Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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Please SCROLL DOWN to read about church events and activities, generally listed in chronological order.

  • Calendar

    Click HERE to download the May 2017 calendar of church activities.

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

  • Jobs at St. Paul's

    St. Paul’s is now accepting applications for two new full-time staff positions: Director of Christian Education and Youth Pastor. After 32 years in ministry at St. Paul’s and a total of 43 years of faithful service to Christ’s church, Rev. Rick Buckingham is retiring this summer. We are currently seeking candidates with the gifts and experience to continue growing our programs and guiding youth, children, and adults in their spiritual journeys. St. Paul’s members and friends interested in being considered for one of these unique positions should review the full job description available HERE and may contact Rev. Snell (absnell@stpaulsk.org) with questions or to apply.

  • 2x4s Third Thursday Book Club

    Our 2x4s group (adults in their 20s-40s) Third Thursday Book Club will gather on May 18, 7:30-9:00pm at the home of Jim & Rachel King to discuss J.D. Vance’s critically acclaimed bestseller, Hillbilly Elegy. Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis. A former Marine and Yale graduate, Vance writes of the white working-class experiences his own family carried from Kentucky’s impoverished Appalachian mountain communities to the rust belt town of Middletown, Ohio, and what it’s like to exist within a system of social, regional, and economic decline. Get reading, bring a friend, and join us! Contact Rev. Claire (cmatheny@stpaulsk.org) to get involved.

  • Graduate Recognition & Awards

    Recipients of the 2017 St. Paul's Educational Award for outstanding college-bound high school seniors will be announced during worship on Sunday, May 21. Youth leaders from the Council on Youth Ministry and our graduating seniors will also be recognized during the 10:30 am service.

  • Summer Sunday SChool

    Summer Sunday school begins Sunday, May 28 and will run until September 3. We will have two classes during the 10:30am worship hour: one class for children ages 2-5 and the other class for children ages 6-10. We need plenty of parents and adult volunteers, as well as youth helpers, to sign up to lead the classes. Each Sunday will have a theme, coloring pages, and snacks provided. Teachers are asked to plan a small craft or other activity. Sign up in the church office or contact Amy Frontz to get started and help make Summer Sunday School a success!

  • Covenant Discipleship Groups Forming

    Live more fully the Christian life to which you were called, through Covenant Discipleship, a modern adaptation of the original Methodist objective of mutual accountability. The purpose of each group is be mutually accountable on a shared spiritual journey, and to watch over one another in love as individuals face challenging pitfalls or experience joyous victories. Each group of five to seven persons meets weekly for one hour. Groups write a covenant of intent on which all the members agree, using the General Rule of Discipleship: To witness to Jesus Christ in the world, and to follow his teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. One current group meets on Sunday mornings between worship services; additional groups will be formed, including one to meet after the 10:30 worship service each Sunday. Please stop by the information table in the Narthex between worship services to learn more, or contact Pat Marks or Meg Baker.

  • Friendship Club

    The Friendship Club for senior adult fellowship will meet for a special day trip to Tilghman Island in June. All reservations and payments must be made by May 30. This trip is open to all but space is limited! On June 13, we will take a comfortable Avalon bus to our destination on the Chesapeake Bay and eat lunch at Harrison’s Crab House restaurant. The cost is $50, which includes lunch, gratuities, and transportation from St. Paul’s. Pick up a yellow form in the church office or contact Jerry Watkins.

  • Vacation BIble School

    VBS is back! Applications are due by May 31. Campers age 3 to rising 5th grade are welcome to join us June 20-23. Youth who completed grade 5 and higher are invited to apply for positions as Staff Helpers. Click here to go to our VBS page to download an application and learn more!

  • Pancake Breakfast

    The next UMM pancake breakfast will be on Saturday, June 3, 8:00-10:30 am in Heavener Hall. As a special treat, blueberry pancakes will be served in addition to the regular pancakes and usual offerings of bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, grits, fruit, and beverages. The proceeds from this breakfast will be given to the St. Paul’s Library and to help feed those in need in the Kensington area. After this, we will take a break in July and August and plan to return with more pancakes in September. Read more about our monthly Pancake Breakfasts by clicking HERE.

  • June Choir

    Have you been thinking about singing in the choir but worried about the rehearsal schedule or commitment? Then welcome to June Choir! Just come to Room 211 (Choir Room) at 9:30am any Sunday throughout June, and we'll supply you with a robe and music. Try it, you may love it! Contact Tom Pedersen (tpedersen@stpaulsk.org) or visit our MUSIC page to learn more.

  • Communion Collect

    The next Hunger Ministry / Communion Collect Food Sorting day is Sunday, June 4. You can donate non-perishable food items in the bins in the Narthex any time! All donations are welcome, from single boxes of cereal to fully packed bags - lists are availble in the Narthex! Distribution is the following evening, Monday June 5. Contact coordinators Meg Baker and Kim Longsworth if you’d like more information on how to get involved, and read more about our Hunger Ministry programs HERE

  • UMW Book Club

    Our United Methodist Women’s Book Club meets about every other month to discuss books usually chosen from the UMW reading program list. Our next Book Club meeting is June 4 at 12:00 PM in Room 109. We will discuss I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. In October 2012, when she was 15 years old, Malala Yousafzei’s school bus was stopped and she was shot in the head at point blank range by Taliban leaders who objected to her attending school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Her miraculous recovery, determination to speak out, and loving parents who fought for her rights, helped her become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. This best-seller and many other books are available in the church library.

  • Bible Study & Prayer LIFT SUMMER BREAK

    The last day of the 2016-2017 season for both the Bible Study and Prayer Lift groups will be Tuesday, June 6. We’ll take a break from regular meetings during the summer. We look forward to gathering again weekly in the fall!

  • Contemplative Tuesdays

    Do you long for a deeper faith? A stronger connection to the divine in your life? Do you desire a quieter mind and a bigger heart? Would you like to make a connection with others at St. Paul’s? Would you simply like some stillness and silence in your life to listen for God? The Journey Group has been meeting weekly since 2012, sharing a variety of contemplative prayer practices to support each other on our journeys of faith. We have felt called to share with others who may also wish to deepen their own journeys. So, on the first Tuesday of each month, The Journey Group will offer a contemplative prayer gathering open to ALL. The next Contemplative Tuesday evening will be Tuesday, June 6, 7:00-8:30pm in Room 211 (Choir Room). No registration necessary. The evening’s content will vary, but generally will consist of prayer, scripture, poetry, journaling, music, and always a period of silent meditation.  All are welcome to come once, or a few times, or every month, as the Spirit leads and your schedule allows.

  • United Methodist CAMPS

    There are a number of United Methodist camps scheduled throughout the summer in our area: West River Center on the water near Churchton MD, and Camp Manidokan in the mountains near Harper’s Ferry WV. The full camp schedule can be found at www.funfriendsfaith.com and in our May Youth Newsletter – available for download on our Youth page

  • Reclaim Good Veggies and Help the Hungry

    In the U.S., about 1 in 5 fruits & veggies go to waste because of superficial imperfections (like a mis-shapen eggplant) or logistical errors (like a store over-ordering). Hungry Harvest works with local farmers to "reclaim" this kind of quality produce and deliver it to subscribers - and they make matching donations to fight hunger. Our Hunger Ministry families receive fresh produce each month through these efforts. We need more St. Paul's folks to subscribe and identify us as the charity to receive the matching donation! Be sure to use the code SPC25 to be registered as a St. Paul's participant and receive 25% off your first delivery. (Note this correction! Hungry Harvest initially gave us a code that wasn't entered properly on their end. If you tried to register without success before, please try again using SPC25.) Please share this corrected code with friends and family! Visit http://www.hungryharvest.net/#how-it-works to learn more about their mission and delivery areas. Visit our Hunger Ministry page to learn more about our work feeding neighbors in need in the 20895 zip code.