St. Paul United Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 7-24-16
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 7-17-16
9:00am = 63, 11:00am = 90, Prayer Service = 11
The Lord’s Table = 51, Potomac Place = 34
Sunday School = 85, Worship Total = 249
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JOY - Many thanks go all who prayed for my granddaughter, Jordan Fitzpatrick. Her kidney surgery went well and she is now recovering. Praise God and thank you. Helen White.
MUSIC FOR SUMMER - Now that we are in the summer months, the Saint Paul Music Department would love any and all who wish to present a musical offering to our Lord to please contact Ryan Pick (email@example.com).
FAVORITE AWAKENING SONGS! - You get to pick the songs for Awakening in August! Today is the last Sunday to write in your favorite Awakening songs in the spaces below and we’ll select from this list for our August song selections. Please select from the songs your Raise the Praise band has done in the past. Pick your favorites and then come help us sing them during our praise sets. Tear at the dotted line and drop your selections in the offering basket.
My Favorite Awakening Songs:
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VOICES OF YOUTH - a Youth mission Program of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church-will be presenting 2 concert programs in our area. This summer young people from all over Virginia have been together for 3 weeks of service to others and will now share their experiences and their faith stories through the gift of music. The 2 concerts are: Tuesday, July 26 11AM at St. Matthias UM Church, Fredericksburg and Tuesday, July 26 7:00PM at Pender UM Church, Fairfax.
LADIES, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! -All women of St. Paul UM Church are invited to an "Indoor Picnic" on Sunday. August 21st at 5:00PM in the church fellowship hall. Join in a time of good food, great fellowship, and lots of fun. Please bring your favorite picnic dish to share. Table service and beverages will be provided. Invite friends and neighbors to come with you!
UMW COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES - The UMW will again be collecting school supplies, but we will be doing it a little differently this year. We are requesting donations of only five specific items: marble composition notebooks, spiral composition notebooks (regular ruled), 24-count crayons, pencils, and pocket folders. We ask that you limit your donations to these five items. We will be collecting items through August so that you can take advantage of school supply sales, but we will wait until January to distribute the supplies to four elementary schools in our area: Occoquan, Kilby, Elizabeth Vaughn, and Marumsco Hills. By January, schools will need to replenish supplies and we hope to be able to meet those needs with your help. Again, we ask that you limit your donations to the five requested items which are those needed year-round in grades K-5. Donations can be left in the designated container in the extended narthex. Thank you for your support.
CHALLENGE UPDATE – We initiated the Challenge to more adequately support the ministries of St. Paul UMC and ministries and needs at the District, Conference, and global levels. At this point, we are struggling each week to achieve about 30 to 50 percent of our weekly goal.
John Wesley, the father of Methodism, emphasized that stewardship begins with the theological understanding that everything we are and have comes from God. Just as our lives come from God, the ways we use the gifts of life and grace are our offerings back to God. Wesley put it this way: “Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?”
“If we think about the use of money as a spiritual discipline, then we can see that the point is not to give away what we think is extra. The point is to play our role in distributing God’s resources equitably, not denying our own needs, but seeing the needs of others to be as legitimate as our own.” (From a “A Year with John Wesley and Our Methodist Values”)
RESTRUCTURE TOWN HALL MEETINGS - A team has been working to develop a possible way to restructure how we make decisions here at St. Paul. They have looked at the pros and cons from other churches that have restructured and interviewed knowledgeable people from local churches that have restructured. They have come up with a St. Paul Model that should streamline decision making, increase communication, improve coordination between mission teams, make clearer the areas of responsibility and make better use of our laity without losing sight of our primary mission which is to make disciples. This St. Paul Model was presented at the June Church Council meeting. Copies of the narrative of this presentation are available through the church office. There will be three Restructure Town Hall meetings to address questions and comments around this presentation, and a final vote will be taken on August 24th. Please request a copy of the narrative (firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-494-2445) and plan to attend one of the following meetings:
TODAY at 10:00am in the Social Hall Sunday, August 7th at 12:00pm in the Bethany Room
Also, Questions/comments/suggestions may be sent to any or all of the Restructure Sub-Committee:
SUMMER CLOTHING - The Lord’s Clothing Closet is in need of summer clothing donations. Special needs for: MEN’s shirts, shorts and shoes, and CHILDREN’s summer clothing of all kinds. Donations can be dropped off in the grocery cart near the nursery. Thank you!
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
CHURCH DIRECTORY AVAILABLE IN THREE WAYS - Our St. Paul Directory is currently available! Plan to use this as a way to put names with faces, as a way to connect with our congregation, and as a way to keep our records updated.
There are three ways to access the directory:
1) PRINTED - a limited number of black and white directories will be printed and available for $3.00 from the church office. Please contact the church office to have a directory printed for you. The cost will cover the cost of paper to print the 33page document.
2) PDF FILE - The link to this document is on our website (www.stpaul-umc.org/directory) and Facebook. This document is password protected, you will be prompted to enter a password when opening the file each time. In order to access the file you must request the password from the church office. This is to protect your information.
3) SMARTPHONE APP - Go to the App Store or to Google Play and search for the Instant Church Directory App. You can access all of the church member’s info from this app, and contact them with a simple click! This app will have you log-in using your email address that the church has on file.
4) This directory can constantly change, as we gain members we can add photos to the electronic file, and the most up-to-date info will made available to you using the electronic files and smartphone app. Please email your updated photos for them to be changed or added to email@example.com. Enjoy!
ADDITIONAL LORD’S PANTRY DAY - The Lord's Pantry would like to add a day for clients to receive groceries on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4:30pm - 7:00pm. This means that the Lord's Pantry would 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 that might be interested, contact Mike Wilson at (703)568-5694.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK - We want to stay connected throughout the week. Stay in touch with St. Paul from your social media site by liking the St. Paul UMC Facebook page! We welcome comments, likes and shares of posts as well to keep the communication going! Like us at—www.facebook.com/stpaulnova
CHURCH PICNIC SCHEDULED!
SAVE THE DATE—September 11th at At Veteran’s Park