St. Paul United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 2-71-16
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 1-17-16
11:00 combined worship= 137, The Lord’s Table = 59
Worship Total = 196
ALTAR FLOWERS - today are given in memory of Laverne and Frank Jobe by Barbara Turner and family.
ALTAR GUILD - How would you like to be part of the 11:00 Altar Guild? Here’s what would you do: refresh the bread during communion (if needed), spend about 30 minutes after the communion service cleaning off the altar and putting everything away, work in a team of 2 once every 4 months. Training will be provided. Interested? Contact the church office or Donna Pollard 703-491-7528.
CONTRIBUTIONS STATEMENTS - 2015 Contribution Statements are on a table in the Narthex for pick-up. Please save a stamp, and pick yours up today.
THANK YOU FROM SUSAN - Thank you for all your prayers, cards, and loving support these past eight months. Dino and I were sustained and strengthened by our church family during his illness. Your prayers, expressions of sympathy, and your presence at his memorial service have been a blessing to our family. Dino was comforted knowing that our St. Paul family would be there for me and our family, and I thank you for your continued prayers, love, and support that we will need as we face the difficult days ahead.
UMW QUIET DAY SERVICE - All women are invited to the Alexandria District UMW Quiet Day Service on Wednesday, February 10th at 10 AM at Cranford UMC. If you would like to carpool from the church to this Ash Wednesday service, please contact Susan Piccione, 703-730-3630 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will meet at the church at 9:30 AM on the 10th.
GROWING OLDER AND WISER - We can't change the fact that we are getting older. And, indeed, we may not want to! Age brings many gifts and opportunities for continued growth. A new Bible study to address just this topic is being offered led by one of our Wesley Seminary interns, Claire Miller.
Join us THIS Tuesday at 10:00am for "Growing Older and Wiser," as we continue the nine week study which will help us to discover the Bible's perspective on aging and help us to grow wiser in our faith with the passing years. The study is being held in the Bethany room. A sign-up sheet is in the social hall.
EASTER EGG HUNT REQUESTS - The Children’s Ministry team is gearing up for the Easter Egg Hunt to be held on March 19th and are seeking fillers for all of the Easter Eggs! Egg-sized candies are requested - please avoid candy with nuts or peanut butter. Donations may be dropped off in the church office during the week or on Sundays in the bin outside of the nursery.
In addition to the eggs, we will be decorating cookies, and will be asking individuals for donations of plain sugar cookies or shortbread cookies to be used for the decorating. For more information on how to get involved with this great family event, please contact Andrea Ker (email@example.com) or Michelle Rowe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HEALTH KITS FOR 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - The United Methodist Women are beginning to collect materials for Health Kits for 2016 Annual Conference. We will emphasize one item each month.
In February we will be collecting nail clippers and metal nail files.
Please place items in the box located in the extended narthex through the end of the month.
Also be mindful that an entire kit can be purchased for a donation of $12.00. Thanks to all for helping us reach our goal for 200 kits!
COMING FOR THE LENTEN SEASON - Beginning on the first Sunday in Lent (Feb. 14) through Palm Sunday (March 20th) we will offer a church-wide study using the book John: The Gospel of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton. Sunday school and other study groups will be invited to use this study in their classes and sermons will follow the themes of the book throughout Lent. Plan to be a part of this special series!
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
STEWARDSHIP UPDATE - After the stewardship campaign in the fall, 74 pledges were submitted for a total of $420,000. Given all sources of income, it is estimated that our total funds available would be $683,336. While the number of pledges and the pledged income is higher than recent years, the estimated total income falls short of of the budgetary needs of the church. The Church Council approved a "challenge budget” that, if supported by the congregation, will make up the shortfall. Can you set aside an extra $1.00 a day -- the cost of a candy bar -- for the church? Can enough of us spare an extra $2.25 a day –- the cost of a coffee -- for the church and its mission? If 100 of us will set aside this amount for St. Paul each day, the challenge will be met.
OUR 2016 CHALLENGE - On Jan. 31, our lay leader, Chris Caseman, presented a “State of the Church” message and outlined St. Paul’s “2016 Challenge.” He challenged us to recommit ourselves to the mission of the church and to our membership vows. The Challenge has financial, service, and spiritual aspects. When we strive to be loyal followers and disciples of Jesus, we make Him the linchpin of our lives. Our response to the challenge is a demonstration of our discipleship as a congregation. We’ll discover that the challenge isn’t as difficult as it may initially seem when we take it one day at a time.
IT’S CHILI TIME! - Is the cold weather getting to you? Want to warm up? Join us for a big bowl of chil and some great fellowship on Feb 28th at 12:15 in the Social Hall. Do you have a great chili recipe? Please bring a pot to share with your church family. Dessert, drinks, and all the ‘fixins’ will be provided. A sign-up sheet will be on the back of attendance sheets beginning in February. Please sign up only ONCE and let us know how many to expect, and also let us know if you will bring a pot of chili to share.
2015 LORD’S CLOTHING CLOSET AND FOOD PANTRY UPDATE - The following statistics reflect the needs of our community:
Clothing Closet - During 2015 St. Paul had 616 visits from families in our community and gave away 12,531 items.
Food Pantry - During 2015 St. Paul provided food to 2838 individuals giving away 11,903 bags of food.
Thank you for donating your time, food, and clothing to help those in need.
ST. PAUL 2016 CHANGE THE WORLD CHALLENGE - MAY 15, 2016 - Change the World is a denomination-wide event where United Methodists from across the country and around the world pull together for a weekend of service to help Change the World in a way that is both significant and visible. United Methodist Congregations across the country will take on service projects that improve the circumstances of those less fortunate and they hope to spark their local community members’ interest in volunteer activities. Since 2010 hundreds of thousands of United Methodists have joined together to take action to help their local communities or others around the world as part of Change the World weekend. Change the World is an occasion to roll up your sleeves and serve. The 2016 Change the World Weekend is May 14th and 15th.
In keeping with St. Paul‘s culture of community service, we will partner with the Stop Hunger Now Campaign again in 2016 to host a meal packaging event on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 12:30pm. Stop Hunger Now was founded in 1998 by Ray Buchanan, an ordained United Methodist Minister, with the vision of ending hunger in his lifetime. Stop Hunger Now distributes food and other lifesaving aid to vulnerable children and families around the world, and works to help end hunger. Since being founded, Stop Hunger Now has worked with over 500,000 corporate, student, civic and faith-based volunteers in meal-packaging events, as well as provided more than 200 million meals in 65 countries. Last year, St. Paul joined with Ghana Wesley UMC and more than 120 volunteers came together to package 18,360 meals in less than two hours. Our goal for 2016 is to package 25,000 meals.
30 HOUR FAMINE - Feb 26-27 - The J-Connection youth ministry will be participating in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine again this year. This weekend of hunger awareness and service to our community is an extremely meaningful weekend, as the youth abstain from food and electronics in an effort to connect themselves with the hunger that many experience around the world. We keep energized by juice, sport drink, and water only for 30 hours. The youth are raising funds for World Vision as a part of this project, please support this project by your gifts ($1 will feed a child for a day, $30 will feed a child for a month!), your prayers, and any juice/sport drink/water donations.
ST. PAUL UMC SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
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 Chapel
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.
There are two Adult Bible Studies offered during 10am - The Gospel of John, library and The Renegade Gospel, B133.
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.
HELP TEACH OUR NEIGHBORS! - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington- Hogar Immigrant Services, Education Services is urgently seeking volunteer teachers for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to teach in Woodbridge, VA. We offer six levels of English instruction and classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9pm. 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 or email email@example.com
If Prince William County closes schools, there will be NO morning church activities and the church office will be closed until 1pm, unless road conditions seem to require a full day closure. If the office opens at 1pm then afternoon and evening activities will be evaluated and posted on the website and church office voicemail (option #1). If PWC schools have a delayed opening, the church office will have a corresponding delayed opening. For weekend closures:
1) check our website www.stpaul-umc.org for information in red lettering or
2) check the church office mailbox (703-494-2445 select option #1)