DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS
Mon. – Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Wed. – Hebrews 2:1-18 Fri. – Colossians 3:1-17
Tues. – Joshua 24:14-28 Thur. – Philemon 8-21 Sat. – Romans 12
Today: March 26, 2017
3:00 p.m. Performance “State Fair” Fellowship Hall
Ticket Sales for “State Fair” on sale after each service – Fellowship Hall
This Week: March 27 – April 1, 2017
Mon 7:00 p.m. Gloria Ringers Room 124
Tue 9:45 a.m. Bible Study & 11:00 Angel Gang Room 126
7:00 p.m. “Roll Down Justice” Lenten Study Room 126
7:00 p.m. Board of Trustees Room 125
Wed 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast at Rip’s in Bowie
12:15 p.m. Lenten Mid-Day Simple Prayer Sanctuary
6:00 p.m. Lenten Soup and Salad Fellowship Hall
6:45 p.m. Lenten Spiritual Practice Fellowship Hall
7:30 p.m. Simple Prayer for Lent Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Theatre Troupe Rehearsal Fellowship Hall
Thur 9:15 a.m. Christian Believer Room 126
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir & 8:30 p.m. SpiritMove Room 124
Fri 7:30 p.m. Performance “State Fair” Fellowship Hall
Sat 9:00 a.m. Confirmation Class – Day in D.C.
9:30 a.m. UMW &UMM Lenten Brunch Fellowship Hall
10:30 a.m. Priscilla Hamilton Visitation & Funeral Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Performance “State Fair” Fellowship Hall
Mark Your Calendar
Sun Apr 2 12:30 p.m. Lunch at Allen Pond Park in Bowie
Sun Apr 2 3:00 p.m. Final Performance “State Fair” Fellowship Hall
Sun Apr 9 12:00 p.m. Church potluck and retreat Fellowship Hall
Sun Apr 9 12:00 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt Garden
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
YOUTH GROUP – REMINDER! No Confirmation or Youth Group Tonight! After a weekend together at our retreat at Camp Pecometh, there is no confirmation or youth group tonight! Do your homework, spend time with your family, take a nap, but don’t show up to the church or you will be one sad youth!
LUNCH IN THE PARK – NEXT Sunday, April 2, join us after the 11:00 a.m. service for a few hours at Allen Pond Park. This is a first for us but will be continuing each month on the 1st Sunday of the month. Bring a change of clothes to church, pack your lunch and come as a family as we run around and have fun at the park!
EASTER EGG HUNT – Have no fear, even with the church potluck and retreat meeting the Easter Egg Hunt is on! It will look a little different this year than in years past, but join us after the 11:00 a.m. service on April 9th as we hunt outside for eggs. Then join us inside with a dish to share for lunch with the rest of the congregation!
“STATE FAIR” PERFORMANCES HAVE STARTED!! – Shows will be performed TODAY, March 26 at 3:00 p.m., and next weekend March 31 April 1 and 2 in Fellowship Hall. Tickets will be on sale after each service. Prices are $8 ahead of time and $10 at the door. Children 12 and under are $5. Tickets are also available for purchase in the church office.
LENTEN BRUNCH FOR ALL ON APRIL 1 – The United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Men cordially invite all women and men of the church to attend a Lenten Brunch on Saturday, April 1, at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please join us for a delicious meal, Christian fellowship and reflection on Lent. Babysitting will be available at no charge; a freewill offering will be taken. For further information, please contact Linda Cooper or Ray Denmark.
EASTER FLOWERS – The Altar Guild is offering flowers to beautify the sanctuary this Easter. Dedications may be made in honor or memory of a loved one or special person.
Azaleas (pink or white) $16.50
Hydrangeas (pink or blue) $17.50
Special flower envelopes and donation forms are available by the flower book in the narthex. Please fill out the form including the type and color of plant and the dedication message. Please PRINT CLEARLY. Enclose the donation form and cash or a check payable to St. Matthew’s in the envelope. Place the envelope in the offering plate or drop it off in the church office. Deadline for ordering will be Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Contact the church office at (301) 262-1408 with any questions.
RETREAT IS COMPLETE! SO NOW WHAT?! – Towards the end of the church-wide vision retreat it was clear that we needed more time together as a large group to plan next steps and organization moving forward. We invite you to join us on Sunday, April 9th following the second service for a potluck and meeting session. We will have the potluck from 12:15 – 1 p.m. and then meet as a large group and in our six ministry areas from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Even if you did not participate in the retreat we hope you will join us for the afternoon. The six ministry areas that came out of the focus areas were Leadership Development and Engagement, Worship and Spiritual Development, Multigenerational Involvement, Welcome and Connection, Mission, and Outreach. We hope you will join us for the afternoon and join one of these teams as we plan some concrete next steps for St. Matthew’s! Don’t forget to bring a dish to share!
LENTEN CLASS FOR ADULTS – “Roll Down, Justice” – Continues on Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m. in room 126. Join us as we reflect on music written by Mark Miller and how we are called to follow Micah 6:8 to do justice.
SOUP, SALAD, LENTEN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AND SIMPLE PRAYER – We will begin with dinner from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Following dinner we will explore a different spiritual practice as a group from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. and have Simple Prayer from 7:30 -8:00 p.m. Children are invited to join as many of the sessions will be interactive including movement, prayer through painting, music, and reflection.
WEDNESDAY MID-DAY PRAYER THROUGH LENT – Wednesdays through Lent, join us in the Sanctuary for a short mid-day prayer time beginning at 12:15 p.m. This service will be simple but a great time to take a few minutes of quiet and to “center” in the middle of the week.