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This year we are hosting our Fall Festival in the Pumpkin Patch and inviting our neighbors!
Instead of games, we will have our first-ever Trunk or Treat! Sign up to bring a car and pass out candy here.
Trophies will be given for “Best Dressed Car” and other categories. However, you do not have to decorate your car to participate in passing out candy, just bring candy (100-200 pieces suggested) and an open trunk!
Candy donations for all members who aren’t bringing a car to Trunk or Treat are appreciated.
Did you know grateful people tend to have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, better sleep (and better waking)? They also tend to be more alert and more generous, compassionate, and happier. Grateful people also have a greater capacity for joy and positive emotions.
1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” This isn’t something God says to do because it’s the right thing to do. We are hardwired to be grateful people.
Easier said than done right? Wrong. Pick up a Gratitude Calendar for a simple way to include gratitude into your day during November. Each day you are given a prompt to reflect on or discuss. It’s that easy!
Pick up your Gratitude Calendar in your Sunday School room, the Narthex, gym, or church office. Also available is a make-your-own gratitude tree kit to serve as a visible reminder during the month.
Calling all crafters! If you have any of the following items to donate to our Nativity Set Workshop, please bring them to the church office. (scrap material and small pieces are fine as everything will be cut into small sizes)
blue linen type fabric
tan osnaburg/ muslin type fabric
dark brown burlap
light brown, golden burlap
thin strip of leather
oatmeal colored fabric
teal knit fabric
thin cream rope
variety of fabrics
various gold ribbons
For a more detailed picture of items needed, click here.
NEW!!!! We are having a dunking contest this year. Every shift you work in the patch equals one throw at the dunk tank at the Fall Festival on October 24th at 4-6 pm.
Please take pictures while you are in the patch and post them on social media. We would like to flood social media with our pics. If you don’t have social media, send pictures to Chrisie at 915-637-6847 and she will post them.
The Outreach Team is hosting a social media photo contest again this year with exciting prizes!
Adult Pickleball continues in the church gym on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 4. Come join this lively group and learn the game of Pickleball!! No experience needed!! We have plenty of paddles and balls. Just bring a water bottle.
See you in the Gym!!
Sarah and Don Smith and Elizabeth Derby
We will be voting on our next movie night movie soon!
Becoming a missional church versus an attractional church is a process that takes time and energy. Over the last year, I have worked with a great team and attempted to enhance our church’s outreach efforts and our visibility to the community.
We are truly beginning to see the fruits of our labors. Since we have restarted both of our services, we have had first-time attendees every week in at least one of our services, often both.
To further reach out to these first-time attendees, we have gift bags with a cup/mug, a sticker, a car magnet, and a brochure about our church. The Branch and the traditional service have different items that are unique to the personality of that service, but the information about St. Matthew is the same.
Please continue to support our efforts and events this fall with the Fall Festival, St. Matt Cinema Drive-In Movie Night, the Thanksgiving Blood Drive, and a Christmas Under the Stars (more info coming).
Search for Organist & Music Director
Very soon, the Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee (S/PPRC) will begin the formal search process for an Organist and a Music Director. The search will be conducted concurrently for both of these part-time positions. If there is an applicant interested in and qualified to serve as both Organist and Music Director, S/PPRC would welcome consideration of a joint appointment. S/PPRC has been involved in re-affirming the need for both positions, revising job descriptions, and collecting other data needed for the search. We have received valuable input from Beth Murphy (Worship Team Chair) and had great dialogue in a meeting with Chancel Choir members. S/PPRC is excited to be at this point and looks forward to filling these positions.
Thank you for all of your support, and we ask for your continued prayers.
Betty Davis (S/PPRC Chair)
Fall Festival –
October 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm
Rebuild Upstate –
St. Matt Cinema Drive-In Movie Night –
Friday, November 12th at 6 pm
Thanksgiving Blood Drive –
November 24th from 9 am-2 pm
Women’s Retreat with Cheryl Canon –
Feb. 12, 2022
St. Matthew in the Mountains –
April 29-May 1, 2022