Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 5-3-15
HEALTH KITS FOR 2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - The United Methodist Women are collecting materials for Health Kits for 2015 Annual Conference. Our goal this year is 200 kits. We have collected more than enough soap and toothbrushes; however, we desperately need more than 100 hand towels (15" X 25" to 17" X 27") and more than 100 nail clippers or metal nail files. Thanks to all for helping us reach our goal!
MID-WEEK PRAYER SERVICE - Pastor Larry offers a mid-week prayer service 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 permits those who often have other meetings at church to be able to attend as well.
ATTENTION GRADUATES & FAMILIES! HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, AND GRADUATE SCHOOL—Are you a December 2014 or May/June 2015 graduate, or do you have a grad in your family? St. Paul UMC would like to recognize this accomplishment on June 7th with a recognition and small gift. Please email Nicole Mittendorff, Higher Education Ministry Chairperson, at email@example.com with the following information: Grad Name, Diploma/Degree, School, Plans for next year, and name of family.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - June 22—26th, 9am - 12:30pm. Children age 3 through 5th grade are invited to explore how to put faith into ACTION at G-Force VBS! The adventure includes music, Bible fun, science, crafts, mission, snacks and games! To volunteer, or to register, contact Michelle Rowe (703-357-5524) or the church office or visit www.stpaul-umc.org/vbs.
ST. PAUL SOFTBALL TEAM! – St. Paul has once again joined the Christian Fellowship Softball League. We invite you to pray for the team throughout the season, and to come and cheer for your St. Paul family and friends at their games. The next games will be at the PNats Stadium on Saturday, May 23rd at 1:30pm & 2:30pm on Field #2. Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!
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 (Amy@stpaul-umc.org) 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!
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 Tom.Davies@stpaul-UMC.org )
· Make your contribution before your time away
· Mail your contribution to the church with the notation “Attention Tom Davies” on the envelope
ZUMBA CLASS - Zumba classes are being held on Monday evenings from 7pm - 8pm in the choir room. 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!
TODAY’S THE DAY!
CHANGE THE WORLD 2015: STOP HUNGER NOW - This weekend, the United Methodist Church celebrates its annual Change the World. We are recognizing this weekend with a Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging event TODAY at 12:30pm. The congregation is participating in preparing food boxes to be shipped to areas of the world to help address the needs of starving peoples. All are welcome to participate in the meal packaging event today, however those who pre-registered may be given priority on stations. Each meal costs $.29 to prepare and ship. St Paul has set a goal to raise $6,000 in order to prepare more than 20,000 meals. Please consider making a donation with a check payable to St. Paul UMC with Stop Hunger in the memo of your check and drop it in the offering basket.
MAY PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRATION: NEIGHBORLY LOVE In Luke 10:27 Jesus says : “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and Love your neighbor as yourself” Be inspired by these words that Jesus shares, snap photos of the things in your daily life that share this message of love. Share your photo individually via e-mail titled “Neighborly Love” to Amy@stpaul-umc.org or post to the St. Paul Facebook page (facebook.com/stpaulnova) or #NeighborlyLove 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.
CONFIRMATION SUNDAY - On Sunday, May 31st at the 11am service, we welcome three new members to our congregation through Profession of Faith. These students have been working hard and studying all that it means to be a United Methodist Christian. We welcome them to the St. Paul Family!
Joel Edwin Fix, Jr.
Joshua Wayne Howells
David Louis Sinclair
A reception will be held in the social hall following the service in celebration this wonderful occasion. Cake and punch will be served. Please plan to attend and congratulate our newest members.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
THE WESLEY CHORAL FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT IMAGINE NO MALARIA - Spend Memorial Day Weekend in our nation's capital at a unique concert to benefit Imagine No Malaria. The 2015 Wesley Festival Gala Concert, the culmination of a four-day choral singing event in Washington, D.C., will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the prestigious John F. Kenney Center for Performing Arts. 100 percent of the ticket sales going to prevent malaria deaths through Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of The United Methodist Church.
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.
ST. PAUL UMC SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Time Age Level Name Location__
9, 10, &11am Newborn-age 3 Infants/Toddlers Nursery B219
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 thru Kindergarten Room D156
11:00 1st &2nd Grade Room D158
Christian Education materials are provided for children during the 9:00 Awakening Service.
At the 11:00 service, children 3rd grade & older are encouraged to worship with their families.
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
Your food donations can be placed in the shopping carts in the front hall.