St. Matthew Happenings

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with God, one another, and our community.
If you have not participated in this planning survey, please take a few minutes to do so.  ALL INDIVIDUAL members from teens to adults are asked to participate.  If you submitted one survey for your entire household, please ask each member to participate ASAP. 
Thank you.  
Planning Survey

St. Matthew will return to in-person worship on Sunday, June 14.

We know this decision brings with it a lot of questions. More details will be available as we get closer to the re-opening date.  A small group  of worship leaders, staff and medical professionals will continue meeting virtually on Wednesday evenings to iron out the plan for the 14th.  We do know that the number will be limited, masks will be required and many other safety measures will be implemented. 

We will continue to stream the service so you may continue to worship at home.  Sunday school, nurseries and other small groups will not resume yet. 

VOLUNTEERS:  We will have a trial run on Sunday, June 7, for those under 65 who have volunteered to help us with traffic flow, ushering, post service clean-up, during the streaming worship service time.  If you haven’t signed up to volunteer and would like to, please email Cari or call the church office.  
Verse of the week:  Joshua 1:9
In the Elementary Sunday school on Sunday, we read this verse that is applicable to EVERYONE, especially during this time.
    • Read Joshua 1:9
    • What does this verse remind us to do?
    • It takes determination to not be afraid, especially when things are scary. It takes determination to remember Jesus came to give us hope, hope that we can be with God now and forever. What promise in Joshua 1:9 does God give to help us show determination even when we are scared or unsure?
We also made origami monster bookmarks to remind us to not be afraid.  Instructions may be found below.
Monster Origami Bookmards
Yes we are having VBS July 13-16!
Will it be in-person?  We do not know yet.  It may be virtual. 
We will begin registration in June and will keep everyone updated as decisions are made.
The Jen Hatmaker women’s book study will begin in the first weeks of June on Wednesday nights and will continue for 5 weeks following the 5 sections in the book.  Watch the eblast for more information.  

We are not alone:
Pentecost 2020

Pentecost 2020 comes to us as the world continues to deal with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. In this special United Methodist Communications production, set in the ever-increasingly common virtual world, a small group examines the meaning of Pentecost and the good news that we are not alone.
Frustrated with inequality in our society?  Interested in learning more and discussing how the marginalized in our communities have been affected by COVID-19?  Register for this free webinar (link below) and email if interested in a zoom discussion.
Learn more about the series and register here
The Women’s Walking Group is still going strong while social distancing!  Interested? 
Contact the church office for more information.
Did you know that you can add the online directory
as an app on your phone? 
This is the easiest way to look up information.  

We want to “hug” as many members as we can.  Contact Cari if you need help with accessing the list or updating it. 

Guidelines for “Hugging”

***IMPORTANT! Please wipe/spray the sign before you touch it or after you place it, and wash your hands after you touch the sign.***


Leave a sign in someone’s yard!


Let them know (text, email, call, leave a note or send them a pic of you with the sign in their yard) that they’ve been “Hugged” and it is now their turn to hug someone else. If it is an older member, let them know when you will pick up the sign again and deliver to someone else
(Cari Treece is also willing to help deliver).


Feel free to enjoy the sign in your yard for a few days, but please Hug someone else soon. And please share pics of delivering or receiving your sign!

***DON’T FORGET! Please wipe/spray the sign before you touch it or after you place it, and wash your hands after you touch the sign.***

Who’s Been Hugged?

Use this list to add new names when you place your sign (or send the names to Cari).  Need help choosing someone?  Use our online directory  code umc20 (or ask Cari.) 

Questions? Ask Cari at or 864-242-1966.

Here are pictures from the past week of “hugging.”
(remember to send your pics to Cari)
We are still collecting items for VBS. 
1) Tissue boxes, SQUARE & RECTANGLE – yes we can use both
2) Corrugated cardboard
3) Toilet paper tubes
As we are not able to offer our volunteer meals for kids at the Juvenile Detention Facility, here is another way we can help!  Purchase a book or books from their wish list and have it shipped directly to them!
Amazon wish list for DJJ
Now there is an easy way to keep up with all things Cole!
The CaringBridge website for Cole is easier for the family to update than Facebook.  You can even receive a text when an update has been posted.  
Cole’s CaringBridge
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

Return to worship Volunteer practice – June 7

Graduation Sunday  – June 14

In-person worship resumes – June 14

Rebuild Upstate – July 18, November 7

VBS – July 13-16

Women’s Retreat – Saturday, February 6, 2021

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