St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

 

What’s Happening

Bulletin Highlights

Saint Matthew’s Day – This year’s annual celebration will be held on Sunday, September 22     immediately following a special 10:00 a.m. Worship service.  We’ll be outside to enjoy delicious food, activities for the kids, and good fellowship.  There will be a sign up sheet and envelope for your money in the lobby beginning next Sunday.  Cost is $10 each or $35 for a family of 4 or more.  Volunteers are needed to help set up tables and chairs on Saturday, September 21.  If you are able to help, please sign up on the sheet provided on the bulletin board outside the kitchen.

Telling our story, living the present, and embracing the future: Celebrating our St. Matthew’s story through photos, stories and people.    As we begin the process of calling our next rector, we must first identify who we are, what we value, and what we see our mission(s) to be..  In order to help us do that, we are asking parishioners to share your stories about St. Matthew’s with us.  Beginning September 8th, you are encouraged to offer your stories.  More details will be coming in the weeks leading up to then.  In the meantime, start thinking about your story here at St. Matthew’s.

The Big Give is coming to Saint Matthew’s!   From now until September 21st, we are partnering with Cradles to Crayons to be a donation drop-off location for new and like-new children’s clothes, sneakers, coats, etc.  If you would like to help organize donations or deliver donations to Cradles to Crayons, please see Fr. Jay.  We are currently accepting donations.  Donation guidelines are posted on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.

There will be a Tuesday Noon Recital on September 24th at 12:00 with organist Terry Farley. The program, which lasts about a half hour, will feature the theme These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things. The program is free and open to all. Bring a friend (or two).

Ministry Fair September 29.  Tables will be set up in the parish house on Sunday, September 29 so that we can celebrate the various ministries of St. Matthew’s and offer you an opportunity to find a ministry you want to engage in this year.  Plan to stop by and talk to our leaders about their service to God at St. Matt’s.

 Puppet Workshop, October 5, 9:30-12 noon.  Dr. George Baughan and puppeteers from Church of the Redeemer in Springfield will be in the parish house to introduce us to a new puppet ministry that will become part of our Children’s service the first week of each month at 9:00 am.  He and his team will do a few brief plays so we can see what they look like in action and then we will create some of the puppets ourselves.  We are particularly looking for youth and others who want to become puppeteers and gifted arts and craft people to help us create these whimsical creatures.  See Peter if you are interested.

Blessing of the Animals, October 5, 9:30 am.  On the Saturday closest to St. Francis Day we will do a Blessing of the Animals.  We invite you to bring all your pets for this brief expression of gratitude for our beasties.

A Call for Acolytes:  Any young person, from rising fourth grader on up, who would like to serve as an Acolyte at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday mornings beginning in the fall, is invited to contact George Bishop, 215-441-8056 for more information.

VOLUNTEER  OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday morning worship services can’t take place without the help of people filling different roles.  We are currently looking for people to help with power point projection, reading the lessons, reading the prayers of the people, setting the altar, chalice bearers, ushers and counters.  We ask that you prayerfully consider sharing your talents with the worshipping community.  For more information speak to Fr. Jay.

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.

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 Jay 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. We will resume on Saturday, September 21 at 8 a.m. Come to be nourished in body and spirit. Contact the clergy for more information.

The Next Women’s Group Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Nancy McElwee.  We will be discussing “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.  Contact Nancy at 215-855-1888 or at nlmcelwee@yahoo.com 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.