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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:
Here is the latest news and activities for men of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.
Arise, shine, for your light has come.
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth.
And thick darkness the peoples
But the Lord will arise upon you
And God’s glory will appear over you
Hope is arriving in the midst of darkness!
We wait for Christ to come again into our lives
We wait this Advent season for Christ to come in a new way
We enter this time of worship full of the Hope found in Christ Jesus
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- Here is a chance for you to make a difference to someone who has no home of his own. The Men of St. Matthew’s will be serving a full Christmas dinner to the residents of Prince George’s House, a men’s shelter, on Sunday, December 20. We need volunteers to help cook, prepare and serve the meal.
Two men to cook the turkeys beginning around 7:00 a.m.
Three more cooks to arrive at 2:00 p.m. to begin cooking the rest of the meal
Two turkey carvers at 3:00 p.m.
Four servers to arrive at 4:30 p.m. to depart for the shelter by 5:00 p.m.
- 2016 MISSION TRIP TO GUATEMALA. Marian Eisinger will be co-leading a mission team to the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala from June 11-18, 2016 and is inviting people to join her on this trip. The estimated cost is $1,600. She would like to have a team identified by January 15, 2016 so that they can work on logistics and select what ministries will focus on while in Guatemala. Contact Marian Eisinger at email@example.com for more details.
- 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.
- Christmas Stocking Project – It’s time to fill a Christmas bag with gifts for children of inmates at the Prince George’s County Correctional Facility in Upper Marlboro. The stocking tags, plastic bag, and instructions are in the Narthex on Sundays. Bags should be returned no later than Sunday, December 6.
- The Homeless are in need of blankets, sleeping bags, long-johns (M to XL), heavy socks, coats, sweaters, etc. for the upcoming winter months. For additional needed items see the bins in the coatroom. Help us prepare the homeless for the winter months.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
With the Advent and the Christmas Season fast approaching, the church has set its programs for the next month or so, all opportunities for you connect in Christ.
- Wednesdays – Advent Simple Prayer. The Simple Prayer worship serviced will be held on Wednesdays in December at 7:00 p.m. except for December 23(see below).
- Sunday, December 13 – Children’s Christmas Program. The program will be during 11:00 a.m. worship service. A Church-wide Family Christmas Potluck will follow in the Fellowship Hall
- Wednesday, December 23 – Blue Christmas. This is the Wednesday closest to the Winter Solstice , the day with the least light and the longest darkness. This service acknowledges that, for many, the holidays are not “jolly” and it can be difficult to feel “merry” at Christmas. The Blue Christmas worship provides a space to bring our struggles into sacred space and be met with a word of grace and hope.
- Christmas Eve – three services.
6:30 p.m. – Family Service in which children will present characters of the nativity as the story is told and carols are sung.
8:30 p.m. – Traditional Candlelight service with Communion. The Bell Choir will perform from 8:00-8:30 p.m.
11:00 p.m. – A simpler, more intimate service, including Communion, carols, special music, and lots of candlelight.
- New Year’s Eve – Watch Night Service. The Sanctuary will be open from 7:00-98:00 p.m. with music, scripture, hymns, and prayers folded into a simple, reflective service. Holy Communion will be offered at the altar around 7:15, 7:30, and 7:45 p.m. Feel free to drop in for 15 minutes or stay for the whole hour.
- Confirmation Parent/Guardian meeting is next Sunday, December 6 at 9:45 a.m. Eighth Graders (and those older but not confirmed) and their parent(s) or guardian(s) are invited to meet in the Parlor for light refreshments and conversation about what Confirmation is and the schedule for Confirmation class for the year. Bring your calendars with you.
- Isaac Borocz, the Choir Master, is having an open house at his home on Sunday, December 13 from 1-4 p.m. Since Isaac’s birthday is the next day, there will be a birthday cake and other festive foods.
- 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 9:15 a.m. Gospel of John – Room 222
7:00 p.m. Gospel of John – Room 222
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
8:00 p.m. Endowment Committee – Room 126
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 124
8:30 p.m. SpiritMove – Room 124
Friday Church Office and Building closed for Thanksgiving
Saturday 9:00 a.m. Altar Guild Work Day – Sanctuary
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
12/6/2015 Christmas Stockings due back to St. Matthew’s
12/6/2015 Confirmation Meeting – Room 102
12/10/2015 9:00 a.m. Christmas Stocking Stuffing – Fellowship Hall
12/12/2015 1:00 p.m. Christmas Program Dress Rehearsal
12/13/2015 11:00 a.m. Children’s Christmas Program – Sanctuary
12/13/2015 12:00 p.m. Church-wide Christmas Potluck – Fellowship Hall
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14900 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD 20715