January 18, 2018
Come to Saturday’s Training
Leadership Training/Orientation is this Saturday, January 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note that this event is open to all interested congregation members, team members, and team leaders. If you have not done so already, please let Shameka know if you are able to make it so that there are enough brochures, breakfast items, and lunch (301- 262-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Food Pantry Update
Please do not leave collections of empty plastic bags in the shopping cart. The Pantry can no longer accept the plastic bags (paper bags in good condition are still ok). At this time, the Pantry is well supplied with everything except granola bars and canned meats (chili, stew, chicken breast, corned beef hash, etc.). Donations may be left in the shopping cart in the coatroom (or in the Narthex on the 3rd Sundays).
Grab your gloves, it’s time to play ball. Come out Sunday, January 21, in Fellowship Hall following the late worship service for a light lunch and a discussion about organizing a softball team to compete in the Bowie Interfaith Softball League. Two things to consider – it’s slow pitch, and it’s coed. Also, you don’t need to be a pro to play. For more information, contact Ray Denmark (email@example.com or 301-651-3643).
Family Movie Night
Come to Fellowship Hall this Saturday from 5-8 p.m. for a pizza party and viewing of Moana. There is no cost to attend, but there will be a collection of new or gently used children’s books (for kids in grades 1-6) for Project Transformation. RSVP to Chelsea (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday so there are enough snacks and pizza for everyone.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Beginning on Tuesday, January 23, the study will begin discussion on The Letter to the Hebrews. Please join the group to undertake reading and learning and discussing this often-neglected book of the New Testament. Class begins at 9:45 a.m. in room 126.
Grief Support Group
St. Matthew’s will offer a grief support “class” on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning January 23 and running until March 13 in room 226. If you find yourself wondering how to deal with the loss of a loved one, even a pet, consider joining Isaac for a weekly opportunity to share, learn, and be supported in a confidential setting. So that enough materials can be ordered for everyone, please let the office know by January 20 if you would like to participate.
Be bold, and be a good human. Have you already broken your New Year’s Resolutions? You don’t have to be perfect to do the right thing. Come this Sunday, 6:30-8:15 p.m., to explore some crazy bold leaders in the Bible and how they pulled it together during rough times and did the right thing.
2018 Guatemala Mission Trip
There will be two information sessions held: one on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. in room 125, and the other between services February 4 in the Parlor. The trip is June 30-July 7 and the estimated cost is $1500. We will be working with Impacto Ministry again. Email Marian Eisinger (email@example.com) or Chelsea Spyres (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details or to join the trip.
Project Transformation Book Drive
Drop off new or gently used children’s books (grades 1-6) in the Narthex now until February 4. Project Transformation is a summer literacy program for kids, partnering churches and college students with kids for summer programming. We are partnering with the site in DC. Before we can volunteer and their summer begins they are in need of lots of books. The hope is that at the end of each week every child will be able to take a book home to begin to build their personal library and keep reading long after the program.
St. Matthews History and Travel Group News
In January the group traveled to Savage in Howard County. Next, on Saturday, February 10, the group will be crossing the Bay Bridge and heading to Cambridge to the nearby Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Museum. After the tour, lunch will be at the VFW Oyster Luncheon in Grasonville. Those wishing to be part of this trip are asked to sign up in advance. Carpools will be organized in the church parking lot at 9 a.m. You can find a sign-up notebook in the Narthex. For further information, call Galen Menne (301-805-0891).
Chelsea’s Schedule for the Spring Semester (begins 1/17/17)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3:30-8:30 p.m.
Monday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Class all day, available by email
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Occasional night class at Wesley, in office 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on those days)
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: Present for Saturday church events
Know that my door is always open, but there are times when I will have a previous meeting, appointments scheduled, or time in the community for work. Send me an email or call the office to schedule an appointment to ensure that I am available. Chelsea
Thought for the Week
I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. George Washington Carver
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