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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,
Next Sunday, December 17, is the day the Men of St. Matthew’s prepares and serves a complete Christmas dinner to the men of the Prince George’s House shelter. There are still some openings for helpers.:
Afternoon cookers – need 2. Arrive at 2:00 p.m. and finished by 5:00 p.m.
Turkey/Ham carvers – need 2. Arrive at 3:00 p.m. and finished by 5:00 p.m.
Servers – need 2. Arrive at 4:30 p.m. and finished by 7:00 p.m.
To volunteer, contact Ray Denmark at (301)65103643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
Daily Scripture Readings
Monday – Luke 1:5-25,57-80
Tuesday – Matthew 4:1-6; 28:18-20
Wednesday – Matthew 3:1-12
Thursday – Isaiah 62
Friday –John 1:6-34
Saturday – Mark 1:8
Gospel Lesson from Sunday – Matthew 1:18-25
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. 20 As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:
23 Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a som, and they will call him, Emmanuel. (Emmanuel means “God with us.”)
24 When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. Joseph called him Jesus.
Join us for a non-traditional worship service in a nontraditional setting. Dinner Church is held every Saturday through Advent at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. There’s nothing for you to bring except yourself. Come in next Saturday and check this non-traditional way of worshipping.
Small Group Meeting. If you are interested in joining our new accountability small group but missed in turning in your interest sheet, you can still join. Our first gathering will take pace over dinner at MOD Pizza on Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. Let Chelsea know if you plan to attend (email@example.com.
Christian Book Club Meets Every Month. This month, the book is The Christmas Cantata: A St. Germain Christmas Entertainment by Mark Shweizer. It’s set in a small town in the mountains of western North Carolina. Join in the discussion on Tuesday, December 19. On Tuesday, January 16, the book for discussion will be Lamott’s short work, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. You are all invited to join us.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Partnering with Tulip Grove Elementary. Would you be willing to serve as Homework Helpers with Tulip Grove’s Homework Club on Thursdays from2:30-3:30 p.m.? Chelsea is looking for people who want to join her in getting to know some of the kids in the community. You don’t have to commit to every week. If interested, email Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitation Ministry. Anyone interested in visiting the sick and shut in members of the church are asked to contact Rev. Nicole Colbert at 301-262-1408or email@example.com. 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.
Use your gifts to be a welcoming presence for your church. Become an usher and/or greeter. God doesn’t want us to just attend church; God wants us to BE the church. Use your gifts as an acolyte, Scripture reader, or communion assistant. There are no age restrictions to any of these worship roles. Adults can be acolytes and youth can be ushers, etc. For more information and to join any of these teams, contact me at the phone number or email address below and I will connect you with team leaders.
Theatre Troupe Tryouts. Are you a beauty or a beast? Or, even a teapot, piece of silverware or a clock? Whatever you are, you are welcome to join us! Tryouts for Beauty and the Beast, our Spring play, will be on Saturday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the music room. Contact Jackie Gerard for more information.
Christmas Potluck. You are invited to our Christmas Potluck after the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 17. The Christian Formation Team will provide a ham and drinks. Bring a dish to share and get ready to share a funny Christmas story or two as we gather around the table for food and fellowship.
Children’s Opportunities During Worship
10:00 a.m. – Infant /Toddler Nursery (Infant – 2 years): Room 116
10:00 a.m. – Preschool Pray school (2 years – 1st Grade): Room 109
10:00 a.m. – Faith for Me 1, 2, 3 (1st Grade – 3rd Grade): Room 222
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#. Jody Rudd is the Leader this week.
Monday – 7:00 p.m. Gloria Ringers – Room 124
7:30 p.m. Small Group-History & Travel – Room 223
Tuesday – 9:45 a.m. Bible Study – Room 126
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – Donna Lane’s house
7:30 p.m. Mission Team -Room 223
Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast – Rip’s
9:00 a.m. EEC Holiday Music Performance – Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. Simple Prayer Service – Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Finance Committee – Room 126
Thursday – 9:00 a.m. EEC Holiday Music Performance – Sanctuary
9:15 a.m. Remember Who You Are – Room 223
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir – Room 124
8:30 p.m. SpiritMove – Room 124
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. Altar Guild Work Day – Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Theatre Troupe Tryouts – Room 124
5:00 p.m. Parents’ Night Out – Fellowship Hall
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
12:15 p.m. Christmas Potluck – Fellowship Hall
5:00 p.m. Men’s Holiday Shelter Meal
12/24/2017 5:00 p.m. Warm Nights Begins – Fellowship Hall
12/24/2017 10:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service – Sanctuary
5:00 p.m. Family Worship Service – Sanctuary
8:00 p.m. Communion/Candlelight Service – Sanctuary
12/25/2017 CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS
12/31/2017 10:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. New Years Eve Worship Service – Sanctuary
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