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.

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.

LOAVES AND FISHES WILL HAVE THEIR BOX PACKING NIGHT on Thursday,   May 11, starting at 5:30 PM. There will be no box packing on May 18. Any questions, please contact Joanne Castagna at 610-745-0566 or Eryl Roth at 610-733-1994.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – St. Matthew has been connecting lives and changing people for 75 years.  As a part of our year-long celebration, we are currently looking for your stories and thoughts of St. Matthew to be included in our 75th Anniversary Memory Booklet.  Please submit your stories to the office, Frankie Savage, or Nicole Smith.

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. The items needed in April are: tote bags with drawstrings and cookies (homemade are always welcome). There is a box in the hallway for your donations.

LUTHER 500—You are invited to attend LUTHER 500, A Layman’s Guide to the Protestant Reformation or What I Learned in Lutherland, a presentation of stories, photos, and historical insights by Steve Seyfried on Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 PM in Elbert Hall.   There will be a free-will offering to benefit the SEPA Synod’s Forward in Faith Campaign. Light refreshments will be served after the performance.

FUN RUN—If you have not heard, the Evangelism Committee is planning a Fun Run to support Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on June 3. We need a lot of help. The roles needed are traffic controllers, event registrars, water stand, parking attendants, snack stand, clean-up crew, event planners, food collectors, and more. We have something for everyone! If you want to help, please contact Mike Lavery via StMatthewFunRun@gmail.com. Also, if you know of a small business that can sponsor the T-Shirts or food, let us know.

THE FUN RUN event hosted by the Evangelism Committee will forge connections with our local community and care for the hungry by collecting donations for Loaves and Fishes during the event. Will you donate $20 for a T-shirt and to help fund this great event? Just drop your donation in a pew envelope and label it for Evangelism.

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE—We plan to participate in the Fourth of July Parade this year—what a great way to celebrate our 75th anniversary and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. If you would like to help plan this, please see Pastor Karl or Barbara Kinsey.

SOCIAL MINISTRY will be assembling breakfast bags for the elderly population who utilize the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at our May meeting. If you would care to donate items for this project, there is a bulletin board in the hallway with suggested items, along with a bin for your gifts. If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Castagna or Cheryl Morrell.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY is held at 7:00 AM in the library and noon in the parlor. All are welcome!

FIRST THURSDAY FRIENDS will gather at 11:30 AM on May 4 at La Locanda, 4989 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073.   If you plan to attend, please contact John Stefl so he can make a reservation.

TOTE BAGS AND GYM EQUIPMENT FOR BOSNIAN CHILDREN—On the 7th and 21st of May, we will have a table set up in the main hallway of the church for the ELCA’s annual mission trip to Bosnia. (See May’s newsletter for more info on this wonderful ministry!) At the table, you’ll be able to decorate and color a tote bag that will go to a child in Bosnia. We’ll also be collecting gym equipment for Bosnian schools and orphanages in need of them. These gifts mean a lot to the children who receive them!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL FUN PREVIEW—Join us in Elbert Hall on Saturday, May 20, from 3 to 5 PM while we sing and dance to our VBS greatest hits, see the trailer for the 2017 VBS, meet the 2017 group leaders and play games. Attendance is free and light refreshments will be provided.   Please sign up in the hallway by May 14.

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