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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Kitale Education Scholarships:  Look for donation forms in the pews to represent the gift of a high school education for young women and men in Kitale, Kenya.  $400 provides one year of schooling; and any amount may be donated.  Please make checks payable to Mwamba Church Ministries. All donations are due by December 3.

Thanksgiving Day – A Holy Eucharist with traditional hymns will be celebrated on Thursday, November 22 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.”

Advent Meditations:  If you would like to receive by email a daily meditation during the season of Advent, beginning Sunday, December 22, go to the following address – adventword@vts.edu.   These meditations run through December 25, and are a ministry of The Virginia Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church.

Advent Quiet Day: All Hallows  Episcopal Church, Wyncote, Invites you to attend a One-Day Ignatian Retreat on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm guided by Father Frank Kaminski, S.J. of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville, PA. The retreat will employ the principles of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola throughout the day and in three preached sessions. It will include several periods of personal meditation, reflection and prayer. All of this will take place on the All Hallows campus at 262 Bent Road in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. The retreat is open to all. There is no fee for the retreat, but contributions to offset the cost of lunch will be welcomed. Reservations are required. Please contact All Hallows at: 215-885-1641, x 10; email sgeoghan@allhallowswyncote.org or sign up in the Parish Hall.

Since Consecration Sunday members offered 122 pledges amounting to $312,319 in financial gifts for the ministry of Christ in the Parish.  This represents a weekly average of $49.23 per household.  We encourage every member to make a pledge of financial support for 2019.  Extra cards are available in the pews and lobby and may be placed in the offering basket or mailed into the church office.

The children of St. Matthew’s are preparing to present a Christmas Pageant again this year during the 3 p.m. Christmas Eve service, December 24, 2018.  Toddlers through fifth graders will be donning costumes to portray the Nativity story with one narrator and one other small speaking part.  Our pageant, Crooked Halos and Wiggly Sheep, will recount the events that occurred in Bethlehem.  Costumes will be provided.  One practice is scheduled for Saturday, December 8 in the afternoon. Sign-up sheets are currently being distributed through the Sunday School.   If you have children who would like to participate in the pageant, please fill out one of these forms or contact Lynn Robinson at 215-628-3359 or dscotrobin@aol.com.

Amazon Smile: As the busy holiday shopping season approaches, please remember that you can designate St. Matthew’s to be the recipient of Amazon Smile charitable donations when shopping at Amazon.  Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com, and designate St Matthews Episcopal Church as your charity under Your Account.  Thank you!

Youth Confirmation for 2019

Youth who would like to begin preparation for the Rite of Confirmation are invited to meet with Father Dave on Sunday, November 18 at 12 Noon in the Parish Hall.  Young women and men currently in the eighth grade or above are welcome to inquire.Those who are baptized at a young age are expected to make a mature, public affirmation of faith in Christ after thoughtful and prayerful preparation. At St. Matthew’s, candidates for Confirmation meet with an adult Mentor for one on one conversation about their faith, guided by a workbook called “Making Disciples.” This is followed by a class with the clergy that reflects on the meaning of the Apostles Creed and the promises made in the Confirmation Rite.

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.  The first Noonday prayer service will take place on Tuesday October 16th.            

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 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 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 December 15. 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.

November 18th – Dinner Church @ St. Paul’s Chestnut Hill

An evening of youth for youth led by youth.  No one knows where the discussion will lead, but it is always a great time for youth to express his or her feelings and concerns in a safe environment.

November 30th – Youth All-nighter (note this is a Friday night)

Held at Philadelphia Sports Club at Highpoint in Chalfont, PA, the youth have the run of the facility from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.  Activities for the youth include: basketball, soccer, rock climbing wall, volleyball, swimming, laser tag, inflatable jousting, video games, and more.  Snacks and beverages are provided throughout the night.  The cost of this event is $35.00 per youth with scholarships available for anyone not able to afford the cost.  Youth are encouraged to bring a change of clothes, modest swimsuit, towel, and if wanted a sleeping bag and pillow as sleeping space is available.