Welcome to St. Paul’s!
I think you will find St. Paul’s to be a lively gathering of faithful people who are passionate about the Gospel and who care about each other and the community. We are a “Reconciling in Christ” congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Please feel free to visit with us on Sunday morning for worship or participate in some of our ministries and events.
May God continue to bless you and strengthen you with God’s grace.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Thomas A. Omholt, Pastor
We are located between Ellicott & Everett Streets NW, between Murch Elementary School and the Fire Station.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Remember singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as a child? Then there came the classic doo wop version of the song by the Elegants which began with the question, “where are you little star”? We love singing about the stars. We love looking at the stars. We love studying them. Some folks love the stars because they feel that the stars have a power over them. Having a good day or a bad day depends on how the stars are aligned.
Then there are the other stars we like to look at and admire. They are the human stars, the stars of stage and screen. We enjoy watching these stars rise to fame and fortune, whether on the football field or in the halls of congress, and then quickly lose interest as their stardom begins to fade.
Nearly 2,000 years ago a star rose in the eastern sky and caught the attention of the world. It caught the attention of three individuals who were passionate star gazers. When these three astrologers, three wise men, saw this particular star, they immediately jumped on their camels and followed the star to a little town called Bethlehem. Upon arrival they saw a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger, a feeding trough for barnyard animals. They bowed down and worshipped him, and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Was this child the king to be born king of the Jews as it had been told them? Well, yes and no. The child Jesus was a king, but no ordinary king, no rising political star, but rather God’s heaven sent King of Kings, the one “destined for the falling and rising of many in Israel.” The star, the child, were all part of God’s epiphany, God’s manifestation of love for the world.
We love the stars. They are beautiful. There is one star, however, that outshines them all. This is the star that leads us again to Bethlehem and the One who shines his love in our hearts and lives now and forever. “Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid. Star of the east, the horizon adorning, guide where our infant redeemer is laid.”
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Thomas A. Omholt
ANNUAL MINISTRY REPORTS DUE
The annual report of ministries, organizations and classes are due by Friday, January 12, 2018. Please e-mail them to Joy Belew at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to the office at 202.362.9165. Thank You!
St. Paul's Food Pantry needs your help! Please consider contributing soups, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna and canned chicken. Items can be left in the basket in the narthex or the basket in the pantry. Thank You!
Donors Needed for Altar Flowers
There are several dates available to donate altar flowers. The cost of the flowers is $65. Flowers can be donated in memory of a loved one, in honor of someone's special event, or in thanksgiving for something special to you.
Date available: February 11th.
Please contact Joy Belew to reserve this date. Thank you!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will not meet during December due to the holidays. I am planning our first gathering for January 21, 2018. Oh, my goodness! I thank the members of this ministry who continue to answer Jesus' call to serve those in need of our compassion and prayers.Contact Deaconess Cassiewith any questions.
In 2018, St. Paul's will celebrate its 175th anniversary! Our stewardship theme for this special year is "High - Five for 175!" God's Work. Our Hands. Giving in Gratitude. We are celebrating St. Paul's past and our ministry for the future. God is doing amazing things in our world and in our church and God is doing these amazing things through each of you as you continue along in your own individual journeys of stewardship.
If you have not yet completed and turned in your time and talent survey and financial commitment card - it is not too late!Please prayerfully contemplate and complete the time and talent survey and financial commitment card and return it to the church before the end of the year. Please remember that your commitment for 2018 is in addition to your generous commitment to the Capital Campaign. Thank You!
Update on Stewardship Campaign
As of today, we have received 37 pledge cards. Of these, 6 are new pledges, 17 reflect an increase in giving, 6 pledges showed a decrease in giving and 8 chose to stay at the same level of giving.
We are looking for people interested in volunteering for this very important church function. It consists of a two member team that works on Sundays after church or Monday for about 1 or 2 hours collecting, counting and recording the offering. The teams are assigned a month at a time, usually 3 or 4 months a year (depending on how many teams we have). Sundays can be switched with other teams. Training and written instructions are provided. Please contact Paula Stewart 410-956-7117 or the church office to volunteer.
One service with Holy Communion at 11 am followed by the Annual Congregational Meeting.
Singing for the delight of DC audiences since 1991, Polyhymnia Chamber Chorus specializing in exceptional music that is not sung often enough. Polyhymnia's concerts showcase compositions crossing multiple genres, languages and periods, a repertoire unique among DC-area ensembles. This concert will include works by Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams; Renaissance renderings of the Magi; and a selection from Candide (1956) to celebrate the Leonard Bernstein Centennial. A light reception follows the performance. Contact Brock Hansen at (202) 550-4295 with questions.
Thank you for supporting the National Youth Gathering team at their first of three fundraisers, the spaghetti dinner, raffle, and auction. More than 100 plates of spaghetti were served at St. Paul's! Auction and raffle items included homemade chocolates, movie baskets, coffee basket, handmade table runner, gift cards, books and more! The youth raised $3,292.00, which is a great start to supporting our 25 youth and 5 adults as they raise funds for plane tickets and hotel costs.
Special thanks for the St. Paul's families who donated items for auction and raffle, to Anne Miller and family from Luther Place who coordinated it all. Also a huge thanks to Catherine Kimball-Eayrs and family, also from Luther Place, who donated the food. And a generous note of thanks to ALL who donated towards this first fundraiser. We are grateful!
Each of the StLuthRef churches is hosting a fundraiser for the National Youth Gathering team. The next fundraiser, a (high-priced!) bake sale, will be held at Luther Place! Look for more information next week about the date and how you can support the team!
The annual congregational meeting will take place on January 28th following the one worship service at 11 am. Please mark your calendars and join us as we elect Council members and vote on St. Paul's budget for 2018.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner February 13th!
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 13th for a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Dining Room and lower Fellowship Hall.
What is Shrove Tuesday, you ask? Generally speaking, it's a preparation day for Lent, but you'll have to come to the dinner to find out the whole story! We'll have pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, and plenty of Lutheran coffee to wash it all down. There will also be some surprises and fun trivia for the kids!
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation isn't the only big celebration happening here at St. Paul's. This year, the Congregation of St. Paul's will be celebrating its 175th Birthday!
As you come across pictures from your own time at St. Paul's (like this one!), please share them with us, so we can include them on our website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and in displays around the church. If your pictures are hard copies, we will scan them and return them to you.
We are excited to report that as of this writing, we've had 71 commitments totaling $372,616 for the Our Time, Our Turn Capital Campaign. Thank you to all who have taken the step of turning in their pledge cards. Your early commitment to this campaign is much appreciated!
For those of you who have not yet committed, we need you now more than ever as we have a ways to go to reach our goal of $900,000. There is still time to fill out a pledge card--pick one up in the Portico, the Narthex, or by clicking HERE. Remember that your pledge-no matter the size-is crucial to the success of the Capital Campaign.
Do you need help figuring out how to take the next step? Please contact Mike Charlton, the Chair of the Capital Campaign. Mike can discuss with you the various ways that you can contribute to the Our Time, Our Turn Capital Campaign.