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Ernest Chausson

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Richard Proulx

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August 12, 2018

Rev. Adam B. Snell, preaching
John 6:35, 41-51

35Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
41Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." 42They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?" 43Jesus answered them, "Do not complain among yourselves. 44No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.  48I am the bread of life. 49Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
Questions to Ponder
In this week's text Jesus' declaration that he is the "bread of life" and that he has "come down from heaven" results in complaining from the people. In this third week of our sermon series on bread, ponder these questions:
 
Jesus' revelation of his divine origin ("from heaven") sparks the complaining. When you tell others where you are from, what do you say about your own origins?
 
What do the places you've lived and your own family of origin tell others about you?
 
In verse 44 Jesus says that no one can come to him unless drawn by the Father. What draws you to Jesus?

What draws you to St. Paul's?

 

Dear friends:
 
The doorbell rang early yesterday morning.
 
A busy church like St. Paul's receives many visitors throughout the day, even in the summer. Sometimes people come to pick up food from Communion Collect, drop off school supplies for the backpack build, or simply to pray in the Sanctuary. Sometimes people come by just to give a friendly greeting. Just 
about every morning Jason Swain, a Town of Kensington Public Works employee, stops in to say hello. Jason is a friendly guy, but I note he never fails to dip into the office candy jar for a little treat. Perhaps the candy jar is a bigger draw at St. Paul's than I thought.

Since church office hours don't officially begin until 9:00 a.m., sometimes early morning visitors find the doors not yet opened. These folks push all the nearby buttons, one of which is the doorbell. If I'm the only one here when the doorbell rings, I answer it.
 
Yesterday's early morning visitors were two guys from Old Dominion Freight Lines with a delivery. "What are you delivering?" I asked when I came to the door. The identity of what was coming in would determine where they should put it. Oddly enough, they couldn't tell me what it was. All they knew was that it weighed 224 lbs.

I thought something that weighed that much would fit nicely down the hall, so I asked the guys to bring it in and put it there. My curiosity piqued, I went outside to see what they would pull off the truck. As they were backing the big rig up, Jason Swain waved at me from the Town Hall side of the street. He shouted, "Is that a can dy delivery?"

We go through a lot of candy at St. Paul's, but we don't use so much that we have to ship it in via tractor trailer. The delivery was nothing more exciting than a few new tables. These tables will be handy as a new program year of ministry begins in September, but I suspect Jason was disappointed.
 
See you at St. Paul's this Sunday, friends. If you get here too early and the doors aren't yet opened, you may have to ring the doorbell. Someone will answer it, though, as always. Especially if you have 224 lbs of candy to deliver.

Peace,
 
A.B. Snell
Upcoming Events


Sunday
8/12/2018
9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:00 am

Nursery - 202
10:30 am

Worship  - Sanctuary
All children ages 2-10 are invited to attend Summer Sunday School in Rooms 200 & 203. Older children and youth will be in worship.
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:30 am
Summer Sunday School (ages 2-10) - 200, 203
11:30 am
Backpack Build - Heavener Hall
11:30 am
CYM Meeting - Youth Lounge
1:00 pm
United to Love Rally - off site, National Mall (Washington DC)
Monday

8/13/2018
10:30 am
Staff Meeting - Parlor
7:00 pm
Stephen Ministers - Octagon
7:00 pm
2x4s Book Club - off site, King home
Tuesday

8/14/2018

No church activities scheduled.
Wednesday

8/15/2018


No church activities scheduled.
Thursday

8/16/2018


No church activities scheduled.
Friday

8/17/2018


No church activities scheduled.
Saturday

8/18/2018
9:00 am
Museum of the Bible Trip - depart from parking lot
11:30 am
Funeral for Jewel Baxter - Sanctuary, Heavener Hall
Sunday

8/19/2018
9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:00 am
Nursery - 202
10:30 am
Worship - Sanctuary
All children ages 2-10 are invited to attend Summer Sunday School in Rooms 200 & 203. Older children and youth will be in worship.
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:30 am
Summer Sunday School (ages 2-10) - Rooms 200, 203
4:30 pm
Middle High SPY - Youth Lounge, MPR
6:30 pm
Senior High SPY - Youth Lounge, MPR

United to Love Rally

August 12 marks the anniversary of a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. for the "Unite the Right" rally, during which a counter-protester was killed. The National Park Service has issued approval for the white nationalist group to hold a similar rally on August 11 & 12 in Lafayette Park by the White House. As part of a prayerful response and call to action, the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church will host the rally "United to Love: Rally for Love, Peace, and Justice" on Sunday,  August 12 on the National Mall at 4th Street NW (near the Capitol Reflecting Pool and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian). The 11:00 a.m. hour will include a service of worship with the rally itself following, in the same location, at 1:00 p.m. The "United to Love Rally" will stand as an alternative to hatred, and an opportunity to claim and share God's love, peace, and justice.  As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." Bishop LaTrelle Easterling invites all individuals, faith communities, and organizations to gather to uplift the human spirit, renounce all forms of hate, challenge the climate of distrust and fear, and show that we are #unitedtolove. This event is free and open to all. Those attending are encouraged to find more information and register at https://www.unitedtolove.org/, phone 410-309-3400, or email rally@bwcumc.org.
Sunday School Details

All children ages 2-10 are invited to join Summer Sunday School classes in Rooms 200 & 203 starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays from now through September 2. We are enjoying a brand new summer curriculum from Children's Illustrated Ministries with lots of coloring and fun activities. Older children and youth will be in worship in the Sanctuary.
Church Directory

The most recent, updated version of the St. Paul's Photo Directory of members and friends is now available in the Narthex and the church office. Please take one!
Backpack Build

Once again, your generous donations of school supplies and financial support will enable us, in partnership with Interfaith Works, to get backpacks and supplies to needy children in time for the start of school. We will build the backpacks after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, August 12. Join us in Heavener Hall at 11:30 a.m. to sort and stuff supplies into bags and get everything ready to go. If you have questions, contact Angela Harvey (aeharvey1007@hotmail.com) or Leigha Gordillo (leighamj@gmail.com).
2x4s Book Club

Morality, mystery, and masterpieces will be our topics this month! Join the 2x4s Book Club, for adults in the 20s to 40s age range, on Monday, August 13 as we reconvene to discuss The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro. We will meet at the home of Jim & Rachel King, 7:30-9:00 p.m. For the address, directions, or any questions, contact Rachel at reking30@gmail.com.
Updated: Museum of the Bible Trip

St. Paul's has secured a block of tickets for the Museum of the Bible, in Washington, DC on Saturday, August 18. A van will be available for those who wish to ride from the church; the total cost for both the van ride and museum ticket is $15. The cost of the museum ticket alone is $10, and those wishing to travel another way are welcome to meet us at the Museum. (Taking metro round-trip from Forest Glen requires $6.80 metro fare / $4.30 for seniors, plus $2 parking fee per vehicle.) Food and drink may be purchased at one of the restaurants at the Museum. See www.museumofthebible.org for more about this new museum. Please sign up in the Narthex or RSVP online at http://stpaulsk.org/community/adult-education. Checks may be made out to St. Paul's UMC with "Bible Museum" in the memo line. Feel free to contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104 with any questions!
Important SPY News!

Welcome, new and returning SPYs!  Both Middle High and Senior High youth groups will be meeting on Sundays this year! We're starting weekly programming on Sunday, August 19.  Middle High will meet 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Then there's a half hour grace period for pick-ups and drop-offs before the Senior High meeting time, 6:30-8:30 p.m. We know several families are still traveling during these last few days of summer, so our "formal" kick-off weekend will be coming in September. Please note, there will be no SPY on Sunday, September 2 (Labor Day weekend). The big kickoff event for Senior High SPY is an overnight lock-in at St. Paul's beginning September 7 and ending with the Pancake Breakfast on September 8. Middle High's big kick-off event is a Pizza & Laser Tag party on September 8 at 6:30 p.m., right here in St. Paul's. Parents and guardians: we've scheduled a special time just for you to come talk about SPY with Youth Pastor Micah Smartt and others. Join us in the Youth Lounge (lower level, next to the Multi-Purpose Room) on Sunday, September 9, at 11:30 a.m. for the SPY Open House. We also have dates for Fall Retreat for the Middle High ( September 28-30) and Senior High ( November 9-11) at the West River Center. There are even more details available in the newest SPY Briefing newsletter, available in the church office or online at stpaulsk.org/community/youth. If you have any questions, you can reach Micah at msmartt@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 111.
Summer Teachers are Great Teachers!

We are in particular need of Summer Sunday School volunteer teachers for August 19 & 26. If you can spare an hour of your time on either of those days, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org, look for the sheet in the Narthex, or go to http://stpaulsk.org/community/children to sign up. Thank you for serving the church community in this way!
Windows with a Message

Please join us for a guided tour of our Sanctuary's beautiful stained glass windows on Sunday, August 26, starting at 12:00 p.m.  Rev. Adam Snell will lead participants through the many artistic representations of scriptures, symbols, stories, and historic figures that adorn our sacred space. Registration is not required but RSVPs are appreciated; please sign up in the Narthex or online at http://stpaulsk.org/community/adult-education. For more information, contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.
Altar Flowers

There are two dates still available in 2018 for sponsoring the flowers that grace our Sanctuary on Sundays. If you would like to request flowers for August 26 or November 4, please add your name to the Flower chart found on the church office bulletin board, then fill out the yellow dedication form. The cost is $65, and you may choose to take flowers home after the 10:30 a.m. worship service, or have flowers delivered to church members who appreciate a little extra cheer. (The 2019 sign-up chart should be available in mid-October.) Please contact the church office or Ginny Hagberg if you have any questions.
Pancakes on Sept. 8

Pancakes are back! Due to the Labor Day holiday, the UMM-sponsored September Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, September 8 in Heavener Hall. All are welcome! (Other pancake breakfasts will be on the first Saturday of the month, starting in October.) Serving hours are 8:00-10:30 a.m. and we offer pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, fruit, and other dishes. Donations from the September 8 breakfast will benefit the Camping Ministries of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, which supports West River Center and Camp Manidokan. 
Fall Study Coming Soon!

Our annual series of short-term and long-term adult classes will kick off this Fall starting mid-September. Our popular "Supper and Study" program will be offered on six consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning on September 11 and going through October 16, and will include a variety of course themes and instructors leading us through topics that may range from biblical scholarship or church history to current events and popular culture. The longer-term Disciple I class (34 weeks beginning September 11) will be taught over the course of the year by Rev. Adam B. Snell. We will also offer Disciple IIA (16 weeks starting October 2), co-led by Vern Schinski and Meg Baker. Look for sign-up sheets starting August 19, or go to http://stpaulsk.org/community/adult-education for updates. For more information, contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.
The Adventures of Flat Paul

Flat Paul, introduced last month as a way to keep congregants connected over the summer months, has accompanied many church members on their travels, including visits to the mountains of Tennessee, the beaches of Oahu, the vistas of Switzerland, and the cathedrals of Prague. Check out some of Flat Paul's adventures on the board in the Narthex, and pick up your own Flat Paul. Happy trails to you! People plan their path, but the LORD secures their steps. ~Proverbs 16:9  
Sunday School Leaders

It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. We are still seeking a few volunteers who are willing to lead a Sunday School class two times a month throughout the 2018-2019 school year.  If you've never done this before, that's okay - training, materials, snacks, and support will all be provided. Raising children of faith takes a village, so please prayerfully consider becoming a member of the teaching community at St. Paul's. If you can't teach on a regular basis but would be able to substitute on occasion, you are most welcome to join us! Sunday School starts on September 9. Contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 104 for more information. 
Stillness in September

Although we are currently on a summer break, Still Wednesday will return on September 12 at 7:00 p.m. to begin a new season of weekly stillness, reflection, prayer, and quiet spiritual time. We also have a new Still Weekend retreat coming up at the Dayspring Silent Retreat Center in Germantown MD, October 19-21. Look for registration details in the September edition of the Epistle or contact Kenzie Raulin (kenzier@rcn.com) with questions!
Liturgists & Communion Stewards

We welcome Liturgists to read Scripture and Communion Stewards to help serve communion during the first worship service on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Spots are now available for all Sundays in September and October. To sign up, simply add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet found here: goo.gl/Xz5T79.
Online Prayer Requests

Upcoming surgery? Have a joy or concern? In need of prayer support? Submit a prayer request online, day or night. You have the option to share your request with the Prayer Lift team or only share directly with the pastors. Visit our online prayer request form linked on our website at:  http://stpaulsk.org/community/prayer-requests.
Photo and Publications Policies

We want to show the world what the people of St. Paul's are doing, and we encourage our members to share our news and spread the Word as well. Our bulletins and the Epistle newsletter are available to the public, from visitors who walk through our doors to those visiting us through stpaulsk.org, and we use photos of St. Paul's building and people on our bulletin boards and on our website. As a rule, we do not identify children or youth by name, and we will not publish home addresses. We do list email and phone numbers for leaders and event coordinators unless you make prior arrangements to use the church office as your point of contact. We are currently working to revamp St. Paul's social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms, and these guidelines will apply there as well. If you prefer your likeness not to appear in any of these places, please contact the church office to let us know. And of course, St. Paul's has no requirement that members participate in any online activity, nor control over what individual members choose to share on their personal social media platforms.  Thanks for staying connected with St. Paul's, in so many different ways!
Announcements & Epistle Articles

The Epistle
If you have an upcoming St. Paul's-related event and want to let church members and friends know about it with an announcement in the Sunday bulletin, please email Erin Steele in the church office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org. All bulletin announcements must be received by 12:00 noon on Wednesday. The suggested length is 75 words and should include date, time, and contact information. If you have an article to go in the monthly Epistle Newsletter, please help us by submitting Epistle items to Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org no later than the 15th of the month. Please send Epistle content as a Word doc attachment with "Epistle Item" in the subject line. Each article should be about 250 words or less. Paper submissions may be placed in the yellow "Epistle" folder on the desk in the main office. Please note that Epistle articles are not automatically included in the bulletin announcements, or vice versa, so be sure to submit items separately if you want them to appear in both places. Thanks for staying connected to all that St. Paul's has to offer!
 

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