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St. Paul United Methodist Church
Friday, January 18, 2019

News & Announcements


THE WAY FORWARD — A Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church will be conducted in St. Louis, MO, on Feb. 23-26, 2019, to consider several proposed plans to deal with the issue of inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons in the full life and ministry of the church.  St. Paul UMC plans to facilitate a dialogue within a framework of mutual respect of all opinions so that St. Paul UMC congregants have a basic understanding of the complex issues and concerns addressed by the church’s Commission on the Way Forward and the plans to be considered at the Special General Conference.  We will use the Sunday services on Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 to present an overview of the perspectives and of the plans submitted by the Commission.  We will provide a handout with additional information and will conduct three weekday special discussion periods for people who want to participate in more in-depth discussions — Jan. 16, 7 p.m., to discuss our “commonalities” and UMC context (history, doctrine, Wesleyan teaching and connectional structure) and Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, 7 p.m., to summarize the plans, answer questions, and encourage respectful conversation.  We want to emphasize that (a) what we have in common among the defining characteristics of the United Methodist Church, including our openness to diversity and diverse points of view, are more extensive and important than disagreement on a particular social issue or UMC social principle, (b) the common feature in all the plans presented by the Commission is the unity of the United Methodist Church, and (c) implementation of any decision made by the Special General Conference will require many interim steps and will take several years.  All information will be presented and all to discussions will be facilitated in an unbiased manner so that congregants are encouraged to determine their own beliefs and “position” and so that everyone knows that his/her values are respected and welcome at St. Paul UMC.

PRAYER SERVICE RESUMES - Wednesday February 4, 2019 

COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC), THROUGH JANUARY 11TH - Hey federal employees, did you know you can give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) through CFC? You may hear a lot about CFC this time of year and be overwhelmed by the number of charities from which to choose. Here's a great choice! UMCOR has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org), the highest ranking possible for accountability and impact! Plus, you'll be helping the mission of the United Methodist community. You can give to UMCOR through payroll deduction via the CFC by indicating #11116 under Global Impact charities on your CFC pledge form.


IN HOME BIBLE STUDIES - In-home Bible studies will begin again. The study is “Christian Disciplines” about practical ways to grow in faith and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ. Everyone is invited to participate. Dave Turner will facilitate a study group at the Turner home in the Springwoods area every Tuesday beginning Oct. 16th at 7pm. Call the office for contact information or Dave.


JOIN THE CHAPEL BELLS - The Chapel Bells have rehearsals on Thursdays at 6PM (right before Chancel Choir at 7PM). If you are interested in ringing, or learning how to ring, come to one of the Thursday rehearsals to see and learn what handbell ringing is all about. Ringing bells is lots of fun and a wonderful way to participate in the worship life of the church. For additional info contact Cyndy Elmore (welmore664 at yahoo dot com)

CLOTHING OVERFLOW - Due to the generosity of our congregation and the community our clothes closet bins are FULL. We are only accepting donations of winter coats and winter clothing for children of all ages. Summer clothes are definitely not needed at this time. ***If you are willing to volunteer please contact the church office at 703-494-2445.*** 

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 (www.stpaul-umc.org) 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.