Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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generally listed in chronological order.

  • Office Hours

    The church office has re-opened!

    Monday-Thursday

    10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


    Please use the Mitchell Street door.  Appointments are encouraged year-round as staff may make outside visits or work from home. Find email contact information on our Meet the Staff page. Our phone lines had to be removed during renovation and we are in the process of getting new equipment. Please note, due to continuing construction and the school in residence, access to the rest of the building and grounds remains limited.


    We follow Montgomery County Public Schools for inclement weather delays, early dismissals, or closures.


    Worship in-person: 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM

    Read more on our Worship page.


    All plans are subject to change as the COVID-19 outbreak and the public health situation continues to evolve. Please contact the leader of your group or the church office if you have questions about a particular event or activity. 

  • SAM (Simplified Accountability Model) Info Session

    October 2 following the 10:30 AM worship service


    The Simplified Accountability Model would allow St. Paul's to combine currently existing committees (such as the Church Council, SPRC, Finance Committee, Hunger Ministry, United Methodist Men, etc.) into two groups (one Strategy, Accountability and Leadership Table and one Ministry Table), with a goal of simplified communication among church leaders and a more effective ministry in our church and local community. 


    You have a voice! Church members will be invited to vote on whether St. Paul's will move in this direction at our Church Conference on October 11, 2022. 


    For more information, click the button to download the *pdf SAM guide prepared by Rachel Stalcup.


    SAM Guide

  • Apple Sale and Pancake Breakfast

    The United Methodist Men are planning to have an Apple Sale in late October or early November and a Pancake Breakfast on December 3. 


    We can only hold these events if we can secure a sufficient number of volunteers. 


    Although the UMM sponsors these events, proceeds benefit St. Paul's and regional charities. There are plenty of volunteer spots for all men, women, youth, and even families.


    Please contact Jerry Watkins if you have questions or would be able to help out. (If you don't have Jerry's personal email address or phone, contact stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org and the office can connect you.)


    The apple sale would be modeled after the last sale which was held in the fall of 2020 in which orders were placed and paid on-line and then picked up at the church. More specific information will be provided in the near future.

  • Attention All Crafters!

    The annual St. Paul’s Craft Fair will be happening again this Fall on Sundays November 6 & 13. The Craft Fairs feature crafts created and donated by St. Paul’s members and friends. All types of crafts are welcome including painting, needlework, photography, cards, jewelry, glass, pottery, and more. As in past years, all proceeds will be donated to charity. If you have questions, suggestions for a designated charity, or need help with craft pick-up, please contact Karen Codner (kdc811@gmail.com) or Mary Revenis (mrevenis@cnmc.org).

  • October Celebrations

    October isn't all Halloween and apple cider and pumpkin spice. In October we observe:


    ● Hispanic Heritage


    ● Breast Cancer Awareness


    ● Domestic Violence Awareness


    ● Bullying Prevention


    ● Clergy Appreciation


    Find a way during the month to educate yourself, honor those who have been affected, serve the cause or celebrate your pastors. 

  • UMM Driver Service

    The United Methodist Men's group now offers a driver service to take adult St. Paul’s members to medical-related appointments in and around Montgomery County at no charge. A list of volunteer drivers is posted in the church office. Please keep in mind you may have to make more than one call to find a driver who is available for the specific day and time you need a ride. Contact Rich Higgins at rgh1954@verizon.net if you have UMM questions.

  • Daily Breath

    Wednesdays

    9:00 AM


    These live online sessions happen once a week and provide a morning time of sharing, prayer, or music led by St. Paul’s clergy, staff, or volunteer leaders. It's usually between 10 and 20 minutes designed to help keep us calm and connected in a social online space.


    Visit facebook.com/stpaulskensington - no Facebook account required.

  • Lydia Circle Meetings

    The Lydia Circle sisters will begin meeting the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM starting October 2022. 


    Any woman who would like to join us can email Susan Schwarz (contact the office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org if you need Susan's personal email address) or call 301-339-8242 for details. 


    Plans could change month to month, so be sure to get on the Lydia Circle list for updates.

  • Phone System Update

    As is the case with most electronic systems, our phone system has come to the end of its life cycle at St. Paul's! We are in the process of identifying and procuring a new system and once that is done and installed, we will let you know. Until then, please know there is no operating phone system at the church. 


    The renovation has affected many of our day to day operations - from our phone system and computer server to our copy machine. Thank you for your patience while we work it out! 

  • Lay Readers for 9:00 AM

    We are welcoming new Lay Readers (to read the scripture) who would like to assist in the first worship service, 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. There are dates available throughout the autumn! To sign up, simply click the button below and add your name and email address to the spreadsheet next to your chosen date. 


    9:00 Lay Readers


    If you have questions, please contact the church office or Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton (kfulton (at) stpaulsk.org).

  • New Member information

    If you are not yet a full member of St. Paul’s but are interested in becoming one, please contact Pastor Pat (pallen@stpaulsk.org) at any time to discuss what’s involved. 

  • Flower Chart Available

    The flowers that grace our Sanctuary each Sunday are sponsored by members and friends of St. Paul’s. The flower chart is now back up in the office! You may select open dates and make dedications in memory, honor, or celebration. You may also contact Erin Steele in the office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org to inquire about sponsoring flowers. The cost is $45.  Following 10:30 AM worship, you may take home your flower arrangement.


  • Yarn Ministry

    7:00 PM

    Twice a month


    All crafters welcome at these meetings in person at the church, with covid precautions in place, or via Zoom. Bring your knitting, crochet, or other work. Please contact Karen Codner directly or email the church office (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org) for information. 


    Yarn Ministry Meeting Schedule for 2022:

    7:00 PM

    January 10 and 24

    February 14 and 28

    March 14 and 28

    April 11 and 25

    May 9 and 23

    June 13 and 27

    July 11 and 25

    Aug 8 and 22

    Sept 12 and 26

    Oct 10 and 24

    Nov 14 and 28

    Dec 12


    The annual Yarn Ministry Craft Fair was a great success! All proceeds from the Craft Fair are donated to charity. Look for more details and contact information in upcoming editions of The Epistle newsletter!

  • Martha Circle Meetings

    The Martha Circle is taking summer break early and will NOT meet in May or during the summer months due to the building renovation. All ladies interested in keeping up with Martha Circle activities should contact coordinator Ginny Hagberg (mdcatlover@aol.com, 301-770-7624) for the latest news and updates.

  • Card Ministry

    The Card Ministry will assess whether in-person card distribution can continue during the renovation or if we need to take a temporary pause.


    On typical Sundays, anyone can stop by the Welcome Desk to pick up a pre-addressed, pre-stamped card! You can write a personal note or simply sign the card and drop it in the mail. We know the card recipients are truly thankful for the notes that come their way.


    Want to send your own card later, or to spend some time in prayer for our members and friends? When someone experiences illness, grief, or a joyous life change and wants to share that news, we include them on the Congregational Care list. You can find a fresh copy of the full Congregational Care list at the Welcome Desk each week. 

  • Sunday School

    Christian Education programming for children in Grade 5 and younger is an important part of the life of St. Paul's. We are adapting to serve the needs and interests of our parents and teachers for 2022, to offer service-based projects during the summer, and to keep everyone as safe as possible while we navigate covid. Please see our Children's Page for current information. If you have additional questions, please contact Meg Baker, mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext 104. 

  • Church Directory

    Have you moved lately? Please send fresh addresses, new photos, updated telephone numbers or email addresses, or other updates to Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org.


    The next edition of the directory of members and friends will be printed for Fall 2022.


    If you know someone who would like a copy but cannot come to the church in person, please email the office to request a copy be sent by mail. 

  • Giving your time and Talents

    We can’t get “back to normal” without our volunteers! Many of our groups are welcoming new and returning volunteers. These are all great ways to reconnect with St. Paul's and give of your time and talents. Schedules are flexible. Here's a short list sharing some of the types of tasks involved:

    • Welcome Ministry: Greet those arriving at the main door of the church on Sunday morning, remind them to sign in, and direct guests to the Sanctuary.
    • Sunday Office Volunteers: Sit in the main church office during 10:30 worship and direct worshipers to the Sanctuary or restrooms, and leave notes for the weekday staff. There is an audio feed of the Sunday 10:30 service.
    • Hunger Ministry: Inventory food supplies, pack bags, assist with distribution, drive and drop off groceries in the 20895 ZIP code. SSL hours are available!

    Other opportunities are available! Contact Erin Steele in the office for more info: stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org.

  • The Upper Room Mailing List

    If you would like to regularly receive copies of The Upper Room devotionals booklets through the mail, we can add you to the mailing list. Contact Erin Steele in the church office. Then, as  our shipment of books arrives every two  months, we'll send the latest issue to you. 


    Please email Erin at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org with your name, current mailing address, and whether you prefer the pocket-size booklet or large print.


  • Scammers

    Multiple churches throughout the UMC and the Baltimore-Washington region have had recent reports of scammers, posing as churches or church leaders, attempting to scam members of the church community by requesting money or gift cards. 


    Often, scammers will create fake email accounts, copying the name of a pastor or using the name of the church (which is public information). Some scammers will send text messages, social media posts, or phone calls. 


    Please know that all our online and e-giving options can all be found through our website: stpaulsk.org/giving, and we will not ask you to use another donation method or send donations to an individual. 


    Donations by check or grocery store cards for the Hunger Ministry should only be mailed to the church's physical address (10401 Armory Avenue, Kensington MD 20895). 


    If you receive a suspicious request for money or gifts, please disregard it or, if you have questions, contact Erin Steele at the church office to double check (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org).

  • Re-Entry Plans

    The Re-Entering Well team has created guidelines and procedures showing a path forward so some activities may resume in St. Paul's spaces. 


    Before any user or group can re-enter St. Paul's spaces, the Re-Entering Well team requires a written re-entry plan be submitted for review, revision, and approval. Plans for re-entry must follow protocols to minimize risk and preserve the health and well-being of our community. Ministry leaders and groups who regularly use the building at St. Paul's should have received an email inviting your submissions. 


    If you have questions, please contact Erin Steele at the church office (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org) or another member of the Re-Entering Well team: Steve Lillie, Phil Rush, Nathan Bazawada, Dr. Hal Frazier, Marge Higgins, Tracey Furman, Erin Bone Steele, and Rev. Dr. Pat Allen.

  • Still WEdnesday Still Meeting

    Still Wednesday will continue to meet in-person outdoors (weather permitting) or using ZOOM. Click here for more information. We take breaks during the summer but have weekly meeting in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.


    Still Wednesday meets on Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm to create a sacred space full of quiet, peace, and opportunities for reflection. For more information, visit the Still Wednesday page.

  • Weekly News & other announcements

    Want to stay on top of events at St. Paul's? Please visit our Epistle & Weekly News page to sign up for the email newsletter. The form couldn't be simpler - you'll provide your name, email address, check a box, and click a button. That's all! If you have trouble, contact the church office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org. You can also check out our guidelines for submitting material if you have an event or activity to share. Our policies about sharing photos and contact information is also available here.

  • PrayerWaves

    You can join a time of prayer by phone on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. as we lift the prayers of the people over the airwaves. Visit our Prayer Requests page to learn how.

  • NO Pancake Breakfast

    Pancake Breakfast has been canceled until further notice due to covid-19.


    During normal operations, serving hours are 8:00-10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall on the first Saturday of each month September-June. We have a long-standing tradition of offering pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, fruit, and other dishes. Instead of a fixed price, we request a goodwill donation. All proceeds are donated to charities that work to aid those throughout our region and the world.


    Due to COVID-19, we are unsure whether or how we will be able to offer pancakes on our usual schedule in September, so stay tuned for more information! Read more at our Pancake Breakfast page!

  • Changes to Food collection and distribution

    Our Hunger Ministry served recipients who live in the 20895 ZIP code.


    To help re-stock the pantry, pick up a shopping list from the Narthex or visit https://stpaulsk.org/service/hunger-ministry. Monetary donations to support the Hunger Ministry are always welcome and may be mailed to the church office or can be made securely online.


    Please read more at our Hunger Ministry page!


    The Hunger Ministry's monthly Communion Collect takes place the first Sunday of the month when our generous donors provide nonperishable food and sort and pack supplies. Families facing food insecurity are welcomed to the Fellowship Hall on the second Monday of the month to receive grocery items and a meal to-go provided by our partners at Campus Kitchens. 


    We look forward to continuing distribution with some extra covid-precautions in place.

  • Building REnovation Project Update

    Go to our RENOVATION page to read more and submit a question! St. Paul's long-awaited building renovation project is designed to make our church ADA accessible, to connect our spaces for easier navigation and a more welcoming environment, and to shape our interior so we can host our mission and engagement efforts. The Building and Capital Campaign Committees have already worked with architects to draw up plans, bring them into line with our budget, invite donors to give above-and-beyond normal offerings, and to pull county permits for work. Submit your questions for our Building Renovation team as we move into the next phase and get ready to break ground. Committee leaders will use your thoughts to develop a Frequently Asked Questions guide. 

  • History & Heritage

    If our Heritage Sunday celebration in April sparked your interest, you can purchase a copy of The Spirit of Methodism in Kensington, 1885-2007 for $10.00. Contact the church office or Jack Lipscomb of the St. Paul's History Committee. The St. Paul's history book is an award-winning trove of information about our church from its founding to recent years, and is full of historical photos and interesting stories recounting everything from musical performances at the White House to cream pies being thrown at a former pastor.

Weather  POLicy

St. Paul's building and all St. Paul's activities (except for Worship) follow the Montgomery County Public Schools announcements for weather-related delays, closures, and cancellations. 


When Montgomery County Public Schools are on a "2-hour delay" day, the church office opens at 11:30 a.m. and any activities meant to begin before 11:30 a.m. will be canceled or rescheduled. When Montgomery County Public Schools are closed or weekend activities are canceled due to weather events, St. Paul's is also closed and activities will be canceled or rescheduled. 


The exception to this is Sunday worship: if Montgomery County Schools closes or cancels events on a Sunday, the pastors will assess whether it is safe to travel and make a decision about worship services by 7:00 a.m.


We update this web page with information regularly but you may also refer to http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/ or contact the leader of a specific activity for more information. 


Your safety is the first priority – please use your own best judgment before venturing out in any inclement weather conditions.