St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fulton MD

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fulton MD


Sunday, March 15, 2020, we will hold our usual worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. while embracing social distancing and healthy habits. "If you are sick, or have been caring for sick people, ... If you are in a high risk category for this virus, please know that it is a faithful response to stay home! If you choose to socially distance yourself as a precaution, that, too is a faithful response." Check out our website to hear a sermon (posted weekly):
My Dad, Donald Umberger, was a member of the Church and he passed away on Friday... Here's info about his service. Thanks...
Wow! Look at what's coming up in the Yard Sale!
The 10-day forecast calls for fun, fellowship and lots of bargains! Also, mostly sunny with a high of 69 ;-)
Financial Peace classes starting September 13th 7-8:30pm for 9 Weeks.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church is a vibrant, caring, and growing congregation located in the heart of Fulton, Md, halfway between Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Trinity Sunday, June 7th
8:30 am Early Worship via Zoom
9:30 am Adult Sunday School via Zoom
11:00 am Late Worship via Zoom

Monday 11 am PreK to Grade 5 Sunday School

please e-mail the church [email protected] to receive the Zoom invite information

Reminder: May 31st, Pentecost Sunday via Zoom. Please wear red. (Email the church [email protected] for the invite.)

Early Service 8:30am

Late Service 11:00am

Adult Sunday School 9:30am

Children's Sunday School (PreK-5th grade) Monday 11am

If you watch this on replay....leave a comment to say hi!

[05/24/20]   We are going live at 8:30am here on Facebook in addition to our zoom services!

If you are watching this on replay, the service actually begins around the 11:15 mark...the first part is trying to navigate how this works!

[05/17/20]   Trying something new! With zoom not working...we will be live here on FB at 11:00!!

[05/17/20]   We are having zoom issues. Please bear with us for the 11:00 service!

[05/09/20]   On-line Worship for Sunday, May 10th via Zoom.
8:30 am early worship
9:30 am Adult Sunday School (Children meet via Zoom Monday 11am)
11 am late worship.
If you don't have the Zoom invite please email the church office at [email protected]

[05/08/20]   Good morning!

It appears that St. Paul's and/or Pastor Carolyn's e-mail has been hacked again, so if you receive an e-mail from "Carolyn Shank" that says it's "URGENT" and that she's in a meeting so just reply to the e-mail, do not reply!!!

Thanks for your cooperation and patience with this modern-day nuisance.

Peace and blessings,

Reminder: On-line Worship for Sunday, April 26th
8:30 am Early
9:30 am Adult Sunday School
11:00 am Late
please email the church office [email protected] for the Zoom invite

Luke 24:13-35 New International Version (NIV)
On the Road to Emmaus
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Worship Opportunities for April 19th
8:30 am Early Worship
9:30 am Adult Sunday School
11:00 am Late Worship
Contact the church office [email protected] for the Zoom invite

Reminder for Wednesday, April 15th
Prayer and Bible study opportunities continue for April.
As long as we are unable to meet in person, Wednesdays will continue to be a time of prayer and study via Zoom.

6:30 am Early morning prayer with Pastor Dave Shank
6:00 pm Bible study with Pastor Carolyn (we will be studying the lament Psalms, starting with Psalm 44
If you are not on our email list to receive the Zoom please email the church office [email protected]

This morning during zoom worship we heard this hymn recorded by our Brass+ Ensemble!
Thank you, David Riethmiller for putting this together!

Along with other churches in Maryland, our bell was rung at noon this Easter!
Those who were still on zoom from the 11:00 service got to listen in!

Services for Easter April 12th:
6:30 am Easter sunrise with Pastor Dave weather and technology permitting outdoors.
8:30 am Early Service with Pastor Carolyn
9:30 am Adult Sunday School with Pastor Dave
11:00 am Later Service with Pastor Carolyn
Please email [email protected] to receive the Zoom Invite.

Reading for Easter Sunday, April 12th
John 20:1-18 New International Version (NIV)
The Empty Tomb
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So, she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
So, Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Good Friday April 10th
Stations of the Cross 12 noon
Evening Service 7 pm
Via Zoom. Contact the church office [email protected] to receive the Zoom invite.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial John 31b-35 NIV

When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.
“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

[04/09/20]   Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm via Zoom Email the church office [email protected] for the invite.

Maundy Thursday John 13:1-17 NIV
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them

Today's Devotion Wednesday April 8th Matthew 27:54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

[04/08/20]   Bible Study 6 pm Wednesday April 8
email the church office for Zoom invite [email protected]

Reminder: Palm Sunday, April 5th all services on Zoom.
8:30 am Early Service
9:30 am Adult Sunday School
11:00 am Late Service
Please email the church office [email protected] if you would like to receive the Zoom invite

[04/01/20]   Reminder: Our Lenten Wednesday Activities continue on Zoom
6:30 am Morning Prayer with Pastor Dave
6 pm Bible Study with Pastor Carolyn

please email [email protected] to receive the Zoom invite.

Wednesday's Reading

Matthew 27:27-29, 31 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Sunday, March 29th reading

Matthew 27:11-14 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Before Pilate

Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

Reminder Adult Sunday School and Services taking place on Zoom this Sunday, March 29th. You should have received the invite via the email blast. If not email the church at [email protected]

If you don't Zoom the sermon audio is available on the website

What Wondrous Love

Abide with Me (from St. Olaf College)

Service 8:30 am

Adult Sunday School - 9:30am
Service 11am

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[03/27/20]   While our building is closed at this time due to the COVID-19 corona virus, our congregation continues to be active thanks to technology! Please check our website and social media accounts for updates about online worship opportunities. We are also praying for our community and world in the midst of this!

We are still worshiping on-line Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday via Zoom. Please email the church office at [email protected] to receive the Zoom invite. We would love for you to be part of community in these most uncertain and troubling times.

Matthew 26:69-75 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said. But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth." He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't know the man!" After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, "Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away." Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, "I don't know the man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Wednesday's Lenten Reading

Matthew 26:59-63 New International Version (NIV)

The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.

Finally two came forward and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent.

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

[03/25/20]   Our building may be closed, but our hearts are still open. Our worship for Lent still continues on-line. The next service will be a Bible Study at 6 pm. If you would like to take part online on your device or via phone. Please contact the church office we are still checking remotely. 301-725-0241. We are also holding services on-line Thursday at 7 pm and Sunday 8:30 am and 11 am. Please feel welcome to join our community.

[03/21/20]   Due to COVID-19 St. Paul's is closed and all our regular activities are suspended until further notice. We invite you to visit our website for further updates. We will be conducting worship on-line contact the church office via telephone (We. can answer remotely) for more information if you would like to take part on-line.

[03/13/20]   St. Paul's COVID-19 Response

Greetings in the name of Christ.

We find ourselves in an uncertain time. In recent weeks, we have increasingly heard more and more about COVID-19 Coronavirus. I have been following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) , Howard County Health Department (HCHD), Howard County Schools (HCPSS), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Bishop Eaton's Statement) and Delaware-Maryland Synod (Bishop Ghol statement) resources to follow what is going on as we prepare for potential widespread illness.

The council has determined the following schedule effective Saturday 14th:

Saturday, March 14th The Brotherhood 8 am meeting and breakfast will continue as planned.
Saturday, March 14th The Brotherhood 6 pm Spaghetti Dinner will go on as planned.
Sunday, March 15th we will hold Services 8:30 am and 11 am ( 9:45 am Adult Sunday School only!)
Children's Sunday School will not be held until classes begin again in Howard County Schools
Sunday, March 15th Confirmation classes scheduled for 6:30 pm will take place on-line. (Parents of students please watch your email for more information from Pastor Carolyn.)
Tuesday, March 17th Sr. Fellowship has been cancelled

Mid-Week Lent activities -
Wednesday morning early prayer will continue as scheduled.
Wednesday evening we will still meet at 6 pm (No Soup and Salad meal) for Bible Study.
Wednesday evening prayer at 7 pm will continue as scheduled.
We will re-evaluate and post our schedule for Sunday, March 22nd on Tuesday, March 17th at 7 pm. Please follow along on our website and social media. (Links are at the bottom of this page.)

Precautions we are taking

During worship, we will continue with the precautions put in place last week with no touching each other, especially during the sharing of the peace and in the greeting line following worship. Some added precautions are that there will be no water in the baptismal font so that people are not dipping their hands in the water. Please feel free to continue to make the sign of the cross as you come to communion in remembrance of your baptism even without the water. For communion, using the pouring chalice and individual cups that we do, means there is little touching of the cups other than from the one who will drink from it. We have spaced out the cups in the trays to further limit the contact others have with them. That being said, if you are uncomfortable with the practices of communion during this time, please know that Jesus is fully present in the bread, and in the wine, and therefore if you only feel comfortable with receiving one of the elements, that is okay!
Another measure we are adding is the request to practice social distancing. So, as you take your seats for worship, please spread out as best you can in the sanctuary.
There are new hand sanitizer containers located on the walls in various places throughout the building. Please make use of them and observer the proper hand washing protocols.

Since the kitchen will be closed, there will be no refreshments following the worship services.

Advice and Requests for those Attending

If you are sick, or have been caring for sick people, stay home!
If you are in a high risk category for the virus, please know that it is a faithful response to stay home.
If you choose to socially distance yourself as a precaution, that too, is a faithful response.


Pastor Carolyn

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