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All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
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O God of Every Nation
#569 We've a Story to Tell to the Nations
 

Sanctuary Choir 

Psalm 84: Cantique de Jean Racine
Gabriel Fauré

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No. 1 from Six Preludes for Organ
Ernest Bloch

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
arr. Jack Jones


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June 10, 2018

Rev. Adam B. Snell, preaching
1 Samuel 8:4-20

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5and said to him, "You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations." 6But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to govern us." Samuel prayed to the Lord, 7and the Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. 9Now then, listen to their voice; only - you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them."
10So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11He said, "These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; 12and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. 15He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers. 16He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. 17He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day."
19 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, "No! but we are determined to have a king over us, 20 so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles."
Questions to Ponder
Samuel is the last of the great judges of Israel; after Samuel the nation will be led by those in another political office.

Ponder these questions:
 
Samuel's sons were not obedient to God's ways and were unworthy successors to his rule. What, in your opinion, makes a person unworthy to lead? List your top three responses. 

The people demand a king, like other nations. What does God say is being rejected by this demand?

Through Samuel, God warns the people of the consequences of being led by human kings. What are the modern consequences of subjecting ourselves to the authority of our form of government? 

 

Dear friends:
 
I blame it on the Capitals.
 
We had a lighter than normal crowd at Monday's Communion Collect food distribution in Heavener Hall, and several of us wondered where all the hungry people were. We thought that perhaps some of our families had found jobs in an improving economy and no longer needed the supplemental food we provided. But when eager volunteer Jim Smith left a little early to catch the Caps game that night, it also occurred to me that Stanley Cup fever may have kept some folks at home, too. Everyone seems to be given hope that the local hockey team might bring home a championship. I can't believe that would be more powerful than hunger, but based on my own daughter's passion for this team I can imagine people skipping meals to watch them play.
 
That daughter was the same one who helped me finish the Safeway Monopoly game last month, though. Many of you donated your Monopoly tickets to the cause, and I had a mound of them to open and sort. The good news is that we continued to win. In the end we won $5 cash, a $10 Safeway gift card, and a $15 gift card. In addition to the $20 initial win, we were able to donate $50 to the hunger ministry of the church. Thank you!
 
Helen also won about a dozen free donuts, a frozen chocolate cream pie, and a loaf of bread. Since these things had a shelf life she took them all to a party with some of her friends. She also won a bottle of aspirin. "Honey," I asked, "why do you need aspirin? Do you have a headache?" She looked at me like I had two heads and said "Dad, they're free."
 
See you Sunday at St. Paul's, friends. For the sake of all the hockey fans (and hungry people) out there, I hope the Caps have won by then. If they don't, we may need to dip into that aspirin supply .

Peace,
 
A.B. Snell
Upcoming Events


Sunday
6/10/2018
9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:00 am

Nursery - 202
9:30 am
June Choir Rehearsal - 211
10:30 am

Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
All children will begin in Sanctuary with their families and will be invited forward for the Children's Moment, after which those ages 2-10 will transition to Summer Sunday School classes in Rooms 200 & 203.
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:45 am
Summer Sunday School (ages 2-10) - Rooms 200, 203
11:45 am
Joyful Ringers! Potluck - off site, Rubino-Thomas home
11:45 am
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (by invitation) - Heavener Hall
Monday

6/11/2018
1:00 pm
Staff Meeting - Parlor
6:30 pm
Stephen Ministers - Octagon
7:00 pm
Yarn Ministry - Library
Tuesday

6/12/2018
10:00 am
Prayer Lift - Chapel
10:45 am
Lectionary Bible Study - Library
7:00 pm
Journey Group - 211
Wednesday

6/13/2018
7:00 pm
Still Wednesday - Sanctuary
Thursday

6/14/2018


No church activities scheduled.
Friday

6/15/2018


No church activities scheduled.
Saturday

6/16/2018
10:00 am
Sanctuary Choir / June Choir Special Rehearsal - Sanctuary, 211
Sunday

6/17/2018
9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:00 am
Nursery - 202
9:30 am
June Choir Rehearsal - 211
10:30 am
Worship - Sanctuary
All children will begin in Sanctuary with their families and will be invited forward for the Children's Moment, after which those ages 2-10 will transition to Summer Sunday School classes in Rooms 200 & 203.
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:45 am
Summer Sunday School - Rooms 200, 203
11:30 am
Church Picnic - Reinhardt Park (rain location Heavener Hall)

SPY News

St. Paul's Youth have several events and activities scheduled over the upcoming months, even though we take a break from regularly scheduled weekly meetings during the summer. The Middle High Lock-In starts this Friday, June 8 - youth should arrive at 7:00 p.m. with sleeping bags, air mattresses, and pillows to make it feel like home while we enjoy movies, games, pizza, and an overnight end-of-school-year celebration. Looking for more activities? Group Work Camp is headed to Virginia Beach to work on house repair projects June 24-30. Wilderness Trail hikers will take in the beauty of God's creation on the Appalachian Trail - spots available for July 22-28. And parents can get weekly updates from Youth Pastor Micah Smartt by email! For details please go to http://stpaulsk.org/community/youth, contact Micah at msmartt@stpaulsk.org, or pick up a copy of the SPY Briefing newsletter in the church office.
Sunday School Details

The 2017-2018 Sunday School Year may be behind us, but children age 2-10 are encouraged to come to our Summer Sunday School! This Sunday June 10, children will begin in the Sanctuary with their families at 10:30 a.m. and will transition to classrooms 200 and 203 with their teachers following the Children's Moment. We will be exploring a brand new "no prep" summer curriculum from Children's Illustrated Ministries.  Children will engage with biblical stories in both the Old and New Testaments to discover ways we join God at work in the world. Older children and youth will be in worship in the Sanctuary. Here's how summer at St. Paul's is shaping up: 
  • now - July 8: Children's Moments & Summer Sunday School - Each Sunday, children will begin in the Sanctuary with their families at 10:30 a.m. Following the Children's Moment, children ages 2-10 will transition to Summer Sunday School classes in Rooms 200 & 203. (We still need some Summer Sunday School teachers! Sign up here: http://stpaulsk.org/community/children)
  • July 15: Musical Theatre Camp - No Summer Sunday School; all children will be in worship to enjoy the Musical Theatre Camp's presentation of "It's Cool in the Furnace," a musical about Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
  • July 22 - September 2:  Summer Sunday School - All children ages 2-10 are invited to join the Summer Sunday School classes in Rooms 200 & 203 starting at 10:30 a.m.
Christian Educators Recognition

As another school year comes to a close, St. Paul's wishes to express its appreciation for all who contribute their time and energy in teaching the faith. In addition to our 40-strong Sunday School teaching team, countless others have been engaged in faith formation at St. Paul's by teaching short- and long-term adult studies, developing educational programs, or serving on the Adult Education Committee. A brief video highlighting the Sunday School program will be shown during worship this Sunday, June 10, and all teachers will be invited to stand and be recognized for their service by a very grateful congregation. For more information about teaching, or to learn other ways to be involved in Christian education at St. Paul's, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933, ext. 104.
Bowl of Well-Wishes

If you would like to offer a personal note, card, or letter wishing Rev. Claire farewell, you may place your well-wishes in the Prayer Bowl found in the Narthex on June 10 and June 17. We will collect the notes and present them to her on her final day at St. Paul's. Other gifts may be brought to the church office. Please contact Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org with any questions.
June Choir

Have you been thinking about singing in the choir but worried about the rehearsal schedule or commitment? Then welcome to June Choir! Just come to Room 211 (Choir Room) on June 10 or 24 at 9:30 a.m. We rehearse together before the 10:30 a.m. worship service and sing music specifically chosen by Director of Music Tom Pedersen to be meaningful and accessible to this pick-up choir. There will be extra music on Sunday, June 17 so if you are interested in singing that day, make plans to attend a special rehearsal on Saturday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. Questions? Contact Tom at tpedersen@stpaulsk.org.
Prayer Lift & Bible Study Schedule

Disciple 1 Class
The weekly Tuesday gatherings of the Prayer Lift group and the drop-in Bible Study class will meet as usual on June 12 then will take a break during the summer months before we reconvene in September.
Friendship Club Trip

The Friendship Club day trip to the Chespeake Bay takes place on June 12. All reservations and payments, which were due by May 30, are now being processed. This will be the last Friendship Club gathering of the 2017-2018 season. For additional information about Friendship Club, contact president Erma McWilliams, 301-774-2742 or emcwill436@aol.com.
Church Picnic

Mark your calendars now for the annual St. Paul's Church Picnic. Lunch will be served in Reinhardt Park, directly across the street from St. Paul's main doors, on Sunday, June 17 following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Children will enjoy a moon bounce and face painting, and all will enjoy opportunities for fellowship and a time to bid farewell to Rev. Claire Matheny.
VBS is Coming Up!

Youth Helper training for VBS will take place in the Chapel on Monday, June 18. Campers age 3 through those entering 5th grade will fill our rooms June 19-22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All applications and camper fees were due on May 31. For Camper questions, please contact Robin Mayhew at robin_mayhew@comcast.net. Youth Helpers should contact Meg Baker (mbaker@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 104) with any questions.
Missing Something?

Over time, we've collected a number of dishes, storage containers, baskets, and other items left behind after gatherings and events here at the church. If you might have left an item, please look for it in the Narthex June 10 and June 17, and take it home with you. All items remaining at the church after that time will be donated to charity.
Still Wednesday

Feeling called to stillness and community in a world that is all too loud? Still Wednesday is held in either the Sanctuary or Octagon at St. Paul's each week. Join us 7:00-8:00 p.m. for an hour of prayer and quiet: June 13, 20, 27. Still Wednesday facilitators lead the evening in a variety of formats that could include walking meditation, lectio divina, poetry, journaling, art, or music. Most evenings will include about 20 minutes of silent prayer. Simply come as you're able. We will meet each Wednesday through the end of June, then take a break in July and August.
Cheerful Bakers Needed

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Thank you to all the talented bakers who already share the gift of baking with the church community! We are blessed with a time of fellowship after worship each week, and to enjoy coffee and baked treats. There are one or two slots available on the following Sundays: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26. Bakers are asked to provide about 8 dozen cookies or similar goodies (nut free, please). Sign up on the clipboard found in the Octagon on Sunday mornings or in the Octagon Kitchen during the week. Please contact the church office if you have questions.
Just Like Carter, Colbert, Lamott, and Grisham...

What do Jimmy Carter, Stephen Colbert, Anne Lamott, and John Grisham have in common? The answer may surprise you: they are all Sunday School teachers! Please consider joining their ranks by taking one hour to teach Summer Sunday School, which is going on now and continues through September 2. We need at least two adult volunteers to lead classes each week during the 10:30 a.m. worship hour: one for children ages 2-5, and one for ages 6-10. All materials - curriculum, suggested activities, and snacks - will be provided. Youth helpers are also welcome and encouraged to participate! Please consider serving our church community in this way. Sign-up online at http://stpaulsk.org/community/children or in the church office! Contact Meg Baker (mbaker@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 104) if you have questions.
Counters Wanted

We are looking for a few new counters to join our team. Each Sunday after worship, small groups of counters take the church offerings, count the contributions, and record the week's financial numbers. If your skills align with this area, we welcome your help. Please contact Rev. Adam Snell directly to discuss this volunteer opportunity (absnell@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 101).
United Methodist Camps

West River 2011
The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church offers a number of exciting church camps during the summer months. Flyers are available in the church office with dates for activities at Camp Manidokan in the mountains near Harper's Ferry WV, and West River Center on the banks of the Chesapeake tributary West River. Go to funfriendsfaith.com to learn more about the many camps for all different ages and interests! Concerns about cost shouldn't keep you from participating, since St. Paul's offers campership scholarships to help cover part or all of the fees associated with camp opportunities. Contact Micah Smartt (msmartt@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 111) to discuss camperships one-on-one.
Communion Collect

The next Communion Collect is Sunday,  July 1. We welcome donations any time! You can place non-perishable grocery items in the bins in the Narthex, pre-pack full bags using a shopping list provided, or donate Safeway or Giant grocery store gift cards ($10 value each, please) in the office. Volunteers will be needed after each worship service on July 1 to help sort and bag contributions. We also invite volunteers for distribution on Monday, July 2 starting at about 6:45 p.m. in Heavener Hall, when we get ready for the families to arrive later that night. We are also in need of drivers! Please contact coordinators Kim Longsworth (kimberlylongsworth@gmail.com, 301-580-8832) or Jean Langbein (jeanlangbein@gmail.com, 301-622-0737) if you can volunteer as a driver, even occasionally, to help deliver groceries to those in our ZIP code who are shut-in, disabled, or otherwise unable to make it to the church. Read more about the Hunger Minsitry at  http://stpaulsk.org/service/hunger-ministry. Thanks!
Great History

If our Heritage Sunday celebration in April sparked your interest, you can find the book T he Spirit of Methodism in Kensington on sale in the church office during the week. The St. Paul's history book is an award-winning trove of information about St. Paul's and is full of interesting stories and pictures, recounting everything from musical performances at the White House to cream pies being thrown at a former pastor. The cost is $10. Get your copy today!
Youth Choir Hiatus

The Youth Choir is currently taking a break and looks to re-launch in the 2018-2019 school year. Thanks to all who shared their gifts of music over the past year! To get involved in future activities, please contact Tom Pedersen at tpedersen@stpaulsk.org.
FaithFlix

FaithFlix, our Sunday afternoon series of film viewings and faith-filled discussions, will be taking a break during the summer months but will resume in September.  We hope you will join us then!
9:00 Worship Participation

Would you like to read Scripture or help serve Communion at the 9:00 a.m. Worship Service? We are looking for Liturgists and Communion Stewards to assist in the first worship service on Sunday mornings. Dates  are available in  July and August. To sign up online, simply add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet found at this site: goo.gl/Xz5T79. Contact Rev. Claire Matheny (cmatheny@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 103) if you have questions.
Christian Faith 101

Christian Faith 101, an adult study class, will be offered on Tuesday mornings this fall. The course explores the religious, historical, and political context that shaped major components of Christian faith, doctrine, and practice as it developed over centuries. The course consists of 14 three-hour sessions, held each Tuesday morning beginning September 4, 2018. The class size is limited to 12 participants. The course content is appropriate for all Christian disciplines and does not require extensive previous knowledge of the Bible or Christian doctrine. A flyer with more details about the class is available in the church office. Please contact Brian or Therese Walden for additional information or if you are interested in participating (bewalden@verizon.net, 301-509-8129; tcwalden@verizon.net, 301-509-8128).
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.
Associate Pastor Update

Associate Pastor Rev. Claire Matheny has accepted a new call to serve as Enabling Minister at Kittamaqundi Church in Columbia, MD. You can read more about her new position in the "Claire's Corner" feature in the April Epistle, available here: http://stpaulsk.org/community/epistle-weekly-news. Rev. Claire's last day at St. Paul's will be Sunday, June 17, 2018. Our district superintendent, the St. Paul's Staff-Parish Relations Committee, and Rev. Adam Snell have announced that the next associate pastor will be Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, currently serving as Chaplain Resident at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She will begin at St. Paul's on July 1, 2018.
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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