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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:
Ø Join me Wednesday, August 10 at Old Bowie Town Grille at 8:00 P.M. for BOYS NIGHT OUT. Wednesdays is Blues Jam Night at the Grille so come upstairs and enjoy some good music and good fellowship.
Ø We are planning an outdoor worship service and church wide picnic on Sunday, September 4. The worship service will take place on the field across from the library and the picnic will be held in the church parking lot. To pull it off we will need your help both at the worship service site and the picnic site. We’ll be calling on you to help. More details will follow in future weeks.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
- Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you, in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your name. Amen.
- Engage in a discussion of current events. Faithlink is a weekly topical study that
connects faith with life. Each week a different subject will be addressed. Next week, the topic will be the “Brexit”. Join us in room 126 next Sunday for an insightful look at Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union and the implications for the immediate future.
- Daily Scripture Readings.
Monday – 1 Samuel 7:18-29
Tuesday – Romans 4
Wednesday – James 1:1-12
Thursday – 2 Peter 1:1-11
Friday – Acts 12:1-11
Saturday – John 17:1-19
- Blessing of the Backpacks and More. Students, teachers, administrators, or anyone who uses a backpack regularly, bring it to worship onAugust 21 at the 10:00 a.m. service. AND, to top it all off, we will have a back to school ice-cream party in the Fellowship Hall following the service. This will also be a good time to learn about Sunday School and other opportunities for all ages this fall to connect with Christ through study.
- Worship on the Green. Once again, we are having an outdoor service on Sunday 4 (Labor Day Sunday) at 10:00 a.m. on the green strip across from the Bowie Library. This year we will have move tent coverage to keep the hot sun at bay. The 7:30 a.m. Garden Service will be held as usual.
- Church Picnic. After we worship on the green, then everyone can come over to the church parking lot for a family potluck picnic at 12:00 noon. We will have our meal in the parking area directly in front of the church. You may bring your dishes over to the church kitchen before the 10:00 a.m. service. The church will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, and beverages.
- Camping Trip in October. Save the date for the annual St. Matthew’s family camping trip October 7 – 10 to Camp Harmison in Berkeley Springs WV. For more information, contact Jody Rudd at 301-262-5127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There are many opportunities to Connect in Christ at St. Matthew’s. From Sunday worship, to adult education classes, to Men’s Service Group projects, 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. Remember, “You have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Don’t fret, we’re all friends here. We appreciate your volunteering to participate in worship.
- 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.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- West Virginia Flooding – How You Can Help. The people of West Virginia still need our help. The best way to help now is to contribute from our personal treasuries. To donate, please place a check in the collection plate or drop it off in the church office. Make checks payable to St. Matthew’s UMC with either “WV Flood Relief” or fund code 249 on the memo line.
- The Bowie Food Pantry Needs Cereal and Your Help. With 90 or more clients each week, the Food Pantry is giving out over 100 boxes of cereal. They are running low and we can help by each of us donating several boxes of cereal—all kinds are needed. Also all types of non-perishable foods are needed during summer months when donations tend to be low. All items can be placed in the shopping basket located in the coatroom.
- 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.
- St. Matthew’s at the Bowie Baysox. Join others from St. Matthew’s at Prince George’s Stadium on Saturday, August 27 for a fun-filled evening with Minor League baseball—and this team is all ours. Be there at 6:35 p.m. so you can be ready for the first pitch. Tickets are $8.00 each and can be obtained outside the Fellowship Hall following both worship services each Sunday.
- 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 aWednesday morning off, please join us at Rip’s at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and good fellowship. AND, we also make a difference in many ways.
Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. Prayer Call-dial 712-775-7031 and enter access code 111-576-270#.
Tuesday 9:45 a.m. Bible Study – Room 126
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – 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 Worship Service – Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Christian Formation Team – Room 123
7:30 p.m. Finance Committee – Room 126
8:00 p.m. Boys Night Out – Old Bowie Towne Grille
Saturday 9:00 a.m. Altar Guild – Sanctuary
Sunday 7:30 a.m. Garden Service – Memory Garden
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
8:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship – Fellowship Hall
10:00 a.m. Worship Service– Sanctuary
8/21/2016 10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Backpacks – Sanctuary
8/21/2016 11:15 a.m. Back to School Ice Cream Party – Fellowship Hall
8/27/2016 6:35 p.m. St. Matthew’s at the Baysox – PG Stadium
9/4/2016 10:00 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service – Sussex Park on Rt. 450
9/4/2016 12:00 noon Church Picnic Potluck – Church Parking Lot
9/11/2016 9:45 a.m. Fall Sunday School Classes Begin
9/18/2016 12:30 p.m. Pizza with the Pastor – Fellowship Hall
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St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
14900 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD 20715