Highlights This Week

Music This Sunday

#92 For the Beauty of the Earth
One Bread, One Body
(9:00 a.m. only)
#634 Now Let Us from This Table Rise

Sanctuary Choir:

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
arr. Marvin Mills

Special Music:

Morning Has Broken
arr. Elvie Melegrito

Funga Alafia
Nigerian folk song


Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
John A. Behnke

from the opera  The Love of Three Oranges
Serge Prokofiev

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October 1, 2017 

Rev. Adam B. Snell, preaching
Isaiah 25:6-9

Isaías 25:6 -- Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)
6 Sobre este monte, el Señor Todopoderoso
preparará para todos los pueblos
un banquete de manjares especiales,
un banquete de vinos añejos,
de manjares especiales y de selectos vinos añejos.
Isaiah 25:6-9 -- New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, 
of well-aged wines strained clear.
7 And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Questions to Ponder
This week's passage from Isaiah sets us up for the holy meal we will celebrate this Communion Sunday.
Ponder these questions:

The mountain on which God will prepare the feast is Mount Zion, in Jerusalem. To Isaiah's readers this holy place is where God's presence is most keenly felt. Where is your holy place, your Mount Zion?

Imagine Jesus has invited you to eat a meal with him. He is eager to prepare any food you desire. From salad to dessert, what would you put on the menu?

Christians around the globe will receive the bread and the cup of Holy Communion this World Communion Sunday. If you could eat this holy meal with the people in a church of any nation other than your own, which would it be?

Why that particular nation?


Dear friends:

We found a new place to eat.
Each September the St. Paul's staff leaves the church on a particular Monday morning and spends a few hours together in a retreat environment. This past Monday was our annual staff retreat. Especially since Meg and Micah are new full-time additions to our team, this was a welcomed opportunity for all of us to get away from a busy church and simply connect with each other in a quiet space.
For the past several years we've journeyed to Fulton, MD to enjoy the hospitality of the Baltimore-Washington Conference Center for our retreat. This is the headquarters of the broader denominational leadership in our area, the place where the bishop and the district superintendents and others have their offices.
When we arrived I wandered over to the coffee machine in the lobby. While the hospitality may be good at the Conference Center, the coffee there is awful (if you tell the bishop I said this, I will deny it). But, the coffee is also free. While I was getting some free, awful coffee, I saw the bishop. She was getting ready for a meeting with her own staff, but she paused from her own preparations to come welcome the St. Paul's team. Greetings and smiles were exchanged, no mention was made of the coffee quality, and we moved on.
During our time together that morning Rev. Matheny led us through several self-reflective exercises using the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a tool which helps us to see ourselves as we have been created underneath the masks we wear (the Greek word for mask is "persona"). It was a rich time, and we discovered much about ourselves and each other.
The best discovery, however, was the new restaurant at which the nine of us enjoyed lunch. The area around the Conference Center continues to grow and develop, and there are now several dining locales within walking distance. We picked a good one in Hudson Coastal, a nearby seafood restaurant. As is the power of a shared table, we all enjoyed fine conversation as we ate, and I demolished a delicious shrimp salad sandwich and onion rings. I didn't even leave salt on my plate.
Our staff retreat is over, and we're all energized for another Sunday, and another year, of ministry. See you this Sunday, friends, as we gather in a familiar place to feast at that sacred Communion table. I can't promise good coffee, but I will guarantee a great meal.

A.B. Snell
Upcoming Events

9:00 am

Nursery - 202
9:00 am

Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
10:30 am

Worship with Communion - Sanctuary 
World Communion Sunday: All students begin in the Sanctuary with their families. Children age 2 - grade 5 will be dismissed to Sunday School following the Young People's Message.
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:45 am
Sunday School (age 2-grade 5) - classrooms
11:45 am
Youth Choir - 211
11:45 am
Food Sorting - Heavener Hall
3:30 pm
Middle High SPY return from Youth Retreat - parking lot
6:30 pm
Senior High SPY - Youth Lounge & MPR

7:00 pm
Food Distributi on - Heavener Hall
7:00 pm
Fall Study: Methodism in the Modern World - 109
7:00 pm
Fall Study: Comics & Christianity - Library
7:00 pm
Trustees - Octagon

10:00 am
Prayer Lift - Chapel
10:45 am
Lectionary Bible Study - Library
7:00 pm
Journey Group - 211
7:00 pm
Disciple I - Library
7:00 pm
Fall Study: Be Right (Romans) - Parlor
7:00 pm
Fall Study: Sermon on the Mount... - 109

10:30 am
Martha Circle - off site
6:00 pm
UMM Dinner & Meeting - Heavener Hall
6:30 pm
Joyful Ringers! - 109
7:00 pm
Still Wednesday - Sanctuary
7:30 pm
Lydia Circle - Octagon

7:30 pm
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 211

7:00 pm
Middle High SPY - Youth Lounge, MPR

8:00 am
Pancake Breakfast - Heavener Hall
10:00 am
Pie with the Pastors - 109

9:00 am

Nursery - 202
9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:30 am
Worship - Sanctuary
Youth Sunday: All youth grades 6-12 will be in worship instead of Sunday School
10:30 am
Opening Chapel & Sunday School (age 2 - grade 5) - DuVall Chapel, classrooms
Children will begin with a worship moment in the Chapel and will then transition to their classrooms with their teachers.
5:00 pm
Council on Youth Ministry - Youth Lounge
6:30 pm
Senior High SPY - Multi-Purpose Room, Youth Lounge

Circle Meeting

The Jochebed Circle, coordinated by Robin Mayhew, will hold their first meeting of 2017-2018 tonight, September 28 in the Library starting at 7:00 PM. The Martha Circle and the Lydia Circle ladies will meet again on the first Wednesday in October.
Sunday School Details

For Sunday,  October 1, all children will begin the 10:30 a.m. worship time in the Sanctuary with their families. Students age 2 through grade 5 will be dismissed to their Sunday School classrooms following the Young People's Message. Youth grade 6 and above will remain in worship this week.  Next week, October 8, youth grade 6 and above will again be in worship and the Youth Choir will sing; children grade 5 and younger will have Opening Chapel at 10:30 a.m. in the DuVall Chapel before transitioning to their Sunday School classrooms with their teachers. For more details, please pick up a copy of the Sunday School letter at the Visitors' Center desk or contact Meg Baker, mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.
Adult Sunday School

Please note that our Adult Sunday School class will be taking a short break. There will be no class  October 1 or  October 8. Join us when we return on Sunday, October 15 for our Bible Study format class in the Parlor at 9:30 a.m.
Communion Collect

Our next collection day is this Sunday! We collect and sort food on the first Sunday of the month, which coincides with Communion Sundays at St. Paul's. We serve 110+ families in the 20895 ZIP code who face hunger, providing hungry neighbors over 2,450 food items per month, and we need your help to do it! Please donate non-perishable food items in the bins in the Narthex any time. Shopping lists are available. All donations are welcome from fully packed bags to single boxes of cereal. You can also donate grocery store gift cards ($10 value, please) or make a check out to St. Paul's UMC with "Hunger Ministry" on the memo line. We will sort food this Sunday,  October 1, with distribution to families in need on Monday, October 2. We are all about feeding people! For more information about volunteering, contact Dawn Ely at  dawn.c.ely@gmail.com .
Youth Choir

Youth Choir for singers in grades 6-12 will rehearse Sunday, October 1 at 11:30 a.m.in Room 211.  Our Youth Choir will sing in worship for Youth Sunday on October 8.  Even if you haven't been in choir before, we welcome you to come try our supportive, worshipful choir! Contact Tom Pedersen, Director of Music, at  tpedersen@stpaulsk.org with questions.
UMM Dinner & Meeting

The United Methodist Men are having their next meeting on Wednesday, October 4 in Heavener Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. The fare will be pizza and subs from Continental, salad, fruit, and dessert by Jenny Cakes. The price for dinner is $6, payable at the door. A sign-up sheet is in the church office. After the supper and a very short business meeting, John Walker's son-in-law Peter Gorog will discuss his experiences growing up during the Holocaust and subsequently under Communism before immigrating to the U.S. (Women are welcome to join us starting at 7:30 p.m. for the presentation.) These informal events are great opportunities to meet and fellowship with other men and to learn about things that the UMM is supporting in the church and beyond.
Still Wednesday

Looking for a pause in the midst of busy motion? Bring your desire for stillness and God's loving and eternal presence in this weekly offering of candlelight reflection, silence, and prayer. We meet in the St. Paul's Sanctuary, 7:00-8:00 p.m. on October 4, and every Wednesday night this Fall. All are welcome.
Community Pancake Breakfast

The next Community Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the UMM, will be on Saturday, October 7, 8:00-10:30 a.m. All are welcome. As a special treat, buckwheat pancakes will be served in addition to the regular pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, fruit, and beverages. The proceeds from this breakfast will be given to the Society of St. Andrew's Potato Project, an agricultural gleaning program in southwestern Virginia, and to help feed those in need in the Kensington area.
Church Conference

The 2017 Church Conference will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 at Bethesda UMC (8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda MD 20814). At the direction of the bishop all churches will hold Church Conferences this year, meaning that all full members of St. Paul's in attendance will have voice and vote. (Note that this is not the Church Conference required for final approval of the building renovation plans; that Church Conference will be scheduled for a later date.)
Friendship Club

The Friendship Club will hold its first fall meeting of 2017 on October 10 starting at 11:30 a.m. in Heavener Hall. Following our regular pot-luck luncheon, please help us get off to a good start with a warm welcome to our entertainer, Jesse Palidofsky, a very talented singer and guitar player. Jesse has been with us several times previously and always brings an interesting program. All seniors are cordially invited. If you have never been to one of our Friendship Club meetings, this would be a perfect time to attend. Please join in the fun, food, and fellowship. For additional information, call Erma McWilliams, 301-774-2742 or Ann Brall, 301-588-4608.
2x4s Volunteer at A Wider Circle

Men ages 20s-40s, please plan to join other 2x4s men to help at A Wider Circle on Sunday, October 15 immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Join us for a couple of hours of service, camaraderie, and a free workout! We'll stop first for a quick lunch on the way to A Wider Circle. Please email Jim King at james.a.king3@gmail.com if you are interested in attending. Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes and encouraged to wear their work clothes to church prior to the event.
2x4s Book Club Selection

Folks in their 20s-40s are invited to start reading now for the 2x4s Book Club meeting on October 19, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the Matheny-Noyce home. We'll discuss Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell. Contact Rev. Claire Matheny for more information ( cmatheny@stpaulsk.org).
Yard Sale

The Fall Yard Sale will be held October 19-21. If you would like to drop off donations, we will be receiving items on Thursday, October 19, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We especially appreciate jewelry, trinkets, china, clothes, gently used toys, small appliances, small furniture items, and books. Please note: we cannot accept used car seats, mattresses, sofas or similar upholstered furniture, computer equipment, non-flat-screen TVs, encyclopedias, magazines, or text books. Sales take place on October 20 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and October 21 (8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.). It takes lots of helpers to make this event a success. If you can volunteer for a slot, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the church office.
Apple Sale

The Apple Sale starts at 12:00 noon on October 19 and we will stay open late that day to coincide with Kensington's Food Truck Night on Armory Avenue.  Apples will be on sale on October 20 (9:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and October 21 (9:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), or until supplies run out. Please volunteer to help by signing up on the bulletin board in the church office.
I Have My Bible! (Now what?)

St. Paul's will be offering a Lunch 'n Learn study for middle school and older elementary children entitled "Learning to Use My Bible," on Sunday, October 22, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Room 109. Third graders are especially encouraged to attend - it will help them understand how to read the Bibles they received last month! While the class is primarily designed for students in grades 3-5, all ages are welcome, including parents and siblings. A light lunch will be provided and nursery care will be available upon request. To RSVP, please contact Meg Baker at 301-933-7933 ext. 104, or mbaker@stpaulsk.org.
SPY Retreat

Senior High SPY (St. Paul's Youth) Retreat will take place at Camp Manidokan in the mountains near historic Harper's Ferry WV,  November 10 - 12. To reserve your spot, contact Mr. Micah Smartt by Friday, November 3. The cost is $85; scholarships are available. This season the retreat theme is "Spy" (after our recent name change). We will be exploring a number of Biblical stories about tricksters, sneaks, and spies engaged in espionage, political intrigue, and even assassination.  For more information, check out the "SPY Briefing" newsletter (available online at http://stpaulsk.org/community/youth)  or contact Micah Smartt ( msmartt@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 111). We also love to see our SPYs at regular meetings at St. Paul's each Friday (Middle High) and Sunday (Senior High).
Fall Craft Fair

The St. Paul's Fall Craft Fair will be held the first two weekends in November. We very much appreciate donations of your homemade items for sale. We will gratefully accept all types of crafts - photos, artwork, glass work, jewelry, pottery, sewing, knitting, etc. All donated crafts should be delivered to the church by Friday, November 3. We will set up that afternoon, and the sale will begin Saturday, November 4 outside Heavener Hall during the Pancake Breakfast. The sale will continue on Sunday morning, November 5 in the Narthex, and will extend to Sunday, November 12 if supplies last. All proceeds will go to charity. Please contact Mary Revenis (mrevenis@cnmc.org) if you have questions.
Kairos Prayer Weekend

A dedicated team, including St. Paul's member Pat Marks, will be on a Kairos Prison Ministry weekend November 2-5. The team asks that we cover the prisoners and the team with prayer throughout the weekend. A link is available to sign-up for a prayer time slot: http://www.kairosinsidemciw.org/prayer-vigil.html
Single Parent Group

parent teen dinner
St. Paul's is looking to form a Single Parent Group in 2018! The group will be a care and support group welcoming all single parents. Whether you are divorced, widowed, never married, or a single grandparent raising grandchildren, you are welcome! If you know of anyone who may be interested, please help spread the word. Membership is open to all single parents. If you are interested or know of anyone interested, please connect with us by filling out the interest form: https://goo.gl/forms/NLcpVCx31ZaSfDm72
Worship Participation

Would you like to read Scripture or help serve Communion at the 9:00 AM Worship Service? We are looking for Liturgists and Communion Stewards to assist in the first worship service on Sunday mornings. To sign up online, please follow this web url: goo.gl/Xz5T79. Contact Rev. Claire Matheny ( cmatheny@stpaulsk.org) if you have questions.
Babysitting Co-op

Do you babysit? Are you a family in need of a babysitter list or want to swap kid-minding with other St. Paul's families? We are looking to help connect potential sitters and families. Please connect with us by filling out the interest form. Follow this link: goo.gl/3vUdqo or go the St. Paul's Babysitting Co-op section under Calendar & Events http://stpaulsk.org/community/calendar-events

Hurricane Relief

We continue to accept special donations to aid those suffering from the devastation caused by recent hurricanes. Your monetary gifts provide important support for the relief efforts of The United Methodist Church conferences already working in the affected areas. Please make all checks payable to St. Paul's UMC and write "hurricane relief" on the memo line, or clearly mark "hurricane relief" on envelopes with cash donations.
Online Prayer Form

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 new online prayer request form linked on our website at http://stpaulsk.org/community/prayer-requests.

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