St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

What’s Happening

Bulletin Highlights

Vestry Update

The Diocesan  Canon for Transition Ministry, Arlette Joseph, met with the Rector and Wardens to discuss our transition and offer support and guidance.  She will also be joining us for worship on Sunday, April 7.

The Diocese will suggest candidates to serve as our Interim Rector that the Vestry will interview in April or May. The contract for an Interim Rector typically extends for one year.

Leaders for a Profile Committee and Search Committee have been chosen and are beginning to make early preparations for the work that will follow the Rector’s retirement in June.

The main focus of the Vestry at present is to prepare and plan for Dave and Lynn’s leave taking and the celebration of the Rector’s retirement.  We are planning an off-site celebration immediately following the final service on June 9th.  More details will follow next month.

Lent in a Bag – This Lenten season you are encouraged to deepen your faith journey with Lent in a Bag, available on the table in the narthex.  Each bag contains 6 symbols, one for each week, meant to focus conversations and meditations at home.

Silent Auction – During Lent, the Mission Trip Youth are holding a silent auction.  The baskets and gift certificates located in the Parish Hall contain many valuable gifts and services.  Each item has a bidding sheet with a minimum bid and bidding increments.  Check back weekly to see the new baskets and to check on your winning bid.  All proceeds benefit this year’s mission trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Shrove Tuesday Dinner – Thank you to everyone that came out in support of the dinner.  It was a huge success with over $400 raised.

A Weekly Eucharist in Lent –  The Holy Eucharist will be offered at 7:30 a.m. on the first 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 Concerned Parents Ministry which extends through the broader Philadelphia region.  Bags will be available all through Lent.  The bags must be returned by Palm Sunday, April 14 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.

Mission Trip News    We are looking for adult chaperones to join the high school youth on our mission trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  We will be away from July 14 – 19.  For more information, please see Fr. Jay

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.

Noonday Prayer & Lunch

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.              

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, coffee, tea, cocoa, boxed cereals, hot cereals (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.

Fellowship Opportunities 

Monday Evening Bible Study
The group is studying Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.  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 April 13. Contact the clergy for more information.

The Next Women’s Group Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the home of Karen Randall.  We will be discussing Educated by Tara Westover.  Contact Karen at (karenrandall830@gmail.com) for further information and to let her know you are coming.  Come and enjoy good fellowship and an interesting discussion.  All women of Saint 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.