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#720 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying
Be Thou My Vision
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Sanctuary Choir:

Wake, Awake
John Horman

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The Church's One Foundation
Cathy Moklebust


Prelude on WACHET AUF
Wayne L. Wold

Meditation on SLANE
Paul Manz

Fantasy on DARWALL'S 148th
Barbara Harbach

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November 12, 2017

Rev. Adam B. Snell, preaching
Matthew 25:1-13

1 "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, 'Look!  Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9But the wise replied, 'No! There will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' 12But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."
Questions to Ponder
In this week's passage from the Gospel of Matthew, 10 people wait expectantly for a party to begin. Ponder these questions:
The bridegroom is delayed in his arrival. Think of a time when you were delayed because of traffic or other issues. What were you thinking in those moments?
What were those waiting on you thinking?
Some of the bridesmaids bring extra oil for the lamps, just in case. Sometimes we know in advance when we will be waiting on someone else, such as at the MVA or in a crowded doctor's office. What do you bring for those moments of waiting, just in case?


Dear friends:
We're preparing for an important guest tonight.
As the daughters move through their dating years, boyfriends have moved in and out of their lives. From a distant, fatherly perspective I've smiled in those moments early in a relationship when each daughter coyly masks her interest in a young gentleman. I've also been saddened alongside them whenever one of those relationships sours; that pain is real, regardless of which party initiates the break up.
At a certain point in most of those relationships, we parents are invited to meet the beau. Often this introduction occurs over a shared meal, and we have been to numerous restaurants in the process of getting to know these young men. To the dismay of my two girls, I feel it is my duty to closely examine gentlemen who take an interest in my daughters. The girls just roll their eyes, however, when I pull out my list of prepared questions at the dinner table. Besides, I suspect they warn the boys about my eccentricities; none has been alarmed to the point of flight yet.
Tonight we are meeting a young man for whom the oldest daughter has expressed some level of affection. Not only do I have to get my questions prepared, though, I also have to cook the meal. For the first time the introduction meal is being shared at our house, and I've got to get home soon to begin the preparations for dinner. In anticipation of this important moment, we're having some of my daughter's favorite foods. I'm also baking an apple pie for dessert because she said that's his favorite. The young fellow already has a check mark in the plus column for that.
Here are some of the preliminary questions I've generated:
  • What is one food that, if you could, you would banish from the face of the earth? (possible correct answer, delivered with no hesitation: black-eyed peas)
  • How strongly do you feel about providing grandchildren? (only correct answer: "Very strongly, sir, but only after marriage.")
I'm off soon to finish preparing for tonight's important guest, friends, but I will see you Sunday at St. Paul's. Be ready, because you never know when the bridegroom will appear.
A.B. Snell

Upcoming Events

8:00 am

Craft Fair - Narthex
9:00 am

Nursery - 202
9:00 am
Joyful Ringers! Rehearsal - 109
9:00 am

Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:30 am
Adult Sunday School - Parlor
10:30 am

Worship - Sanctuary 
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:30 am
Opening Chapel & Sunday School (age 2-grade 5) - DuVall Chapel, classrooms
Children begin with a worship moment in the Chapel and will then transition to their classrooms with their teachers.
10:30 am
Youth Sunday School - classrooms
11:45 am
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal - MPR
11:45 am
Youth Choir - 211
11:45 am
2x4s Second Sunday Lunch- Heavener Hall
(Childcare in Room 201-203
3:00 pm
Senior High SPY Return from Retreat - parking lot

1:00 pm
Staff Meeting - Parlor
7:00 pm
Stephen Ministers - Octagon

10:00 am
Prayer Lift - Chapel
10:45 am
Lectionary Bible Study - Library
11:30 am
Friendship Club - Heavener Hall
2:00 pm
Holiday Giving Coordinators Meeting - Octagon
7:00 pm
Disciple I - Library
7:00 pm
Journey Group - 211
7:00 pm
Fall Study: Be Right (Romans) - Parlor
8:00 pm
Biblical Archaeology Lecture - off site, JCC on Montrose Rd.

6:30 pm
Joyful Ringers! - 109
7:00 pm
Still Wednesday - Sanctuary

7:00 pm
2x4s Book Club - off site, Stalcup home
7:30 pm

Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 211

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


No church activities scheduled

9:00 am

Nursery - 202
9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:30 am
Adult Sunday School - Parlor
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:30 am
Worship - Sanctuary
Youth & Children's Sunday: Children grade 5 and below will be dismissed to Sunday School following the Young People's Message. Instead of Sunday School, all youth grades 6-12 will be in worship. 
10:45 am
Children's Sunday School (age 2 - grade 5) - classrooms
11:30 am
Youth Pizza Lunch - MPR
11:45 am
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal - Sanctuary
12:00 pm
Thanksgiving Food Sort & Pack - Heavener Hall
6:30 pm
Holiday Giving & ALL SPYs: Distribute Thanksgiving Food - Heavener Hall

Fall Craft Fair

The St. Paul's Fall Craft Fair has been extended to Sunday, November 12. Visit the Narthex to find handmade items perfect for gifts or for your own enjoyment. All proceeds will go to charity. Please contact Mary Revenis (mrevenis@cnmc.org) with questions.
Sunday School Details

For Sunday,  November 12, children age 2 through grade 5 will have Opening Chapel at 10:30 a.m. in the DuVall Chapel before transitioning to their Sunday School classrooms with their teachers. Youth in grades 6-12 will go straight to their classrooms in the Youth Wing for Sunday School.
Youth Choir

The St. Paul's Youth Choir, led by Director of Music Tom Pedersen, will have rehearsal Sunday,  November 12, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service, in the Choir Room (Room 211).  All youth grades 6-12 are invited to come join in song and praise. We will be preparing the song we will sing in worship on Sunday, November 19. Please join us!
Christmas Pageant Rehearsals

This year's Christmas Pageant is Carriers of the Light. All children in kindergarten through 5th grade are encouraged to participate! Rehearsal will be held this Sunday,  November 12 and each Sunday through December 10, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary. There is also one dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 16 (time TBD). The full pageant will be presented during the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, December 17.  A snack will be provided at each rehearsal. If you have any questions, please contact pageant director Ashley Derr (ashleyderr11@gmail.com).
Online Giving Help Desk

St. Paul's is pleased to announce the introduction of new electronic giving options for making regular and/or one-time offerings. Contributions can now be made automatically using your credit or debit card. You can visit the Online Giving web page here: http://stpaulsk.org/giving. Members of the church Finance Committee will be available in the church office after worship on Sunday, November 12, to assist you in creating an online account or to answer other questions. Thank you! Your financial support makes our missions possible.
2x4s Second Sunday Lunch

Folks in their 20s-40s, plan to bring a favorite dish to Heavener Hall on Sunday, November 12 and gather after the 10:30 worship service for food and fellowship. (Come even if you can't bring a dish!) Emily Sama-Miller will share about the "Methodism in the Modern World" class she co-led this fall at St. Paul's. Kids can take lunch to Room 201-203. Childcare provided.
SPY Notes: Retreats & Thanksgiving

Those going on the Senio r High SPY Retreat will depart from the church parking lot on Friday,  November 10 at 6:30 p.m. and will return on November 12 at 3:00 p.m. Because of the retreat, there will be no Middle High SPY on Friday, November 10, and no regularly-scheduled Senior High SPY Sunday evening. Middle High SPY returns for regular meeting times on Friday, November 17 On Sunday, November 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., ALL Middle & Senior High SPYs will meet together in the Youth Lounge for a quick lunch, then we'll help sort, organize, and possibly even shop for food for the Thanksgiving Baskets provided to our Hunger Ministry families. At 6:30 p.m. - during our usual Senior High SPY time - ALL SPYs will meet in the Youth Lounge and prepare to go out (or stay in) to serve the community. Some will go out to deliver food bags to families. (Permission slip required, Parent Volunteer Drivers needed!!) Others will stay in, to assist those families who come to the church to receive items. When everyone has returned, we will clean up and end at 8:30 p.m. SSL hours are available for this activity. Questions about the Thanksgiving project? Contact Micah (msmartt@stpaulsk.org) or Meg Baker (mbaker@stpaulsk.org).
Friendship Club

The next meeting of the Friendship Club is Tuesday, November 14, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Heavener Hall. Come and share in our Thanksgiving luncheon and enjoy this time of fellowship together. Please bring a Thanksgiving side dish or a pumpkin pie. Entertainment will be by Andrea Romero and Chip Davis, an energetic and lively duo who have been with us several times performing popular songs from the 1960s and 1970s. All older adults are encouraged to come join us! Contact: Erma McWilliams, 301-774-2742 or emcwill436@aol.com. 
Field Trip: Biblical Archaeology

In partnership with Bender JCC of Greater Washington, St. Paul's is co-sponsoring this month's Biblical Archaeological Forum on Tuesday, November 14, in Rockville, MD. The lecture, Megiddo and the Roman Sixth Legion: New Excavations and Early Jewish-Christian-Roman Relations, explores what new excavations reveal about early Jewish-Christian-Roman relations and the composition of the Book of Revelation. Admission is $5 for members of St. Paul's, $10 for the general public, and free for high school students. Transportation is available upon request. To sign up, or for more information, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 104.
Still Wednesday Worship Experience

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 worship offering of candlelight reflection, silence, and prayer. We meet in the St. Paul's Sanctuary, 7:00-8:00 p.m. every Wednesday night this Fall. All are welcome.
2x4s Third Thursday Book Club

We will gather on November 16 at the Stalcup home to discuss Dave Eggers' What is the What. This is an epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children - the so-called Lost Boys - was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom. New readers welcome! Email cmatheny@stpaulsk.org for address and questions.
Holiday Giving: Thanksgiving

We need your help to make the holidays special for our neighbors in need. There are many opportunities to participate throughout this season. Please read below for details!
Thanksgiving Meals: You can help by  
(1) donating individual nonperishable Thanksgiving food such as corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, potatoes, rice, cranberry sauce, gravy, fruit, dessert, juice (no refrigerated items, please!);  
(2) making a monetary contribution toward the purchase of perishables and/or $25 Safeway/Giant gift cards;
(3) "adopting" a family, providing all the fixings for a savory Thanksgiving feast. There is an adopt-a-family sign-up sheet as well as a large envelope for monetary donations in the church office.  
Please bring your donations no later than Sunday morning, November 19. We will be distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to our Kensington neighbors that evening. For more information, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or Jean Langbein at jeanlangbein@gmail.com.
Holiday Giving: The Giving Tree

We need your help to make the holidays special for our neighbors in need. There are many opportunities to participate throughout this season. Please read below for details!
The Giving Tree: We will once again be providing gifts for our neighbors in need this Christmas. The Giving Tree will be up and decorated beginning November 19. We hope you will stop by to select a child for whom you are willing to provide a Christmas gift. We are asking that all gifts be delivered to St. Paul's by Sunday morning, December 10. We will also be giving a $25 gift card to our families, and you may wish to make this your contribution. For more information, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or Jean Langbein at jeanlangbein@gmail.com.
The Great Thanksgiving

As we enter into this season of thanksgiving, please mark your calendar for an evening exploration of "The Great Thanksgiving," the liturgy that frames our Communion celebration, on Monday, November 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Parlor. We will look at the meaning of the sacrament itself as well as the historical, theological, and biblical underpinnings in the words spoken. The gathering will begin in the Parlor on Monday, November 20, at 7:00 p.m. and conclude in the Chapel where we will celebrate communion with Rev. Matheny. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104. Come and see how this holy mystery is the best thanksgiving feast ever!
Community Thanksgiving Service

In celebration of Thanksgiving, St. Paul's will be hosting this year's Community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the congregations of the Kensington-North Chevy Chase Ministerium. The service will be in our Sanctuary on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for a dialogue of faith through prayer and song.
Parent's Night Out

St. Paul's Youth is holding a babysitting fundraiser here at the church on Saturday, December 2, 5:00-9:00 p.m. We will provide snacks, crafts, games, and age-appropriate holiday movies for a night of fun for children 5th grade and younger! Suggested donation is $40 for one child and $20 for each additional child. Sign up online at https://goo.gl/KXs9RT or contact Micah Smartt (msmartt@stpaulsk.org).
Community Pancake Breakfast

UMM Pancake Breakfast
Our next Community Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, December 2. We will feature a specialty pancake as well as the regular pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, and grits. All are welcome! All proceeds from this breakfast will benefit the St. Paul's Improvement Fund and efforts to feed those in need in the Kensington area.
Christmas Tree Sale

The annual UMM Christmas tree sale will be held Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 17 (plus or minus a day or so depending on when the trees sell out!). We will again only be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Sale hours are Fridays 12:00-8:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Sundays 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The sale will feature Douglas, Fraser, and Canaan firs. Pine roping and wreaths will also be sold by Boy Scout Troop #439. Volunteers are needed to help staff the sale! To simplify things for the volunteers and customers, trees are priced according to size only rather than variety and size. If you can spare a few hours to help your neighbors find the perfect tree, please sign up in the church office to volunteer.
Communion Collect

In addition to our special holiday projects, we continue to provide food monthly for over 100 families in the 20895 ZIP code who face hunger. The next Communion Collect will be on Sunday, December 3, but you can donate non-perishables any time by placing items in the bins in the Narthex. We will sort food following the 10:30 am worship service on December 3 and will distribute essential grocery items to our neighbors in need on Monday, December 4. To volunteer, contact Dawn Ely ( dawn.c.ely@gmail.com).
Holiday Tea

The Martha Circle is sponsoring a trip for Holiday Tea at Gypsy's Tearoom in Westminster MD on Thursday, December 14, 12:00-2:00 p.m. All men and women are invited to join us. The cost is $35 (no refunds). To reserve a spot, contact Ginny Hagberg at 301-770-7624 by Thursday, December 7.
Christmas Extravaganza

The Youth are holding a Christmas Extravaganza, a variety-show type evening of holiday entertainment, on Friday, December 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The night will be full of music, warm drinks, desserts, and holiday hijinx. We are excited that several musical acts from our church community have already signed up, but we are still looking for more! Individuals and small ensembles of ALL ages are encouraged to share your talents. If you are interested in participating, please contact Micah at msmartt@stpaulsk.org. Youth will begin selling tickets soon, so be on the lookout! This will also be a St. Paul's Youth fundraiser, helping support future travel opportunities.
Holiday Giving: Cookies and Carols

We need your help to make the holidays special for our neighbors in need. There are many opportunities to participate throughout this season. Please read below for details!
Cookies & Carols Party: St. Paul's will be hosting its sixth annual Cookies and Carols party for these families on December 17, 2:00-4:00 pm in Heavener Hall. Please join us in celebrating the season with our neighbors that day! There are many opportunities to volunteer, such as baking sugar cookies and cupcakes, decorating Heavener Hall, and helping with children's crafts. For more information, please contact Kim Longsworth at kimberlylongsworth@gmail.com or 301-320-3684.
Flower Arrangers Needed

The flowers that enhance our Sanctuary each Sunday are arranged by volunteers. We will need two or three new arrangers to join the rotation starting in 2018. The commitment is usually one Sunday each month. Anyone interested in joining the Flower Arrangers ministry may contact Tracey Furman (tfurman@stpaulsk.org) for more information. Thank you!
Changes to Hungry Harvest

Because of shifts in their donation model, Hungry Harvest will no longer be able to supply monthly produce for our Hunger Ministry. If you remain subscribed, you are supporting Hungry Harvest's good work in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools to bring much needed produce to food deserts. St. Paul's Hunger Ministry is investigating alternative ways to provide a reliable stream of healthy produce to our 20895 families.
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

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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