St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

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Go Deeper into Prayer – On March 4 and March 18 you are invited to join Father Dave in a meditative time of prayer.  Beginning with a time of preparation through focused breathing, we will then pray with a verse of scripture using our imagination, and end with a prayer spoken in unison. Parish Library, 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.  Please be on time!

Layette Ingathering- New clothing for children ages infant through age 6 may be donated and sent to Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Mission in Kentucky for distribution in this impoverished Appalachian area.  Donations will be accepted through February 25, and may be placed in the box provided outside the Parish Hall.

A Weekly Eucharist in Lent   The Holy Eucharist will be offered at 7:30 a.m. on the 1st Wednesday of Lent continuing through Wednesday of Holy Week.  The liturgy includes a brief meditation and concludes by 8:00 a.m.

Food Bags for Families in Need – Our Lenten nonperishable food offering will go to The Rev. Mary L.B. Frank’s Resource Center which extends through the broader Philadelphia region.  Tags that outline the sort of foods needed will be available in the lobby.  The bags must be returned by Palm Sunday, March 25 or any week prior.  Each bag should have some canned or dried soup; canned vegetables and fruit; some protein; some rice or pasta; and perhaps some juice, cereal or peanut butter.  Try to avoid packages that require extra ingredients that the recipient may not have.  Grocery store certificates will be added for baby food or other needs.  We have done a spectacular job in the past – let’s do it again.

Ministry Opportunities 

Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard –Your donations of boxed rice, pancake mix, pancake syrup, canned fruit, mixed fruit, pears, coffee, tea, cocoa, peanut butter, jelly, cake mix, muffin mix, gravy-any kind, canned/diced tomatoes, pasta sauce, canned tuna or chicken, oatmeal, kids boxed juice, condiments, dish soap and laundry soap 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.

Fellowship Opportunities

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.

Men’s Breakfast: A gathering of men for breakfast and Bible reflection is normally offered on the third Saturday of each month in the September – May program year. Come to be nourished in body and spirit. The next breakfast is March 17. Contact the clergy for more information.

The Next Women’s Group Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Nancy McElwee.  We will be discussing Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  Contact Nancy at 215-855-1888 or nlmcelwee@yahoo.com for further information and to let her know you are coming.  Come and enjoy good fellowship and an interesting discussion.  All women of St. Matthew’s are welcome. 

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.

Tonight at 6 p.m., the youth will gather at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Flourtown for dinner and discussion.  The topic is the most recent school shooting in Florida.  The youth ministers are hoping that the youth will help us understand how best we can support our youth in this uncertain climate.  We specifically will ask the youth what their thoughts, fears, hopes and views are.   Please encourage your youth in 6 – 12th grades to join us for this very important discussion.  St. Thomas Church is located at 610 Church Rd, Flourtown, PA 19031

March 11th 5 – 7 p.m.  – This evening we will travel to Sky Zone in Chalfont for an evening of fun and exercise.  Recently opened, Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park that also has Ninja Warrior type activities.  The cost of the event is $28.00, which includes jump socks.  A Waiver must be completed prior to attending the event.  Dinner will be included at SkyZone.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Youth Mission Trip at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.  Because a parishioner donated the food, we were able to raise over $400.00 toward our trip.

Upcoming Events:

March 21st @ 6:00 p.m. – We will be hosting a multi-generational Lenten evening.  Like last years event, we will share a meal, hear a bible story told in the style of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and then gather to work on different Lenten crafts, which you can take home.  There is no charge this event and everyone is invited to attend.