St. Paul United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 23, 2016
ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK OF 10-9-16
9:00am= 52, 11:00am = 90, Prayer Service = 13, The Lord’s Table = 58, Potomac Place = 26
Sunday School = 88, Worship Total = 239
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POINSETTIAS - It is time to think of honoring our loved ones and friends with the beautiful poinsettias which will decorate our St. Paul sanctuary during Christmas services. A table will be set up in the social hall to take orders for these flowers on Nov. 6, Nov. 13, and Nov. 20. If you have questions, please contact April Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-915-4135.
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 also.
STEWARDSHIP — From Defying Gravity, “many of us who love God, want to honor Christ, and seek the will of the Holy Spirit in our lives have failed to move from receiving God’s grace to participating in God’s kingdom.” Financial gravity is pulling us into a black hole that makes it difficult to be generous. “The good news is that Jesus offers us a way to ‘defy gravity’ and break free from the culture of more. Generosity changes the way we look at life, but generosity does not happen by accident. It requires planning. It has to be a goal, and it has to fit into a budget. Our current sermon series will help us consider our relationship with money, possessions, and giving.
EAT OUT FOR HUNGR - THE ALL AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE - On Tuesday, November 8th - eat out at The All American Steakhouse and 10% of the total food and non-alcoholic beverage 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!
ZUMBATHON FUNDRAISER - Saturday, November 19th, 4pm—6:00pm. Come for an extended 90 MINUTE session of exercise and fun! $10 presale, $15 at the door. Also enjoy light refreshment, Vendor Tables and Silent Auction items! All of the proceeds will benefit the St. Paul UMC Winter Bag Project, providing food for children in PWC during the winter break. $5 will provide 1 bag of food! Our goal is 600 bags! This is in the place of the Pumpkin Patch of past years to support the Winter Bags Project. If you cannot Zumba, or choose not to Zumba for any reason, please consider a donation to the ZumbaThon participants for this cause! You can pledge per minute (90 minutes) per 1/2 hour (3 half hours), or a flat rate!
HANDBELL CONCERT - On Saturday, December 10th, the St. Paul Chapel Bells have been invited to share handbell music starting at 1:00pm at Potomac Library (near Sentara Hospital in Woodbridge). The Chapel Bells are preparing Christmas music for this concert. If you would like to join the handbell choir for this special time of music, please contact Ryan Pick (email@example.com). Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings 6:30pm - 7:30pm in the Sanctuary.
THE PECANS ARE COMING! - 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 been ordered and should arrive before Thanksgiving. 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. If you would like to pre-order pecans, please contact Helen Hanna (703) 494-3086 or Susan Piccione (703) 730-3630.
COSTUME PARADE - Are you a fan of cute kids? Do you like candy? Do you have a positive opinion about costumes? If you said yes to any (or all) of the above questions, we have an opportunity for you! The preschool will be having it's annual costume parade on Monday, October 31st at noon. During this event, the children will walk around to different places in and around the church and collect treats from various wonderful volunteers. This is your opportunity to be one of those wonderful volunteers. Your job would be to stand at one of 12 locations, and hand out treats to the preschoolers as they parade by. We are currently collecting goodies! If you feel like giving a bag of individually wrapped treats (no nuts please) for us to use, you can drop them off during preschool hours with Ms. Katie, or in the church office with Amy. If this is something that you feel like you can help with, please or contact Melissa Cihon (firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-848-5131).
SCOUT WREATH SALE - St. Paul Cub Scouts Pack 1149 is taking orders for Christmas Wreaths today following each worship service in the Church Office Hallway. Wreaths will be delivered just before Thanksgiving. Your order will help to ensure that our scouts are able to continue to receive awards, do projects, and go on outings and campouts throughout the coming program year. Please see any scout to place your order or contact Rick Moore at email@example.com.
TRUNK-OR-TREAT - Saturday, October 29th - 6 PM - We will offer a parking lot trick-or-treat from car to car. This can be a lot of fun for young families, and it can be a great opportunity to be creative for all of us! DOES YOUR CAR HAVE A TRUNK or a BUMPER? Then you can participate! Decorate your trunk - just Google “Trunk-or-Treat ideas” for lots of photos to inspire creativity - prizes will be awarded for trunk designs! Bring some candy, and enjoy an evening with the children in our community! Decorated trunks should be in place between 5:30—5:45, in order for the event to begin at 6pm. We are seeking a trunk count by Oct. 16th, so please notify the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to decorate a trunk!
CALLING ALL COATS - On Saturday, November 5, the Lord’s Clothing Closet will open for a special Winter Coat Giveaway at 8am. The coat giveaway offers coats to families in need before the coldest months arrive. As you clean out your closets and as you replace old coats, consider donating gently used coats or new coats. All sizes and coat types welcome!
EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? - Some stores & vendors are starting to stock the 2016 White House Ornament! Plan to purchase your White House ornaments from the St. Paul Preschool, and encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same! The St. Paul Preschool White House Ornament Fundraiser is going on now through October 30 for delivery before Thanksgiving! The cost will be $20 (which is less than retail!). Additionally, for a $1 donation the ornament will be wrapped for delivery. Funds raised from the purchase will go toward the Preschool Scholarship fund.
CHALLENGE UPDATE - Thank you! Last Sunday was a very good day for the Challenge. The congregation contributed $1,147 to support the ministries of St. Paul and throughout our connectional denomination. Although this is less than the weekly goal to enable us to fully fund our fair share of the District and Conference budgets, it is more than $350 more than our weekly average of Challenge giving. Thanks to all who contribute to the Challenge.
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 “Smiles.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
CAREGIVER’S SUPPORT GROUP - Are you a part time or full time care giver to a spouse, family member, or friend? Do you often feel that the duties and responsibilities are dragging you down? Would you like to talk to other caregivers who are wrestling with the same situation? A Caregivers Support Group is forming at the Church and welcomes others. This is the fastest growing segment of overall health care, and we all have something to share, maybe making it easier for others. And who knows you may learn something that will help you, but in any case you will know that you are not alone. When and where details are still sketchy, but we plan to start in September. If interested, please contact Dave Spivey (email@example.com), April Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bob McFall (email@example.com).
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, FRUIT CUPS, 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! Also, please support the Fall Ball as the proceeds will benefit this project!
MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST - All 6th - 12th graders are invited to join the J-Connection Youth Group, Sundays 5:30—7:30pm (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. Our Lesson TONIGHT is You Are Salt. Contact Amy Miller for more info (firstname.lastname@example.org/703-494-2445)
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.
THE WOODBRIDGE MUSIC CLUB PRESENTS - Sejoon Park, Pianist at 7:00pm on Saturday, October 22nd here at St. Paul. Sejoon Park, a native of Korea, has won top prizes at numerous prestigious awards, including the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship in 2006, and has won prizes at the Oberlin, the Eastman, and the PianoArts International Piano Competitions. He performs both as a soloist and with many well-known orchestras. This is a free concert, donations are greatly appreciated. A reception will follow immediately after the concert.
VOICE ACTION: DELIVER THE PROMISE - TODAY - 5:30pm, Oakton HS (2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna, VA 22181) Description of VOICE Action: Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) is a broad-based multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-issue, multi-county, strictly non-partisan citizens' organization. On October 16th, one month before the national election, join 1,500 VOICE leaders from 70+ VOICE member & allied faith congregations and schools of different political, religious, racial, ethnic, and other identities, to—
1. Demonstrate a different kind of politics. We know that real politics demands relating to one another and compromise. We are sickened by partisan gridlock and finger-pointing.
2. Put our state and local officials on notice. VOICE is doubling in size to multiply our successes and be central on the key issues that matter most.
3. Lay out a plan of action to work on concrete, achievable solutions to some of the greatest challenges we face in Northern Virginia—our schools, housing that is affordable, gun violence & safety.
4. Hear from—Republican & Democratic politicians, County & City Police Chiefs, area Superintendents & allied private sector leaders on the concrete steps they will take to lead with us.
If interested contact Mike Wilson at email@example.com or at (703)568-5694.