St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

What’s Happening

Bulletin Highlights

Vacation Bible School is fast approaching and now is the time to register.  VBS is open to all children 5 years old through 5th grade and runs from July 9th through the 13th.  To register your child, please fill out the registration form found in the Narthex or go to this link: https://vbspro.events/p/stmattsvbs2018

Faith Night at Philadelphia Union Soccer

Calling all Soccer Fans!!! On Saturday August 18th @ 7:00 p.m. the Philadelphia Union are hosting their annual faith night.  The Philadelphia Union is a world class MLS soccer team playing right in Philadelphia.  In order to secure the seats, we need to gauge interest in how many people want to go.  Tickets are $26 each.  Please let Fr. Jay know if you are interested in going to the game.

Recognizing our Graduates:  Saint Matthew’s would like to recognize the achievements of church members graduating from Graduate School, College, High School or any other program or institute.  Please contact the church office, 215-646-4092 or Parsecy@verizon.net and let us know from which school you are graduating, any activities in which you were involved both in school and church and your future plans.

Ministry Opportunities

Interfaith Volunteers Every June, Saint Matthew’s hosts up to 3 families from the Interfaith Hospitality Alliance (IHA).  The families are carefully screened and must qualify to enter the Interfaith Hospitality program.   The families that enter the IHA program are not looking for a handout; they are looking for a helping hand to get them back on their feet.  All the guest families have jobs or are pursuing employment.  They also receive training from IHA on parenting and family economics.  While our guests are residing with us, we will need volunteers to prepare and serve dinner, provide AM and PM transportation, stay overnight and launder linens.  Whether this is your first time or you have volunteered in the past, we have dedicated coordinators that will guide you through each of the volunteer opportunities, and answer any questions that you may have.   There are signup sheets and additional info in the lobby.  We also have an electronic signup available via Sign up Genius.  You can find the link on the main page of the Church’s website (www.saintmattsec.org).  Please contact Joe Higgins with any questions at jdh719@aol.com or 215-208-3828.

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. 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.

Middle School Summer Service Camp – St. Matthew’s will be hosting a Middle School Summer Service Camp for 6th – 9th graders from July 9 – 13.  The youth spend the morning helping Vacation Bible School and the afternoon volunteering.  Lunch is provided.  Registration forms are in the narthex.  See either Karin Davis or Fr. Jay for more information.

Mission Trip Fundraising Opportunities – Help support our youth going on the mission trip by purchasing Wawa Shorti Certificates for $4 each.  We are also selling Giant grocery Store gift cards in $25 increments.  Finally, we are once again selling shares in the mission trip.  If you would like to buy a share to support the youth please see the youth at the fundraising table.  This year’s trip costs approximately $460 per youth for the week’s trip.