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ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 1-8-17
9:00am = 38, 11:00am = 80, Prayer Service = 14, The Lord’s Table = 60, Potomac Place = 0
Sunday School Total = 85, Worship Total = 192
Today’s Acolyte: Cecilia Pick
ALTAR FLOWERS LAST WEEK - The second arrangement of flowers on the altar last week were given in celebration of Al & Dot Elkins 62nd Wedding Anniversary given by their kids and grandkids.
PICK UP YOUR CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS - 2016 Contribution Statements are on a table in the Narthex today. Please pick yours up to save on mailing cost!
CHALLENGE UPDATE — Hallelujah! Challenge giving for 2016 topped $35,000. Even though that was about half the amount needed to supplement our “bare-bones” budget in order to fully meet all our financial obligations, it enabled us to maintain our programs and local ministries in 2016. Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the Challenge!
FEED MY SHEEP - In the Gospel of John (21:17) we read, "...Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." St. Paul invites the Children to bring a shelf-stable food item up with them to the Children's Time to be placed in a special basket. This food will be blessed and become part of the St. Paul UMC outreach program.
CONFIRMATION CALL! -Calling all 6th - 12th grade students who have an interest in learning and growing in their faith through Confirmation 2017! Confirmation class begins with a retreat with other Alexandria District Confirmation Classes on Friday, February 3rd-4th at Camp Highroad and ends with Confirmation Sunday on Sunday, June 4th. We will meet monthly for a few hours to learn what it means to be a Christian, and what it means to be a United Methodist, as well as offer students a chance to accept their faith for themselves through the confirmation service. If you are interested, have questions, or are unable to attend the info session, please feel free to contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-494-2445.
CLOTHING NEEDS - the clothing closet is in great need of Men’s Shirts.
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 January they will be collecting hand towels (any color), 15” X 25" to 17 X 27”.
In February they will be collecting nail clippers and metal nail files.
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.
UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR) - UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through our General Board of Global Ministries. Its goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States, by providing humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our United Methodist reach, its most important partners are the people in need. UMCOR believes that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support. UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ. (paraphrased from https://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/About-Us/About-Us )
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.
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
In addition to volunteers, we also welcome contributions of any amount toward our goal. Each meal that we package costs $0.29, and your donation can help for us to reach our goal of 20,000 meals! Do you know work for an employer who may support this cause? Forms will be available to fill in the blanks, and share it with your employer. Another way to contribute is to participate in one or more of our “Eat our for Hunger” opportunities to go out to eat and raise funds! Mark your calendar and invite your friends and neighbors to join in a meal for a GREAT cause!
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.
COFFEE AND TEA LOVERS - St. Paul Sponsored Cub Scout pack 1149 is excited to be selling Giving Bean Coffee and Artisan Teas. Giving Bean is a gourmet coffee roaster providing a variety of freshly roasted whole bean and ground coffees, fine tea, gourmet cocoa, chai, and biscotti. All coffee is roasted-to-order and arrives fresh, assuring its great taste. Prices are $12 per bag of coffee and tea, comparable to other high quality coffees and teas. The funds from this fundraiser will help towards your summer camp cost and provide funds to the pack! A table will be set up to take orders Today and Sunday, January 22nd after both services and delivery arrive in Mid-March.
STEWARDSHIP - A large number of St. Paul parishioners are retired — retired from their professional life. However, no one ever retires from the service of the Lord. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how active (or inactive) you’ve been in past; those who strive to be disciples of Jesus are called to always and forever serve as faithfully as they are able. Jesus says in John 14, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done,” and “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me.” In fact, the Bible extols the wisdom and righteousness of older people. “The gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.” (Proverbs 20:29) So, while the lyrics of a World War II era song say “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away,” Jesus doesn’t give us the option to fade away. Christian soldiers never die; they just adapt to continue serving and reflecting the love of Christ in all the ways they can.
CLOTHING CLOSET VOLUNTEERS - Be a part of the wonderful ministry of sharing clothing with our community by joining the Clothing Closet volunteer team. If you have daytime (Tuesday afternoon) hours to offer sorting and or, are available for the Lord’s Clothing Closet distribution dates (1st and 3rd Thursdays 3pm—5pm). All are welcome to be a part of this outreach team. Contact Ann Mauk (email@example.com) to join the team.
CONCERT INVITATION - The Woodbridge Music Club presents: The Beau Soir Ensemple (Jennifer Ries, viola; Dave Lonkevich, flute; Michelle Myers Lundy, harp) on Saturday, January 21 at 7:00pm at Westminster at Lake Ridge Retirement Center (12191 Clipper Dr, Woodbridge 22192). This concert is presented free of charge to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated from non-Westminster residents.
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!
SOUP LABELS - Don’t forget to save your labels from all Campbell’s items. We continue to support The Henry Fork Center by collecting labels for additional supplies for their ministry.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO OPEN CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNINGS - St Paul needs more than the two volunteers we now have to open the Church on Sunday mornings. You would not need to arrive before 8:30 a.m. and it only takes about 20 minutes to unlock four exterior doors and 12 interior doors throughout the Church. If we can get at least two more openers, we can rotate the opening responsibilities on a weekly or monthly basis, whichever is most convenient. Please contact Tom Davies, Property Manager (703-851-8026) if you are willing to help. Thank you.
AMAZON SHOPPING FOR ST. PAUL - attention Amazon shoppers! If you ever purchase items using the Amazon website, you can help St. Paul receive 0.5% from eligible purchases. This could add up over time! It’s easy, instead of going to “Amazon.com” go to “Smile.Amazon.com” and select “St. Paul United Methodist Church Woodbridge VA” as your recipient of Amazon Smiles. Once you have logged in, you purchase as usual! To find our smile account directly—go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0657606
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
SNOW POLICY - If Prince William County closes schools, there will be NO morning church activities and the church office will be closed until 1pm, unless road conditions seem to require a full day closure. If the office opens at 1pm then afternoon and evening activities will be evaluated and posted on the website, Facebook and church office voicemail (option #1). If PWC schools have a delayed opening, the church office will have a corresponding delayed opening. For weekend closures:
1) check our website www.stpaul-umc.org for scrolling information in red lettering or
2) check the church office mailbox (703-494-2445 select option #1)
3) “Like” the St. Paul UMC Woodbridge page - the information will be posted on our Facebook page