St. Paul United Methodist Church
Friday, August 22, 2014
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 8-17-14
CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY - to Robby Robinson at the death of Scott Atkinson. Cards of sympathy may be sent to Robby at 2564 Chadwick Court, Woodbridge 22192.
PINK FLOWER - the pink flower on the alter today is in celebration of the birth of Anna Elizabeth Collins, born July 31 to Robert Collins & Kaitlyn Osborne. Grandparents Mike & Gayle Collins.
THANK YOU FROM NANCY WEST - I would like to say a grateful thanks to all those who sent cards and messages following the death of my mother, Freda Hedge, on July 29. We were blessed to have had her with us for 97 wonderful years. We are also blessed to be a part of such a caring church family as St. Paul.
LAY READERS - Would you like to get involved in worship by helping to lead? Serving as a lay reader is a great way to serve in the 11am service. Lay Readers will read the scripture, lead the Gathering Words, and on the first Sunday, they will be asked if they want to help with communion. If you are interested, or if you’d like to learn more, contact Tom Corcoran at email@example.com with your name, phone #, and e-mail address.
YOUTH SUMMER FUN! - Calling all rising 6th—12th graders! Our youth ministry is hosting some fun activities this month! Friday Night 7~11 (from 7pm—11pm in the Social Hall) is like mini lock-ins with games, snacks and special events. Plus a trip TODAY at 4pm to “Woody’s” Mini-Golf. Contact Amy Miller 703-371-8173 (cell) to sign up!
FALL SHORT-TERM STUDY COURSES - This fall St. Paul is offering five additional study courses: a study on the Book of Acts will be held on Thursday evenings; a study on Lee Strobel's book, The Case for Faith will be held on Sunday evenings; a study on the Gospel of John will be held on Monday mornings; and a study on Adam Hamilton's book, Christianity and World Religions will be held on Tuesday evenings. An Outreach Ministry course entitled Crossing Borders: Migration, Theology and the Human Journey will also be offered on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in any of these five classes, there are brochures that provide additional information on each of the courses at the sign-up table in the social hall.
ST. PAUL CHURCH PICNIC - will be on Sept 28th at 12:30 pm. Wear your St. Paul shirt or 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!
ST. PAUL SOFTBALL TEAM UPDATE - Congratulations to Christus Victor – Epiphany (ECV) for a great year and tournament! They won the American Conference this year by beating us twice during the tournament, the second time during the Championship game. We always had great, competitive games with them and we gave them their only 2 losses during the regular season. They were a class act, had great sportsmanship and were gracious victors (pun intended).
But, we did win the Division! Yay! As Division 6 Champs in the American Conference, we will play against the corresponding team in the Manassas Church Softball League (MCSL). Our original championship game date got rained out. Please come out and support us TOMORROW Monday August 18th at 7pm out at the Valley View fields. We will be playing against another United Methodist Church – Grace UMC 2!
UMW INDOOR PICNIC - UMW will have its annual summer picnic TODAY 5-7 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a covered dish to share; drinks and paper products will be provided. Please put the date on your calendars, and make plans to attend and bring a friend. Remember, all UMW events are open to ALL women.
THE PUMPKINS ARE COMING! - The St. Paul Pumpkin Patch is coming! Delivery day is Saturday October 11th at 11:30am! Plan to be a part of the Pumpkin Patch! Daily volunteer opportunities and great fun are in store. Be a part of the planning, we will have a Pumpkin Planning Meeting on Sunday, Sep. 14 at Noon. Look for more details soon!
EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? - 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 will begin in September. The funds raised from the purchase will go toward the Preschool Scholarship fund.
KIDZ CAMPS - There are still a few openings for the Last Preschool Kidz Camp! Camp is for 2yr - 5yr olds and the cost is $60 per week. Camp runs Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9:30am - 12:30pm. Themes are:
Session 6 Aug 19—21 Dino Dig
Registration forms are available online (at www.stpaul-umc.org/kidzcamp) or in the preschool & church offices.
JOIN THE SOUND TEAM - The sound team has opportunities for more team members! Help to insure 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.
CLOTHING CLOSET VOLUNTEERS - We have an opportunity for you to be involved in our ministry to our community through the clothing closet. We sort clothes on Tuesday afternoons around 1pm bi-weekly, and we distribute clothes on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 2pm - 5pm. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Ann Mauk 703-680-5358.
2014-2015 PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION - is going on NOW! If you have any 2 - 4 year olds in your life, church members do receive a discounted rate. Contact Katie MacGregor, (703-586-5031) for more information, and see the preschool website www.stpaul-umc.org/preschool.
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!
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:
Your food donations can be placed in the shopping carts in the front hall.
HELP IMMIGRANTS IN OUR COMMUNITY BECOME U.S. CITIZENS - Hogar Immigrant Services, Education Services is currently seeking Citizenship volunteer teachers for the upcoming fall 2014 semester. We offer two CITIZENSHIP levels of instruction and classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the evenings here at St. Paul UMC. You only 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 ext. 102 or email email@example.com.
FLOWER SIGN-UPS - Each Sunday, throughout the year, Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory or in honor of family members and friends. If you would like to donate altar flowers for Sunday services in memory of your loved ones, please sign your name on the flower sign-up sheet located on a kiosk in the Social Hall. The cost is $35 for arrangements and $1.50 for carnations. You can place payment for flowers in the offering plate, just be sure to make a notation of “altar flowers” on your check and/or envelope. Lake Ridge Florist at Tackett’s Mill has done a wonderful job. The new 2014 sign up chart is in the Social Hall. Contact Donna Bolton (703-314-5111 firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
LIVING PROOF LIVE SIMULCAST WITH BETH MOORE - Annandale UMC will host the Living Proof live simulcast with Beth Moore. Saturday, September 13th 9am—4:15pm at Annandale UMC (6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale 22003, 703-256-8330, email@example.com). If you’ve ever enjoyed the Word through Beth’s studies, you’ll love experiencing her teaching via simulcast. Beth’s mission is to guide women everywhere into a richer, more fulfilling relationship with God. The cost of the event is $25, which includes lunch and listening guide. Child care is available for children ages 2-6years (cost $5 per child with advanced registration required). Register at www.annandale-umc.org