Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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generally listed in chronological order.

  • Calendar

    Click here to download the February 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.

  • Sunday School Details

    On February 18, 2018, children age 2 through grade 5 will begin with Opening Chapel in the DuVall Chapel before transitioning to their classrooms with their teachers. Youth in grades 6-12 will have Youth Sunday School in their classrooms beginning at 10:30 a.m.

  • Jericho Road "Lite" LEnten Study

    This Lenten Season we are offering a condensed version of "The Jericho Road" class led by Rev. Claire Matheny, held each Tuesday morning, now through March 20, 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the Library at St. Paul's. No registration is necessary.

    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: Binding the Wounds of the Broken, Cry Tears of Love, Dream Dreams, Raise Justice from the Dust, Tire Your Feet/Rest Your Souls, Fix the Road, and Give Dangerously. 

    The themes and study guide for the Jericho Road "Lite" series are the same as those guiding the 6-week Adult Education Class, 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, February 20, gather at 12:00 noon in the Octagon for a hymn-sing and celebration of the life of Charles Albert Tindley, a noted songwriter and composer considered one of the fathers of American gospel music. Included among our songs are “We’ll Understand it Better By and By” and “Stand By Me.” There will be a hearty lunch by Ginny Hagberg to follow.

  • New Baby Meal Train

    On December 19, we celebrated the birth of Collier Jane Roth Maloney! Our new baby meal ministry continues as we bless the Maloney family from our kitchens. There is still one last opening to provide dinner for the family on February 20! If you are moved to contribute a meal please sign up at the following link: www.TakeThemAMeal.com/KHAY2957 Congratulations to Pat & Lesley, big sister Emma Kate, and big brother Jack!

  • Still WEdnesday

    Feeling called to quiet, stillness and community in a world that is all too loud? From 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Still Wednesday offers prayer, silence, and a unique opportunity to deepen your relationship with the divine.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. 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: February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28.

  • Biblical Archaeology: THe Book of Esther

    St. Paul’s is co-sponsoring next month’s Biblical Archaeological Forum, “The Book of Esther Revealed,” on Wednesday, February 21 starting at 8:00 p.m. at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD). University of Maryland scholar Dr. Adele Berlin will explore the origin and meaning of this fascinating Old Testament text. Admission is $5 for members and friends of St. Paul’s, $10 for the general public, and free for high school students. Transportation is available; to sign up please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 104. Go to http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/book-esther/ to read more about this event.

  • Share the Light

    Have you ever wanted to be an acolyte or crucifer at St. Paul's? Now is your chance! Join us for an Acolyte and Crucifer training Sunday, February 25 following the 10:30 a.m. service. All youth grades 6 and up are welcome! Please email Laura Simpson at LPSimpson44@gmail.com with any questions.

  • Black History Month

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, Montgomery County Parks will be having several special, free programs at local sites each Saturday in February, including activities at the former plantation property in North Bethesda where Rev. Josiah Henson lived as a slave before escaping. Read about some of the activities on our Beloved Community web page. You can also go to www.HistoryInTheParks.org for more information.

  • 1968: Civil Rights Exhibit

    St. Paul’s field trip to see the exhibit “1968: Civil Rights at 50” at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., is now FULL! Many thanks to all who expressed interest. Those who have already reserved a spot may give the $25 fee to Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education (make checks payable to St. Paul's UMC with "Newseum" on the memo line). The cost covers admission, transportation, and snacks. This experience is sure to complement our church-wide journey through Lent and The Jericho Road devotionals used in class and for personal study. For more information, contact Meg Baker (mbaker@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 104).

  • 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 February and March 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.

  • Adult Sunday SChool Survey

    Following its study of Christianity & World Religions, the Adult Sunday School class will be taking a break during the Lenten season. The Adult Education Committee is evaluating the future of this class offering and would welcome your suggestions! Please stop by the table in the Narthex and fill out a very brief survey or contact Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education to share your thoughts on format, time, and content. Thank you!

  • BWC Scholarship Deadline

    Each year, the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church awards a variety of scholarships to qualified students attending or planning to attend college. The scholarship application process is open now until March 7, 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.

  • WOrld Day of Prayer

    All women and men are invited to the World Day of Prayer meeting of the Church Women United group, here at St. Paul's UMC on Friday, March 2 in the Octagon, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Our program this time is entitled "All God's Creation Is Very Good." Light refreshments will follow.

  • Community Pancake Breakfast

    Our next Community Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, March 3, 8:00-10:30 a.m. We will feature regular pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, fruit, and grits,  and a specialty pancake. 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 Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky, a long-time partner serving the Appalachian region (rbmission.org). You can read more about our Pancake Breakfasts by clicking HERE.

  • 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. On Saturday, March 3, 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, March 1Childcare is available upon request.

  • 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 generosity! We continue to provide essential pantry staples each month. The next Communion Collect will be Sunday, March 4, but you can donate non-perishables any time by placing items in the bins in the Narthex. Monetary gifts and grocery store gift cards (Safeway or Giant, $10 value each) are gratefully received in the office. All donations are welcome. 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, March 5. (IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, recipients and volunteers will be notified of changes by Hunger Ministry coordinators.) For more information about volunteering, contact Dawn Ely: dawn.c.ely@gmail.com. Read more at our Hunger Ministry page!

  • Friendship Club Meeting

    All older adults throughout the community are invited to come for the next meeting of the Friendship Club on Tuesday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. in Heavener Hall. We will enjoy entertainment, food, and fellowship. Questions? Contact Erma McWilliams, 301-774-2742 or emcwill436@aol.com.

  • Sanctuary Flowers

    If you would like to sponsor the flowers that grace our sanctuary on Sunday mornings, March 18 and March 25 are currently available, as well as some dates later in the year. You may take the bouquets home after the 10:30 a.m. worship service or have them delivered to church members who are in need of a little extra cheer. Simply add your name to the chart on the bulletin board in the church office, and then fill out the yellow Flower Request Form with your information. The cost is $65; checks may be made payable to St. Paul's UMC with "altar flowers" on the memo line.

  • Lenten Resources

    Please visit the display in the Narthex any time for materials that might be helpful to you on your own Lenten journey: The Jericho Road, our church-wide Lenten study; Lent 2018, a weekly study geared toward young families; and About Lent, a helpful guide to the meaning, history, and traditional practices of this time of repentance and renewal. You can also test your knowledge with the UMC Lent Quiz!

  • 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.