Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Saturday, May 26, 2018


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Below is the Epistle Plus from Sunday, May 13, 2018 


9:00am = 62, 11:00am = 110, Prayer Service = 9, The Lord’s Table = 52, Potomac Place = 36

Sunday School Total = 97, Worship Total = 269


ALTAR FLOWERS - today are given by Marcia Fisher in memory of her parents.


THANKS FROM HELEN WHITE - I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes, cards, and prayers concerning my surgery.  I am home recuperating. 


A NEW WAY TO SUPPORT AWAKENING - If you attend the Awakening worship service and would like to get involved, this is the opportunity for you.  We are now taking sign-ups for Lay Readers to support the Awakening worship service.  Readings will be e-mailed to the reader ahead of time, and will include an opening prayer and the Scripture for the day.  If you would like to serve as a Lay Reader, please sign-up in the Social Hall following worship. 


ATTENTION GRADUATES & FAMILIES!  High School, College, and Graduate School- Are you a December 2017 or May/June 2018 graduate, or do you have a grad in your family? St. Paul UMC would like to recognize this accomplishment on May 27th 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.

 CLOTHING RESTOCK - The Lord’s Clothes Closet had a very busy April!  We gave away over 900 pieces of summer clothing this month. As a result, the clothes closet is in need of a full restock of summer clothing, pants, shirts, dresses, shorts, capris, etc, for all ages! As you change your closets over for the warmer weather, please donate your gently used clothing in the grocery cart located across from the nursery.


11:00 WORSHIP ATTENDEES: THIS IS YOUR MONTH - for the month of MAY, 11am worship attendees have the opportunity to contribute to Fellowship Hour by bringing cookies (or other treats) for all to enjoy.  Place your contribution in the “Cookie Monster” located on the center table in the kitchen.  Thanks in advance for sharing with those who worship at St. Paul.


PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMP -   St. Paul Preschool will have 12 Summer Sessions throughout the summer, Monday through Friday, 9am—12:15 ($315 per month or $110 per week) OR 9am—3:00pm ($560 per month or $160 per week).  June sessions: Dinosaurs, Da Vinci, Footloose, Passport to Fun. July sessions: Bugs, Little Chef, Ahoy Matey!, Lab Rats.  August Sessions: Under the Big Top, Into the Woods, Under the Sea, Space Explorers. To register, pick up a form in the church office, OR go to our website (  All kids who register for summer camp before May 1st will receive a FREE summer session t-shirt. 


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 19th at 3:30pm & 4:30pm on Field #2. Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!


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.


UMCOR HEALTH KITS FOR 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – The United Methodist Women of Saint

Paul are collecting materials for UMCOR health kits that will be taken to the 2018 Virginia UM

Conference in June.  This is our final month to collect donations, and we are still in need of the following:

70 Hand Towels (15x25 to 17x27 inches),

120 Bath Soaps (3 ox or larger, no Jergens or Ivory please),

50 Nail Clippers or Metal Nail Files,

1200 band aids (3/4” to 1” size)

Thanks to all who have donated so far, we have all of the washcloths and toothbrushes that we will need!  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

Mark your calendars now for your children age 3 through 5th Grade to experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God! August 6th-10th.  Join us for a week of music, stories, games, snacks and more! 

 INTRODUCING REV. SCOTT BECK - as was announced, Pastor Larry Craddock’s last Sunday at St. Paul will be Sunday, June 10th and Rev. Scott Beck has been projected as our next pastor for St. Paul UMC.  His first Sunday will be July 1, 2018.  Rev. Beck entered the ministry out of Aldersgate UMC in Alexandria, VA, he graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2010 and was ordained an Elder in the UMC in 2016.  Below is a list of the different appointments he has served during his 17 years in ministry:

   1.  BMW charge- Boyce, Millwood, White Post, (Winchester District),

   2.  Mt. Herman UMC (Lynchburg District),

   3.  Sydenstricker UMC as associate pastor, (Alexandria District,)

          - Served while attending Wesley Theological Seminary.

   4.  Prince Edward Charge (Farmville District) for 2 years

   5.  Current assignment in Norfolk  VA, for past 6 years as the pastor

             of the Wesley Memorial/Zion Grace charge.  During that time, 

             the 2 churches merged into one, now called Wesley Grace UMC. 

Rev. Beck  grew up in Western PA, just east of Pittsburgh.  His wife, Jamie, grew up in Eastern Ohio, below Cleveland.  They have two daughters, Allison, who is 14 and Addison, who is 10.   They love Northern Virginia and are anxious to return to the area. Rev. Beck states, "I  love city ministry.  I like to do hands on ministry to and with the poor and cannot wait to dive into the ministries you have going on at St. Paul."


BUDGET ISSUES - Last year an appeal was made to our St. Paul family for “second mile” giving to address an estimated budget deficit of $15,000.  Together, we responded with sufficient offerings to finish last December with income and expenditures even.  This exceptional giving enabled us to keep the Lord’s Pantry open with money and volunteers to serve hungry, homeless and needy families. Many call the Lord’s Table, the Lord’s Pantry and the Lord’s Closet our flagship ministries.  Easter donations were requested this year to offset the cost of the brass quintet that supplements our choir and hymns each Easter. Your donations exceeded the target request by $500.

Your faithful response and generosity are acknowledged and greatly appreciated.

  We have recently learned of some members’ intention to relocate which will result in the loss of over $26,000 in pledges of support for the remainder of this year in addition to the loss of their participation in the life of St. Paul UMC. We could not have anticipated this in our yearly budget.  In light of this forecast we must make both long- and short-term decisions.

We have some long-term options such as reworking our mortgage and further deferring apportionment payments; however, our near-term shortfall is such that we have asked staff to accept a temporary 16% salary reduction.  Our staff (Office Administrator/Youth Director, Business Administrator, Music Director, and Organist ) has graciously agreed to this temporary reduction. Other adjustments in expenditures will be made as needed to address our situation. 

  Together, our St. Paul family has always met the challenge of the Gospel's commands to witness, to care, and to share with others. Supporting these commands keeps us on the front line with other churches and keeps our programs reaching out to our less fortunate neighbors in Prince William as well as maintaining a vibrant spirituality at St. Paul.  

Please call or write me if you have suggestions or questions:

Brad Benson


FREE CAREGIVERS WORKSHOP - The PWC Commission on Aging invites you to the Second Annual Prince William Area Dementia Caregivers Symposium entitled “Let’s Wash Up!” will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, 8:30am to 1:30pm at the James J. McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge.  This is a morning of education for caregivers in the mid-stages of providing personal care.  The program is free of charge, but an RSVP is requested as a box lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Jane Priest at 703-766-9018 or  Please include your name and contact information.