St. Paul United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 11-20-16
9:00am = 49, 11:00am = 92, Prayer Service = 11, The Lord’s Table = 68, Potomac Place = 29
Sunday School = 92, Worship Total = 249
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ALTAR FLOWERS - are given today:
In memory of John Pfeiffer from Dee Pfeiffer.
In loving memory of Jack Graham from his family.
EAT OUT FOR HUNGER - Brixx Pizza - TONIGHT 5pm—9pm - eat out at Brixx Pizza at Stonebridge and a percentage of your pizza purchase sales will go toward our Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Fundraising! St. Paul will be packaging meals for world hunger through the third annual Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event on May 21, 2017. In order to reach our goal of 25,000 meals, we are hosting regular "Eat out for Hunger" to raise funds. Each meal that we package costs less than $.20, so every dollar makes a difference!
AMAZON SHOPPING FOR ST. PAUL - attention Amazon shoppers! If you ever purchase items using the Amazon website, you can help St. Paul receive 0.5% from eligible purchases. This could add up over time! It’s easy, instead of going to “Amazon.com” go to “Smile.Amazon.com” and select “St. Paul United Methodist Church Woodbridge VA” as your recipient of Amazon Smiles. Once you have logged in, you purchase as usual! To find our smile account directly—go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0657606
UMW ADVENT BREAKFAST – The Woodbridge Sub-District UMW Advent Breakfast will be Saturday, December 3rd, 9-11 AM at Good Shepherd UMC, 14999 Birchdale Ave., off Dale Boulevard. 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 a special time of food and fellowship together with United Methodist Women in Woodbridge.
THE 2016 ANGEL TREE - The Angel Tree Project begins on Sunday, November 27 and runs through Sunday, December 18th. Please take an Angel Tag(s) from the Angel Tree in the narthex and purchase a gift for the Lord’s Table guest listed. These folks come to the Lord’s Table weekly dinners – some live outdoors, in shelters, or transitional housing. Please WRAP your gift, SECURE the Angel tag on the package, and return the gift to the Church no later than Sunday, December 18th. Gifts returned on Sunday may be placed under the tree or in the basket provided. Gifts returned Monday through Friday should be placed in the CHURCH OFFICE. Please place Gift Cards in a wrapped box or gift bag. Gifts will be distributed at the Lord’s Table Christmas dinner on December 22nd. Additional Information is available at the Angel Tree. If you have any questions or need suggestions for gift sources, please contact Beverley Feltault. Through your generosity, last year we distributed 125 gifts to homeless/shelter or transitional housing families. Thank you and have a Blessed Christmas season.
CHRISTMAS BRUNCH - Join your church family to welcome in the Advent Season with our annual Christmas Brunch on Dec 4th at noon (after the 11:00) worship service. We will serve breakfast casseroles, bacon, and pancakes (along with juice and coffee). There will be gifts for our little folks (under age 10), songs, smiles, and some giggles too. Half of all the funds donated to our Love Offering Jar will go toward the St. Paul Winter Bag Project. What do you need to bring? You’ll need a hand of friendship, a voice of joy, and a heart filled with gratitude. Sign up on the back of the attendance sheet today!
THE PECANS ARE HERE! - The annual United Methodist Women’s pecan sale is a great opportunity to buy pecans for your holiday baking and for Christmas gifts. The pecans have arrived and will be for sale outside the parlor in the extended narthex each Sunday. 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 UMW. Pre-ordered pecans can be picked up outside the parlor. If you didn’t order pecans, we will have pecans available for sale each Sunday until they are all sold. If you want to order pecans, please contact Helen Hanna or Susan Piccione.
STEWARDSHIP — Most sincere thanks to all who submitted Estimate of Giving cards for 2017. To date, 55 church members have generously committed $376,000 to our mission and ministry. More cards are expected, and some members who are regular and generous givers chose to contribute without providing an Estimate of Giving card. Your gifts help St. Paul UMC embody our vision to be “Christian disciples who are blessed with a sense of tradition, empowered by the love of Jesus Christ, committed to spiritual growth, and dedicated to serve the needs of our community and our world.” Please continue to pray for our church, and thank you again for supporting the ministry and mission of St. Paul UMC.
CALLING INSTRUMENTALISTS - If you play or used to (and can still play) an instrument, please see Ryan Pick or email him (email@example.com) ASAP for a special Christmas Eve surprise!
GHANA WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CHOIR PRESENTS - “A CHRISTMAS CONCERT” with a string quintet. All are cordially invited to attend this concert on Saturday, December 3, 7:00pm—8:30pm.
MATTHEW 28:18-20 PROJECT - Check out the table at the front of the social hall and examine copies of many of the books which are available free if you are considering leading a neighborhood study group. Additional information about this effort to take St. Paul out into our communities is available on the table.
PHOTOART SALE - Our own, Ken Meardon, will set-up a sampling of his artwork for sale following both services on Sunday, December 18th. A wide variety of material will be available, ranging from notecards to matted prints to frame prints to photoart on canvas to multi-level photoart in shadowboxes. Prices will range from about $1.50 for notecards up to about $200 for some of the multi-level photoart. Roughly 35% of the sales to go to the Challenge Fund.
FEED MY SHEEP - In the Gospel of John (21:17) we read, "...Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." St. Paul invites the Children to bring a shelf-stable food item (canned good or boxed food) up with them to the Children's Time to be placed in a special basket. This food will be blessed and become part of the St. Paul UMC outreach program.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO OPEN CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNINGS - St Paul needs more than the two volunteers we now have to open the Church on Sunday mornings. You would not need to arrive before 8:30 a.m. and it only takes about 20 minutes to unlock four exterior doors and 12 interior doors throughout the Church. If we can get at least two more openers, we can rotate the opening responsibilities on a weekly or monthly basis, whichever is most convenient. Please contact Tom Davies, Property Manager if you are willing to help. Thank you.
JOIN THE HOSPITALITY TEAM - Your Hospitality Committee is in need of some additional helpers, hands, and ideas. We have a wonderful time planning the social events for our church family. We meet once a month on the 2nd Thursday at 11:00 (we’ve even been known to go out & have lunch ). Please prayerfully consider donating a small amount of your time to this worthy cause. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jimmie Bryant or any member of the Hospitality Team. We thank you.
The more we do together, the more we feel like a family. The more we feel like a family, the more we want to participate. The more we participate, the more the community sees us as a loving/active church. The more we get the reputation as a loving/active church, the more people want to join in. (Just a thought)
CHALLENGE UPDATE - Challenge giving for the first two weeks of November is $1,585.50. Financial contributions to the Challenge are “second-mile” offerings with congregants challenged to give an extra $2.25 per day (roughly the cost of a cup of coffee) to more fully support the ministries of the church. However, any amount, even 50 cents a day, contributed by each person in the congregation would be helpful to enable St. Paul UMC to better serve the needs of our community and beyond. Thanks to all who contribute to the Challenge.
MUSICAL HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH - The Chancel Choir is a fun-loving bunch of vocal musicians dedicated to promoting the spiritual and musical growth of St. Paul by providing quality choral music during the 11:00AM Service as well as Christmas, Easter, and other events throughout the year. We meet on Thursday nights at 7:30 in the choir room downstairs. Join us!
CLOTHING CLOSET VOLUNTEERS - Be a part of the wonderful ministry of sharing clothing with our community by joining the Clothing Closet volunteer team. If you have daytime (Tuesday afternoon) hours to offer sorting and or, are available for the Lord’s Clothing Closet distribution dates (1st and 3rd Thursdays 3pm—5pm). All are welcome to be a part of this outreach team. Contact Ann Mauk to join the team.
CALLING ALL DEAL-FINDERS & GROCERY SHOPPERS! Through December 4th, St. Paul will be collecting specific items for the Children & Youth's 5th 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 off in the designated grocery cart, or at the church office. Items to start shopping for: CEREAL (20 oz or less), RICE, BEANS, RAMEN NOODLES, PASTA, CANNED PASTA SAUCE, MACARONI & CHEESE, GRANOLA BARS, FRUIT SNACKS. Please consider taking this list to your workplace or neighborhood, for a food drive! Thank you for your support of this project!
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
NEW SANCTUARY ENTRANCE DOORS! Check out the new Sanctuary Entry doors! They add beauty, warmth and openness to the front of our church. The entire cost of this wonderful addition to our building has been paid for by designated monies given by Scott Atkinson and his friends in his memory.
CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve Worship
Saturday, December 24th
Informal Family Christmas Story Service
Nursery service available
Christmas Eve Communion & Candlelight Service
(the youth will host a live nativity scene in the
Sanctuary at the closing of the service)
Nursery service available
Sunday, December 25th
St. Paul Congregation has been invited to attend Ghana Wesley UMC’s Traditional Christmas Day worship service
10:00am in the Sanctuary