Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 11-22-15
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 11-15-15
9:00 = 63, 11:00 = 98, Prayer Service = 11, Lord’s Table = 63
Sunday School = 84, Worship Total = 235
ALTAR FLOWERS - are given today:
By Roger, Nora, and Michelle Mature in loving memory of our beloved son and brother, Brian Mature.
By Helen White in memory of her mother, Dorothy Brand.
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS - It is time to think of honoring our loved ones and friends with the beautiful poinsettias which will decorate our St. Paul sanctuary during the Christmas season. A table will be set up in the social hall to take orders for these flowers today through Nov. 29th. If you have questions, please contact Sidney Goldsby at 703-497-9801.
ST. PAUL CHRISTMAS BRUNCH - Join us on Dec 6th at 12:00 for fun, food, carol singing, and fellowship. Sign up to attend on the back of your attendance sheet. For an accurate count, please only sign-up one time. We look forward to brining in the Holidays with the church family!
UMW ADVENT BREAKFAST – The Woodbridge Sub-District UMW Advent Breakfast will be Saturday, December 5th, 9-11 AM at Cokesbury UMC, 14806 Blackburn Rd. This always popular event is open to all women and is the perfect time to invite a friend to join us as we begin the celebration of Advent. Please plan to join us for brunch, fellowship, and singing. Our program will be “A Charles Wesley Christmas” led by Betty Wade of Dumfries UMW.
SPECIAL SERVICE IN ADVENT
Sunday, Nov. 29 - Hanging of the Greens Service, 11am
Sunday, Dec. 6 - Preschool Music Presentation, 11am
Sunday, Dec. 13 - Lessons and Carols, 11am
CHRISTMAS EVE - Thursday, December 24th
6:00pm - Informal Family Christmas Eve Service
8:30pm - Candlelight Communion Worship followed by Living Nativity Scene
HANGING OF THE GREENS WORSHIP SERVICE - Next Sunday at 11:00am. Mark your calendars and plan to be a part of the wonderful reminder of the symbols of the season in our Sanctuary. We will have the sanctuary prepared for Advent to enjoy as we worship. This will be a wonderful service to prepare our hearts and minds for the Advent season and for the birth of Christ. Invite visiting family and friends to be a part of this special time of worship.
THE ANGEL TREE - The Angel Tree Project begins Sunday, November 29th and runs through Monday, December 14th. Please take an Angel Tag(s) from the Angel Tree in the narthex and purchase a gift for the needy child or adult listed. These folks come to the Lord's Table weekly dinners and most live outdoors. Please WRAP your gift, SECURE the Angel Tag on the package, and return the gift to the Church no later than Monday, December 14th. Gifts returned on Sunday can be placed under the tree, gifts returned Monday through Friday should be placed in the CHURCH OFFICE. A flyer explaining the project and how we get the gift requests is in a basket next to the Angel Tree. If you have any questions or need suggestions for gift sources, please contact Beverley Feltault at 703-897-1706 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Through our congregation's generosity, last year we distributed 83 gifts to homeless or transitional housing families.
TIME TO DECORATE! - Plan to be a part of the transformation of the St. Paul Sanctuary and around the church as we prepare the church for Advent! The Advent Decorating will begin at 10:30am on Saturday, November 28th in preparation of the first Sunday of Advent and Hanging of the Green’s Sunday on Nov. 29th. All are welcome to help out. Contact Bob McFall to let him know you plan to help 703-590-0617 or by email, email@example.com.
FOOD DRIVE FOR WINTER BAGS! 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 green box at the church office. Items that are needed the most:
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!
Additional items that will be included in the bags - Ramen, Pasta & Pasta Sauce, Mac & Cheese, Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks. Donations of any of these items are appreciated!
ALL ARE CORDIALLY INIVTED – to “A Christmas Concert” presented by Ghana Wesley UMC Choir at St. Paul UMC on Saturday, December 5th at 7:00pm. Musical excerpts will include Handel’s Messiah. All are welcome to this free concert.
LORD’S FOOD PANTRY - The Lord's Pantry will be adding a day for clients to receive groceries on 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 we got a bottle each time, those numbers could really add up! Remember, our goal is 600 bags of food, so we need HUNDREDS of each item! Items can be dropped off in the green bin in the Work Room.
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 will be 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. If you would like to pre-order pecans, please contact Helen Hanna (703) 494-3086. Pecans will be for sale each Sunday beginning November 15th in the extended narthex outside the parlor. The UMW appreciates your support of its mission projects.
CONFIRMATION CALL! -Calling all 6th - 12th grade students who have an interest in learning and growing in their faith through Confirmation 2016! Confirmation class begins with a retreat with other Alexandria District Confirmation Classes on Friday, February 5th-6th at Camp Highroad and ends with Confirmation Sunday on Sunday, May 22th. 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 Sunday, January 10th 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.
TOYLAND IS COMING! – Once again, St. Paul will be sharing the Joy of Christmas with our community through our Toyland Toy Giveaway on Saturday, December 5th from 9am – Noon. You can help in several ways. TOY DRIVE - We are collecting gently used and new toys for children infant through teen. If your neighborhood, work, or school would be interested in collecting toys, consider having a box available to collect toys. Or, take this opportunity to clean out your family’s toy boxes. TOYLAND ELFS – As we receive donations, we will be having sorting and cleaning times. These times will be set-up in advance via e-mail. If you would like to help with sorting and cleaning toys in preparation for the toy giveaway, please send an email to the church office (email@example.com) with subject “Toyland Elf” TOYLAND VOLUNTEERS – we will need helpers on the day of our toyland giveaway, to assist shoppers, count items, manage flow, and much more. If you are interested in being a volunteer on Dec. 5th, please contact the church office (703-494-2445, firstname.lastname@example.org). BATTERY COLLECTION – Many of the toys that we receive need new batteries, or batteries are not included. We want each toy to be in working condition. If you would donate various sized batteries, this will allow us to be able to make the toys come alive!
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
IT'S NOT TOO LATE-- St. Paul's Spiritual Formation ministry is offering several short-term courses this fall. Come join us.
(1) The Gospel of John, Part I, is meeting at 10:00 a.m. between services in the library.
(2) 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.
CHILDRENS CHURCH AT 11AM - We invite all children ages 3 through 5th grade to join us for Children's Church! After "Children's Time" at the 11am service, children will be led next door to the chapel for an interactive time of worship and bible fun. Children's church will include music/praise time, prayer requests, and bible lessons/activities using our "All-In-One Bible Fun" curriculum. Parents - please pick up your children in the chapel after the 11am service. If you are interested in helping lead or assist with Children's Church, please contact Andrea (email@example.com).
CHERUB CHOIR - All children in Pre-K - 5th grade are welcome to join the St. Paul Children’s Choir, which we will name Cherub Choir. Cherub Choir will meet every Sunday morning at 9:45am in the Choir Room and following some singing, they will be led to 10am Sunday School. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Pick, Music Director (Ryan@stpaul-umc.org).
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!
NOBEMBER PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRATION: Treasure In Matthew 6:21 Jesus says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Be inspired by the image of treasure, and snap photos of the things in your daily life that shares this symbolism. Share your photo individually via e-mail titled “Treasure” to Amy@stpaul-umc.org or post to the St. Paul Facebook page (facebook.com/stpaulnova) or #Treasure on Twitter (@SPUMCNoVA) and Instagram (stpaulnova). Please note that sending your photo to St. Paul grants permission for that photo go be used in our various media options.
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 in addition there are two Adult Bible Studies offered during 10am - The Gospel of John a in the Library & The Renegade Gospel in B133