All sixth graders and their parents are invited to dinner on Sunday, June 24th at 5 p.m. The children’s ministry wants to celebrate with you, and the Youth Group wants to welcome you into their program as you enter Jr. High. After dinner 6th graders will officially join the youth group and join the rest of the Jr. High youth on a putt putt outing.
Children's Sunday School & WOW Start Summer Schedules on June 17th
Children’s Summer Sunday School – Kicks off on Sunday June 17th at 9:45 in the social hall. Children of all ages are invited to join us as we explore Wet and Wild Stories of our Faith.
WOW Summer Schedule –June 17th – Sept. 2nd WOW will meet during the 11:15 Worship Service only, our 8:15 session will return after labor day. Nursery care will be available from 8:15 – 12:30 every Sunday for children 3 and under.
Come for a potluck lunch and an afternoon of family fun. Children’s Council will provide the hamburgers and hotdogs. Families are invited to bring a side or dessert to share. Following lunch there will be water activities for the kids and brave adults including: A giant slip-n-slide, sprinklers, kiddy pools, water fights, and more.
Feed the Hungry! Volunteers Needed for 2nd Wed. of the Month at 5:30 PM
Feed the Hungry! We need volunteers to pickup food from the Food for Others warehouse and distribute it at two Baileys Crossroads locations on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM. It takes about 90 minutes. Contact Bo Tumasz 703-239-2936 or email@example.com.
Donors Needed! INOVA Blood Drive at St. Matthew's - June 3rd!
DONORS NEEDED!….While coordinating your busy summer schedule, please consider putting the church blood drive on your calendar. The church will be hosting an INOVA Blood Drive on Sunday, June 3, 2012 in the Social Hall from 7:45-12:30 p.m. We are counting on our returning faithful donors and are hopeful of having many new donors to help us meet our goal of 45. You may make your life saving appointment today by contacting Amy Anderson-MacMurdo at 703-279-5949 or ANDERSONMACMURDO@yahoo.com or Kendra Martin at 571-315-6387 or Kendra_martin@ymail.com.
Elizabeth Circle will meet on Tuesday, May 22nd at 1:30 p.m. in Room 302. The program will be presented by Carrie Schwab, Director of Children’s Ministry at St. Matthew’s. Guests and Visitors are most welcome to attend.
Mother’s Day/ UMW Sunday 2012:Mother’s Day & United Methodist Women Sunday - May 13, 2012. Join us as guest pastor (and UMW member,) Rev. Pat Watkins help us to lead worship on this special day. Scriptures: Exodus 1:15-20; Matthew 26:6-13. Sermon: But… I’m Not a Woman! by Pat Watkins.
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The Fulfillment of Scripture - May 6th, 2012. Pastor Brian Johnson delivers the message The Fulfillment of Scripture, the last installment in the sermon series, Encountering the Living Christ: You Gotta Read the Bible. Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Luke 4:14-21
The other day, I was signing in at the desk of a retirement home. When you do what I do, this kind of event becomes a rather routine part of your regular schedule - like checking your email, or trying to resist the temptation to have fast-food for lunch.
Think about the best sermon you’ve ever heard (we won’t be offended if it isn’t one of ours). What was it like? Why did you like it? Was it long, or short? Did it touch your emotions? Did it stimulate your intellect? Did it play upon your deep-seated hopes or fears? A sermon is a commentary upon Scripture. At its best, a sermon is an invitation to enter a passage of Scripture more deeply and to become better acquainted with the God who we meet in that passage. But beyond that, a sermon can be almost anything.
This week is the last week in our four-week series, “Encountering the Living Christ: You Gotta Read the Bible.” This Sunday, our Gospel lesson is from Luke 4:14-21. In this passage, Jesus preaches a sermon. But there’s something strange about this sermon: it’s only one sentence. As you prepare to come to worship this weekend, we encourage you to read this passage a few times and think about what it would have been like to hear this short, simple, and powerful sermon. What would it have been like to hear what Jesus was saying on that day?
You may know that we at St. Matthew’s have partnered with United Methodist Family Services (UMFS), an organization that facilitates adoption and foster care and provides support to families who are in the adoption and foster care process. This Sunday, our children will be hosting a car wash to raise money to help sponsor a community-wide UMFS foster care awareness event. Participation is simple: when you come to worship, drop your keys with one of our (adult) car washers. Once worship is over, pick up your keys and your clean car. We encourage you to take part in this excellent opportunity to support an important ministry in our community.
So come this weekend as we explore what it means to encounter Christ through Scripture and raise some money to make a difference in the lives of families and children who are in need. We hope to see you here!
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Raid Your Piggy Banks the Kids Want Your Spare Change!
The children have been raising money for children at St. Joseph’s Mission School in Swaziland and Janene Pennell Elementary School in Mozambique by collecting their change. On Sunday May 20th the whole congregation will be invited to join the children in their efforts by donating their spare change. As you leave the children’s musical there will be children stationed at the sanctuary doors holding buckets where you can place you change. Join the children in making a difference for children around the world in need!
Club 56 will be hosting a car wash during church on May 6th. They will be washing cars from 9:45 am -12:00 pm (noon) to raise money to support United Methodist Family Services to help them raise awareness of the needs of children in foster care and how the community can get involved. To participate you can simply leave your keys with one of our adult assistants before you go into church and when you leave worship you clean car will be waiting for you.
Join the St. Matthew's Women's Cancer Survivor Group 'Race For the Cure'Team!
JOIN OUR RACE FOR THE CURE TEAM!! The St. Matthew’s Women’s Cancer Survivor Group has formed a team to race/walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday June 2, 2012. We need you!! You can join our team at www.globalraceforthecure.org and click on the St. Matthew’s UMC team. We would be honored if you would join us for an inspiring morning raising funds for a great cause. If you are unable to join us we would be so grateful for your support whether it is monetary, in spirit or with your prayers. For more information call Judy Jones at 703-455-4811.
Pastor Brian Johnson continues the sermon series, Encountering the Living Christ: You Gotta Read the Bible, with the message, We Encounter God; God Encounters Us. Scripture: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Hebrews 4:12-16
Encountering the Living Christ: You Gotta Read the Bible: Why do Christians read Scripture? Why does a compilation of ancient texts that are thousands of years old matter for today’s world? Join us for our sermon series entitled, “Encountering the Living Christ: You Gotta Read the Bible.” During this series we will explore what the Bible is, some ways to read it, and how reading these ancient words can transform us and offer us the opportunity to encounter the living God. We hope to see you here, and, of course, don’t forget to bring your Bible.
Join St. Matthew’s Children in Mission on May 20th
The children have been working this spring to raise money for children at St. Joseph’s Mission School in Swaziland and Janene Pennell Elementary School in Mozambique by collecting their change. On Sunday May 20th the whole congregation will be invited to join the children in their efforts by donating their spare change. As the congregation leaves the children’s musical there will be children stationed at the sanctuary doors holding buckets where you can place you change. So raid your piggy banks and join with the children in making a difference for children around the world in need!
VBS and KAMP are scheduled for July 16-20. VBS is open to children 4 years old (by Sept. 30th) to rising fourth graders. KAMP is our summer mission program for rising 5th-6th graders. You can register online at stmatthewsumc.org or by picking up a registration form at the VBS table. New this year - we will be offering a VBS aftercare option for working parents. Aftercare will run from 12 – 5 p.m. and will cost $50 for the week. Registration for aftercare opens May 1st as well.
Passing on Your Legacy: Estate Planning 101 - Saturday, May 19th
Passing on Your Legacy: Estate Planning 101 - On Saturday May 19th from 9:30-11:30am, the Endowment Committee will host a workshop entitled “Passing on Your Legacy: Estate Planning 101”. Mr. John Rodock from the firm Ober, Kaler, Grimes and Shriver specializes in estate planning. He will share his extensive expertise on the steps you should consider to protect the integrity of your estate, minimize your tax liabilities, and provide security for your family today and through multiple generations. This workshop will provide a wealth of information on how to go about crafting a well designed estate plan that best fits your and your family’s needs. If you don’t have an estate plan in effect or if you simply wish to learn how you might improve on the plan you already have, this workshop is for you. It is never too early to begin, but it is important to simply get started. What this workshop offers is no less that a certain peace of mind, confident that you have taken an essential step toward a future with greater certainty and a legacy that will serve you and your family well. Don’t delay. Call 703-255-1292 to register your interest today.
Identity Thief and Neighbor Crime affects us all and is an ever growing problem. Come find out ways to protect yourselves from becoming a victim. Master Police Officer Frey from the Springfield Police Station will be our guest speaker at the May meeting of the Second Thursday Seekers. Everyone is invited to attend this important program so grab your neighbors, friends, fellow church members and join us on Thursday, May 10th at noon. Just bring a bag lunch as beverages and dessert will be provided.
Native American Ministries offering will be taken on April 22nd at St. Matthew’s. This offering nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides seminary scholarships for United Methodist Native Americans who feel called into ministry. You can learn more about this special Sunday at UMCGiving.org.
Elizabeth Circle will meet on Tuesday, April 24th at 1:30 pm in Room 302. Georgette Lea will share her experience as a member of St. Matthew’s Cuban Mission Team. Mission Activity: SMUMC Food Closet. Specific items needed are pasta, canned meat, tuna and canned or dried beans.
This coming Saturday, April 14, St. Matthew’s UMC will be hosting a community family service day beginning at 8:30 AM. The main event on this day will be a “potato drop” in our parking lot, during which we will be gleaning and bagging a tractor-trailer load (49,000 pounds) of potatoes into ten-pound bags to be distributed to the hungry in our community through local food banks. These potatoes have been rejected by commercial markets or potato chip factories due to slight imperfections in size, shape, sugar content, or surface blemishes, but are otherwise perfectly edible and nutritious. If these potatoes weren’t bagged by us or another group, they would go to waste. All are welcome at this event, so join us, invite your family, friends, and neighbors, and help us to feed the hungry in our community and prevent good food from going to waste. We hope to see you here!
New Members are joining on May 13th! If you or someone you know are interested in joining St. Matthew’s UMC, contact our Director of Welcoming Ministries, Holly Markwalter: firstname.lastname@example.org