St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

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Preparation for the 2020 Solemn Communion Group

  Children interested in joining this year’s group that will focus on the Holy Eucharist will have an opportunity to write their name on a holy card beginning on January 5 through January 19. These cards will be available on the prayer table in Mrs. Groben’s atrium. While some of our children begin receiving communion at a young age, we offer this time for further learning about the Eucharist as a group experience for elementary school children. Typically, the participants are in third grade and up. Some older children who have not participated in the past may want to consider taking part this year, as along with those attending the Senior Atrium led by Judy Groben. This Solemn Communion preparation is aligned with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd work and should complement and deepen the Sunday School experience as well as the worship experience.

FOCUS ON THE FUTURE OF SAINT MATTHEW’S:  In January and February the Parish Profile Committee is conducting focus group sessions to identify the qualities we are looking for in a new Rector for Saint Matthew’s church. During the focus group session, you will answer five questions about the life and ministry of Saint Matthew’s.   Please sign up to attend one focus group session.  Sign-up sheets can be found on the red bulletin board outside the kitchen.  Any questions call  Pam Dunlap at 215-350-3985 or e-mail at pamela.dunlap@merck.com.

TRANSITION UPDATE:

As announced in the December Oracle, the Profile Committee has now been finalized and confirmed. The members are as follows: Joe Buesgen, Pam Dunlap, Jane Baker, Sheryl Barbin, Katie Brown, Marie Clark, Jeanne Garrison, Jim Garrison, John McLaughlin, and Kevin Randall. Thank you to all for agreeing to participate in this extremely important process, and ask that you keep them in your prayers.

The Vestry has executed a letter of agreement retaining the services of The Rev. Melford “Bud” Holland. He will be working with the Vestry and both our Profile and Search Committees during the transition period. Bud is a very respected transition consultant in the diocese and comes highly recommended.  He was recently the transition consultant for All Saints’ Torresdale and guided the process that led to that church calling Jay Walton. Bud is also currently working with St. Thomas Whitemarsh and has recently worked with Trinity Ambler and St. Mary’s Ardmore. We are excited to have Bud joining us on this exciting journey.

Bud met with the Vestry last week and discussed the profile and search process with them in detail. He also met with Joe Buesgen and Pam Dunlap of the Profile Committee, and Chris Suhy, and began planning for the focus/small group meetings that will be conducted in January and February. Look for more details on this soon.

Prayers for the sick 

Anyone who would like to have the name of a loved one included in Sunday prayers can either call Father Peter Stube or the church office with the name of the person for whom you are requesting the prayers.  Please tell us your name as well, and whether you would like just the first name of the person or the whole name put in the bulletin. The name will be automatically removed after four weeks, or sooner if you let us know. It can also be continued for longer if you let us know.

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.

Youth News

Connecting through Remind: A Communication Platform that Works for Everyone

Communication is key for building strong, confident, and informed teams, and that is why many of our youth and parents choose to receive youth group communications through Remind. This teacher and administrator approved text communication framework allows group leaders to communicate with youth and parents without the hassle of e-mail, and with the expediency of text. So far, over 25 of our youth receive weekly texts through the platform, at no cost to you whatsoever. Further, all messages are monitored through a centralized system that is both compliant, and easy for parents to access.

Join our group now by following this link: remind.com/join/acarrella

Sunday, January 19th, 2020        4:30 — 6:30 PM

“Come Hang” Youth Fellowship

Join Anthony and the Youth Group for a simple, casual youth hangout . We’ll cook dinner together, play board games, and chat about life. Want to get some homework done, or need some clarifications? Come on by! 

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

3:30 — 5:30 PM

“Pre-Super Bowl Chill and Chats about Church”

Let’s get our team together before kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday. Wear your team’s jersey and other paraphernalia, and come prepared to eat super bowl bites. We’ll also chat about “what makes a good team player” as we prepare to identify the qualities of our next Rector.

(Yes: I am daring enough to program a youth activity on Super Bowl Sunday! I trust y’all will be able to spare a few hours before kickoff to attend this important event). RSVP by Remind text, by calling the church office, or by emailing anthony@saintmattsec.org

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 Matthew.  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.

Discovery Bible Study
Offered every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.   Contact Pam Dunlap, pamela.dunlap@verizon.net for more information

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. The next breakfast will be on January 18  at 8 a.m. Come to be nourished in body and spirit. Contact the clergy for more information.