1400 G Street, Woodbridge, VA 22191 703.494.2445  
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Friday, September 21, 2018


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9:00am = 53, 11:00am = 108, The Lord’s Table = 56

Sunday School Total = 98, Worship Total = 217


CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES - to Pastor Scott Beck and family at the loss of his mother, Betty Beck on September 8th.  


SERMON SERIES “LEARNING FROM THE FIRST CHURCH” - Continuing next Sunday through October, Pastor Scott is leading us in a sermon series through the book of Acts.   Next Sunday, the sermon in the series will be from Acts 4:23-31 titled “The Power of Prayer.”


THANKS FROM CAROLE - Many thanks for the prayers, dinners, cards, and calls from my wonderful St. Paul family during my recovery from back surgery.—Carole Sundman


FALL SOFTBALL TEAM - St. Paul has joined the Manassas Church Softball League for Fall Softball.  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 Valley View Field #4 on Friday, Sep. 21 at 7:00pm & 8:000pm. Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun!


BACK TO ST. PAUL - As we start a new school year, you are encouraged to find something new to become involved with.  A brochure is available under the church office window with several options.

NINE TO DINE GROUPS - are now being formed!  Do you enjoy good food and fellowship?  Would you like to meet and get to know more of your church family?  If so, consider joining Nine to Dine.  These groups of approximately nine (9) people meet once a month for a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or another interesting activity the group may choose.  Groups are rearranged every six (6) months so you get to know even more people in a fun and relaxed setting.  This fellowship opportunity is open to everyone - singles, couples, non-members as well as members.  You can sign up by emailing or calling Suzanne Bowes (office@stpaul-umc.org).  Sign up deadline for the October – March groups is Sunday,  Sept. 30.  If you have been inactive for a while, now may be  the time to rejoin the mix and meet more of your church family.  If you are already in a group, you will automatically be assigned to a new group unless you contact Suzanne by the deadline.


BIBLE STUDY AND FOOTBALL FELLOWSHIP - Starting TONIGHT, Pastor Scott will be leading an ongoing Bible Study and Football fellowship on Sunday evenings at a the All American Steakhouse in Woodbridge.  Football, Faith and Fellowship will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings and will be comprised of one half hours of studying Tony Dungy’s bible study, Quiet Strength, and then, beginning at 8pm we will enjoy the Sunday night football game together.  If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Pastor Scott (scott@stpaul-umc.org).  Hope to see you there!


GOSPEL OF JOHN STUDY - St. Paul will offer a discussion-friendly 12-week study on the Gospel of John entitled John--The Way to True Life, Part I, which will meet in the Bethany classroom (C248) beginning on Thursday morning, September 20, from 10:00 to 11:15.  Please come when your schedule permits and add your insights to the discussion.  This week's class will focus on the first chapter of John, with this discussion led by Diane Alley.  A sign-up sheet is on the first table in the social hall.


EXISTENCE OF GOD STUDY - Do you have friends or family who question the existence of God?  Through the ten-week course of  30-minute dvd's on The Existence of God--Building the Scientific Case, Dr. Stephen Meyer helps us examine the evidence which provides the tools needed to defend our faith.  Eleanor Columbo-Meardon and Diane Alley  will lead the discussions on topics which the dvd's raise.  The class  begins on Wednesday, September 19, at  10:30, and will meet in the Bethany classroom (C248) on all except  the third Wednesdays of the month, when the class will meet in Room B133 next to the library.  A sign-up sheet is on the first table in the social hall.


METHODISM 101 - As the United Methodist Church prepares to deal with some crucial issues, it is important to teach/remind the members of our congregation about who we are as United Methodists and about our Methodist/Wesleyan heritage.  Whether you have no idea what our Methodist heritage is or whether you simply need a refresher about United Methodist beliefs and practices, this two-session workshop is for you.  This course is about the basics of Methodist history; doctrine and beliefs; organization and governance; social principles and social creed; worship and sacraments; and discipleship, spiritual gifts, and service opportunities at St. Paul.  This workshop will be offered on Sunday afternoons on October 21 and 28 from 3:00 to 5:30 P.M. and will be led by Bob Bryant in Room B133.  A sign-up sheet is on the first table in the social hall.


JOIN THE CHAPEL BELLS - An exciting season of handbell ringing is about to begin!  The Chapel Bells have rehearsals on Thursdays at 6PM (right before Chancel Choir at 7PM).  If you are interested in ringing, or learning how to ring, come to one of the Thursday rehearsals to see and learn what handbell ringing is all about. Ringing bells is lots of fun and a wonderful way to participate in the worship life of the church.  For additional info contact Cyndy Elmore --welmore664@yahoo.com

YOUTH GROUP KICK-OFF PARTY - We will kick-off the Youth Group year with a 70s theme party! TONIGHT 5:30pm—7:30pm.  Everyone plan to dress the part, with peace signs, bell bottoms, platform shoes, and anything tie-dyed!  All 6th—12th graders are invited to come and enjoy 70’s theme games, food, music, and decorations. Our 2018-2019 Youth Group theme is - “Fruit of the Spirit” We will be learning the characteristics of a spirit-filled Christian. 


HILDA BARG FAMILY SHELTER - St. Paul is scheduled to provide meals, Oct. 7 - Oct. 13 at the Hilda Barg Family Shelter.  St. Paul has provided meals for the families at the shelter for over 20 years.  As in the past we will be serving supper and providing breakfast and lunch Sunday thru Saturday.  If you feel led to participate in this ministry, sign-up sheets will be in the fellowship hall, after each worship service.


CHURCH PICNIC - Sept 30.  Sign-up TODAY!  Prayers for nice weather accepted immediately through Sept 30! St. Paul Church Picnic will be on Sept 30th after the traditional service. Wear your St. Paul shirt and casual clothes to church and then head out to the Marigold Pavilion in Locust Shade Park in Triangle. 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-S please bring a salad or side dish to share, T -Z please bring a dessert to share. Please invite your friends and family to join us. So 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.


EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? - Plan to purchase your 2018 White House ornaments honoring President Harry S. Truman,  from the St. Paul Preschool, and encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same!  The St. Paul Preschool White House Ornament prepaid orders continues through Nov. 4 for delivery before Thanksgiving!  Place orders in the Social Hall or contact the preschool office (703-586-5031) to place your order. The cost is $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.


COAT COLLECTIONS - The Lord’s Clothes Closet is collecting WINTER COATES & HEAVY HOODIES of all sized (except infant/toddler—we received a generous number of this size already) now through the end of October.  Our annual Winter Coat Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, November 3th 8am - 10:30am.


CICI’S PIZZA NIGHT FOR CUB SCOUT PACK 1149 - Come one, Come all! Tuesday Oct 16th the St. Paul sponsored Cub Scout Pack 1149 are hosting a Cici's Pizza fundraiser on Minneville Rd. From 4-8pm.  There will be a drop box to collect receipts from the patrons. After 8pm they will add the total amount from sales during that time and 15% will go to Pack 1149. So we need to pack the house with our friends and families to bring in the maximum receipts.


NO ENVELOPE, NO CHECKBOOK, NO CASH, NO PROBLEM!– If you are like many who do not carry cash or checks regularly, this is a solution for you!  You can set-up a reoccurring donation or make a one-time donation using a debit card, credit card, or check.  To make an online donation is EASY, just go to our website (www.stpaul-umc.org) and click on the “online giving” image. You will be directed to our St. Paul online giving page, where you can securely login and make a donation.  Or scan this QR Code Square with your smartphone to be led directly to the St. Paul online donation phone-friendly version.