St. Paul United Methodist Church
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 6-28-15
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 6-21-15
9:00 = 63, 11:00 = 102, Lord’s Table = 43
Sunday School = 75, Worship Total = 208
CHURCH PICNIC SCHEDULED! SAVE THE DATE - September 27th at Veteran’s Park.
NEW LIBRARY CART - The Library Cart is in memory of William (Bill) Clarke Sr., The Library was originally started by the Clarke Family and this is a wonderful gift in honor of Bill. Please stop by the back of the Social Hall (9AM) or Narthex(11AM) to see the new addition. Donna Bolton, Librarian
THANK YOU FROM DONNA - I want to thank everyone for the prayers, posts, cards, and the Seeker's SS Class for the beautiful flowers. The attendance at Frank "E" funeral was overwhelming. Special thanks to Amy Miller for the bulletin and I am still hearing comments about what a GREAT job pastor Larry died officiating. What a wonderful church family. Donna
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & HYMN SING - . Sign ups will begin today on the attendance sheet in the bulletin. Come for a casual evening to sing your favorite hymns and enjoy ice cream with your choice of toppings.
SUMMER CLOTHING - We have received generous donations of clothing throughout the year! As of now, in order to meet the current needs, we will ONLY be collecting SUMMER clothing. Donations may be placed in the Clothing Closet collection cart in the extended narthex.
SHOPPING BAGS - Each time that we open the Lord’s Clothing Closet, clients leave with 30 items (per family) of clothing! These items of clothing do not fit well into regular-sized grocery bags. We are seeking larger, shopping bags to use as we serve the community with clothing. Donations of shopping bags can be placed in the Clothing Closet collection cart in the extended narthex. Regular grocery bags are still being collected for our Lord’s Pantry and are appreciated!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - What a great week of Vacation Bible School! We had over 118 students attend this week filled with Bible stories, lessons, games, crafts, snacks, science, and music! Many thanks to all of the volunteers who made this week possible! Now, let us all go forward with the lessons learned to MOVE as God instructs, ACT with God, CARE for others, FOLLOW God, AND SHARE God’s Love
MISSION ENCOUNTER -(formerly called School of Christian Missions) will be July 24-26, 2015, at Blackstone Conference & Retreat Center. Mission Encounter is an opportunity for men, women, youth, and children, as well as clergy to learn about being partners together in God's global mission and t grow spiritually through study and worship. Mission Encounter is co-sponsored by the Virginia Conference United Methodist Women and the Virginia Conference Board of Global Ministries. Registration forms can be found on the info. table in the narthex or by going to the UMW website: www.vaumw.org or the Virginia Conference website: www.vaumc.org. For any questions, call Nancy West, 73-221-1372.
GOD’S WORK DOESN’T TAKE A VACATION - The summer season is upon us. Many of us will be taking time off to relax, to visit friends or family, to get away. Please remember that the work of the church doesn’t take time off. Your pledges, offerings, and gifts are just as important to God’s work through Saint Paul UMC in the summertime as they are in any other season. There are several ways you can be sure your contributions will continue the works of the church while you are away:
· Electronic bill payment through your bank
· Electronic fund transfer from your bank
(contact Tom Davies to set this in motion Tom.Davies@stpaul-UMC.org )
· Make your contribution before your time away
· Mail your contribution to the church with the notation “Attention Tom Davies” on the envelope
SAMARITAN PROGRAM At the heart of the mission of Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc. (VUMH) is the Samaritan Program, a benevolent fund which provides financial assistance to residents who have outlived their monetary resources and, through no fault of their own, can no longer afford the full cost of their care. From the establishment of VUMH in the 1940s, the mission of the communities of VUMH has been to provide facilities, services, and programs to enhance the quality of life for older persons. As the needs and expectations of seniors have evolved and shifted, VUMH communities have grown and changed, too. Today's communities (including The Hermitage of Northern VA) are vibrant, enriching centers for a diverse group of residents enjoying retirement living as well as those who need support through assisted living, skilled nursing, and specialized memory care. Contributions may now be made to the Samaritan Program Offering. Envelopes are available on the table in the narthex for direct mailing to this program or you may place your contribution (marked VUMH Samaritan Program) in the offering plate. Your contribution will go directly to the financial support of residents in need and will not be used for operational, capital, or administrative costs.
THE COOKIE MONSTER NEEDS COOKIES – our fellowship hour cookie supply is low! If you are a baker or find a good deal on the cookie aisle when shopping, please help us to stock up for fellowship hour!
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY - Are you wondering what you can do to worship your Lord more fully? Have you thought about how others serve? We are encouraged, even more, expected to serve our Lord with our minds, words, attendance, and especially our love. How can I serve, you say? I would ask that you consider being a part of the Ushering Team that faithfully perform a very important part of worship each Sunday morning. As an usher you present the warmth of our congregation by ensuring our members receive a bulletin and, if needed, assistance in finding a place to sit and participate in the service. An usher assists the congregation during the offering and the Lord’s Table. All of these seemingly simple acts are an important part of worship and show love to our Lord. We are in need of more ushers and would enjoy having you work with the team in the pursuit of worship through service. If you would like to help, please contact me, or any of the ushers serving each Sunday morning to become involved. Thank you for considering this vital work, Bob McFall, 571-236-2622
PUMPKINS ARE COMING! -The Pumpkin Patch is only a summer away! This will be the 4th year that our church and community unite to enjoy pumpkins throughout the month of October as we raise fund for the Children & Youth’s Winter Bag Project. The goal this year (after tithing 10% of proceeds to the St. Paul General Fund) is to provide 600 food bags for elementary school students on free/reduced lunch over winter break!
The pumpkins will arrive on Saturday, October 3rd at 8:00am! All are invited to unload the pumpkins and transform the Bubb I yard into a pumpkin patch! Special events will include: Fall Festival & Corn Hole Contest, Yard Sale & Vendor Fair, “Drive in” Movie night, and Trunk-or-Treat with a Costume Contest! Save the weekends in October for lots of fun for all ages!
JOIN THE SOUND TEAM - The sound team has opportunities for more team members for the 11am services! Help to ensure that the service is able to be heard by the congregation, in addition to helping those who were unable to attend by recording the service for CD mailings and for the website. The sound system is an easy-to-learn system - If you are comfortable with operating your home devices, this will be a great fit for you. Contact Amy Miller (703-494-2445, firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
SEND IN YOUR PHOTO! - Having a face to go with a name, a ministry, or a family is an important way to connect us as a church and to strengthen fellowship and ministry with one another. Not to mention, it is an important part of our church’s history! Please make sure that your photo is included! If you were unable to get your photo taken in April, please send an informal digital family photo via e-mail to me (Amy@stpaul-umc.org) to be included. Once all of the photos have been collected, we will be able to create the directory, which will be available in three different ways, in print form, online form, and on a free downloadable app form for your smart phone! We hope to have a completed directory by the Summer!
SUMMER SHORT-TERM STUDY - A study on the first 12 chapters of the Gospel of John (the seven sign miracles) is being held in the social hall at 10:00 on Sunday morning between services. All are welcome.
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!
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.
JUNE PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRATION: LIGHT OF THE WORLD In Luke 10:27 Matthew 5:14 as part of his sermon on the mount, Jesus says to his followers, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden” and in John 8:12 Jesus says: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Be inspired by these two ways that Jesus uses light, snap photos of the things in your daily life that share this message. Share your photo individually via e-mail titled “Light of the World” to Amy@stpaul-umc.org or post to the St. Paul Facebook page (facebook.com/stpaulnova) or #LightOfTheWorld 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.
HOPE GROWS GALA - A fundraising dinner, dance, and auction to support and celebrate 20 years of the mission of Rising Hope. Save the Date, Friday October 2, 2015 7pm at Waterford at Springfield (6715 Commerce St.). Donations of goods and services for the auction are gratefully accepted. Fore details or to learn other ways you can help, contact Sharon Emory at email@example.com. For more information about Rising Hope UMMC, visit www.risinghomeumc.org and www.facebook.com/risinghope
ST. PAUL UMC SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Time Age Level Name Location__
9, 10, &11am Newborn-age 3 Infants/Toddlers Nursery B219
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 thru Kindergarten Room D156
11:00 1st &2nd Grade Room D158
Christian Education materials are provided for children during the 9:00 Awakening Service.
At the 11:00 service, children 3rd grade & older are encouraged to worship with their families.
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.