Building life-changing relationships
with God, one another, and our community.
Gather with us on the back lawn for live music, food
trucks (Kona Ice & Fam Pizza – four cheese, pepperoni, sausage and peppers and Arugula salad pie), face painting, corn hole, and of course, fellowship!
What to Bring
Yourself, a friend, or the whole family
A lawn chair or blanket to sit on
Your own Picnic and yard games if you like!
Volunteers still needed: Set Up (2)
Tear Down (4)
Face Painters (4)
Cotton Candy (3)
Popcorn Makers (3)
Welcome Tent Greeter (1)
We are excited to start up our small group studies again this fall. Please sign up if interested. Group offerings will depend on interest. Meeting dates and times will be determined by the groups.
Faith & Racial Equity: (1st in the series)Exploring Power & Privilege is an 8-week module that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. The first half of the module introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. Sessions 5-8 take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation. As with all JustFaith programs, participants will explore how their faith should inform their response to their learning and discern action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities.
Faith & Racial Healing-
Do you want to address racism in your faith community, but you don’t know where to begin?
This eight-week program guides participants in telling the truth about the history of racism in the United States, that we might work toward true reconciliation with God and restoration with one another.
Faithful Families – This four-week study identifies four values that are woven through Faithful Families and uses them as a framework for discussion. Each lesson features an article (that is free and online) as well as a Bible passage. Suggested practices from Faithful Families are outlined each week and also used in the closing prayer practice. The four sessions are:
Faithful Families Value #1: Embrace the Messiness and Imperfection of Life
Faithful Families Value #2: Fight Against Consumerism and Materialism
Faithful Families Value #3: Prioritize Time Together
Faithful Families Value #4: Value Mystery and Accept Doubt
Saving Grace – Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Health is a program to help people of faith create healthy relationships with money and possessions. Participants will move through six sessions covering such topics as saving, earning, giving, spending, and debt, along with helpful strategies for achieving a sustainable financial life. Adapted from the best-selling Freed Up Financial Living from the Good Sense Movement, this study is based on Wesleyan values and provides text and tools to help participants address life concerns and reach personal financial goals.
Making Sense of the Bible -In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as, How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? And, Is the Bible ever wrong?
From there, Hamilton considers the real questions people frequently ask that continue to divide Christians and denominations alike, including:
• Were Adam and Eve real people?
• Why is God so violent in the Old Testament?
• Why would Paul command women to “keep silent in the church”?
• Is Jesus the only way to salvation?
• How does God view homosexual people?
• Is the Book of Revelation a guide to the End Times?
In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.
Women’s Study – (one of the following)
1. GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD – ARE YOUR THOUGHTS HOLDING YOU CAPTIVE? Get Out of Your Head is a Biblical guide to discovering how to submit our minds to Christ because how we think shapes how we live. As we surrender every thought to Jesus, the promises of God flood our lives in profound ways. Identify the negative thought patterns that are keeping you stuck
Understand the science behind why your thoughts can change your life
Recognize your God-given power to confront and overcome your toxic thoughts
2. NOTHING TO PROVE – Are you tired of trying to measure up? No more pretending. No more performing. No more fighting to prove yourself. As you wade into the refreshing truth of the more than-enough life Jesus offers, you’ll experience the joyous freedom that comes to those who are determined to discover what God can do through a soul completely in love with Him.
Treasured – ( you can sign up to take this class a second time)This 6-Session Treasured Study is designed for moms and daughters (9-13), or small groups of moms and daughters, to help them connect and talk about things that matter: Identity, Body, Emotions, Friendships, Technology, Faith.
The “tween” years are a critical transition period in the life of a young girl. Girls this age are changing in profound ways. Loaded with fun activities and engaging content, Treasured will initiate meaningful conversation between moms and daughters during these critical preteen years.
St. Matthew’s Gardeners Group met for a flower arranging class. Great job ladies!!!
All men from 18-88 are welcome for a time of fellowship and a few devotional readings and discussions. Please call, text, or email Edward Johnson to let him know if you can make it or if you have any questions.
864 483 7545
Mon Aug 2nd
first floor of Sanctuary building
Sat Aug 14
Cookout at Van Thomas’s house
The Trinity SS Class began a 6-week study, Sermon on the Mount:
A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven,
on July 25th, 9:45 am.
The author is Amy Jill-Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. Each class session will include a presentation from Dr. Levine, in DVD format, followed by group discussion. You do not have to commit to all 6 weeks…come to one or as many as you wish…Room S-104 (Sanctuary Building). Session one is “The Beatitudes”.
Anyone who wants to participate in this short-study
will be most welcomed!
Why are we quoting the theme song from Cheers in the eblast? (The younger crowd is saying “What is Cheers?”) It was a tv show in the 80’s about a bar where the customers were made to feel like family.
Don’t you want church to feel that way too? St. Matthew does in so many ways but ONE BIG way to make that happen is to volunteer to lead Sunday school.
One of best results from leading children and youth Sunday school, is that by simply showing up and getting to know the young people, you make them feel important, connected and wanted.
Wow! All that before you even teach a lesson!
Please consider being a SS leader. No experience is required. You will be supported in so many ways and lessons are provided. We rotate leaders so that you are free to attend your adult SS class and take time off. Let’s give our children and youth a chance to connect with adults in our church. Questions? contact Cari @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Our Saint Matthew Family,
Words will never be able to express how much we appreciate all of the visits, cards, texts, and calls we received after my father passed away. When you lose someone so unexpectedly, it’s the smallest gestures from folks like you all that help to make each day a bit brighter. Although I miss my Dad terribly, I am comforted by the fact that he did not suffer – what a gift that was to us! I am extremely grateful for the time that God allowed us to have with him and for the kindness that was shown to us by so many people. To God be the Glory, now and forever.
With a peaceful and grateful heart,
Dear St. Matthew,
Thank you for all of the calls, texts, emails, food, gift cards, and most especially for the prayers, before, during, and after my surgery. It was gratifying to know I was loved and cared for by my beloved church family during this time. I am glad to be back and I’m continuing to recover well.
Anna Cobb has
a new phone number: 864-775-5883
A big thank you to all who came out to Rebuild Upstate on Saturday, July 24: Jeff & Henry Spicher, Ron & Beth Zweigoron, Terhune Sudderth, Drake & Samantha Moyd, Ben & Cari Treece.
Kids didn’t make it to Sunday school? Watch the videos below.
Use the devotions and information below to continue the conversation from Sunday school.
Greeters sit or stand at the Sanctuary doors welcoming everyone and asking them to sign in.
The Church Office is closed on Fridays until August.
The Monday through Thursday office hours will remain unchanged.
Praise for Bob Davis who had a successful heart cath. 2 stents were inserted.
Jan Taylor received good news from her CT scan
Mike Gibson, brother of Vicki Gore, fell but is getting better
Mike Shull’s dad, Murray, fell and is recovering
Sue Kettleson, mom of Susan Woods, is in rehab after a fall
Praise for Pastor Chrisie’s recovery from surgery
Prayers for Staff Parish Relations Committee, Building Committee and Steering Team as they have a lot of work to do
We no longer have access to our church directory:
Message from Lifetouch:
It has been our honor to partner with churches and houses of worship across the country to provide programs that build community and foster connection. We are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to capture beautiful images of families in houses of worship across the county over many years. Hearing the stories from churches and families about how photography can bring communities together, bring happiness in times of joy, and provide comfort in times of sorrow has been an incredible privilege for our company and for our dedicated team of photographers.
Unfortunately, due to the tremendous continued and unforeseen impact of COVID-19 on our business and our community, Lifetouch Church Photography has permanently stopped our operations. Despite the best efforts of this team and amazing partnership with communities of faith across the country, the ongoing impacts caused by COVID-19 and shelter-in-place mandates have been insurmountable. We will complete any currently in-process directory publication.
While we must close Lifetouch Church Photography, we will continue to photograph in schools and in preschools where our services remain critical to providing official documentation, like student IDs. We also continue to operate JC Penney Portraits by Lifetouch, where we are happy to capture life’s moments for your family following extensive safety protocols.
The Adult Education program is looking for someone to help us with official GED testing on Friday mornings. The individual would need to be available from 8 AM until noon (exact times to differ on a weekly basis) and be comfortable navigating the internet across multiple devices (computers, phones, and tablets). We can accommodate up to four tests per Friday morning, with the possibility that each test begins as little as 15 minutes apart.
The ideal candidate would be at ease:
-running computer system checks before students arrive
-performing basic troubleshooting of computer volume, webcam, and microphone settings
-leading students through an online check-in process (to include taking and uploading photos via tablet or phone)
-waiting for up to 2.5 hours with a good book, sudoku, or crossword puzzle while students complete their tests
-working with anxious students