St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

 

What’s Happening

Bulletin Highlights

Vacation Bible School – Registration is now open for this summer’s vacation bible school, being held July 8-12.  Children born before July 1, 2015 through 5th grades are welcome to attend.  For more information and to register, please visit the VBS page on our website.

Robin Mark, internationally recognized as a Christian songwriter and worship leader will be  in concert at Saint Matthew’s on Sunday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased through the Parish Office or from Martha Reynolds.

Recognizing our Graduates:  Saint Matthew’s would like to recognize the achievements of church members graduating from Graduate School, College, High School or any other program or institute.  Please contact the church office, 215-646-4092 or Parsecy@verizon.net and let us know from which school you are graduating, any activities in which you were involved both in school and church and your future plans. 

Fill the Bus Back-To-School Drive:  Although it seems early, it is time once again to help provide backpacks and school supplies to children involved in the Episcopal Community Services Summer Camp programs.  Students will earn their backpacks through participation and completion of the program at the beginning of August.  Therefore, our deadline for providing supplies is much earlier this year.  We will gather backpacks and supplies through July 7.

Unisex backpacks, and supplies for Elementary and Middle School students are needed.  A list of the various supplies is shown below.  Any donation is appreciated, from a single item from the lists below, to a fully stocked backpack for a student.  A $25 Visa gift card may also be donated for teachers to support classroom activities.

Elementary Backpack Supplies: Set of washable colored markers, wide tips (1), Pack of 24 crayons (1), Glue sticks (2), Safety scissors (1), Set of 12 colored pencils (1), #2 Pencils (5), Pencil sharpener (1), Pink eraser (1), Blue pens (2), Black pens (2), Highlighter (1), 2-pocket folders (2), Composition Notebooks (3), Pencil Case (1), Ruler (1), Pack of filler paper, wide-ruled (1), Pack of construction paper (1), Pack of index cards (1), Lysol wipes (1), Box of  tissues (1)

Middle School Backpack Supplies: Set of 10 colored markers, fine line (1), Glue sticks (2),  #2 Pencils (5), Pencil sharpener (1), Pink eraser (1), Blue pens (2), Black pens (2), Highlighter (1), Protractor (1), 10-digit scientific calculator (1), Binder (1), 2-pocket folders (2), Spiral Notebooks (2), Ruler (1), Pack of filler paper, college-ruled (1), Pack of graph paper (1), Pack of index cards (1), Lysol wipes (1), Box of tissues (1)

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance is hosting their 22nd Annual Golf Tournament at PineCrest Country Club on Monday, June 10th.  Inter-Faith is currently looking for golfers, luncheon guests, donations for our silent auction, and event sponsors. Register for golf or lunch online at www.i-fha.org/golf. For more information, please contact the office at 215-628-2334 or golf@i-fha.org. Thank you!

The Sunday School is seeking to collect Bibles written in languages other than English.  If you have a full Bible including both the Old and New Testament in German, French, Vietnamese, Spanish or any other language and no longer have a need for it, we would greatly appreciate adding it to our collection to use with the children.  Please see Lynn Robinson if you have any questions or contributions.  Thank you.

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 May 18. Contact the clergy for more information.

The Next Women’s Group Meeting will be on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Pam Dunlap.  We will be discussing The Library Book by Susan Orlean.  Contact Pam at 215-362-3439 or pamela.dunlap@verizon.net for further information and to let her know you are coming.  Come and enjoy good fellowship and an interesting discussion.  All women of St. 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.