Announcements – November 17, 2019



PARTICIPATING in today’s service: Lou Bland, Liturgist; Tina Burke, Scripture Reader; Ed and Tina Burke, Ushers.


ALL ARE INVITED for fellowship in the social hall following worship. Thanks to the Rankins for providing refreshments.


THE ANNUAL Community Thanksgiving Eve worship service will take place Wednesday, November 27, 7:30 pm, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Laytonsville. Participating churches include St. Bartholomew Episcopal, Mt. Carmel UMC, Mt. Tabor UMC, Cedar Grove UMC, Wesley Grove UMC and St. Paul UMC. The one-hour service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments. Please plan to bring your family and friends and join us for an uplifting worship celebration of praise and thanksgiving!


ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH are invited to join us for the Advent season in Sunday School! Friends are always welcome to come along! We will be making a "kid-friendly" nativity scene (diorama) that children will be able to use to retell the Christmas story.


EVERYONE IS INVITED to participate in our annual Angel gifts project of providing Christmas gifts to the Our House trainees and our sponsored Damascus Help families. Please look for our Outreach Angel display on the narthex bulletin board beginning Sunday, December 1st. 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 Sunday, December 15

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

recipient’s name and its contents.

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


A JOINT SERVICE with Mt. Carmel UMC will be held Sunday, December 8, 9:30 am, at St. Paul. A Church Conference, led by District Superintendent JW Park, will follow the service. We will begin with a Q&A session regarding the St. Paul-Mt. Carmel merger. The Conference will conclude with a vote by St. Paul members to approve the merger. In compliance with the United Methodist protocol, the vote will be taken by written ballot from all professing members who are present (no absentee ballots), and requires a majority of votes to pass.



      There's an easy way to earn .5% of your purchase for St Paul through at no extra cost or hassle to you. It takes 2 steps:

1.      Assign St Paul as your Smile beneficiary. You need to do it once only. Go to:

2.      Every time you shop, go to

Giant Gift Cards

      Gift cards are available in denominations of $20 or $50. St. Paul earns 5% of face value. See Chris Avedisian to purchase, or call the church office at 301-963-2185.


OUR BW Conference training for local church leaders, entitled Training Tuesdays: information and inspiration for your ministry, continues. This unique, personalized, online-training will be provided through Zoom. The following classes will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm:

Nov. 19 -     Finance Committee

Nov. 26 -     Church Council

Dec. 3 -        Nominations Committee

To register and obtain the ZOOM address to go to: and click on the date of the class for details. Questions? Contact the Rev. Rodney Smothers at or call 410-309-9958.