St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

2019 Christmas Services at St. Matthew’s

Lessons & Carols (12/8 @ 10:30 a.m.) Dressing of the Creche (12/22 @ 9 a.m.) Youth Christmas Party (12/22 @ 5 p.m.)
Christmas Eve: Pageant & Eucharist @ 3 p.m., Family Eucharist & Children’s Sermon @ 5 p.m., Festive Eucharist @ 10 p.m.
Christmas Day: Holy Eucharist @ 10 a.m.

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Hospitality

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 3:2 From before Jesus’ birth, while his mother and father journeyed to Bethlehem, we Christians, like them, have been dependent on Hospitality of strangers. In Bethlehem Mary and Joseph were unable to find room in the inn and so…

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Annual Parish Meeting & 2019 Annual Report

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 9:50 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Sunday school will be offered at the usual time of 9 a.m. and will continue until the meeting’s end. To accommodate the meeting, our 9 a.m. Eucharist will be abbreviated, and the later service will start at…

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The Art of Discipline

Discipline. Too often when we consider “discipline” we think of punishment. “Spare the rod, spoil the child,” we quote. But what if “discipline” is the process by which we become more Christ-like? Donald Coggan, an Archbishop of Canterbury observed, “I go through life as a transient on his way to eternity, made in the image…

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Announcing our New Coordinator for Youth Ministry

I am pleased to announce that with advice and approval of the Vestry, I have called Anthony Carrella to serve as Coordinator for Youth Ministry at St. Matthew’s. He will begin his ministry on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. I wanted there to be an overlap for Anthony to be introduced to the youth by Fr….

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Stewardship: our faithful response to God’s Generosity

Stewardship. God has given us memory, reason, and skill for the common good. If we would be faithful stewards of these gifts, skills, and resources we will mirror the incredible generosity of our God toward us as we engage the world around us. In the book of Deuteronomy God states an expectation for the people…

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Message from our Associate Rector Jay Walton

It’s been a whirlwind of a month both personally and around Saint Matthew’s. We just celebrated St. Matthew’s day where we heard the impact Saint Matthew’s has had on so many families and the community. The weather was beautiful, so we were able to sit and chat with each other while enjoying some delicious food….

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Message from Interim Rector Peter B. Stube

It has been my great privilege to be invited to walk with you as interim rector in this time of discernment and transition in the life of St. Matthews. I want to propose some of the work we will do together. Teamwork: We will use our time together to hear what the Spirit is saying…

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Message from our Associate Rector Jay Walton

Merriam-Webster defines transition as “a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another.” St. Matthew’s is currently undergoing a major transition. Our previous rector retired after 34 years of ministry, a new rector began his term here on July 21st, and shortly, a third transition will take place. Approximately, three years…

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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

My life and yours (in terms of your life as a member of St. Matthew’s) are about to change.  We will acknowledge this transition on Sunday, June 9.  I chose June 9 as the final Sunday with you because it is the logical end of the program year, and because it is the day of…

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Readings and Reflections for The Day of Pentecost

Dear Friends, This will be the last of the Sunday notes I’ll be sending out as part of the ministry I’ve had as Rector of St. Matthew’s. It has been a joy to be able to reflect on the Sunday lessons with you, and I pray that you will continue in the practice of looking at the…

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