Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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generally listed in chronological order.

  • Calendar

    All activities have been modified due to COVID-19. Most in-person meetings have been canceled or 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.

    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. 

  • New Church Directory - Ready for pick-up

    Printed copies of the Spring 2021 Directory of St. Paul's Members & Friends will be available for pick-up at in-person Sunday worship starting on Easter, April 4! You can also pick up copies during our new Spring office hours.

  • Spring office hours

    Announcing our new office hours for Spring 2021!

    Starting Monday, April 12, 2021


    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    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! Staff contact info is on our Meet the Staff page. Masks are required. 

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

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

  • Calling All Acolytes & Crucifers!

    We're back in the Sanctuary for worship, so that means we are excited to have our acolytes and crucifers back in action! Please use the sign up link (click here) and add your name for days and times this Spring  when you can serve. If you're not an acolyte or crucifer but might like to be one, please contact Laura Simpson directly or email Erin in the church office to learn the next steps. 

  • Yarn Ministry

    7:00 p.m.

    Twice a month in 2021:

    January 11 & 25

    Feb 8 & 22

    Mar 8 & 22

    April 12 & 26

    May 10 & 24

    June 14 & 21

    July 12 & 26

    We continue to meet on Zoom and enjoy a time of fellowship. Please contact Karen Codner directly or email the church office (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org) for the Zoom invite. Since we weren't able to hold a craft fair sale this December, our members had a number of warm hats and scarves on hand to donate directly to the women at a women's shelter in southeast Washington DC. We have even had a few conversations about planning the 2021 Craft Fair. Here's hoping!

  • 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 soon 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

    We are starting a new mailing list for those who wish to regularly receive paper  copies of The Upper Room. Contact Erin  Steele to be added to the list. Then, as  our shipment of books arrives every two  months, we'll send them to you through  the mail. 

    Please email Erin at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org with your name, current mailing address, and whether you prefer the pocket-size booklet  or large print. You may also call and leave a message at 301-933-7933 ext 100. 

    To receive a  single copy without joining the list, please phone Meg Baker at  301-933-7933 ext. 104. 

  • Card Ministry: Online Congregational Care Log now available!

    Thank you to all who care for our members and friends by sending cards and warm wishes in times of grief, change, and celebration. Anyone who wishes to send cards and access the Congregational Care (aka "Sick List") should contact Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org and she will provide you with the link to our new online card ministry log. Please note: this is a "Bring Your Own Cards & Postage" ministry opportunity. We are not able to supply cards and stamps at this time.

  • Sunday School

    Sunday School is available for students age 2 through grade 5, with classes happening virtually for Fall 2020 & Spring 2021. Teachers may provide a variety of recorded materials and activities. Quarterly materials packets are delivered to families' doorsteps and flyers, worksheets, and activity pages are provided each week by email. For students age 2 through grade 5, sign up your child for Sunday School by contacting Meg Baker, mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext 104. 

  • Lydia Circle Meetings

    Every other Friday

    1:30 p.m. (NEW TIME!)

    Lydia Circle has been meeting every two weeks via Zoom since May. We enjoy seeing each other and just discussing what we have all been doing, along with an update on our Smart Sacks activities led by Lyn Walker. Anyone 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. She will put you on our email list to get a Zoom invitation.

  • Daily Breath

    Mondays - Wednesdays - Fridays

    9:00 a.m.

    Facebook Live

    Looking for a way to start your day with a calm breath and fresh spiritual encouragement? Three days a week, Pastor Kate or another leader will offer a short session with scripture, thoughts to ponder, prayer, and a chance to reflect on the eternal power of God's love even in challenging times.

  • 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, 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, and you're done! 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 will NOT hold a distribution night until further notice. Existing clients will receive grocery store cards by mail. This allows maximum flexibility for purchasing the items they need the most.

    Monetary donations to support the Hunger Ministry are still 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. The following day, families facing food insecurity are welcomed to the Fellowship Hall for a hot meal and to receive grocery items. We look forward to resuming distribution as soon as possible. 

  • 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. 

  • Friendship Club CANCELED

    The Friendship Club for older adults has temporarily suspended all activities. This community group would normally meet for a potluck lunch and entertainment at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall on the second Tuesday of the month, October-May, with a "field trip" in June. 

  • Flower Deliveries

    Spread the love of St. Paul's by delivering flowers to those who are in need of a little extra cheer. A sign-up sheet is available in the church office. Flower Delivery people collect a bunch of flowers from the Sanctuary following the 10:30 a.m. worship service, then use a map and card provided to stop by the home of a church member or friend. It's an easy, family-friendly way to minister to our faith community. Please contact the church office or Ginny Hagberg if you have any questions.

  • 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.