Announcements – October 28, 2018



PARTICIPATING in today’s service: Larry Halvorson, Liturgist; Michele Halvorson, Scripture Reader; Michele Halvorson and Connie Markwood, Ushers.


EVERONE IS INVITED to a time of fellowship in the social hall following worship. Thanks to Geoff and Ruth Hornseth for providing refreshments.


TRUNK OR TREAT for children will be held today (weather permitting), from 4:00-5:30 pm in the church parking lot. Come dressed in your costume and enjoy the fun! Adults who would still like to participate by handing out Halloween treats from your decorated car trunk are asked to contact Tina Burke (301-253-1719 or

        What is Trunk or Treat? Children will come to our parking lot where cars will be decorated with some type of theme. They will stop by each car and get a treat or play a game. This event is a way to reach out to the community, by sharing a safe environment and providing safe treats!


THE SUNSHINE CHARGE (Mt. Carmel/St. Paul) annual Church Conference will be held this Saturday, November 3, 9:00 am, at Wesley Grove UMC, 23640 Woodfield Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882. All members, especially church officers, are urged to attend.


ALL ARE INVITED to a special evening of Potluck and Theology, to be held Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 pm, in the fellowship hall. Our guest speaker will be Pastor David Poling on the topic, "Reaching the Billions." He and his wife, Lynn, have been bringing the love of Jesus for over 43 years to all they can reach in China. David is co-founder and president of Chinese Christian Seminary. The Polings also work with Lord Leading Christian Church, which shares facilities with the Bible college. The Peoples’ Republic of China is the third area of the Polings’ ministry. Through all of these ministries, students, youth leaders and pastors are trained to spread the message of Christ throughout their region.

Rev. Poling, who is a long-time friend of Ruth Hornseth, has an amazing story to share. We hope you will join us for this meaningful time together. Please use the sign-up sheet on the narthex bulletin board to let us know what you plan to provide for the meal. If you cannot bring a dish...that's okay, just come and enjoy the evening! Contact Ruth for further information: 301-977-0563 or


NOVEMBER/DECEMBER Upper Room are available in the narthex.

VETERANS DAY is Sunday, November 11. To honor men and women in our community for their military service, St. Paul UMC would like to have a special listing of them in the bulletin for our November 11 worship service. Please send Joanne ( or 301-963-2185) the veteran’s name, branch of service, and specific years of service. Submission deadline is Monday, November 5.



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