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Bishop Holston extends call to suspend in-person worship through April

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, released this statement regarding the latest guidance in response to the coronavirus pandemic in our state:

My friends, I have been awed by the creative ways the churches of the South Carolina Conference have responded to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The remarkable work you are doing in service to your congregations and your communities and your outside-the-box approaches to ministry illustrate both your commitment to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and your care for one another.

Each of these innovations shows that South Carolina United Methodists understand the importance of continuing to do our part to tamp down the spread of COVID-19.

After consulting with The Cabinet, and in light of the latest information shared by public health officials, I am strongly recommending that leaders of each local church continue to suspend in-person worship services and all gatherings, meetings and events, through April 30, 2020. Recommendations about events planned for May will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Read the entire article here
Bishop L. Jonathan Holston is inviting South Carolina United Methodists and others to join him in daily prayer as we continue to navigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on our communities.
Daily prayers may also be found on the the SC Conference instagram page: umcsc and on the SCUMC Facebook page.

Join us Sundays at 11 am for Virtual Worship via Facebook Live.  If you missed yesterday’s service, you can find it along with the previous week’s services on St. Matthew UMC Greenville’s Facebook Page.  Scroll down until you see the service or click videos on the left side of the page.  
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Worship Services will be on Facebook Live

Sunday, April 5       Palm Sunday        11:00 am

Thursday, April 9    Maundy Thursday     6:30 pm    

Sunday, April 12     Easter Sunday           11:00 am  

A Journey Through Holy Week
(Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5 and continues
through Easter Sunday, April 12)

Holy Week in a Box uses simple objects tucked into a small box, along with scripture, to tell the story of Holy Week. Each item in the box is a symbol, representing a piece of the gospel narrative: from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, betrayal, burial, and finally the empty tomb on Easter morning.

Holy Week Boxes are available this week outside the office door during normal business hours.  One per household please.

As we all are missing our Sunday school classes and Bible studies, Faith Gateway is offering an online study during this time of social distancing. There are supplemental materials for sale but no obligation to buy anything and you will have free access until May 2.

In the Anxious for Nothing Online Bible Study, we’ll dive deep into Scripture with teacher Max Lucado and explore God’s treatment plan for anxiety in the most underlined verse in the Bible:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

Maybe you could use a little less worry and a little more CALM right now, too?

Over the course of the study, we’ll walk together and learn to follow this prescription for CALM:

  • Celebrating God’s goodness,
  • Asking for His help,
  • Leaving your concerns to Him,
  • Meditating on good things

… and you will experience God’s peace. With God’s help and by His power, you can discover a life of calm and develop tools for combating the onslaught of anxiety, worry, and fear.

Are you ready?

If you’re saying “YES! I need this study right now!” you can join now and get immediate access.

The community study officially begins Sunday, March 22, but we are making all 5 videos available to you now.

Simply sign up to receive your video access and these other free helpful resources: 12 sample prayers for when you feel anxious, Max’s CALM guide sheet, beautiful printable of Philippians 4:6-7, and downloads of the first chapters of the Anxious for Nothing book and study guide.

Anxious For Nothing Online Bible Study
Are you missing your St. Matthew Family?  Here is something to help!   Our church directory is available online.  Go to the St. Matthew UMC website.  On the Connect page you will find a link to the online directory.  Use code umc20 to log in.  
Our Paint Day is postponed

One Day Women’s Retreat with Cheryl Cannon
Saturday, February 6, 2021
We can all use a good laugh these days.  Here are some jokes that were part of our children’s SS lesson as a welcoming activity.  Enjoy!

1. Q: What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?
A: A dino-snore!

2. Q: Why did the kid cross the playground?
A: To get to the other slide!

3. Q: Why did the cookie go to the hospital?
A: Because he felt crummy

4. Q: What did the little corn say to the mama corn?
A: Where is the pop corn?

5. Q: How do we know that the ocean is friendly?
A: It waves!

6. Q: Why can’t Elsa have a balloon?
A: Because she will let it go

7. Q: How do you make an octopus laugh?
A: With ten-tickles

8: Knock knock!
 Who’s there?
 Doughnut who?
 Doughnut ask me, I just got here!

9. Q: Why did they quit giving tests at the zoo?
A: It was full of cheetahs

10. Q: What do you call a cow that eats your grass?
A: A lawn moo-er!
The St. Matthew All Church Work Day has been canceled as a day for us to gather and work together.  Instead, you are invited to do a landscape project on your own time with your family, as a couple or as an individual. If you are interested in taking on a project, please email Beth Zweigoron at rbzweigoron@gmail.comYou will receive instruction and any necessary equipment.
United Ministries joins everyone in working to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our community. We remain committed to serving and empowering those who rely on us for assistance through these difficult times. Our community response will need to be significant and enduring. Here is a link to various Amazon wish lists.  A lot of the things are what they need when under typical operating conditions, (i.e. work shirts) but there are other things that will help now, (although some are out of stock) especially for IHN (diapers) and Place of Hope (hygiene items).
You will see six different wish lists in the menu on the left.
Thanks again!
Amanda Warren
Associate Director of Integrated Services
Rebuild Upstate has canceled all builds through May. 
Our next scheduled workday is July 18. 

A letter to our Salkehatchie family:

Participants and Supporters,

On behalf of the Salkehatchie Board of Managers: It is with saddened hearts that we inform you of the decision to cancel all Salkehatchie camps for 2020. This decision was made in conjunction with Bishop Holston, representatives of the Bishop’s Cabinet, and South Carolina United Methodist Conference staff.


The Salkehatchie Board of Managers want to challenge you to consider the things that make Salkehatchie an amazing ministry for you; helping the weak and weary, building hope and faithfulness and then find creative ways to serve the elderly in your neighborhood, your church and even your family during this tough time. We have found that the Lord of hosts is not just at Salkehatchie but with us always. Hebrews 13:16  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.


If you have questions, please feel free to email


Many blessings,

Kathryn F. Hart

Chairperson of the Board of Managers

Salkehatchie Summer Service LLC

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
Rebuild Upstate – July 18, November 7

VBS – July 13-16

Women’s Retreat – Saturday, February 6, 2021

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