Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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generally listed in chronological order.

  • Office Hours

    The office is open to the public

    Monday-Thursday, 10AM-3PM


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


    The church office is closed on most holidays. We follow Montgomery County Public Schools for inclement weather delays, early dismissals, or closures.


    Worship on Sundays: 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. 

  • Art Sale

    Sundays

    November 14 & 21

    after worship


    Local artist and friend of St. Paul’s, Suly Uberman, has donated a number of original artworks to raise funds for St. Paul’s Justice & Compassion Community Grants program, and the new Technology Advancement Fund. These works are available for sale in the Narthex at the same time as the Craft Fair on Sundays.

  • Craft Fair

    Craft Fair

    November 14 & 21 after worship

    November 16 & 18, 1:00-4:00 PM


    Shop the craft Yarn Ministry Craft Fair this year on two Sundays after worship, and during the week on Tuesday Nov. 16 & Thursday Nov. 18, 1:00-4:00 PM. All craft items are handmade by St. Paul's members and friends, and all proceeds are donated to charity. Questions? Please contact Mary Revenis (mrevenis@cnmc.org).

  • Martha Circle Meetings

    Wednesday, December 1

    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. 


    The Martha Circle is returning for our first in-person activities with a monthly meeting starting the first Wednesday of December in the Octagon. Join us for lunch ($5) and fellowship. 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.

  • Yarn Ministry

    7:00 p.m.

    Twice a month in 2021:

    Nov 8 and 22

    Dec 13 and 27


    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. 


    The annual Yarn Ministry Craft Fair will be held this November with sales on November 14 and 21 in the Octagon. Donations of crafts made by St. Paul's members and friends are gladly accepted for sale. All proceeds from the Craft Fair will be donated to charity. Look for more details and contact information in next week’s announcements!

  • Church Conference

    Sunday, October 17

    1:30 PM

    Zoom


    This annual meeting provides a "state of the church" snapshot from key areas including Staff-Parish Relations, Finance, Facilities, and the Pastors' Report. As in previous years, this Church Conference meeting will include multiple churches in our geographic cluster, and will be presided over by a representative designated by our district superintendent. 


    All are welcome to attend. The Zoom meeting will be managed by the BWC Administrator; pre-registration required. Click the button below to go to the registration page.

    Church Conference Zoom Registration

  • 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).

  • Daily Breath

    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.


    As always, the videos remain available for later viewing. 


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


  • Lydia Circle Meetings

    Beginning in-person meetings in Fall 2021!

    First Wednesday of the month

    7:00 PM


    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.

  • 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. 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? 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 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. 

  • 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.