Saint Paul United Methodist Church 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 Phone: 703-494-2445
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 10, 2015


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Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 10-4-15



9:00 = 63, 11:00 = 106,  Prayer Service = 9, Lord’s Table = 43

Sunday School = 97, Worship Total = 221


ALTAR FLOWERS TODAY - are given in celebration of Jaime Fix’s birthday. Happy Birthday Jaime, with love from Joel, Taylor, Joey, and Eli.


PUMPKIN PATCH KICK-OFF SOCIAL - Today, following worship, Church members and friends are invited to join us in the patch for refreshments and to get the first "peak" at the patch before we officially open to the public for sales. Stop by and visit on your way out of church and help us celebrate the opening of our FOURTH season!


CHURCH SERVICE PROJECT DAY - Be a part of keeping St. Paul beautiful and maintained by coming out on Saturday, October 24th, 8:30am—12:00pm.  The trustees have identified a list of projects that you can help accomplish!  There are outdoor and indoor jobs and something for all skill levels.  Please plan to attend.  Contact Trustee chairman, David Daniel for details ( if you plan to help.


REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER - The Lord's Clothes Closet and Lord's Food Pantry are in need of a refrigerator and freezer.  The appliances need to be in good working condition and clean.  If you have either or both appliances and you are willing to donate them to the church contact Mike Wilson at or (703)568-5694.  We will schedule to have the equipment picked up.  


WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO (Matthew 6.21) - In October, St. Paul UMC will conduct a church-wide study of many ways that our treasure (time, energy, money) affects our spiritual and emotional lives. This will be the focus of Pastor Larry’s sermons in October and of the adult and youth Sunday School classes. For anyone interested, particularly those who are not Sunday School participants, a special study of Treasure: A Four-Week Study of Faith and Money  is offered on Sunday evenings from 6-7 p.m. and Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in October. I hope that you’ll join us as we study Matthew 6 and Jesus’ teachings on money, giving, worry, and more. Please sign-up in the Social Hall or email Bob Bryant ( for the Sunday session or Brad Benson ( for the Monday session if you’d like to participate.


IT'S NOT TOO LATE-- St. Paul's Spiritual Formation ministry is offering several short-term courses this fall.  Sign-up sheets are in the social hall between services.   Come join us.

(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, is meeting at 10:00 a.m. between services in the Library. 

(3)  Forgotten God--Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, a seven-week course, is                     meeting  on Wednesday evening at 7:30 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 is meeting on Tuesday

evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Room C248.   Patty Plummer is course leader.


DECLUTTERING? CRAFTING? BAKING? - Plan to have a spot at the Pumpkin Patch Yard Sale and Vendor Fair!  Reserve a parking spot for $10 to set up your sale items!  Reservations can be made through the church office and forms are available online and outside of the church office, to be mailed or delivered with your reservation fee.  Hope to see you there whether you are selling or shopping!


LORD’S FOOD PANTRY - 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.  


TAKE THE SQUEEZE BOTTLE CHALLENGE! As we begin collecting items for the Winter Bag project (funded by the pumpkin patch), we are seeking specific items.  The challenge is this: anytime that you are at a location that sells jelly, pick up a bottle or two (plastic bottle - squeeze or otherwise)! Between now and December, how many times will you go the grocery store, dollar store, superstore, convenience store? If you got a bottle each time, those numbers could really add up quickly! Remember, our goal is 600 bags of food, so we need HUNDREDS of each item! Items can be dropped off in the labeled basket in the church office hallway.

THE PUMPKINS ARE HERE! - Plan to be a part of the Pumpkin Patch!  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 4th — 31st

Sundays                        1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

Saturdays                     10:00 AM - 8:00 PM


TRUNK-OR-TREAT - Saturday, October 24th - 6 PM -  We will offer a parking lot trick-or-treat from car to car.  This can be a lot of fun for young families, and it can be a great opportunity to be creative for all of us!  DOES YOUR CAR HAVE A TRUNK or a BUMPER?  Then you can participate!  Decorate your trunk - just Google “Trunk-or-Treat ideas” for lots of photos to inspire creativity - prizes will be awarded for trunk designs this year!  Bring some candy, and enjoy an evening with the children in our community!  We are seeking a trunk count by Oct. 17th, so please notify the church office ( if you plan to decorate a trunk!


CALLING ALL DEAL-FINDERS & GROCERY SHOPPERS! Through December 6th, St. Paul will be collecting specific items for the Children & Youth's 4th 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:  CEREAL (20 oz or less), PEANUT BUTTER, JELLY (plastic jar or bottle), 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!


TREASURE - Today, we will begin a church-wide study and worship emphasis called Treasure: A Stewardship Program on Faith and Money. The study will be based on Jesus’ words, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

Over a period of four weeks, we will look at the many ways that our treasure (time, energy, money) affects our hearts. We will consider how financial challenges in our personal lives affect our relationships with people and with God. We will see how giving helps to determine the way we feel and act. If you have stress related to money or feel there may be more that God is calling you to do with your resources, this will be a helpful study.

At the end of the four weeks, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of giving to St. Paul UMC for the coming year. All of us will receive commitment cards in the mail, and the cards will also be available on Sunday mornings. We can fill out these cards and bring them to worship on Sunday, Oct. 25.  We look forward to an exciting month considering our treasure and God’s treasure.

Schedule for the Treasure series:

Week 1: Where Is Your Treasure? (Matthew 6:19-21)

Week 2: The Problem with Two Masters (Matthew 6:24)

Week 3: Giving Your Treasure Back to God (Matthew 6:1-6)

Week 4: Don’t Worry ’Bout a Thing (Matthew 6:25-34)


EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? - Purchase your White House ornaments from the St. Paul Preschool, and encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same!  The St. Paul Preschool is taking orders for White House Ornament Fundraiser!  The cost is $19, and wrapping with a bow and tag for an additional $1 per ornament.  (Comparison Shopping?  FYI - PX cost $19.95, Old Town Alexandria $24.95.) The funds raised from the purchase will go toward the Preschool Scholarship fund.


  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.


LORD’S FOOD PANTRY - 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.  


COME ZUMBA WITH US! – Zumba classes are now offered THREE times a week!  Wednesday mornings at 9:45 – 10:45am in the Social hall, Monday evenings from 7pm - 8pm and also, Friday evenings 5:30pm—6:30pm. Please consider joining us for any of these 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 $15 for the month per session. The first class will be free for new students!  Contact the church in regards to weekly child care, as we may have arrangements made with enough interest. 


DAYTIME BABYSITTER - the Wednesday morning Zumba Class , 9:45am—10:45am is in search of one or two individuals who would be willing to watch their young children while they exercise.  If available and interested in this opportunity, please contact Laurie Gris ( or 843-696-9125). 


EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY - The Virginia Conference Legislative Network, a political advocacy and educational ministry sponsored by Virginia Conference United Methodist Women and Board of Church and Society will be a holding an Educational Opportunity here at St. Paul on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 to 12:00. This event is a multi-site, conference wide event and will be co-sponsored by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. All United Methodists in the Alexandria, Arlington and Winchester Districts are invited to come and learn more about the legislative process in Virginia, how laws passed in our state legislature affect our daily lives, and how we can become advocates for more just legislation. All are invited to participate. Please contact Gail Sztanko for registration information.


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.