St. Paul United Methodist Church
Monday, April 24, 2017
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 4-9-17
9:00am = 74, 11:00am = 107, Prayer Service = 14, The Lord’s Table = 50, Potomac Place = 38
Sunday School Total = 92, Worship Total = 283
Received new member, Maria Bissex at 9am
Today’s Acolyte - Connor Moore Today’s Cross Bearer - Cecilia Pick
EASTER FLOWERS - The beautiful flowers that fill the worship space today are given in honor and memory of St. Paul friends and family. We appreciate all of the generous donors who provided the beautiful flowers for our Easter services. A list of donors may be found in the narthex. Please pick up your flowers after the 11:00 service.
FAREWELL LUNCHEON – The Outreach Ministry Team will host an appreciation luncheon for our departing intern pastor, Josh Berry on Sunday, April 30th in the Social Hall following 11am worship. The meal will consist of The Lord’s Table favorite entrees. Please join us!
MOTHERHOOD CLASS - Friday mornings, Jesse Basile and Laurie Gris 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesus' Final Week - is an 8-week study using a Matthew 28:18-20 Project discussion-oriented guide. The study meets from 10:00 - 11:15 in the Bethany classroom (C248) on Wednesday mornings and focuses attention on the events of Christ's life during Holy Week. Please come to any or all of the Wednesday discussions that your schedule will allow. This Wednesday the discussion will be led by Carole Sundman and will center on Christ's resurrection as recorded in Luke 24:1-43.
Vacation Bible School
Children (preschool - 5th grade) are invited to join is for Vacation Bible School 2017! The theme this summer is Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God!
Join us for a week of music, stories, games, snacks and more!
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
EAT OUT FOR HUNGER - Tuesday, April 18th at Chili’s (Potomac Mills) and 20% of the meal purchase sale will go to our Rise Against Hunger (Stop Hunger Now) Meal packaging event! 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!
NATURALIZATION WORKSHOP - On April 22nd St. Paul UMC will host a Hogar Immigrant Services Naturalization Workshop in the fellowship hall. During this workshop volunteers will work with pro-bono attorneys assisting applicants in completing the N-400 Application for Naturalization. Completion and submission of the application is critical in the citizenship process. This is going to be a huge event consisting of 32 - 35 volunteers (St. Paul and other churches will provide) plus 8 to 10 attorneys. This event will last from 9:00 am to 6:15 pm. Doors will close at 1:00 pm but all the clients will be seen. Many of the volunteering tasks will be completed earlier than 3:00 pm. Please contact Mike Wilson at email@example.com or (703)568-5694 if you are interested in volunteering.
FELLOWSHIP HOUR RESTRUCTURED - We have all enjoyed coffee, tea, water and/or nibbles with our friends on Sunday during or after worship. Currently hosting is by Sunday School classes and committees. Beginning with the first Sunday in May, the duties for hosting Fellowship Hour will be assumed by individuals formed into teams of two with one team for each of our two services. You are welcome to say with whom you would like to work. Each team will host one Sunday on a rotating basis (how often depends on how many teams there are). If you are not available on the date you are assigned, just change with someone else on the list and let the coordinator know. A full list of the responsibilities that are needed for the teams for your service (9am or 11am) are available on our website www.stpaul-umc.org/fellowshiphour. If this is something you would like to do for yourself and those that worship with you, please sign-up by emailing or calling the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 703-494-2445). By the end of April, teams will be set and a schedule will be made and distributed. This is such a simple thing to do but will be appreciated by so many.
NO ENVELOPE, NO CHECKBOOK, NO CASH, NO PROBLEM!– We are excited to introduce our new ONLINE GIVING option to the congregation! 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. We also have options to designate funds, the ability to contribute to special offerings, or even pay for your Sunday School books through this system. 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.
EASTER OFFERINGS TO SUPPORT OUTREACH MINISTRIES - The St. Paul Outreach ministries serve our local community on a regular basis with food, clothing, and other basic needs, all with compassion and love. Through today’s Easter offering collection, all undesignated funds (cash, checks and online donations) will go towards the funding of these ministries to help those in need. Outreach ministries include: The Lord’s Table which feeds dinner to our community every week; The Lord’s Pantry which serves approximately 115 families a month with groceries; The Lord’s Clothes Closet which provides free clothing to our community monthly; and Financial Assistance which provides money towards utility bills and rent as emergency needs arise. The work of St. Paul Outreach ministries helps to serve both local and global needs as we follow Jesus’ example of love and compassion for all.
RISE AGAINST HUNGER
Sunday, May 21
11:00am - ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 11am
12:00pm - Light Lunch
12:30pm - Meal Packaging Event
Join St. Paul UMC as we pack meals for hunger through Rise Against Hunger (Formally Stop Hunger Now). In about two hours approximately 100 volunteers will work in small teams to prepare more than 20,000 meals for disadvantaged families across the globe! Be a part of this event in the following ways:
1) Pray (for the event, for those who volunteer and donate, for the hungry, for farmers, and on!)
2) Sign up to volunteer - go to www.stpaul-umc.org/stophungernow and click the sign-up link!
3) Donate to the meals - each meal that we package costs $.29, so every donation makes a huge difference! Our goal is to package 25,000 meals. Donation options: stpaul-umc.org/stophungernow click the donate link, or donate in the offering (memo Rise Against Hunger)
4) Participate in Fundraisers - Eat out for Hunger meals are still going on! Next one: April 18 at Chili’s
5) Raise Funds - share with your friends, neighbors and coworkers that you are doing something awesome and ask if they will support you. There is even a form letter that you can use to request donations from your employer at www.stpaul-umc.org/stophungernow
We cannot succeed without your participation. Please join us to make this event a symbol of the spirit and compassion of our church.
STEWARDSHIP MOMENT– “Christians are God's delivery people, through whom he does his giving to a needy world. We are conduits of God's grace to others. Our eternal investment portfolio should be full of the most strategic kingdom-building projects to which we can disburse God's funds.”
― Randy Alcorn, Money, Possessions and Eternity
CHALLENGE 2017 - “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, ‘They share freely and give generously to the poor.’ … Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.” - 2 Corinthians 9:8-9, 11
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
UMCOR HEALTH KITS FOR 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – The United Methodist Women of Saint Paul are collecting materials for UMCOR health kits that will be taken to the 2017 Virginia UM Conference. They will be emphasizing one item each month.
· In April we are collecting metal nail clippers or metal nail files (please no emery boards)
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.
COME ZUMBA WITH US! – We have a Zumba Class offered on Monday evenings from 7pm - 8pm. Please consider joining us! No dance experience or rhythm necessary, come ready to have fun and get some exercise! Bring water and a towel and wear comfortable, high support, low tread shoes. Classes are $5 for walk-ins, or $15 for the month. The first class will be free for new students! Contact the church in regards to weekly child care, as arrangements are made upon request.
59 YEARS AS ST. PAUL UMC - On Sunday, March 30, 1958 the first worship service was held at St. Paul United Methodist Church, it was Palm Sunday that year and 475 people were in attendance! Read more about the history of our church at www.stpaul-umc.org/history.