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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 care-giver 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:
The Men’s Service Group needs – – – WORK. If you know of anyone who needs help with repairs around their house and who can’t do it themselves or don’t have anyone to help them, contact Carl Long (email@example.com) or Rick Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org). We can’t promise that every task or project will be completed, but we will help those as our resources allow.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- Help a Guatemalan child. On May 8, you can become a prayer friend and provide a new shirt for a child. Look for more information in the Circuit Rider of email Marian Eisinger email@example.com.
- The Bowie Food Pantry, is a major mission program you support. The pantry is in need of canned meats, corned beef hash, cereal, granola bars, canned fruit, and soup.
- Join the Usher Team: Be the one who helps others have a meaningful experience with God by providing a warm, friendly atmosphere for growth, comfort, and meditation during worship. Join the team. See any usher about signing up.
- 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.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
- There are many opportunities to Connect in Christ at St. Matthew’s. From Sunday worship, to adult education classes, to United Methodist Men events, to helping out in our mission work. There are opportunities for everyone to fit into your available time and particular skills, gifts, and interests.
- If you’re not afraid to speak in public, then sign up to be a liturgist and read Scripture. Signup sheet is in a kiosk in the Narthex.
- AND, if you are unable to attend a Sunday worship service for any reason, Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. is a good option. A half-hour Simple Prayer service with hymns, Scripture, and prayer—no sermon.
- Confirmation Potluck is Saturday, May 14. Confirmation is the moment when our children accept for themselves the promises their parents made for them when they were baptized. Join the rest of the congregation at the Confirmation Potluck. It starts at 4:00 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall.
- Congregational and Community Workshop. The Serving Our Service Members Group will be holding a s\workshoon Saturday, May 21 to discuss issues affecting members of our armed services who have “borne the brunt of battle”. Service members who are returning to civilian life are confronted with feelings and emotions that are much different from those who have not shared their experiences. This seminar is meant for members of the church as well as civic, community, and business leaders, to bring a greater awareness of these issues and how to deal with them. The seminar is free and everyone is invited to attend. Stay tuned for more information.
- Despite the weather and/or the season, the Men’s Wednesday Morning Breakfast is always in session and open to all. If you ever have a Wednesday morning off, please join us at Rip’s at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and good fellowship.
Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. Prayer Call-dial 712-775-7031 and enter access code 111-576-270#.
Monday 9:30 a.m. Merry Methodists (M&M’s) – Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Gloria Ringers – room 124
Tuesday 9:45 a.m. Bible Study – Room 126
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – Room 126
7:00 p.m. Membership Team – Room 223
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Group – Rip’s
10:30 a.m. Bible Study for Health – Room 125
7:00 p.m. Simple Prayer Service – Sanctuary
Thursday 9:15 a.m. Jesus In the Gospels – Room 223
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir – Room 1234
8:30 p.m. SpiritMove – Room 124
Saturday 8:00 a.m. Boy Scout Troop 1249 Garage Sale – in front of church
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Church School
9:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship – Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
5/13/2016 7:00 p.m. Movie Night for Adults – Fellowship Hall
5/14/2016 4:00 p.m. Church-wide Confirmation Potluck – Fellowship Hall
5/15/2016 11:00 a.m. Confirmation
5/21/2016 9:00 a.m Congregational and Community Workshop – Fellowship Hall
6/12/2016 Rev. Kathy Wadsley’s Retirement Celebration
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St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
14900 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD 20715