Announcements – December 9, 2018







PARTICIPATING in today’s service: Meg Clemmer, Liturgist; Melanie Shullenbarger, Scripture Reader; Maryjean Spencer and Dave Clemmer, Ushers; Bennett Bradsher, Acolyte.


EVERONE IS INVITED to a time of fellowship in the social hall following worship. Thanks to the Lee Family for providing refreshments.


YOU ARE INVITED to participate in our annual Angel gifts project of providing Christmas gifts to the Our House trainees and Damascus Help families. Please look for our Outreach Angel display on the narthex bulletin board. You are invited to:

1)      Take an Angel from the narthex display

2)      Purchase the requested gift and wrap it

3)      Attach the Angel to the wrapped gift

4)      Return the gift to the narthex by next Sunday, December 16

5)      If you misplace the Angel tag, just attach a note to the gift

             indicating the recipient’s name and its contents

      Please contact Leslie Hinkle with any questions (301-414-0043 or


THEOLOGY ON TAP gathering will take place this Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 pm, at The Office Café & Lounge, Laytons Village Shopping Center. Topic of discussion: The Border Wall. Please join Pastor Jean for food, fellowship and interesting discussion.


CHRISTMAS CAROLING is planned for this Saturday, December 15, from 2:00-4:00 pm. Please meet at the church. We’ll be using the same truck and trailer rig to tour the streets of Laytonsville, led by our Music Masters, Lou Bland and Allen Federline. The group will return to the church for hot cider and treats. Please all join us! Contact Tina Burke (301-253-1719 or if you desire further information.


COME AND CELEBRATE the joy and awe of Christmas Eve at our candlelight service, to begin at 8:00 pm. A reception will follow the service. Please contact Susan Brooks (301-869-8798 or or Sandy Walter (301-926-3341 or to let them know what you can provide toward the reception or to offer your assistance. Thank you!


IF YOU WOULD LIKE to have 2019 offering envelopes, please contact our Financial Secretary, Kitty Mancuso ( or 240-687-1611); or see her at church.


PLEASE NOTE: All year end contributions must be received at the church by December 30, 2018, in order to be counted as a donation for calendar year 2018. If mailing a contribution, please mail by

December 22 to assure it is received at the church by December 30. All contributions received in January, with the check dated in December will be counted as a contribution for calendar year 2019.


OUR THANKS to those who have responded to our stewardship effort by turning in your 2019 commitment card. Additional commitment cards are available in the narthex for those who still wish to respond. Thank you.


IT IS CUSTOMARY for the congregation to present the Pastor with a cash gift for Christmas in appreciation of her dedication and service to the St. Paul community. If you would like to participate in this gift, please place your contribution in the offering, or mail it to St. Paul United Methodist Church, Attention: Financial Secretary, P. O. Box 5006, Laytonsville, MD  20882. Make checks payable to St. Paul UMC. Please be sure to designate all donations as Pastor’s Christmas Gift.



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      Gift cards are available in denominations of $20, $50, or $100.

St. Paul earns 5% of face value. See Cathy Ballou to purchase.













The new Worship Leadership Schedule will soon be prepared. Volunteers are greatly appreciated. Please fill in the form below and place in the offering or return to the office by mailing or placing in the office mail box. Thank you!


Please include me in the next Worship Leadership Schedule, running January through April 2019. I will serve in the following areas:


bible59_____             Liturgist


_____             Scripture Reader


_____             Children’s Storyteller


_____             Usher


_____             Acolyte


_____             I will sign up to provide refreshments for Fellowship

                      Time (sign-up chart in fellowship hall or narthex)


Note: If you cannot serve on a date for which you are scheduled, you may either switch with someone and inform the church office in advance, or call the office and have Joanne find someone to take your place.

You may also list your preferences below.


I am available on these dates:





I am not available on these dates:




_____ Include me in the schedule. If a conflict arises, I will inform

           the church office as instructed above.


Name: ___________________________________________________


Email Address: ____________________________________________


Phone Number: ____________________________________________