Welcome to St. Paul’s UMC

Worship with us every Sunday at 9:15 am (Contemporary) and 11am (Traditional)

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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:

Sketchnotings, by Wade Forbes

January 5th, 2020

Visit our Sermon Podcasts to listen to the message that inspired Wade’s illustration!



Women’s Retreat

1024px-Clock_simple.svgPastor EunJoung will lead our annual parish Women’s Day Retreat on Saturday, January 25 from 9:00 – 3:00 PM in St. Paul’s Social Hall. The theme of the retreat is: “What Time Is It?” Bring your lunch; drinks will be provided. Please register by Sunday, January 19 by contacting the church office at admin@stpaulssykesville.org or 410-795-0714.



Confirmation Class

UM Logo shadowedWill begin with a meeting with confirmands and parents on January 26 after St. Paul’s 11:00 AM worship service and attendance at the ROCK Retreat in Ocean City the weekend of February 7-9. From February 16 to April 5, Confirmation Class will meet every Sunday from 12:30 – 1:30 PM. This is an every Sunday commitment. Please contact the church office to register your child and an informational packet will be forwarded to you. Confirmation Sunday is scheduled for April 19.



Grace and Addiction Dinner

Breakfast!Twice a month, on the first and third 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 January 18 is breakfast for dinner. All are welcome!  Join us on February 1 for a casual dinner and desserts.

Due to the predicted poor weather this weekend we will be canceling dinner on January 18. Please join us on February 1!


Magazine Collection for Carroll Hospital

St Paul’s UMC collects magazines to be donated to Carroll Hospital Center. Donations (packed in bags or boxes) can be left in the foyer of the Church. Please only donate magazines (no catalogs) that are in good condition and no more than two months old. If you have any questions please contact Judy Cruetzer at judy_jacs@yahoo.com.


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’s Studies Each Monday at 7:00PM.  Meet in room 202/204 of the St Paul’s Sunday school building.

We will come together to study Christ word with 6-8 week bible studies. Learn more about being a man of Christ and enjoy some good fellowship.

For more information contact Jay Fetterman (fettermans@yahoo.com) or Brian Williams.

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. Twice a month, on the first and third 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, 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.
Fresh Perspectives Book Club – For ladies seeking fresh perspectives through literature and refreshment for the soul.  The group will meet the second Wednesday of each month beginning June 11 from 7-8 PM (location will be forthcoming).  Contact Mandy Tzan (ajtzan@gmail.com).


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.  


Pastoral Letter and Sermon on the Special Session of the General Conference 2019


You can find Pastor Doug’s sermon and message to the parish on the Sermon Podcast page. The podcasts are only set up for streaming listening, so I don’t think it is possible to download and listen offline. We will check and see if this can be done. You can also find a Pastoral letter under the What’s Happening tab at the top of the page.



New Ministry: United Methodist Young Adults UMYA


Are you recently (or not so recently) out of high school, but missing the community of your UMYF days? St. Paul’s is starting a young adult ministry to continue the spirit of Youth Group for the post youth group population. Contact Kim Donnelly (Ms. Kim, contact information at the bottom of the website) for more information.



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.

Parish Newsletter

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