St. Paul United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Below are the announcements from the Epistle Plus for 8-21-16
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 8-14-16
9:00am = 61, 11:00am = 85, Prayer Service = 12
The Lord’s Table = 58, Potomac Place = 30
Sunday School = 85, Worship Total = 246
Have you included Saint Paul UMC in your legacy planning?
WHITE FLOWER - The white flower on the altar is in memory of Gary Montclair who passed away on August 16th. Cards of Sympathy may be sent to: Debby Montclair, 14301 Fairmont Ct., Woodbridge 22193
Arrangements: Visitation – Sunday, Aug 21, 2pm – 4pm at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home in Dale City
Funeral – Monday, Aug. 22, 10:30am at St. Paul UMC
RESTRUCTURE INFORMATION– Vote this week. A team has been working 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. This St. Paul Model was presented at the June Church Council meeting. Copies of the narrative of this presentation are available through the church office. Please request a copy of the narrative (firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-494-2445) and feel free to bring your questions/comments/suggestions to the Restructure Sub-Committee:
Brad Benson (email@example.com), Andrea Ker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Donna Pollard (email@example.com), Gabe Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BLESSING OF BACKPACKS - As we begin a new school year, we invite all students (of all ages) and teachers (of all ages) to bring their backpacks, planners, or other school items and be a part of a special blessing on NEXT SUNDAY, August 28th at both services.
UMW COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES - The UMW will again be collecting school supplies, but we will be doing it a little differently this year. We are requesting donations of only five specific items: marble composition notebooks, spiral composition notebooks (regular ruled), 24-count crayons, pencils, and pocket folders. We ask that you limit your donations to these five items. We will be collecting items through August so that you can take advantage of school supply sales, but we will wait until January to distribute the supplies to four elementary schools in our area: Occoquan, Kilby, Elizabeth Vaughn, and Marumsco Hills. By January, schools will need to replenish supplies and we hope to be able to meet those needs with your help. Again, we ask that you limit your donations to the five requested items which are those needed year-round in grades K-5. Donations can be left in the designated container in the extended narthex. Thank you for your support.
MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST - All 6th - 12th Graders are invited to join the J-Connection Youth Group, Sundays 5:30—6:30pm (Pizza Supper Provided). Our 2016-2017 theme is - “My Identity in Christ” - Jesus gives several stories about how Christians have a special identity. Join us as we explore these stories. Contact Amy Miller for more information - email@example.com/ 703-494-2445
FALL BALL - ADULT FORMAL - Plan to attend a great evening of dancing, decorations and fellowship at the Fall Ball on Saturday, October 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm in the Social Hall. Make a fun night of it and invite your friends and neighbors! Tickets will be on sale throughout September for $25 per person in the Social Hall following worship. The dance includes appetizer foods, punch, entertainment and optional fundraising cash events. Dress is semi-formal and the social hall will be transformed into a dance atmosphere. This event is the sole fundraiser for the Children and Youth Winter Bags Mission Project - providing supplemental food for elementary school students on free/reduced lunch over the 10 day winter break.
CHALLENGE UPDATE – (Aug. 21) – Praise God for all the generous givers at St. Paul who contributed $1,655.50 so far in August for St. Paul UMC’s 2016 Challenge. While that’s a little more than half of our goal for a two-week period, we are very grateful for every gift in support of the ministries at St. Paul and throughout our connectional denomination. Your generosity is enabling us to fund our ministry teams at an adequate level and to pay more of our apportionments, which is our fair share to support the ministries of our District, our Conference, and the United Methodist Church.
ST. PAUL PRAYER CHAIN - Did you know that St. Paul has a confidential prayer chain that is actively praying for private concerns that are shared? To have your joy or concern shared with this ministry simply fill out a prayer request card or contact the church office (703-494-2445, firstname.lastname@example.org). You will have the option to have the Pastor, Prayer Chain, and/or the Sunday congregation in prayer.
HIGHER EDUCATION CONTACTS - Do you have a college student in your family? We would like to collect the names and contact information for the St. Paul current college students so that we can reach out to them and encourage them through their studies. Please share the following information by contacting the church office (email@example.com, 703-494-2445) or Nancy Caseman (firstname.lastname@example.org): Name, School, Address, Phone Number, Email.
LADIES, TODAY’S THE DAY!! - All women of St. Paul UM Church are invited to an "Indoor Picnic" on Today at 5:00PM in the church fellowship hall. Join in a time of good food, great fellowship, and lots of fun. Please bring your favorite picnic dish to share. Table service and beverages will be provided. Invite friends and neighbors to come with you!
PLASTIC BAGS - The Lord’s Pantry and the Lord’s Clothing Closet are always in need of plastic bags. The Pantry uses the regularly sized bags, while the clothing closet uses larger plastic bags. Thank you for remembering these ministries as you unload your shopping items.
MUSIC FOR SUMMER - Now that we are in the summer months, the Saint Paul Music Department would love any and all who wish to present a musical offering to our Lord to please contact Ryan Pick (email@example.com).
SUMMER CLOTHING - The Lord’s Clothing Closet is in need of summer clothing donations. Special needs for: MEN’s shirts, shorts and shoes, and CHILDREN’s summer clothing of all kinds. Donations can be dropped off in the grocery cart near the nursery. Thank you!
YOUTH CHOIR INVITES YOU! - Do you want to sing in a choir? Are you in a choir now but want more of a choice in the music you sing? Have you ever wanted voice lessons? You are in luck! Come join the St. Paul UMC Youth Choir on Sunday afternoons right before Youth Group! All 6th - 12th graders welcome!
NEW MISSION OPPORTUNITY - St. Paul has entered into a partnership agreement with Marumsco Hills Elementary School to help provide remedial reading instruction to students in grades K-3, and I now need to identify the volunteers among you who will assist with this local mission program. I am looking for volunteers who can serve one or two days a week either from 9am-11am or 1pm-3pm under the supervision of a teacher to read to children and have the children read to you. We can provide much needed assistance to the Marumsco Hills teachers, by reading to the children and by letting the children read to us. For those of you who volunteer to assist, training will be provided in September, and the reading assistance will begin in October following the annual assessment to identify the children most in need of assistance.
Church-school partnerships like this one benefit both institutions. They help church members move from passive “hands-off” support of missions to being engaged in a “hands-on” ministry in the local community. Relationships are formed; needs are more deeply understood; and opportunities for transforming our community are identified. For a number of weeks, Pastor Larry has been encouraging us to look out the window and walk through the door to be in ministry to our neighbors. Here is an opportunity that requires little of you but offers much to our community. Please contact Clint Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-477-6525 to express your interest in volunteering or to ask any questions you might have.
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.
CHURCH PICNIC - Sept 11th at 12:30pm - Wear your St. Paul shirt and casual clothes to church and then afterwards head out to Veterans’ Park in Woodbridge. The men of the church will cook hamburgers and hot dogs for us. Hospitality will provide condiments, buns, ice water, and all paper products. If your last name begins with A-P please bring a salad/side dish to share, Q -Z please bring a dessert to share. Bring a comfortable lawn chair (picnic blanket), drinks (if you’d like something other than ice water), and come prepared to enjoy good food, fun games, fellowship, and a sing along. Please invite your friends and family to join us. If you have a canopy, we’d appreciate your bringing it as the extra shade will be very much welcomed.
Directions for picnic: Make a left out of the church parking lot, make a right on Occoquan Rd, make a right on Rt 1, make a left on Featherstone Rd, cross the railroad tracks turn left on Veteran Dr, this road goes directly into Veteran’s Park. Our pavilion and parking is directly across from the brick park building. Look for the St. Paul banner!
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
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