St. Matthew Happenings

Building life-changing relationships
with God, one another, and our community.
Acolyte/Crucifer Training
3rd grade & older
Sunday, February 23
9 am


If you are interested in learning to be an Acolyte or a Crucifer, please join us for this training.  This does not commit you to serve.  You serve when you are ready.  If you are a current Acolyte and are interested in serving as a Crucifer, please attend.  
Please join us on Ash Wednesday in the Sanctuary
Wednesday, February 26
6 pm (includes child care for infants and toddlers)
Falling Upward, A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr, will be the topic for the morning session at St. Matthew in the Mountains (March 27-29). This book offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries:  how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. 
Chris Powers will lead us and has graciously donated copies of the book and companion journal to the church for anyone who would like to borrow and read ahead of time.
(copies may be picked up and returned to the church office) 

Do you have a Greenville County Library Card?  You can listen to the audio book for free on


All women are invited to this retreat led by Brenda Blankenship – invite a friend! $15 per person (Lunch is included) Questions?
Contact Cari Treece at or 864-242-1966. 

Online registration is preferred, however there will be paper registrations forms available in Sunday school rooms, the church office and Narthex.   
Women’s Retreat Registration
Did you play basketball this year? 
Make sure you pick up your St. Matthew Basketball Cinch Bags! 

(available in the office and around the church)
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jackson Hall will be held Sunday, February 23 at 2pm at Highlands School Gym.
545 Pierson Drive, Highlands, NC.

It’s Oyster Roast time!

Join us March 14 at 6pm at Kim and Lee Geddie’s Home
(8 Ponderosa Rd., Greenville, SC 29607) for oysters, brunswick stew and chicken bog. $15/person (adults only) and please BYOB. 
The Oyster Roast is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy time together in a fun and laid-back environment, and you’re encouraged to invite friends that might be looking for a church home! Guests are welcome for free, but please include them in your RSVP. 
RSVP by March 8 to or 864-918-3747 with what you plan to eat (you can have all three!)
Thanks and hope you’ll join us!
Let’s Get Together!
Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29
Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center · 4232 Hwy 11, Marietta, SC 29661
Whole Weekend:
Individual $120.00
Family $375.00

One Night:
Individual $91.00 
Family $300.00

Saturday Only
Individual $45.00
       Family $140.00  

Half day senior discount $15.00

Price includes meals, activities
and staffing.
Children ages 3 and under are free
(Please let the church office know if cost is a problem)

Weekend Schedule
Friday Evening
Arrival begins at 5 pm, with hot dog supper at 6 pm
Saturday Morning
Adults – session led by Chris Powers using Richard Rohr’s book “Falling Upward.”
Children & Youth – fun activities with staff
Saturday Afternoon
Choose from: Tie dyeing, hayrides, fishing, hiking, board games, bobcat rides (off road golf cart), archery (limited space), slingshots (limited space), hammock hang out, gaga, bike riding
Saturday Evening
Square dancing, dance party and of course S’MORES!
Sunday Morning
9 am worship   (option to have lunch and stay later)
Don’t miss this weekend for ALL ages!
Archery & sling shot spaces are limited so register early!
Deadline to register is Friday, March 13
Register online at or scan the QR code.
If you need help registering, call the church office.
 We would like to update our list of those serving in the military.  If you have a family member serving, please email Susan or call the church office with their name and contact information so that we can support them with prayers and cards.  
Meanderers’ February Lunch  

Thursday, February 20
Brown’s Family Catering & Restaurant
101 Pebble Creek Drive, Taylors, SC
Bus will leave St Matthew at 11:00 am

Come join us for great food and wonderful fellowship!

If you are using a GPS for directions select-
“Pebble Creek Clubhouse Grille”
BBQ Fundraiser 2020


The BBQ is smoked and pulled by MSNers and comes with a vinegar-based sauce. The BBQ costs $10/lb.

Payments can be made by cash or check. 
Checks can be made out to Columbia Wesley Foundation.

We will deliver the BBQ on Sunday, February 23rd. If you will not be at church on the date of the delivery, we can put it in the freezer to be picked up on a later date.

The Methodist Student Network will return to Pedernales, Ecuador
over Spring Break (March 5th-14th, 2020) to serve in a community that was heavily affected by the 2016 Earthquake, as well as Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in May (May 11th-23rd, 2020) In Pedernales and Bulawayo, students will be operating an optometry clinic and medical clinic as well as working on local construction projects and working with children. The mission is to build relationships with our local hosts of the Evangelical Church of Ecuador, while serving alongside our friends as we share God’s love in life giving ways.

Coffee Coordinator Needed — 8:45 Worship

A coffee coordinator is needed for the early service. Refreshments are not required and a sign up sheet is located in the gym for
volunteers.  The kitchen will be closed on the Sundays that no one has volunteered to serve. If a Coffee Coordinator is not found by March 1st, then coffee service will no longer be a regular part of the Contemporary Worship Service.   Please feel free to bring your own.  Questions contact Angel King,
Greeters help welcome our guests and members each Sunday at both worship services!  We see this as an important opportunity to meet visitors and hopefully connect them with our church.  Please sign up for as you are able.  
Greeters Sign Up
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
Women’s Retreat – Saturday, February 22

Oyster Roast & BBQ – Saturday, March 14

Rebuild Upstate – March 21, May 2, July 18, November 7

St. Matthew in the Mountains – March 27-29

VBS – July 13-16

Find out more on our website

Copyright © 2020, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
701 Cleveland St.
Greenville, SC 29601
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 


This email was sent to *|EMAIL|*
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences



St Matthew UMC
701 Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Contact Us



Other Links



Job Openings

Links & Downloads


Read the Weekly Email News

Subscribe to our Weekly Email Newsletter! Enter Your Email Address:


As members of St. Matthew,
we are called to be faithful.