St. Paul United Methodist Church
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 5-1-16
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 4-24-16
9:00 = 79, 11:00 = 167, Prayer Service = 12, The Lord’s Table = 52
Sunday School = 121, Worship Total = 346
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WHITE FLOWER - The white flower on the altar is given in memory of Nicole Mittendorff, who’s memorial service was held on Thursday, April 28th. Christian sympathies and prayers may be sent to Steven Mittendorff c/o St. Paul UMC 1400 G Street, Woodbridge 22191.
ST. PAUL SOFTBALL TEAM! – St. Paul has once again joined the Christian Fellowship Softball League. We invite you to pray for the team throughout the season, and to come and cheer for your St. Paul family and friends at their games. The next games will be at the PNats Stadium on Saturday, May 7th at 9:00am & 10:00am on Field #1. Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!
SPRING SALAD LUNCHEON - Please join us on TODAY after the 11:00 service to celebrate the beginning of Spring with a salad luncheon. Many pot-luck salads will be shared along with drinks and dessert provided by Hospitality.
ATTENTION GRADUATES & FAMILIES! High School, College, and Graduate School- Are you a December 2015 or May/June 2016 graduate, or do you have a grad in your family? St. Paul UMC would like to recognize this accomplishment in June with a recognition and small gift. Please email the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Grad Name, Diploma/Degree, School, Plans for next year, and name of family.
SUMMER CLOTHING - The Lord’s Clothing Closet is now accepting summer clothing donations. Donations can be dropped off in the grocery cart near the nursery. Thank you!
EAT OUT FOR HUNGER - St. Paul has a goal of packaging over 25,000 meals on May 15th with Stop Hunger Now! Each meal costs $.29 for supplies and packaging. You can help! Plan to eat out on any or all of the following days, and a portion of your meal’s cost will go toward the cost of meals for those who hunger around the world! Mark your calendars now, and invite your friends and neighbors to join in a meal for a GREAT cause!
Tuesday, May 3rd - Chili’s (Potomac Mills) dine 11am - 11pm - present provided flyer, 20% of sale
CHALLENGE UPDATE - We started “Our 2016 Challenge” on Feb. 7, and for the 10 Sundays through mid-April, the total challenge giving was $9,512, averaging about $951 per week. This is about 60 percent of our goal. The weekly average is somewhat skewed upward because two families gave their entire annual contribution to the Challenge in March. Again, many thanks to everyone who has accepted the Challenge! If you have not, we ask you to prayerfully consider joining in on the Challenge to ensure that St. Paul UMC can more appropriately serve our congregants, our community, and beyond.
UMW BI-DISTRICT DAY APART - May 21 - "Loving the Other: a program on Racial Justice." On Saturday, May 21, 9:00 AM-3:00PM, the UMW Alexandria and Arlington Districts will hold its 7th annual "UMW Bi-District Day Apart." at Annandale UMC. Rev. Dr. Youtha Hardman-Cromwell, recently retired professor of Wesley Seminary, will lead a dynamic program through Biblical scripture, conversation and reflections on our cultural identities as it relates to racism, prejudice and bigotry. She is noted for her long and distinguished career of service to the United Methodist Church, and her respected leadership position on several boards, including chair of the Commission on Religion and Race.
Registration deadline is by May 15. Cost is $15 which includes breakfast and lunch. This program is not limited to United Methodist Women -- Men and Teens are invited, too! Register to Brenda Romenius, email@example.com or mail check made out to "UMW Alexandria District" to Brenda Romenius at 413 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. Nancy West, Alexandria District UMW President, and a member of St. Paul, is happy to answer any questions CONTACT.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - June 20-24 - 9:30am - 12:30pm - Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love! Join us for a week of music, stories, games, snacks and more!
CHILDREN'S TEACHING ASSISTANTS NEEDED - If you like to work with children, I have a wonderful opportunity for you to participate in the St Paul 2016 challenge! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! NO PREPARATION NEEDED...except for a joyful and willing heart for the Lord, of course. Did you know that every Sunday morning at St Paul, there are dedicated teachers and parents making disciples of our children? At 10am we provide children's Sunday School and at 11am we provide Children's Church. But we could use YOUR help as an assistant at either of these programs. As an assistant, you would be an extra set of hands to the teacher--helping with snack time, crafts, and potty breaks (all children are potty-trained). We don't need you every Sunday — even volunteering once a month or every other month would be a tremendous help. Contact Andrea Ker firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
ST. PAUL CHANGE THE WORLD EVENT - MAY 15, 2016 - Change the World is a denomination-wide event where United Methodists around the world pull together for a weekend of service to help Change the World in a way that is significant and visible. 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. 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. Stop Hunger Now distributes food and other lifesaving aid to vulnerable children and families around the world, and works to help end hunger. Our goal for 2016 is to package 25,000 meals. We cannot succeed without your participation. Please join us to make this event a symbol of the spirit and compassion of our church.
OUR 2016 CHALLENGE - Christians, trusting in Jesus Christ for their salvation, are called to witness to him as Lord to all people (Acts 1:8). We witness to our Lord through words that tell of his grace, through deeds of service and social change that demonstrate his love, and through our life together in the Christian community, exhibiting God’s power to heal, reconcile, and unite.* We also witness through our support of “Our 2016 Challenge,” which enables us to support additional ministries and to meet our obligations to the Alexandria District and Virginia Conference.
*From the UMC Book of Resolutions, Called to Be Neighbors and Witnesses: Guidelines for Interreligious Relationships.
BUBB II HOUSE - our property on Occoquan Road will be available for rent beginning August 1st. This is a wonderful single family home with three bedrooms, two full baths, a separate dining room, and a finished basement. The suggested rent is $1,600 per month. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please contact Tom Davies, property manager at 703-494-2445 or Tom.Davies@stpaul-umc.org
FREE CONCERT - the Woodbridge Music Club presents Marianna Prjevalskaya, pianist. You are invited to this free concert on Saturday, May 14th at 7:00pm here at St. Paul.
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 April we will be collecting hand towels, 15" X 25" to 17" X 27"
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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