Announcements – November 19, 2017





PARTICIPATING in today’s service: Jane Evans, Liturgist; Melanie Shullenbarger, Scripture Reader; Nancy Hitchcock and Sandy Walter, Ushers.


ALL ARE INVITED to a time of fellowship in the social hall following worship. Thanks to Maryjean Spencer and Cora Lee Wetherington for providing refreshments.


THE ANNUAL Community Thanksgiving Eve worship service will be held this Wednesday, November 22, 7:30 pm, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Participating churches also include Mt. Carmel UMC, St. Paul UMC, Goshen Mennonite and Agape A.M.E. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments. All are invited.


ATTENTION, YOUTH AND ADULTS! The annual ROCK event, sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Conference, will be held

January 26-28, 2018, at the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. ROCK is the God-encountering, life-changing retreat focusing on revival for youth and adults, regardless of religious affiliation. Worship leaders will be Sorensen, a powerful and engaging pop-rock Christian band, and Urban Street Level, a high-energy Christian music group. The featured speaker will be Bishop Latrelle Easterling. For more information, including costs and registration, go to ROCK. Brochures are available in the narthex. Please contact Pastor Jean (301-330-0539, 443-487-7404, if you plan to attend.


THE ANGEL GIFT project of providing Christmas gifts to the young men of Our House and our sponsored Damascus Help families begins next month. If you would like to participate, please look for our Outreach Angel display on the narthex bulletin board beginning December 3rd


OUR ANNUAL Advent Festival for children and youth will be held Sunday, December 3. This year's theme will center around animals of Advent. We will have stories, crafts and snacks…all focusing on the animals involved in this very important event in our Christian life. We look forward to seeing you…and, please, bring a friend!


YOU ARE INVITED to join us on Saturday, December 9, 7:00 pm, at Jane and Dick Evans' home, Fairview Farm, for our annual Christmas Party. All St. Paul United Methodist Church folks are invited. This is a casual party to relax and visit. Punch and drinks are provided. If convenient, bring a food item: either light fare or hors d’oeuvres, or just come – we want to visit with everyone. No RSVP necessary, but if you have questions, please email or call 301-253-9449. Fairview Farm’s address is: 6001 Griffith Road., Laytonsville, MD  20882. Hope to see you on December 9th!



Holiday Shopping at the eScrip Online Mall

For online holiday and everyday shopping, consider the eScrip Online Mall and earn money for St Paul. Over 800 online merchants participate, such as Amazon, Macy’s, Apple, and, to mention a few. If you are already shopping online it just takes one extra step – go to and enter the store at which you want to shop. St Paul will automatically receive a percentage of your purchase! (You must first set up an account at and select

St. Paul UMC Laytonsville as your nonprofit organization.) Questions? Contact Chris Avedisian at or 301-926-7598.

Giant Gift Cards

      Giant gift cards also make welcome gifts, especially to those on fixed incomes. Gift cards are available in denominations of $20, $50, or $100. St. Paul earns 5% of face value. Please see Cathy Ballou to purchase.