Announcements

WELCOME TO SAINT MATTHEW LUTHERAN CHURCH!  If you are visiting us today, we welcome you into our community of believers and pray that God will bless you. Please sign the Guest Register in the Narthex and come to visit again.

PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE IN PRAYER for health and healing: Bennie Lybrand, Jackie Calhoun, Bill Conrad, Joe Thorn, Elizabeth McElwee, Tim Kirby, Letekidan Menghesha, Carol Arnao, Bob Wagner, Muriel Wagner, Kerry Freeman, Jeff Wesley, Janice Sadowski, Jill Smith, Donald Umbenhauer, Betty Paterson, Barbara Doyle, Jean Fisher, Rick Link, Shirley Thorn, Bob Billick, and Jenna Cirillo.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the glory of God and in memory of her parents, Harry and Cara Hite, by Paula Selbach; and in loving memory of Hollis S. Cole and Herman R. Werner by the Cole Family.

THE WORSHIP FOLDERS are dedicated to the glory of God and in memory of their parents, John and Virginia McCann and Denmen and Anna Morrell, by Steve and Cheryl Morrell.

THE PRAYER CHAIN may be activated by calling the church office at 610-543-8700.

PRAYER BOARD—Be sure to visit the Prayer Board in the narthex.  There is nothing we can do that is more meaningful than asking God to bless those in need.

ALTAR FLOWERS AND WORSHIP FOLDERS—Each Sunday you have the opportunity to dedicate altar flowers or worship folders in memory of someone, in honor of aspecial occasion, or in thanksgiving for blessings. Sign-up sheets and envelopes are on the tables in the narthex.  The cost of each dedication is $20.00.

ALTAR FLOWER DELIVERY—If you will be visiting someone who would like to receive the altar flowers, please speak to one of the people serving on Altar Guild this week.

SHOPPING ON AMAZON—Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organization selected by their customers.  St. Matthew is registered with AmazonSmile. Bookmark this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-6005341 and, when you shop at AmazonSmile, your eligible shopping will benefit St. Matthew.

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.

WELCA is 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.

DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL, WELCA is collecting items for the Welcome Church in Philadelphia where The Rev. Violet Little, founder, ministers to persons in poverty.  Items needed this month are: tote bags with drawstrings, iced tea, lemonade, bottled water, and cookies.

2ND ANNUAL FUN RUN PLANNING COMMITTEE—The Souper Bowl of Caring stocks the shelves of Loaves and Fishes and three other food pantries for about five months.  37,000 plus items only last five months?!  In an effort to extend that a month or two, we are holding our 2nd Annual Fun Run.  Last year we collected over 300 items and roughly $1,200.  The Evangelism Committee is forming a planning subcommittee in order to make this year’s event an even bigger success than last year.  With your help, we want to hit 1,000 items and $2,000.  Save the date: May 19, 2018 at 9 AM.  If you are interested, contact anyone on the Evangelism Committee or writestmatthewfunrun@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY resumes this Wednesday, April 11.  All are invited to join us at 6:30 AM or 12:00 Noon in the Parlor.  We will be studying Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

BLUE JEAN SATURDAY will be on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 8:30 AM.  We will be doing odd jobs around the church.  The more we do, the less we have to pay others to do for us. No sign-ups needed; just come. The Property Committee thanks you.

THE SPRING GATHERING FOR THE DELAWARE CONFERENCE WELCA will take place on Saturday, April 14, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 927 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, PA  19086.  The speaker will be Rev. Jen Casey, Pastor of Holy Trinity.  Registration is at 10 AM; Brunch is at 10:30 AM, followed by the meeting.

BOOK SWAP—Looking for a way to recycle loved (or unloved) books?  What better way to honor our Earth and yourself than coming to the Family Ministries’ Book Swap onSaturday, April 21, from 3 to 5 PM.  Bring your old books, for any age group, and peruse others’ to take home as your very own!  No books?  Join us anyway!  We have more than enough to share.  No need to RSVP.

Earth Day is on April 22, 2018! Immediately after the late service, the Evangelism Committee will host a quick pizza party lunch in the Christian Education Wing. As soon as we are fed, then St. Matthew Lutheran Church and friends will head down to clean up Williams Park on Powell Road by the library. Invite your friends, because it is about the community. Sign up for food in advance.

MILITARY CARE PACKAGES—Ryan Henry, a member of Boy Scout Troop 503, is working on his Eagle Scout project.  He is collecting items to be sent in “care packages” to active duty military overseas.  There is a box outside the parlor along with a full list of items being collected.  Items will be collected through April 30.

THE SOCIAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE will be collecting items for breakfast bags for the elderly clients who utilize the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry during the month of April.  There will be a bin in the hallway for your gifts if you would like to support this project.  Please see Cheryl Morrell, Marge Kobasa or Dawn Liscom if you have any questions.

PUB THEOLOGY—Another session of Pub Theology will be held at Red Iron American Pub on Wednesday, April 25th, at 6:30 p.m. We will be discussing resurrection, the afterlife, and the end of time. If you can join us, please RSVP via the “Sign-up Genius” or on the sign-up sheet across from the church office.

CONGREGATIONAL DINNER—Come join us at 6 PM on Tuesday, May 1, in Elbert Hall for a delicious dinner sponsored by WELCA.  Speakers will be Pastor Violet Little and Pastor Schanuel Steinnagel from The Welcome Church.  A free-will offering will be received.

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