Welcome to St. Paul’s UMC
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:
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 Sermon Series & Congregational Conversation
Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church
Beginning March 3rd and continuing through Lent, Pastors Doug and EunJoung and some of our church members will begin a sermon series to explore what it means to be a church in a culture that is increasingly nonreligious and multireligious. The Fresh Expressions Movement begin in the United Kingdom, where it ignited over 3,000 new faith communities. These new faith communities listen to people and meet them were they are on their journey toward Jesus.
In addition, on Sunday evenings and Thursday afternoons, the pastors will discuss their sermons and these themes and book in greater depth through a Bible study. An option for participation in the conversation online is also being developed. Options for participation are listed below.
|Sundays, March 3-April 7
St. Paul’s Social Hall
Pot luck dinner. Bring a dish to share.
|Thursdays, March 7-April 11
St. Paul’s Room 202/204
Bring your own brown bag lunch.
Copies of the book are available for $12.
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.
Grace and Addiction Dinner
Once 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-960-4590
Our menu for March 16 is baked pasta dinner; lasagna, baked ziti, and all the sides. All are welcome!
Ash Wednesday services will be held at 12pm and 6:30pm at St. Paul’s on Wednesday, March 6.
The Labyrinth will be available for meditative walk on Sunday, March 10.
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 email@example.com.
Small Group Ministries in the Sykesville Parrish
Ephesians 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.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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