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.

WE WILL BE CELEBRATING the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and the 75th Anniversary of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in 2017.   Bishop Claire Burkat will be with us on Sunday, October 8, 2017; and there will be a luncheon and program at The Oaks Ballroom that day. If you would like to be part of the committee planning this event, please contact Nicole Smith or the church office.

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 MARCH, 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 March are: reading glasses and cookies (homemade are always welcome). There is a box in the hallway for your donations.

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

JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS during Lent at 7:00 PM for midweek prayer services with meditation.   Mark your calendars for March 22 and 29 and April 5.

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. We need help visiting businesses on March 25th 2017 at 10:30. Sign up in the hall across from the office.

BIBLE STUDY WITH TEMPLE SHOLOM—On Wednesday, March 22, we will be having another time of Bible study with congregants from Temple Sholom synagogue. This time, we will be meeting here at St. Matthew at 12 noon! We will continue to explore Abraham’s journey and interactions with God, as we share some of our own journeys and experiences of God in small groups. If you can attend, please let Vicar Dan know so we can plan to have enough snacks and refreshments.

PUB THEOLOGY—Another session of Pub Theology will be held at Red Iron American Pub on March 21st, at 7:00 p.m. This month’s topic will be on the season of Lent: Do you give anything up for it? Do you add positive things to your life during the season, for example reading devotions? Is there something special about Lent for you, or is it just a way to pass the time before Easter? If you would like to go, please email Vicar Dan or sign up on the sheet in the narthex so we can have an accurate head count. Hoping you can join us for food, drinks, fellowship, and discussion!

Discussion of Living Lutheran—Next Sunday, we will be having a casual discussion on some of the main articles in March’s Living Lutheran. This discussion group will meet between worship services on the fourth Sunday of each month, in the parlor. If you can, bring your copy of the magazine, since we’ll be referencing parts of it during the discussion!

FAMILY MINISTRIES BOWLING PARTY—Come join us for a fun-filled family bowling party on Saturday, March 25, from 3 to 5 PM at Sproul Lanes. The cost of bowling is $7 per person and includes shoes. Please pay and RSVP to Melissa Lavery by March 19.

OUR ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT will be held on Saturday, April 8, at 1 PM.   Join us for crafts, music, refreshments and lots of family fun! Admission is free and all children involved in the hunt must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP with the number of children by April 1 to Melissa Lavery or via the church sign-up sheet.

Happy Earth Day!  Ok…. it’s not until April but mark your calendars for April 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM.  We are going to clean up Williams Park on Powell Road by the library.  Invite your friends, because it is about the community.  There will be a lunch fellowship following at St. Matthew’s Elbert Hall or in the courtyard weather permitting.

CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR – From March 19th until April 2nd, St. Matthew will be hosting a Sparkhouse book fair for children and families! Samples of 13 books and DVDs will be on display, and you will be able to order these products and many others on order forms that we will have ready for you. So come and peruse; these books make great bedtime stories and gifts for children!

 

 

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