St. Paul United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 12-14-14
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 12-7-14
The Lord’s Table Worship = 74, 9:00 = 50, 11:00 = 144
Sunday School = 84, Worship Total = 268
POINSETTIAS– Thank you to those who ordered the beautiful poinsettias that are adding beauty to our worship space this season. A list of the dedications is available in the Narthex. If you ordered a poinsettia, you may pick it up after the Christmas Eve service or the following Sunday.
MID-WEEK PRAYER SERVICE - Pastor Larry leads a Worship at mid-week 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 will permit those who often have other meetings at church to be able to attend as well.
ORGAN DONATION LIST– Last month we dedicated our Organ and shared a list of those who contributed. The edited organ donation list is available in the Narthex. Please review the list of those who contributed to the purchase of our new organ and report any additions, deletions, omissions, or corrections to Amy Miller at 703-494-2445.
SPECIAL SERVICE IN ADVENT
TODAY - Christmas Cantata and Preschool Music Presentation, 11am
CHRISTMAS EVE - Wednesday, December 24th
6:00pm - Informal Family Christmas Eve Service
8:30pm - Candlelight Communion Worship followed by Living Nativity Scene
TOY GIVEAWAY THANKS - Many thanks to all who contributed used and new toys for the community Christmas Toy Giveaway. With the selection that was donated, we were able to provide families with many gifts that will bless their families this Christmas. Many thanks for sharing the joy of Christmas with our community through your generosity.
DEAR ST. PAUL COMMUNITY - I am so thankful to all of you for the outpouring of love Terri and I received from you. Thank you again for the last year and a half and the memories we made together. I am so blessed to have been a part of St. Paul UMC for this short time and I will never forget your kindness and servants’ hearts. Our address in Centre Hall will be: P.O. Box 212, Centre Hall, PA 16828. My new email address will be TrinityUCCPastorDave@gmail.com. If you are ever in the State College area, please look us up. I will be praying for St. Paul and the ministries of this church in the days ahead. God Bless.
–Pastor Dave Downer
TWO ANGEL TREES
LORD’S TABLE ANGEL TREE PROJECT - for the adults and children who attend the Lord's Table here at St. Paul every Thursday. The Angel Tree is displayed in the church thru Sunday, December 14th. Please take a TAG from the tree, purchase the gift, WRAP and return the gift to the church no later than DECEMBER 16TH so that gifts may be distributed at the Lord's Table on December 18th. Gift, gender, size, adult/child are indicated on the tag. Please attach the tag to your gift. If you return the gift Monday thru Thursday, please take it to the CHURCH OFFICE. A box will be available in the Church Narthex for gifts dropped off on Sunday mornings. The Box will be marked LORD'S TABLE ANGEL TREE. A flyer explaining the project will be available in a basket next to the Tree. If you have any questions, please contact Beverley Feltault at 703-897-1706 or via email at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your usual generosity in providing comfort to those less fortunate.
COMMUNITY ANGEL TREE PROJECT - items on the short angel tree are names that were given to us by Prince William County, these are children in our community in need of a brighter Christmas. Please take a TAG from this tree and follow the instructions on the tag. Items from this tree should NOT be wrapped, instead they may be placed in the bin located under the tree, or brought to the church office. If you have questions about this project, contact Mary Helmandollar 703-491-3136
PENNIES FOR PROPANE - Winter temperatures are already here, and many of our homeless friends lack the financial resources to buy propane to keep themselves warm. Without propane, many of the homeless will experience days and nights of extreme cold. To address this situation, all who are interested in helping the homeless in this important area are asked to make a donation to “Pennies for Propane.” If a sufficient number of the congregation each donate the equivalent of $5,000 pennies—$50.00, we can continue to provide propane to the homeless. Please consider a cash or check contribution to “Pennies for Propane.” Your check can be made out to Saint Paul United Methodist Church with “Pennies for Propane” on the memo line. This should be in addition to any current financial commitment to Saint Paul. Note that cold weather is already upon us, so please help address this need as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.
WINTER BAG PROJECT - Many thanks to those who contributed food items for the Winter Bag Project. Today is assembly day! Tonight at 5:30pm, the Children & Youth Ministries will be assembling 500+ bags of food to be distributed at different schools for the students on their free lunch programs. All are welcome to attend! These bags of food will supplement the free lunches for the 2 week Winter Break. The children and youth scavaged for donations within their neighborhoods, the congregation has been generously shopping, community members have done food drives, grocery stores have given discounted items and gift cards for the project, and the funds from the pumpkin patch helped us to purchase the additional items needed from the food bank, and grocery stores.
If you would like to be a part of the delivery of these bags, we will be loading up truck beds and delivering to area schools on Monday & Tuesday 10am - 12pm. Weather you have a truck, or some spare time to load and unload the bags, it would be great to have your support!
HEALTH KITS FOR 2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - The United Methodist Women are beginning to collect materials for Health Kids for 2015 Annual Conference.
We will emphasize one required item each month.
In January we are asking for hand towels, 15” x 25” to 17” x 27”
(please, no kitchen towels or microfiber towels)
There is also a need for toothbrushes in the kit - think of asking your dentist for a donation at your next checkup. Also be mindful an entire kit can be purchased for a donation of $12.00. Thanks to all for helping us reach our goal for 200 kits!
DECEMBER PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRATION: PEACE ON EARTH the Christmas Carol says “Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn king. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.” Ephesians 2:14 says of Jesus “For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.” Be inspired by this carol & scripture and snap photos of the things in your daily life that share this message of peace. Share your photo individually via e-mail titled “Peace On Earth” to Amy@stpaul-umc.org or post to the St. Paul Facebook page (facebook.com/stpaulnova) or #StPaulPeace on Earth on Twitter and Instagram.
CONFIRMATION CALL! -Calling all 6th - 12th grade students who have an interest in learning and growing in their faith through Confirmation 2015! Confirmation class begins with a retreat with other Alexandria District Confirmation Classes on Friday, January 30– 31st at Camp Highroad and ends with Confirmation Sunday on Sunday, May 31st. We will meet monthly for a few hours to learn what it means to be a Christian, and what it means to be a United Methodist, as well as offer students a chance to accept their faith for themselves through the confirmation service. A Confirmation Informational session is scheduled for TODAY following 11am worship at 12:00pm in Classroom B133 (across from the choir room) - at this info session, parents and students will have a chance to learn about the class, the schedule, and sign-ups will be taken. If you are interested, have questions, or are unable to attend the info session, please feel free to contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-494-2445.
BI-DISTRICT TRAINING DAY - Each year Alexandria & Arlington Districts join together to offer a great resource of training to all church laity and pastors! January 10, 2015 at Floris UMC at 9am - 3:45pm is the annual training day. Select 2 sessions that are of interest to you and your ministry, and enjoy keynote speakers in the opening session. Early registration is going on NOW through Dec. 18 for the full day cost of $30, it increases to $60 at the door. Register online at www.novaumc.org/event-items/bdtd-2015.
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.
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.
FRUIT FOR A GREAT CAUSE - the Cokesbury United Methodist Men are conducting a fruit sale from Golden Harvest to benefit the ministries that they support (including college scholarships, Rising Hope, ACTS, and other community charities). Place your order through January 5 for the following items:
Variety —Tangerines, Navel Oranges, Red Grapefruit = Half Box = $27, Quarter = $15
Red Grapefruit— Box = $28, Half Box = $17, Quarter Box = $10
Florida Navel—Box = $32, Half Box = $20, Quarter Box = $10
Honeybells—Box = $48, Half Box = $26, Quarter Box = $15
To place your order go to www.cokesburyumc.us, call 703-494-6552 or e-mail email@example.com. Orders may be picked up between 6pm & 8pm Jan. 16 or 9am—11am on Jan. 17
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!
THE PECANS ARE HERE! The annual UMW pecan sale is a great opportunity to buy pecans for your holiday baking and for Christmas gifts. We are selling 16 oz. bags of large halves, 16 oz. bags of large pieces, and the always popular 12 oz. bags of chocolate covered pecans for $10 each. All proceeds support the missions of the UMW. You may purchase yours Sundays in the extended narthex outside the parlor.
GOOD SHEPHERD UMC SEEKS ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR - Good Shepherd UMC in Dale City has an opening for an Assistant Director of Music Ministry. This position is part time with an expected average requirement of 6-8 hours per week. More details are posted on the bulletin board near our choir room. Applicants should submit a brief resume addressing the skills and qualifications for this position to Mr. Charles Glinka (Staff Pastor/Paris Relations Committee Chair) 4019 Great Harvest Court, Dumfries VA 22025 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.