Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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generally listed in chronological order.

  • Calendar

    Click here to download the February calendar of church events.

    Click here to download the March calendar of church 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.

  • Mulch Volunteers Needed!

    Thanks to all who ordered mulch through our annual sale! Pick-up/delivery will be Saturday, March 17. We still have need of some additional hearty volunteers to facilitate pick-up and delivery efforts in the morning on March 17. If you can help, please contact Rev. Adam B. Snell (absnell@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 101). We'll provide lunch for our volunteers. All proceeds from our mulch sale will be used to provide food for hungry families here in our community through the Hunger Ministry's 20895 Hunger Free Zone.

  • Sunday School Details

    On March 18, all children age 2 through grade 5 will begin with a short worship experience in the DuVall Chapel starting at 10:30 AM and will transition to their Sunday School classes with their teachers. Youth in grades 6-8 will have Sunday School in the classrooms in the youth wing starting at 10:30 AM. Senior High students in grades 9-12 will be in the Sanctuary for worship today. (There is no Senior High Sunday School class this week due to the Senior High SPY retreat.)

  • Easter Lilies

    We will once again enjoy lilies in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. The final day to place lily orders is Sunday March 18. Please visit the table in the Narthex following either Sunday worship service to place your order. Each plant costs $13 and may be dedicated in memory or honor of someone. Checks may be made payable to St. Paul’s UMC with “Easter Lily” on the memo line. If you wish to use a credit card, please place your order online at http://stpaulsk.org/community/lily-orders. You may take your lily home following the 10:30 AM worship service on Easter, Sunday, April 1.

  • Youth Choir

    We have some great youth voices here at St. Paul's and want to welcome more folks in grades 6-12 to sing with us! Please meet in the Choir Room (Room 211) at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, March 18, for rehearsal. We will be singing our music in worship at 10:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 25. Questions? Contact Mr. Tom Pedersen, director of music, at tpedersen@stpaulsk.org.

  • Faith Flix

    Adults of all ages are invited for food, film, and fellowship in the Parlor this Sunday, March 18, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. We will enjoy a light lunch while watching and discussing some faith-provoking film clips. This week, we will see Sidelined Faith with Krista Tippett, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author. Our presentation on March 25 will be Crucified with Christ with N.T. Wright, a leading New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian, and retired Anglican bishop. No prep, no stress, no registration - just come as you are able! Led by Meg Baker. 

  • 2x4s Sunday Lunch

    Folks in their 20s-40s, plan to join in on St. Patrick's shenanigans over lunch at home of Travis & Rachel Stalcup following 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, March 18. For the address and any questions, email Rev. Claire Matheny: cmatheny@stapaulsk.org.

  • Jericho Road "Lite" LEnten Study

    Join us on Tuesday March 20, during the regular weekly Lectionary Bible Study slot (10:45-11:45 AM), for the final installment of the shortened version of the Jericho Road study series led by Rev. Claire Matheny.

    The Jericho Road is a winding, treacherous seventeen mile path that connects Jerusalem to Jericho, and the site of the parable about the Good Samaritan. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. referenced this place in the last speech he gave, speaking to striking city sanitation workers in Memphis on the day before he was assassinated. This class features weekly Scripture and themes related to Dr. King's work on the intersections of racial and economic justice, then and now. 

    The themes and study guide are the same as those guiding the 6-week Adult Education Class on The Jericho Road, but discussion and enrichment projects will differ. The study guide, developed by the UMC Baltimore-Washington Conference, is also available for individual use. You can pick up a copy in the Narthex or download it at http://www.bwcumc.org/resources/the-jericho-road-devotional/ 

  • Taste & Sing

    On Tuesday, March 20, gather at 12:00 noon in the Octagon for a hymn-sing and celebration of the life of extraordinary American song-writer and mission worker Fanny Crosby, one of the most prolific hymnists in history. Included among our songs are “Blessed Assurance” and “To God Be the Glory.” There will be a tasty lunch to follow provided by Ginny Hagberg.

  • Still WEdnesday

    Feeling called to quiet, stillness and community in a world that is all too loud? Each Still Wednesday is a unique opportunity to deepen your relationship with the divine. From 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Still Wednesday offers prayer and silence in a variety of formats: walking meditation, lectio divina, poetry, journaling, art or music, all dependent on who is facilitating. Most evenings will include 20 minutes of silent prayer. Throughout Lent, we will have our usual hour of contemplative prayer followed by an additional half hour of fellowship, 8:00-8:30 p.m. The time is an opportunity to share information on contemplative practices, resources, and to be together a bit longer during this season of reflection. Still Wednesday is held in either the Sanctuary or Octagon at St. Paul's. No need to RSVP, simply come any of the following dates: March 21, March 28.

  • Biblical Archaeology: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq

    St. Paul's is a sponsor of the Biblical Archaeological Forum, a series of scholarly community lectures on ancient times. This month's lecture, "The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee" is on Sunday, March 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. at B'Nai Israel (6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD). Dr. Jodi Magness, Professor of Early Judaism at UNC, Chapel Hill, will describe the exciting finds of her recent excavations in Huqoq, Israel. These excavations have brought to light the remains of a synagogue building replete with stunning and unique mosaics, including depictions of the biblical hero Samson, Noah's Ark, the parting of the Red Sea, plus the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue. Reservations are not required. Fees per lecture are $10 for the general public; high school students are admitted free of charge. For more information please visit: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/huqoq or call 301-881-0100.

  • New Baby Meal Train

    Share the love of St. Paul’s from your kitchen! Please sign up to provide a meal for St. Paul’s families who have recently welcomed a newborn. There are still a few dates available to support Jim & Rachel King, baby Hazel Joan, and big brother James. Sign up at www.TakeThemAMeal.com/EIAM4619. Each TakeThemAMeal page has additional instructions, including notes about any allergies.

  • Easter Worship Schedule

    Before we know it, we will be at the end of the Lenten season and preparing for Easter. St. Paul's offers a number of unique worship and fellowship experiences during this time. Please visit our page on Holy Week and Easter for the full scheduled of worship events.

  • FAmily Easter Eggstravaganza

    St. Paul's will be hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 in Heavener Hall. Families are invited for crafts, stories, food, and an Easter Egg Hunt. Visit http://stpaulsk.org/community/children for details! This is a free event - please help us plan by signing up in advance. 

  • Rally to End Racism

    A group from St. Paul's is planning to attend the National Council of Churches ACT Rally 2 End Racism in Washington, D.C. We will meet to pray and make signs on April 3 and attend the rally Wednesday morning, April 4. Please visit http://stpaulsk.org/service/beloved-community for details and to sign up to participate.

  • Community Pancake Breakfast

    Our next Community Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, April 7, 8:00-10:30 a.m. We will feature regular pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, fruit, and grits, and this month's specialty pancake: orange-whole-wheat. 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.) Proceeds from this breakfast will benefit the UM West River Center and their camping and outdoor ministries. You can read more about our Pancake Breakfasts by clicking HERE.

  • Nicaragua

    St. Paul’s will be sending another Volunteers In Mission team to Nicaragua in early August to continue working with the community preschools in Ciudad Sandino. Maybe God has been tugging at your heart for a few years to participate in a mission trip. Maybe you have no idea what a mission trip is and would like to learn more. All levels of interest are invited to attend an informational meeting Sunday, April 8 starting at 11:45 a.m. in the Library at St. Paul’s. Scholarships will be available for anyone interested in the trip, and Justice and Compassion is funding specifically youth-targeted scholarships. If you’d like more information but can’t make it to the meeting, please contact Athena Gaalswyk, athena_gaalswyk@yahoo.com.

  • 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 can only do it thanks to your efforts! As the number of people we serve continues to grow, so does our need for additional volunteers. Communion Collect generally happens the first Sunday of the month (we shift the date by a week when a holiday falls on the weekend). Please note our next food collection and distribution will be April 8 & 9. Your donations are always appreciated. Volunteers are needed after both church services to sort food and bag items. On Monday evenings, we meet at about 6:45 p.m. to bag the remaining food and to be ready for the 7:30 p.m. distribution. We are in great need of volunteers to help make deliveries! If you're able to make a delivery or two each month, or even just occasionally, we'd be grateful. For more information about volunteering, contact Dawn Ely: dawn.c.ely@gmail.com. Read more at our Hunger Ministry page!

  • Friendship Club Meeting

    The next meeting of the Friendship Club is planned for Tuesday, April 10, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Heavener Hall. Our business meeting is followed by a pot luck lunch at 12:00 and entertainment at 1:00 p.m. All senior adults from throughout the community are invited to come enjoy this time of fellowship, food, and fun. We are also looking forward to taking another day trip to Maryland's Eastern Shore in June! Jerry Watkins is coordinating travel arrangements and will have reservation forms available at the next meeting. For additional information about Friendship Club, contact president Erma McWilliams, 301-774-2742 or emcwill436@aol.com.

  • Communion Stewards & Liturgists

    Would you like to read Scripture or help serve Communion at the 9:00 a.m. Worship Service? We are looking for Liturgists and Communion Stewards to assist in the first worship service on Sunday mornings. There are dates available now for March and April 2018. To sign up online, simply add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet found at this site: goo.gl/Xz5T79. Contact Rev. Claire Matheny (cmatheny@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 103) if you have questions.

  • 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 usually offered the first weekend of each month but we will skip April and have our next chance for pie and conversation on Saturday, May 5. Plan to join Rev. Adam Snell and others at 10:00 a.m. in Room 109 for homemade pie and relaxing conversation about the Christian faith and this church we call home. Please RSVP by contacting the church office no later than Thursday, May 3Childcare is available upon request.

  • Coffee Time

    We are blessed to gather each Sunday following worship for good conversation and fellowship, and cookies and coffee! We are always in need of a few volunteers who can assist with serving coffee and a few cheerful bakers who can provide baked treats (nut-free, please) for fellowship time after 10:30 a.m. worship. Please sign up for a single Sunday on the sign-up clipboards available during coffee hour on Sundays or in the Octagon kitchen during the week. Contact the office if you have any questions.