Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 22, 2018


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ALTAR FLOWERS - today are given:
By the DeHardes in memory of Helen.
By Edith Chapman in honor of Charles Chapman’s birthday.


PRAYER SERVICE CANCELED FOR VOICE ACTION - There will be no Wednesday Prayer Service this week, to allow attendees to participate in the VOICE action at the PWC School Board on Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Kelly Leadership Building.  For more information please see:


ST. PAUL TOWN HALLS - In an effort to keep all members as informed as possible of ongoing activities at St. Paul, the Leadership Team will host town hall format information sessions following both worship services. We will look at accomplishments during 2017, review our future vision goals, identify some specific actions, and show you where and how you can engage in the ministry of the church.

TODAY 10am in the Chapel & 12:15pm in the Choir Room

Sunday, March 11th - 10am in the Chapel & 12:15pm in the Choir Room


 REHAB LENTEN SERIES - March 4th-18th.  The annual observance of the Lenten discipline among Christians is a time to seek restoration for our lives. It is a time to reflect, take stock of our spiritual condition, and realign our lives. There is much to mine from considering our Lenten journey this year within the frame of rehab, much to explore, much to learn. On each Sunday of this journey, Pastor Larry will be leading us through the Scriptures which provide the core guidance for the work of the week.


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 TODAY. Contact Donna if you have questions –


SCOUTING SUNDAY - Next Sunday, March 11th, is Scouting Sunday. At both 9am & 11am, we invite all current & former boy, cub, and girl scouts to wear their scout uniforms, badges, hats, or other memorabilia and to be recognized as part of worship.  We will also have an opportunity to hear about the ministry of our St. Paul sponsored Cub Scout pack 1149, and the ministry that they offer to our community. 


9 TO DINE - 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 ( or 703 494-2097).  Sign up deadline for the April – Sept. groups is Sunday, March 25.  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.


EASTER MUSIC COLLECTION - St. Paul has been blessed with beautiful music every week in worship, and blessed with especially beautiful music during the Easter Sunday Celebration with brass and timpani music.  This music fills the Sanctuary and allows us to experience the joy of the Resurrection in a very special way.  As we strive to be the best stewards of the resources that are provided to our general budget, our worship ministry is seeking to defray the $1,750 cost of the Easter Brass Quartet through a special offering. If you would like to contribute toward the cost of booking these talented musicians for Easter Sunday, please designate your offering “Easter Music” and/or place your donation in the Easter Basket on the altar through March 18th.  Thank you for assisting us with providing a joyful Resurrection Sunday!


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 18th. You are invited to shop for items based on your last name:

If your last name begins with A - I, please shop for non-candy UNISEX items. 

(stickers, pencils, books, cups, toothbrush, school supplies, straws, bubbles, coloring items)

If your last name begins with J - R, please shop for non-candy items for GIRLS

(novelty socks, hair accessories, bracelets, water toys, books, cups, toothbrush)

If your last name begins with S - Z, 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

Thank you for helping us with our project to spread Easter joy with some great kids!


Come celebrate 60 years of ministry on Palm Sunday, March 25th with ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 11am.  Pastors, members and friends from years past are invited to celebrate as we recall our history and celebrate the ministry of St. Paul with worship, fellowship, music, and sharing of memories. 



St. Paul will be celebrating its 60th anniversary on March 25th. Come participate in this joyous occasion.  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 sheet enclosed, and please join us for a salad bar extraordinaire and a special dessert!


MULCH DAY -  Do you want to be a part of beautifying our church grounds in time for Spring?  Saturday, March 17th 8am - Noon is Mulch day at St. Paul!  This work is a great fellowship work day for all ages.  If you have wheelbarrows, pitch forks, and rakes please bring them along. Rain date is April 7th. For more information, contact Tom Davies, 703-494-2445,


BISHOP CONVOCATION ON RACE AND RECONCILIATION - Bishop Lewis has called a convocation on Race and Reconciliation on Saturday, April 14th at Annandale UMC.  It will begin with registration and breakfast at 8:30am and end with Communion at 3:45pm. Lunch will be served.  Cost is $10.  Keynote speaker will be Romal Tune, whose ministry has impacted the lives of thousands through examining their own lives and stories in transparent and honest ways.  Register by going to, deadline to register is April 6, space is limited. 


EASTER EGG HUNT REQUESTS - The Children’s Ministry team is gearing up for the Easter Egg Hunt to be held on March 24th 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 Children’s Ministry Director, JoAnne's office (Associate Pastor Office). 

               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 JoAnne Sharp at or call the church office.


THE MESSIAH--St. Paul is offering a discussion-friendly, eight-week study entitled The Messiah--The Texts Behind Handel's Masterpiece, which meets in the Bethany classroom (C248) from 9:30-10:45 on Thursday mornings.    Please join us when your schedule allows and add your insights to the discussion.  This week's chapter will be led by Carole Sundman and deals with Psalm 22:1-21 (Messiah's Death).


St. Andrew Lenten Devotions– Today’s devotion in Walking in Newness of Life shows the point-of-view change from a sense of duty to a sense of blessing.  The Society of St. Andrew challenges us to remember our desperate 42 million children and adults here in the United States who struggle to put enough food on the table each day.  Does your daily spiritual focus this season include giving?  Every 30¢ you set aside for Society of St. Andrew will put ten servings of healthy food on the plates of those who need it most, giving both you and them a blessing.  We will receive and dedicate our Lenten offerings for the Society of St. Andrew on April 8th.  If you did not get a devotional booklet, you can receive daily e-devotions and e-books at

 MEN TO MENTOR - Men of St. Paul, the principal at Kilby Elementary School asked me if some of you might be willing to serve as mentors for some of the boys at the school who don’t have strong male role models in their homes. This would involve visiting the school on a weekly basis to build a relationship and spend time talking with the boys. If this sounds like a ministry you might find rewarding, please let me know. Thanks, Clint Holt.


TRAIN TO SAVE A LIFE - our church has purchased two Fully Automated Defibrillators using a designated donation. These devices will be stored in alarmed cabinets on the first floor [across from Parlor] and on the basement level [across from the Boiler Room door]. When the defibrillator storage cabinet is opened a visible  red light strobe and an audible alarm will activate. These alerts help inform others in the area of the active emergency situation, so medical help can be summonsed. PLEASE NOTE: These alarms can NOT be turned off once activated, without the use of a special key which will be kept in the office area. 
The Trustees are in the process of coordinating Defibrillator Training Classes with OWL. If you are interested in hands-on training for these devices, please e-mail Bill Elmore at or contact the office to have your name put on a list. Individuals signing up for the training will be advised of the upcoming dates and times for the training.  Meanwhile, you can view a demonstration video by visiting The video closest to our fully automated device [NO red button to push to administer shock] is the FOURTH down and is marked “Lifeline AED Overview Video.” Activate the video by: 1) Left clicking on MOV link 2) Maximize screen


5K FOR RISING HOPE - Ghana Wesley UMC is hosting a 5k race in the church neighborhood to benefit Rising Hope Saturday, March 10th 9am—11am. Any interested, please contact:, sign-up and donations will be collected at registration. 


UMCOR HEALTH KITS FOR 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – The United Methodist Women of Saint Paul are beginning to collect materials for UMCOR health kits that will be taken to the 2018 Virginia UM Conference.  They will be emphasizing one item each month.

· In March is HAND TOWELS (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.


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 on Saturday, March 10 at 10:30am.  

Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!


MATTHEW 28:18-20 PROJECT - Check out the table at the front of the library and examine copies of many of the books which are available free if you are considering leading a study group in your neighborhood for those who do not have a church home.  Additional information about this effort to take St. Paul out into our communities is available on the table also.


NO ENVELOPE, NO CHECKBOOK, NO CASH, NO PROBLEM!– 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.  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.