St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

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Christmas Services

December 10

10:30 a.m. Lessons and Carols

December 24 Advent 4

 7:45 a.m. Rite 1
 9:00 a.m. Rite II, Sunday School and Dressing of the Creche
10:30 a.m. No Service

December 24 Christmas Eve

3:00 p.m.  Christmas Pageant and Eucharist
5:00 p.m.  Family Eucharist and Children’s Sermon
9:30 p.m.  Choral Concert
10:00 p.m.  Festive Service

December 25 Christmas Day

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols

This Morning  we celebrate an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols at the 10:30 a.m. service. 

Christmas Flower Memorials – The Altar Guild invites your continued generous support for the beautiful altar decorations.  Christmas Flower Memorial envelopes will be in the pews starting December 3.  If you wish to contribute toward the festive Christmas decorations at Saint Matthew’s in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving, please use one of these envelopes and place it in the offering plate.  For those who wish to designate the names of loved ones for their gift, please put this information on the envelope.

Christmas Offering Envelopes are included in your pledge envelopes and will be available in the Narthex and in the pews for your Christmas Donations on Sunday Dec 17.  Thank you!

Altar Guild extends an invitation to anyone who would like to help arrange and organize the Christmas greens to contact Susan Ricciardi at 215-917-6670

Ministry Opportunities

Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard 

Your donations of baked beans, canned sweet peas, boxed instant mashed potatoes, canned fruit, mixed fruit, pears, boxed snacks/crackers, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea, cocoa, boxed cereals, hot cereal (oatmeal), pancake mix and pancake syrup are needed for the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard.  Please bring these items to church and place them in the collection box located under the coat rack outside the kitchen.

Operation Bear Hug – Saint Matthew’s will once again participate in Operation Bear Hug on Christmas Eve.  The goal of this project is to give each patient in a hospital a new stuffed bear and a card from the church letting them know they are remembered in prayer this Christmas Eve. This simple, kind act has made a powerful impact on patients, their families, hospital staff, and the young people from our church.  We plan on distributing bears at Abington/Lansdale Hospital again this year.  Due to your past generosity, no new bears are needed, but help will be needed getting the bears ready for delivery.  Finally, we will need volunteers of all ages to deliver the bears.  We will deliver them after 5pm on Christmas Eve.  Please contact Lisa Walsh 215-491-9943 or reillywalsh@comcast.net if you are interested. Thank you.

Monday Evening Bible Study
The group is beginning a new study on the Book of Acts.  If you have been thinking of joining the study, now would be a good time to come. The group meets on the first and third Monday’s of the month. Hope to see you there.  Contact Lynn Robinson with any questions (215-628-3359.)

Discovery Bible Study
Offered every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.   Contact Pam Dunlap, pamela.dunlap@verizon.net for more information

Praying for Each Other
If you would like to be added to Sunday’s Prayers of the People, please call the Office, or email with your request.  As always, late-breaking requests can be given to Father Dave on Sunday mornings. Names that we receive will be listed in the Sunday Bulletins for two weeks–unless you let us know to keep them on for another two-week period.

Youth News

Youth Group is open to all middle and high school youth and their friends.  We gather for two evenings each month, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. during the school year.  Each evening includes dinner, an activity, and an informal time of prayer or Eucharist. Please contact the Assistant to the Rector, Jay Walton for more information.

The Fall Schedule is packed with great fellowship opportunities for youth.

Sunday December 10 – Youth Group
More details about this evening’s theme and events will be announced as the date gets closer.

Sunday December 17 – Christmas Party and Pollyanna Exchange
Tonight we will celebrate Christmas in a way only youth group can celebrate!  Who can make the best Gingerbread House, Who will bring the best pollyanna gift that is recycled from their bedroom?  Bring your friends for an evening that will surely include lots of laughter and joy.