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Read this week’s Pastors’ Message (January 31, 2014) at stmatthewsumc.org.

Read this week’s Pastors’ Message (January 31, 2014) at stmatthewsumc.org.

Join us for the first Sunday in Advent as Pastor Brian Johnson delivers the message, Awaken to the Light. Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44. 

We are so fortunate to have such great youth leaders!  Check out Pastor Brian and 9:45 Worship Leader Nelson as they get silly to entertain the teens on our 2013 Youth Retreat!  What do you think?  Do they measure up to Christina Aguilera?

stmatthewspastors:

Dear Friends,
This coming Sunday we end our sermon series “Great Prayers of the Old Testament” with a story that is often a favorite of our children, Jonah and the whale.  A few months ago our children’s musical beautifully told this story through song and drama.
On Sunday, we will look more closely at the prayer of Jonah found in Jonah 2:1-9.  Read this prayer and remember a time when these words applied to you.  When did you last feel like the waters were closing in around you, finding yourself in the deepest darkest place with no way out?  Perhaps some of you are in that place right now.  Certainly we all have or will experience such a time in our life. How can we be present with others when they find themselves in such a place? How can prayer can be for us a connection to the Light of the World when all around us we are experiencing darkness?
As you read through and pray the prayer of Jonah, let God’s Spirit bring to mind those persons in our community and world who may feel this sense of despair and isolation.   Let God’s Spirit bring to mind those whose actions may have led them into dark places where they see no way forward.  As you pray this prayer ask God’s Spirit to speak to you of your life and your way forward.
We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.  Bring a neighbor and enjoy being a part of St. Matthew’s community.  
Peace,
Denise and Brian

stmatthewspastors:

Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday we end our sermon series “Great Prayers of the Old Testament” with a story that is often a favorite of our children, Jonah and the whale.  A few months ago our children’s musical beautifully told this story through song and drama.

On Sunday, we will look more closely at the prayer of Jonah found in Jonah 2:1-9.  Read this prayer and remember a time when these words applied to you.  When did you last feel like the waters were closing in around you, finding yourself in the deepest darkest place with no way out?  Perhaps some of you are in that place right now.  Certainly we all have or will experience such a time in our life. How can we be present with others when they find themselves in such a place? How can prayer can be for us a connection to the Light of the World when all around us we are experiencing darkness?

As you read through and pray the prayer of Jonah, let God’s Spirit bring to mind those persons in our community and world who may feel this sense of despair and isolation.   Let God’s Spirit bring to mind those whose actions may have led them into dark places where they see no way forward.  As you pray this prayer ask God’s Spirit to speak to you of your life and your way forward.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.  Bring a neighbor and enjoy being a part of St. Matthew’s community.  

Peace,

Denise and Brian

Pastors’ Message via stmatthewspastors:

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Over the past few months, we at St. Matthew’s have been paying extra attention to prayer. We have explored a variety of methods of prayer. We have reminded each other that, if we want to grow in faith, we should spend time in prayer each day, speaking to God and listening for God’s voice.   In short, we have been seeking to better understand prayer so that we might better practice it. 
This summer, our sermon series is “Great Prayers of the Old Testament.”  Over the past two weeks, we have listened as Abraham and Hannah have encountered God. This week, we will hear a prayer of David. As we hear these prayers from our spiritual ancestors, I invite you to try to see yourself in their prayers. What can you learn from these prayers? How do they pray like you? How might your life of prayer be enriched by listening in on this ancient prayer journal?
In addition, next week is a big week in the life of our church. Each morning next week we will be hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children preschool through fourth grade and KAMP (Kids And Mission Projects) for fifth and sixth graders. Through these programs, we pray that our children will grow in faith, encounter God more deeply, and see how much God (and the church) loves them. These programs need a lot of adult and teen helpers to function well, and we are particularly in need of more helpers for the first week of KAMP. If you are able to help, please contact Sheila Martin at SMartin@stmatthewsumc.org. By helping, you are a part of what God is doing in the lives of our children. 
So come to church this Sunday to encounter God through prayer and worship, and come all next week to encounter God through service to children. We hope to see you here!
Blessings,
Brian and Denise

Pastors’ Message via stmatthewspastors:

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the past few months, we at St. Matthew’s have been paying extra attention to prayer. We have explored a variety of methods of prayer. We have reminded each other that, if we want to grow in faith, we should spend time in prayer each day, speaking to God and listening for God’s voice.   In short, we have been seeking to better understand prayer so that we might better practice it. 

This summer, our sermon series is “Great Prayers of the Old Testament.”  Over the past two weeks, we have listened as Abraham and Hannah have encountered God. This week, we will hear a prayer of David. As we hear these prayers from our spiritual ancestors, I invite you to try to see yourself in their prayers. What can you learn from these prayers? How do they pray like you? How might your life of prayer be enriched by listening in on this ancient prayer journal?

In addition, next week is a big week in the life of our church. Each morning next week we will be hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children preschool through fourth grade and KAMP (Kids And Mission Projects) for fifth and sixth graders. Through these programs, we pray that our children will grow in faith, encounter God more deeply, and see how much God (and the church) loves them. These programs need a lot of adult and teen helpers to function well, and we are particularly in need of more helpers for the first week of KAMP. If you are able to help, please contact Sheila Martin at SMartin@stmatthewsumc.org. By helping, you are a part of what God is doing in the lives of our children. 

So come to church this Sunday to encounter God through prayer and worship, and come all next week to encounter God through service to children. We hope to see you here!

Blessings,

Brian and Denise

Dunk the Pastors Vine Videos (all of them!)

Dunk the Pastors Videos! If you missed our Dunk the Pastors (and youth leaders and worship leaders…) Event or if you just want to revisit it again, here are all the Vine videos in one place. We raised over $400 for our Walk-In Ministry this night and all the participants were great sports!  We had so much fun as you’ll see below.  Be sure to follow “StMatthewsUMC” on Vine:

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - July 7, 2013:  Join us as we continue our sermon series, Great Prayers of the Old Testament. Pastor Brian Johnson delivers the message, When the Temple Crumbles. 1 Samuel 2:1-10 & Mark 13:1-8. 

stmatthewspastors:

Dear Friends,
Last week in worship I announced that I would be leaving St. Matthew’s as the Senior Pastor on August 18th and appointed to head UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  As the word of this new appointment has gone out to our church family and beyond I have begun receiving many kind wishes from around our connectional system. Some of these people know me, but others just know of the important work of UMCOR (disaster recovery & relief; work with refugees, micro loan ministry to women in developing countries, sustainable agricultural ministries and so much more).  It is humbling and exciting to hear the words of encouragement and know that this work is really the work of the local church – churches like St. Matthew’s.  There is a deep joy for me as I move into this new ministry but it also comes with great sadness in leaving you.  
I wonder how it must have been for Hannah as she left her only child there at the temple. This child that she never thought she could have, and now she leaves him in service to God?  (1 Samuel 1:21-28)  I wonder if she too had a mixture of emotions, of deep joy and gratitude and yet the sorrow of separation.  Read ahead 1 Samuel 2:1-10 as Pastor Brian continue with our series Great Prayers of the Old Testament.  Hope to see you all.   
Peace,
Denise and Brian

stmatthewspastors:

Dear Friends,

Last week in worship I announced that I would be leaving St. Matthew’s as the Senior Pastor on August 18th and appointed to head UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  As the word of this new appointment has gone out to our church family and beyond I have begun receiving many kind wishes from around our connectional system. Some of these people know me, but others just know of the important work of UMCOR (disaster recovery & relief; work with refugees, micro loan ministry to women in developing countries, sustainable agricultural ministries and so much more).  It is humbling and exciting to hear the words of encouragement and know that this work is really the work of the local church – churches like St. Matthew’s.  There is a deep joy for me as I move into this new ministry but it also comes with great sadness in leaving you.  

I wonder how it must have been for Hannah as she left her only child there at the temple. This child that she never thought she could have, and now she leaves him in service to God?  (1 Samuel 1:21-28)  I wonder if she too had a mixture of emotions, of deep joy and gratitude and yet the sorrow of separation.  Read ahead 1 Samuel 2:1-10 as Pastor Brian continue with our series Great Prayers of the Old Testament.  Hope to see you all.   

Peace,

Denise and Brian

Special July 3rd Wednesday on the Lawn - Mark Your Calendars: What do a dunk tank, sparklers, a moon bounce and fried chicken have in common? Come find out at Wednesdays on the Lawn on July 3rd.  The Welcoming and Evangelism Committee is hosting this Independence Day Eve event to boost awareness of (and raise funds for) St. Matthew’s Walk-In Ministry Program.  This program provides funds for our neighbors in need of assistance to cover their housing, transportation, utility, food or other critical daily expenses.
The fried chicken, sparklers and moon bounce will be free of charge.  Funds will be raised for the Walk-In Ministry Program by charging a small fee to take a throw at the Dunk Tank! Who doesn’t want to donate to this great ministry and at the same time have the opportunity to see Pastor Denise, Pastor Brian and other familiar faces get dunked! Invite your neighbors, warm up your throwing arm, empty your piggy bank, bring a side dish or dessert to share and join us from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd. 

Special July 3rd Wednesday on the Lawn - Mark Your Calendars: What do a dunk tank, sparklers, a moon bounce and fried chicken have in common? Come find out at Wednesdays on the Lawn on July 3rd.  The Welcoming and Evangelism Committee is hosting this Independence Day Eve event to boost awareness of (and raise funds for) St. Matthew’s Walk-In Ministry Program.  This program provides funds for our neighbors in need of assistance to cover their housing, transportation, utility, food or other critical daily expenses.

The fried chicken, sparklers and moon bounce will be free of charge.  Funds will be raised for the Walk-In Ministry Program by charging a small fee to take a throw at the Dunk Tank! Who doesn’t want to donate to this great ministry and at the same time have the opportunity to see Pastor Denise, Pastor Brian and other familiar faces get dunked! Invite your neighbors, warm up your throwing arm, empty your piggy bank, bring a side dish or dessert to share and join us from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd. 

St. Matthew's UMC Pastors' Blog: Pastors' Message - June 14, 2013

stmatthewspastors:

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Dear Friends,

It is easy for life to drift out of control and for time to slip away. Between work, family obligations, housework, and our various other commitments, sometimes it feels as if there’s never any time to sit still, just be ourselves, and enjoy a little quiet. And sometimes we…

Lunch with the Pastors: Are you a visitor or otherwise new to St. Matthew’s?  Come have lunch with the pastors on Sunday, June 30th, after the 11:15 service (approximately 12:30 Noon). Bring your family and enjoy meeting others who are also new to the church as well as getting to know Pastor Denise Honeycutt and Pastor Brian Johnson.  Please RSVP to  our Director of Welcoming Ministries, Lynne Studeman (lstudeman@stmatthewsumc.org) by Thursday, June 27th.

Lunch with the Pastors: Are you a visitor or otherwise new to St. Matthew’s?  Come have lunch with the pastors on Sunday, June 30th, after the 11:15 service (approximately 12:30 Noon). Bring your family and enjoy meeting others who are also new to the church as well as getting to know Pastor Denise Honeycutt and Pastor Brian Johnson.  Please RSVP to  our Director of Welcoming Ministries, Lynne Studeman (lstudeman@stmatthewsumc.org) by Thursday, June 27th.

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - 5.12.2013:  Pastor Brian Johnson leads us in the final worship of the sermon series, Encountering the Divine Through Prayer, with the message: Going to the Place of Prayer. Acts 16:16-34; John 17:20-26. 

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - 4.14.2013:  Pastor Brian Johnson continues the sermon series, Encountering the Divine Through Prayer, with the message, Lord, Teach Us to Pray. Revelation 5:11-14; Luke 11:1-13 

He is Risen!!!  Listen to St. Matthew’s Easter Worship, led by Pastor Denise Honeycutt with the message, Take My Hand Lead Me On.  Scripture readings: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 and Luke 24:1-12.

Join us as we continue our Lenten sermon series, Fifty Shades of Grace, and celebrate Palm/Passion Sunday with Pastor Brian Johnson’s message: King on the Cross. Luke 19:28-40; Philippians 2:5-11.