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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:
Here is the latest news and activities for men of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
- “Then someone came to him and said, ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?’ And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ He said to him, which ones?’ And Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and your mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The young man said to him, ‘I have kept all these; what do I lack?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” (Matthew 19:16-22
- Not a Silent Night—Mary Looks Back on Bethlehem. Witness the life and ministry of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Mary. This study looks at the life of Jesus from Mary’s, unique perspective, starting at the very end and traveling back in time to the very beginning – the night of Christ’s birth. November 1 – December 20 in room 224. Books are $11.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- You can make a difference in the missions and ministries of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church by your prayerful generosity in planning for your giving estimate for next year. Did you know that your generous giving in the past year has sent 20 people to Appalachia to help provide people with safe and livable homes; sent thousands of dollars to Liberia to help the Liberian people during the Ebola crisis; supported mission trips to Guatemala and other areas; provided school supplies for children who otherwise would not have had any, etc? Your prayerful giving has also helped plan and implement worship services, supported our great music program, and provided children with a fantastic Bible School. These are just a few of the missions and ministries your generosity has supported. Please consider increasing your giving estimate this year. There is still a lot of people who need our help.
- The women need help from the men in doing some of the heavy lifting for the Craft Fair. Particularly, they have asked us to set up for the Fair on Friday, November 6 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Then they would like us to take down the tables and return classrooms to their original configuration following the Craft Fair on Saturday, November 7 beginning 3:00 p.m. To volunteer call Ray Denmark at (301) 651-3643 or email email@example.com.
- The Homeless are in need of blankets, sleeping bags, long-johns (M to XL), heavy socks, coats, sweaters, etc. for the upcoming winter months. For additional needed items see the bins in the coatroom. Help us prepare the homeless for the winter months.
- Beginning on November 1, we will resume the practice of having communion brought to those people who cannot attend services. If you are interested in being one of the ministers who take communion to people, or if you know someone who might want to have such a visit, please contact Isaac via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Training for those wishing to participate in this ministry will take place in the Parlor on Saturday, October 31, at 10 a.m. The training will run last about 30 minutes. Please consider this new opportunity prayerfully, and be a part of a newly revived ministry of St. Matthew’s.
- You are invited to join our next VIM team to Logan Town, Liberia in January 2016. The team will not only be working at the school and clinic but will also visit the United Methodist Women’s Education Center in Monrovia. To join the team contact Pete Saderholm at 443-994-3295 or email@example.com.
- The UMM is sponsoring a mayoral candidate forum on Sunday, November 1, 2015 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Bowie’s Mayor Fred Robinson and his major opponent Councilman Dennis Brady have agreed to participate in the forum. This is an opportunity for Bowie residents to meet the candidates for mayor and learn of their ideas and plans for the city. Local elections are perhaps more important to residents that national elections in that decisions are made locally that directly affect our lives every day.
- 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 a Wednesday morning off please join us at Rip’s at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and good fellowship.
Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. Prayer Call via telephone
Monday 9:15 a.m. Gospel of John – Room 222
7:00 p.m. Gospel of John – Room 222
8:00 p.m. Communications Team
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – Room 126
7:00 p.m. EEC Board – Room 126
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Group – Rip’s
10:30 a.m. Bible Study for Health
7:00 p.m. Simple Prayer Worship Service – Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Game Plan for Life – Room 224
7:30 p.m. Administrative Board – Fellowship Hall
Thursday 9:15 a.m. Jesus In the Gospels – Room 223
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir- Room 124
8:30 p.m. SpiritMove – Room 124
Saturday 10:00 a.m. Conversational Spanish – Room 126
2:00 p.m. Family Halloween Party – Fellowship Hall
3:00 p.m. Trunk-or-Treating – Parking Lot
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
10/31/2015 10:00 a.m. Training for Communion visitation – Parlor
11/1/2015 1:00 p.m. Mayoral Candidate Forum – Fellowship Hall
11/7/2015 10:00 a.m. UMW Craft Fair
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United Methodist Men
St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
14900 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD 20715