St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

Welcome to Saint Matthew’s Church! We are a people gathered to worship and pray, grow and serve in the presence of Jesus Christ.

What’s Happening

Bulletin Highlights

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 11 at 9:50 a.m. and elections for Diocesan Delegates and the Vestry (governing board) will be held.  Nominated for election to Vestry are Chris Suhy, Karen Randall and Tim Walsh. The Treasurer and Rector will report on the financial and spiritual “State of the Parish.”

Counters are needed to be part of a team of persons who tally the Sunday morning offerings. Please speak to Father Dave or Mary Waters if you can help.

The Adult Forum meets on Sunday’s at 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This is a member led group discussion on a variety of topics chosen by the group and is open to all.

Arise Band News 

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! The Arise band that supports our 9:00 a.m. worship has created a new CD.   CD’s are available in the Narthex. To offset the recording and production costs, we are asking a free will offering, or a suggested donation of $10.00.   We hope you will be blessed by the songs and sing along, praising the Lord!

Middle & High School Sunday School Changes

There are changes to the 6th – 12th grade Sunday School program.  Rather than meeting every Sunday, the youth will have Sunday School on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month during the 9:00 a.m. Worship Hour and on the other Sundays, the youth are encouraged to attend the Worship Service with their families.  We are making this change because it is important for our youth to take part in worship services praising God and receiving the Eucharist.

Noonday Prayer & Lunch

New for this fall will be Tuesday noonday prayer followed by a luncheon.  On the third Tuesday of each month, we will gather for a short service of noonday prayer after which everyone is invited to have lunch together.  The prayer service is a wonderful way to spend your lunch worshipping the Lord.  Since the luncheon is an informal gathering, we ask that everyone bring his or her own lunch.  We will provide water, tea and coffee to drink.  The first Noonday prayer service will take place on Tuesday October 16th.

Consecration Sunday – October 21

Each October the people of Saint Matthew’s are invited to offer a pledge of financial support for the service of Christ in and through our life as a Parish.

At all three hours of worship on Sunday, October 21, the opportunity will be given for our parishioners and friends to place a pledge card in a basket at the front of the altar as an act of dedication to God.  

Cards will also be available in church on Sunday.

Celebration of the Communion of Saints

Come and join in our sixth annual All Saints Event!  St. Matthew’s Sunday School is offering a Celebration of the Communion of Saints on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6 p.m.  Walk through a series of narrated stations to explore five saints throughout history.  This year we will focus on St. Francis of Assisi, St. Brigid, St. Martin of Tours, St. Dunstan and St. George.  Fill a treat bag with prayer cards, tokens and candy from each station.  Enjoy tasty, fall refreshments.  No charge!  The evening concludes with a candlelight All Saints Vigil Eucharist including old favorite songs, prayers and readings led by the children of our church.  Families and friends of all ages are welcome – teens, neighbors, relatives and interested adults.  We will begin the evening in the Parish Hall .  Hope to see you there!

Trunk or Treat – October 28 – 3-5 pm

A Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event in which people gather and park their cars in the church parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick or treaters.

We will be using the front parking lot (to the right as you enter the main driveway) as the trick or treating area. The parking lot will be closed to traffic beginning at 2:45 Sunday afternoon in order that we have a safe place with no traffic for the children.

During the event, we will have the BBQ pit going to cook hot dogs and for making s’mores. There will also be chips and drinks as well. All food will be free with a free will donation basket present.

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Ministry Opportunities

Maddie Dixon Thanksgiving Food Drive

Every year Saint Matthews is especially generous in contributing to the Mattie Dixon Community Food Drive for Thanksgiving meals for the needy.  Below is the wish list to provide meals for those less fortunate.

Stuffing-Box or bag Instant mashed potatoes,  canned or jars of turkey gravy, canned cranberry sauce, canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup,

canned corn, canned sweet potatoes or yams and french fried onions

Please bring your donations to church by Sunday, November 11th at the latest.

As always, thank you for your generosity!!!

Nancy Williams-Coordinator

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 Mondays 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 November 17. Contact the clergy for more information.

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.

 Haunted House – Oct 21st 5 – 9 p.m.

We will travel to Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres in Newtown for an evening of frights and fun. After traveling through the haunted house and going on a haunted hayride, we will gather around a bonfire to make dinner and have s’mores. We will meet at 5 p.m. at the church and carpool to Sleepy Hollow. The cost of the night is $25.