What’s Happening at St. Paul UMC

Calling ALL
Sunday Scripture Readers ! !
Please sign up on the sheet
in the Narthex.

Remember to pray for: Linda Lane, Lois Dunbar, Harold Brock, Doug Whaley, Jim Huntley, Loretta Ragan, Rhonda Turner, Louise Frate, Jane McNeill, Tank O’Briant, Don Crowe, Betty Hudson, those who are lost, Pam Powell Lutz, Susan France, Bobby Finch, John & Mary Christy, Diane Powell, Gwynne Cameron, Shelia Couch, Wilton Dickerson. Feel free to take a Senior Saints Roster from the Narthex and remember our Sr. Saints with cards, calls or a visit: Billie Bisplinghoff, Jesse & Dare Carden, Ann Cook, Carolyn Howard, Phyllis Jones, Ann Lloyd, Doris Stephens & Dot Wentz.

If you have announcements for the Church Bulletin, please email to Richard @ rmw1@att.net before 5:00pm on the Tuesday prior to your requested placement Sunday.

Be inspired by our Sermons online at

The Choir at St. Paul UMC
welcomes new members !
All ages & levels of singing experience are welcome & encouraged to come.
Enjoy singing new and old hymns.
Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening
7:30-8:30 pm & Sundays before services, 10:30-11am
“Come make a joyful noise unto the Lord!”

The United Methodist Men have voted to change the Monthly Men’s Breakfast, effective in 2018 to meet on the 5th Sunday at 9am; it will be an All-Church breakfast. All are invited! On these particular Sundays, there will be no Sunday School. Here are the dates for 2018:
April 29 – July 29
September 30 – December 30

Bible Study with Pastor Kori
…will resume in December with an Advent Study.

Want to help serve the less fortunate in Durham?
**We are collecting non-perishable food (like canned goods) for Urban Ministries.
Please leave your donations in the box in the Narthex. Thanks! **

Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse
December 2nd – Robert & Shoko Buxton
December 9th – New Direction

Doors open @ 6:30 pm – Concerts start @7:30 pm!
Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, Durham, NC
Each Wednesday Evening: Community Worship!
6:30 pm Coffee and Fellowship
7:00 pm Worship
@ Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse
Come and enjoy a cup of coffee, great music, teaching and fellowship.
You belong here! Invite your friends!
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Mr. Darius E. Moore, Family Recruitment Specialist for the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina will be presenting information regarding Foster Care & Adoption opportunities on Friday, December 15th at 6:30pm @ Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse. All are welcome to come and hear more about the children in our community who need us!

CHRISTMAS WISH TREE FOR YOUTH: We are sponsoring a Youth Wish tree to get children what they need for Christmas. Please come and take a tag from the tree and fulfill their list. The tree will be in the Sanctuary after Thanksgiving. Return the wrapped gift with the tag on it no later than Dec 17th. See Gwen Burney with any questions.

FUNDRAISER: Thanks to all who shopped at the bakery/pantry fundraiser last Sunday, November 19!

Joint Finance/Trustees Committee Meetings
We will meet quarterly on the first Sunday of each quarter @ 5pm. Here are the 2018 dates: January 7, April 1, July 1 & Oct 7 to continue discussions regarding the budget & projects funded by the sale of the Murray Avenue home.

Want to help serve our neighbors in Durham?
St. Paul will be serving lunch on these Saturdays in 2018:
January 27; March 24; May 26;
July 28; Sept 22; Nov 24
Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. If you sign up and cannot serve, please help us by finding a replacement volunteer…
We meet at 11am at Urban Ministries,
410 Liberty St, Durham, NC.
Contact Wayne Davis, 919-317-1964
for information & if you can help serve. Thanks!

Goal Setting for St. Paul 2017 and Beyond!
Short-term goals: All but one are done!
What’s next?
ALL OF US: Let’s get the Workgroups together to discuss the plans for the medium and long-term goals for Church Council consideration.
Playground: Workgroup met 10/19 at the Playset company in Raleigh to look at playsets; sprucing up of the existing playground equipment occurred 10/21 & 10/28; the Joint Finance/Trustees Committee approved the plans & budget for this project on 11/5; The next Phase of this project will continue when the playset arrives for installation. A big thanks to this committee for championing this effort! Questions? Email Teresa Crabtree @ tcmj506@frontier.com
Website: Our new website has launched! A new page has been added for the Choir! Follow the link on the font home page. Please take a look and email Marianne @ rmw1@att.net with comments!
Marketing: Church Council on 11/12/17 approved the purchase of the Electronic Sign for the front of the Church. Installation is forthcoming.
We are transforming our community!!
Contact Marianne Ward @ rmw1@att.net with any questions.

Electronic Giving Online!
Go to Electronic Giving Online if you are interested in supporting Community Worship, our Youth Group, the Playground, the Elevator fund, or any other aspect of St Paul’s missions and activities!
As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Authorization forms and additional information are available in the Narthex or from Marianne Ward @ rmw1@att.net

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