September 21, 2017
Annual Report Dinner
This Sunday, September 24, we kick off the St. Matthew’s 2017 Stewardship Campaign, with the First Annual Report Dinner. Enjoy dinner prepared by the Mejia family, and a wonderful time with your St. Matthew’s family. The fun starts at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The deadline is today, Thursday, so if you have not yet RSVP’d, please use the link http://bit.ly/STMdinnerRSVP or call the church office.
Interested in Joining St. Matthew’s?
Join Pastor Daniel and Isaac this Sunday, September 24 at 9:45 a.m. for our New Members Class. The class will take place in room 222 and will last 6 weeks. At the end of class, you will have the great joy of being a full member of St. Matthew’s UMC.
Blessing of the Pets
Sunday at 2 p.m. bring your pets to receive a special blessing for the year. There will be a quick service and then individual blessings given. Come bring the creatures in your life that bring you lots of joy, and meet other’s friends.
This is a reminder that there is no youth group Sunday, but all youth are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Report Dinner. There will be lots of food and funny pictures. If you can help with set-up, check in with Chelsea, but we could use you around 4 p.m. Stick around to help clean up after the meal.
Prayers for Women Requested
St. Matthew’s Secret Sister program pairs women to pray for another woman for a whole year. Your only commitment is to pray for your secret sister and to send her notes of encouragement throughout the year. Small gifts are optional – a gift is given at the reveal in September 2018. Applications to be a Secret Sister are due on Sunday, September 24. Laura Hayes will be in Fellowship Hall between services to answer questions and distribute/receive applications. For further information or to get a form, contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-852-4774.
Clarinet, Cello, & Piano – Oh My!
On Tuesday evening, September 26 at 7:30 p.m., Erin Snedecor (cello), Jan Murphy (clarinet), and Bob Boguslaw (piano) will present a recital of classical and contemporary music, including a bit of jazz and a tango. Don’t miss works by Johannes Brahms, Phyllis Tate, Huguet y Tagell, and Andy Firth. This concert will take place in the Sanctuary, and as always is free and open to the public. Come one, come all.
Chili Cook Off
Sample the culinary skills of your friends at the Chili Cookoff on Sunday, October 1 in Fellowship Hall. Non-competitors will be able to vote for their favorite chili. Cost is $5.00 and you can taste as many different chilis as you wish. Cornbread, drinks, and other items will be provided. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Ray Denmark at 301-651-3643 or email@example.com.
Big Impact With A Small Commitment
Are you looking for a way to serve your church family that fits your schedule? Join us for an informational luncheon on Sunday, October 8, at 12:30 where Rev. Daniel, Chelsea, and Isaac will share how you can help every month or two during Sunday worship services.
Longtime friends in a small Southern town fill the hair salon with laughter, gossip, and tears. As hair is dried, dyed, and styled, women’s lives unfold and show the meaning of true friendship. St. Matthew’s Musical Theatre Troupe will present “Steel Magnolias” on October 13, 15, 20, 21, and 22, at 7:30 p.m, on Friday and Saturday nights, and 3:00 p.m. for the Sunday performances. Ticket prices are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door and will be on sale after both services starting on October 1.
The Mission Committee is collecting sweatshirts for the children of Bowie Food Pantry clients. Cards are available in the Narthex with name, gender, and size needed. Please return your sweatshirt gift to the box in the Narthex, wrapped with the tag securely attached, no later than Sunday, October 15, so they can be distributed in time for the cooler weather.
Interested in learning how to ring handbells? If you are one of those people who have always wondered about being part of a handbell ensemble, here’s your chance. A minimum of 8 people is needed to form a new group. No previous experience is required. See Isaac for details.
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