Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 8-23-15
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 8-16-15
9:00 = 49, 11:00 = 98, Lord’s Table = 38
Sunday School = 71, Worship Total = 185
ALTAR FLOWERS - today are given in celebration of Bob & Jimmie Bryant’s 46th wedding anniversary!
FROM PAM SCOTT - To our St. Paul church Family, It was just over a month ago when I called to ask for prayers for my mother, Florence Young, after her diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Her wish was not to linger and not be in pain. Her prayers were answered and P.D. and I want to thank you for your concern, your cards, your notes and most especially for your prayers.
BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY - Sunday, September 13th is Back to Church Sunday! Invite a neighbor or friend to attend! We will have a ministry fair during fellowship hours and will have a Blessing of the Backpacks during worship! Plan to be a part of it!
LORD’S FOOD PANTRY - Starting in September, the Lord's Pantry will be open the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm. This means that the Lord's Pantry will be open 3 times each month. Volunteers are needed 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours per month. If you are interested in volunteering or know someone in the community that might be interested, contact Mike Wilson at (703)568-5694.
AUGUST PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRATION: Come to Me - In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest!” Be inspired by these words of Jesus, and snap photos of the things in your daily life that share this invitation. Share your photo individually via e-mail titled “Come to Me” to Amy@stpaul-umc.org or post to the St. Paul Facebook page (facebook.com/stpaulnova) or #ComeToMe on Twitter (@SPUMCNoVA) and Instagram (stpaulnova). Please note that sending your photo to St. Paul grants permission for that photo go be used in our various media options.
FALL SHORT-TERM STUDY COURSES - St. Paul's Spiritual Formation ministry will be offering several short-term courses beginning in September. Sign-up sheets are in the social hall between services. Or if you need additional information, please email Diane Alley at firstname.lastname@example.org. The studies are as follows:
(1) Methodism 101, a five-week study, will be offered on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room C248 beginning October 4. Bob Bryant is the course leader.
(2) The Gospel of John, Part I, will resume at 10:00 a.m., September 13, between services in the Social Hall
(3) Forgotten God--Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, a seven-week course, will begin on Wednesday evening at 7:30, September 16, in the chapel immediately following the Wednesday evening service. Diane Alley is the course leader.
(4) The Story, a 31-week survey course of the Old and New Testaments will be offered on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Room C248 beginning September 15. Patty Plummer is course leader.
NEW SMALL STUDY GROUP - Starting on September 13th at 10:00 am there will be a new small study group meeting in B133. If you are a part of Generation X and do not currently participate in a small study group we are interested in you. The first six week study will be Renegade Gospel by Michael Slaughter. During this study we will discuss the question, did Jesus come to start a religion or did this rebel come to start a revolution. If you are interested in the study group or have questions, contact Mike Wilson at (703)568-5694 or at email@example.com.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY - We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! FPU classes meet for around an hour and a half each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for nine weeks, starting September 24, at Lake Ridge Baptist Church (LRBC), 12450 Clipper Drive. For more information and to register for the class, check out http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/class/1001929/atid/l_in. There is a cost for materials; however, if the fee is problematic, please see or call Bob Bryant to discuss options. Come to a class preview at LRBC on September 9 at 6:00 p.m.
ST. PAUL CHURCH PICNIC - will be on Sept 27th at 12:30 pm. Wear your St. Paul shirt and casual clothes to church and then afterwards head out to Veterans’ Park in Woodbridge. The UMM will cook Hamburgers, and hot dogs for us. Hospitality will provide condiments, buns, ice water, and all paper products. If your last name begins with A-P please bring a salad/side dish to share, Q -Z please bring a dessert to share. Bring a comfortable lawn chair (picnic blanket), drinks (if you’d like something other than ice water), and come prepared to enjoy good food, fun games, fellowship, and a sing along. Please invite your friends and family to join us.
Directions for picnic: Make a left out of the church parking lot, make a right on Occoquan Rd, make a right on Rt 1, make a left on Featherstone Rd, cross the railroad tracks turn left on Veteran Dr, this road goes directly into Veteran’s Park. Our pavilion and parking is directly across from the brick park building. Look for the St. Paul banner!
EXTRA LARGE BAGS - Each time that we open the Lord’s Clothing Closet, clients leave with 30 items (per family) of clothing! These items of clothing do not fit well into regular-sized grocery bags. We are seeking larger bags to use as we serve the community with clothing. Donations of extra large shopping bags (or 13 gallon Plastic Garbage bags) can be placed in the Clothing Closet collection cart in the extended narthex. Regular size grocery bags are still being collected for our Lord’s Pantry and are appreciated!
PUMPKINS ARE COMING! -The Pumpkin Patch is only a summer away! This will be the 4th year that our church and community unite to enjoy pumpkins throughout the month of October as we raise fund for the Children & Youth’s Winter Bag Project. The goal this year (after tithing 10% of proceeds to the St. Paul General Fund) is to provide 600 food bags for elementary school students on free/reduced lunch over winter break!
PUMPKIN VOLUNTEER SIGN UPS GOING ON NOW! - Volunteer sign ups are being taken now and throughout the summer. We have a goal to FILL the volunteers slots by September 13th! Don’t delay! Look at your calendars and sign up via the board in front of the church office, or on the VolunteerSpot on our webpage (www.stpaul-umc.org/pumpkinpatch).
SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR OCTOBER - The pumpkins will arrive on Saturday, October 3rd at 8:00am! All are invited to unload the pumpkins and transform the Bubb I yard into a pumpkin patch! Special events will include: Fall Festival & Corn Hole Contest, Yard Sale & Vendor Fair, “Drive in” Movie night, and Trunk-or-Treat with a Costume Contest! Save the weekends in October for fun for all ages!
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT - Join the J-Connection Sundays 5:30pm—7:30pm as we introduce our 2015-2016 theme “There’s an App for That” The Bible offers “Apps” to show us just how to live our lives! Prayer, Relationships, Wisdom? There’s an App for that! Join us as we dig into the Bible to learn the Applications that God has for our lives! Our Theme Kick-off Party will be Sunday, September 13th 5:30pm—7:30pm. All friends are welcome! All Grades 6th—12th are invited! Join our e-mail & text list! Know the latest information - including snack theme! (contact amy@stpaul-umc..org)
NATURALIZATION WORKSHOP - On August 29th St. Paul UMC will host a Hogar Immigrant Services Naturalization Workshop in the fellowship hall. During this workshop volunteers will work with pro-bono attorneys assisting applicants in completing the N-400 Application for Naturalization. Completion and submission of the application is critical in the citizenship process. This is going to be a huge event consisting of 32 - 35 volunteers (St. Paul and other churches will provide) plus 8 to 10 attorneys. This event will last from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm. Doors will close at 1:00 pm but all the clients will be seen. Many of the volunteering tasks will be completed earlier than 3:00 pm. Please contact Mike Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703)568-5694 if you are interested in volunteering.
COME ZUMBA WITH US! – A new morning Zumba class is now offered on Thursday mornings at 9:45 – 10:45am in the Social hall in addition to our Zumba class being held on Monday evenings from 7pm - 8pm. Please consider joining us for one or both opportunities! No dance experience or rhythm necessary, come ready to have fun and get some exercise! Bring water and a towel and wear comfortable, high support, low tread shoes. Classes will be $5 for walk-ins, or $10 for the month. The first class of each month will be free for new students! Contact the church in regards to weekly child care, as we may have arrangements made with enough interest.
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!
SUMMER SINGERS/MUSICIANS WELCOME - Are you in or out of High School? Do you love the Lord? Do you love to sing but think you do not have the time to join the choir? If you answered ‘YES’ to these questions, consider joining the St. Paul Summer Pick-Up Choir. We meet on Sunday mornings at 10:30 in the Choir Room. Do you play an instrument? Do you have a special solo, duet or ensemble to share? If so, you are welcome to share your talents with the congregation this summer! Contact Ryan Pick, Music Director, (email@example.com / 703-494-2445) to make plans!
ST. PAUL UMC SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Time Age Level Name Location__
9, 10, &11am Newborn-age 3 Infants/Toddlers Nursery/B-219
10:00 3 yr. thru 1st Grade Room D -156
10:00 2nd thru 5th grade Room D-158
10:00 6th thru 12th Grade Youth Room C- 348
10:00 Adult Bethany Class Room C-248
10:00 Adult Faith Class Room A-103
10:00 Adult Seekers Class Room A-113
10:00 Adult Upper Room Class Room A-100
11:00 3 yr old through 5th Grade Room D156
Christian Education materials are provided for children during the 9:00 Awakening Service.
At the 11:00 service, children 6th grade & older are encouraged to worship with their families.
HOPE GROWS GALA - A fundraising dinner, dance, and auction to support and celebrate 20 years of the mission of Rising Hope. Save the Date, Friday October 2, 2015 7pm at Waterford at Springfield (6715 Commerce St.). Donations of goods and services for the auction are gratefully accepted. Fore details or to learn other ways you can help, contact Sharon Emory at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Rising Hope UMMC, visit www.risinghomeumc.org and www.facebook.com/risinghope
HELP IMMIGRANTS IN OUR COMMUNITY LEARN ENGLISH! - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington-Hogar Immigrant Services is seeking volunteer teachers for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at out two locations in the Woodbridge area. We offer multiple levels of English instruction and classes are held Monday and Wednesday evenings at Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City, and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Woodbridge. Volunteers are asked to teach once per week as a part of a teaching team. Training and materials are provided. No previous experience or second language required! Please help us demonstrate Christ's love by "welcoming the stranger" in this country. If interested, please call (571) 208-1572 or email email@example.com.
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
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