St. Matthew’s Gears Up for the Easter Eggstravaganza April 15

St Matthews’ Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday April 15th  – 10 am to noon

The eggcitement will include:

 Balloon clowns, bounce house, games, egg coloring and tattoos.

 Easter Egg hunts for the children, divided into three age groups. So bring your children, their basket, your camera and join in a morning of fun for children up to age 10.

 Easter Eggstravaganza Help Needed

Youth & Adult Volunteers Needed To Help With This Morning of Fun For The Children.

Just to name a few….

Set Up  * Decorating  *  Hunt  *  Snacks  *  Egg Coloring 

Bounce House/Games   *  Clean Up

You will find the signup sheet on the bulletin board in front of the office or you can contact Cheryl Wheeler @ cherly756@yahoo.com

Ministry Opportunity–We are also looking for someone hearing the call to chair this event next year. If that is you please contact Cheryl so you can shadow her this year to be ready for next year.

Donations Needed To Fill Eggs

Donations of individually wrapped candy, stickers or small toys needed by Sunday April 9th to fill over 1200 eggs to be used for the hunt.

Look for a basket in the narthex for your donations.



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Holy Week and Easter Services Schedule

SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH – PALM SUNDAY 8:00 A.M. AND 10:30 A.M. blessing of the palms and outdoor procession led by the youth, and enactment of the Passion Story.  Incense at both services.
SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION & HEALING – Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.
A quiet service of meditation and Taize music with prayers at the altar for reconciliation and healing.

HEALING EUCHARIST – Wednesday, April 12, at 10:00 a.m.

MAUNDY THURSDAY – April 13, at 7:30 p.m. – Hand & Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar followed by the Vigil at the Altar of Repose. The congregation is invited to sign up for one or more time slots on the Vigil poster in the narthex, to watch with Christ as the disciples did in the garden. Please note you do not have to be signed up to come and watch. All are invited to visit the Altar of Repose in the Coil Chapel as they are able.

GOOD FRIDAY – April 14th
Stations of the Cross at 11:30 a.m.
Good Friday Service with music at 12 noon
Stations of the Cross at 6:45 p.m.
Good Friday Service 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH – EASTER VIGIL AT 7:30 P.M. (with incense)
First Eucharist of Easter (with baptism). The congregation is invited to bring bells (small to medium sized) to ring at the Gloria as we celebrate the Resurrection at the first Eucharist of Easter.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH – EASTER DAY 8:00 A.M. AND 10:30 A.M. (with incense both services)
The Sunday of the Resurrection.  Bring flowers from home or use those provided to flower the Cross during each service.



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Lenten Programs At St. Matthew’s

Sunday Small Groups—9:30-10:15 a.m., starting in the Parish Hall (Mar 5, 12, 19, 26)

For Lent, we will be forming many intentional small groups for discussion and encouragement to live out Lenten faith practices.  Each week, we will introduce a Lenten practice for the first 10 mins or so, and then participants will break out into small groups to discuss how it applies to our lives as Christians, and to care for one another and encourage each other.  Topics include:

March 5th—An introduction to Lent and The Practice of Fasting

March 12th—The Practice of Study: How to Read Scripture and get something out of it

March 19th—The Practice of Service and Giving

March 26th—The Practice of Prayer and Journaling

If you missed last week, not to worry!  You can still jump right into a small group, and we’d love to have you!

 

Wednesday “Just Eating”—6:00-7:00 p.m., Parish Hall (Mar 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr 12)

“Just Eating” is a program about how our faith inspires reflection and intentionality when it comes to food.  “Just” can mean “only,” but it can also mean “right” or “fair.”  The     program explores how we can live out our faith through how we eat, including how food impacts our own bodies and our communities, both locally and globally. Each program will include a simple meal (Soup and Salad) that highlights the themes of justice around our food practices. Topics are below:

March 8th—Food as Sacramental (Eucharist)

March 15th—Food as Nutritional (Nurturing the Body)

March 22nd—Food as Global (World Hunger)

March 29th—Food as Environmental

April 5th—No programs due to Spring Break

April 12th—Food as Communal (Creating Community)

 



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March 2017 Bulletins, Announcements, and Friday Emails

March 26, 2017 – The Fourth Sunday in Lent Announcements

March 26, 2017 – The Fourth Sunday in Lent 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

March 19, 2017 – The Third Sunday in Lent 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

March 19, 2017 – The Third Sunday in Lent Announcements

March 12, 2017 – The Second Sunday in Lent 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

March 12, 2017 – The Second Sunday in Lent Announcements

March 5, 2017 – The First Sunday in Lent 8 and 10.30 a.m.

March 5, 2017 – The First Sunday in Lent Announcements

March 1, 2017 – Ash Wednesday Service

 

March 19 2017 Weekly Email

March 12 2017 Weekly Email

March 5 2017 Weekly Email



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Ash Wednesday Services

Come begin a holy Lent.

7:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.

 

For other Lenten programs at St. Matthew’s, please click here.



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Lenten Programs at St. Matthew’s Begin Sunday, March 5

1. Sunday Mornings Small Groups9:30-10:15 a.m., starting in the Parish Hall (Mar 5, 12, 19, 26) For Lent, we will be forming many intentional small groups for discussion and encouragement to live out Lenten faith practices. Each week, we will introduce a Lenten practice for the first 10 mins or so, and then participants will break out into small groups to discuss how it applies to our lives as Christians, and to care for one another and encourage each other. Topics of Lenten discipline will include service, study, fasting, and prayer practices like journaling, solitude, and confession. In order to intentionally create Christian community, participants will remain with their same small group throughout the 4-week Lenten program. To sign up to participate in a small group, please contact Sally Ulrey at stmattsyouth@bellsouth.net .

2. Wednesday Evenings “Just Eating”6:15-7:00 p.m., Parish Hall (Mar 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr 12) “Just Eating” is a program about how our faith inspires reflection and intentionality when it comes to food. “Just” can mean “only,” but it can also mean “right” or “fair.” The program explores how we can live out our faith through how we eat, including how food impacts our own bodies and our communities, both locally and globally. Each program will include a simple meal (Soup and Salad) that highlights the themes of justice around our food practices. Interested? Email Sally Ulrey at stmattsyouth@bellsouth.net (this will help us know how many to prepare for).



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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Food will be served from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Before Lent begins, come enjoy tasty food (all-you-can-eat pancakes and breakfast food) and enthusiastic service as the youth of our parish wait on you.
A love offering will be taken and the proceeds will go to help support the youth’s work in raising money to aid the hungry!
Youth, please arrive at 5:30 to help set-up!
Burning of the Palms will follow the supper at 7:00 p.m. to prepare the ashes for Ash Wednesday services the next day.



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March 2016 Bulletins and Announcements

March 27, 2016 Easter Day Service 8 and 10.30 am

March 26, 2016 Vigil of Easter

March 25, 2016 Good Friday 7.30 PM with Faure Requiem

March 25, 2016 Good Friday 12 noon

March 24, 2016 – Maundy Thursday

March 22, 2016 Reconciliation and Healing Service 7.30pm

March 20, 2016 – Palm Sunday

March 13. 2016 -The 5th Sunday in Lent

March 6. 2016 -The 4th Sunday in Lent

 

 

 



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Cafè Theology

Cafe Theology

Facilitator: Mother Liz
Location: York Room
Mother Liz invites you to join her  in a new program beginning this Lenten season.     
The first series of Café Theology continues on the following Saturdays, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.: March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 14 and May 21.  The book we are using for this class is “Did God Kill Jesus?”, by Tony Jones.  Information about this book can be found at the Barnes and Noble web site or the Amazon website. 



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