St. Paul United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 6-19-16
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 6-12-16
9:00am = 52, 11:00am = 109, Prayer Service = 12
The Lord’s Table = 54, Potomac Place = 34
Sunday School = 97, Worship Total = 261
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FATHER’S DAY - On this Father's Day the UM Women of St. Paul UM Church have made a donation to Heart Havens in honor of all fathers. Heart Havens, begun in 1993 through the VA Conference of the UM Church, builds and supports homes where adults with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to live in a family setting while making personal choices, achieving individual goals and contributing to the surrounding community. There are currently 11 Heart Havens Homes in VA.
LEADING WORSHIP TODAY - while Pastor Larry is away at Virginia Annual Conference, the Faith Sunday School class will be leading both worship services today. The Faith Sunday School Class is composed of St. Paul young adults and parents, mostly in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. The Faith Class meets in room A103 on Sunday mornings at 10am for fellowship, study and discussion.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & HYMN SING - July 10th at 5:00pm. Sign ups 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.
MISSION ENCOUNTER - Mission Encounter (formerly School of Christian Mission) will be held July 29-31, 2016 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. Mission Encounter is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society. It is open to everyone: clergy and laity, men and women, adults and children. A .5 CEU is available. Mission Encounter class offerings are: Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action; The Bible and Human Sexuality; and Latin America People and Faith. Some Mission Encounter brochures can be found on the information table in the extended narthex. Online registration is also available at www.vaumc.org/MissionEncounter. For further information please contact Nancy West at 703-221-1372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Friday, June 24th at 6:30pm & 7:30pm on Field #3. Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!
OUR 2016 CHALLENGE – St. Paul UMC’s "challenge budget” is based on 100 givers stepping forward to give an extra $2.25 per day. If you do not find you are able now to contribute an extra $2.25 a day, prayerfully consider an extra $0.50 or $1. The challenge to be fully engaged as United Methodists is one that we all share through faith and action.
CHALLENGE UPDATE (June 19) – Last week, the congregation gave $583.50 to Our 2016 Challenge. That’s about 37 percent of our weekly goal. For the year so far, total Challenge contributions are $17,433.29, which is about 58 percent of our goal to date. Many thanks to everyone who has accepted Our 2016 Challenge. We are very grateful for every gift. Your generosity and sacrifice supports local and global ministries.
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 email@example.com to get started!
RESTRUCTURE COMMITTEE - A team has been working for the last couple of months to develop a possible way to restructure how we make decisions here at St. Paul. They have looked at the pros and cons from other churches that have restructured and interviewed knowledgeable people from local churches that have restructured. They have come up with a St. Paul Model that should streamline decision making, increase communication, improve coordination between mission teams, make clearer the areas of responsibility and make better use of our laity without losing sight of our primary mission which is to make disciples. They will be making their presentation to the Church Council on Wednesday, June 29, at 7:30 and all are welcome to be present.
SUMMER CLOTHING - The Lord’s Clothing Closet is now accepting summer clothing donations. Special needs for: MEN’s shirts, shorts and shoes, and for BABY BOY clothes. Donations can be dropped off in the grocery cart near the nursery. Thank you!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - THIS WEEK - 9:00am - 12:30pm - Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love! Children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to catch a wave of God’s amazing love at the Surf Shack! The adventure includes music, Bible fun, science, crafts, mission, snacks and games!
SNACK DONATIONS: Donations of fruit (apples, seedless grapes and oranges) are being collected TODAY and Monday.
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
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.
4) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
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! Like us at—www.facebook.com/stpaulnova
CHURCH PICNIC SCHEDULED!
SAVE THE DATE—September 11th at At Veteran’s Park