St. Matthew Happenings

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Building life-changing relationships
with God, one another, and our community.
At the close of Annual Conference, Bishop Holston confirmed my reappointment as pastor to St. Matthew for another year – which was my strong desire!  Since coming among you as your pastor in 2017, and becoming gradually immersed with you in the challenges the congregation is facing, I have found myself more and more wanting to join with you in meeting them.  The two biggest reasons for this, I think, are a) the character, commitment and quality of the members of St. Matthew, which is a source of constant encouragement, and b) my conviction that God is hardly done with this church yet!
                As I look back over my first two years in ministry together with you, I see that I have spent a large amount of my time involved in organizing, equipping and – hopefully – empowering the lay leadership of the church.  I saw this as necessary to helping us see the “bigger picture” of our situation, namely our need – whatever response we made to the issues afflicting our main Sanctuary facility – to enact a new “mindset” for how to go about being the church in this time and place, and so a new “model” for the shape of our ministry.  Every 21st-century congregation, including St. Matthew – if they’re actually going to “make” new disciples (and not just “recycle” them by transferring new members in) – has to put into action ways of following Jesus which might be able overcome the casual indifference, pervasive suspicion, and often caustic cynicism possessed in our era by so many (particularly of the under-40s) toward anything having to do with “organized” religion.  This, I hope, we took at least a first step in doing with the work over the past year of our “Discovery Team”, work that our newly-elected “Outreach Coordinator”, Bartley Sides, wants to help us carry through with!
                My prayer is that these new ways of being the Church, and being in ministry to our community –as it evolves – will prove to be inspiring to the point where our present members will want to give, sacrificially, of themselves and their resources to make it possible, and that those not yet members with us here will want to become a part of what we’re doing.  I firmly believe the great need of our time is for the Church to reclaim the gospel – what it means, and looks like in action, in the here and now – and to thereby “rehabilitate” Jesus in the eyes of our culture, whose name has been mercenarily used by too many, in starkly unbiblical ways, for too long.  The result has been much confusion, and people uncritically adhering to, as well as unjustifiably rejecting, Jesus and the Church.
                I close with this benediction from the apostle Paul: “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 15:5, NIV).
— Randy
Worship
Sundays: June 30 – August 11
9:00 am: Sunday School
10:00 am: Shared Service in the Sanctuary
Dress as you feel comfortable (skirt, suit, shirt, smock, slacks, shorts and summer selections)
See you soon!
Learn
Mindful Eating workshops 
Free & open to the community
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Ugandan church partnership offers free health care

The Rev. Tom Wall, a United Methodist campus minister at the University of South Carolina, brushes a boy’s teeth during a free health camp in eastern Uganda. The United Methodist Church in Uganda and the African Methodist Episcopal Church jointly sponsored the weeklong event. Wall served as the team leader of the group from the United States. Photo by Vivian Agaba, UM News.

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Registration is now open to the community.

Secure your spot now! 
July 15-18
9 am – noon
Pre K-5th grade

VBS REGISTRATION
Starts this week!
Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 – 8 pm in the Parlor
(Enter through the Sanctuary doors at the top of the outdoor concrete stairs on the YMCA side and the Parlor is on the right)
Complete Week 1 for the first meeting.

If you placed an order, you may pick up your book & study guide from the church office.  Cost is $25

It’s not too late to sign up!
Email Cari Treece

 
Connect
Do you have big ideas about the future of St. Matthew?  Are you interested in discerning our church’s identity and helping to market it to our community?  Have you thought about creative ways we can reach out to our neighbors?  The brand new Outreach Committee is searching for a few people to help steer this initiative.  We’re looking for people with big ideas who consider logistics but aren’t hindered by them.  If interested, please email Randy or Bartley Sides (bartley.sides@gmail.com).  
 
Adult Education News
 Congratulations to Zion Lewis who passed her GED. She is excited to start classes at Greenville Tech this fall. Zion and her family stayed at St. Matthew during one of the IHN weeks.
Meanderers’ June Luncheon
Thursday, June 20
11:30 am
Red Lobster
No bus available
Deadline to sign up is June 16!
St. Matthew at the Greenville Dr.

Sunday, June 30 @ 3 pm
$9 per person
Seats are in a covered section
Sign up TODAY online using the link below, or on a sign up sheet available in all the Sunday school rooms, in the gym, Narthex and office.   Online payment available or pay by check or cash.
Greenville Drive Tickets
Serve
The next DJJ lunch is Friday, June 14, from 11:30-12:30 pm.  

We will be serving approximately 35 people. The Entree will be provided by Pete’s and will probably be chicken fingers.
Desserts and sides are still needed.

DJJ food sign up
It’s time again to collect cookies and snacks to send to Baker Creek Salkehatchie Camp where youth and adult workers from
St. Matthew and other Methodist Churches will spend the week of 
June 15-22. The camp is expecting about 75 campers. Your donations help stretch the budget so more funds are available for repairing the homes. Any kind or quantity of cookies or snacks are appreciated. If you have questions call Betsy Boaze at 292-0264. All donations should be dropped off at the church office no later than
10 am on Friday, June 14.  Thanks for helping with the work of Salkehatchie.
We are currently recruiting leaders for our K5 – 5th grade Sunday school classes for the 2019-2020 school year.  This is a one hour commitment on Sunday mornings and may be divided with another leader/couple on an every other week or every other month basis.  The more positive adult role models our children have in their lives, the better off they will be.  
Please prayerfully consider serving.  It is a lot of fun!
  
Questions?  Email Cari Treece.
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Clicking on this button will take you straight to our church calendar on the St. Matthew website.  This is the most current calendar of all scheduled events at St. Matthew UMC.
Church website calendar – click here

DJJ Lunch June 14th, August 9th,
October 11th, December 13th


Salkehatchie – June 15-22

Triune Mercy Center
– June 29, August 31, November 30

St. Matthew Day at Greenville Drive – June 30 @ 3 pm

Epiphany – July 11-13

VBS – July 15-18

Rebuild Upstate  July 27, September 14

Women’s Fall Craft Event – Sunday, September 22, 2-4 pm


Women’s Retreat 2020 – Saturday, February 22, 2020

St. Matthew in the Mountains – March 27-29, 2020

Find out more on our website
 http://stmatthewumc.net/

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