Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 02, 2015


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Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 7-26-15


9:00 = 64, 11:00 = 89,  Lord’s Table = 42

Sunday School = 81, Worship Total = 195


ALTAR FLOWERS TODAY - are given in celebration of the 65th wedding anniversary of Helen & Stuart Hannah


CHURCH PICNIC SCHEDULED! SAVE THE DATE - September 27th at Veteran’s Park.


ICE CREAM SOCIAL & HYMN SING TONIGHT!-  Tonight at 5pm, Come for a casual evening  to sing your favorite hymns and enjoy ice cream with your choice of toppings.


SUMMER CLOTHING - We have received generous donations of clothing throughout the year!  As of now, in order to meet the current needs, we will ONLY be collecting SUMMER clothing.  Donations may be placed in the Clothing Closet collection cart in the extended narthex. 


FOOD - FELLOWSHIP AND GREAT FUN! - The Saint Paul UMW unit is hosting an “Indoor Picnic” on Sunday, August 16th from 5:00-7:00PM in the church fellowship hall.  all women of the church are invited to attend. Please bring one of your favorite dishes to share---Beverages and table ware will be provided. Invite a neighbor, new church attendee, or someone you have wanted to ask to come to a UMW event to this special gathering.  See you at the picnic!


 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, ( / 703-494-2445) to make plans!


ADDITIONAL LORD’S PANTRY DATE & TIME! - 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.  If you are interested in volunteering or know someone in the community that might be interested, contact Mike Wilson at (703)568-5694.


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME!  -Methodist Men's Night at P-Nats Baseball Game - On Saturday August 1, the P-Nats game will be preceded by the annual cookout at Benson's from 3 to 5 pm. The game between the Potomac Nationals and the Salem Red Sox begins at 6:35 pm. Tickets are $11 each with a free P-Nats baseball cap included, courtesy of the UMM. As an added attraction, the park will feature "Goonie Night" with an appearance of Hollywood actor and singer Corey Feldman and a "One-eyed Willie" bobble head. Immediately following the game brilliant fireworks will light up the summer sky in a pyrotechnic benediction to a great day of fun, food and fellowship!


SCHOOL SUPPLY BAGS - The United Methodist Women are sponsoring their annual collection for the needy in the community.  We are in need of many school supplies, specifically the following items:

24 count crayons glue sticks or bottles Pencils (#2)

pens (blue or black ink) pocket folders marbled composition notebooks

notebook paper (wide  OR college rule) spiral notebooks (wide rule)

Please place your donations in the container in the extended narthex by August 16th. Supplies will be distributed at The Lord’s Pantry & Clothing Closet on August 20th.


SERVICE OPPORTUNITY - Are you wondering what you can do to worship your Lord more fully?  Have you thought about how others serve?  We are encouraged, even more, expected to serve our Lord with our minds, words, attendance, and especially our love.  How can I serve, you say?  I would ask that you consider being a part of the Ushering Team that faithfully perform a very important part of worship each Sunday morning.  As an usher you present the warmth of our congregation by ensuring our members receive a bulletin and, if needed, assistance in finding a place to sit and participate in the service.  An usher assists the congregation during the offering and the Lord’s Table.  All of these seemingly simple acts are an important part of worship and show love to our Lord. We are in need of more ushers and would enjoy having you work with the team in the pursuit of worship through service.  If you would like to help, please contact me, or any of the ushers serving each Sunday morning to become involved.  Thank you for considering this vital work,  Bob McFall, 571-236-2622


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!


UMM BREAKFAST BREAKS FOR SUMMER - The United Methodist Men are taking a summer break from breakfast.  There will be no breakfast in August. 

 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 BEGIN NOW! - Volunteer sign ups are being taken now and throughout the summer, in order to allow for volunteer training in September!  Look at your calendars and sign up  via the board in front of the church office, or on the VolunteerSpot on our webpage (

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! 


SEND IN YOUR PHOTO! - Having a face to go with a name, a ministry, or a family is an important way to connect us as a church and to strengthen fellowship and ministry with one another.  Not to mention, it is an important part of our church’s history!  Please make sure that your photo is included!  If you were unable to get your photo taken in April, please send an informal digital family photo via e-mail to me ( to be included.  Once all of the photos have been collected, we will be able to create the directory, which will be available in three different ways, in print form, online form, and on a free downloadable app form for your smart phone!  We hope to have a completed directory by the Summer! 


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


GOD’S WORK DOESN’T TAKE A VACATION - The summer season is upon us.  Many of us will be taking time off to relax, to visit friends or family, to get away.  Please remember that the work of the church doesn’t take time off.  Your pledges, offerings, and gifts are just as important to God’s work through Saint Paul UMC in the summertime as they are in any other season.  There are several ways you can be sure your contributions will continue the works of the church while you are away:

· Electronic bill payment through your bank

· Electronic fund transfer from your bank

(contact Tom Davies to set this in motion )

· Make your contribution before your time away

· Mail your contribution to the church with the notation “Attention Tom Davies” on the envelope


SUMMER PHOTO CATCH-UP - summer is a great time to catch up on some hobbies, if photography is a hobby of yours, and you’re just getting into these inspirations, or if you just haven’t sent in your photos yet, it’s not too late to submit photos from past inspirations!  Be inspired by these prompts and snap photos of the things in your daily life that share this message of love. Share your photo individually via e-mail with the inspiration title to or post to the St. Paul Facebook page ( or 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. Here’s the list of inspirations:  Joyful Noise, Give Thanks, Peace on Earth, Body of Christ,  Change My Heart,  Victory, God’s Handiwork, Neighborly Love


  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.


SUMMER SHORT-TERM STUDY - A study on the first 12 chapters of the Gospel of John (the seven sign miracles) is being held in the social hall at 10:00 on Sunday morning. All are welcome.


JOIN THE SOUND TEAM - The sound team has opportunities for more team members for the 11am services!  Help to ensure that the service is able to be heard by the congregation, in addition to helping those who were unable to attend by recording the service for CD mailings and for the website.  The sound system is an easy-to-learn system - If you are comfortable with operating your home devices, this will be a great fit for you.   Contact Amy Miller (703-494-2445, to sign up.


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  For more information about Rising Hope UMMC, visit and


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!


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. 



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