For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Pink Elephant sale is coming up on Saturday, April 21st! Set aside your treasures to make room for all the new treasures you will buy at the sale. We will be collecting donations from the week of April 15th. If you have large items or are otherwise unable to transport your donations to the church, please leave a message at the church (703-978-3500 x43) and we will schedule a pick-up. A reminder that all proceeds of the sale go towards Youth Ministry Programs.
St. Matthew's Worship Survey: Help Seminary Students by Filling Out this Survey
A group of seminary students doing a project about worship has chosen to study St. Matthew’s. To assist their efforts they’d appreciate it if you took a few minutes to answer this brief survey. Thank you so much.
Let me tell you about one of the coolest moments of my week. Last Sunday, I got the opportunity to join our third and fourth grade Sunday school class to talk about Communion. The class started out on a great note, as I got to join the kids in attempting to complete an Old Testament Crossword…
The Sr. High is again offering an opportunity to get rid of oversized yard waste, large household items, and other items that need to go to the land fill (including household hazardous waste). For a donation to their general operating budget, the Sr. High will haul these things away on Saturday, March 24 from around 8:30am to 2pm. Call the church to schedule a pick-up starting Sunday, March 18th . Contact Mike Reach if you have any questions (email@example.com).
Elizabeth Circle will meet on Tuesday, March 27th at 1:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. A presentation on Social Principles will be made by Dr. Nancy Randolph. Visitors and Guests are most welcome to attend.
Join us tonight from 5:30 to 7:00 in the fellowship hall for dinner with Carol Partridge, United Methodist Missionary in Macedonia. Carol will be telling us about her work and answering some questions, and then sharing a reflection on where she has found God in her work during our Lenten worship service (in the sanctuary at 7:00 PM). We hope to see you there.
e-Statement Update! St Matthew’s Church Council and Finance Committee have agreed to begin offering the Record of Contributions statements electronically as an alternative to paper statements. We have begun preparing for this new option. As a result, over the next few weeks, you may receive “test” emails from the church. This is to ensure the process is set up correctly. It’s not too late to join your fellow members and receive your statement electronically! Notify Andrea Crews firstname.lastname@example.org of the email address to which you wish your statement sent.
2nd Thursday Seekers: Let's Do Lunch on April 12th
Let’s do lunch! The Second Thursday Seekers will be going out to lunch in April. Join us on Thursday, April 12th at 11:30 at Hunan West in King’s Park for fellowship, fun, and a delicious meal. We do need reservations so please contact Jayne (email@example.com or 703-323-1165) for your reservation by Tuesday, April 10th. Everyone is welcome. If you are in need of transportation, please contact Jayne.
Dessert with the Pastors: April 1st - All New Members & Visitors Welcome
All new members and visitors are invited to Dessert with the Pastors on Palm Sunday, April 1st at 3:00 PM at the parsonage. This event is a casual time with the pastors for new members and visitors to get to know them a little better. Please RSVP to Holly at HMarkwalter@StMatthewsUMC.org.
P3 Program Update - Help Provide Needed Weekend Meals to Elementary School Children
Thank you to everyone for your interest in supporting the Power Pack Program (P3). This program provides food over the weekend for students at Annandale Terrace Elementary School who receive free or reduced lunch by putting a gallon-sized Ziploc bag full of that food in the backpack of participating students each Friday. We will no longer be distributing Ziploc bags with the shopping list already in them, but we do have shopping lists at the Welcome Center and under the “Get Connected” tab on the website. You can either buy one of the items (including Ziploc bags) from the list or stuff a whole bag yourself. Then, bring your donation to the basket labeled “P3” at the front or rear entrance. Together, through P3, we are feeding hungry children in our community; let’s keep up.
For Christmas 2010 my husband, Pat, gave me a handwritten gift certificate as my Christmas gift. It was a certificate for a winter trip to somewhere warm (he knows I am so cold-natured and that I would love this.) So we planned and saved our money and today we returned home from 4 nights and 5 days of sitting on a beach in Jamaica.
I really love Lent. Well, maybe “love” isn’t the right word. Can you love a season of fasting and penitence in which we are called to examine ourselves, deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and repent of our sin? Does this season of forty days (not counting Sundays) that precedes Easter…
Women's Cancer Survivor Group Meeting - March 20th
The St. Matthew’s Women’s Cancer Survivor Group will meet on Tuesday March 20th at 7:30 PM in the Wright Parlor. Church membership is not required and all women who are dealing with cancer are invited to attend. Come and join women who understand the challenges you face. For more information call Judy Jones at 703-455-4811.
The St. Matthew’s Weekday School has been blessed with several fundraising concerts given by former Weekday School parent and Grammy nominee, Jenny Oaks Baker. Jenny has become a renowned violinist and artist and we have many many fans among our church community. If you are interested, Jenny is giving a concert at The Birchmere Music Hall on May 17th.
On Sunday, March 18th, Club 56 will gather to visit members of our congregation at Westminster from 2:00-5:00 pm. If you are planning to attend please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we are sure to have enough drivers lined up.
Tuesdays are really full days for me, and this Tuesday felt especially busy. After spending some time with our hypothermia guests on Tuesday evening, I finally went home, ate supper and crashed in front of the TV, watching nothing of value. But as I was heading to bed, tired and worn out, I…
“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”—