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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 caregiver 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,
Creator God, we confess before You that we do not follow the ways of the world You created, but instead follow the ways of the world we have created, in which we put ourselves above others, that our needs and desires are more important than anyone else’s. We put worldly success, fame, and satisfaction above the needs of others, especially the people we do not see. Forgive us. Call us back into Your intention at our creation, to love others and to love You, to be good stewards of all You have given us and to participate in Your reign. Help us to turn away from the temptations of the world we have created, and to turn back to You. In the name of all that is good in Your Creation, AMEN.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
Daily Scripture Readings
Monday – Psalm 25:1-21
Tuesday – Luke 12:35-40
Wednesday – Micah 7
Thursday – Colossians 3:12-17
Friday – Luke 8:11-15
Saturday – James 5:7-11
Gospel Lesson from Sunday – Luke 17:11-19
Pastor Daniel’s continued his message of “Oops, I screwed up” today. In this passage, Jesus healed 10 men with disease. Only one of them praised God—a foreigner.
11 On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten men with skin diseases approached him. Keeping their distance from him, 13 they raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, show us mercy!”
14 When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they left, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw that he had been healed, returned and praised God with a loud voice. 16 He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus replied, “Weren’t ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 No one returned to praise God except this foreigner?” 19 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
Summer Sunday School for Adults is on hiatus on July 30 so everyone can participate in “Church on the Move”. The class will meet again onAugust 6 at 8:45 a.m. in room 125. If you missed the first class, you may still attend all subsequent classes. The last class will meet on August 27.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Church on the Move – Next Sunday, July 30th, we will have our regular garden service and then a short service at 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. After this service, it will be time to take our church on the GO! We will break up into various mission teams and have lots of projects, some requiring a little physical activity and others that just require you to come and sit as we assemble items in Fellowship Hall. Wear your new St. Matthew’s t-shirts to church next Sunday. We will be working on the following projects. If you did not sign up for any of them, show up anyway and jump right in.
The projects for Church on the Move include:
- Installing a fence at a home in Old Bowie.
- Making sandwiches and brown bag lunches for Lighthouse Shelter in Annapolis.
- Delivering treats to our local police and fire stations.
- Cleaning up trash around Bowie High School.
- Passing out water bottles on Rt. 450.
- Cleaning up a yard for community member in Old Bowie.
- Singing and doing visits at Heartfields and Brookdale Senior Living.
Visitation Ministry. Anyone interested in visiting the sick and shut in members of the church are asked to contact Rev. Nicole Colbert at 301-262-1408 or nicolecp;firstname.lastname@example.org. For inspiration, see Matthew 25:35-40.
Food Pantry’s Greatest Needs. The third Sunday each month is designated Food Pantry Sunday at St. Matthew’s. However, donations of non-perishable food are accepted anytime. Right now, the Pantry’s greatest needs are for soup, spaghetti sauce, and condiments (e.g., ketchup, mustard, salad dressing). Please leave donations in the shopping cart in the coatroom. Monetary donations are also welcome.
Make a difference in someone’s life. If you know someone in need of a church family, let Pastor Daniel know. He would be happy to talk with them. Contact him at 301-262-1408.
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.
The Fall Theatre Troupe Production is “Steel Magnolias”. Auditions are August 12 at 10:00 a.m. in room 124 (Choir Room). Contact Jackie Gerard for more details.
August 12 is also the date for St. Matthew’s at the Baysox. We will be attending the Baysox’ game against Portland. It’s also Touch-a-Truck Night! Tickets are on sale during “Church on the Move” next Sunday and also after the 7:30 a.m. Garden Service and before and after the 10:00 a.m. service.
Children’s Opportunities During Worship
10:00 a.m. – Infant /Toddler Nursery (Infant – 2 years): Room 116
10:00 a.m. – Preschool Prayschool (2 years – 1st Grade): Room 109
10:00 a.m. – Faith For Me 1, 2, 3 (1st Grade – 3rd Grade): Room 223
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.
Prayer Call – Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. Dial 712-775-7031 and enter access code 111-576-270#. Ray Orocco-John is the Leader this week.
Tuesday – 9:45 a.m. Bible Study – Room 126
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – Room 126
7:00 p.m. Church on the Go meeting – room 126
Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast – Rip’s
7:00 p.m. Simple Prayer Service – Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Guatemala Team –
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. Altar Guild Work Day – Sanctuary
Sunday – 7:30 a.m. Worship Service – Memory Garden
8:30 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
8:45 a.m. Church on the Move
8/12/2017 10:00 a.m. Theatre Troupe Auditions – Room 124
8:12/2017 7:05 p.m. St. Matthew’s at the Baysox
8/27/2017 10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Backpacks – Sanctuary
8/27/2017 11:15 a.m. Usher/Greeter Potluck and Meeting – Fellowship Hall
9/3/2017 10:00 a.m. Service on the Green
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St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
14900 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD 20715