Announcements

WELCA is again collecting plastic amber-colored or clear prescription bottles with caps but minus all labels.  These bottles will be sent to a hospital in Liberia throughout the year.  Save yours and bring them to church.  A container is in the hallway.

ST. MATTHEW is on Facebook! Like our page and receive announcements sooner!
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Shopping on Amazon – Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization selected by their customer Matthew Lutheran Church is now registered with AmazonSmile. Bookmark this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-6005341 and, when you shop at AmazonSmile, all your eligible shopping will benefit St. Matthew.

SPRINGFIELD LIONS are collecting cancelled postage stamps to be used for
therapy for Wounded Warriors. Please leave a 1/4 inch border around the
stamp. There is a box on the table in the hallway. Thank you for any
stamps you can bring in.

LOAVES AND FISHES—We continue to support the Loaves and Fishes Food
Pantry. Non-perishable foods can be brought to the church and placed in
the can in the hallway. We are also accepting new or gently used kitchen
items. Your generosity provides much-needed food products to people in
Delaware County.

DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY, WELCA is collecting items for the Welcome Church in Philadelphia where The Rev. Violet Little, founder, ministers to persons in poverty. The items needed in January are: cups, plates, bowls, plastic forks and spoons, small toiletries (foot powder, razors, deodorant, small packages of tissues and shampoo), and cookies (homemade are always welcome). There is a box in the hallway for your donations.

OUR 2017 CALENDARS are on the table in the hallway. Please help yourself.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY—All are invited to come join us at 6:30 AM in the Library or 12:00 Noon in the Parlor.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER GROUP meets each week after Bible Study at 1:30 PM.

THE JANUARY MEN’S BREAKFAST will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 7:15 AM at The Court Diner, 140 E. Baltimore Ave., Media. It’s a great way to start the day!

Discussion of Living Lutheran—On January 22nd, we will be having a casual discussion on some of the main articles in January’s Living Lutheran. It will be held between worship services on the fourth Sunday of each month, in the parlor. If you can, bring your copy of the magazine with you, since we’ll be referencing parts of it during the discussion!

OUR ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on Sunday, January 29, following the 10:15 AM service. Confirmed members who received communion here at St. Matthew and made a recorded financial contribution to the ministry of St. Matthew are eligible to vote and are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting.   If you have a question about your status, please contact the church office. We are not mailing the Annual Report.   There will be copies available on the table in the hallway.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING—“A hungry monkey will not dance.” (Turkish proverb) Neither will a child.   A child is the face of hunger in our nation, state and county.   Please remember the SOUPER BOWL OF CARING with distribution of flyers on Saturday, January 28, (begin at 10:00 with prayer at St. Matthew) and followed by collection the following week (February 4) beginning at 9:30.

“for I was hungry and you gave me food”     Matthew 25:35

We are compelled by our Faith to do our best.   Many hands are needed.   Please contact Natalie Rees Berry (natberry@rcn.com / 484 844 3417 / mailbox in the office) if you are new and able to help, or cannot fulfill a role that you have had in the past. We especially need the young and “fleet of foot” to move from vehicles to doorsteps. Only Our Lord could multiply loaves and fishes but we can, at least, fill the shelves for a few months.

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