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Summer Worship Schedule Begins Sunday, May 27th! 

Just a reminder that from Sunday, May 27th through Sunday, September 2nd, there is only one worship service at 10 AM. 

Also, please note that Sunday School is over until September 9th!

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Ring in Rally Day and the new worship year with the St. Paul's Bell Choir. 

We'll be meeting during June, July and early September to prepare for Rally Day and again for double musical treats for Reformation and All Saints Sundays. We'd love to have you join us.

We NEED to have you join us. We have three ringers at present with hopes for a fourth to return.

All you need is a willing heart. There are no age or experience requirements. Bells are of different weights, so strength is not required to join. It is a great opportunity for singles to fellowship as well as an entire family to have a group church activity.

Questions or concerns? Contact director, Karen Leigh Campbell here or in person before or after services.

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Help With Worship This Summer!                                                           Plan your dates to be a worship assistant !!

This Sunday, May 27th, we will be moving to our Summer Worship Schedule, and we're going to try something new!

Scheduling for the summer can be a little tough as people sort out their summer plans, so we're going to do a trial run of having most Worship Assistants sign up via Signup Genius.  This way you can plan ahead and even sign up for more than one Sunday at a time.  (Plan your whole summer in advance--what a concept!)  Signup Genius will send you a helpful reminder about your service a few days in advance.

To get started, click HERE.    

If you are hesitant to use signup genius but still want to serve, please contact Lisa or Joy and they can schedule you. Also, if you have any difficulties using signupgenius, please let us know so we can work out any issues that may come about! 

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First Communion Class Now Forming!

The spring First Communion class is now forming. All children and youth of any age are invited to be a part of first communion instruction. There will be three classes: September 16th, September 23rd, and September 30th, with First Communion taking place on October 14th at the 11 am service.   If children cannot make all three of the classes then Pastor Tom can meet with the child individually. If interested or  if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact  Pastor Tom. 

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  Volunteers needed for worship services! 

We need volunteers in all areas of the worship service, especially altar guild (setup/cleanup of the altar), communion assistant, and usher.  Let's give our very loyal regular helpers some relief.  If you can serve in any of these positions, please contact Pam Wannen at 202-454-6703 or pam@wannen.com. 

 

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The Worship Ministry at St. Paul’s plays a critical part in providing leadership on all factors influencing the congregation’s worship life. It provides input for the music environment of the congregation, including the adult and children’s choirs, the bell choir, and the congregation’s magnificent Shantz organ.  It plays a key role in advising on the liturgy, communion practices, and the general worship environment.  The ministry also is responsible for enlisting volunteers to assist with the many aspects of worship, including worship assistant, communion assistant, readers, greeters, crucifers, acolytes, banner bearers, and torch bearers.

If you are interested in getting involved with Worship Ministry, please contact Karen Leigh Campbell or 703-508-2492.

 

                  For current worship times and special events, click here.                

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St. Paul's Youth Choir

The youth choir continues to invite young people to come and sing with them on Sundays for a 45 minute rehearsal following the 11:00 am  worship service.

Singing in this group is a wonderful opportunity to learn basic vocal  technique and explore some great music. Come and be a part of  discovering a very special way of making a joyful noise!

For information contact Marcia Perez at 301 580 8021.

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Welcome to our New Music Directors, 

Sonja Kahler & Matt Larson!

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Dear St. Paul's,

We are delighted to begin as your new music directors! Tuesday the 5th was our first day at the church, and we enjoyed attending our first official staff meeting. We look forward to playing the church's fine instruments, working with the dedicated choir, and getting to know you, the congregation.        

We live in Bethesda with our two children, who will accompany us to St. Paul on Sundays. We are lifelong Lutherans who met in the organ department of Northwestern University's music school 27 years ago. Our first date was to go hear organist Paul Manz play for a Sunday service in Chicago. We have served as a team in churches since our marriage (25 years ago this November). The last five years we worked at Our Savior Lutheran in Arlington, so the shorter commute to St. Paul's is great.

Sonja attended Valparaiso University to study music and journalism; then she went to Northwestern University for a Master of Music and discovered Matt in the organ department. Matt's degrees from Northwestern are in church music and computer science. He is vice president of research at ICANN, a nonprofit that coordinates Internet domain names, where he leads a team of researchers.

Sonja is finishing a third degree in organ at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Until our son was a toddler, Sonja worked as a copy editor for various publications, including  Kiplinger Magazine and its book division, guides for the National Park Service, and business documents for IBM, Verisign, and other firms.        

Our son, Christian, is a freshman at Walt Whitman High School, and he plays piano and euphonium. His sister, Ilsa, is a 7th-grader at Washington Episcopal School, and she plays piano and trumpet.         

Again, our family is delighted to begin at St. Paul's Lutheran! Please introduce yourselves, and we look forward to meeting everyone!

Sonja Kahler & Matt Larson


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Sermons

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News!"

--Romans 10:15

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Click HERE to read  Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount," John Butler's "The Martyr President," Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Overcoming Fear," Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I've Been to the Mountaintop,", and  a sermon preached by Tom Omholt after 9/11.

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