Help us kickoff St. Matthew potluck luncheon of international foods on Sunday, September 17, after morning worship. Just bring a dish or two of food from your favorite country or native culture along with a bit more to share. We will have fun making new friends, reconnecting and enjoying new foods and flavors.
Elizabeth is a pastor from the American Baptist tradition who currently serves churches through short-term interims. She is an advocate for children and founder of Our Courageous Kids, a foundation providing educational and enrichment opportunities for children growing up in international orphanages. She is also an author of Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility and blogs regularly at elizabethhagan.com. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, Kevin, and daughter, Amelia. Click the links below for Elizabeth's latest sermon, read her blog and get her book.
"Parables in Pop Culture"
MaryAnn McKibben Dana
This July's sermon series “Parables in Pop Culture,” is an exploration of well-known books and movies, to see where we might experience the gospel message in unlikely places. Should you want to catch up on any of the sermons you may have missed click on the week below for the PDF of the sermon.
Background: Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana. MaryAnn is a writer, pastor and speaker living in Virginia. She is author of Sabbath in the Suburbs and the forthcoming Improvising with God. Her writing has appeared in TIME.com, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today for three years. She was featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for her work on Sabbath and was recognized by the Presbyterian Writers Guild with the 2015-2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award. She is a mother of three, a haphazard knitter, and an occasional marathoner. Most importantly, she’s been a friend of Leslie’s for fourteen years!
Connect with MaryAnn at her website, The Blue Room https://theblueroomblog.org
Let us Pray: Sometimes we need reminders about the lovability of humans—our own lovability, and the lovability of others. Please help us remember that those who act out, are usually those who are themselves in crisis—needing help. Perhaps their actions are a cry for help. Perhaps their actions are a challenge to us, to learn how to be more loving of their humanity, even as we deplore their actions. Please help us to stand strong against unlovable acts, while recognizing the God-like qualities of all human beings.
St Matthew members and friends are invited to contribute to the annual school supplies drive conducted trough Interfaith Works and it Interfaith Clothing Center. Donations left in the narthex will be delivered to the Center by Betsy Witte. Cash or checks are also welcome. (see Betsy)
The top 5 items needed are: Packages of lined filler paper, tab dividers, 2-pocket folders, pencil pouches, backpacks. Other desired items include 1-subject notebooks, composition books, red and black pens, colored pencils, scissors, and rulers.
Once again this summer, St. Matthew will be running a lunch program. This exciting program works like this:
First, a counselor at Bel Pre Elementary School will identify children (children, not families) whom she feels are in serious need of supplemental food; this year we have a group of 26 who have been identified. Then St. Matthew family and friends will pack and deliver lunches to these children twice each week for the summer.
Each lunch will have a minimum of: A sandwich; a bag of chips, pretzels, etc.; a piece of fruit or an individual serving of fruit or applesauce; a dessert; and a drink. The lunch program will run from the week of June 26 - September 1. Lunches will be delivered on Tuesday and Friday.
How can you help? You can pack lunches once (or better yet, twice) a week. And then deliver them to the families. You can donate money to help purchase supplies. Or you can bake some goodies. Donate some individual bags of chips, trail mix, juice boxes, Capri suns, etc.
The children will all be from our immediate neighborhood. If you're interested in helping, please let Konni know. A schedule will be coming out soon.
It is hard to believe that the season of Advent is upon us. We have many special programs and opportunities available here at St. Matthew to help us prepare our hearts and souls to welcome that little babe, born so long ago, in Bethlehem. Of course all our programs are open to the community. Come, join us, and bring a friend.
For More information, call the church at 301-598-4400 or click the link below for our Advent Flyer
Due to an illness in our Church family
the children's Christmas Play "It's Not About A Date" will be rescheduled
Sunday, October 30
In the upper parking lot after church (about 11:30 a.m.)
Great Trick or Treating Fun in a family friendly atmosphere and sharing the holiday spirit with others. Gather your favorite Halloween candy or treat to share and wear your best costume. Decorate your trunk, hatch, or tailgate with a family friendly theme, and come share in the fun and also share the message of God's love for us.If you plan to participate, park in the upper lot with trunks facing the interior of the lot. Children will don their costumers and gather around the circle outside the Sanctuary to parade to the lot with great expectations that your trunks will offer lots of treats!
Sundays 10a - 11a
Special Services: Easter, Easter Sunrise, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Advent, Longest Night
Church School - Sunday 10a - 11a preschool through high school
Youth Activities - Camp Joy, Vacation Bible School, Overnight mission events
Discussion Groups - Bible Study, Mary Martha Circle, Study groups
Educational Gatherings - Meeting with Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin of the the Israeli Knesset, Meeting with Local Mosques
At Home: Shepherd's Table Community Food Garden, Linkages to Learning,Remembering Caring and Sharing, Stop Hunger Now meal packing event, Unified Mission Interfaith, Mid County Ministries, Dinners for Sophia House, Rainbow Place......
Globally: University of Livingstonia Foundation fundraiser for Malawin students
Presbytery: Church World Service
St. Matthew is a close knit congregation that seeks to care for one another, spend time fellowship time together and support the local community. Our care ministries include visiting teams for the ill or homebound, driving teams to help get people to services, and meal trains families in need, Throughout the year, we sponsor many events to promote fellowship such as the coffee following church services, the Easter Breakfast, Church Picnic, Dinners for Six, and the Thanksgiving Luncheon. We sponsor many events throughout the year for all generations.
- Church Picnic at the Lessig Farm Sunday 6/24 2p - 5p Bring a salad or desert
- Vacation Bible School XXXXXXX xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx
- Communion Sunday July 3rd
- Session Retreat 00/00/0000 - 00/00/0000
Weekly Standing Events
Monday Gentle Yoga 11a -12noonThursday
Choir Practice 7:30pn to 9pm
Sunday Choir Practice 9:15am to 10am