Please Join Us for INDOOR Worship with Contactless Communion
Sundays at 11 am
Masks required (except for small children).
You may sit in pews marked by Martin Luther.
Please maintain proper distancing at all times.
Pick up your communion kits as you enter the church to receive contactless communion at the appropriate time in the service.
In accordance with DC's mandate, everyone must fill out a pew card with your name, contact information and the day's date. This is to allow for contact tracing.
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(Bulletins uploaded on Sunday mornings)
Services are livestreamed on our YouTube page and video posted at the conclusion of the service.
We are located between Ellicott & Everett Streets NW, between Murch Elementary School and the Fire Station.
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FROM PASTOR WALKER'S DESK
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
The days are growing colder and we have not yet turned on the heat for the sanctuary. I have heard from a few members that it is uncomfortable with the windows wide open for air circulation to sit for an hour. I am asking you, people of St. Paul’s, to be patient.
You may not know, but we have two boilers. We have been working since August to replace what we call ‘boiler #2’. Parts have been ordered, yet due to the supply chain issues they have not yet arrived. Our contractor came a week ago to service and turn on ‘boiler #1’ and a gasket blew. We are waiting on a welder to reattach the gasket so that this boiler is operable.
This week as the temperature is supposed to be in the forties. We will not open the windows and only keep the front church doors open. Please be sure to keep your mask on and social distance.
Also, don’t forget to pray that we soon have a comfortable environment in which to worship.
Advent Begins Sunday, November 28th
Advent begins Sunday, November 28th. Prepare for our Savior's birth with an "Advent to Go" bag! The bags will contain materials and instructions on how to make your own Advent wreath for home use, along with a book of Advent devotions. (We also offer Advent Candle
s and devotion books separately, if you already have an Advent wreath at home.) These items are at no cost, but a free will offering is appreciated.
Please let Lisa Wackler (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you would like one and she will have it ready for you on the 28th or you can make arrangements to come by and pick one up.
Music for the first week of Advent
Last year, the musicians of St. Paul's created a video with hymns, anthems and organ music for each week in Advent. We would like to share this seasonal music with you again this year. Here’s a link to the first video, with 15 minutes of music for the first week in Advent:
Free festive concert by U.S. Army Band brass ensemble on December 12 at 3:00PM.
Please join us as St. Paul’s welcomes a new brass ensemble of musicians from the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own". William Gerlach, principal trumpet with the National Symphony, will join this festive concert of seasonal and other music. The free event is at St. Paul’s on Sunday, December 12 at 3:00PM.
Hanging of the Greens!
Saturday, December 4th @ 10 am
Please join us in the Sanctuary on Saturday, December 4th at 10 am for fun and fellowship! We will deck St. Paul's in all its Christmas Trimmings, tree and wreaths, garlands and bows, pine cones and holly berries. All are welcome!
Gifts of Hope:
A More Meaningful Way to Give!
Are you ready to change the world but don’t know where to start? Do you have a loved one who doesn’t need or want any more “stuff” but whom you’d like to recognize with a gift in his or her honor? Consider giving a tax-deductible Gift of Hope.
Gifts of Hope is an alternative gift-giving program and ministry sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Gifts of Hope is open to all people and helps people in need regardless of their faith or religious affiliation.
We have a limited number of hard copies of this year's catalog which will be available in the narthex and portico. Order online or send a check to the address in the catalog also available online at giftsofhopedc.org
Afghan Refugee Family Resettlement Update
Thank you to everyone who had donated time and materials to support resettlement of an Afghan family. The stockpile of donations in Shafer Hall is a beautiful sight. We expect to get the call to resettle a family soon and we have a small team of people who have volunteered to make it happen. the commitment is to travel to St. Paul’s, load the donations onto a U-Haul, follow the U-Haul in your car, unload the U-Haul, and set up the donations in the new home — all with the notice of a couple days/weeks.
Please let Caitlin Thistle know if you are interested to volunteer in this effort. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Food Pantry News -
Food insecurity is still a very real issue in our community.
We are still collecting toiletries for our Food Pantry - toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body lotion, body wash, etc. (regular sized, not family sized). We have also resumed collecting toilet paper.
These items are not covered by benefits, so having a supply of these on hand will help us meet the needs of our patrons.
If you would like to order items directly from Amazon, please use this link to see our shopping list:
The Food Pantry always needs: hearty soups, healthy cereals (i.e., Cheerios - regular sized), canned protein, low-sugar and low-sodium foods. Please remember to donate "regular-sized" items as "Family sized" are too big for the bags.
We continue to accept your donations of paper grocery bags (Whole Foods, Trader Joes) with handles.
If you've wanted to volunteer at the Food Pantry, here is your chance! At this time, we are looking for volunteers to help with Saturday distribution:
STUDENTS SEEKING SSL OR COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: Working in the Food Pantry is an approved non-profit. If you would like to help, or have questions, please contact Lisa Wackler .
PRIME TIME CENTER @ St. Paul's
A fully vaccinated group of Prime Time participants gather each week for exercise, a pre-plated hot lunch and entertainment. All those who are vaccinated and 50+ are welcome to join in on the fun from 11 am - 2 pm each Wednesday. Pre-registration is required for meal planning purposes. If you plan to attend, please notify Joy Belew by 11 am on the Friday prior to each week's program.
11 am - Exercise with Brigid
Noon - Lunch
1 pm - Sho'n Off Barbershop Quartet
11 am - Exercise with Anne
Noon - Lunch
1 pm - Jerry Roman, The Piano Man
Azaleas Blooming in November?
As our photo at the parsonage shows, the pink azalea "Autumn Carnation" (part of the Encore series of reblooming hybrids) does indeed bloom in the fall. This azalea and three other parsonage azaleas, which bloom only in the spring, were donated 10 years ago by David and Ellen Cohen in memory of David's mother.
We want to thank the hardy volunteers who came out last Saturday to catch up on leaf removal at the church and parsonage: Rosalind Carter, Bob Hershey, Cynthia Jensen, and Anna Lee Hewko and her daughters Petra and Britta.
Weather permitting, the garden and lawn crew meets Saturday morning, from 9 to 11 o'clock. Come for 30 minutes or stay the entire time. No green thumb needed!
Questions? Text or call Neil Berger at 202-669-2962.