Announcements – September 17, 2017


PARTICIPATING in today’s service: Jane Evans, Liturgist; Melanie Shullenbarger, Scripture Reader; Nancy Hitchcock and Sandy Walter, Ushers.


SUNDAY SCHOOL has begun! Leslie Hinkle and Melanie Shullenbarger welcome all children, age 2 – grade 5 to join us following the Children’s Story.


ALL ARE INVITED to a time of fellowship in the social hall following worship. Thanks to the Brooks for providing refreshments.


MUCH APPRECIATION to those who helped with our Smoked BBQ Dinner on September 8. You are invited to join us following refreshments today for a post-dinner meeting. As a follow-up, we will evaluate what went well and what can be improved. Your input is appreciated.


The 47th annual Damascus CROP Walk will take place on Sunday, October 8, at Damascus Regional Park. The walk starts at 2:00 pm and is a great way to raise awareness and donations for local and worldwide hunger relief programs. Families and walkers of all ages are invited to participate. Please support our St Paul team motto of “Your Spare Change Can Help Feed Others” by donating your spare change. Every bit helps, so look for our CROP collection take-out boxes each Sunday morning. There is also the option to donate on-line. Just go to and look for our St Paul Laytonsville team page. Please contact Leslie Hinkle if you are interested in walking with the group ( or 301-414-0043).


ST. PAUL has begun a special weekly prayer time, set aside for the church family to pray for our congregation, our families, our community, our nation and our world. We invite you to join with us in prayer from your home each Wednesday at 9:00 pm.


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER Upper Room are available in the narthex. Feel free to take one for yourself and one for a friend or shut-in.


PLEASE NOTE that our Work/Clean up Day has been re-scheduled for Saturday, October 7, from 8:00 am – 12 noon. Come for the entire time or whatever amount of time you can spare. We will be cleaning, fixing, painting, carrying, etc. Thanks in advance for any help you can give! Please see Tina Burke if you have questions.

AS MANY of you know, there is current discussion regarding the possibility of a merger of St. Paul and Mt. Carmel Churches. An informal question/answer time will be led by St. Paul Church officers for the St. Paul congregation on Sunday, October 1, following worship.

      On October 8, there will be a joint worship service with Mt. Carmel at St. Paul. Following worship our District Superintendent will preside over a meeting to further discuss the merger. An easel will be placed in the narthex for questions that we have about this proposal and the process. As it is in the early stages, we are just now collecting the information we will need to make the decision. We would really like the St Paul congregation to consider this, ask questions and pray about this.