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#144 This Is My Father's World
The God of Abraham Praise

I Stand Amazed in the Presence


This is My Father's World
arr. Patti Drennan
June Choir

Medley for Rick Buckingham
arr. Joyful Ringers!
Joyful Ringers Bells

Organ :

The God of Abraham Praise
arr. Anna Laura Page

Partita on "Foundation"
II. Reverie
III. Fantasy-Toccatta
Alice Jordan

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June 18, 2017

Preaching - Rev. Adam B. Snell
Genesis 18:1-15

1 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.  2 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground.  3 He said, "My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant.  4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.  5 Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on - since you have come to your servant." So they said, "Do as you have said."  6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, "Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes."  7 Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it.  8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate. 
9 They said to him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" And he said, "There, in the tent."  10 Then one said, "I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son." And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him.  11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.  12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?"  13 The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, and say, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?'  14 Is anything too wonderful for the Lord ?  At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son."  15 But Sarah denied, saying, "I did not laugh"; for she was afraid. He said, "Oh yes, you did laugh."
Questions to Ponder
There is a good deal of laughter in central sections of the book of Genesis. In this passage Abraham and his wife Sarah are visited by three mysterious visitors.

Ponder these questions:

One of the visitors, inquiring about Sarah's whereabouts, says that she will soon have a son.  What details about Abraham and Sarah make this an unlikely proposition?
Sometimes people laugh as a result of joy and delight.  Other times people laugh out of disbelief.  What kind of laughter does Sarah laugh?
When was the last time you laughed the laugh of joy and delight?
What, in your life, seems "too wonderful" for the Lord to accomplish?


Dear friends:
I'm headed out of town for a couple of days. June is the month when some college buddies and I annually gather to renew our friendship and kick off the summer season. This year we're converging on Corolla in the  Outer Banks of North Carolina, staying at a beach house one of the guys recently purchased. The older I get the more I appreciate good friends, especially good friends who own vacation property. Although I'm not much of a beachgoer I am looking forward to seeing the crew and sharing in some much-needed laughter. Besides, I've got my  golf clubs in tow. They can sit on the beach and make sand castles and throw Frisbees; I'll be playing the sport of kings.
These guys are really good friends because years ago they adjusted their schedules to accommodate my need to be back home on Sundays. When I became a preacher they said they would take off work on Wednesday,  Thursday and  Friday for our annual trip just so we could have several days together and still get me home by  Saturday night. Now that I think of it, it wasn't much of a sell to convince them to take off work for three days. Maybe they weren't being as attentive to my needs as I thought. They may simply prefer the beach over the office.
This Sunday is  Father's Day at St. Paul's, so I'll definitely want to be back in time to rejoice with and pray with all the dads in our midst. I mentioned to my oldest daughter the other day that it would be a grand gesture of fatherly fealty if she attended church with me on this special day. She seemed generally unaware that Father's Day was on a  Sunday in June, and that it was this  coming Sunday. I'm not optimistic about the appearance of my own progeny, but I look forward to seeing you and yours on that good day.
As an added inducement for attendance, the  Joyful Ringers! will be present at the  10:30 service this Sunday. Since this will be their last opportunity to lead us in worship before Rev. Rick Buckingham's retirement celebration on  July 30, they've prepared a special arrangement of some of his favorite hymn tunes and titled it "Medley for Rick Buckingham." I expect this will be a big hit and be enjoyed by more than just Rev. Buckingham.
I'm off to the beach, but will be back soon. See you  on Sunday as we laugh and sing and shoulder each other's burdens and share each other's joys. Just like friends, and better than Frisbee.
A.B. Snell
Upcoming Events


6/18/2017 - Father's Day
9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:00 am
Joyful Ringers! rehearsal - 109
9:00 am
Nursery - 202
9:30 am
Adult Sunday School - Parlor
9:30 am
June Choir - 211
9:55 am
Covenant Discipleship Group - Library
10:30 am
Worship - Sanctuary
Summer Sunday School: children ages 2-10 will begin in worship and will be dismissed to Sunday School following the Young People's Message
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:45 am
Summer Sunday School (ages 2-10)  - classrooms 200, 201, 203
11:30 am
UMC & Human Sexuality Info Session - Heavener Hall
(child care available, Room 200/201)
11:45 am
Acolyte & Crucifer Training - Sanctuary

9:30 am
VBS Youth Helper Orientation session 1 - Chapel
12:00 pm
VBS Youth Helper Orientation session 2 - Chapel

9:00 am
VBS - Sanctuary and other rooms
12:30 pm
Youth depart for lunch at the Tea Room and worship at Kensington Park - meet at Rev. Rick Buckingham's office
7:00 pm
Journey Group - Library

9:00 am
VBS - Sanctuary and other rooms

9:00 am
VBS - Sanctuary and other rooms

9:00 am
VBS - Sanctuary and other rooms
7:00 pm
Middle High UMYF (final session) - MPR, Youth Lounge


no church activities scheduled

9 & 10:30 am
Nursery - 202
9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:30 am
Adult Sunday School - Parlor 
9:30 am
June Choir - 211
9:55 am
Covenant Discipleship Group - Library
10:30 am
Worship - Sanctuary
10:45 am
Summer Sunday School - classrooms
(children ages 2-10)
11:45 am
J&C Hunger Ministry Team Meeting - 109
4:30 pm
Middle & Senior High Youth depart for Mini-Golf Trip - parking lot

2x4s Book Club

The 2x4s (folks in their 20s-40s) Third Thursday Book Club meets June 15, 7:30-9:00 pm at the Matheny-Noyce home to discuss Brene Brown's Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution. How do we rise from failure?  As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents as they shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. What do these people have in common?  The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they're not afraid to lean in to discomfort.  Get reading and join the discussion.
Acolyte & Crucifer Training

Training for Acolytes and Crucifers will take place Sunday  June 18 in the Sanctuary following the 10:30 am  worship service. Young people who have completed 5th  grade or higher are invited to train as Acolytes, those who light the candles and assist with communion during worship at St. Paul's. Youth who have completed 8th  grade or higher are invited to train as crucifers, those who carry the processional cross and assist in worship. All crucifers must have the strength to safely hold and carry the heavy processional cross. Crucifer training will take place 11:45am -12:00pm .  Acolytes should reserve 11:45am- 12:45pm  for training.
Summer Sunday School

Our two Summer Sunday School classes are meeting this week! One class is for children ages 2-5, the other for children ages 6-10. We still need plenty of parent or adult volunteers, plus teen helpers, to sign up to guide our classes. Each Sunday will have a theme, coloring pages, and snacks provided, and teachers are asked to plan a craft or activity. Sign up in the church office or contact coordinator Amy Frontz at ajfrontz84@gmail.com to get started and help make Summer Sunday School a success!
June Choir

Have you always wanted to be part of the choir, but worried about the rehearsal schedule or commitment?Then welcome to June Choir! Just come to Room 211 this Sunday June 18, or  June 25 at 9:30am, and we'll supply you with a robe and music for the day.  Try it once or come each week.  Contact Tom Pedersen with questions: tpedersen@stpaulsk.org.   
Human Sexuality and the UMC: Info Session

Join us in Heavener Hall on Sunday, June 18 following the 10:30am worship service. Mike McCurry will offer an update on current activities and the latest issues involving human sexuality for the United Methodist Church, both in the Baltimore-Washington Conference and the denomination. If you would like child care during this meeting, sign up by emailing Travis Stalcup ( travisstalcup@gmail.com) who will be hosting the children in Room 200 or 201/203. For any other questions, contact Anne Rush at annesprush@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Justice and Compassion Committee.
Maryland Underground Railroad Tour

Would you like to know more about Maryland's Underground Railroad? Join other St. Paul's friends and a park "conductor" for a tour of Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring, MD.  Contact Anne Rush as soon as possible so our group can register: annesprush@gmail.com. The tour will be on Saturday, June 24 from 10:00am to 12:30pm. During this guided hike, learn how enslaved people eluded trackers and gained their freedom. Advance registration is necessary. Because this is Montgomery County's Heritage Days weekend, the walk is free but the slots are likely to fill rapidly!
VBS Dates

St. Paul's Vacation Bible School is back! Mandatory youth helper training will be on Monday,  June 19 in the Chapel. Campers age 3 through rising 5th grade will fill our rooms June 20-23 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  stpaulsk.org/community/vbs.
Youth Mini-Golf & Batting Cages

The Middle and Senior High UMYF trip to the Rocky Gorge Golf Fairway in Laurel MD will be on Sunday, June 25. We will depart from St. Paul's at 4:30pm and meet with the youth group from Silver Spring UMC for supper, mini-golf, and batting cages, returning to St. Paul's at about 8:30pm. Youth will need to bring signed permission slips and $35 cash for food and activities. This is the last UMYF social event planned for the season. Upcoming UMYF service opportunities include leading worship at Kensington Park on June 20 and the Day of Community Service on July 18.  You can view youth activities and download a copy of the most recent Youth newsletter at http://stpaulsk.org/community/youth
2x4s (20s-40s) Popsicles in the Park

On Sunday, June 25, before you continue with other weekend plans, beat the heat and join members of the 2x4s Ministry for a popsicle at Reinhardt Park across the street from the Sanctuary. This casual meet and greet offers fellowship, fun, and a chance to learn about our upcoming events, studies, and missions planned for the rest of 2017 especially for adults in the 20s-40s age range. Kids welcome. Don't let this chance to learn more about 2x4s Ministry melt away!
Memorial for Dick McMullen

We extend our deepest sympathy to Kaye McMullen and family following the death of her husband, Dick. A memorial service will be held in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's on Friday, June 30 at 10:30am with a reception in the Octagon to follow.
Pie with the Pastors

Are you thinking about becoming a member or just want to learn more about life at St. Paul's? Join the pastors on Saturday,  July 1 for homemade pie and relaxing conversation about the Christian faith and this church we call home. Please sign up by using the insert or add your name to the sign-up sheet on the office bulletin board. Child care is available upon request. All visitors welcome!
Communion Collect for July

Hunger Free Zone
Due to the Independence Day holiday in July, the next Hunger Ministry / Communion Collect Food Sorting day will be on the second Sunday of the month, July 9. You can donate non-perishable food items in the bins in the Narthex any time! All donations are welcome, from single boxes of cereal to fully packed bags (lists available in the Narthex). We will sort donations following the 10:30 am worship service. Distribution is the following evening, Monday July 10. Contact coordinators Meg Baker or Kim Longsworth if you'd like more information on how to get involved, and read about our Hunger Ministry programs at stpaulsk.org/service/hunger-ministry.
UMM Mini-Golf & Supper

The UMM will be having their 18th annual miniature golf and supper outing on Wednesday, July 12. It will feature miniature golf at Gaithersburg's Bohrer Park followed by supper at CheeBurger CheeBurger off Shady Grove Road. We will be leaving from the church parking lot at 6:30 pm and should be back by approximately 10:30 pm. Men, your sons and daughters are welcome to join us. If you would like to attend this fun event, you may sign up in the church office.
Rise Against Hunger Update

The Justice and Compassion team is thankful for those who packed meal kits for Rise Against Hunger during our Great Day of Service event on April 30. Our 30,000+ meals were added to a shipping container with another 285,120 meals from the National Capital area warehouse and will be received for distribution by Convoy of Hope in El Salvador. Rise Against Hunger meals will serve 20,000 beneficiaries in El Salvador at 100 different feeding centers in areas where food insecurity is greatest.
Reclaim Those Veggies

In the U.S., 1 in 5 fruits and veggies goes to waste because of superficial imperfections (like a misshapen eggplant) or logistical errors (like a store over-ordering). Hungry Harvest works with local farmers by "reclaiming" quality produce that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to subscribers. And, they make matching donations to charities fighting hunger. We need more St. Paul's folks to sign up for produce and identify St. Paul's as the recipient for matching donations. It's not too late! Use the code "SPC25" when you register, and get 25% off your first order. You can share this code with friends and family! Visit  www.hungryharvest.net  to learn more or contact Rev. Claire Matheny with questions.

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