Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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generally listed in chronological order.

  • Calendar

    The church is open to the public Monday-Thursday, 10AM-3PM (please find more details below)

    Worship on Sundays: 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM

    The church is closed on most holidays. 

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


    All activities have been modified due to COVID-19. Most in-person meetings have moved to online or phone ministries. Those groups meeting in person will be modifying their format to require masks, allow for distancing, and enhanced cleaning. Some groups may meet outside.


    All dates 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. 

  • Church office hours

    Office Hours for Sept 1 - Dec. 31, 2021

    Monday-Thursday

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Closed Fridays & Saturdays

    Open for worship on Sundays


    Our crew of weekday office volunteers will be glad to answer your phone calls or welcome you in to drop off a letter, check out a book, pray in the Sanctuary, or visit the staff! 


    However, if you want to be sure that a specific person will be here to meet you, please reach out in advance. Clergy and staff continue to work a full-time schedule with hours that may be earlier, later, involve off-site visits, or even working from home. Making an appointment with the person you wish to see is highly recommended! Email is the best way to reach us. Staff contact info is on our Meet the Staff page


    As part of our Re-Entering Well work protocols, staff and regularly-scheduled volunteers may be unmasked while in their respective offices and work spaces. Masks will be worn when other persons are present, or when social distancing is not possible.


    The office will be closed to the public on Friday & Saturday. St. Paul's is open for worship hours on Sunday. 


    We'll continue to re-assess our "open hours" when building renovations are likely to begin, and adjust as needed as we continue our journey through the changing pandemic landscape.

  • Daily Breath

    Schedule Update!

    Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning Sept. 7

    9:00 AM

    Facebook Live


    Looking for a way to start your day with a calm breath and fresh spiritual encouragement? During this live session, clergy and staff at St. Paul's, including Pastor Kate, Pastor Pat, Meg Baker, Micah Smartt, and Tom Pedersen, take turns leading a casual, meditative time that could include scripture, music, thoughts to ponder, prayer, personal stories of the faith journey, and a chance to reflect on the eternal power of God's love even in challenging times.


    For summer 2021, we will share the Daily Breath just one day a week, on Wednesdays mornings. The last Wednesday session will be on September 1.


    As always, the videos remain available for later viewing. 


    Visit https://www.facebook.com/stpaulskensington - no Facebook account required!


  • Church Council Meeting

    Monday, Sept. 20

    7:00-8:30 PM

    Room 109


    The Church Council will meet in person at St. Paul's this month. Church Council meetings are open to all who wish to attend, although only council members have a vote. Questions may be directed to Bill Butz, Church Council chair (william.butz@icloud.com).

  • Lydia Circle Meetings

    Beginning in-person meetings in Fall 2021!

    Wednesday, September 8

    (rescheduled from previous date of Sept. 1 due to inclement weather)

    7:00 PM


    Lydia Circle has been meeting every two weeks via Zoom since May 2020 and will now be moving to in-person meetings. 


    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 p.m.

    Twice a month in 2021:

    July 12 and 26

    Aug 9 and 23

    Sept 13 and 27

    Oct 11 and 25

    Nov 8 and 22

    Dec 13 and 27


    We continue to meet on Zoom throughout the summer and enjoy a time of fellowship. 


    Starting in September, we plan to hold meetings in person at the church with covid precautions in place. Please contact Karen Codner directly or email the church office (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org) for information.


    We are currently planning a Craft Fair for Fall of 2021! Proceeds again will be designated for worthy charities.

  • SPRC Staff Appreciation Fund

    In celebration of Pastor Kate’s ordination this coming October, the Staff-Parish Relations Committee is welcoming financial contributions to the Staff-Parish Appreciation Fund, which will be used to purchase a gift on behalf of the congregation.


    If you are moved to contribute, donations may be made online by credit card using the “Additional Contribution Options” feature at stpaulsk.org/giving and entering “staff appreciation fund” in the line for the designated fund or cause. 


    Donations by check are also welcome, made payable to “St. Paul's UMC” with “staff appreciation fund” in the memo. Checks can be placed in Sunday offering plates or mailed to the church: St. Paul's UMC, Attn: Michelle Gregonis, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington MD 20895.

  • UMW Reading Group

    Monday, October 4

    7:00 pm

    Zoom


    We are beginning our new reading year with Women Rise Up, Sacred Stories of Resistance for Today’s Revolution by Katey Zeh. 


    The book tells the story of Biblical women and their enduring witness in our lives, causing us to be “more resilient, more compassionate, and better able to rise up in the face of injustices near and far.” Katey Zeh “seamlessly marries her scriptural imagination with an activist sensibility.” The goal is to make Biblical women more immediate to us in 2021 and learn what they can teach us today. 


    It is available from Amazon ($14.99) and other booksellers, and has 184 pages. We will be meeting via Zoom on October 4 at 7:00 pm. For questions, please contact Cathy Knepper directly or contact the church office. (Quotes from the book review by Erin Lane.)

  • Card Ministry

    If you have unused greeting cards, consider donating them for the Card Ministry. There is a plastic box at the Welcome Desk. Our volunteers will address them for members and friends experiencing challenges and changes.


    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 2021. Kick-off for the Fall term will be on September 12. 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. 

  • BWC Annual Conference

    The Baltimore-Washington Conference's annual conference, Oct. 25-27, originally planned as an in-person event, has now moved to a virtual experience. For more information about viewing visit https://www.bwcumc.org/events/2021-annual-conference/.

  • Church Directory

    Have you moved lately? We are getting ready to print a refreshed copy of the church directory of St. Paul’s members and friends. Please send updated contact information or other updates to Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext 100. Family photo updates also welcome!


    Printed copies of the Spring 2021 Directory of St. Paul's Members & Friends are available 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!
    • Worship Livestream Team: Set up cameras on Sunday, plug in cables, help run the subtitles for the video feed using Powerpoint.

    Contact Erin Steele in the office for more info: stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org.

  • New St. Paul's Logo

    Over a period of several months, St. Paul's clergy and staff, with some generous advice from consultants, have engaged in a process to conceive and design a new logo that is distinct and original for our church. Thanks largely to the ongoing work of Micah Smartt, we are entering 2021 with a new, fresh set of graphics. We are excited to have a design that is unique to St. Paul's and reflects that we are a church that has been "Journeying together since 1885."


    You can expect to see the new designs appear in our print communications, YouTube, website, newsletters, letterhead, in-house signs, and other places. It will take a little time to transition so all of our materials have one of the new logos, and we thank you for your patience. 


  • 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 coordinators are planning to resume in-person distribution to recipients who live in the 20895 ZIP code, starting in September 2021!


    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!


    Under normal operations, 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 in the following days for a meal and to receive grocery items. We look forward to resuming 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. 

  • Lay Readers & Communion Stewards

    We are welcoming new Lay Readers (to read the scripture) and Communion Stewards (to help serve communion) who would like to assist in the first worship service, 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. There are dates available throughout the summer! To sign up online, simply add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet found here: goo.gl/Xz5T79. If you have questions, please contact the church office or Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton (kfulton [at] stpaulsk.org).

  • 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.