November 21st News and Notes

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The Interfaith Council of Suburban Maryland will have it’s Thanksgiving Service at St. Matthew’s Methodist Church, Wednesday November 22nd at 7:30.

Greening of the Church

The Greening of the Church will be November 26th after church.  We will have a soup supper and fellowship as we decorate the church for Advent and Christmas!

Gingerbread Houses

On December 10th, we will have a Christmas activity for all ages!  We will meet at 5:00 and build gingerbread houses.  The cost will be $5.00 per house kit, as well as a bag of candy to share for decorating.  Pizza will be provided.  Sign up is required by December 6th!  You can sign up here or in the Narthex at church.

Congregational Meeting

On December 10th, we will have a Congregational meeting following worship for the election of officers for the coming year.

Christmas Movie Night

On December 22nd, the CYF committee will be holding a Christmas Movie Night.  We will have dinner and watch “Elf”.  This is a perfect opportunity for parents to do last minute shopping!  Dinner will be at 6:00 with the movie starting at 6:30.

Christmas Eve

On Sunday, December 24th, we will have two services.  At 10:00, we will have an interactive family activity telling the Christmas story!  We invite you to bring breakfast breads and casseroles to share!  At 7:00, we will have out traditional, candlelight service.  We need 8 readers for the candlelight service, if you are available, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com

 

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, November 22nd

  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, 7:30 PM, St. Matthews Methodist Church

Sunday, November 26th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Soup Supper, following worship
  • Hanging of the Green, following worship

Monday, November 27th

  • Too Busy Not To Pray, 7:00

Wednesday, November 29th

  • Christmas Play Practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, December 3rd

  • First Sunday of Advent
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School, following worship

Looking Ahead

  • November 26th: Hanging of the Green
  • December 10th: Gingerbread Houses
  • December 17th:  Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve
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November 16th E-votional

One question we should constantly be asking ourselves is “how is the church fulfilling it’s mission?”  At the most recent meeting of the Parish Board, we talked about one way the church fulfills it’s mission, the monthly “One Great Hour of Sharing” offering.  “One Great Hour of Sharing” is a good program, but it supports mission in a vague, distant, way, that most of us can’t relate to.  The board decided that to better affect how we fulfill the mission of the church, we are changing our monthly offering to “Mission Giving.”  In some ways, we have done this, previously.  We have designated the offering to go towards disaster relief, the Mars Hill mission trip, or Cure SMA for example.

The idea behind switching from One Great Hour of Sharing to mission giving is to both provide flexibility in the missions we support and to have a bigger impact on missions in our area.  We will invite organizations to come and give a “minute for mission” on the first Sunday of the month and have the mission offering go towards that program.  On December 3rd, we will have representatives from Shaw Community Center come and talk about what their organization does and the mission giving on that day will go to their organization.

This is a great way for our congregation to be more involved.  Hopefully, by having our mission giving be more local and more tangible, it will increase our involvement.  Almost as importantly, if you have a mission that you are passionate about, talk to me or a board member and we will see about having them be our designated mission giving for a month!  Any month that we do not have a designated mission, the mission giving will go to One Great Hour of Sharing as our default.

2 Corinthians 9:10 “The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”

November 16th News and Notes

Chrismons

Have you ever wondered what a Chrismon is?  How are they different from Christmas ornaments?  After worship, this Sunday, we will make Chrismons and learn more about them!  This is an intergenrational activity, so everyone is invited and welcome!  Afterwards, we will go to lunch at On the Border for food and fellowship!

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The Interfaith Council of Suburban Maryland will have it’s Thanksgiving Service at St. Matthew’s Methodist Church, Wednesday November 22nd at 7:30.

 

 

Greening of the Church

The Greening of the Church will be November 26th after church.  We will have a soup supper and fellowship as we decorate the church for Advent and Christmas!

Gingerbread Houses

On December 10th, we will have a Christmas activity for all ages!  We will meet at 5:00 and build gingerbread houses.  The cost will be $5.00 per house kit, as well as a bag of candy to share for decorating.  Pizza will be provided.  Sign up is required!  You can sign up here or in the Narthex at church.

Congregational Meeting

On December 10th, we will have a Congregational meeting following worship for the election of officers for the coming year.

Committee Chair Meeting

On December 10th, the Committee Chairs will meet following Sunday School.

 

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, November 16th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, On the Border
  • Warm Nights

Sunday, November 19th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Making Chrismons, following worship
  • Family Crisis Center Meal

Tuesday, November 21st

  • Woship Team, 4:00

Wednesday, November 22nd

  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, 7:30 PM, St. Matthews Methodist Church

Sunday, November 26th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Soup Supper, following worship
  • Hanging of the Green, following worship

Monday, November 27th

  • Too Busy Not To Pray, 7:00

Wednesday, November 29th

  • Christmas Play Practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • November 26th: Hanging of the Green
  • December 10th: Gingerbread Houses
  • December 17th:  Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve

October 26th News and Notes

 

SMA update

All the funds from the SMA walk have been calculated and sent in.  The total collected online, from One Great Hour of Sharing, and the SMA walk was $6490!  This is more tops what we were able to collect last year!  Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Consecration Sunday and Heritage Potluck

October 29th will be Consecration Sunday.  After church, we will gather together and fellowship together for a meal.  This year, we are returning to our Heritage Potluck.  Please plan on attending and bringing a dish you identify with or is part of your heritage.  You can sign up here.

Bible Study

Our adult class continues on Mondays from 7:00-8:30.  The class is “TOO BUSY NOT TO PRAY,” and is for men and women.  It meets Monday nights, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the church, ending November 27th.  Please register on the clipboard on the narthex table. You do not need purchase the book.

Creating Chrismons

On November 19th, we will have an intergenerational activity during Sunday School.  We will meet together and make Chrismons for the Hanging of the Greens the following week, learning the difference between ornaments and Chrismons, as well as what they mean.  For those who are interested, we will go to “On the Border” for lunch afterwards for a time of fellowship.

Greening of the Church

The Greening of the Church will be November 26th after church.  We will have a soup supper as well.

Gingerbread Houses

On December 10th, we will have a Christmas activity for all ages!  We will meet at 5:00 and build gingerbread houses.  The cost will be $5.00 per house kit, as well as a bag of candy to share for decorating.  Pizza will be provided.  Sign up is required!

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, October 26th

  • Ladies’ Night Out, 6:30, Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, October 29th

  • Consecration Sunday
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Heritage Dinner Potluck, following worship

Wednesday, November 1st

  • Christmas Play Practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, November 5th

  • DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (set your clocks back!)
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School, following Worship

Monday, November 6th

  • Too Busy Not To Pray, 7:00

Wednesday, November 8th

  • Christmas Play Practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, November 9th

  • Men’s Breakfast, Nautilus Diner, 7:45 AM

 

Looking Ahead

  • October 21st: Trunk or Treat
  • November 26th: Hanging of the Green
  • December 10th: Gingerbread Houses
  • December 17th:  Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve

October 25th E-votional

This Sunday is Consecration Sunday.  It is the Sunday when we ask people to pledge what they will give for the next calendar year.  Some pastors, especially in small churches feel uncomfortable talking about stewardship, especially money.  When a pastor’s salary makes up a significant portion of the budget, it feels kind of like singing for your supper.(and you know how well I sing!)  We compensate for this by over addressing other areas of stewardship, such as giving of your time or your talents, or we don’t talk about it all.  When we do this, we do the congregation a grave disservice.

Yes, financial giving is needed to keep the church afloat.  It cost money to keep the lights on, insure the building, clear the snow, pay the pastor, and pay many other bills.  We also give money to mission partners, and have mission projects such as Mars Hill, SMA walk, Christmas in April, Art and Music Camp, and so many others.  However, pledging isn’t just about supporting the church.  Pledging isn’t just a financial decision, it is a spiritual one!

One of my favorite quotes when it comes to stewardship is from Billy Graham, “A checkbook is a theological document, it will tell you who and what you worship.”  When we make a pledge to our church, we are proclaiming that church and God have a priority in our lives!  Our money goes to places that are important to us.  When we pledge to the church, we are saying the our faith is important to us.

When we pledge, we are also involving our faith in God in the decisions of our lives.  When Heather and I try to decide if we can afford something, we take into account our mortgage, our car payment, utilities, student loan payments, and all of our monthly expenses.  This includes our pledge.  By pledging, we are involving our faith in God in any financial decision we make.

Finally, when we pledge, we recognize all that we have been blessed with by God.  This is the root of stewardship, realizing that everything we have and are is because of God.  God created us, God redeemed, and God sustains us.  God has blessed us abundantly and we are called to give out of that abundance.

As we approach stewardship Sunday, spend some time in thoughtful prayer.  Think and pray about the role God plays in your life, about what your checkbook says about your relationship with God, and about all that God has blessed you with.

1 Peter 4:10 “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”

October 19th News and Notes

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat is this Saturday from 4:00-6:00.  Come out, support the community, give out some candy and have some fun!!  The more people we have, the bigger a success it will be.

Bible Study

Our adult class starts next Monday, Oct. 23rd.  “TOO BUSY NOT TO PRAY,” is an adult for men and women will be offered on five Monday nights, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the church.  Classes will be held Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, and 27.  Brenda Clyde will be teaching the class.  Please register on the clipboard on the narthex table. You do not need purchase the book.

Consecration Sunday and Heritage Potluck

October 29th will be Consecration Sunday.  After church, we will gather together and fellowship together for a meal.  This year, we are returning to our Heritage Potluck.  Please plan on attending and bringing a dish you identify with or is part of your heritage.  You can sign up here.

Creating Chrismons

On November 19th, we will have an intergenerational activity during Sunday School.  We will meet together and make Chrismons for the Hanging of the Greens the following week, learning the difference between ornaments and Chrismons, as well as what they mean.

Greening of the Church

The Greening of the Church will be November 26th after church.  We will have a soup supper as well.

Gingerbread Houses

On December 10th, we will have a Christmas activity for all ages!  We will meet at 5:00 and build gingerbread houses.  The cost will be $5.00 per house kit, as well as a bag of candy to share for decorating.  Pizza will be provided.  Sign up is required!

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, October 19th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, Red Robin

Saturday, October 21st

  • Trunk or Treat, 4:00-6:00

Sunday, October 22nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew, following worship
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Christian Spirtual Formation committee meeting, following Sunday School

Monday, October 23rd

  • Too Busy to Pray, 6:00-7:30

Tuesday, October 24th

  • Worship Team, 4:30

Wednesday, October 25th

  • Christmas Play Practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, October 26th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45, Nautilus, Crofton
  • Ladies’ Night Out, 6:30, Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, October 29th

  • Consecration Sunday
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Heritage Dinner Potluck, following worship

Wednesday, November 1st

  • Christmas Play Practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

 

Looking Ahead

  • October 21st: Trunk or Treat
  • November 26th: Hanging of the Green
  • December 10th: Gingerbread Houses
  • December 17th:  Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve

September 29th News and Notes

SMA Walk and Roll

Our SMA Walk and Roll is tomorrow.  Set-up begins at 9:00 and the walk will begin at 11:00.  There will be music, a bounce house, games, face painting, and food donated by local restaurants.  Plan to be there and donate here.

Bible Study

“TOO BUSY NOT TO PRAY,” AN ADULT CLASS for men and women will be offered on five Monday nights, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the church.  Classes will be held Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, and 27.  Brenda Clyde will be teaching the class.  Please register on the clipboard on the narthex table. You do not need purchase the book.

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat will be October 21st from 4:00-6:00.  Make plans to come out, decorate your car and enjoy our community!

Board Meeting

The Board will meet October 10th at 7:00.

Greening of the Church

The Greening of the Church will be November 26th after church.  We will have a soup supper as well.

 

 

Two Week Outlook

Saturday, September 20th

  • SMA walk
  • Set-up, 9:00
  • Walk, 11:00

Sunday, October 1st

  • Worship, 10:00, World Communion Sunday
  • Sunday School, following worship

Wednesday, October 4th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Friday, October 6th

  • Book Club, 7:00

Sunday, October 9th

  • Worship, 10:00, Dr. Rev. Karen Brown filling the pulpit
  • Sunday School, following worship

Tuesday, October 10th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, October 11th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, October 12th

  • Mens Breakfast, 7:45, Nautilus Diner in Crofton

Looking Ahead

  • September 30th: SMA walk
  • October 21st: Trunk or Treat
  • November 26th: Hanging of the Green
  • December 17th:  Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve