Who will call religiosity fully to life in our men,
invigorate it, and nurture it?
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“We believe that healthy growing congregations have a balance of masculine and feminine spirit, reflecting our triune God. We envision female and male believers, lay and clergy, serving Christ as co-laborers and partners in Christ. This is a unity issue, not a gender issue. We must become ONE in Christ.”
“Women and men must stand side-by-side as co-laborers in Christ. The difficult challenges facing ministry to men must be enjoined by men and women in genuine partnership. We need each other, more than ever.”
~ from UMC Men’s Ministries Guidelines
“The alienation of many men from the femininity of Christian spirituality has created grounds for an enormous misunderstanding about men and religion that every pastoral caregiver must recognize and confront. The absence of so many men from so many churches, their lack of involvement, their diffidence and even hostility to Christian piety, has created a mostly unconscious assumption in our culture that men are not naturally religious. It is widely assumed that prayer and spirituality are basically female enterprises and that all but a few unusual men can relate to religion in only a peripheral way.
“A trip outside the bounds of American Christian culture, a journey into the temples, monasteries, and shrines of the world’s religions, would quickly shatter such a misandrist illusion”
“Our religion-alienated American men represent neither a wave of the future nor a rational advance over centuries of superstition. They are an anomaly, a quirk, an oddity in the community of all the men who ever lived, who ever wondered at the Unspeakable Mystery, sought alignment with the Eternal Tao, burned with affection for the Great Holy, or trembled before the Totally Other. And all of this ancient affinity for God – every bit of it – still lies buried deep in their unconscious, waiting to be called forth into a spiritual life that will make them a little less mad and a little more human. It waits there, this penchant for the Holy, drowned out by Muzak and numbed by the dreariness of shopping malls, paralyzed by stress and enervated by neglect, until something wakes it. Who will call religiosity fully to life in men, invigorate it, and nurture it in the face of the death-dealing boredom of modern secularity? That is the task of the church in its care of souls.”
~ from “The Crisis of Men and the Church” in Masculine Spirituality and the Bible, by Patrick M. Arnold
Dear Brothers in Christ,
Gently used men’s clothing needed. See the item below under “Making a Difference” and the attached flyer.
Bowling Fundraiser sponsored by the Bowie Interfaith Recreation Council will take place on Sunday, March 11. See the full item below under “Inclusive Community”.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
Before the Festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them fully.
2 Jesus and his disciples were sharing the evening meal. The devil had already provoked Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God. 4 So he got up from the table and took off his robes. Picking up a linen towel, he tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing. 6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but you will understand later.”
8 “No!” Peter said. “You will never wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t have a place with me.”
9 Simon Peter said, “Lord, not only my feet but also my hands and my head!”
10 Jesus responded, “Those who have bathed need only to have their feet washed, because they are completely clean. You disciples are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 He knew who would betray him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you is clean.”
12 After he washed the disciples’ feet, he put on his robes and returned to his place at the table. He said to them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you speak correctly, because I am. 14 If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example: Just as I have done, you also must do. 16 I assure you, servants aren’t greater than their master, nor are those who are sent greater than the one who sent them. 17 Since you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.
Daily Scripture Readings
Monday –Isaiah 6
Tuesday – Luke 9:57-62
Wednesday – Acts 9:1-30
Thursday – Colossians 1:24-29
Friday – Galatians 1:11-24
Saturday – 2 Peter 1:1-11
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Men’s Clothing Needed. Nicole Colbert, St. Matthew’s Visitation Minister is collecting gently used men’s clothing to give to men in one of the hospitals she supports. They have plenty of women’s clothing but very little men’s clothing. See the attached flyer. Place your donations in the marked bin in the cloak room. See the attached flyer for more information.
Estate Sale. The Housing Corporation is holding an Estate Sale to benefit the recently purchased “Beta House”. Funds raised will be used for the renovation of the five-bedroom house. The sale will take place over two days: Saturday, March 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 4 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Beta House is located ate 12134 Long Ridge Lane, Bowie, MD. A wide variety of items will be available for sale including: antique furniture, fine china and glassware, jewelry, clocks, lamps, books, sewing machines, home goods, quilt, linens and curtains, garden decorations and much more. If interested in helping with the sale or with the renovation contact Dave Miller 301-789-7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guatemala Mission Trip is June 30-July 7 and estimated cost is $1,500.00 Email Marian Eisinger at email@example.com or Chelsea Spyres firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to join the trip.
Make a difference in someone’s life. If you know someone in need of a church family, let Pastor Daniel know. He would be happy to talk with them. Contact him at 301-262-1408.
Use your gifts to be a welcoming presence for your church. Become an usher and/or greeter. God doesn’t want us to just attend church; God wants us to BE the church. Use your gifts as an acolyte, Scripture reader, or communion assistant. There are no age restrictions to any of these worship roles. Adults can be acolytes and youth can be ushers, etc. For more information and to join any of these teams, contact me at the phone number or email address below and I will connect you with team leaders.
Bowling Fundraiser sponsored by the Bowie Interfaith Recreation Council will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Crofton Bowling Centre. Cost is $25 per person which will get you 3 games of bowling, a catered meal, and a ton of fun. The only prizes will be door prizes awarded randomly to participants. Proceeds will go to the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry. To play on a St. Matthew’s team, contact Ray Denmark. See the flyer on the UMM bulletin board.
Beauty and the Beast is coming. The Theatre Troupe will be selling tickets outside the Fellowship Hall following each worship service beginning next Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults ahead of time and $10 at the door. Children 12 and under $5.
A Grief Support Group has formed and meets on Tuesday evenings until March 13 in room 226. If you’re having difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one, even a pet, join Isaac for a weekly opportunity to share, learn, and be supported in a confidential setting. There is still room to join. Let the office know if you would like to participate.
Help a Church Member: If you know of any church member who has not attended worship services lately, or who may be sick and in need of prayers, please contact the church office at (301) 262-1408. You can make a difference in a person’s life by letting us know about anyone’s absence. Their absence could be caused by illness.
Help a Church Member 2. If you know of a church member who needs a ride to church services, please offer to give them a ride.
Prayer Call – Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. Dial 712-775-7031 and enter access code 111-576-270#. Bob Lesche is the Leader this week.
Monday – CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY
Tuesday – 9:30 SEAL Team – Room 125
9:45 a.m. Bible Study – Room 126
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – Room 126
7:00 Grief Support Group – Room 226
Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast – Rip’s
12:15 p.m. Lenten Mid-Day Service – Sanctuary
6:00 p.m. Lenten Soup and Salad – Fellowship Hall
6:45 p.m. Lenten Spiritual Practice – Fellowship Hall
7:30 p.m. Simple Prayer Service – Sanctuary
Thursday – 9:15 a.m. Remember Who You Are – Room 223
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir – Room 124
8:30 p.m. Spirit Move – Room 124
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship – Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
3/3/2018 9:00 a.m. BWC Leadership Day – Southern High School, Harwood, MD
3/3/2018 8:00 a.m. Estate Sale – Beta House
3/4/2018 1:00 p.m. Estate Sale – Beta House
3/9/2018 7:30 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” – Fellowship Hall
3/9/2018 2:00 p.m. Bowling Fundraiser – Crofton Bowling Center
3/11/2018 3:00 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” – Fellowship Hall
3/16/2018 7:30 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” – Fellowship Hall
3/17/2018 7:30 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” – Fellowship Hall
3/18/2018 3:00 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” – Fellowship Hall
St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church