St. Matthew Happenings

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Be sure to look at the save the date at the bottom of this newsletter so you can plan ahead for all the exciting activities happening at St. Matthew!
Building life-changing relationships
with God, one another, and our community.
Worship
St. Matthew Children’s Choir will sing at the early service (8:45 am) on Sunday, March 3.
(note the date change) 
 
Additional Acolyte & Crucifer training
February 24 during Sunday school
Those interested should still be dropped off and picked up in their regular Sunday school classrooms.  Cari Treece will walk them to the Sanctuary for their training and walk them back to their rooms.  
Scout Sunday is March 10.  We will recognize our scouts during both services.  
Please contact Cari Treece with your scout’s name, level and troop.  If your scout would like to serve as a greeter or usher, please let Cari know as well.
Learn
Our church will host families in United MInitries’ Interfaith Hospitality Network on May 5-12th this year.  Learn more about their service to the community here in this newsletter!
IHN Newsletter

Exciting Immersion Experience

 

JustFaith Greenville is thrilled to announce an exciting immersion opportunity for our JustFaith community. Saturday, February 23rd we will be facilitating a simulation used in Leadership Greenville and in similar leadership programs around the country. It focuses on the establishment and maintenance of a society that is filled with social, political and economic inequalities. The simulation will be held at Triune Mercy Center from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. 

In the simulation, several groups are deprived of the benefits enjoyed by other groups. SIMSOC attempts to create situations in which participants must actively question the nature of social order and examine the processes of social conflict and control.
Participants grapple with the challenge of governing society and confront issues like abuse of power, justice, diversity, trust, and leadership as they negotiate their way through labor-management strife, political turmoil, and natural disasters. Success or failure is dependent upon decisions made by players and the creativity of the group. To be successful, players must utilize every basic social process from cooperation and reward to threat and punishment.

Cost for the simulation is $35 and includes a workbook and lunch. If you are interested and would like to participate, please email Traci Barr your name and best contact information to reserve a seat as there are only 40 spots available. We kindly ask that you reserve your seat by this Friday, February 1st. 

With gratitude, 
JustFaith Greenville
Connect
Many thanks to the St. Matthew families who offered such generous support of the Methodist Student Network (Wesley Foundation) at the University of South Carolina for their Spring Break Mission trip to Ecuador.  With a total of $795 in BBQ purchases and donations, St. Matthew ended up being their biggest supporter this year!
DAY RETREAT
SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 
Spend the day with your church family!

This is the year to try it out if you have never gone!
Activities for all ages and activity levels include hayrides,
board games, gaga, hiking, biking, zip lining,
square dancing, s’mores and more!


Saturday morning adult session:
“The Gospel according to Marie Kondo” led by Rev. Ed Stallworth 

  
NEW THIS YEAR – ONLINE REGISTRATION!!!
(Paper forms also available in gym, Narthex and office)
 
St. Matthew in the Mountains Registration
LET’S CHEER ON OUR MEN’S TEAM!!

SEMI-FINAL TOURNAMENT GAME
Tuesday, Feb. 19 
Men – 7:30 pm @ St. Mary’s

BASKETBALL ICE CREAM SUNDAE CELEBRATION
All St. Matthew teams, coaches and families are invited to celebrate the conclusion of another great season!
(this includes the St. Matthew players who joined with other churches)
Sunday March 10 @ 2 pm in the gym

 
Sunday, March 31
Get your chili recipes ready! Its time for the annual Chili-Cook Off! If you think your chili has got what it takes, grab an entry form and get cookin! $10 to enter, $15 max per family. Please return to the church office by 4:30 pm on Friday, March 29th with your entry fee. The competition will commence after our shared service on Sunday, March 31st. Gotta have tasters too! $5.00 per person gets you tasting, 5 tickets to “vote” and all the chili, sides, and dessert you can eat! $20 max per family.
Chili Cook Off Entry Form
Meanderers’ February Lunch
Thursday, February 21
11:30 am at Spoonbread Restaurant
The Westin Poinsett,
120 S. Main Street, Greenville
Bus will leave St. Matthew at 11:10 am. 
Questions contact Gay Davis, 918-2803.

How to stay informed during the February 23-26
General Conference
Once General Conference begins, you can use a host of tools to stay current on what has transpired without being there in person.
United Methodist News will report from on-site and update news both online and in its Daily and Weekly Digest e-newsletters.
Ask the UMC will continue to field questions during the Special Session.  Since the work of the General Conference will be done as a single group rather than breaking into the typical legislative subcommittees, the event will be streamed by United Methodist Communications in its entirety — beginning with worship on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9:00 a.m. and adjourning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. That livestream will be available online in both English and French.
Serve
Help to set up coffee for the Contemporary Worship Service.  Sign up for one Sunday or for several!  Volunteers start the coffee maker and set out cups and creamer.  You will be shown what to do.  
Coffee Sign Up
Help to welcome visitors and guests to our morning worship services.
This only takes a few minutes of your time, but is such an important
way to welcome our guests, as well as those who are already
a part of our church family.
Greeter sign up

It’s More Than Just a Summer Camp
It’s a Life Changing Week

Salkehatchie is more than just a church outreach program. It is more than just a volunteer group and it is more than just a summer youth camp. Salkehatchie is faith in action. Adult and youth volunteers head into rural, low-income towns to work in difficult conditions, allowing themselves to be the face, hands and feet of Christ.


Volunteers spend one week:
  • Performing home repairs in teams, doing projects as small as a building a ramp or as big as remodeling an entire kitchen.
    (All skill sets are welcomed and encouraged.)
  • Making a bond with families of different backgrounds than their own.
  • Learning about teamwork and making friendships that last a lifetime.

Salkehatchie strips adults and youth of their familiar roles for seven days. Experience the significance of going unplugged, with a limited regimen in an open learning environment. You will be encouraged to do things for yourself, problem solve and learn from one another.

St. Matthew takes a group to Baker Creek camp in McCormick, SC.  Dates for this camp are June 15-22.  There are 46 different camps for individuals to participate in and St. Matthew offers a $100 scholarship to all St. Matthew participants.  

To learn more or to register – click here
Join your church family in reaching out to serve our community with Rebuild Upstate on Saturday, March 2nd!  This is a family friendly work day where we will repair/update/modify the home of a family in need coordinated by this organization.  
Click on the link below to sign up and for more details!
Rebuild Upstate Sign Up
NEEDED:  Persons to serve as Tellers for the 2019 Annual Conference.  Tellers need to be able to stay for the entire session each day, as they will assist with counting ballots.  Please let the pastor know if you are able to serve no later than March 6!
Teller Volunteer Sign Up
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

DJJ Lunch April 12th, June 14th, August 9th, October 11th, December 13th

Rebuild Upstate  March 2, April 6,
July 27, September 14

Scout Sunday – March 10

Basketball Celebration – March 10 @ 2pm

St. Matthew in the Mountains – March 16

Shared Service & Chili Cook Off – March 31

Triune Mercy Center
– March 30, June 29,
August 31, November 30


VBS – July 15-18

Find out more on our website
 http://stmatthewumc.net/

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