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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.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY PERENNIAL PLANTS OR BULBS they would like to donate to St. Matthew, please contact Bill Kobasa.
DURING THE MONTHS OF OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER, 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 these months are: hot chocolate, coffee, tea, artificial sweeteners, socks, paper products (cups, plates, bowls), plastic forks and spoons, drawing pads, pens, colored pencils, drawing paper and cookies.
WE WILL BE PRINTING A NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY in the near future. If you have a new address, telephone number or email address, please contact Janice at 610-543-8700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY meets at 6:30 AM in the Library or noon in the Parlor. All are welcome!
WEDNESDAY PRAYER GROUP meets at 1:30 PM following Bible Study. If you are interested in a brief mid-week time of prayer of approximately 50 minutes, you are invited and welcome to attend as your schedule allows.
THE DELAWARE CONFERENCE GATHERING OF WOMEN OF THE ELCA will take place on Saturday, October 21, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 535 Lamp Post Lane, Aston, PA 19014. Registration is at 10 AM, followed by brunch and the meeting at 10:30 AM. Members of the Triennial Team will speak on “A Trip to Triennial”.
CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR INCARCERATED PENNSYLVANIANS—For a second year, we will be getting in the Christmas spirit early this October! On the 22nd and 29th of this month, we will be sharing the love of God with incarcerated men and women. In the hallway will be a table where you can write Christmas cards wishing these men and women the peace and joy of God. We hope you will take this opportunity to be a blessing to those who may be having a difficult holiday season.
SPECIAL CHOIR REHEARSALS – To prepare for the Delaware Conference Reformation Celebration on Sunday, October 29th, there will be two special combined choir rehearsals. We will be inviting the choirs and singers from the other churches in the conference to join our regular choir rehearsals on both Thursday, October 19th and Thursday, October 26th at 7:00. These rehearsals are open to all singers, not just our choir members. We will be rehearsing the anthems and the hymns for that service. Singers, I invite you to be a participant in this historic event by being part of this combined choir. Please see Pat McHugh if you have any questions.
JOIN US FOR A HAYRIDE to the Friendly Witches’ House, Roasting Marshmallows and Apple Cider at Linvilla Orchards on Monday, October 23, at 5:45 PM. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Tickets are $9 per person—money is due to Nicole Smith by October 22. Sign up on the table in the hallway or text/call Nicole Smith 610-416-1854.
PUB THEOLOGY—Another session of Pub Theology will be held at Red Iron American Pub on October 25th, at 7:00 p.m. We will be talking about the Reformation and the theological claims that drove it. Do they have any relevance for us today? We hope you can join us! Please RSVP via the “Sign-up Genius” or on the sign-up sheet across from the church office.
“WORSHIP IN MOTION” ON OCTOBER 28TH—There will be a worship walk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the 28th of October. We will be meeting at Hildacy Farm Preserve, located at 1031 Palmers Mill Rd. in Media. Please let Vicar Dan if you would like to go, in case it needs to get cancelled due to weather. We hope you can join us for a time to connect with each other, enjoy nature, and worship God!
OUR FAMILY MINISTRIES GROUP will be holding their annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28, at 6:00 PM in Elbert Hall. Join us for games, crafts, food and lots of fun! Children and adults may come in costumes. Please RSVP to Melissa Lavery at email@example.com by October 21.
Sunday, October 29th, at 3:00 PM we will host the Delaware Conference Service to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Join us as we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s call to Re-form the Church, and the ongoing work of the Lutheran community in this area. We will note the founding date of each of our congregations as we move from 1517 into the future. This is a festival celebration featuring: The Silver Springs–Martin Luther School Choir; Sister Sally Kerr as Preacher; and a Joint choir from our Delaware Conference Lutheran congregations! The offering will go to support the work of Silver Springs–Martin Luther School. There will be a reception following the service in Elbert Hall.
This Halloween, St. Matthew will be serving as a spot for the neighborhood’s Trick-or-Treaters! We will be handing out candy from 6:00 to 8:00 on Tuesday, October 31. If you would like to help, please sign up on the hallway table.
TALK BY AN INTERFAITH PIONEER—On Wednesday, November 1st, Swarthmore College will be hosting interfaith pioneer Eboo Patel, who is best known for founding a national interfaith network of college students. At 7 p.m. in the Lang Center for the Performing Arts, he will be giving a keynote speech, “Building a Healthy, Religiously Diverse Democracy: America’s Promise in a Time of Crisis.” You won’t want to miss it; he is a truly dynamic speaker! If you are interested in attending but have questions about it, ask Vicar Dan
Discussion of Living Lutheran —Today we will be having a casual discussion on the cover article in October’s Living Lutheran. It will be held between worship services on the fourth Sunday of each month, in the parlor.