Announcements – August 20, 2017


PARTICIPATING in today’s service: Cora Lee Wetherington, Liturgist; Jane Evans, Scripture Reader; Ed and Tina Burke, Ushers.


ALL ARE INVITED to a time of fellowship in the social hall following worship. Thanks Patty Ebner for providing refreshments.


JUNIOR CHURCH for children, 2 years old – grade 5, takes place following the Children’s Story. All children are invited.


BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS will take place on September 3rd. Children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to worship where we will pray over them and ask God’s blessings on each child as the new school year begins.


A FALL BIBLE STUDY will be led by Pastor Jean beginning Thursday, September 14, 7:00 pm, at St. Paul. This six-week study is entitled Why? Making Sense of God’s Will. Best-selling author, Adam Hamilton, brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, he lays out core ideas for comprehending God’s plan for the world, including: God will not take away our free will, even when we use it to grieve him; God will never abandon us especially in the midst of our suffering; While God is not the author of suffering, God will bring blessing out of tragedy. To defray costs, there will be a $10 fee for the study. The study is open to both Mt. Carmel and St. Paul congregations. Please RSVP to Pastor Jean (301-330-0539 or or the St. Paul Church office (301-963-2185 or Books will be available to those who sign up by September 6. Those who sign up after that will need to order their study book.



Giant Gift Cards - available in denominations of $20, $50, $100.

St. Paul earns 5% of face value. Purchase from Cathy Ballou. and From “Spread the Word” box,

set up a tool bar to list St. Paul UMC (Laytonsville) as your charity.

eScrip Online Mall – go to and enter the store at which you want to shop. (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.




ST. PAUL WILL BE SERVING a fundraiser dinner for the community on Friday, September 8, 4:00 - 7:30 pm. The menu includes smoked BBQ chicken, smoked BBQ pork, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, applesauce and dinner roll. Cost: $15, $16 carryout; $7, $8 carryout for children 8 and under.

      Food or monetary donations are appreciated as well as volunteers to help prepare, serve and clean up. See the sign-up chart or contact Cindy Stevenson (301-926-9026 or or Nancy Hitchcock (301-253-4844 or

      We are also offering smoked BBQ pork by the pound to go. Pre-order by e-mailing with the quantity you would like, your name, phone number and the time you would like to pick it up that Friday. Pre-orders are $13 per pound. Orders at the door will $15 per pound.

      There will also be a bake table and we are seeking volunteers to provide baked goods. You may reply either to the August 13 yahoo group email sent by Susan Brooks, or contact her at 301-869-8798 or We will need your baked items wrapped, labeled, and delivered to the church fellowship hall around 3:00 pm on the 8th for pricing and display before the dinner begins. We thank you and appreciate your support.

Today, following refreshments, we will fold Dinner flyers and prepare them for mailing. Next Sunday, August 27, we will do silverware rolls, again after refreshment time. Please join us if you can - many hands are more fun and make light work!















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 September through December, 2017. 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: ____________________________________________