Announcements – September 23, 2018




PARTICIPATING in today’s service: Cora Lee Wetherington, Liturgist; Meg Clemmer, Scripture Reader; Dave Clemmer and Jim Rankin, Ushers; Bennett Bradsher, Acolyte.


EVERYONE IS INVITED to a time of fellowship in the social hall following worship. Thanks to Lou and Beryl Bland for providing refreshments.


THE COMMITTEE on Nominations will meet at 1:00 pm today in the church office.


SUNDAY SCHOOL has begun for the new school year. Children and youth are invited to join Melanie Shullenbarger and Leslie Hinkle following the Children’s Story. Remember, friends are welcome, too!


THE FALL BIBLE STUDY is underway. If you would like to join the group for the next five weeks, please let Pastor Jean know (301-330-0539 or The study is entitled The Joy Stealers: Overcoming Obstacles to Hope and Happiness. We meet Thursdays, 7:00 pm, at St. Paul.


PLEASE JOIN US for our Fifth Sunday Joint Worship Service to be held next week, September 30, 11:00 am, at Mt. Carmel. It is always a pleasure to be with our sister church for worship and fellowship.


THE ANNUAL CROP Walk will take place Sunday, October 14, 2:00 pm, at Damascus Regional Park. This 5K Walk helps raise awareness and money for hunger relief programs in our local community and around the world. Walkers of all ages are welcome and families are encouraged to join in as well. Our St Paul team has participated for many years and we will continue our theme of “Your Spare Change can Help Feed Others.” Please save your spare change and look for our CROP collection take-out boxes on Sunday mornings. If you prefer to support our team via an online donation, just go to the Damascus CROP Walk website, and look for our St Paul UMC Laytonsville team. Anyone interested in walking with us is asked to contact Leslie Hinkle at or 301-414-0043. Thank you for your support.


REMINDER TO CHURCH OFFICERS…Church Conference reports are due in the office no later than Monday, October 8! Thank you!


OUR HOUSE extends an invitation to St. Paul for their new dorm “Opening Celebration” on Friday, October 5, from 10:00 am – 12 noon. Everyone is invited to stop by the celebration and see the new dorm. See Leslie Hinkle if you have questions or desire further information.


A WORK DAY will be sponsored by the Trustees on Saturday, October 13, 8:00 am – 12 noon. We hope to continue to make repairs and clean up additional areas. You are invited to be a part of the crew. We will appreciate whatever time you can spare. Meantime, if you have noticed something amiss in the church and would like to report on it, please contact Tina Burke ( or 301-253-1719).


AROUND THE GLOBE, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, the road toward education has often been difficult. What would it look like if the church today imitated Jesus’ affirmation of the full dignity and God-given potential of all women and men—especially those who have historically been assigned to the world’s margins? On World Communion Sunday your giving helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve. Envelopes for this special offering will be inserted in the October 7 bulletins.



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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.