St. Paul’s UMC Online Worship!

St Paul’s (along with all other UMC churches in the Baltimore-Washington region) will be closed until at least April 26. Thank you for worshiping with us online. We will continue to make online worship available, and many ministries are continuing with online meetings. Check back for online Bible and book studies!

Morning Prayer Call

When we are surrounded by negativity, let us choose to focus on Jesus who overcame the world, by beginning each day with Word  & Prayer. Just call wherever you are.  Pastor EunJoung will lead prayers. 

When: 8 a.m. (15 mins) from Monday through Friday, 
How: 1. Dial in 1-888-585-9008
2. When prompted, enter conference room number ( 871-905-648) followed by #

Online Worship

We will continue to stream the services on Facebook Live and this website at 9:15 and 11am. Join us for a message, some music, and prayer. Please feel free to comment live, we will be responding in real time! You do not need a Facebook account to view, just follow the link on Sunday morning. Scroll down until you see the live broadcast.

Check out the videos of our services on the Sermon Podcast page under Worship With Us!

https://www.facebook.com/SykesvilleParish/

We will be celebrating virtual communion! Prepare your bread, crackers, and/or grape juice ahead of time. Don’t have everything on hand? Don’t worry! Communion elements can be any kind of bread or cracker, or grape juice. Communion can be celebrated with any single element.

Show us your worship photos! Snap a pic during our online Sunday services, or during your own personal worship time, and post it in the comments to the facebook post at the top of the page. PJs and coffee welcome!

Check out our Sunday School page for this week’s kids’ worship pages.

 

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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:

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Wade’s sketching from the March 22 11am service, set to music from Rich Reed and Jamie Birger from our 9:15 service.

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Deep Blue Sunday School Curriculum

Imagine if a child could hear a Bible lesson Sunday morning and later that week at home have the lessons that were taught in Sunday school be reinforced through games and videos.

While playing, children would not only have fun but learn while they experience Bible truths. Children would associate God’s Word in a positive way that would encourage them to share it with friends.

Parent dashboard feature

• Check what your child is learning each week.

Mini-games

• Scripture jumble: A fun maze mini-game that allows a child to search and find scripture fragments from the weekly lesson.

• Trivia mini-game: Trivia with questions from the weekly Bible lesson.

• Breakout mini-game: reinforce the Anchor Point for each month.

Video wall

• Shows the videos from last week.

Check out our kids’ worship coloring pages on the Sunday School page!

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St. Paul’s is hiring!

musical-notesSt. Paul’s is current hiring for an Organist/Choir Accompanist for our 11am Sunday service, Wednesday evening rehearsals, and other special services. Click the link for detailed information, job description, and application directions.

 

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Learning to Love Book Study

814Ct0X2qGLJoin us if you are wrestling on how to love people of LGBTQ+, beginning April 1 at 6:30 PM on Wednesdays for 5 weeks (4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/6, and 5/13).  Its purpose is not to debate, but to seek guidance, understand, and to discern to love well.

Meanwhile books are recommended to educate yourself.  “A War of Loves” by David Bennett (traditional view), “Torn” by Justin Lee (progressive).  Both books are written by gay Christians, easy to read, and represent two different theological views.  They are also 61VtZmo9HtLavailable as audio books.  If you are looking for more scholastic information, you can read “Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church” by Preston Sprinkle & Stanley Gundry.  They are all available on Amazon.

Contact Rev. Joo (revjoo@stpaulssykesville.org) or the church office (admin@stpaulssykesville.org) if you would like to join or have any questions.

This book study will be meeting virtually. Contact Pastor EunJoung for more information!

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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

Grace and Addiction will not be meeting until at least early May. The ministry is still working to support those battling addiction during the closure with donations, activities, and virtual engagement. Please contact Lisa if you or your facility would like to participate!

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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. We are no longer accepting calendar donations. If you have any questions please contact Judy Cruetzer at judy_jacs@yahoo.com.

Magazine donations are temporarily on hold due to the coronavirus.

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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!
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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.

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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
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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
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Prayer Circle– A weekly prayer meeting on Monday night in the cry room at 7:00pm  Contact Jean Luebke at jcluebke@yahoo.com
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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
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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
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Transitions Healthcare Patients’ Craft – Meeting 2nd Tuesdays @6:30 pm, at Transitions Healthcare – contact Cindy Shea –ts20121@verizon.net.
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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).

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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.  

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

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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.

 

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New Ministry: United Methodist Young Adults UMYA

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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.

 

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Sermon Podcasts, Now Online!

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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!

 

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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.

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