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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:
Our next UMM meeting is Sunday, October 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be discussing the future direction we want to take with the Men’s Ministry at St. Matthew’s. Please plan to attend. Lunch will be provided. More to come on this meeting next week.
CROP walk is next Sunday, October 2. Either plan to walk or support a walker. Make checks out to “CWS/CROP” and drop it in the offering plate or give it you a walker. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Bowie Food Pantry.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- 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
- Church-Wide study to explore Grace through Giving. The program begins next Sunday in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday School hours. This class will take the place of our other Adult Sunday School classes. Come for small group discussion and exploration about what it would look like if we started to look at money differently than we do now. The study books are being provided by the church. Let Chelsea know soon if at email@example.com if you plan to attend so she can order the materials.
- UMM Gathering 2016. The Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Men will be gathering at the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The theme is “Uniting Men in Ministry. Rev. Rod Hairston, Life Coach and Chaplain for the Baltimore Ravens will be keynote speaker. The church is located at 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20792. Early bird cost of tickets is $30; $35 after September 15. Tickets can be ordered online at UMMGathering.com or by calling Cary Montgomery at 240-381-5914.
- Daily Scripture Readings
Monday – 1 Kings 17
Tuesday – Luke 12:1-21
Wednesday – Luke 12:22-32
Thursday – 1 Timothy 6:1-19
Friday – 2 Corinthians 10:1-18
Saturday – Philippians 4:10-19
- The October Church Camping Trip is in danger of being canceled. The trip, scheduled for October.7-10, may be canceled due to shortage of campers. If you have not already contacted Jody Rudd (firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-262-5127) or email@example.com to say you will be attending, please do so by September 30th.
- 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.
- Musical Theatre Troupe performance of “Phantom of the Country Opera” coming in October. Performances are October 14, 15, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and October 16 and 23 at 3:00 p.m. Cost is $8 ahead of time and $10 at the door. Get your tickets after each service outside the Fellowship Hall.
- 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.
- Charge Conference 2016. St. Matthew’s annual meeting with the District Superintendent is on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Bowie United Methodist Church. All members of the Administrative Board, Council On Ministries, and interested people and members of the congregation are invited to attend.
Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. Prayer Call-dial 712-775-7031 and enter access code 111-576-270#.
Monday 9:15 a.m. Acts of the Apostles: Into the World – Room 222
7:00 p.m. Gloria Ringers – Room 124
7:00 p.m. Acts of the Apostles: Into the World – Room 222
Tuesday 9:45 a.m. Bible Study – Room 126
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – 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 – Room125
Thursday 9:15 a.m. Christian Believer – Room 126
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir – Room 124
8:30 p.m. SpiritMove – Room 124
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship – Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Church-Wide Adult Study: Earn. Save. Give – Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
1:00 p.m. CROP Walk
10/9/2016 12:30 p.m. UMM Quarterly Meeting – Fellowship Hall
10/12/2016 7:30 p.m. Administrative Board – Sanctuary
10/15/2016 9:00 a.m. Baltimore Washington Conference UMM Gathering – First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville
10/16/2016 3:00 p.m. Annual Charge Conference at Bowie UMC
10/29/2016 9:00 a.m. Council On Ministries
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