Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Monday, June 25, 2018


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Below is the Epistle Plus from Sunday, June 17, 2018


9:00am = 65, 11:00am = 115, Prayer Service = 10, The Lord’s Table = 62, Potomac Place = 37

Sunday School Total = 65, Worship Total = 289


WELCOME GUEST ORGANIST - today we welcome Marie Lambert as our guest organist for 11am worship while Neil Alexander is away.


FATHER'S DAY - On this Father's Day, the United Methodist Women of St. Paul have made a donation to Heart Havens in honor of all fathers.  Heart Havens, begun in 1993 through the VA Conference of the United Methodist Church, builds and supports homes where adults with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to live in a family setting while making personal choices, achieving individual goals, and contributing to the surrounding community.  There are currently 11 Heart Havens Homes in VA. 


DEAR ST. PAUL CHURCH FAMILY - I thank you so much for your many kind words, cards, love gift and reception this past Sunday.  May God continue to bless you as you grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. - Pastor Larry & Carolyn


CLOTHING SORTERS AND VOLUNTEERS WELCOME! - The Lord’s Clothes closet welcomes new volunteers to join their wonderful team!  Sorters meet on Tuesday afternoons to sort and tag clothing in preparation for opening days.  Volunteers for the 1st and 3rd Thursdays assist in a variety of ways as clients select clothing and items are counted and bagged.  If interested, contact Ann Mauk,


CLOTHING SUMMER STOCK- The Lord’s Clothes Closet continues to be in need of summer clothing only, pants, shirts, dresses, shorts, capris, etc, for all ages! As you change your closets over for the warmer weather, please donate your gently used clothing in the grocery cart located across from the nursery.

DEFIBRILLATORS IN PLACE - We are pleased to announce that the life-saving heart defibrillators are now in place and ready to use in the case of an emergency. We have two: one located on the main level in the cabinet outside the parlor, and one in the lower level across from the boiler room.  Please note, these are EMERGENCY USE ONLY.  The cabinets are armed with a LOUD ALARM that will go off if the cabinet is open to alert everyone that an emergency is in progress.  If the cabinet is open by accident, the church office has a key to turn the alarm off.  Now let us pray that a need to use these life-saving devices does not occur, but let us thank God for the opportunity to have the tools needed in case of such an emergency. 


AWAKENING WORSHIP ATTENDEES: JUNE IS YOUR MONTH - for the month of JUNE 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.


2018 FLOWER CHART - Many thanks to all who have adorned our altar with flowers in honor or in memory of loved ones so far this year!  We recently learned through Lake Ridge Florist that the cost per arrangement has been increased starting immediately.  The flower chart is located in the office hallway, and is ready for sign-ups.  If you would like to have flowers on the altar, simply put your name and/or dedication on the line next to the date of your choice.  Then make a payment of $50 to St. Paul UMC (memo, Altar Flowers) prior to the flower date.  Additional options for single flowers, roses, or other special arrangements are available upon special request, prices TBD.  For more information, contact Donna Bolton at 703-314-5111 or


MATCHING FUND JOY!!! We are pleased to announce that through the generosity and overwhelming response to our financial plea, we have reached the $15,000 goal that is being matched by a volunteer donor!  Many thanks to each of those who reached deep and wide to meet our financial needs that will allow the St. Paul staff and outreach budgets to be fully funded with no deduction or interruption!  We truly are blessed to be in this ministry together with all of St. Paul who serves, gives and loves generously. 


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.


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEER INVITATION! - St. Paul and Ghana Wesley are working together for a wonderful week at Vacation Bible School! We still have GREAT opportunities for volunteers at VBS.  We have so many areas to serve: Snacks, Science, Recreation, Crafts, Bible Story, Music, Group Leaders & Assistants...where might you be interested in helping August 6-10? Youth (grade 7 and up) are invited to be volunteers as well!  This event is not possible without many helping hands, thanks for your consideration!  We had over 120 children participate last year and it is the work of volunteers that allows us the ability to offer this ministry to so many families.  A background check will be required at no cost for volunteers.  Contact JoAnne Sharp at to volunteer.


OFFICE HOURS RESUME – The office is back to a normal schedule for the remainder of the summer. Office Hours: 9am-3pm Monday through Friday.   Many thanks to the volunteers who worked to cover the office since September, as our office administrator was completing her master’s degree coursework. 

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 ( to be added to the directory! With a new pastor coming, 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:


ST. PAUL SOFTBALL TEAM! – St. Paul has once again joined the Christian Fellowship Softball League.  We invite you to pray for the team throughout the season, and to come and cheer for your St. Paul family and friends at their games. The next games will be at the PNats Stadium on Friday, June 22 at 8:30pm & 9:30pm on Field #2. Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!


CHURCH PICNIC - SAVE THE DATE:  September 30th New Date, New Place, More Fun - 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.


GIVING PATTERNS FOR ST PAUL PARISHIONERS – 2018—PLEASE CONSIDER - The table below shows the number of St Paul contributors by various levels of giving. As you can see the largest group gives between $1 and $25 per week. Unfortunately, given we have 144 givers and require over $600,000 annually from contributions, we need an average of about $75 per week--$4,000 per year-to meet our budgetary needs. While many parishioners cannot afford $75 a week, please consider where your current giving places you on this chart and consider if you are able to move into the next giving range. Thank you.


Amount Given per Week



Number of Givers


 Percentage of Givers

 $1 - $25





 $26 - $50





 $50 - $100





 $101 - $150





 $151 - $200





 $200 - $250





 $250 - $500





 Over $500





Total Number of Givers