1400 G Street, Woodbridge, VA 22191 703.494.2445  
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 19, 2018


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11:00am = 111, The Lord’s Table = 61, Potomac Place = 40

Sunday School Total = 87, Worship Total = 214


ALTAR FLOWRS TODAY - today are given in memory of Gary Montclair by his family.


SERMON SERIES “LEARNING FROM THE FIRST CHURCH” - Continuing next Sunday, through October, Pastor Scott is leading us in a sermon series through the book of Acts.   Next Sunday, the next sermon in the series from Acts 2:42-47: with the sermon titled: “The Secret of Unity.”


PLAN TO GET YOUR ST. PAUL SHIRT - coming soon, the Hospitality Ministry Team will be taking orders for shirts that sport our church name and St. Paul Logo.  More details coming soon!


BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY - Sunday, September 9th is Back to Church Sunday at both services.  As we get back into the routine of work, school and fall commitments, we look forward to reuniting with all of our St. Paul family at Back-to-Church Sunday!  All are encouraged be a part of this special “St. Paul reunion” day, invite your church friends who haven't attended in a while, or new friends to attend!  Mark your calendars now!


CHURCH LANDSCAPING PLANS - We need to make changes in the landscaping around our church.  If you would like to be a part of the planning team, please contact Marc Safley at 703-494-8074.  Putting the plan that is developed into action will happen in the Fall.


BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS - ATTENTION STUDENTS OF ALL  AGES & TEACHERS! Sunday, September 9th at 9am & 11am worship, we will have a special time of blessing our backpacks and school planners for the upcoming school year.  All are invited to bring their backpacks, planning books, or other school-related items for this blessing. 

UMW COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES - The UMW is collecting school supplies again this year, but we are requesting donations of only four specific items:

1-subject spiral composition notebooks (regular ruled)

24-count crayons


pocket folders

We ask that you limit your donations to these four items.  We will be collecting items through August so that you can take advantage of sales on school supplies.  We will distribute the supplies to schools in our area.   Please limit your donations to the four requested items which are items needed year-round in grades K-5.  Donations can be left in the designated container in the extended narthex.  Thank you for your support.


LORD’S PANTRY VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES. Two immediate opportunities to help our Lord’s Pantry Ministry provide food to those in need:

Come and help pre-pack USDA-provided groceries for distribution to our community on Lord’s Pantry days. Food is distributed every 1st Saturday and every 3rd Thursday each month. For August, volunteers are needed (likely in the afternoon) on Aug. 14-15 (Tues.-Weds.) and on Aug. 30-31 (Thursday and Friday). No experience needed. Call Bob Katt at 202-297-3104 or email him at rjkatt@comcast.net to volunteer or to get more information.

We need a volunteer to pick up Panera Bread items from a home in Westridge on Monday mornings. He or she needs to be able to lift a bag or box that could weight up to 25 lbs. The bread only needs to be delivered to the church; other volunteers will package it. Interested? Please contact Mike Wilson at mwilson6794@aol.com.


AWAKENING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES - do you want to be a part of the Awakening service in a special way?  We have three opportunities for you to offer your gifts, talents, and time. 1) Writing introductions to the praise set songs.  Each week, the praise team introduces three songs in a praise set.  These introductions help to focus our hearts on the lyrics that we will be singing, as well as serving as our Call to Worship in the service.  The song lyrics will be sent via email, allowing you time to reflect on the meaning behind the song and offer your reflection, then email them back by Friday at 3pm for the band members to read during the praise set.  2) Readers to read the scripture lesson of the day.  3) Set-up of the Awakening worship space.  Each week, the set-up music equipment can be done on Saturday evening, or prior to 8am on Sunday.  Training will be provided.  If you have an interest in offering your gifts to any of these opportunities, please contact Maria Bissex, Worship Leader (muliermvb@gmail.com, 703-895-9726).


CHURCH PICNIC - The church picnic will be on Sun, Sept 30th. We will be eating and celebrating at Locust Shade Park near Quantico. We have found a lovely setting with 1) plenty of parking, 2) easy access to the pavilion and extra picnic tables, 3) lots of shade, 4) a playground very close, 5) restrooms nearby, we will be very close to 6) a volleyball net, and 7) a horseshoe pit. If you would like to take advantage of the park’s additional opportunities, some at a nominal cost, there are batting cages, a driving range, mini-golf, tennis courts, hiking trails, and fishing all available. So mark your calendar for Sept 30th & plan on joining us.


EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? - Some stores & vendors are starting to stock the 2018 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. 

CONGRATULATIONS to our St. Paul Softball team! While placing 2nd in the league championship, our team was the highest overall-scoring team in the league of 23-3 which earned us a spot in the Division Championship.               Last weekend, the St. Paul team played in the division championship and WON the Prince William Division Church League Championship!! We are so proud of the St. Paul team for their sportsmanship and talent!     Are you a fan of sports? We'd love to include you in the next team! St. Paul has sports ministries year-round, you don't have to be a member. Reach out to the office (office@stpaul-umc.org, 703-494-2445) or any of our sports team members for more information!


UPDATE OR ADD YOUR PHOTO IN THE DIRECTORY - Directory photos were taken in 2014 - a lot can change in 4 years! Hairstyles change, kids grow up, we get new outfits, so lets give our directory a spruce-up! We are looking to "refresh" the directory over the summer months. Please submit updated (or new) directory selfies, headshots, or selfies to the church office (office@stpaul-umc.org) to be added to the directory! With a new pastor, we want to help make it as easy as possible to get to know us! Note: These do not need to be formal photos. Our directory uses square photos, so your photo may be cropped to fit in the square format. More info about our directory is available on our website at: www.stpaul-umc.org/directory.


AWAKENING WORSHIP ATTENDEES: THIS IS YOUR MONTH - for the month of AUGUST, 9AM 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.


COME ZUMBA WITH US! We have a Zumba Classes 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. 


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.


TESTING OF LED LINEAR TUBES - The Trustees continue to work on an initiative to update lighting with more energy efficient options. Testing is underway of highly-efficient LED tubes designed to replace fluorescent tubes in ceiling light fixtures. One location of this test is on the first floor level outside the church office [look for sign posted on wall identifying the fixture and providing bulb specifics]. The other location is on the basement level outside the library [look for the sign posted on the wall identifying fixture and providing bulb specifics]. Each location has a Phillips Instant Fit 2,100 lumen LED tube that is slightly different in BRIGHTNESS. The Phillips tubes are designed to provide a 50% reduction in the electrical when compared to fluorescent tube, while providing 3 times longer tube life. We invite you to check out these new LED tubes. If you have any questions or feedback, contact Bill Elmore, Trustee Leader.