Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Friday, October 31, 2014


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Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 10-26-14



Lord’s Table Worship = 66,  9:00 = 59, 11:00 = 108

Sunday School = 99,  Worship Total = 233


PINK FLOWER - The pink flower on the altar is in celebration of the birth of Margaret Grace Palmer-Campbell, born on 10-21 to Holly & Patrick Palmer-Campbell, and grandparents Tom & Cindy Davies.


DON’T FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS - Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 2. 


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.


 UNITED METHODIST WOMEN UNIT MEETING – The UMW will have a unit meeting on Saturday, November 8th, at 10 AM in the Bethany Room.  A light breakfast will be provided.   This is an important meeting as we will vote on officers and our budget for 2015.    All women are encouraged to attend.    


UNITED METHODIST MEN BREAKFAST - The St. Paul UMM breakfast on November 9 will again recognize the active and former military members in our congregation family.  Please plan to attend the breakfast beginning at 7:15 am and concluding at 8:20 am.  If you have not done so previously, Brad Benson asks that you provide him with names, service dates and branch of service of you or your family members that served in the armed forces.  Any photos or memorabilia of our service men and women that can be displayed during the breakfast will be welcomed.  Contact Brad at 703-670-5410 or email information to  


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.


RECYCLING OPPORTUNITY - Would you like to help the church to be a good steward of our environment?  The church office accumulates catalogues, leftover bulletins, paper and cardboard recyclables to be brought away and recycled.  We are in need of a weekly volunteer to collect these items and take them somewhere to be recycled.  If you are interested, please contact Amy Miller 703-494-2445.


ST. PAUL ANNUAL CHARGE CONVERENCE - November 16th, 7:30pm - St. Paul UMC will have an individual Charge Conference on November 16th at 7:30pm.   The District Superintendent, Jeff Mickle, will conduct this meeting of review of our 2014 year, and our      visions for the 2015 year.  We will vote for our 2015 committee and ministry team leaders, and on the salaries of our appointed clergy.  Also, we will vote on the purchase of Bethel UMC’s portion of the property on Woodbridge Street.   Members of St. Paul UMC Church Council will be voting members at the Charge Conference.   All are welcome to attend. 


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. 


WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENTS - Today is the last day to order your White House Ornaments! 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 TODAY 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. 


GET READY TO STRIKE A POSE!- Saturday, November 1 we will have our very first photography session at 10:30am, starting in the Chapel.  All are invited to attend this session wearing fall clothing for posed ministry photos to include study, worship, prayer, service, and witness.  Many thanks to all who have expressed an interest in the new ministry at St. Paul.  And any who would like to be included in updates via e-mail, please contact me to be added to the list ( 

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.


PIES AND PRAISE - November 9th,  5:30pm - 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


THE PUMPKIN PATCH CONTINUES! - Our pumpkin patch is open! 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

Sunday                         1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

Our Last special event will be this Friday, Oct. 31 at 5pm - a Costume Contest.  All are invited to come in costume and prizes will be awarded.  Don’t forget to pick up your pumpkin!


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.  


PLAN TO PURCHASE YOUR WREATHS - Scouts from Pack 1149 will be taking orders for Christmas Wreaths TODAY.  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.


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.

NOVEMBER PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRATION:  Give Thanks Psalm 136:1 says “Give Thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” 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 “Give Thanks” to or post to the St. Paul Facebook page ( or #StPaulGiveThanks 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.


CALLING ALL DEAL-FINDERS & GROCERY SHOPPERS! Through 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:


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!


CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE - St. Paul will be hosting a Christmas Toy Give-away on December 13th 9am—noon, for the children of our community whose parents may not have the resources to provide them with gifts during the Christmas season. Please help us share Christ's love during the season by donating gently used or new toys for ages newborn to teenager. We would also love your help with setup (Dec 12th) and toy distribution (Dec 13th). If you can volunteer your time, please contact Amanda Meres (770-596-5043). Toys donations can be dropped off in the designated area in the extended Narthex. 


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.


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. 


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!