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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:
Summer Worship Schedule begins next Sunday. Beginning July 3 and extending to Labor Day weekend (September 4).
7:30 a.m. Garden Service; 8:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages; 10:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary.
NOTE: only one worship service in the Sanctuary – at 10:00 a.m.
Jay Puffenbarger and I could use some help working the logistics of the Garden Service. Please contact me to volunteer. You only need work one Sunday this summer.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- The Bowie Food Pantry Needs Our 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.
- 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
- 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 – Romans 1:1-17
Tuesday – Colossians 1:9-23
Wednesday – Ephesians 1:1-14
Thursday – 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Friday – 1 Peter 1:1-9
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
- 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 for participating 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.
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.
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 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
Sunday 7:30 a.m. Garden Service – Memory Garden
8:45 a.m. Sunday School
8:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship – Fellowship Hallng
10:00 a.m. Worship Service– Sanctuary
7/4/2016 Church Office Closed
7/11-15/2016 5:50-8:00 p.m. Vacation Bible School
7/24/2016 10:00 a.m. Church 53rd Birthday Worship Service – Sanctuary
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St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
14900 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD 20715