St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

Our patronal feast day is quickly approaching.  On Sunday Sept 23, we will be celebrating with a special service at 10:00a.m. followed by a picnic.  Sign-up to attend in the Narthex or by calling the church office.

What’s Happening

Bulletin Highlights

Today we celebrate our patron saint, Matthew as well as all students and educators.

During our 10 a.m. service, we will be blessing students and educators and offering a small token as a constant reminder that they are walking with Jesus.  Following the service, we will be gathering outside for our Annual Parish Picnic featuring BBQ chicken, roasted pork, and lots of fun and excitement.

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.  Today the discussion is led by John McLaughlin on the meaning of The Creeds.  There is no Forum on St. Matthew’s Day, and on September 30 Karen Randall will lead a discussion of our use of Language.  Jon Clark will lead October 7 on Aging, and October 14 will be led by Treva McLaughlin on Prayer.

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.  We have been recording songs since March and are happy to say that the CD will be ready for the congregation to enjoy Sunday, Sept. 9. CD’s will be 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!

Electronics Recycling Event at St. Matthew’s

On October 6th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Matthew’s Mission Trip Youth will be hosting an electronics-recycling event in our parking lot.  This event open to the entire community is a wonderful way to introduce our parish to our neighbors.   Please share this event with all your neighbors and family members.  We have partnered with PAR Recycle works to accept many household electronics and appliances.  A requested donation of $10 /carload $50/business load of reasonable size to fund youth mission trips.  More information will be available as the date draws closer. If you are interested in helping at the event, would like an event flyer or want more information, please see Fr. Jay.

Middle & High School Sunday School Changes

Beginning in September, there are going to be 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 September 18th.

The September Worship Schedule will begin on Sunday, September 9  with the restart of the 10:30 a.m. Choir and the full 9:00 a.m. Music team Arise, the fall start up of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children ages 18 months through the fifth grade, our Youth Classes for middle and high schoolers on first and third Sundays, youth fellowship events and the Sunday Forum.    Below is the schedule at a glance

7:45 a.m.     Rite 1 Eucharist
9:00 a.m.     Contemporary Eucharist
Sunday School (until 10:15 a.m.) and Youth Classes ( 1st and 3rd Sundays)
Adult Forum in Parish Hall

10:00 a.m.   Coffee Hour
10:30 a.m.   Rite II Eucharist

A Call for Acolytes:  Any young person, from rising fourth grader on up, who would like to serve as an Acolyte at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday mornings beginning in the fall, is invited to contact George Bishop, 215-441-8056 for more information.            

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, 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 October 20. 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.

Dinner Church September 23rd from 6 – 8 p.m.

This month’s host is St. Thomas Historic African American Episcopal Church, the oldest African American Episcopal Church in the country.

Dinner Church is a monthly offering where diocesan youth can come together to enjoy a meal, celebrate the Eucharist, and engage in a youth-only conversation about tough topics in a safe and loving environment. This movable feast will be hosted by a different parish in the diocese each month so that youth can get a glimpse into each other’s lives, understand our similarities and differences, and share our love for God and each other. Host parishes are asked to provide the dinner for the group.

Youth Drop-in Night September 30th from 6 -8 p.m.

This is an evening for St. Matthew’s youth and their friends to come together for pizza, and unscheduled time.  If they need to do homework, write a paper, or catch up on schoolwork, this will be a place to make that possible.  They will also be free to play video games, watch a movie, just sit and socialize or talk to someone if they need a safe person to talk to.