Announcements

Shopping on Amazon – Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the 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, 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.

WELCA is collecting plastic amber-colored or clear prescription bottles th 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 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 this month are: small toiletries (foot powder, razors, deodorant, small packets of tissues), reading glasses, yarn, crochet hooks, puzzles, and cookies.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY—Our Wednesday Bible study meets at 6:30 AM in the Library or noon in the Parlor.  There is a book and DVD component along with it. Note that it will be very, very helpful for the class participants to read a chapter of the book before each Wednesday class. So, if you plan on being a part of the class, books will be provided and can be picked up in the church office. If you have any questions about the book or the study (which is looking at the Cross), feel free to ask Vicar Dan.

BLUE JEAN SATURDAY will be on Saturday, January 13, 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.  Thank you from the Property Committee.

COME JOIN THE FAMILY MINISTRIES for a family game night!  Bring your favorite games to share (if you don’t have any, we have plenty!)  We will meet in the Parish Education Wing for light refreshments and games on Saturday, January 27, from 3 to 5 PM.  See you then!

OUR ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on Sunday, January 28, 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.

2ND ANNUAL FUN RUN PLANNING COMMITTEE—The Souper Bowl of Caring is here.  This event stocks the shelves of Loaves and Fishes and three other food pantries for about five months.  37,000 plus items only last five moths?!  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 write stmatthewfunrun@gmail.com.

COFFEE CONNECTION—Coffee and refreshments will be served after both services on Sunday January 14th.  There is a sign-up sheet on the hallway table if you would like to bake or donate something.

THE JANUARY MEN’S BREAKFAST will be held on Saturday, January 20, at 7:15 AM at The Court Diner, 140 E. Baltimore Ave., Media.  It’s a great way to start the day!

PUB THEOLOGY—Another session of Pub Theology will be held at Red Iron American Pub on Wednesday, January 24th, at 6:30 p.m. If you can join us, please RSVP via the “Sign-up Genius” or on the sign-up sheet across from the church office.

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