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Newsletter
5/2023

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St. Paul’s Team/Group Photo Contest

 

  • To promote team spirit and to update the website with creative and attention-grabbing photos that hopefully will move people to want to join in

 

  • Contest Winner and Runner-up will be selected and announced in January by the Website Team

 

  • Photo(s) Submission Deadline:December 31st.
    Email Web@StPaulsCrofton.com or text Patrice at 443-254-6765 with your photo submissions.  Please include the name of your team/group and who is in the photo. More than one photo can be submitted if desired.

 

  • Selection Criteria:

 

  1. Creativity – Is it creative?Is there a high degree of emotion expressed in the photo?(Does it look like they are having fun or is it emotionally moving?)

  2. Does it grab your attention and make you want to join the group?

  3. Does the photo have a connection to the team’s mission in some way?

St. Paul’s 2023 Team Photo Contest News

Thank you all for your team photo submissions.  We hope you had fun with them!

 

We have a WINNER! 

 

After careful consideration, the Web Team is thrilled to announce that St. Paul’s Office Staff is the 2023 Team Photo contest winner.  Their ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil’ photo was a laugh-out-loud funny and extremely creative way to illustrate the joys and complexities of their roles.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ST. PAUL’S OFFICE STAFF!

ST. PAUL'S PRAYER TEAM

As Christians, most of us have a general awareness that it is a good thing to pray for other people and to have other people praying for you. But perhaps praying for each other is more than “good,” perhaps it is crucial.

According to Scripture, praying for other people is massively important to their success in ministry, life, and connection with God. 

We should spend time praying for each other because one of the biggest benefits to intercessory prayer is that it increases our love for another.  Praying for people not only has impact on their life since you are helping usher in the hand of God when it corresponds to his will, but praying for others also changes your heart towards that person.

God can accomplish his plans for us even if we don’t have a prayer team doing intercession on our behalf.  The GOOD NEWS is that St. Paul’s has recently established our very own prayer team!  Currently they meet virtually from 1 - 2PM every Thursday to pray for our church ministry, our community, and our world.

Blessings and prayers for their success as we recognize St. Paul’s current Prayer Team:

Pastor

Sadie Becoate

 

All are welcome. Please consider joining in prayer.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82144165594?pwd=RmFWVW0xL0lCYUJPVEc2bCttRWo5Zz09

 

Meeting ID: 821 4416 5594

Passcode: 906760

 

If you need to dial in, call 301-715-8592

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CONTEMPORARY MUSIC DIRECTOR POSITION AVAILABLE:

St. Paul’s is seeking a musically gifted, strong Christian leader with a passion for music to lead our Sunday morning contemporary worship service.  This is part time, PAID POSITION, approximately 15 hours per week.  

Primary responsibility is to plan, lead and inspire the playing of music for Sunday morning contemporary worship service.  

The music director should be an accomplished musician, skilled instrumentalist / vocalist with experience leading a worship team; they will select music for and rehearse with the praise band, and provide music for special services, occasional community outreach, and fellowship activities.  

Please contact: President@StPaulsCrofton.com for more information.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC DIRECTOR POSITION AVAILABLE:

St. Paul’s is seeking a musically gifted, strong Christian leader with a passion for music to lead our Sunday morning contemporary worship service.  This is part time, PAID POSITION, approximately 15 hours per week.  

Primary responsibility is to plan, lead and inspire the playing of music for Sunday morning contemporary worship service.  

The music director should be an accomplished musician, skilled instrumentalist / vocalist with experience leading a worship team; they will select music for and rehearse with the praise band, and provide music for special services, occasional community outreach, and fellowship activities.  

Please contact: President@StPaulsCrofton.com for more information.

How can we pray for you?
Please feel free to do so anonymously

Thanks for submitting!

**ONLY Pastor receives your prayer requests through this link**

How can we pray for you?
Please feel free to do so anonymously

Request Submitted!

How can we pray for you?
Please feel free to do so anonymously
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Request Submitted!

St. Paul's Youth (SPY) is a group for youth beginning in 6th grade. 

 

The youth participate in fun social activities as well as community service projects and church worship activities. 

They also have an opportunity to attend Youth Quake, a weekend retreat for youth in grades 6 - 12.

Teens become established in their faith, empowered for Christian living and enabled to live a life of ministry and leadership.

Exciting news! We have a youth choir!

 

St. Paul’s has restarted the youth choir!

If your child is interested in raising their voices to the Lord, please join us.

All Youth are welcome, but they must be able to read.

The choir will sing at both services, once a month, and will sing at special events.

 

Contact Jane at Info@StPaulsCrofton.com

Please stay tuned for more information.

 

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Confirmation Congratulations!!!!
April 24, 2022

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Congratulations to Anthony Barrows, Mackenzie Clark, Ben Dugan, Jackie Dutton, Avery Mitchell, Abigail Muntz, Caroline Smith, Jonah Teklu, Selah Teklu, and Leila Weber, as well as their parents, grandparents and families who diligently supported these people on their journey in Christian faith!

Virtual Communion

Welcome!  You will need to have available the following:

 

  1. Wine or grape juice in a small glass or cup for each person

  2. Small piece of bread

  3. A willing spirit and faithful heart 

 

The Order of Service is from the LCMS Pastoral Care Companion

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC DIRECTOR POSITION AVAILABLE:

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Crofton, MD, seeks a musically gifted, strong Christian leader with a passion for music to lead our Sunday morning contemporary songs in the service.  This is part time, approximately 15 hours per week and is a PAID position.  Primary responsibility is to plan, lead and inspire the playing of music for Sunday morning.  The music director should be an accomplished musician, skilled instrumentalist / vocalist with experience leading a worship team; they will select music for and rehearse with the praise band, and provide music for special services, occasional community outreach, and fellowship activities.  

Please contact: President@StPaulsCrofton.com for more information.

Heart Shaped Balloons

Congratulations to Kollin Crislip!
On Sunday, July 10, 2022, he was awarded

The MaryAnne and Jake Folk Memorial Scholarship

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A week-long community effort to help people who are homeless in Anne Arundel County
February 6 -13th

Interested in Music?

Here is a collection of hymns to enjoy!

STAY TUNED!!!!

New Fellowship for Young Parents

A first time gathering for Young Parents Fellowship took place on

Saturday, May 21st from 4-5 pm

in the Fellowship Hall.

This is an exciting opportunity to get together and discuss how we would like to fellowship in the future! If you are the parent of young children who are still living at home, please join us!

For more information please contact Pastor Teklu at Pastor@StPaulsCrofton.com

 

 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)

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St. Paul's Youth (SPY)
Sunday's 9:30-10:15am
during Sunday School

 

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Deck of Cards

"Families Celebrate Summer" has come to St. Paul's

June 2022!

This is a colorful, very creative, and vibrant deck of 56 cards full of fun activities, rituals, faith-based reflections, and other ideas for families at home and traveling on the go.

I t is perfect for families with kids ages 2-12 and can be used all summer long!

Be sure to get yours at the beginning of June!  

More information to follow in the newsletter!

SUNDAY SCHOOL

It’s Time to Celebrate! Sunday School is Back!

 

Sunday School returned on September 12 at 9:30 am between services!

Elementary kids will enjoy SPARKHOUSE time together while tweens and teens will do TEEN TIME.  We are so excited to announce that Gospel Adventures Thailand Trek will be part of our Sunday School and a Kids on a Mission project! 

Come and grow your faith while you care for others in God’s amazing creation! 

 

Remember to bring your Bible and wear your mask. 

See you downstairs at St. Paul’s!

Kids on a Mission!

Our Sunday School kids are on a mission to put their faith into action!

They’ve been learning from and enjoying a program from Lutheran Hour Ministries and Group Publishing called “Thailand Trek” which combines Bible stories with mission.

You can take a peek at gospeladventures.org to find out more about it.

 

St. Paul’s kids made a Thailand Trek coin bank to impact Lutheran work with families and kids in Thailand where only one percent of the population is Christian.

If you would like to contribute to their bank to help them spread Jesus’ love,

see one of our Sunday School kids

or write a check to St. Paul’s, with 'Kids on a Mission' on the memo line by October 30.

Thanks for helping and encouraging our kids to be God’s hands and feet!

2022 MaryAnne and Jake Folk Scholarship - IF YOU ARE A ST. PAUL'S HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR THEN

CHECK THIS OUT!

 MaryAnne and Jake Folk were members of St. Paul’s for over 30 years, during which time they both made huge contributions to St. Paul’s in many different ways. When Jake passed away in February, 2007, MaryAnne decided to use the money in his memorial fund to set up a scholarship in his memory. The first scholarships were awarded in the spring of 2008.  In December of 2008 MaryAnne passed away suddenly after a brief illness. The Folk children, Teri Folk, Jeff Folk, Toni Hetzer, and Kimberley Levine, decided to honor both their parents by combining memorial funds into the MaryAnne and Jake Folk Memorial Scholarship. It is now time to think about the 2022 Folk Memorial Scholarship.

 

The intention of this scholarship is to promote and provide opportunities for higher education to the active youth of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The scholarship, which is an award up to $500, is open to all active high school seniors at St. Paul’s who are graduating in 2022 and are committed to attend any institute of higher learning.

 

Applicants will be required to complete a short application and write a one-page essay on a topic chosen by the Folk family.  The Folk family is responsible for selection of the winner, based solely on the essays, which are given to the Folk family anonymously.  High school seniors may contact Judy Tribby (410-721-2453 or jatribby@msn.com) for an application.  Applications and essays are due to Judy by April 1; the award will be presented at a later date.

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On the Road to Bethlehem took place 12/18/22!

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Monthly Newsletter

look on Members Page for the current newsletter

Come join the Treehouse Club!

It's happening NOW!

Sundays 9:30am

Have some FUN!

Meet new friends or bring one along!

Play games, make a craft, watch a video, or learn a new song. 

Have Questions?

Contact SundaySchool@StPaulsCrofton.com

or call the church office at 410-721-2332

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Creative Family Faith Nights

Welcome!

Check out Family Faith Nights from Creative Communications!
This is a series of 5 newsletters with fun ideas
to nourish family faith life and encourage discipleship. 
It is great to use them as an at-home midweek family night or to follow Sunday worship!
For families with children ages 12 and under. 

Family Faith Night #1 Togetherness

Family Faith Night #2 Believe

Family Faith Night #3 Trust

Family Faith Night #4 Following God

Family Faith Night #5 Lost & Found - This last one is for everyone, not just families with kids!

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Saturday 4/24

9:30 - 11:00 am

Contactless

Drive-thru

Simply drive up to the fellowship hall door and a team of volunteers will get your food from you car!

All items will be taken to the Crofton Christian Caring Council Food Pantry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Baby Pantry at Community United Methodist Church.

Your help with this outreach project is greatly appreciated !

Quilting

FREE Baby Quilts

St. Paul’s is offering free handmade baby quilts to little ones (under one year old) in the community. No obligation. Just spread the word! They will be offered at the worship service. 

Contact Pastor Teklu for more information.

"Let the Children Come"

Food Drive

Saturday 2/13

9:30 - 11:30 am

Bag of Groceries

Contactless

Drive-thru

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Sunday School will start again in the Fall
 from 9:30am to 10:15am!

We’ll discover God’s story and our story in the Bible with lots of

stories, crafts, recipes and games as part of the faith and fun mix!

 

And… have you checked out the

 five Creative Family Nights below?

Choose the things you want to do.

 

Do share with neighbors and friends!

God bless you!

Bonnie

'Music in the Parking Lot' Saturday
8/27/21
5:30pm - 7pm

 

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Band musicians (brass, woodwind, & percussion) of all ages are welcome to participate. This event is an opportunity to share your love of music with fellow musicians from the community. We will explore music from American patriotic to spirituals, to classical and modern genre, to arranged hymnal music.

Please contact the church at 410-721-2332 or Info@StPaulsCrofton.com  for more information if you or a loved one would like to join in on the fun!  Our organist, Charlton H., will gladly email you music prior to the event. 

Thank you for contributing to the

FOOD & BABY PANTRY DRIVE

Saturday 4/24

9:30 - 11:00 am

for Crofton Christian Caring Council

If you missed it, you can still donate!

Bag of Groceries
Sleeping Baby

Contactless

Drive-thru

The Liturgical service follows a setting in the Lutheran Service Book, and hymns are led by our organist, and at times, songs are sung by "St. Pauli's Girls" choir. 

During the Praise and Worship service,  songs are led by the worship team, "Whatever".  Items in the service are projected onto two screens at the front. 

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It is our hope that each child knows that he or she is a unique child of God, created in His image and deeply loved.

We stand with parents, grandparents, and caretakers as a resource and village to help nurture their child’s faith.

Join us on Sunday!

God bless,

Bonnie

Basketballs

Next OASIS will be September 18th with a tailgating spin to it- HOTDOGS!
OUTSIDE from 4pm to 6pm

Join us for a Saturday evening of games, music, meditation, and prayer!

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