St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

Welcome to Saint Matthew’s Church! We are a people gathered to worship and pray, grow and serve in the presence of Jesus Christ.

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Bulletin Highlights

Preparation for the 2019 Solemn Communion Group Is Beginning

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 6  through January 20.  These cards will be available on the prayer table in Mrs. Groben’s atria. 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.

Dates for Solemn Communion Preparation 2019:

January 6, 13, and 20, 2019 Interested participants write their names on holy cards in Mrs.Groben’s room

January 13 and January 20, 2019 Solemn Communion Interviews in Mrs. Groben’s room

January 27, 2019 Meeting for parents at 12:00 noon (Parish Hall)

January 30 First Wednesday evening meditation at the Robinson’s house (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

February 3 Bibles distributed during 10:30 worship service

February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27 Remaining Wednesday evening meditations

(7-8:30 pm at the Robinson’s house)

Parents are invited to attend the Wednesday evening events for a separate parent program.

March 1 Friday evening bread-baking activities at Saint Matthew’s (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

March 2 Saturday Solemn Communion Retreat

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. White Garment Service

5:00 p.m. Dinner

March 3 Sunday Presentation of Solemn Communion Class (9:00 a.m.)

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

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.              

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 Colossians.  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 February 16. 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.

January 27th – Dinner Church, tonight we travel to St. David’s Episcopal Church in Radnor for the monthly meeting of dinner church.