Special Music Coming Up at St. Paul's 


While we strive always to make the music special in our liturgies-with excellent help from our fine choir- there are Sundays where guest musicians make the music extra special. Three such mornings are coming up in the next several weeks!

Please invite others to come listen to these fine professionals, & to experience more of what our church offers on so many fronts. Musicians of this caliber are an inspiration to hear-without pricey concert tickets!-& we should share these opportunities more widely. 

-Sonja Kahler & Matt Larson, Music Directors


11am *THIS* Sunday, October 13th:      


Guest clarinetist Melissa Lander plays music for clarinet with organ, & with piano


11am Sunday, October 27th (Reformation Sunday):           


Brass quintet for a morning of festival music -wear red to celebrate the birthday of the Lutheran church!


11am Sunday, November 24th: Christ the King Sunday     (Sunday before Thanksgiving)    


Cantata & orchestral suite by J.S. Bach  with the St. Paul's choir, strings, oboes, trumpets, timpani, harpsichord, both organs.               


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

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 Carol Beebe or 301-571-5303.

  For current worship times and special events, click here.                


St. Paul's Youth Choir

Starting this coming Sunday the 22nd, the St. Paul's youth choir begins its 2019-2020 season!

New this year, we will meet to rehearse in the downstairs choir room, opposite the kitchen (conveniently close to Epiphany Chapel for the chapel gathering before Sunday School classes).

We'll practice as usual for 30 minutes-from 9:15-9:45am-to work on vocal warmups and technique, learn new music and incorporate Orff instruments to accompaniments.

We have planned our anthem schedule through the spring: our first anthem for a church service will be October 20th.

The Youth Choir is open to young people ages 7-high school. 

If you wish to join the youth choir or would like more information, please contact director Marcia Perez .


St. Francis Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 6th at 3 pm


St. Francis of Assisi was a Franciscan friar who believed in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all of God's Creation, which included animals and birds.   Please join us in the Plaza area at St. Paul's on Sunday, October 6th at 3 pm for the commemoration of St. Francis and our annual Blessing of the Animals, and bring your furry, scaly, or feathered friends with you! We will celebrate the life of St. Francis, and each pet will receive a blessing. Owners are asked to bring their pets on a leash or in a carrier for easier control.  There will be fun snacks for everyone after the service. (Don't have a pet? Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a blessing, too!)

And in honor of St. Francis, and to help future-pets-in-need, we are collecting items for the Washington Animal Rescue League, from now until Sunday October 6th. Please check the item list below for items you can contribute to this effort. Donations may be brought to the Narthex or Church Portico and place in the boxes labeled "WARL."

Finally, send Lisa Wackler a picture of your pet(s), so we can hang it up in the Portico and show them off to the congregation. Please email your pictures to Lisa Wackler. Be sure to include your pet's name with the picture!

Questions? Please contact Lisa Wackler at the email above for more details.

Washington Animal Rescue League General Supplies

  • Towels (new or used)
  • Blankets (fleece works well, no heavy or down comforters please!)
  • Sharpies
  • 8.5 x 11 copier paper (we even use the boxes!)
  • Rubbing alcohol (must be 90% alcohol or greater)
  • Pens
  • Paper towels
  • Quart-sized plastic bags for treats
  • Disinfectant wipes


  • PetSafe¬†Easy Walk¬ģ harnesses¬†(brand name, please)
  • Martingale collars
  • 4 and 6-foot leashes (no retractable leashes, please)
  • Wet and dry food (we take opened dry food!)
  • Peanut butter (xylitol-free)
  • 100% canned pumpkin (just the plain stuff, not the pie mix)
  • Treats
  • Poop Bags


  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Catnip
  • Wet and dry food (we take opened dry food!)
  • Non-clumping, recycled paper cat litter



Easter at St. Paul's:













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

--Romans 10:15


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.