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.

  • Sunday School Details

    We are on our regular schedule on January 14, 2018 when children age 2 through grade 5 will begin with Opening Chapel in the DuVall Chapel before transitioning to their classrooms with their teachers, and Youth in grades 6-12 will have Sunday School classes in youth wing starting at 10:30 a.m.

  • 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 have our first rehearsal of 2018 on Sunday, January 14 at 11:45 a.m. in the Choir Room, Room 211.

  • 2x4s Book Club - January

    2x4s (folks in their 20s-40s) Third Thursday Book Club January book pick is Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this prophetic work, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America's future including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. Join the discussion at the Matheny Noyce home during MLK week, Thursday, January 18, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Contact Rev. Claire Matheny for more information (cmatheny@stpaulsk.org).

  • 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, February 4, 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, February 5IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, recipients will be notified of an alternative way to pick-up. For more information about volunteering, contact Dawn Ely: dawn.c.ely@gmail.com. Read more at our Hunger Ministry page!

  • Lenten Study 2018 Coming Soon!

    This Lent, St. Paul’s Adult Education Committee will again sponsor several short-term class offerings. Registration for the classes, as well as further details and full descriptions, will be available starting Sunday, January 21. Classes begin the week of February 11; most courses will meet for 6 weeks and be held on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

  • 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 January, 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.

  • Community Pancake Breakfast

    Our next Community Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 3, 8:00-10:30 a.m. We will feature regular pancakes, a specialty pancake, 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 regional charities and and to help feed those in need in the Kensington area. 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, February 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. Childcare is available upon request.

  • Friendship Club Meeting

    Due to icy winter weather, the January meeting of the Friendship Club was canceled. All older adults are invited to come for the February meeting on Tuesday, February 13 at 11:30 a.m. in Heavener Hall. Please plan to join in the fun, food, and entertainment. Contact: Erma McWilliams, 301-774-2742 or emcwill436@aol.com.

  • 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.

  • New Baby Meal Train

    Pat & Lesley Maloney welcomed daughter Collier Jane Roth Maloney on Tuesday, December 19. Mother and baby are doing well. We are delighted to continue our new baby meal ministry by blessing the Maloneys from our kitchens. 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!

  • BWC Scholarships

    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 January 3 - 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.

  • Coffee Time

    We are blessed to gather each Sunday following worship for good conversation and fellowship, and cookies and coffee! We need a few more 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.

  • Memphis Sojourn

    Rev. Matheny will be leading a trip for United Methodist members and friends of the Baltimore-Washington Conference to journey to her hometown of Memphis TN, April 3-7, 2018. This Sojourn of remembrance commemorates the life of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination on April 4, 1968. We will visit historic sites, hear from dynamic speakers, and engage in daily prayer. Registration is live: http://www.bwcumc.org/events/mlk50/ For more information, contact Rev. Matheny: cmatheny@stpaulsk.org. 

  • Thanks for Giving

    There are a number of special ways St. Paul's helped our neighbors in need have a more joyful holiday this season. As always, your generosity makes these efforts possible. This year you provided Christmas gifts for 300+ children in our community as well as a $25 gift card for each of the 120 households. The icing on the cake is the time and talent you bring to the annual Cookies & Carols Party held in honor of our Kensington Hunger Ministry families, leading the crowd in songs of praise, helping the children "shop" for their parents, running craft and cupcake-decorating stations, and providing physical and spiritual refreshment for all. Thank you again for your bountiful acts of compassion. 

                                                     ~ Jean Langbein, Kim Longsworth, and Meg Baker

  • 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