We are happy you have found your way to this website for Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ in Westminster, Maryland!  We are a church that makes a difference.

Saint Paul’s is a true church home for many extraordinary people.  Maybe it can be that for you too.

There are many ways to connect with St. Paul’s.

You might come to either of the  worship services on Sunday mornings.  The first, at 8:30a.m., is a pretty low-key and conversational service in the first-floor Chapel.  The second, at 10:45a.m., includes a bit more liturgy and the choir, and it takes place in the upstairs Sanctuary.  (Note that from Memorial Day weekend to the week after Labor Day, there is only one service at 9:30a.m. on Sunday mornings.)

You can try out the educational programs for all ages that take place primarily at 9:30a.m on Sunday mornings through the main church year, with occasional sessions and series at other times.  In addition to lively and engaging programming for children and youth, there are two adult programs, one called Seekers that features open and wide-ranging conversation about relevant weekly themes, and the other called Eureka! which is engaged in progressive Bible study and is currently working on a video series called “How Jesus Became God” by Bart Ehrman.

You can join us on Thursday afternoons in Fellowship Hall to prepare and serve a free community meal for usually about 70-100 people who are homeless or otherwise struggling to make ends meet.  Doors open by 10:30a.m. and the meal is served at noon.  Similar opportunities exist to help serve meals at the local Women and Children’s Shelter or the Cold Weather Shelter during its open season.  And there are many more active community ministries just waiting for your involvement.

You can join in with choir practices which take place both Wednesday evenings at 7:30p.m. and Sunday mornings at 9:00a.m.  If you have musical gifts to share, show up for one of the rehearsals and sing when you are able.  There is also a bell choir that plays on fourth Sundays each month.

And you can attend one of the special community events held in the church building, including annual events like the October Racial Justice program which has focused on white privilege, systemic racism and more, the Transgender Day of Remembrance service on November 20, the Blues Christmas and Homeless Memorial service on Winter Solstice (December 21), the Living Traditions Concert to benefit Lancaster Theological Seminary, the Christmas in July Concert featuring the Sunday Night Big Band to benefit Access Carroll in concert with Big Band Merry Christmas, the Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality Annual Workshop which is hosted here periodically, Narcan/Naloxone training offered by the Health Department, etc.

In whatever way you join us, we hope you will feel a sense of welcome that is authentic and real.  We hope you will get to know people who have been attending for generations, as well as those who are still in the initial exploration process.  We hope you will witness a community from which love radiates outward.  And we hope you will recognize a commitment to social justice that actively encourages absolutely everyone, no matter who they are or where they are on life’s journey, to join in the work of sharing God’s love with every person everywhere, starting right here in our community.

Welcome bags for Sunday morning visitors are available by asking an usher.  Please also check out the weekly “Things to Know” page which is included with your bulletin and available online each week if you wish to receive it.  To get on the mailing list, send an email to office@stpauls-ucc.org requesting to be added to the Tidbits mailing list.

The “Connections” group is especially available to talk with you about St. Paul’s.  You can reach them at connections@stpauls-ucc.org.  Connections also sponsors an informal Coffee Hour every fourth Sunday in Fellowship Hall after the 10:45a.m. service.  In the summer, join us for Lemonade on the Lawn after the 9:30a.m. service to experience fellowship in the sun.

And you can always contact our pastor at pastor@stpauls-ucc.org or by phone at 410-848-5975.  You can leave a message on Marty’s voicemail by dialing 1 for the staff directory and 22 for his direct extension.

We hope you’ll join us.  Welcome!  There is so much work to do…

Some Questions Frequently Asked By Sunday Morning Visitors:

Are CHILDREN AND YOUTH welcome in worship?  Absolutely!  Children also have the option of going to Children’s Chapel which centers on worship tailored for younger people.  There will be a time in the service at which children are invited to gather for Children’s Chapel.  Most Sundays, children return before the end of the service.  Otherwise, they can be picked up in the children’s area under Fellowship Hall.

How can I get involved in what St. Paul’s is doing? The best way to find opportunities for involvement is through our 30/30 Challenge which strongly encourages everybody to dedicate 30 hours per year to community service and 30 hours to functions that support the church.  Catalogs detailing 30/30 Challenge opportunities are available in the first floor Lounge and include descriptions and contact information to help you get started.  Catalogs are also included in Welcome Bags available from ushers on Sundays.

How can I let you know I was here?  There are BLUE CARDS in the pew pockets.  You can fill one out and put it in the collection plate.  If you give an email address, it will be included on the lists to which our weekly informational email (Tidbits) and monthly e-newsletter (Highlights) are distributed.

Can I submit a prayer request to be included in the Prayer Time?  Indeed.  Write your prayer request on a WHITE CARD found in the pew pocket in front of you, and hand it to an usher as they come around, usually before or during the first hymn.

How might I be in touch about other questions or concerns?  Feel free to contact Marty in person following the service, at pastor@stpauls-ucc.org , or on the office phone at 410-848-5975.  (Emergency contact information is also available on the office phone.)  Or speak with someone who looks like they have been here for a while.

Other Useful Information

To submit prayer requests to our email Prayer List, send an email to prayers@stpauls-ucc.org.  To receive posted prayer requests, send an email to prayerlist@stpauls-ucc.org and request to be added to the mailing list.

To receive our monthly newsletter, Highlights, fill out a blue card with your email address, contact the church office at office@stpauls-ucc.org or call 410-848-5975, or pick up a current copy on the tables near the front door of the church.  Current copies are also included in Visitor Bags available from the ushers.

To support St. Paul’s financially, online Giving is available for one-time and ongoing donations.  Simply click on the GENEROSITY & GIVING link on the menu to the left and then and click on the green ONLINE GIVING button.  You can also fill out an online giving form (located near the Donation Location in the Lounge) and submit it to the Deacons mailbox in the Parish House or place it in the collection basket on Sunday morning.  Offering envelopes are also available by writing to treasurer@stpauls-ucc.org or by calling the church office at 410-848-5975.