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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,
I commit to understanding myself as abundantly gifted in this world: in faith, in curiosity, and in humanity. To understand that I have been endowed with gifts that make a difference. I commit to being generous with my finances, my faith, and my friendship to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. AMEN
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 gives 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.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
Daily Scripture Readings
Monday – Exodus 3:7-22
Tuesday – Jeremiah 31:23-34
Wednesday – 1 Samuel 18:1-5
Thursday – Hebrews 8:1-12
Friday –Hebrews 13:1-21
Saturday – John 15:1-17
Gospel Lesson from Sunday – Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. 20 Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. 21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Attend an Adult Study that looks at the World from a Christian Perspective. What are your concerns? What does God require of us? Topics will be chosen from ideas chosen by the group. All adults are welcome. Carol Miller leads the group on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in room 222.
The Christian Book Club will meet on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in room 125. The Club is discussing the book, “Sacred Relationships: Biblical Wisdom for Deepening Our Lives Together”, by Rabbi Michael Barclay. The November meeting will be on November 21 and the book is “An Altar in the World”, by Barbara Brown Taylor.
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 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.
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 next session of “Children of Abraham,” is next Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our focus is on panel discussions of issues that separate the three great religions and how we can come together to solve these issues. Sponsored by the Bowie Interfaith Coalition, the Children of Abraham is open to participants from any faith, and is organized to introduce some of the basic elements of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith traditions through the lenses of interfaith discussion and understanding.
The UMW Craft Show is Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Time to do some early Christmas shopping.
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be at St. Matthew’s on November 22 for a preventive health event. To register for this event, and to receive a $10.00 discount off any package priced above $129.00, call toll free 1-888-653-6441 or visit http://livelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word “circle” to 797979.
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#. Ray Orocco-John is the Leader this week.
Monday – 7:00 p.m. Gloria Ringers – Sanctuary
700 p.m. Nominations and Leadership Development – Room 126
Tuesday – 9:30 a.m. SEALs Team
9:45 a.m. Bible Study – Room 126
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – Room 126
6:00 p.m. Confirmation Class – Room 222
7:00 p.m. Christian Book Club – Room 125
Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast – Rip’s
7:00 p.m. Simple Prayer Service – Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Administrative Board – Room 124
Thursday – 9:15 a.m. Remember Who You Are – Room 223
7:00 p.m. Children of Abraham – Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Choir – Room 124
8:30 p.m. Spirit Move – Room 124
Friday – 11:00 a.m. June Mathis Memorial Service – Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. “Steel Magnolias” Performance – Fellowship Hall
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. Altar Guild Work Day – Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. “Steel Magnolias” Performance – Fellowship Hall
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m. New Members Class – Room 226
11:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
3:00 a.m. “Steel Magnolias” Performance – Fellowship Hall
10/28//2017 11:00 a.m. Trunk or Treat – Fellowship Hall
11/4/2017 10:00 a.m. UMW Craft Show
11/7/2017 7:00 p.m. Annual Church Conference – Various Rooms
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