Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 18, 2017


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9:00am = 49, 11:00am = 97, Prayer Service = 10, The Lord’s Table = 62, Potomac Place = 34

Sunday School Total = 97, Worship Total = 252


ALTAR FLOWERS - are given in memory of mom, Nancy Gignilliat, by her daughter, Amy Gignilliat.


BE RICH IN SERVICE — "They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this, they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19) Being rich in good works is about your service to others. More than anything, service is a catalyst for growth in someone’s relationship with Jesus Christ. While serving others helps the recipients, it also greatly benefits those giving their time. Those who serve gain a different perspective. It allows them to connect with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Those who serve gain the personal satisfaction of knowing that through their efforts, they have made a positive difference in the lives of others. Serving invites humility and gratitude. Helping others also transforms us, and it gives us new insight into our Savior.


HOW TO BE RICH — Next Sunday, Pastor Larry will begin a sermon series with the theme of “How to Be Rich,” based on 1 Timothy 6:17-19 – “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this, they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life” (NLT).

 TRUNK-OR-TREAT - Saturday, October 28th - 6 PM -  We will offer a parking lot trick-or-treat from car to car.  This can be a lot of fun for young families, and it can be a great opportunity to be creative for all of us!  DOES YOUR CAR HAVE A TRUNK or a BUMPER?  Then you can participate!  Decorate your trunk - just Google “Trunk-or-Treat ideas” for lots of photos to inspire creativity - prizes will be awarded for trunk designs!  Bring some candy, and enjoy an evening with the children in our community!  Decorated trunks should be in place between 5:30—5:45, in order for the event to begin at 6pm.  We are seeking a trunk count by Oct. 16th, so please notify the church office ( if you plan to decorate a trunk!


BLOOD DRIVE - We will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, November 19th in memory of Nicole Mittendorff.  We hope that you will sign-up to attend if you are able to give blood, or if you are able to serve as a volunteer a this event.  Sign up sheets are in the Social Hall following worship. Mark your calendar, Sunday, November 19th 10am - 3pm.


CHRISTMAS PAGEANT FOR ALL AGES - As we look ahead to Christmas, we are excited to have a new opportunity to celebrate the birth of our savior with a Christmas Pageant for ALL AGES on Sunday, December 24th at 11am!  We are currently taking sign-ups for various roles in the pageant, and encourage any interested pageanteers to join the production! Sign up sheets are in the social hall following worship. 


MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP - On Sunday, October 15, 2pm - 4pm, This a repeat presentation of the same material from the July Media Connection Workshop.  Come discover how to use online media to promote and advertise the ministries of St. Paul! Amy Miller will lead us in a presentation on how to utilize social media to reach our local community through more deliberate interaction! If you love St. Paul and have a social media account, this workshop is for you! Topics will include: Google, Facebook, Hashtags, and a little bit of Twitter.  Children are welcome to attend with parental supervision- coloring sheets will be provided, and the format will be casual. Light snacks will be provided.


JOIN “SCOUTING FOR FOOD” - St. Paul sponsored Pack 1149 invites you to be a part of “Scouting for Food,” a food collection event that benefits our pantry and winter bags project directly.  On Saturday, Nov. 4, we will meet at the church at 9am to pass out flyers, and same time on Nov. 11th, we will collect donations and deliver them to the church. Meet us one or both dates to be a part of this rewarding project. 


HILDA BARG FAMILY SHELTER - St. Paul is scheduled to provide meals, October 8 - 14 at the Hilda Barg Family Shelter.  St. Paul has provided meals for the families at the shelter for over 20 years.  As in the past we will be serving supper and providing breakfast and lunch Sunday thru Saturday.  If you feel led to participate in this ministry, sign-up sheets will be in the fellowship hall, starting September 10th, after each worship service.


COSTUME PARADE - Are you a fan of cute kids? Do you like candy? Do you have a positive opinion about costumes? If you said yes to any (or all) of the above questions, we have an opportunity for you!  The preschool will be having it's annual costume parade on Tuesday, October 31st at 11:30am.  During this event, the children will walk around to different places in and around the church and collect treats from various wonderful volunteers.  This is your opportunity to be one of those wonderful volunteers.  Your job would be to stand at one of 12 locations, and hand out treats to the preschoolers as they parade by.  We are currently collecting goodies!  If you feel like giving a bag of individually wrapped treats (no nuts please) for us to use, you can drop them off during preschool hours with Ms. Katie, or in the church office with Amy.   If this is something that you feel like you can help with, please contact Melissa Cihon ( or  412-848-5131).

 CALLING ALL DEAL-FINDERS & GROCERY SHOPPERS! Through December 3rd, St. Paul will be collecting specific items for the Children & Youth's 6th Winter Bags Mission Project. This project will provide food bags to students on free-lunch in local schools over the 2 week winter break.  Items may be dropped off in the designated shelves, or at the church office.  We are currently focusing our collection on CANNED ITEMS— Canned Fruit, Tuna and Canned Pasta Sauce.  A full list of items will be posted on our website and paper flyers; please consider taking this list to your workplace or neighborhood, for a food drive!  It is estimated that each bag costs about $5-$7 to fill, if you would like to contribute toward the purchase of a bag, please designate your donation to “WINTER BAGS”  Thank you for your support of this project!


MAINTAINING OUR PANTRY MINISTRY - St. Paul is known throughout Prince William County for its strong Outreach Program, and a major component of the program is our Food Pantry ministry through which we distribute food to approximately 60 families at each of our two monthly distribution days.  After more than 5 years of managing operations and coordinating volunteers for the Pantry, Gayle Basehoar and Susan Young, are retiring at the end of 2017.  They and their very supportive husbands have done a fabulous job and have worked hard on behalf this ministry.  St. Paul thanks them for making a tremendous difference in the lives of so many of our less fortunate neighbors.  The Outreach Team is seeking a couple of people to replace Gayle and Susan as Pantry co-managers and seeking several other volunteers so that the tasks and time to perform the required activities can be divided among many to make the individual loads light.  In Matthew 22:35-40 and Mark 12:28-34, Jesus says that the two greatest commandants are to love God with all our heart and soul and mind and to love our neighbor as ourself.  This ministry is helping to ensure that our neighbors and their children don’t go hungry.  If you would like to volunteer or to learn more about this very important ministry, please contact Mike Wilson (703-568-5694) or Bob Bryant (703-798-4080).


COME ZUMBA WITH US! – We have a Zumba Classes offered on Monday evenings from 7pm - 8pm & Wednesday evenings 6pm—7pm.  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. 


EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? - Some stores & vendors are starting to stock the 2017 White House Ornament!  Plan to purchase your White House ornaments from the St. Paul Preschool, and encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same!  The St. Paul Preschool White House Ornament Fundraiser will begin in October for delivery before Thanksgiving!  The cost will be $20 (which is less than retail!). Additionally, for a $1 donation the ornament will be wrapped for delivery.  Funds raised from the purchase will go toward the Preschool Scholarship fund.


DO YOU LOVE CHILDREN? Do you value education? Do you want to serve those in need? If so, you may be a candidate to serve as a Community Representative to the Prince William County Head Start Policy Council. The council is composed of parent representatives from each of the county’s pre-K classrooms, a Prince William County School Board member, Head Start staff, and community representatives from organizations that provide support to residents of the county. The ideal candidate will be a member of St. Paul, be familiar with social services resources, have some level of engagement with VOICE, and either had a child, taught a child, or been a child who benefitted from early childhood education. The council meets from 9:30-11:30am on the second Wednesday of each month. If you feel called to serve in this capacity, contact Clint Holt at, (703)477-6525, or flag him down at church.


The St. Paul Leadership Team (LT) met on September 13, 2017. The following actions or highlights were noted:

1. Trustees :

a. Phase III [cleaning / sealing / painting of damaged areas] of the water seepage project was completed the week of August 23.

b. Suggestions concerning plans to install handrails at the side and front steps leading to the Chancel Area are solicited. Please send comments to Bill Elmore at, or call (703) 330-9139.

c. LT approved a motion to purchase two fully automated defibrillators for church building use.  Cost is fully covered by a designated donation.

d. LT approved a motion to accept the donation of a storage trailer to be used by Cub Scout Pack 1149.  Cost is fully covered by Pack 1149.

2. Finance Our financial statement through August 31st shows that our deficit for the year has increased from $9,507 to $11,924.  Giving for the month of August shows that we have a $5,000 per month shortfall of income to cover our non-discretionary expenses.  Apportionment payments have been withheld.  The LT will be diligent to communicate the situation to the congregation and will ask ministries to limit spending.

a. The annual stewardship campaign will take place during October.

3. SPPRC - LT approved a motion to hire a part-time Children’s Ministry Director to begin in January 2018.  Committee will be formed to advertise and interview for the position.  A designated donation has been received to fund the position for one year.

4. 2018 Leadership Team Vacancies.  The following LT positions will be open beginning January 2018:  LT Chairperson, Witness Leader, and Recording Secretary.  Job descriptions are available upon request.  Please contact Pastor Larry if you would like to apply for a position or if you have questions. 


CALLING ALL COATS - Our annual Winter Coat Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th 9am—12pm.  The coat giveaway offers coats to families in need before the coldest months arrive.  As you clean out your closets and as you replace old coats, consider donating gently used or new coats.  All sizes and coat types welcome! 


AWAKENING ATTENDEES: THIS IS YOUR MONTH - for the month of October, Awakening 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.


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 ( 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.


HOPE GROWS GALA - A fundraising dinner, dance, and auction to support and celebrate the mission of Rising Hope.  Save the Date, Friday October 13, 2017 6:30pm at Waterford at Springfield (6715 Commerce St.).  To purchase tickets for the event, go to