Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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generally listed in chronological order.

  • Calendar

    Click HERE to download the DECEMBER 2017 calendar of events.

    Click HERE to download the JANUARY 2018 calendar of events.

    Remember, schedule changes may occur after this monthly calendar is published. If you have questions about a particular event or activity, please contact the leader of your group or the church office.

    Please note: This calendar reflects only church-related activities. Community organizations that use the building (such as Scouts, yoga, Brookewood School, or 12-step recovery groups) are not included in this document.

  • Holiday Tea

    The Martha Circle is sponsoring a trip for Holiday Tea at Gypsy’s Tearoom in Westminster MD. To reserve a spot, contact Ginny Hagberg by telephone by Thursday, December 7. (Contact the church office if you need Ginny's phone number.) Tea will be held on Thursday, December 14, 12:00-2:00 p.m. All men and women are invited to join us. The cost is $35 (no refunds).

  • Christmas Extravaganza!

    Make plans now to join us for a variety-show-type event full of music, warm drinks, desserts, and holiday hijinx. People of ALL ages who are interested in sharing your talents should contact Micah Smartt at msmartt@stpaulsk.org by December 9.  The Christmas Extravaganza will be held on Friday, December 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Heavener Hall. Where else can you hear bells, teenagers, and even members of the St. Paul’s staff all sharing their favorite Christmas tunes and poems? Tickets will be available at the door. Suggested donations are: $3 for kids under 10, $5 for youth, $7 for adults; max. $20 per family. All proceeds will go towards future St. Paul’s Youth travel opportunities.

  • Sunday School Details

    On Sunday, December 10, all students age 2 through grade 5 will begin with a short worship experience in the Chapel at 10:30 AM and will transition to their Sunday School classrooms with their teachers. Youth grades 6-12 will be in worship for Music Sunday.

  • Holiday Giving

    There are a number of special ways to help our neighbors in need have a more joyful holiday this season. Many thanks to all who selected tags from the Giving Tree. Please remember to wrap the gift, securely attach the tag, and bring it to church by Sunday morning, December 10. $25 gift cards (with or without Giving Tree tags attached) may be placed in the large envelope on the counter in the church office. Together we can make the holidays happier for children whose families need a little extra help. Up next: we host a Cookies & Carols Party for local children (December 17) to help make their holidays more merry. As always, your generosity makes these efforts possible. Please click HERE to read more about each opportunity and how to get involved.

  • St. Paul's Youth: SPY Notes

    After a short Thanksgiving Break, the St. Paul's Youth are back to our normal meeting schedules for December 8 & December 10. Coming up: Check out stpaulsk.org/community/youth for more info on the upcoming Christmas Extravaganza, the combined Youth Christmas Party scheduled for December 17, and other events!

  • Youth CHoir

    If you’re in grades 6-12, try the Youth Choir! The St. Paul’s Youth Choir, led by Director of Music Tom Pedersen, will rehearse in the Choir Room (Room 211) at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, December 10. We'll be working on music to lead worship with our voices at the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service on December 24. We love to see (and hear) you!

  • CHristmas Pageant: Carriers of the Light

    This year’s Christmas Pageant, Carriers of the Light, will be presented during

    the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 17. The musical, featuring passages from Isaiah, Matthew and Luke as well as some familiar Christmas carols, celebrates Jesus as the Light of Salvation. Come hear afresh the Christmas story as told in verse and song by the children of St.  Paul’s. Children involved in the pageant will have rehearsal on Sunday December 10 (11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) and Saturday December 16 (9:00-11:00 a.m.). Snacks are provided at each rehearsal!

  • Scattered For Service Gifts

    This year, shop Scattered for Service and give the gifts you've always wished you could give: peace on earth, an end to hunger, preservation of the environment, education for a child, and more! Visit Heavener Hall after worship on Sunday, December 10 to place orders for these "alternative giving" programs. The Scattered for Service catalog is filled with 20 programs that provide valuable assistance to our neighbors close to home and around the world. A personalized acknowledgement card is provided for each gift, and the ministry or agency you choose receives your financial support. Explore the gifts for every price range and area of interest - as little as $5 can provide a playground ball for West River Center campers or a journal & pen for a girl in Haiti; $100 can provide a local family with beds & dressers from A Wider Circle. Additionally, our Craft Market tables will have some beautiful products from Fair Trade Winds that promote the world's craftspeople and their cultures. To learn more or to assist, contact Athena Gaalswyk at athena_gaalswyk@yahoo.com.

  • Poinsettia Dedications

    Poinsettias will grace our altar at Christmas-time, and wreaths decorate our doors. If you wish to order poinsettias, please visit the church office or see Betsy Sanford in the Narthex on Sunday, December 10 to pay by cash or check (made out to St. Paul’s UMC with “poinsettia” on the memo line). To make your poinsettia order online and pay by credit card, please go to http://stpaulsk.org/community/poinsettia-orders. The cost for poinsettias is $12 each. Plants are available in either red or white. You are encouraged to provide a brief dedication in honor or memory of someone special. Join us for worship when the poinsettias will beautify our sanctuary on December 24: 10:00 a.m. worship service for the fourth Sunday of Advent, 5:00 p.m. for Family Christmas Eve service, 10:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve service. You may take your plants home following the 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve worship service, or pick them up in the Narthex on Sunday, December 31.

  • Confirmation Class Registration

    St. Paul’s is now accepting registrations for the 2018 Confirmation Class. All youth in Grade 7 or above who have not been confirmed are invited to join. The deadline to register is Sunday, December 10. Classes will be held on Sunday evenings beginning January 7, 2018, 4:30-6:00 p.m. The teaching team includes Senior Pastor Rev. Adam B. Snell, Director of Christian Education Meg Baker, and Youth Pastor Micah Smartt. This is a meaningful semester-long commitment that includes regular class attendance, participation in worship, an overnight retreat, and community service projects as we grow in faith and knowledge. Participants who choose to become full church members will be received into membership during worship on Sunday, May 20. For more information, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104. To read more or to register online, visit http://stpaulsk.org/community/youth or https://goo.gl/QHpxo1

  • Christmas Tree Sale

    The annual UMM Christmas tree sale is underway now through Sunday, December 17 (plus or minus a day or so depending on when the trees sell out). Volunteers are needed to help staff the sale! If you can spare a few hours to help your neighbors find the perfect tree, please sign up in the church office to volunteer. Sale hours are Fridays 12:00-8:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Sundays 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The sale will feature Douglas, Fraser, and Canaan firs priced according to size. Pine roping and wreaths will also be sold by Boy Scout Troop #439.

  • Food With Friends

    The Food With Friends large group dinner will be held on Sunday December 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the home of Jim and Beth Hitchcock. Please RSVP by phone to Beth Hitchcock or Edie Kirk. Contact the church office if you need phone numbers! Let Beth or Edie know how many are coming, then bring your favorite Christmas cookies (2 dozen) or favorite beverage. The meal will be prepared by Arceli Suley and Beth Hitchcock. All are welcome.

  • Friendship Club Meeting

    The next meeting of the Friendship Club is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12 starting at 11:30 a.m. in Heavener Hall. Please come and share in our holiday fellowship. Entertainment will be by Steve Little, a talented classical guitarist, who will include some beautiful and delightful Christmas music in his program. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share along with our Christmas ham. All older adults are encouraged to come join us! Contact: Erma McWilliams, 301-774-2742 or emcwill436@aol.com.

  • Biblical ARchaeology Forum: The Lost LIbrary of Alexandria

    The Biblical Archaeology Forum is a local community group offering monthly lectures that bring together leading Bible scholars and archaeologists to enlighten our understanding of Biblical texts and the Biblical world. December's lecture, Rediscovering the Lost Library of Alexandria, will be held on Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. at Bender JCC (Montrose Rd, Rockville MD). For more information, please visit the event page at http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/lost-library-alexandria. Admission is $10. St. Paul's is a sponsoring organization of Biblical Archaeology Forum.

  • Vigil to end Gun Violence

    On the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown CT, join members of Bethesda United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 14, 7:30-9:00 a.m. as they invite the community to stand in witness outside their church. Members will gather along the sidewalk at 8300 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD bearing signs during morning rush hour to remember this tragic event. Following the vigil, some will travel to Fairfax VA for an Interfaith Service on gun violence prevention. For more information, contact Rev. Claire Matheny (cmatheny@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 103) or talk with members of the Justice & Compassion team.

  • 2x4s Third Thursday Book Club

    Readers in their 20s-40s will gather on December 14 at the home of Ryan Miller & Emily Sama-Miller. This is also the annual Book Exchange, so bring a gently used, gift-wrapped book to share. This month, we’ll discuss My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. This modern classic novel follows Asher Lev, a young man caught between the cloistered Hasidic community he loves and the artistic gifts he feels compelled to express. New readers welcome! Email Rev. Claire Matheny (cmatheny@stpaulsk.org) for the address or other details.

  • Combined SPY Christmas Party

    On Sunday night, December 17, both the Senior High and Middle High SPY groups will join together for a Christmas Party! Come to the Multi-Purpose Room, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and enjoy Christmas-y desserts, drinks, and other holiday fun. We will have an Ugly Sweater contest and an Ornament Exchange (so remember to bring a wrapped ornament, valued at $5 or less.) This will be the last Youth night of 2017, so let’s make it great!

  • Neighborhood Christmas Caroling

    Come out for an old-fashioned Christmas Caroling adventure on Friday, December 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. -- all ages are welcome! We will gather in Heavener Hall to map out our route, then head out onto the streets of Kensington to sing joyful songs of our Savior’s birth. We will return to St. Paul's for hot cider/cocoa, cookies, and fellowship. In the event of extreme cold, the singing will be moved indoors. For more information, please contact Meg Baker: mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.

  • Worship Schedule

    For the Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 24, we will have a single worship service at 10:00 a.m. that morning. At 5:00 p.m., come enjoy our Christmas Eve service designed to be especially family friendly. Our organist, Marvin Mills, will offer a musical prelude at 9:30 p.m. At 10:00 p.m., we hold our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight service. On Sunday, December 31, we will be back to our usual Sunday morning schedule (9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.). Additionally, please note that the church offices will be closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1.

  • Year End Giving

    The end of the year is coming. We are here to work with you on achieving your giving goals at this busy time of year. Here are some options to help ensure your contributions meant for 2017 reach the office in a timely way:

    • Give at one of the remaining worship services now through December 31
    • Mail your check to St. Paul's at 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington MD 20895, postmarked by December 30. 
    • Bring your gift to the office (9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday) by December 29
    • Use your bank's bill pay system within their time-frame for a December 30 delivery.
  • BWC Scholarships

    Each year, the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church awards a variety of scholarship to qualified students attending or planning to attend college. The scholarship application process opens on January 3, 2018. The entire process will be handled online. For details about individual scholarships or to apply, please visit www.bwcumc.org/administration/finance/local-church-resources/scholarships/. If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Cook at ccook@bwcumc.org or 410-309-3446.

  • Pie with the Pastors

    Thinking about becoming a member or just want to learn more about life at St. Paul’s? Pie with the Pastors is offered the first weekend of each month. The next Pie with the Pastors will be on Saturday, January 6. Please contact the church office before 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 4 to RSVP, then join Rev. Adam Snell and others on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 109 for homemade pie and relaxing conversation about the Christian faith and this church we call home. Childcare is available upon request.

  • Community Pancake Breakfast

    Our next Community Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, January 6, 8:00-10:30 a.m. As a special treat, we will feature eggnog pancakes in addition to regular pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, fruit, and grits. All are welcome! Instead of charging a fixed price, families are asked to make a generous goodwill donation. (As a guide, the suggested amount is $8 for adults and $2 for children under 12, or $20 for a family of 4.) All proceeds are donated to charitable organizations and to help feed those in need in the Kensington area. You can read more about our Pancake Breakfasts by clicking HERE.

  • We Are All About Feeding People

    We serve 110+ families in the 20895 ZIP code who face hunger, providing hungry neighbors over 2,450 food items per month, and we need your help to do it! In addition to our special holiday projects, we continue to provide essential pantry staples each month. The next Communion Collect will be Sunday, January 7, but you can donate non-perishables any time by placing items in the bins in the Narthex. All donations are gratefully received. We will meet to sort food following the 10:30 a.m. worship service and will distribute essential grocery items to our neighbors in need on Monday, January 8. For more information about volunteering, contact Dawn Ely: dawn.c.ely@gmail.com. Read more at our Hunger Ministry page!

  • Altar Flowers in 2018

    The sign-up calendar for sponsoring Altar Flowers in 2018 is now available in the church office. January 14, 21, and 28 are currently open along with a number of other days throughout the year. Simply write your name on the Flower Chart to reserve your date. You can fill out a yellow form with your dedication and payment any time before your chosen Sunday. Following worship, you may take flowers home with you or have them delivered by a volunteer to church members who need a little extra good cheer. Please contact the church office if you have any questions.

  • Important Changes to Hungry Harvest

    Because of shifts in their donation model, Hungry Harvest will no longer be able to supply monthly produce for our Hunger Ministry. If you remain subscribed, you are supporting Hungry Harvest’s good work in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools to bring much needed produce to food deserts. St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry is investigating alternative ways to provide a reliable stream of healthy produce to our 20895 families.

  • Single Parents Group

    St. Paul’s is looking to form a Single Parent Group in 2018! The group will be a care and support group welcoming all single parents. Whether you are divorced, widowed, never married, or a single grandparent raising grandchildren, you are welcome! If you know of anyone who may be interested, please help spread the word. Membership is open to all single parents. If you are interested or know of anyone interested, please connect with us by filling out the interest form: https://goo.gl/forms/NLcpVCx31ZaSfDm72

  • St. Paul's Babysitting co-op

    Youth and Families: Do you babysit? Are you a family in need of a sitter list or want to swap kid minding with other families? We are looking to help connect potential sitters and families. Please connect with us by filling out this interest form