Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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generally listed in chronological order.

  • 2x4 Movie Night: Finding Ohana

    May 7, 6:00 PM

    Join the 2x4s – a fellowship group for folks (mostly) in their 20s-40s – for a family-friend movie night in the Multi-Purpose Rooml! We'll enjoy pizza while watching Finding Ohana. In this film, a summer in rural O‘ahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage. Please RSVP by 12:00 noon on May 7, so we can order enough pizza!

    Click the button to RSVP!

    RSVP: Movie Night

  • Office Hours

    The office is open to the public through May 5

    Monday-Thursday, 10AM-3PM

    We are closed on Fridays and federal holidays.

    PLEASE NOTE: Our building renovation begins on May 9. For safety purposes, the offices will be closed to the public and there will be no drop-in hours for the duration of the renovation. To see a staff member during renovation, please make an appointment!

    Appointments are encouraged as staff may make outside visits or work from home. Find contact information on our Meet the Staff page.

    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. 

  • Ruskin-Best WEdding

    May 7

    3:30 PM

    Halcyon Ruskin and Ian Best invite their St. Paul's friends and family to attend their wedding ceremony. The service will take place in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's at 3:30 PM on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

  • 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).

  • Special Farewell Coffee Hour

    Sunday, June 12

    We will celebrate Pastor Kate's ministry at St. Paul's and wish her well as she moves to her new job as pastor of Trinity UMC in Germantown. The SPRC will host a special reception with light snacks in the Fellowship Hall following the 10:30 AM worship service.

  • New Member information

    If you are not yet a full member of St. Paul’s but are interested in becoming one, contact Pastor Kate (kfulton@stpaulsk.org) to discuss what’s involved. The next date we will be receiving new members in worship will be in May.

  • Flower Chart Available

    The flowers that grace our Sanctuary each Sunday are sponsored by members and friends of St. Paul’s. During the building renovation, our usual paper Flower Calendar normally found in the main office will not be accessible, but we will adapt! 

    We are preparing an online sign-up form so you may select open dates and make dedications in memory, honor, or celebration. Look for the link next week! The cost is $45. 

    Following 10:30 AM worship, you may take home your flower arrangement. Please contact Erin Steele in the church office if you have questions.

  • Martha Circle Meetings

    The Martha Circle is taking summer break early and will NOT meet in May due to preparations for 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.

  • Lydia Circle Meetings

    In-person meetings on the first Wednesday of the month

    7:00 PM, location varies

    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.

  • 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!

  • Daily Breath

    New! Once a week on Wednesdays

    9:00 AM

    Live online sessions are designed to help keep us calm and connected during covid-19, and provide a time of sharing, prayer, or music led by St. Paul’s clergy and staff. Visit facebook.com/stpaulskensington - no facebook account required.

  • 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. 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 or 301-933-7933 ext 100.

    Printed copies of the 2021 Directory of St. Paul's Members & Friends are available in the office, Narthex, and upon request. If you know someone who would like a copy but cannot come to the church in person, please call or 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.

  • 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. 

    Please go to the Connection During Covid-19 page to find out how to create and submit a proposal.

    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, Laura Tribble, Phil Rush, Nathan Bazawada, Dr. Hal Frazier, Marge Higgins, Tracey Furman, Erin Bone Steele, Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, and Rev. Dr. Pat Allen.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Still WEdnesday Still Meeting

    Still Wednesday will continue to meet using ZOOM. Click here for more information.

    Once we resume operations, we invite you to visit in person on Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm to spend time in a sacred space full of quiet, peace, and opportunities for reflection. For more information, visit the Still Wednesday page.

  • 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. 

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  • 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.