Welcome to St. Paul’s UMC




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Worship with us in beautiful, downtown Sykesville, Maryland. America’s coolest small town!

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is Christ-centered, dedicated to modeling and teaching the love of God in an ever changing world. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, we seek to serve our community through local and global ministries. We will nurture the physical and spiritual well-being of those entrusted to our care. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will be able to grow and change in response the needs of our community.

New and Noteworthy:


Appointment Announcement

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has appointed Rev. EunJoung Joo (pronouned ‘En-Jung’ or nicknamed ‘EJ’) as the new associate pastor of our congregation.  She will begin her new responsibilities on July 1 of this year. As a United Methodist Church we are a part of an appointment system. Our congregation’s staff parish relations committee and Pastor Doug met with the district superintendent to identify our congregation’s needs and the needed skills in a pastor. We have also met with Pastor EJ to get to know her and to ask questions.

Rev. Joo is a lifetime Methodist, born and raised in a devout Christian family in South Korea. Following the vision of God, she came to the States and has been ministering to people of all ages for almost 17 years. Oriented by a missionary mindset, she is passionate about sharing God’s heart with others.

She earned two Master’s degrees in Missiology and Pastoral Care & Counseling in Korea and Washington D.C. She was selected as a distinguished Lewis Fellow, Transition in Ministry Excellence Fellow, Women of Color preachers, the Mentoring Program for Young Racial-Ethnic Cross Racial-Cross Cultural clergy sponsored by General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and Financial Leadership Academy. She is currently in the process of getting a professional coaching license with International Coaching Federation. She has also served in various leadership capacities for our Baltimore-Washington Conference and Northeastern Jurisdiction beyond the local churches.  When she isn’t thinking ‘church,’ she likes to spend time with her dear family and friends, appreciating beauty of the world that God created, going camping, reading, and listening to music.
Welcome Pastor EJ!


Have you seen the video on the Quality of Life Retreats? Our own Terri Rae is the Founder of this valuable ministry. Prayerfully consider supporting the Retreats in your giving! For more information visit the page on the BWC website.


Grace and Addiction Dinner


chicken saladOnce a month, on a Saturday, the Grace & Addiction committee sponsors a dinner for those facing addiction.  We make every effort to reach out to area churches, support groups, and rehabilitation/sober living facilities hoping God will lead through our doors all those in need of spiritual or physical nourishment. Dinners are held at St. Paul’s Social Hall.  Food prep and setup begins 3:00, dinner served at 6:00. Dinner is always free of charge. Family and friends are welcome. Contact Lisa Shifflet at peanuts222@msn.com or 410-960-4590

Our menu for July 28 is a cold salad extravaganza! Chicken, tuna, egg, shrimp, fruit and green salads. All are welcome. Note the new day of the month for the summer.



Small Group Ministries in the Sykesville Parrish

imageIt never too late to join one of our small groups.  Our groups are open and we are always looking forward to seeing new faces!
Men of Christ– Men’s bible study that meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7:00pm in the basement at St. Paul’s.  Contact Jay Fetterman at fettermans@yahoo.com
Higher Steps-A walking/jogging group that meets every other Wednesdays at 12:30 at Millard Cooper Park.  Contact Charlene Williams at 410-3821696 or charw5@comcast.net
Lunch Bunch-A weekly lunchtime bible study that meets on Thursdays from 11:30-1 in rooms 202/204.  Contact Barb Rodean at frrodean@aol.com
Prayer Circle– A weekly prayer meeting on Monday night in the cry room at 7:00pm  Contact Jean Luebke at jcluebke@yahoo.com
Prayer Shawl Ministry-Those who knit, crochet, quilt or want to learn are welcome! Meets at 2:00 the second Monday of every other month at St. Pauls.  Contact Jackie Talley at 410-795-8692
Grace and Addiction-A monthly prayer meeting at St Paul’s rm 202/204 the 4th Thursday of each month at 7pm. Once a month, on a Saturday (dates to be determined), the Grace & Addiction committee sponsors a dinner for those facing addiction.  We make every effort to reach out to area churches, support groups, and rehabilitation/sober living facilities hoping God will lead through our doors all those in need of spiritual or physical nourishment. Dinners are held at St. Paul’s, dates to be determined.  Food prep and setup begins 3:00, dinner served at 6:00. Contact Lisa Shifflet at peanuts222@msn.com or 410-960-4590
Transitions Healthcare Patients’ Craft – Meeting 2nd Tuesdays @6:30 pm, at Transitions Healthcare – contact Cindy Shea –ts20121@verizon.net


pray-2558490_960_720Ephesians 6:18 — In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. 

The Grace and Addiction Committee is looking for parishioners who will lift our guests in prayer after each dinner and throughout the month ahead.  At dinner, we invite our guests to fill out prayer cards, and so many of them do.   There’s no doubt that this community needs our prayers.  They’re up against extreme odds; they’re in ill health; they’re exhausted; they’re confused; some have never been inside a church; some don’t know how to begin to pray; many seek our help in reaching out to the Lord on their behalf. 

There are many examples of intercessory prayer in the Bible and many reasons the Scriptures give for why we should pray for one another.  The most obvious reason – prayer works.

After each monthly Saturday dinner, the prayer cards will be copied, stapled, and handed out at Sunday church services.  Please consider being a Prayer Warrior on behalf of Grace and Addiction’s guests.  Contact Lisa Shifflett, peanuts222@msn.com if you would like to be a part of this ministry.  


Sermon Podcasts, Now Online!


Did you know that we now are putting our sermons online? Under Worship With Us you will find a link to a number of recent sermons. We are still testing out the format, so let us know what you think!


Pray With Us

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Join us every Monday evening at 7pm in St. Paul’s cry room (inside the sanctuary) for our community prayer group. Bring your own prayer requests or pray for others. We welcome all members of the community for an hour of prayer and reflection. To submit a prayer request you can fill out a card in the pews and leave it in the offering plate, or contact Jean Luebke at jcluebke@yahoo.com, or one of the pastors. Mark your request public or private. Public requests will be shared with the congregation on Sunday mornings, private requests will stay between the pastors and the prayer circle.


Parrish Newsletter

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