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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.
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 Your Help, This is the time of the year when donations to the Bowie Food Pantry are low; therefore, your help is needed in replenishing the shelves with all non-perishable foods. You can help by donating canned items such as fruit, meats and soups. The pantry also needs rice, pasta sides, peanut butter, jelly, and desserts. All items can be placed in the shopping basket located in the coatroom.
- School for Supplies Bowie Food Pantry. Donations of school supplies are needed by the Bowie Food Pantry to fill over 125 backpacks with the supplies required by each individual student’s school. Please bring any of the following needed items by Sunday, July 31: 3 ring binders (3”, 1”) – new or nearly new; new backpacks; marble composition books (all colors); 24-count crayons; 3– and 5– subject notebooks; jumbo/large book covers; large/small glue sticks (NO COLORS); subject dividers; new 2-Pocket folders, (especially plastic); compasses/protractors; rulers, plastic w/inches & metric; flash Drives (any size); pocket dictionaries; colored pencils; quart/gallon Ziploc bags; pens (blue and red); zippered pencil pouches; Post-it Notes (all sizes); erasers; highlighters; scissors; #2 pencils; dry erase markers; reinforcement rings; clipboards; staple removers; construction paper.
- 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
- Next UMM luncheon and meeting is Sunday, July 31 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Chelsea Spyres, our new Christian Formation director will be our special guest. Come out and meet Chelsea. As usual, lunch we will have lunch first.
- 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. Join us in room 126 next Sunday for the next study.
- Daily Scripture Readings.
Monday – Psalm 44:1-8
Tuesday – Isaiah 41:1-10
Wednesday – Hebrews 10:19-25
Thursday – Revelation 21:1-8
Friday – 1 Corinthians 1:9
Saturday – Hebrews 6:13-20
- 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 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. 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.
- Fall Production Auditions. Auditions are set for the St. Matthew’s Musical Theatre Troupe’s fall production – “The Phantom of the COUNTRY Opera”. It’s similar, but not quite what you think you know about that “other” Phantom. Come find out more at auditions onAugust 6 at 10 a.m. in the music room. Contact Jackie Gerard if you have any questions, or if you are interested but can’t get to auditions.
- 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#.
Monday 7:30 p.m. Endowment Committee – Room 125
Tuesday 9:45 a.m. Bible Study – Room 126
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – Room 126
7:00 p.m. Board of Trustees – 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. Hospitality Team
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
11:30 a.m. UMM Luncheon and meeting – Fellowship Hall
9/4/2016 10:00 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service – Sussex Park
9/4/2016 11:15 a.m. Church Picnic Potluck – Church Parking Lot
9/10/2016 8:00 p.m. Boys Night Out – Old Bowie Town Grille
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Bowie, MD 20715