St. Paul United Methodist Church
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 1-25-15
NEW YEAR, NEW OFFICE HOURS
Beginning January 5th, the Church Office Hours will change to
Monday through Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm.
Please take note of this change and help spread the word.
MID-WEEK PRAYER SERVICE - Pastor Larry offers a mid-week on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm, consisting of a 30 minute prayer time to allow all who would like an injection of "the Spirit" to see us through till Sunday. The short time permits those who often have other meetings at church to be able to attend as well.
CHILI LUNCHEON - Is this weather making you feel chilly? Warm yourself up with a big bowl of chili. Our church chili luncheon will be on Feb 8 at 12:15 in the Social Hall. Please join your church family for fun and fellowship.
PENNIES FOR PROPANE - Winter temperatures are here, and many of our homeless friends lack the financial resources to buy propane to keep themselves warm. Without propane, many of the homeless will experience days and nights of extreme cold. To address this situation, all who are interested in helping the homeless in this important area are asked to make a donation to “Pennies for Propane.” If a sufficient number of the congregation each donate the equivalent of $5,000 pennies—$50.00, we can continue to provide propane to the homeless. Please consider a cash or check contribution to “Pennies for Propane.” Your check can be made out to Saint Paul United Methodist Church with “Pennies for Propane” on the memo line. This should be in addition to any current financial commitment to Saint Paul. Note that cold weather is already upon us, so please help address this need as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.
COMING IN FEBRUARY – a Lenten sermon and lesson series based upon Adam Hamilton’s book Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It. Pastor Larry will preach a six week sermon series based upon Revival from February 22nd through March 29th. During the same period, the adult Sunday School classes will study the same series, and we will offer a variety of classes covering the same lesson material at different times throughout the week to make it as convenient as possible for all of you to participate in the study. Plan now to join with one of our standing Sunday School classes (Bethany, Faith, Seekers, or Upper Room) or to participate in one of the small group studies. Join us as we remember our Wesleyan heritage and renew the spirit of our church. See the insert in today’s bulletin for more information.
JOIN A REVIVAL STUDY! - The whole church is encouraged to get involved in the Revival Small Group studies that will accompany the Revival Sermon Series February 22—March 29th. All Sunday School classes, including Children and Youth classes will be joining in the study, or there are several weekday studies available.
Fill out the form below, tear it off and place it in the offering plate OR sign-up in the Social Hall
REVIVAL STUDY SIGN-UP
______ Saturdays 9:30am—11:00am Led by: Larry Craddock & Diane Alley
______ Mondays 10:30am—12:00pm Led by: Brad Benson & Marc Safley
______ Mondays 7:00pm—8:30pm Led by: Gail Sztanko & Mike Wilson
______ Tuesdays 7:00pm—8:30pm Led by: Chris Caseman & Clint Holt
______ Wednesday Home Meeting 1:30pm on Kingswood Court in Lakeridge Led by: Donna Bolton
ALTAR ARRANGEMENTS - There are a few artificial flower arrangements that we use for our Sanctuary. Some of them are showing their age. I am working to replace them. If you have donated any artificial flowers in the past and would like to have them back please let me know by February 1. - Donna Bolton 703-314-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LIFELINE SCREENING - St. Paul UMC will be hosting a Life Line screening on Wednesday, Jan. 28th. This screening offers early detection screenings for stroke, diabetes and heart disease. If you are interested in this preventive health screening, or know someone who may be, see the pink flyer on the table outside of the narthex, or call 1-888-653-6450 to pre-register for your appointment.
NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN CONFIRMATION 2015! - All 6th - 12th grade students interested in taking a deeper look at their faith in the process of confirming their faith are welcome to join the class of 2015. Class starts with a retreat to Camp Highroad on January 30-31. Register with Amy Miller no later than January 20th! (Amy@stpaul-umc.org, 703-494-2445).
HEALTH KITS FOR 2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - The United Methodist Women are beginning to collect materials for Health Kids for 2015 Annual Conference.
We will emphasize one required item each month.
In January we are asking for hand towels, 15” x 25” to 17” x 27”
(please, no kitchen towels or microfiber towels)
There is also a need for toothbrushes in the kit - think of asking your dentist for a donation at your next checkup. Also be mindful an entire kit can be purchased for a donation of $12.00. Thanks to all for helping us reach our goal for 200 kits!
JANUARY PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRATION: BODY OF CHRIST 1 Corinthians 12:4-5 & 27 says “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord.” “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” Be inspired by this scripture and snap photos of the things in your daily life that share this message of unity. Share your photo individually via e-mail titled “Body of Christ” to Amy@stpaul-umc.org or post to the St. Paul Facebook page (facebook.com/stpaulnova) or #StPaulBodyofChrist on Twitter and Instagram.
JOIN THE SOUND TEAM - The sound team has opportunities for more team members for the 11am services! Help to insure 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, email@example.com) to sign up.
FLOWER SIGN-UPS - Each Sunday, throughout the year, altar flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory or in honor of family members and friends. If you would like to donate altar flowers for Sunday services in memory of your loved ones, please sign your name on the flower sign-up sheet located on a kiosk in the Social Hall. The cost is $35 for arrangements and $1.50 for carnations. You can place payment for flowers in the offering plate, just be sure to make a notation of “altar flowers” on your check and/or envelope. Thank you for the worship flowers we have received for 2014! Lake Ridge Florest at Tackett’s Mill has done a wonderful job. The new 2015 sign up chart is in the Social Hall. Contact Donna Bolton (703-314-5111 firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
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.
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!
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.
PIANO CONCERT - The Woodbridge Music Club invites you to attend what is sure to be an exciting piano concert on January 24. Performing will be renowned concert pianist Marianna Prevalskaya. This free and open to the public concert will be held Jan 24th at 7pm at the Westminster at Lake Ridge Retirement Center (Clipper Drive, Woodbridge, VA) For more information on Marianna, please visit her web site: www.mariannaprjevalskaya.com.
If Prince William County closes schools, there will be NO morning church activities and the church office will be closed until 1pm, unless road conditions seem to require a full day closure. If the office opens at 1pm then afternoon and evening activities will be evaluated and posted on the website and church office voicemail (option #4). If PWC schools have a delayed opening, the church office will have a corresponding delayed opening. For weekend closures:
1) check our website www.stpaul-umc.org for scrolling information in red lettering or
2) check the church office mailbox (703-494-2445 select option #4)