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Hymns :
O Spirit of the Living God
Thy Word Is a Lamp
O Church of God, United
Sanctuary Choir:

Jesus Is a Rock
arr. Marvin Mills


William Selby

from Two Preludes, Op. 19
John Knowles Paine

Flourish on Ellacombe
Robert J. Powell

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October 14, 2018

Laity Sunday
Acts 2:37-47

37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?" 38Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him." 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.


Dear friends:

What brings you to St. Paul's?
I've heard many answers to that question. Some people come to this church because they grew up here. Others come because of the robust programming for children and youth. Others love the music made here. Some come because their friends are here; others come because they are lonely and crave community. Some find this a place of spiritual peace, enhanced by the architecture and the beauty of the stained glass windows.
This Sunday we'll hear more answers to this question. The United Methodist Church has a long history of active lay participation in the life of the church, and each October every church is encouraged to celebrate this vital aspect of community on Laity Sunday. On past Laity Sundays we've heard a member of the congregation share his or her testimony in lieu of a sermon. These lay speakers have been powerful and they remind us that God can speak through voices other than clergy preachers. Telling our stories of faith is a sacred privilege for all of us, not just the pastors.
Both worship services on this Laity Sunday will feature many voices. Representing a cross-section of ages and life experience and years of membership, six people will rise to respond to two questions Pastor Kate developed: "What brought you to St. Paul's?" and "How do you see God at work at St. Paul's?" Julietta Ewers, Ryan Lipford, Emma Cooper, Eddie McWilliams, Gil Clark and Claire Kordella have all been tasked with answering these two questions in 200 words or so. The tight word limit requires that each distill the essence of the St. Paul's attraction to its essential core. As you prepare for worship this week, consider how you would respond to those two questions.
I'm looking forward to hearing these members of our community share from their hearts about what makes this place special. Besides, on Laity Sunday I inevitably get lots of compliments. Many who come through the post-worship receiving line, their ears still echoing with the powerful voices of the laity, will tell me, "That was your best sermon yet!"
See you Sunday, friends. May the promise of God at work among the people of this church bring you to St. Paul's.

A.B. Snell

p.s. - this Laity Sunday is also, appropriately, the Sunday of our Ministry Fair. St. Paul's thrives because of the many opportunities for everyone to get plugged into a ministry that matches each individual's passions. Coffee hour after both services this Sunday will be held up in Heavener Hall so that over a dozen ministries of the church can share more about what they do and how you can get involved.
Upcoming Events

9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:00 am

Nursery - 202
9:00 am
Adult Sunday School - Parlor
9:30 am
Sanctuary Choir - 211
10:30 am

Worship  - Sanctuary 
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:30 am
Opening Chapel & Sunday School (age 2 - grade 12) - DuVall Chapel, classrooms
Children in grades K-5 will begin in the Chapel for a moment of worship and will transition to their classrooms with their teachers. Preschool children begin in their classrooms and teachers will bring them to the Chapel for their own worship experience at 10:45. Youth (grades 6-12) attend worship today for Laity Sunday.
11:45 am
Ministry Fair - Heavener Hall
11:45 am
Youth Choir - 211
11:45 am
2x4s Second Sunday Lunch - Reinhardt Park

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

9:00 am
Christian Faith 101 - Parlor
10:00 am
Prayer Lift - Chapel
10:45 am
Lectionary Bible Study - Library
12:00 pm
Taste & Sing - Octagon
6:15 pm
Supper for Fall Supper & Study Registrants - Heavener Hall
7:00 pm
Supper & Study Classes - 109, Library, 211, Octagon, Sanctuary
7:00 pm
Disciple IIA - Parlor
7:00 pm
Journey Group - Chapel

6:45 pm

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

8:00 am
Yard Sale Receiving - Heavener Hall
9:00 am
Apple Sale - Parking Lot
7:00 pm
Adult Ed: Present over Perfect - Library
7:00 pm
Youth Bible Study - Youth Lounge
7:30 pm
Sanctuary Choir - 211

8:00 am
Yard Sale - Heavener Hall, Parlor
9:00 am
Apple Sale - Parking Lot

Still Weekend Silent Retreat - off site

8:00 am
Yard Sale - Heavener Hall, Parlor
9:00 am
Apple Sale - Parking Lot

9:00 am
Worship with Communion - Sanctuary
9:00 am
Nursery - 202
9:00 am
Adult Sunday School - Parlor
9:30 am
Sanctuary Choir - 211
10:30 am
Worship - Sanctuary
10:30 am
Nursery - 202
10:45 am
Opening Chapel & Sunday School (age 2 - grade 12) - DuVall Chapel, classrooms
Children in grades K-5 will begin in the Chapel for a moment of worship and will transition to their classrooms with their teachers. Preschool children begin in their classrooms and teachers will bring them to the Chapel for their own worship experience at 10:45. Youth (grades 6-12) attend Sunday School in the lower education wing.
11:45 am
Youth Choir Rehearsal - 211
11:45 am
Learning to Use My Bible - 109
11:45 am
Micah & Holly's Youth Families Wedding Reception - MPR
11:45 am
FaithFlix - Parlor
4:30 pm
Middle High SPY - Youth Lounge, MPR
6:30 pm
Senior High SPY - Youth Lounge, MPR

Sunday School Details for October 14

All students age 2 through grade 5 are invited to attend Sunday School during the 10:30 a.m. worship hour. Youth will be in worship. For more information, please visit http://stpaulsk.org/community/children
  • Pre-school children (2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds) should be dropped off at their classrooms with their teachers, then teachers will escort them to the DuVall Chapel for a brief worship experience with singing and prayer later in the morning.
  • Elementary school children (Kindergarten to grade 5) will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the DuVall Chapel for their own worship time of song, scripture, and prayer during Opening Chapel, and then transition to their classrooms with their teachers.
  • Youth (grades 6-12) will attend worship today for Laity Sunday. 
Ministry Fair

Are you new to St. Paul's and looking to find a place to serve? Been here forever and ready to try something new? Then come on up to the Ministry Fair in Heavener Hall on Sunday, October 14 after both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. We'll have a special expanded coffee hour with tasty snacks while you explore our many ministry opportunities, along with representatives of each group on hand to answer your questions! Please come and enjoy a taste of the many different groups and opportunities St. Paul's has to offer year-round.
Youth Choir Begins!

Please join us this Sunday, October 14! Youth Choir rehearses 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Room 211. The Youth Choir will sing in the 10:30 a.m. worship service on October 21 then again November 18, and for the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service on December 24.  For Youth Choir to be successful, we need a critical mass of 7 to 10 singers - or more! In addition to working with Tom Pedersen, Director of Music, the Youth Choir will be assisted by James Woods, pianist and assistant director studying Music Direction and Composition at Catholic University. If you think you can't sing, we challenge you to come anyway and let us prove you wrong! Come join us!
2x4s Second Sunday Lunch

All people in the 20s-40s age range and their families are invited to join us Sunday, October 14 for a picnic in Reinhardt Park, across from the main church entrance, where young ones will enjoy the playground while grown-ups enjoy a time of fellowship. (In the event of rain, we will move to the Multi-Purpose Room.) Jen Graff's family will be providing smoked brisket and fixings. Please sign up to bring something, but even if you forget, come anyway! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44afaf23a3f85-2x4october
White House Historical Ornaments

The White House Historical Association ornament for 2018 celebrates renovations undertaken by President Harry Truman. Ornament pre-order forms will be available after worship from Sunday, October 14 through November 4. The cost is $23.00 per ornament. Ornaments will be available for pick-up beginning Sunday, November 11. Proceeds from this year's sale will benefit the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. Please contact Tracey Furman (301-933-7933 ext.106 or email tfurman@stpaulsk.org) with any questions.
Stephen Ministers

On October 14, we will commission Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton and Meg Baker as Stephen Leaders. The Stephen Ministers will have a table at the Ministry Fair that day with more material about this caring ministry. Please ask any of the Stephen Ministers or Leaders about Stephen Ministry; you can identify them by their special blue name tags or contact Pastor Kate at kfulton@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 103.

Please note that Faithflix will not be held this Sunday, October 14 so that everyone has an opportunity to attend the Ministry Fair in Heavener Hall. Faithflix, a weekly time of food, film, and fellowship meets most other Sundays in the Parlor from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Participants enjoy a light lunch while watching and discussing a short faith-provoking film clip. No prep, no stress, no registration - just come as you are able!
Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School, led by Vern Schinski, is held on Sunday mornings, 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The group will be using several DVD sources to study the Gospel of John, including Adam Hamilton's "John: The Gospel of Light and Life." No homework is required, and nursery care is available. Please consider joining us for one or more of our fall sessions!
SPYs in October

There is no "regular" St. Paul's Youth this Sunday, October 14 because of Micah & Holly's wedding! SPYs are meeting October 21 (Middle High at 4:30 p.m. and Senior High at 6:30 p.m.). We've added an All-SPY Pumpkin Carving Party on Saturday, October 27 starting at 6:00 p.m. SPYs are encouraged to participate in Trunk or Treat, October 28 starting at 5:00 p.m.!
2x4s Book Club

2x4s will meditate on kinship, as defined by author and Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle: "Not serving the other, but being one with the other."  Boyle's memoir Tattoos on the Heart describes his journey building community among East Los Angeles gang members. Readers in the 20s-40s age range are invited to meet for discussion, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Monday, October 15 at the home of Jim and Rachel King. Email Rachel (reking30@gmail.com) for the address and information.
Taste & Sing

We hope you will join us for this month's Taste & Sing on Tuesday, October 16. We open with an opportunity to share a few of our favorite hymns, then move into a short program focused on the life and work of a specific composer or lyricist. We will continue our fall series on the voluminous hymnody of Charles Wesley. Join Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton and Meg Baker in the Octagon starting at 12:00 and stay for a tasty lunch provided by Ginny Hagberg. There is no registration and no cost to attend (and no musical experience needed!), although donations for lunch are welcome.
Still Wednesdays

We'll meet in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, October 17 for "Media Divina - Prayer for the World" and in the Octagon on October 24 for "Poetry - Mary Oliver." Bring your desire for stillness and God's loving and eternal presence to this weekly offering of reflection, silence, and prayer. Each week will have a different focus or form of moving closer to the divine. Join us any Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for quiet spiritual time. Those going on the Still Weekend Silent Retreat will be at the Dayspring Silent Retreat Center, October 19-21. Please contact Kenzie Raulin (kenzier@rcn.com) with any questions.
Yard Sale & Apple Sale

It's almost time for the UMM-sponsored Yard Sale and Apple Sale!
  • Yard Sale: We will accept Yard Sale donations Thursday, October 18 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The Yard Sale is open on Friday, October 19 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 20 (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). In addition to all the activity going on in Heavener Hall, the Boutique will be offering jewelry, fine accessories, crystal, and china. Please contact Cathy Knepper (c-knep@juno.com) with Boutique questions.
  • Apple Sale: The Apple Sale will be held in the church parking lot on October 18 (9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., open late to coincide with Kensington Food Truck Night), October 19 & 20 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
  • Volunteers and Partners: As always, we need lots of help to make these sales a success. Sign-up sheets are available in the office. This year, we are interested in partnering with groups at St. Paul's that might take on particular responsibilities. We offer a great environment for volunteering, a fun experience, and financial support for your ministry! We will be reaching out to groups in the church, and invite you to contact us. Call Steve Lillie at 240-475-3271 or email stevelillie@verizon.net if interested!
Adult Ed: Present over Perfect

St. Paul's will be offering a five-week video-based study entitled, "Present Over Perfect," using the book by New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist.  The class, led by Kathy Mullens, will be held Thursdays, October 18 - November 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Library. Childcare will be available upon request. We will learn how to begin leaving behind busyness and hectic living and rediscover who we were made to be. The cost of this class is $20, which includes the book and study guide. In the spirit of acknowledging our busy lives, classes will be stand-alone so please sign up even if you can't attend every session. For more information or to register, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.
Learning to Use My Bible

St. Paul's will be offering a study for children ages 7-10 entitled "Learning to Use My Bible," on Sunday, October 21, 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 recently! 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, add your info here: goo.gl/FNUQ1Z or please contact Meg Baker at 301-933-7933 ext. 104, mbaker@stpaulsk.org.
Church Conference

The 2018 Church Conference will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 24 at Concord-St. Andrew's UMC (5910 Goldsboro Rd, Bethesda MD 20817). 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 any building renovation plans; that Church Conference will be scheduled for a later date.)
Trunk or Treat

On Sunday, October 28, St. Paul's will be holding its first Trunk-or-Treat starting at 5:00 p.m. in the church parking lot. A Trunk-or-Treat event allows families from across the community to come to the parking lot, show off Halloween costumes, and fill their bags with candy in a safe and supervised environment. If you would like to decorate your "trunk" for this event, please go to goo.gl/V8WEf4 to register your car. For more information, please contact staff members Micah Smartt or Meg Baker. Donation bins for those who wish to drop off candy will be placed around the church.
UMCOR Hurricane Response

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is already at work in the US, assisting those affected this hurricane season. You can help support the work of UMCOR's early response teams, disaster coordinators, and local churches. Checks should be made payable to St. Paul's UMC with "UMCOR Hurricane" on the memo line. To read more about UMCOR, visit https://tinyurl.com/ycgfn3kz for Current Disaster Response news.
Treasurer Position

St. Paul's is seeking a new Treasurer. (Our current Treasurer, Mrs. Sharon Zeigler, has announced plans to retire at the end of 2018.) This is a part-time, salaried position responsible for maintaining accurate financial records, paying the bills of the church, and providing timely reports to the Finance Committee and the Church Council. Requirements include a working knowledge of Quickbooks, accurate bookkeeping skills, and general understanding of accounting principles, and physical presence in the church building with work primarily during office hours. For the full job description, please visit https://tinyurl.com/y7fm5lra or contact Rev. Adam B. Snell directly at absnell@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 101.
Craft Fair

The St. Paul's annual craft fair will begin Saturday, November 3, during Pancake Breakfast and continues in the Narthex on November 4 & 11. All crafters are invited to donate items in October. All types of crafts are gratefully accepted, and past sales have included needle work, quilted or knit items, photos, greeting cards, paintings, pottery, decorations, jewelry, preserves, books, etc. All proceeds from Craft Fair sales are donated to worthy causes that help those in need. If you have any questions or would like to suggest a charity we might support, contact Mary Revenis (mrevenis@cnmc.org, 301-951-8470) or Helen Quave (hquave@yahoo.com).
Christmas Pageant News

Preparations for this year's Christmas Pageant are underway, and all children in kindergarten through grade 5 are encouraged to participate! Practices will be held on Sundays from 11:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m. beginning November 4, with a dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 15 (time TBD). A snack will be provided at each rehearsal. If you are planning to participate but can't attend on November 4, contact Ashley Derr at ashleyderr11@gmail.com. We hope you will join us!
Building Renovation Update

The Building Committee would like to thank everyone for their patience while we navigate the labyrinth of red tape and building codes during the permitting process for our building renovation. Our engineers are finalizing the last details necessary prior to issuance of the building permit and site work approvals. We are also very pleased to announce that we have contracted with Scott-Long Construction, a general contracting firm, to provide us with "preconstruction services" and move us toward a construction bid that we can bring before the congregation for approval. Thank you again for your patience!
Liturgists & Communion Stewards

If you would like to assist with the worship service, we are seeking Liturgists (to read the scripture) and Communion Stewards (to help serve communion) for the service at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. To sign up online, simply add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet found here: goo.gl/Xz5T79. Please contact the church office if you have any questions.
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.
Announcements, Photos, and Social Media

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. For more information about St. Paul's policies concerning announcements, print publications, photos, the church website, and social media, please visit http://stpaulsk.org/community/epistle-weekly-news or contact the church office with questions.

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