St. Matthew Happenings

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with God, one another, and our community.
Worship
8:45 am Contemporary Worship in the Family Life Center/Gym
10:00 am Sunday School
11:00 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
Mark your calendars! 
Sunday, August 25 is Promotion Sunday,
Blessing of the Backpacks & Third Grade Bible Presentation. 
Learn
What Shall We Study Together This Year?
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

I am looking to spend another “school year” with as many as I can, either in in-depth Bible Study OR in-depth study of the Bible.
To do the first, I can offer another in the “Fast Track” series of Disciple Bible Study, in which we’d spend 12 weeks this fall in the books of Genesis through Exodus in the Old Testament, followed by 12 weeks after the turn of the year in the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.
To do the latter, I can lead a study in an excellent, and very readable book written by Rev. Adam Hamilton in 2014 entitled Making Sense of the Bible.  Adam first of all offers a basic introduction to the form and content of Scripture.  He spends most of the time, however, in very helpful discussions of what it means to call the Bible “inspired”, of how to read and interpret the Scriptures in the most faithful and fruitful ways, and in making sense of the Bible’s more “challenging” passages.  We would follow the same 12 + 12 schedule as for Disciple Fast Track.
Please help me choose by letting me know – ASAP – which of the two studies you would be most interested in our pursuing together.
Many thanks,
Randy

Bishop Holston’s statement on El Paso,
Dayton mass shootings

“It is often said about times like these that words fail us. We reach, we pause, and then we fall silent – probably more afraid of saying the wrong thing than uncertain about finding the right words. More and more, the first words that come to mind cause us to lash out – at the shooter, at society, at each other, at God. ‘How could God let something this horrific happen?’”
Read the full story
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.  
 
Two studies will be offered this fall at St. Matthew:

Moms & middle school daughters
Begins Wednesday, September 4 or possibly September 11
6 pm
Fellowship Hall (gym)

Moms & older elementary daughters (ages 9 & up)
 Begins Sunday, September 8
6 pm
Parlor
Questions:  Contact Cari Treece, ctreece@stmatthewumc.net.
Parents of children ages 2-6th grade
Please register your child for the 2019-2020 Sunday school year.
Sunday school registration
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MEANDERERS’ AUGUST LUNCH
Thursday, August 15th
 Copper River Grill
 775 Haywood Road
Greenville
11:30 am
No Bus
Hostess:  Sue Dempsey
Come one, come all to St. Matthew’s Bingo & Ice Cream Party! Join us Sunday, August 18th, from 4-6 pm in the gym for bingo with awesome prizes and a delicious ice cream sundae bar featuring Epworth Ice Cream. Please bring a donation of canned goods for United Ministries Food Pantry. Don’t miss this fun event that the whole family is sure to enjoy!
Serve
Children’s Church needs you
Sign up and get to know some of our younger members.  We need volunteers for both services and there is no preparation involved.  Cari will lead the lesson and you come help and play.  
Children’s Church Volunteer
Older Elementary Helpers
Once a child is too old for Children’s church, they are invited to sign up as a weekly helper.  We need one helper for each service.  They help read the Bible story, lead an activity and interact with the children.  
Children’s Church Older Helper
Dear Members of St. Matthew Methodist Church and Vacation Bible School:
On behalf of all the staff and volunteers at Mental Health America of Greenville County (MHAGC), I want to sincerely thank the members of St. Matthew for their amazing spirit and generosity in providing over 200 Operation Santa items and a financial gift of $275.00.
With these donations, our 2019 Operation Santa campaign is off to a great start and will provide many around the holidays with a full supply of necessary hygiene supplies for self-care and a greater sense of well-being.  More importantly, these gift bags are a gentle reminder for those living with a chronic mental health condition that many in the community are thinking of them and are not alone.  
Also, MHAGC is glad that through an introduction by some of our VISTA members, St. Matthew UMC is now one of our community partners to spread awareness and be an advocate for MHAGC’s mission:  to positively impact mental health through advocacy, awareness and service.
Once again, MHAGC is incredibly grateful for all the members of the St. Matthew Methodist Vacation Bible School and their hard work and time to raise these items.  Together, we will provide these gift bags with a sense of joy and fellowship.

With warm regards,
Vanessa Vestergaard
Project Coordinator

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Open Gym:
We have brought back a popular ministry from the past….Basketball! We have been opening up our gym on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, to anyone and everyone to fellowship by playing basketball.  The evening consists of basketball (playing games or developing skills depending on the crowd) a short devotion (done by Dwayne a member of the community who was part of the original program) and finishes with pizza.
We need your help!  You can help in one of two ways: 
1) Please consider signing up as a “facilitator” for this great program. Being a facilitator is easy.  Simply show up around 6:15, make some Gatorade and fill water dispensers, play (or watch) basketball, and eat pizza.  You will be ready to walk out the door at 8:35!
SIGN UP HERE
 
2) Come and play!  This is a great opportunity for players of all ages to work on their game.  Bring your teammates, children, whomever. Don’t have 2 hours-totally fine-drop in when you can-no commitment.
 
Please contact Marnie Cree (864) 325-2822 or Blake Brookshire (910) 620-7020 if you have any questions.
Please mark your calendars for two very important dates:
 
Sunday, September 29 @12:30
 
and
 
Sunday, October 12 @12:30
 
Are you seeing orange?  Can only mean one thing…The Pumpkins are coming!!
 
If pumpkins “spark joy” for you and you would like to be more involved PLEASE contact Marnie Cree (864) 325-2822 marniecree@bellsouth.net
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
Bingo & Ice Cream Party – August 18, 4-6 pm

Promotion Sunday, Blessing of the Backpacks, Third Grade Bible Presentation – August 25


Triune Mercy Center – August 31, November 30

Rebuild Upstate  September 14


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

First Pumpkin Unloading – Sunday, September 29 @12:30

 
Second Pumpkin Unloading – Sunday, October 12 @12:30

DJJ Lunch
 October 11th, December 13th

Fall Festival – Sunday, October 20


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

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

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