Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 22, 2014


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Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 10-19-14


Lord’s Table Worship = 52,  9:00 = 61, 11:00 = 112

Sunday School = 94,  Worship Total = 225


NARTHEX ITEMS FOR PICK-UP - Contribution Statements for part of 2014 (this time ALL of them are there, apologies to those who searched for their names with no luck last week!)  & “Committed to Christ” booklets & devotionals are available on the table in the Narthex.  We suggest a donation of $10 for the booklets and $5 for the devotionals to help our Church with the costs.


MID-WEEK PRAYER SERVICE - Beginning September 10th, Pastor Larry is leading a Worship at mid-week on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm, consisting of a 30 minute prayer time to allow all who would like an injection of "the Spirit" to see us through till Sunday.  The short time will permit those who often have other meetings at church to be able to attend as well.


TRUNK-OR-TREAT - THIS SATURDAY, October 25th - 6 PM -  We will offer a new experience for Pumpkin Patch Patrons this year - 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 - bring some candy, and enjoy an evening with the children in our community!


BOOM BOX OR CD PLAYER - Do you have a boom box or CD player that is collecting dust?  Consider donating it to the St. Paul Clothing Closet!  The sorters could use some sorting music, and the clients can enjoy some Christian music as they choose their items.  Contact Ann Mauk 703-680-5358 to arrange a drop-off. 


PIES AND PRAISE - November 9th,  5:30pm - Fall is the season for delicious pies.  The youth ministry team invites you to be a part of an evening of delicious pies and fellowship in addition to a time of singing our top praise songs led by our own “Raise the Praise” band from the Awakening worship services.  Be thinking about the praise songs and plan to request your favorite! Don’t miss this casual evening of Pies and Praise! 


COME SING Music Director Ernest Johnson invites you to participate in a joyful season of singing at St. Paul’s! Join a rich musical tradition of praising God through music by singing in the Chancel Choir as often as your schedule allows. Rehearsals are every Thursday evening, 7:30-9:00 in the choir room.

Singers Needed! – We will soon be preparing a special Lessons and Carols cantata for the Christmas season, filled with beautiful arrangements of some of your favorite carols. More singers are needed for this special event. You may join us just for the Christmas rehearsals if your schedule does not allow for regular attendance during the year.  No formal training is required, just the love for singing.  The ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary. Recordings can be made available to help you learn your part.  Please notify Ernest by speaking with him today, or emailing him at


NEW PHOTOGRAPHY MINISTRY - Are you a budding photographer? Are you a photography student? Are you an amateur photographer? Are you a professional photographer? Are you an Instagram enthusiast?  Have you invested in a great camera?  Whatever your passion for photography lies, please consider becoming involved in this new ministry.  Let’s see what God can do with some inspiration and your talents!  Contact Amy Miller ( for all of the details on this ministry, or to get involved.  We are starting this ministry with two parts.

1) October’s Monthly Inspiration: “Joyful Noise” Psalm 95:1-2 says “O Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Let us come into the Lord’s presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!” Be inspired by this scripture and snap photos of the things in your daily life that share this message of praise. Share your photo individually via e-mail titled “Joyful Noise” to or post to the St. Paul Facebook page ( or #StPaulJoyfulNoise on Twitter and Instagram and please note that sending your photo to St. Paul grants permission for that photo go be used in our various media options.

2) Fall Photography Session – On November 1st at 10:30am, we will kick-off the photography ministry with a photo session.  Photographers, please sign up no later than Sunday, October 26th, and let me know if you have any photo set-ups in mind.  All are welcome, of all ages, to come in their favorite fall clothes (jerseys, scarves, boots, hats, etc) to be directed for photos.  There will still be pumpkins in the patch at that time, so we must plan to have some pumpkin photos. 

  PRESCHOOL COSTUME PARADE - Preschool Costume Parade Oct 31 at noon: come on out and watch our wonderful preschool on parade in costume!  We need volunteers to pass out treats for approximately 30 minutes. If you would like to donate treats, call Mary Helmandollar 703-491-3736 or Please no small, hard, candy.  Donation may be left in the church office.


THE PUMPKINS ARE HERE! - Our pumpkin patch is ready! Daily volunteer opportunities and great fun are in store.  Sign ups are going on now for 2 hour shifts at the sales counter, online or in the hallway.

Pumpkin Patch Hours: 

October 12th — 31st

Sundays                        1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Monday—Friday         2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Saturdays                      9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

PUMPKIN PATCH SOCIAL TIME - Today at Noon - Church members and friends are invited to join us in the patch for refreshments and sweet treats and fellowship in the patch. 


WINTER COAT GIVEAWAY - On November 1st 8:00 am - 10:30 am St. Paul UMC will be hosting its annual Winter Coat Giveaway in the B Hallway.  Coats, especially children's coats are needed for the giveaway.  Donations can be put in the shopping carts outside of the church nursery.  


FALL FESTIVAL & COMMUNITY YARD SALE! - Many thanks to all who helped us to have a wonderful Fall Festival & Community Sale!  Thanks to those who donated items for the youth sale, and to all of the volunteers who helped make everything happen!  Also many thanks to all of those who came out to shop and participate in the event!  


PLAN TO PURCHASE YOUR WREATHS - Scouts from Pack 1149 will be taking orders for Christmas Wreaths on Sunday, October 19 and 26.  These beautiful fresh wreaths add the smell of Christmas to any home and they make great gifts!  Come prepared to order yours and support St. Paul Cub Scout Pack.


CALLING ALL DEAL-FINDERS & GROCERY SHOPPERS! October 12th - December 7th, St. Paul will be collecting specific items for the Children & Youth's 3nd 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 of in the designated grocery cart at the pumpkin patch, or at the church office.  Items to start shopping for:Cereal

Peanut Butter
Jelly (plastic jar preferred)
Ramen Noodles

Canned Pasta Sauce 
Macaroni &
Granola Bars
Fruit Snacks
Fruit Cups


Please consider taking this list to your workplace or neighborhood, for a food drive!  Thank you for your support of this project! Also, please support the Pumpkin Patch, through Oct. 31 as the proceeds will benefit this project!

 SOUP LABELS -  Don’t forget to save your labels from all Campbell’s items.  The UMW were pleased to learn that the Henry Fork Service Center collected enough labels to purchase a new van last year! We continue to support The Henry Fork Center by collecting labels for additional supplies for their ministry. 

EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? - Some stores & vendors are starting to stock the 2014 White House Ornaments!  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 orders are being taken through Oct. 26th for delivery before Thanksgiving!  The cost will be $19, and wrapping with a bow and tag for an additional $1 per ornament.  (Comparison Shopping?  FYI - PX cost $18.95, Lions Club $21.00, Old Town Alexandria $24.95.) The funds raised from the purchase will go toward the Preschool Scholarship fund. 


FRUIT FOR A GREAT CAUSE - the Cokesbury United Methodist Men are conducting a fruit sale from Golden Harvest to benefit the ministries that they support (including college scholarships, Rising Hope, ACTS, and other community charities).  Place your order through Nov. 3 for the following items:

Variety —Tangerines, Navel Oranges, Red Grapefruit = Half Box = $27, Quarter = $15

Red Grapefruit— Box = $28, Half Box = $17, Quarter Box = $10

Florida Navel—Box = $32, Half Box = $20, Quarter Box = $10

Tangerines—Half Box = $27, Quarter Box = $15

To place your order go to, call 703-494-6552 or e-mail  between 6pm & 8pm Nov. 14 or 9am—11am on Nov. 15

They will also be doing a January sale to include Honeybell Tangelos in their best season.


COUNTRY FAIR & AUCTION - The Woodbridge Christian Women’s Connection invites you to a Country Fair & Auction on October 14, 2014 at Montclair Country Club (16500 Edgewood Dr).  Doors open at 11am for silent auction for items such at A week at Smith Mountain Lake, gift coupons for local business, cakes, cookies, pies, crafts, jams, dish-cloth, hand knitted scarves, baskets filled with fun surprises and much  more.  Lunch will be served at noon. $18 is the all inclusive cost for the event.  Guest Speaker is Victoria Smith of Elizabethtown, PA with the message “Piggy Bank Had the Power to Change my Life” and guest Auctioneer, Kathy Shumate.  Reservations must be made by Thursday, Oct. 9 to


HALLOWEEN HUSTLE FOR HOPE & TRICK OR TROT - Bring the family to a fun event to benefit Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church!  Whether you can hustle (5k for adults) or want to trick or trot (one mile fun run for children), we’d love to have you join in the fun, which will include food and fellowship following the run.  Saturday, October 25th from 9am—1:30pm at Lake Fair Park in Reston.  Cost is $20/runner; $10/child under 12 for fun run; $50 max for family.  The registration covers food, event t-shirt, run and Halloween goodie bag for participating children.  Register online at  Contact Herb Brynildsen ( with questions.


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - Please save box tops for the St. Paul preschool!  Each box top is worth $.10.  Each box top counts and all are appreciated.  Look for the collection box and/or the collection sheets in the extended narthex!


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

· plain pasta

· tomato sauce

· canned fruit

· canned soup

· beans

· vegetables

· cereal

 Your food donations can be placed in the shopping carts in the front hall.