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The reduced-cost or free lunch program in Fairfax County Public Schools is relied upon by many families in the county.  But what happens when these students who may not have enough to eat go home for the weekend?  Help feed children in our local community with P3 (Power Pack Program), which provides weekend meals to children in need.  Find out how you can help at www.stmatthewsumc.org.

We know a few teens who feel this way every year!  It’s almost time to start the school year begins… are you ready?

We know a few teens who feel this way every year!  It’s almost time to start the school year begins… are you ready?

Here are several dates to put on your calendar for St. Matthew’s Children’s Ministries activities!
No Children’s Sunday School or WOW on Sunday, Sept. 1st 
Children’s Sunday School Kick-Off – Sunday School classes for children will begin on Sunday, Sept. 8th.  Come meet your new teachers and classmates, and celebrate the beginning of a new school year. 
Blessing of the Backpacks – On Sunday, Sept. 8th, all children are encouraged to bring their backpacks to worship. A special blessing for the new school year will be given.
Children’s Choirs and Faith Enrichment Kick-Off – Monday, Sept. 9th (2:30 – 5:30pm)
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. 
Presentation of the 3rd Grade Bibles – On Sunday, Sept. 22nd, all 3rd graders will receive their Bibles during our 11:15 worship service.  Children’s Council will host a lunch and program immediately following in the social hall. 
Club 56 Pizza Party Kick-Off – On Sunday, Sept.15th at 5:00pm, all 5th and 6th graders and their parents are invited to the Club 56 Kick-Off.  Parents will get information about the Club 56 program while kids get to know their Club 56 leaders and friends.
Children’s Sunday School Teacher Training – Two training sessions will be offered for Children’s Sunday School teachers. Please join us either on Sunday, Aug. 25th at 12:30pm or Wednesday, Sept. 4th at 7:00pm.
If you have any questions about these dates or activities, please contact our Director of Children’s Ministries, Carrie Schwab, at CSchwab@StMatthewsUMC.org.

Here are several dates to put on your calendar for St. Matthew’s Children’s Ministries activities!

  • No Children’s Sunday School or WOW on Sunday, Sept. 1st 
  • Children’s Sunday School Kick-Off – Sunday School classes for children will begin on Sunday, Sept. 8th.  Come meet your new teachers and classmates, and celebrate the beginning of a new school year. 
  • Blessing of the Backpacks – On Sunday, Sept. 8th, all children are encouraged to bring their backpacks to worship. A special blessing for the new school year will be given.
  • Children’s Choirs and Faith Enrichment Kick-Off – Monday, Sept. 9th (2:30 – 5:30pm)
  • 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. 
  • Presentation of the 3rd Grade Bibles – On Sunday, Sept. 22nd, all 3rd graders will receive their Bibles during our 11:15 worship service.  Children’s Council will host a lunch and program immediately following in the social hall. 
  • Club 56 Pizza Party Kick-Off – On Sunday, Sept.15th at 5:00pm, all 5th and 6th graders and their parents are invited to the Club 56 Kick-Off.  Parents will get information about the Club 56 program while kids get to know their Club 56 leaders and friends.
  • Children’s Sunday School Teacher Training – Two training sessions will be offered for Children’s Sunday School teachers. Please join us either on Sunday, Aug. 25th at 12:30pm or Wednesday, Sept. 4th at 7:00pm.

If you have any questions about these dates or activities, please contact our Director of Children’s Ministries, Carrie Schwab, at CSchwab@StMatthewsUMC.org.

The Graduation Stage [Skit Guys]: Help your graduates remember that they are going through a “stage” and that on the other side is a world waiting to hear their voice.”

ATTENTION ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS!  You are invited to a special service on Sunday, June 2nd at 11:15 AM to recognize your accomplishments as we celebrate Graduation Sunday.  Please send the following information and a recent photo to cadams@stmatthewsumc.org or call the church office by Sunday, May 26th: name, school graduated from, plans for the fall, and statement about what St. Matthew’s has meant to you.  Congratulations!

ATTENTION ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS!  You are invited to a special service on Sunday, June 2nd at 11:15 AM to recognize your accomplishments as we celebrate Graduation Sunday.  Please send the following information and a recent photo to cadams@stmatthewsumc.org or call the church office by Sunday, May 26th: name, school graduated from, plans for the fall, and statement about what St. Matthew’s has meant to you.  Congratulations!

Calling 21 is currently accepting applications for summer 2013. Calling 21 is an internship program in which college students who are discerning a call to ministry spend the summer in a local church somewhere in the Virginia Conference. Interns experience as many different aspects of ministry as possible while working with a team from the church to discern how God is calling them. Previous interns have described it as a life-changing experience!

More information is available at www.calling21.org. The application is also on the website. Please spread the word to college students in your churches and anyone for whom this program might be a good fit! Questions? Contact Allie Rosner, Calling 21 Ministry Team chair, at arosner@williamsburgumc.org.

Calling 21 is currently accepting applications for summer 2013. Calling 21 is an internship program in which college students who are discerning a call to ministry spend the summer in a local church somewhere in the Virginia Conference. Interns experience as many different aspects of ministry as possible while working with a team from the church to discern how God is calling them. Previous interns have described it as a life-changing experience!

More information is available at www.calling21.org. The application is also on the website. Please spread the word to college students in your churches and anyone for whom this program might be a good fit! Questions? Contact Allie Rosner, Calling 21 Ministry Team chair, at arosner@williamsburgumc.org.

Church Rethinks School Lunches: "This program is not about churchianity; it’s about Christianity. It’s not about the building, it’s about the people who we are building. It’s about going beyond the walls to reach them to bring them into the walls." The Rev. Blaine Scott is pastor at First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, Colorado. His congregation started serving free hot meals to the students at the alternative high school nearby because the school has no cafeteria, only a vending machine. Students at R-5 school face challenges from homelessness to single parenting. All are looking for a second chance at a high school education. Church volunteers provide more than a hot lunch every Friday. "They can come and get a warm meal and they can expect friendly faces and we can say ‘Hey, how was that test?’ or ‘Hey how’s your baby doing?,’" says church member Emily Kempton. Students say they are grateful for the free food and fellowship each week. "They’re not doing it just for the attention they want to make people feel good. They want to know at the end of the day that they helped someone out. They left full," says student Kiele Key. The principal at R5 says the lunches are making a difference, and giving kids more confidence and a spirit of gratitude."

Open House at Randolph-Macon Academy, Oct. 8th in Front Royal, VA

Randolph-Macon Academy will host a community-wide open house on Monday, Oct. 8 starting at 10 a.m. Attendees will receive a tour of the campus and meet with admissions counselors, teachers, and students. Appointments are required. For more information, call (540) 636-5484, e-mail admission@rma.edu or visit www.rma.edu. Randolph-Macon Academy is affiliated with The United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal. 

Parents of Teens Class: The College Process Sessions

Join Parents of Teens Class for College 101 and 102.  On May 6th and May 13th Rudy Ehrenberg will be the guest leader for Parents of Teens class covering the process of finding, applying and getting your child through college.  Rudy is a former Dean of Students and tremendous resource on this subject.  The first class will cover finding the right college and the application process.  The second class will cover what today’s kids face in college.  Join us at 9:45 am in room 303.

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.

Here is the survey link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDJjWFVoS1RVZUwtMG1RZ3k3Y0xRclE6MQ#gid=0