This Week at St. Matthew


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End of Year Donations

December brings the end of our calendar year and also a flurry of donations as we complete our giving to St. Matthew for 2018.
Tax-deductible donations will be accepted through December 31. If you have questions about the status of your 2018 pledge, please call Susan Woods at 242-1966 for your current donation information.

Donations may be delivered to the church through December 31. If the office is closed, just put your donation in an envelope and drop it in the slot in the office door. Any donations mailed and postmarked by December 31 will also be tax-deductible for 2018.

If you intend to make a stock gift, please make your stock transfer by December 19th to ensure that the transfer is completed before year end. If you are planning to make a stock gift, contact Bob Davis at 918-3398 or Denise Sudderth at 901-5873 so we will know to expect your stock transfer.

Thank you for your faithful support of St. Matthew in 2018!


To order a poinsettia in honor or in memory of a loved one please leave a message for Susan Woods, 242-1966 or email, by Monday, December 10.  The cost for each plant is $12.50.  Please make checks payable to St. Matthew and either bring or mail payment to the church office.

Sunday, December 16
Advent Service of Lessons & Carols featuring the Chancel & Children’s Choirs
11:00 am combined service
Sunday school @ 10:00 am

Blue? Yes, blue as in the blues. As in “I am feeling blue.” Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people in our congregations and communities. There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are blue at Christmas. Increasing numbers of churches are creating sacred space for people living through dark times. Such services are reflective, accepting where we really are, and holding out healing and hope. (

Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service beginning at 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
Stay for our annual reception in the Parlor, immediately following the Candlelight service. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share, and come enjoy this time of fellowship and holiday cheer!

(A nursery will be provided for infants and toddlers.
Glow sticks are available for children as an alternative to candles.)


Children’s Advent Packets are still available to be picked up in the Narthex. One per child please. A weekly devotional is also available for all who would like one. These are the same devotions included in the Children’s Advent Packets, without the activities.

Minutes from the November meeting of Leadership Council

December Schedule
Sunday, December 16 – 10:00 am
Sunday, December 23 – 10:00 am
Sunday, December 30, No Sunday School

A new Disciple Fast Track will begin in January.  You do not have to be in the current study to participate in this study of the Letters of Paul.  If you are interested, please email Randy Smith.

If you have any knowledge as to the whereabouts of 4 CD players and an electric pencil sharpener belonging in the classrooms on the first floor of the Education Building, please let the office know.  These are used on a regular basis by the preschool and children’s ministry.

Children’s Interactive Nativity Service
Sunday, December 23
10:00 am Sunday school hour


Frodo’s Fundraising Night for St. Matthew Preschool
Dine In, Take Out or Delivery
TONIGHT, Monday, December 10
5-8 pm
A percentage of all sales during this time will go to the preschool.  No flyer is needed. You simply place your order!

Sunday, December 16 • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm in the Narthex

We invite you to “share the love”. Buy a baked good to give away –
to a neighbor, friend, co-worker, teacher, hero, volunteer, or aunt.
Take this opportunity to love someone
and it’s OK to get something for yourself too)!

Thank You from the Youth!
Bake Sale proceeds will go to offset the cost of
the bus for the annual youth ski trip Jan 18-21.

(cash, check & card accepted)

Pictures drawn by some of our St. Matthew children are on display in the Narthex. The theme is “My Favorite Thing About Christmas.” Be sure to take the time to enjoy Christmas through the eyes of a child.

Basketball games this week

Monday, Dec. 10
Sr. Boys- 6:30 pm @ St. Matthew(a decision of whether to play tonight or not will be posted by 11 am at

Thursday, Dec. 13
Men – 8:30 pm @ St. Mary’s

Saturday, Dec. 15
I-Mites – 8:30 am @ Christ Church/Finlay Hall
Minor Boys – 10:30 am @ Edwards Rd. Baptist
Mite Girls – 8:30 am @ First Baptist
(Cypriana & Frances w/ 1st Bap.)
Mite Boys – 11:30 pm @ First Baptist
Jr. Girls – 11:30 am @ 4th Pres.
Minor Girls – 11:30 pm @ First Baptist(old)
(Addie & Lila Grace w/ 1st Pres)


Thank you to all who helped with hosting the IHN families.

Join us this Friday, December 14, as we serve a hearty holiday meal and deliver gifts to the children of the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Facility.  Lunch will be served at 11:30 at the downtown facility.  Our annual luncheon is a time to show love, grace, and mercy to youth of Greenville County who are in extraordinarily difficult situations.  If you can’t make it and want to contribute, just sign up for a meal item and drop at the church before 11:00 am Friday.
Email with questions!
DJJ Christmas Luncheon Sign UP

There are still cards and bags to be taken from
the DJJ Angel Tree!

 DJJ Angel Tree

We are providing gift bags for the kids at Greenville county juvenile detention facility and gift cards for the staff there. Check the Narthex of the church to find the gift lists, bags and gift card info. Email with ?’s!

The early service has communion on the first Sunday of every month.  A volunteer is needed each month to set up and clean up the Table.  It is easy yet so important!  All the supplies you need are provided for you.  It takes about 10 minutes before the service to set up and about 10 minutes after the service ends to clean up.  Call or text Beth Murphy at 864-593-2120 and she will answer any questions and will arrange a training to show you what to do!  It is possible to combine this job when volunteering to serve coffee.  Ready to sign up?  Click the link below.  
Communion Set Up

UMCmarket is an innovative and simple way for you to support our ministry while saving yourself money at your favorite retailers! UMCmarket provides you with great shopping deals, and a percentage of each purchase is contributed to our ministry, at no additional cost to you. (to sign up – choose Greenville, not GREENVILLE)
UMCmarket website

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

Dec. 16
Sunday School @ 10 am
One Service/Lessons & Carols @ 11 am
Blue Christmas Service @ 4 pm
Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service @ 5:30 pm
Reception to follow
Dec. 30
One service @ 10 am
No Sunday School
February 2, 2019 – Women’s Retreat
March 15-17, 2019 – St. Matthew in the Mountains

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701 Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29601

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