DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS
Mon. – Luke 1:5-25, 57-80 Wed. – Matthew 3:1-12 Fri. – John 1:6-34
Tues. – Matthew 4:1-6; 28:18-20 Thur. – Isaiah 62 Sat. – Mark 1:1-8
This Week: December 10 – December 16, 2017
Mon 7:00 p.m. Gloria Ringers
7:30 p.m. Small Group – History & Travel Room 223
Tue 9:45 a.m. Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang
7:30 p.m. Mission Team
7:30 p.m. Boy Scout Christmas Program Sanctuary
Wed 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast at Rip’s in Bowie
9:00 a.m. EEC Holiday Music Performance Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. Simple Prayer
7:30 p.m. Finance Committee
Thurs 9:00 a.m. EEC Holiday Music Performance Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. Remember Who You Are Room 223
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir
8:30 p.m. Spirit Move
Sat 9:00 a.m. Altar Guild Work Day Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Theatre Troup Tryouts
5:00 p.m. Parents’ Night Out
Mark Your Calendar
Sun, Dec 17 12:15 p.m. Christmas Potluck Fellowship Hall
Sun, Dec 24 5:00 p.m. Warm Nights
Mon, Dec 25 CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS
CHILDREN & YOUTH
YOUTH GROUP TONIGHT is all Advent themed. Join us as we take a look at the scriptures around Christmas that we think are so familiar but are actually a little crazy. Come and learn something new, while playing a few Christmas themed games, and checking in with each other during this busy time of year.
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT – This Saturday, December 16, drop your young ones off at the church from 5:00-8:00 p.m. as we celebrate Parents’ Night Out. The kids will spend the evening playing games, decorating the Christmas tree in the narthex, singing songs, eating pizza for dinner, and watching a movie. There is no cost for your kids to attend but please RSVP with Chelsea so we can estimate on food and volunteers. All ages are welcome to attend.
CHILDREN SING IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday, December 17, the kids will be sharing their Christmas joy in the 11:00 a.m. worship service as they sing a few Christmas songs for the congregation. This will be in place of the Christmas play which will take place in a modified way on Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. We hope you will come to the 11:00 a.m. service next week to support the kids as we continue to prepare for the coming of Christ.
SERRV SALE TODAY! – A small selection of beautiful artisan-created handicrafts from SERRV will be available at today’s Fair Trade sale. You can also purchase your favorite fair-traded coffee, chocolate, and more. Buy items individually or create a boxed Christmas gift. This will be your last chance to purchase Fair Trade items at St. Matthews before Christmas.
GIVING ENVELOPES FOR 2018 will be available for pickup in the Parlor TODAY, then available in the church office until December 31. If you do not currently have envelopes and would like to receive a box, or if you would like to give online, please stop by the table.
CHOIRMASTER’S OPEN HOUSE – Isaac, Jeff, Pat and the three greyhounds (Grant, Baxter & Maddie) invite you to a holiday open house at their home, 6505 Alexis Drive, Bowie, MD, TODAYfrom 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please join us to celebrate the Yuletide season, Isaac’s birthday, and any other occasion you’d like! See you there!
ST. MATTHEW’S 2017 CHRISTMAS CARD PROGRAM – This year we are proud to continue with the tradition of sending Christmas greetings to our church family through a church-wide Christmas Card designed by Emily Dahl. Why not have your name listed on a St. Matthew’s 2017 Christmas Card? Your donations will help provide a college scholarship for 2 seniors from Bowie High school who best exemplify the message in 1Timothy 4:12. Deadline for donations is TODAY.
ANGEL GANG CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Donna’s house, 3613 Maureen Lane, Bowie, MD.
ANNUAL SCOUT CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE – Come join the boys in our Boy Scout Troop on Tuesday evening, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. as they celebrate Christmas with their Annual Singing of the traditional chorals and the reading of the Christmas Story. This is a great way to take a break from your hectic schedule and to spend a few minutes with your family and friends reflecting on the true meaning of the season. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 1249.
SMALL GROUP MEETING – If you are interested in joining the accountability small group but missed turning in your interest sheet, know that you are still welcome to join! Our first gathering will take place over dinner at MOD Pizza (in the same shopping center as Harris Teeter) Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. Let Chelsea know if you plan on attending (chelseaspyres@stmatthews-
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS – The Altar Guild is offering red or white poinsettias for sale at a cost of $12 each. Envelopes and dedication forms can be found in the narthex. Complete the dedication form and enclose the form and cash/check payable to St. Matthew’s in the Poinsettia envelope. Deadline for ordering is Wednesday, December 13. Contact Shameka in the church office at 301-262-1408 with any questions.
THEATRE TROUPE TRYOUTS: Are you a beauty or are you 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 held Saturday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the music room. Contact Jackie Gerard for more information.
CHRISTMAS POTLUCK – Everyone is invited to our Christmas Church-Wide Potluck after service next Sunday, December 17. There will be ham and drinks provided by our Christian Formation team. 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.
CHRISTIAN BOOK CLUB CONTINUES EACH MONTH – The December book is The Christmas Cantata by Mark Schweizer. It is subtitled “A St. Germain Christmas Entertainment” and is set in a small town in the mountains of western North Carolina. Join us for this 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. All are welcome.