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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,
Service on the Green is less than a month away and the church, and especially the men of St. Matthew’s, are gearing up to make it happen. In particular, we will need volunteers for the following:
Loading the church truck at church on Saturday, September 2
Unloading the truck at Sussex Park on Sunday, September 3.
Setting up tables and chairs at Sussex Park once the tents are up.
2-3 crossing guards to help people cross Rt. 450.
Returning tables and chairs to the church following the worship service.
Setting up tents, tables, and chairs for the church picnic.
Dishing out ice cream at the picnic.
Stay tuned for more information as we approach September 3.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
Daily Scripture Readings
Monday – 2 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
Gospel Lesson from Sunday – Mark 10:35-45
35 James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
37 They said, “Allow one of us to sit on your right and the other on your left when you enter your glory.”
38 Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Can you drink the cup I drink or receive the baptism I receive?”
39 “We can,” they answered.
Jesus said, “You will drink the cup I drink and receive the baptism I receive, 40 but to sit at my right or left hand isn’t mine to give. It belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.”
41 Now when the other ten disciples heard about this, they became angry with James and John. 42 Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the ones who are considered the rulers by the Gentiles show off their authority over them and their high-ranking officials order them around. 43 But that’s not the way it will be with you. Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant. 44 Whoever wants to be first among you will be the slave of all, 45 for the Human One didn’t come to be served but rather to serve and to give his life to liberate many people.”
Service on the Green is Sunday, September 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Sussex Park across from the Library. We will have our last Garden Service of the summer at 7:30 a.m. at the church, then move to Sussex Park for our regular service in an open, and hopefully, inviting, environment. Following the service, we will move back to the our church parking lot for a family picnic. The picnic is a potluck lunch with the church providing hamburgers, hotdogs and beverages. The United Methodist Men will be serving ice cream,. See the note above about volunteers to help set this up.
Annual Prayer Breakfast by the Washington East District of the United Methodist Men is Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Mt. Olive UMC, 10 Fairground Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. The theme this year is “Striving to Be Men That God Would Have Us to Be.” Breakfast begins at8:30 a.m. and they are asking for a donation of $15.00. RSVP to Washington East UMM President Cary Montgomery at 301-627-0028 orCman77@gmail.com.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
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.
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. Also, join us on August 27 following the 10:00 a.m.service for a potluck and usher/greeter meeting. All are invited to check us out and join the Usher Team.
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 22vi
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#. Isaac Borocz is the Leader this week.
Monday – 7:00 p.m. Nominations and Leadership Development Committee – Room 126
Tuesday – 9:30 p.m. Seals Team – Room 125
9:30 p.m. Bible Study – Room 126
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – Room 126
7:00 p.m. Circuit Rider Meeting – Room 125
7:00 p.m. EEC Board Meeting– Room 126
Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast – Rip’s
7:00 p.m. Simple Prayer Service – Sanctuary
Saturday – 10:30 a.m. Sandra Hill Memorial Service – Sanctuary
Sunday – 7:30 a.m. Worship Service – Memory Garden
8:15 a.m. Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall
8:45 a.m. Revelation Class – Room 125
10:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
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
8/27/2017 11:15 a.m. Ice Cream Social – Fellowship Hall
9/3/2017 10:00 a.m. Service on the Green – Sussex Park
9/16/2017 8:30 a.m. UMM Prayer Breakfast – Mt. Olive UMC, Prince Frederick, MD
United Methodist Men
St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
14900 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD 20715