ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 9-11-16
9:00am = 52, 11:00am = 106, Prayer Service = 12, The Lord’s Table = 50, Potomac Place = 31
Sunday School = 72, Worship Total = 251
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NEW SANCTUARY ENTRANCE DOORS! Check out the new Sanctuary Entry doors! They add beauty, warmth and openness to the front of our church. The entire cost of this wonderful addition to our building has been paid for by designated monies given by Scott Atkinson and his friends in his memory.
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY - On October 2nd, we will have only one worship service at 11am as we combine in worship with Ghana Wesley UMC for World Communion Sunday. A reception will follow.
JEWELRY FUNDRAISER - Support the St. Paul Challenge by teaming up with Jane Stratton, Accessory Stylist for Premier Design High Fashion Jewelry. If you would be willing to collect jewelry orders of $100-$500 from friends and family outside of St. Paul, you can help contribute to the challenge budget! An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, TODAY at 12:15 in the Faith Classroom (A103), and we will collect orders through Oct. 2nd. For more information contact Jesse Basile (text or call 732-241-8555).
NINE TO DINE - - October-March groups are now being formed! Do you enjoy good food and fellowship? Would you like to get to know more of your church family? If so, consider joining Nine To Dine. These groups of approximately nine (9) people meet once a month for a meal or another interesting activity the group may choose. Groups are rearranged every six (6) months so you get to know even more people in a fun and relaxed setting. This fellowship opportunity is open to everyone - singles, couples, non-members as well as members. You can sign up by emailing Pat Corcoran (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your Name, Email, Phone, and Address. Sign up deadline for the October-March groups is Monday, Sept 19. If you are already in a group, you will automatically be assigned to a new group unless you contact Pat by the deadline.
FALL 2016 SHORT TERM STUDIES - The following studies will be offered this fall:
--Growing Older and Wiser (Revival Study Group)--Monday morning at 10:30 in rm. C248 starting Sept.12
-- Methodism 101--Monday night at 7:00 in rm. A103, starting October 17
-- The Hole in Our Gospel--Tuesday morning at 10:00 in rm. B133, starting October 18
-- The Story (New Testament survey)--Tuesday evening at 7:00 in rm. C248, starting September 13
-- The Case For A Creator--Wednesday morning at 10:30 in room B133, starting September 14
-- The Case For Christ--Sunday morning at 10:00 in the library, starting September 18
-- Leading Bible Discussions/Jesus the Reason--Thursday evening at 7:00 in rm.C248, starting September 22
Additional information and sign-up sheets are available on the table in the social hall. Sign up on the back of your attendance sheet TODAY!
FRAME THE MOMENT, FALL BALL - ADULT FORMAL - Plan to attend a great evening of dancing, decorations and fellowship at the Fall Ball on Saturday, October 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm in the Social Hall. Make a fun night of it and invite your friends and neighbors! Tickets are on sale TODAY through September 25th for $25 per person in the Social Hall following worship. The dance includes appetizer foods, punch, entertainment and optional fundraising cash events. Dress is semi-formal and the social hall will be transformed into a dance atmosphere. This event is the sole fundraiser for the Children and Youth Winter Bags Mission Project - providing supplemental food for elementary school students on free/reduced lunch over the 10 day winter break.
MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST - All 6th - 12th Graders are invited to join the J-Connection Youth Group, Sundays 5:30—7:30pm (Pizza Supper Provided). Our 2016-2017 theme is - “My Identity in Christ” - Jesus gives several stories about how Christians have a special identity. Join us as we explore these stories. We will start TONIGHT with an ID Pizza Party at 5:30pm! Contact Amy Miller for more info (email@example.com/703-494-2445)
CAREGIVER’S SUPPORT GROUP - Are you a part time or full time care giver to a spouse, family member, or friend? Do you often feel that the duties and responsibilities are dragging you down? Would you like to talk to other caregivers who are wrestling with the same situation? A Caregivers Support Group is forming at the Church and welcomes others. This is the fastest growing segment of overall health care, and we all have something to share, maybe making it easier for others. And who knows you may learn something that will help you, but in any case you will know that you are not alone. When and where details are still sketchy, but we plan to start in September. If interested, please contact Dave Spivey (firstname.lastname@example.org), April Moore (email@example.com) or Bob McFall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RESTRUCTURE UPDATE - at the August Church Council meeting, the council voted in favor of the restructure model that was proposed by the restructure committee. We thank this committee for the dedicated work in preparing this proposal, and look forward to a new structure in leadership in the coming year.
VOLUNTEERS FOR FOOD PANTRY PICKUPS ARE NEEDED - The food pantry depends on the bread, meat, dairy, and non-perishables that are donated to the church from Panera Bread and Giant Food. The current team's schedule will change in the near future prohibiting them from picking up food. Individuals or teams of individuals are needed to continue picking up the donations. Food that needs picked up include: Panera Bread on Monday morning from a residence in Lake Ridge, Giant Foods in Dale City on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. We are looking for multiple teams to do the work. Each individual pickup will take a commitment of 2 hours. If you are interested contact Gayle Basehoar at email@example.com or Mike Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MISSION OPPORTUNITY - St. Paul has entered into a partnership agreement with Marumsco Hills Elementary School to help provide remedial reading instruction to students in grades K-3, and I now need to identify the volunteers among you who will assist with this local mission program. I am looking for volunteers who can serve one or two days a week either from 9am-11am or 1pm-3pm under the supervision of a teacher to read to children and have the children read to you. We can provide much needed assistance to the Marumsco Hills teachers, by reading to the children and by letting the children read to us. For those of you who volunteer to assist, training will be provided in September, and the reading assistance will begin in October following the annual assessment to identify the children most in need of assistance.
Church-school partnerships like this one benefit both institutions. They help church members move from passive “hands-off” support of missions to being engaged in a “hands-on” ministry in the local community. Relationships are formed; needs are more deeply understood; and opportunities for transforming our community are identified. For a number of weeks, Pastor Larry has been encouraging us to look out the window and walk through the door to be in ministry to our neighbors. Here is an opportunity that requires little of you but offers much to our community. Please contact Clint Holt at email@example.com or 703-477-6525 to express your interest in volunteering or to ask any questions you might have.
CHALLENGE UPDATE (Sept. 18) – In his book “Shiny Gods.” Pastor Mike Slaughter writes, “I realized that loving God is not about saying the right words, accepting an abstract ideal, or claiming an emotion. Loving God is an intentional commitment to self-sacrifice for the well-being of others.” Thanks to all who have contributed to the Challenge. Your support helps to make a real difference in the lives of many people locally and around the world.
THE WOODBRIDGE MUSIC CLUB PRESENTS - Sejoon Park, Pianist at 7:00pm on Saturday, October 22nd here at St. Paul. Sejoon Park, a native of Korea, has won top prized at numerous prestigious awards, including the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship in 2006, and has won prizes at the Oberlin, the Eastman, and the PianoArts International Piano Competitions. He performs both as a soloist and with many well-known orchestras. This is a free concert, donations are greatly appreciated. A reception will follow immediately after the concert.
THE WOODBRIDGE MUSIC CLUB PRESENTS - The Attacca String Quartet, Amy Schroeder, violin; Keiko Tokunaga, violin; Nathan Schram, viola; Andrew Yee, cello, Saturday September 24, at 7pm at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 12351 All Saint’s Place Woodbridge. This is a free concert, donations are greatly appreciated. A reception will follow immediately after the concert.
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 canned fruit vegetables
plain pasta canned soup cereal
tomato sauce beans
VOICE ACTION: DELIVER THE PROMISE - Sunday, 10/16 3:30 - 5:30pm, Oakton HS (2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna, VA 22181) Description of VOICE Action: Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) is a broad-based multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-issue, multi-county, strictly non-partisan citizens' organization. On October 16th, one month before the national election, join 1,500 VOICE leaders from 70+ VOICE member & allied faith congregations and schools of different political, religious, racial, ethnic, and other identities, to—
1. Demonstrate a different kind of politics. We know that real politics demands relating to one another and compromise. We are sickened by partisan gridlock and finger-pointing.
2. Put our state and local officials on notice. VOICE is doubling in size to multiply our successes and be central on the key issues that matter most.
3. Lay out a plan of action to work on concrete, achievable solutions to some of the greatest challenges we face in Northern Virginia—our schools, housing that is affordable, gun violence & safety.
4. Hear from—Republican & Democratic politicians, County & City Police Chiefs, area Superintendents & allied private sector leaders on the concrete steps they will take to lead with us.
If interested contact Mike Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (703)568-5694.