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From The Pastor
The Year of Growth
Lenten Season Bible
iWorship Sermon Series
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Lay Leader’s Corner
Perfect Love
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Service Schedule
Shrove Tuesday Pancake
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Are You at Risk for Heart
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Every child has at some point heard these words, “Look at
how much you have grown.” It usually comes from a well
intentioned adult who has not seen the child in some time
and is amazed at the transformation. Last time you saw
them they were six inches shorter, and 20 pounds lighter.
This time, they are looking you almost eye to eye, and
taking them out to lunch involves checking your bank
balance on the way to make sure you can cover the bill.
We ask them questions like, “How did you get so big?” and “When are you going to stop
growing?” Those are questions that we can all take to heart.
When we look back on our faith journey, it is also a story of growth. We can look back
and ask, “How did my faith get so big?” When we first give our lives to God we are like
little kids but then we grow and grow and grow. The faith that started out as a mustard
seed begins to grow bit by bit. Then one day growing becomes a choice. We have to decide to grow. We decide that we are going to study the Word more, so that we keep growing. We decide that we are going to pray more, so that we keep growing. We decide that
we are going to try meditation, fasting, sacrificial giving and acts of service, all so that we
can keep growing.
Like kids, we never want to stop growing. We want to be as big in faith as we can
possibly be. While your physical stature was determined by genetics, your faith stature is
determined by your desire. You truly can grow to be as big as you want to be in God.
You can choose to grow into the faith that moves mountains. You can choose to grow
into the faith that keeps going in bad times. Choosing to grow means choosing to keep
doing the things that made you grow at first, even when you don’t feel like it.
I believe that 2015 can be the year that we have a big growth spurt for the people of St.
Paul Church. A growth spurt is when you grow quickly and greatly. In 2015, I believe
that we will experience a growth spurt in five areas:
1. I believe we will have a growth spurt in Worship. I believe that we will grow greatly
in worshiping with our whole hearts in spirit and in truth.
2. I believe we will experience a growth spurt in Discipleship. In 2015, I believe that we
grow deeper in our love and following of God.
3. I believe we will also experience a growth spurt in Fellowship. 2015 will give us
more opportunities to share with, spend time with and connect with one another on
deeper levels.
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The year of growth…
Kevin West, Lay Leader
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4. I also believe 2015 will see a growth spurt in Service.
In 2015 we will be able to grow in the ways that we
serve and minister to each other and the world -- in
ways that will change lives forever.
Last month's Lay Leader's Corner
highlighted the importance of
changing habits to change character. Jesus modeled the habits that
lead to the right character and ultimately to being perfected in love. Why should we strive for perfect love? Well,
I'm glad you asked.
5. Finally, I believe that in 2015 we will experience a
growth spurt in Evangelism. This year we will have
more and more opportunities to share the gospel and
the love of Christ with those in need.
2015 is going to be a great year. The year of GROWTH!
Let’s GROW together!!!!
At one time or another, most of us have said: "Nobody's
perfect." A truer statement has never been uttered.
Nonetheless, Jesus challenged us to embark on a lifelong
journey to be perfected in love. One of His most notable
exhortations occurred during the Sermon on the Mount,
when He implored the crowds to be perfect just as the
heavenly Father is perfect. This call to perfection closed
out his discourse on "love for enemies."
Perfect love was the high ideal Jesus taught to people
from more than 13 cities at the Sermon on the Mount,
and perfect love is the high ideal we must aspire to reach
today. Why? Because perfect love is more life-sustaining
than the food we eat, the air we breathe or the water we
We will know that we are perfected in love when we
obey God's commands, live without fear; love our enemies; and pray for our persecutors. It's true that nobody's
perfect, but a lifelong journey toward perfect love is a
noble undertaking. Let's get started today.
The Living by Faith Bible study series will continue until
Ash Wednesday when a study series based on
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
will be introduced.
Get ready for another exciting and possibly life-altering
Bible study experience.
To register online, on to
on the lower level and is open for 1 hour following Sunday worship service; from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on
Wednesdays, and by special request.
The King will say to those on his right, “I was hungry and
you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave
me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited
me in.” - Matthew 25:34-35
As we move into 2015, the St. Paul UMW has 65 members. Our purpose as a community of women is to know
God and to experience freedom as w through whole
persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative,
supportive fellowship and to expand concepts of mission
through participation in the global ministries of the
In 2014 the UMW donated clothes and a baby crib to a
shelter for abused women in Prince George’s County. As
a Christmas project, UMW women provided Christmas
gift bags for 32 children at Flintstone Elementary School
in Oxon Hill. Each gift bag contained a new coat, new
shoes, other clothing items and toys.
Our upcoming events for 2015 include Warm Nights in
March and collaboration with the United Methodist Men
(UMM) and the Youth Ministry for the West River church
picnic in June.
If you feel the need to help someone, we extend a hearty
and warm welcome to you to join us. The UMW meet
every second Saturday of the month at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall.
For 140 years, United Methodist Women have been involved in mission that includes prayer, study and action.
The Reading Program is a study opportunity, but it should
also lead to action. The purpose of the program is to encourage United Methodist Women members to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of
member-reviewed books. It offers an excellent opportunity
to deepen your spirituality and to broaden your understanding of our mission work.
Warm Nights Hypothermia Program
March 29 - April 5
Get ready to contribute to St. Paul’s glowing reputation
for offering extravagant generosity, radical hospitality,
delicious meals, and the best entertainment in Prince
George’s County for Warm Nights guests. We will again
provide overnight shelter to individuals and families needing to escape cold temperatures during the week of March
29-April 5 by converting our education wing and fellowship hall into sleeping and dining facilities.
The reading list is categorized as follows:
 Nurturing for Community
 Social Action
 Leadership Development
 Spiritual Growth
 Education for Mission
 Books for Children & Youth
Please SAVE THE DATE and be prepared to sign up to
assist a ministry and/or give generously. Additional information, with opportunities to serve, will be provided as
If you have an interest in additional information about the
reading list, visit the St. Paul Library or contact Ms. Ellen
Amey, Church Librarian. The St. Paul Library is located
we approach the date.
Smith-Chapel UMC
7750 Poorhouse Road
Marbury, MD 20658
Host: Rever end Geor ge DeFor d
Speaker: Reverend Ronald Triplett
Corkran Memorial UMC
(Ash Wednesday) 2 services
Day Service: 12:00 PM
Providence-Ft. Washington UMC
10610 Old Fort Road
Ft. Washington, MD 20744
Host: Rever end Stephen Ricketts
Speaker: Reverend Stephen Ricketts
(Good Friday) 2 Services
Night Service: 7:00 PM
St. Paul @ Oxon Hill UMC
6634 St. Barnabas Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Host: Rever end Dar yl Williams
Speaker: Reverend Bobby McClain
Retired Elder, United Methodist Church
Day Service: 3:00 PM
Faith UMC
15769 Livingston Road
Accokeek, MD 20607
Host: Rever end Geor ge Aist
Speaker: Reverend George Aist
Night Service: 7:00 PM
Asbury UMC
4004 Accokeek Road
Brandywine, MD20613
Host: Rever end Gladman Kapfumvuti
Speaker: Reverend Jacques Banks
Indian Head UMC
Oxon Hill UMC
6400 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Host: Rever end Har r y Smith
Speaker: Reverend K ermit Moore
Alexandria Chapel UMC
Corkran Memorial UMC
5200 Temple Hill Road
Temple Hills, MD20748
Host: Rever end Ronald Tr iplett
Speaker: Reverend George DeFord
Smith-Chapel UMC
Metropolitan UMC
3385 Metropolitan Church Road
Indian Head, MD 20640
Host: Rever end Geor ge Hackey, J r .
Speaker: Reverend Daryl W illiams
St. Paul @ Oxon Hill UMC
Grace UMC
11700 Old Fort Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744-2703
Host: Rever end Rober t Slade
Speaker: Reverend George Hackey, Jr.
Metropolitan UMC
Shrove Tuesday is the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the Christian churches in the
West. Shrove, derived from “shrive,” refers to the confession
of sins usual in the European Middle Ages as a preparation for
Lent. Traditionally pancakes were eaten on Shrove Tuesday
because the eggs and fat used in pancakes were forbidden during the Lenten fast.
Value Package -- $20.50
 Chicken Drums, individually frozen (2.5 lbs.)
 Ham Steak (1 lb.)
 Perch Fillet (3/4 lb.)
 Steak Strips (3/4 lb.)
 Potatoes, Onions and 8-12 additional pounds of
fresh healthy seasonal produce.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD)—including heart disease,
stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number 1 killer of
women and men in the United States. It is a leading cause
of disability, preventing Americans from working and
enjoying family activities. CVD costs the United States
over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health
care services, medications, and lost productivity.
Lovin’ that Seafood -- $22.50
Popcorn Shrimp (30 oz. )
Salmon (1.5 lbs.)
Tilapia (1.5 lbs.)
CVD does not affect all groups of people in the same way.
Although the number of preventable deaths has declined
in people aged 65 to 74 years, it has remained unchanged
in people under age 65. Men are more than twice as likely
as women to die from preventable CVD.
Schwann’s Pepperoni Pizzas -- $16.50
 18 - 11.2 oz. pepperoni pizzas (reduced fat)
Orders must be placed and paid for by Sunday,
February 15, 2015 and picked up between 11:30 a.m.
and 12 noon on February 28. Orders not picked up will
be donated to a needy family or individual. Orders
cannot be stored in the refrigerator or freezer at St.
1. Cash
3. Money Order
5. EBT card
Having a close relative who has heart disease puts you at
higher risk for CVD. Health disparities based on geography also exist. During 2007–2009, death rates due to heart
disease were the highest in the South and lowest in the
Race and ethnicity also affect your risk. Nearly 44% of
African American men and 48% of African American
women have some form of CVD. And African Americans
are more likely than any other racial or ethnic group to
have high blood pressure and to develop the condition
earlier in life. About 2 in 5 African American adults have
high blood pressure, yet fewer than half of them have the
condition under control.
2. Check
4. Debit/Credit Card
Many CVD deaths could have been prevented through
healthier habits, healthier living spaces, and better management of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
You can control a number of risk factors for CVD, including:
 Diet
 Physical activity
 Tobacco use
 Obesity
 High blood pressure
 High blood cholesterol
 Diabetes
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The Johnson Family joined St. Paul on January 11. L to R: Paniesa Johnson,
Kendall Johnson, Kamaiya Johnson and Ross Johnson
Monica L. Blake joined
St. Paul on December
14; her photo was not
available for the January newsletter.
Not shown are the McMillons, Anthony and
Marian, who joined following the worship service on January 25. They are the parents of
Blessing McMillon who is active with HYPE and
the Liturgical Dance Ministry.
Shvonne Dennis, a
member of St. Paul for
many years, recommitted herself to Jesus
Christ on January 11.
Mary Barbour - 3420 Rickey Avenue, #243, Temple Hills, MD 20748
Cynthia Bush - 12407 Applecross Drive, Clinton, MD 20735
Shirley Butler - 1800 Palmer Road, #205, Ft. Washington, MD 20744
Ronald Carter - 11905 Hickory Drive, Ft. Washington, MD 20744
Margaret Cottman - 1923 Oak Drive, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
Eddie Dorsey - 4326 23rd Place, Temple Hills, MD 20748
Claudette Daniels - 1912 South Addison Road, District Heights, MD 20747
Debbie Douglas - 9107 Patrick Drive, Clinton, MD 20735
Ann Johnson - 1800 Palmer Road, #217, Ft. Washington, MD 20744
Rev. Martin McKenney - 405 Jones Fall Court, Bowie, MD20721
Earl & Corrine Mitchell - 7738 London Drive, Ft. Washington, MD 20744
Landonia Tanner - 3013 Merva Court, Ft. Washington, MD 20744
Carolyn Tyson - 3420 Rickey Avenue, #350, Temple Hills, 20848
The family of Maggie Bassil who departed this life on January 21. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at
902 Broderick Drive, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.
Louise Greer
Anthony G. McMillon
Wilbert Sellers, Jr.
Loretta Simms
Calvin Dorsey
Sherdette Hankins
Brittney McMullen
Arnette White
Gianni Glover
Louis “LJ” Tue
Thelma Gwin
Beverly Bland
Clayton Deskins, Sr.
Erin Williams
Peter Holliman
Ashley Hart
Ninette Macauley
Riva-Niger Smith
Charles Gwin
Rashida Walker
Joyce T. Jones
Joseph Jones
Cynthia Bush
Chantal Jackson
Anita Riggans
Earl Mitchell
Brandy Pitts
Mary Chase
Gloria Terrell Holder
Larry Greer
Deborah Reid
June Little
Sydney Thompson
Karoline K. Easton
Wallicia Tapscott
Sharrese Anderson
Vera Smith
Ruth Lewis
Cora Marshall
Jacqueline Morton
Are You At Risk…?
Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your
risk for CVD. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do
smoke, quit as soon as possible. Your health care team
can suggest ways to help you quit. For more information
about tobacco use and quitting, see CDC's Smoking &
Tobacco Use Web site andSmokefree.gov.
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Try out these strategies for better heart health and try to
make as many as possible lifelong habits!
Work with your health care team. Get a checkup at
least once each year, even if you feel healthy. A doctor,
nurse, or other health care professional can check for
conditions that put you at risk for CVD, such as high
blood pressure and diabetes—conditions that can go unnoticed for too long.
Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol,
which can increase your blood pressure. Men should stick
to no more than two drinks per day, and women to no
more than one. For more information, visit
CDC's Alcohol and Public Health Web site.
Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitor
your blood sugar levels closely, and talk with your health
care team about treatment options. VisitCDC's Diabetes
Public Health Resource for more information.
Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a
regular basis. You can check your blood pressure at
home, at a pharmacy, or at a doctor's office. Find more
information at CDC's High Blood Pressure Web site.
Take your medicine. If you're taking medication to treat
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or another
condition, follow the instructions carefully. Always ask
questions if you don't understand something. If you have
side effects, talk with your health care team about your
Get your cholesterol checked. Your health care team
should test your cholesterol levels at least once every 5
years. Talk with your health care professional about this
simple blood test. You can find out more from
CDC's High Cholesterol Web site.
Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack
options can help you avoid CVD and its complications.
Limiting sodium in your diet can lower your blood
pressure. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and
vegetables—adults should have at least five servings
each day. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and
cholesterol and high in fiber. For more information on
eating a healthy diet, visit CDC's Nutrition page
and ChooseMyPlate.gov.
25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese
can increase your risk for CVD. To determine whether
your weight is in a healthy range, health care professionals often calculate a number called body mass index
(BMI). Doctors sometimes also use waist and hip
measurements to measure a person's body fat. If you
know your weight and height, you can calculate your
BMI at CDC's Assessing Your Weight Web site.
1. Salmon
2. Flaxseed (ground)
3. Oatmeal
4. Black or Kidney Beans
5. Almonds
6. Walnuts
7. Red wine
8. Tuna
9. Tofu
10. Brown rice
11. Soy milk
12. Blueberries
Nutrition experts from The Cleveland Clinic and the
American Dietetic Association, put together a list of the
"best of the best" heart-healthy foods.
The foods listed below are all top-performers in protecting your heart and blood vessels.
Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood
pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults
should engage in moderate-intensity activity for at least
150 minutes per week. Remember to incorporate exercise
into your day in different ways: take the stairs instead of
the elevator, or rake the yard instead of using the leaf
blower. Exercising with friends and family can be a great
way to stay healthy and have fun. For more information,
visit CDC's page on physical activity.
13. Carrots
14. Spinach
15. Broccoli
16. Sweet potato
17. Red bell peppers
18. Asparagus
19. Oranges
20. Tomatoes
21. Acorn squash
22. Cantaloupe
23. Papaya
24. Dark chocolate
25. Tea
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 The Smithsonian (National Muse-
St. Paul @ Oxon Hill is a vibrant and
growing Christian community located
in Southern Maryland near the National
Harbor. St. Paul has remained relevant
in this community for over 200 years
through its many outreach ministries
that feed, clothe, and care for the wellbeing of people. We intend to continue
doing what we do until Jesus returns.
um of American History at 14th St.
and Constitution Ave, NW) kicks off
its celebration of Black History
Month with a day of music and drama
performances, arts and craft activities
and other themed activities. The full
day of activities is inspired by the
exhibition Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College which features murals by prominent African American artist Hale
Woodruff that portray significant
events in the
journey of African
Americans from slavery to freedom.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
 Newseum “1965: Civil Rights at 50”
This new exhibit explores the dramatic civil rights events of 1965, from
the historic march from Selma to
Montgomery, Ala., to the signing of
the Voting Rights Act by President
Lyndon B. Johnson. The exhibit also
includes powerful photos that show
protesters facing off with state troopers in Selma and marching to the state
Capitol in Montgomery two weeks
later for the largest civil rights rally
the South had ever seen.
 83rd Annual ASALH Black History
Luncheon at the Omni Shor eham
Hotel on February 21, presents keynote speaker, Michael Eric Dyson.
Additional information available at
 King Hedley II, which mar ked the
fifth and final time African American
playwright August Wilson would be a
finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will be at the Arena Stage Feb. 6March 8.
 Black History Gospel Celebration -
Saturday, February 7, 6-8 pm at Hillcrest Heights Community Center with
performances and dancers from local
church choirs.
 Get the 28-page online brochure of
Black History Month activities
throughout Prince George’s County at
http://issuu.com/pgparks/docs/ 2015_
bh _ brochure