St. Paul United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 5-22-16
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 5-15-16
10:00am =202, Prayer Service = 13, The Lord’s Table = 45
Sunday School = 29, Worship Total = 260
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CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS - Save a stamp by finding your first Trimester contribution statements are available in the Narthex.
CONFIRMATION RECEPTION - A reception will be held in the social hall following the service in celebration or Confirmation class of 2016. Cake will be served. Please attend and congratulate our newest members.
YOU’RE INVITED - Woodbridge Home School Band directed by Ed Jones & Zuill Bailey will hold a program at 2:15pm in the Social Hall on Monday, May 23. All are invited to enjoy the special music of these young musicians.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & HYMN SING - July 10th at 5:00pm. Sign ups will begin in June 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.
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!
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, June 4th at 9:00am & 10:00am on Field #1. Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!
CHALLENGE UPDATE - Giving for “Our 2016 Challenge” has taken a nose dive in the last two weeks, averaging about $312, which is less than 20 percent of our weekly goal. We are very grateful for every gift and hope that everyone in our congregation will find some level of participation in the Challenge that is appropriate for him/her. Our response to the Challenge is a demonstration of our discipleship as a congregation. So, every member is encouraged to participate in the Challenge as you are able.
OUR 2016 CHALLENGE - Our 2016 Challenge has financial, service, and spiritual aspects. St. Paul UMC’s "challenge budget” challenges all in the congregation to give an extra $2.25 per day -- less than the cost of a cup of coffee. Any amount -- $1 or 50 cents a day -- would be helpful to eliminate a projected deficit. When we strive to be loyal followers and disciples of Jesus, we make Him the linchpin of our lives, and we make a continuous, earnest effort to fulfill our church membership vows “to faithfully participate in [church] ministries by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.
WAY TO GO ST. PAUL & GHANA WESLEY - We did it! We packaged 25,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now in less than 2 hours as part of the Change the World weekend! These meals will help to change the world by providing nourishment for individuals and families around the world! What a joy to worship and work in mission together! Thank you all for being a part of this special event. Change the World weekend is in May every year. How will we change the world in 2017?
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!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - June 20-24 - 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! To volunteer, or to register, contact Michelle Rowe (703-357-5524) or the church office or visit www.stpaul-umc.org/vbs.
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 May we will be collecting nail clippers
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!
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! Like us at—www.facebook.com/stpaulnova
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!