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:

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

IMG_1988You 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

Screen Shot 2019-03-02 at 9.58.28 AMBeginning 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

lassagnaOnce 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 March 16 is baked pasta dinner; lasagna, baked ziti, and all the sides. All are welcome! 


Ash Wednesday


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. 


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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. 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 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.

Parish Newsletter

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