St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

What’s Happening

Bulletin Highlights

Members Have Offered  108 Pledges amounting to $279,092  in financial gifts for the ministry of Christ in the Parish.  This represents a weekly average of $49.70  per household.  We encourage every member to make a pledge of financial support for 2020.  Extra cards are available in the lobby and may be placed in the offering basket or mailed in to the church office.

Thanksgiving Day – A Holy Eucharist with traditional hymns will be celebrated on Thursday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m.  We invite you to attend on this holiday to give special thanks for all of God’s blessings.  “Come, ye thankful people, come.”

Children’s Christmas Pageant: It’s that time of year again – calling all school-aged children who would like to participate in this year’s Christmas play to please fill out  and return the forms that will be coming home from Sunday School. This year’s rendition is full of carols and will be presented at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve. We are also in need of costume repairs and anyone interested in helping out – please contact Antonia at antonia.greene-edwards@libertyits.com or 267-718-5702. Rehearsals will be scheduled according to majority rule as we get closer to showtime. Thank you and God Bless.

Advent Quiet Day   The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross will host an Advent Quiet Day on Saturday, December 21 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 654 N Easton Road in Glenside. Gathering at 9:30 am for quiet time with meditations and closing Eucharist from 10 am to 12pm.  Contact Treva McLaughlin at 215-643-5609 for further information.

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

Advent Journey Party for Youth    December 22: 5:00 – 7:00 PM Grades 6 thru 12 and their friends

Come hang out with us on Sunday Night, December 22nd for our annual advent gathering!

There will be some surprises, but: together we’ll cook on the campfire, scavenger hunt with lighted lanterns, and design our youth fellowship space.  This is going to be a blast, so please try to make it. Let Anthony know you’re coming by emailing him at: anthony@saintmattsec.org.

JOIN THE TASK FORCE!

I would like to invite interested parishioners to join the church’s new “Youth Ministry Task Force”. Our group will meet quarterly to share dinner and discussion regarding a host of issues relating to the lives of our youth within this church, and the community-at-large. I encourage anyone who feels called to participate in this group to do so — not only for the sake of our young people, but also for the advancement of this church as a whole, Indeed, it is our emerging adult community who will, one day, sit in the seats of the vestry. What do you want them to know? What do you want them to care about? How will we come together as a church body to create leadership opportunities for them? Our first meeting will be held in January.  

LET’S MEET

Please know that I am available to you in most any capacity, and that you should feel-free to email me at anthony@saintmattsec.org. I am happy to arrange a time to share a meal with you, meet your family, or be present with you during life’s ups and downs. I am also available for individual and group appointments, where we can discuss mentorship opportunities, projects and objectives relating to our youth, or simply share a coffee.

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 December 21 at 8 a.m. Come to be nourished in body and spirit. Contact the clergy for more information.