Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 25, 2017


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9:00am = 52, 11:00am = 110, Prayer Service = 9, The Lord’s Table = 53, Potomac Place = 36

Sunday School Total = 107, Worship Total = 260


Today’s Acolyte - Connor Moore


ALTAR FLOWERS - are given in honor of Dot Elkins by her kids and grandkids & in honor of Megan Montclair for graduating school given by her family.


UMCOR HEALTH KITS FOR 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – The United Methodist Women of Saint Paul are collecting materials for UMCOR health kits that will be taken to the 2017 Virginia UM Conference.  They will be emphasizing one item each month.

In May (the final collection month) we are collecting: 

· Bath Soap (3 oz or larger, no Ivory or Jergens, please)

· Toothbrushes - Adult Size Only

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.


 Vacation Bible School

Children (preschool - 5th grade) are invited to join is for Vacation Bible School 2017! The theme this summer is Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God!

June 19th—23rd

Join us for a week of music, stories, games, snacks and more!


We still have GREAT opportunities for volunteers at VBS.  We have so many areas to serve: Snacks, Science, Recreation, Crafts, Bible Story, Music, Group Leaders & Assistants...where might you be interested in helping June 19-23rd? Youth (grade 6 and up) are invited to be volunteers as well!  This event is not possible without many helping hands, thanks for your consideration!  We had over 120 children participate last year and it is the work of volunteers that allows us the ability to offer this ministry to so many families.  A background check will be required at no cost for volunteers.  Contact Andrea Ker to volunteer.


KRISPY KREME DONUTS - Our St. Paul sponsored Cub Scout Pack 1149 are taking orders for Krispy Kreme Donuts to be delivered for pick-up at church on Sunday, May 21st.  Cost per dozen is $8.  Donations to the pack will also be accepted.  See a uniformed scout today in the church office hallway. 


UMW UNIT MEETING - All women are invited to attend the United Methodist Women Unit meeting, Sunday, June 4th, at 12:30 PM in the Bethany Room.  A salad luncheon will be followed by a special program highlighting the work of Regional Missionaries as we look forward to the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women.  If you are a member of UMW, please come and invite someone to join us.  If you are not a member of UMW, this is an opportunity to come learn about this mission organization that has been serving women, children and youth around the world for almost 150 years.  Please plan to join us on June 4th.  Contact Susan Piccione or Cyndy Elmore for more information.


UPPER ROOM RACK RELOCATION - The Upper Room devotional books and other brochure materials that you may be used to finding in the Sanctuary entryway have now been moved to a clear rack hung between the restrooms in the church office hallway.  We hope that this will allow more access to the materials that we offer. 


ST. PAUL PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMP 2017 - Now is the time to secure your child’s spot in St. Paul Preschool’s 2017 Summer Camp!  Six 4-day sessions in June & August! Tuesday—Friday, 9am—2pm.  Sign up for as many sessions as you would like. 

Session 1 - May 30-June 2 “X-Treme Sports”

Session 2 - June 6-9            “Dinosaurs”

Session 3 - June 13-16        “The Great Outdoors”

Session 4 - August 1-4        “Science of Gross Things”

Session 5 - August 8-11      “Luau”

Session 6 - August 15-18    “Race to the Finish”

Cost per session is $120 for the week.  Contact St. Paul Preschool to register: 703-586-5031, or visit the website


ST. PAUL SOFTBALL TEAM! – St. Paul has once again joined the Christian Fellowship Softball League.  We invite you to pray for the team throughout the season, and to come and cheer for your St. Paul family and friends at their games. The next games will be at the PNats Stadium on Saturday, May 20th at 11:00am & 12:00pm on Field #3. Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!

 ATTENTION GRADUATES & FAMILIES!  High School, College, and Graduate School- Are you a December 2016 or May/June 2017 graduate, or do you have a grad in your family? St. Paul UMC would like to recognize this accomplishment on Sunday, June 11th with a recognition and small gift.  Please email or call the church office,, 703-494-2445 with the following information:  Grad Name, Diploma/Degree, School, Plans for next year, and name of family.


Foundation Water Seepage Construction - Closure of the Fellowship Hall outside entrance and the Church Office Corridor outside entrances are possible during the pending Foundation Water Seepage Construction scheduled to begin around the week of May 25, 2017. The project, approved by the Leadership Team at their March 8, 2017 meeting, is being undertaken to address the problem of water seepage through the foundation into the Preschool and Children’s Sunday School areas. Signage directing individuals to alternate entrances will be posted during periods when the Fellowship Hall or the Church Office Corridor entrances are closed.


Sunday, May 21

10:45am - Preservice music by the Ghana Wesley Choir


12:00pm - Light Lunch

12:30pm - Meal Packaging Event


Join St. Paul UMC as we pack meals for hunger through Rise Against Hunger (Formally Stop Hunger Now).  In about two hours approximately 100 volunteers will work in small teams to prepare more than 20,000 meals for disadvantaged families across the globe!  Be a part of this event in the following ways:

1) Pray (for the event, for those who volunteer and donate, for the hungry, for farmers, and on!)

2) Sign up to volunteer - go to and click the sign-up link!

3) Donate to the meals - each meal that we package costs $.29, so every donation makes a huge difference!  Our goal is to package 25,000 meals.  Donation options: click the donate link, or donate in the offering (memo Rise Against Hunger)

4) Participate in Fundraisers - Eat out for Hunger meals will be going on year round!

5) Raise Funds - share with your friends, neighbors and coworkers that you are doing something awesome and ask if they will support you.  There is even a form letter that you can use to request donations from your employer at

We cannot succeed without your participation. Please join us to make this event a symbol of the spirit and compassion of our church.


CHALLENGE 2017 - Our challenges in 2017 are to increase financial giving and to increase participation and engagement in church activities and ministries. So far in 2017, the rate of Challenge contributions is running at about 58 percent of the 2016 rate. “God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.” (See 2 Corinthians 9:11) Randy Alcorn, founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries, in Money, Possessions and Eternity


STEWARDSHIP MOMENT“Tolstoy said, 'The antagonism between life and conscience may be removed either by a change of life or by a change of conscience.' Many of us have elected to adjust our consciences rather than our lives. Our powers of rationalization are unlimited. They allow us to live in luxury and indifference while others, whom we could help if we chose to, starve and go to hell.” Randy Alcorn, founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries, in Money, Possessions and Eternity


GHANA WESLEY UMC 15TH ANNIVERSARY - Ghana Wesley United Methodist Church warmly invites St. Paul congregation members as special guests to our 15th anniversary.  The theme is “Lifting Up our Ebenezer.” Saturday, May 27th will be Chorale Night in the Sanctuary from 7pm—9pm.  Sunday, May 28th at 1:00pm will be a Thanksgiving Service followed by awards and lunch.


MEN’S CLOTHING - The Lord’s Clothes Closet is in need of men’s clothing, especially men’s shorts.  All clothing donations are accepted during office hours Monday - Friday.  Or they may be dropped off in the clothing collection basket across from the nursery at anytime.


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. 


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
Your food donations can be placed in the shopping carts in the front hall.


TOPS, TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY - for years, our church has hosted a TOPS group, a weekly accountability group for weight loss on Wednesday mornings at 10am.  You are invited to join this group anytime!  For more information, see the website for more information about the TOPS program.