Please Join Us for INDOOR Worship with Contactless Communion
Sundays at 11 am
Masks required (except for small children). Latest CDC protocols that we are following:
N95 and KN-95 masks are preferred (double masking not needed).
Double masks are strongly encouraged when wearing surgical and cloth masks.
When double masking the surgical mask goes on first and cloth mask covers the surgical mask...the intent is to get a better fit/seal around the face.
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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Click HERE for Children's Bulletin
(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
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interest but to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
Yes, it is January; the weather is colder than in most other months and on Sunday all the sanctuary windows are open. This is to help with airflow and to keep us all safe. The staff has had conversation about not letting this Coronavirus that continues to spread throughout our community keep us from word and sacrament.
We are worshipping in person fully masked, in the pews marked to keep physical distance from those not in our household. We don’t know how long this will last. It has already lasted too long. So, we enter another year of Covid protocols and precautions doing all we can to look out for one another and do what is best not just for ourselves, but also for our community of faith.
Know that the heat is on, and we are praying fervently for moderate temperatures. Please wear comfortable warm clothing so that you can worship without too much discomfort and bring a shawl, scarf or even a blanket to help.
We will continue to weather this pandemic together.
Save the date! St. Paul's Annual congregational meeting will be held VIRTUALLY at 12:30 pm on January 30, 2022.
Traditionally, Youth Sunday is the last Sunday of January--the day of our annual Congregational Meeting. This year's Youth Sunday will be Sunday, January 30th. And while we are presently unable to gather inside the church and worship the way we normally do (with acolytes, ushers, communion assistants, lay readers etc...); we are still having Youth Sunday!
So, instead of worshipping indoors at 11 am, we will pre-record a full service that will be led by the children and youth of St. Paul's and post it online on the morning of the 30th.
Youth ages preschool to high school, WE NEED YOU! We need greeters, musicians, readers and more... just to name a few of the jobs that we have.
Please let Lisa Wackler (email@example.com) know ASAP how you would like to help. We will need all videotaped content a week in advance of the service for editing purposes.
If you have any questions, please let Lisa know!
MUSIC VIDEO for EPIPHANY
Last year the choir and music directors of St. Paul’s created a video of two hymns and two organ pieces for Epiphany, just before the choir took a January pause for rising covid-19 cases. (Just like right now!) We posted it last January 6th and wanted to direct your attention to it again; here is the link for a 14-minute dose of seasonal music: https://youtu.be/k-y-XFy0qrY
Hanging of the Greens 2021!
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
Completed on Sunday, December 5th!
For many weeks the congregation of St. Paul’s has been collecting items to furnish a home for a refugee family. Last Sunday that bounty was loaded up by many caring hands and delivered to the Afghan family who has been settled in our area.
Thank you to everyone who made it all come together, especially Caitlin Thistle who spearheaded the project!
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
Canceled until February 9th due to the surge in Covid 19 cases.
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.
February 9, 2022
11 am Exercise with Brigid
1 pm Mark Fitzpatrick speaks on his book "Spies, Bombs and Beyond, A Walking History of Washington DC's Tenleytown"
February 16, 2022
11 am Exercise with Brigid
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.