
LORD’S PANTRY - The Lord's Pantry provides food for our neighbors in need. Food items are needed to restock our shelves. The following are needed:
tuna fish canned fruit vegetables
plain pasta canned soup cereal
tomato sauce beans
LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING IN REVIEW
The St. Paul Leadership Team met on March 8, 2017. Following an opening devotion and approval of the February minutes, the team briefly reviewed feedback from the congregational town hall meetings. Following reports from each of the administrative and ministry team leads, the following actions were assigned:
1. Finance –The LT voted to sign up for an online giving option offered through Vanco that is a month-to-month service. Brad and Whit Benson and Josh Berry will discuss how to communicate this new tool to the congregation and make it available as soon as possible.
2. Trustees - The Trustees presented several items to the LT for decision and information.
a. The LT approved a motion to install French drains to address the foundation water seepage issue along the front of the church (G Street side near social hall) that results in water intrusion in the children’s/preschool wing. Timeline is dependent upon contractor availability.
b. Our telephone and internet service has been upgraded to a fiber optic service by Verizon.
A reduction in the monthly cost for telephone and internet access has been realized.
c. Per vote of the Leadership Team on February 8, 2017, a new copier will be installed this month.
d. The “incorporation mission team” requested feedback on the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws from the LT due by March 15th. The documents will then need to be approved by the District Superintendent and a Charge Conference will be scheduled for congregation approval.
e. Space has been identified for expanded storage of Hospitality items.
3. Nurture – Susan Piccione will be working with Amy Miller to list all of our small groups on the church website.
4. Outreach - Work continues to form a VOICE Mission Team to serve as the St. Paul interface. As of March 8, online donations are being accepted for Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event (May 21, 2017). Fundraising goal is approximately $7300.00.
5. Witness – Fellowship hour continues to be serviced by various small groups. Suzanne Bowes, Pat Corcoran, and the Bensons are working to organize new Nine to Dine groups this month.
6. Clint Holt and Donna Pollard will bring a summary of feedback gathered from the congregational town halls to the April LT meeting.