Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 21, 2018


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9:00am = 51, 11:00am = 92, Prayer Service = 11, The Lord’s Table = 28, Potomac Place = 32

Sunday School Total = 86, Worship Total = 214


ALTAR FLOWERS - are given in memory of Nicole Mittendorff by Steve Mittendorff.


PIZZA WITH THE PASTOR – Anyone considering joining St. Paul or interested in learning more about becoming a member of the United Methodist Church is invited to participate in our first “Pizza with the Pastor” on Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This activity is intended to provide a clear understanding of what it means to be United Methodist, the membership vows, our expectations of members and to provide information about opportunities within St. Paul to get connected and to grow and serve.  If you want to participate, please mark the “I desire to join this church” column on the attendance pad in your pew or contact Pastor Larry.  Child care will be provided upon request.


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! 


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. 


 SPIRITUAL GIFTS WORKSHOP — On Sunday, May 6, we will conduct a Spiritual Gifts Workshop from 3pm to 5pm in the Bethany Room for all who want to discover their spiritual gifts.  Through the grace of God, everyone has spiritual gifts, which are divine abilities given by God to enable Christians to serve and to minister (see Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 1 Corinthians 12:28, and Ephesians 4:11).  This session will discuss spiritual gifts and will use an inventory tool to help you identify your gifts.


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


DANCE THROUGH THE DECADES & SILENT AUCTION - Friday, April 27th, 5:30-7pm in the Social Hall.  St Paul Preschool invites you to "Dance Through the Decades" with us as we enjoy music and activities from the 1950s through the 2000s.  Dress up in the style of your favorite decade for a chance to win a prize!  Visit our classic car show!  Grab a meal from our snack shop and bid on items in our silent auction!  Tickets are $10 per family--buy a ticket from Andrea Ker or Melissa Cihon beforehand or buy at the door.  All proceeds will go towards a general "spruce-up" of the preschool.  Thanks for your support!  


HILDA BARG FAMILY SHELTER - St. Paul is scheduled to provide meals, April 29 - May 5 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 April 8th, after each worship service.


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 beginning to collect materials for UMCOR health kits that will be taken to the 2018 Virginia UM Conference.  They will be emphasizing one item each month.

· In April we are collecting bath-size soap (3oz and larger size only, please no Ivory or Jergens soaps due to moisture content)

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.


30 HOUR FAMINE - April 27-28 the St. Paul and Ghana Wesley youth along with other local church youth groups will be hosting a 30 hour famine, our youth will go on a 30 hour juice fast, while learning about world hunger, and the needs of those around the world, participating in service projects and collecting nonperishable food for the community.  We invite you to pray for our youth as they prepare, to contribute to the fundraising effort, to contribute individual box or bottled drinks (Gatorade, PowerAid, low-acidic juices), and to attend the closing worship as students share their experience on Saturday, April 28th at 5:00pm. 

 IMMIGRATION 101 - An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law - Do you ever wonder about immigration laws? What’s a visa, a green card, DACA? Have you ever wondered why immigrants don’t just apply for citizenship? Would you like to have a better understanding of immigration rules in a non-political format? Join us for a presentation called "Immigration 101: An overview of U.S. Immigration Law” on May 2 at St. Paul UMC. Just Neighbors, will be giving an easy to understand overview of the ins and outs of a very complex immigration system. This presentation is not about where you stand politically. It is the facts about who can have what kind of legal status and what that legal status means. The free event will start at 7pm with a brief reception followed by the presentation from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. To register, go to or email


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.



The St. Paul Leadership Team (LT) held their monthly meeting on April 11, 2018.  The following actions or highlights were noted:

1. FinanceSt. Paul finished March $17,000 below income.  Last year at this time income and expenses were even.  The shortfall is due to $21,000 in lost income due to the departure of key donors and the inability of others to continue anticipated donations.  We have partially countered the loss by the good stewardship of our Business Administrator and have operated at around $3,500 in lowered expenses in the first quarter.  The LT continues to brainstorm ideas to address and mitigate the current financial situation.

2. Trustees: The Trustee Chair provided status on the following:

a. Sanctuary Lighting Upgrade.

b. Pest Control efforts ongoing.

c. Continuing contact with Executor of the Estate of Doris Mae Green regarding memorial gift to St. Paul.

d. The LT approved (via email discussion and vote) to establish a team to select plants to replace the Crepe Myrtle trees in front of the Sanctuary.

e. Volunteers are sought for the following maintenance items:

I. Painting of the outside wood surfaces around the windows in the old building.

II. Repair to the ceiling area in the balcony damaged by water seepage from the steeple area.

If interested, please contact either Tom Davies or Bill Elmore 

3.    Worship Ministry:  Thank you to all who contributed to the very successful Palm Sunday/St. Paul 60th Anniversary celebration and Easter services.

4.    Mission Ministry:  Changes are coming to 2nd Mile Giving Program to focus support on particular mission ministries.  Details to follow.

5.   “Celebrate the Increase” – St. Paul and other Alexandria District churches will be recognized at a dinner for increasing attendance and membership over the last year.  A video was made to be shown at the dinner, starring our very own, Pastor Larry and Mike Wilson!  Congratulations St. Paul and let’s keep the upward trend going! 

6.   A Closed Staff-Pastor-Parish-Relations Session was also held to discuss church finances and personnel issues. 

If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Dave Turner