Summer is vacation time and we all enjoy some time to refresh and renew.  However it a busy time this year at St. Matthew with our Property Improvement Projects and our regular bills don't take a vacation.  Please check your pledge status in Breeze or ask Terry or Glenda to give you a update.  We have fallen a little bit behind in pledge revenue (6% or $8,000) and would like to try to catch up before we get to the fall. Thanks for your help.

Paul Neal

Stewardship Committee

PIP Improvement in the Commons

IMPROVEMENT IN THE COMMONS: As many of you know, The Commons is getting a facelift this summer. The painting and tiling of the building are scheduled to start within the next two weeks. There will be stretches of time when the staff will not have access to their offices, and the classrooms will be unavailable from July 9 – 21. Please bear with us through these projects – we look forward tosharing the “new and improved” Commons! 

A Note From Our Pastor on the Issue of Immigrant Children

Several people have inquired about opportunities to advocate for immigrant children or to assist with reuniting families that have been separated at our border. The following organizations (some of them local) are working on this if anyone wants to inquire with them about volunteering or donating. The Mission Commission will continue to explore ways that St. Matthew can assist with this important work.

American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Immigrant Justice Campaign

CARA Pro Bono Project for family detention centers in TX

ALDEA – the People's Justice Center at the Berks County Detention Center in Northwest Immigrant Rights Project,

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a national non-profit organization that provides legal services to children in immigration court. They also advocate for the rights of child migrants.

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR) provides legal services to detained immigrants in Maryland and VA.

Al Otro Lado is a binational organization that offers legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico.

RAICES is an immigration non-profit in Texas that provides legal services to immigrant children and families.

Summer Lunch Program

June 26 through August 31

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 19 children from 7 different famalies who have been identified. Then St. Matthew family and friends will pack and deliver lunches to these children twice each week throughout 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 - August 31st. Lunches will be delivered on Tuesday and Friday between 10:30a and 11:30a.

How can you help? You can pack lunches and bring them to the church.  You can volunteer to deliver pre-packaged bags  to the families or better yet do both.  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. (301 598 4400 or 

The schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Time and Talent

Volunteers Needed

GREETERS NEEDED - Please sign up to be a greeter at the front door. You need to come 15-20 minutes before church and welcome people as they enter.