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Some children are just born to be choir directors!

Chuck Knows Church - Foot Washing:  As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them. But how did “Foot Washing” ever become part of Christian worship?

Due to inclement weather, the church Weekday School will be closed Thursday, January 23rd. The church office will be open at times during the day with limited staff and volunteers available. (The Weekday School follows the decisions of Fairfax County Public Schools.) Check back for more information on the church office, groups, classes and rehearsals – this post will be updated as information becomes available.

Due to inclement weather, the church Weekday School will be closed Thursday, January 23rd. The church office will be open at times during the day with limited staff and volunteers available. (The Weekday School follows the decisions of Fairfax County Public Schools.) Check back for more information on the church office, groups, classes and rehearsals – this post will be updated as information becomes available.

9:00 AM UPDATE:  SMUMC’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) was scheduled to meet tonight and has cancelled their meeting for Wedensday, January 22nd.  They have rescheduled for next Wednesday, January 29th at 7:30 PM in room 209.  Contact your group leader with any questions or concerns.

The church Weekday School and church office will be closed on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  The Weekday School & church office follow the decisions of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Check back for more information on groups, classes and rehearsals – this post will be updated as information becomes available.

9:00 AM UPDATE:  SMUMC’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) was scheduled to meet tonight and has cancelled their meeting for Wedensday, January 22nd.  They have rescheduled for next Wednesday, January 29th at 7:30 PM in room 209.  Contact your group leader with any questions or concerns.

The church Weekday School and church office will be closed on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  The Weekday School & church office follow the decisions of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Check back for more information on groups, classes and rehearsals – this post will be updated as information becomes available.

Snowed in and bored? One professor built a snow chapel

Chuck Knows Church: Church Potluck meals are events where the attendees bring a dish to share. But why are they so popular in churches? Chuck tells all and steals the cake too! 

Generosity: God’s Character, Our Goal (Stewardship 2013):  Stewardship is an important time in our church, it is a time that not only celebrates the financial gifts we give but also our talent and the time that we commit to the church.  Listen as some of the members of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church explain some of the reasons it is important to support the church through our time, our talents and our offerings.

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, Traditional Worship 11.17.13: Join us as Pastor Brian leads worship with the message, Growing in Grace. Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and Matthew 9:14-17.

Have you tried the “In your face method” of witnessing? Or maybe you’ve given a “Mucua” to someone…This is a funny and informative look at some of the ways we bumble through witnessing to others and how in the end, all we need to do is get real.

Over the past two years, the Stewardship Committee has sponsored occasional small group discussions. During three Sundays in October and November, we’re having another such small group discussion, on a topic that could hardly be more timely.
It’s about “Mental Health in Our Community and Our Church”. It’s an opportunity to explore the pressing issue of mental health as it relates to our country, our state, our community, our families – and our church.
The small group discussion will be conducted by Reverend Judy Hall, a pastoral counselor and a true professional with decades of experience in counseling, and a deep understanding of the challenge of mental illness. 
We will be discussing the entire range of mental health issues – chemical dependence, addiction, behavioral issues, and severe mental illness.
But we want this to be more than a general discussion; we want it to focus on our own congregation, posing the question of whether we can – and should – do more as a congregation to help people and their families struggling with mental illness.
Our first session, on October 20, in room 301 at 9:45 a.m., will discuss the overall state of mental health in our country and our community. The particular emphasis will be on prevention of mental illness, and the isolation and stigma that sometimes accompanies it.
The second session, on October 27, at the same time and place – 9:45 a.m. in room 305 – will discuss the particular challenges that dealing with mental illness presents to our families and our church community. 
And on November 3, we’ll explore what more we can do as a congregation to address mental health issues. Do we need a support group? A reading and discussion group? A specific focus on the challenges facing our children? What are we doing right – and what can we improve?
To make this small group discussion even more relevant, we have a request: if you, or a member of your family, has had a mental health issue, would you be willing to talk about it? About the things that family, friends and fellow church members did – or did not – do that helped or hindered? 
We would really value hearing about how we can be more supportive, more sensitive, and more discerning as we, together, face this important issue.
If you would be willing to share your thoughts in the small group, please talk to Judy Hall, or send an email to her at JHall63795@cox.net. You’ll also find her email address in the bulletin.
And please consider joining in this important and timely discussion.

Over the past two years, the Stewardship Committee has sponsored occasional small group discussions. During three Sundays in October and November, we’re having another such small group discussion, on a topic that could hardly be more timely.

It’s about “Mental Health in Our Community and Our Church”. It’s an opportunity to explore the pressing issue of mental health as it relates to our country, our state, our community, our families – and our church.

The small group discussion will be conducted by Reverend Judy Hall, a pastoral counselor and a true professional with decades of experience in counseling, and a deep understanding of the challenge of mental illness. 

We will be discussing the entire range of mental health issues – chemical dependence, addiction, behavioral issues, and severe mental illness.

But we want this to be more than a general discussion; we want it to focus on our own congregation, posing the question of whether we can – and should – do more as a congregation to help people and their families struggling with mental illness.

Our first session, on October 20, in room 301 at 9:45 a.m., will discuss the overall state of mental health in our country and our community. The particular emphasis will be on prevention of mental illness, and the isolation and stigma that sometimes accompanies it.

The second session, on October 27, at the same time and place – 9:45 a.m. in room 305 – will discuss the particular challenges that dealing with mental illness presents to our families and our church community. 

And on November 3, we’ll explore what more we can do as a congregation to address mental health issues. Do we need a support group? A reading and discussion group? A specific focus on the challenges facing our children? What are we doing right – and what can we improve?

To make this small group discussion even more relevant, we have a request: if you, or a member of your family, has had a mental health issue, would you be willing to talk about it? About the things that family, friends and fellow church members did – or did not – do that helped or hindered? 

We would really value hearing about how we can be more supportive, more sensitive, and more discerning as we, together, face this important issue.

If you would be willing to share your thoughts in the small group, please talk to Judy Hall, or send an email to her at JHall63795@cox.net. You’ll also find her email address in the bulletin.

And please consider joining in this important and timely discussion.

Chuck Knows Church - Handbells:   Ever seen a handbell choir? Ever wondered about their history and place in the church?


(We know that our 8+ handbell choirs already know much of this history… but just in case you need a brush up….)

Next Sunday afternoon, October 6th, at 4:00 PM there will be a service of the Blessing of the Animals here at St. Matthew’s UMC.  Bring your pets, helper animals, or other furry and feathered friends as we celebrate the ways in which God is present to us in and through these animals.  Invite your friends and neighbors (human and animal) to this service of worship and blessing.  We will meet in front of the church, near the Sanctuary doors.  Our children will be providing “pet-treats.”  In the event of rain, we will meet in the Social Hall.

Next Sunday afternoon, October 6th, at 4:00 PM there will be a service of the Blessing of the Animals here at St. Matthew’s UMC.  Bring your pets, helper animals, or other furry and feathered friends as we celebrate the ways in which God is present to us in and through these animals.  Invite your friends and neighbors (human and animal) to this service of worship and blessing.  We will meet in front of the church, near the Sanctuary doors.  Our children will be providing “pet-treats.”  In the event of rain, we will meet in the Social Hall.

Multi-sensory Prayer Experience: A multisensory prayer labyrinth will be set up in the Social Hall on Friday, Sept. 13 (3:00 - 7:00 PM) and on Saturday, Sept. 14 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM).  The labyrinth uses physical objects, movement, music, video images, and a variety of other means to help you encounter God in unexpected ways. Our staff went through this during Lent in 2012 and found it a very powerful opportunity.  The labyrinth only takes about half an hour to complete, so come on Friday or Saturday and encounter God in a new way.

Multi-sensory Prayer Experience: A multisensory prayer labyrinth will be set up in the Social Hall on Friday, Sept. 13 (3:00 - 7:00 PM) and on Saturday, Sept. 14 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM).  The labyrinth uses physical objects, movement, music, video images, and a variety of other means to help you encounter God in unexpected ways. Our staff went through this during Lent in 2012 and found it a very powerful opportunity.  The labyrinth only takes about half an hour to complete, so come on Friday or Saturday and encounter God in a new way.

1ST GRADE “WELCOME TO WORSHIP” EVENT:  On Sunday, Sept. 15th, we will welcome all 1st graders into the worshiping community during our 11:15 worship service. Children’s Council will host a  lunch and program immediately following worship in the social hall.  Questions?  Contact our Director of Children’s Ministries.

1ST GRADE “WELCOME TO WORSHIP” EVENT:  On Sunday, Sept. 15th, we will welcome all 1st graders into the worshiping community during our 11:15 worship service. Children’s Council will host a  lunch and program immediately following worship in the social hall.  Questions?  Contact our Director of Children’s Ministries.

Chuck Knows Church - The Bible:  It’s one collection of 66 books and is considered a sacred text for both Christians and Jews. And Chuck is going to explain what it is in just 4 minutes? Hmmm. Chuck Knows Church is a WEEKLY online series. Check back each week (usually Wednesdays) for the next episode! Use each episode in worship, youth groups, fellowship groups, confirmation classes, worship teams, new member classes and late-night snack viewing!  Follow Chuck on his website: ChuckKnowsChurch.com.