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


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9:00am = 51, 11:00am = 124, Prayer Service = 12, The Lord’s Table = 68

Sunday School Total = 88, Worship Total = 255


Today’s Acolyte - Cecilia Pick


ALTAR FLOWRS - today are given by the Basile family in memory of Justin’s father. 


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 starting next week. Contact Donna if you have questions – 703-494-3217,


THANK YOU - Again, Thank You to everyone who donated money in Scott's memory that helped to fund the new sanctuary doors that were dedicated last Sunday.  And a special thanks to Ray and Donna Pollard who provided the plaque that is next to them.  Robby Robinson


MOTHERHOOD CLASS - Friday mornings, Jesse Basile  and Laurie Gris will lead a class on motherhood in the Bethany classroom, room C248,  beginning at 9:15am.  All are welcome.  Contact Jesse Basile for more information at


NAME THE NEWS - Please help us to rename our communications!  With the transition from the EPISTLE newsletter to email communication, it seems time to rename our communications.  Take the poll by going to and scrolling down to the POLL in the bottom right. Vote for your favorite options for both the Email and this weekly printed publication.  Votes will be accepted through March 8th.

Current Stats: Email Newsletter - “St. Paul Pew Link” This Publication: “News in the Pews”


ST. PAUL TOWN HALLS - Come and hear the vision that your Leadership Team has for St. Paul.  This is your opportunity to ask questions, see how you can help and to share your suggestions. 

2 Sundays – March 5, and March 12

2 meetings each Sunday – 10:00 in the Chapel and 12:15 in B133

Leadership Team + Congregation = a vibrant St. Paul


PRESCHOOL TRIKE-A-THON - This week is the trike-a-thon in the social hall on February 28 and March 1. Please come to cheer on our Trikers from St. Paul (listed below) or support us by sponsoring one child (or more) with a small donation. Each trike-a-thon will last 30 minutes.  See Mary Helmandollar at Church on Sunday or call at 571-213-3050.

Tuesday, February 28th St. Paul Trikers:

Clara Cihon, Marek Gillespie & Jacob Basile -  (10:00am)

Logan Moore - (11:30)

Joshua Basile (11:30am)

Wednesday, March 1st St. Paul Trikers:

Isabel Smith & Liam Hardy (9:30am)

Evie Gris & Able Lohr (10:00am)

Alina Ker - (10:30am)

Vicki Caseman, Lily Pick, Jonah Cihon (11:00am)


LENTEN STUDY - An 8-week Lenten study will begin on Wednesday morning, February 22, at 10:00-11:15 in the Bethany classroom (C248) using Jesus' Final Week, a Matthew 28:18-20 Project discussion guide.  As we journey through the Lenten season, this weekly study guide  focuses attention on the events of Holy Week, culminating with Christ's resurrection. Discussion for the first week will center on Palm Sunday in Chapter 1 ("Sunday: Christ's Triumphal Entry"--Matthew 21:1-11). Please come to any or all of the Wednesday discussions that your schedule allows, and bring interested friends and neighbors.


EAT OUT FOR HUNGER - THREE 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) Chili’s - Tuesday, February 28th, 11am - Close. 

2) 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!  

3) Brixx Stonebridge Town Center, Sunday, March 19th 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.

  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 ( or the church office (703-494-2445) to express interest. 


ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION IN PWC? -  If so, SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, February 26th, 3:00pm – 4:30pm (St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 18825 Fuller Heights Rd, Triangle, VA 22172, Parish Center Dining Facility).  Join parishioners and neighbors in a Community Forum to discuss Pre-K and other Public Education concerns in Prince William County Questions? Call: Michelle Nicolai  571.213.8348,, Sponsored by St Francis V.O.I.C.E.


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.


STEWARDSHIP MOMENTOnce, a man said, "If I had some extra money, I'd give it to God, but I have just enough to support myself and my family."  The same man said, "If I had some extra time, I'd give it to God, but every minute is taken up with my job, my family, my clubs, and what have you -- every single minute." And the same man said, "If I had a talent I'd give it to God, but I have no lovely voice; I have no special skill.  God was touched and gave that man money, time, and a glorious talent. And then God waited, and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited.


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!

Sunday, May 21st, 2017
12:30pm - 2:30pm


ST. PAUL BASKETBALL TEAM! – St. Paul has once again joined the Christian Basketball 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 game will be at the Christ Chapel Saturday, March 11 at 12:00pm.  Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!


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.


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - Please save box tops for the St. Paul preschool!  Each box top is worth $.10.  Each box top counts and all are appreciated.  Look for the collection box and/or the collection sheets in the extended narthex!

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 February we are collecting nail clippers and metal nail files.

· 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.


LIVE WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS - you or a loved one has a chronic condition like asthma, arthritis, cancer, COPD, congestive heart failure, diabetes, depression, emphysema, fibromyalgia, heart disease, lung disease, MS, obesity, stroke, or pain,  the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program could help!  They meet weekly for 6 sessions to discuss managing symptoms, managing medications, working with your healthcare team, setting goals, how to relax and handle difficult emotions, and tips for eating well and increasing activity, and THESE CLASSES ARE FREE!!   The spring workshops are Feb. 16 at the Senior Center at Manassas, Mar. 22 at Potomac Community Library, April 4 at Arbor Terrace Assisted Living, and May 9 at Senior Center in Woodbridge.  Caregivers are welcome!  For more info, contact Jodie Houser at 571 494-5577 or online at   (Suzanne Bowes, Care Ministry)



The St. Paul Leadership Team met on February 8, 2017. Following an opening devotion and approval of the January minutes, the team went through a recap of our January 21 visioning session and the January 28, Chat n' Chew with Bishop Sharma Lewis. Following reports from each of the administrative and ministry team leads, the following actions were assigned:

1. Finance - Refine the draft congregational letter regarding the 2017 Challenge to include a Wesley reference, and then proceed with signatures and distribution. To be completed as soon as possible.

2. Trustees - The Trustees presented several items to the LT for decision and information.

a. The LT voted to forgive the remaining balance of the loan on the Four Seasons property following a presentation regarding current circumstances of the lendee.

b. The “incorporation mission team” presented a recommendation regarding incorporation. The LT voted to proceed with incorporation.

c. The LT voted to approve the lease of two new copiers that will better support the church and the preschool and represent a monthly cost savings.

d. Chris Caseman volunteered to request an estimate for an exterior sign for the Lord’s Pantry. 

e. A proposal to construct a Hospitality storage closet in the coat room adjacent to the Fellowship Hall is being considered.  A recommendation will be brought to the March LT meeting.

3. Nurture - The job descriptions for volunteer positions provided by the Children's Ministry Team were approved and will now be advertised to the congregation through multiple media.

4. Outreach - Work continues to form a VOICE Mission Team to serve as the St. Paul interface.  This team  of 3-4 persons will address the VOICE agenda for affordable housing, pre-K and public education, criminal justice reform, and immigration issues. An updated status will be presented at the March LT meeting.

5. Witness - Hospitality Mission Team will bring a recommendation to the March LT meeting regarding fellowship hour. A search for a new coordinator for the Nine to Dine program continues.

6. Pastor Larry reported that the church will conduct a church-wide Lenten study using the text Plenty Good Room by Marilyn E. Thornton starting on March 5.

7. Clint Holt and Donna Pollard will conduct town halls following each service on March 5 and March 12 to provide the congregation an overview of and opportunity to connect with our new LT.