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Sunday Morning Details

Holy Week and Easter
Wednesdays – April 5, and 12
 7:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Palm Sunday – April 9
 7:45 a.m. – Blessing of Palms and Rite I Eucharist
  9:00 a.m. – Palm Procession from Parish Hall and Contemporary Eucharist
10:30 a.m. – Palm Procession from Parish Hall and Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday – April 13
 7:30 p.m. – Commemoration of the foot washing in the Parish Hall, followed by the
                      Lord’s Supper and altar stripping in the Church
Good Friday  - April 14
12:00 noon – The Liturgy with Passion Narrative and Meditations
Easter Eve – April 15
  6:00 p.m. – Children’s Liturgy of Light and Family Easter Eucharist
Easter Day – April 16
  7:30 a.m. – Traditional Service with Hymns
  9:00 a.m. – Festive Contemporary Eucharist
11:00 a.m. – Festive Traditional Eucharist  
 
Easter Flower Envelopes
Envelopes are available in the pews.  For those desiring to participate,
please use one of the envelopes for your donation and place it into the
offering basket.  Should you wish to designate names of loved ones for
special thanksgivings, please add this information on the envelope.  
Thanks to all who help make decorating the church for Easter possible.
 
Children's Liturgy of Light
On Saturday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. we will celebrate the Children's Liturgy
of Light.  The Sunday School children are asked to gather in their classrooms
at 5:45 p.m.  All children from age 3 to grade 5, who participate in the Catechesis
of the Good Shepherd program, will be involved in this service.  Family members
and all others are welcome to attend and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter
that follows the liturgy.  Please gather in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. as we
celebrate Jesus as the Light of the World!
 
LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES
 
Food Bags for Families in Need
Our Lenten nonperishable
food offering will go to the Concerned Parents Ministry which
extends through the broader Philadelphia region.  Bags will
be available all through Lent.  The bags must be returned by
Palm Sunday, April 9 or any week prior.  Each bag should
have some canned or dried soup; canned vegetables and fruit;
some protein; some rice or pasta; and perhaps some juice,
cereal or peanut butter.  Try to avoid packages that require
extra ingredients that the recipient may not have.  Grocery
store certificates will be added for baby food or other needs. 
We have done a spectacular job in the past – let’s do it again.
   
A Weekday Eucharist in Lent: 
The Holy Eucharist will be offered at 7:30 a.m. on the Wednesday
of Lent continuing through Wednesday of Holy Week. 
The liturgy includes a brief meditation and concludes by 8:00 a.m.     
 
Take Up A Book for Lent
The Path: A Journey Through The Bibleis a book designed to
help someone read through the Holy Scripture of the Old and
New Testaments by presenting key Bible stories and skipping
many other books and chapters.  Each chapter or story has
some reflection questions and thoughts to help the reader
process the story.  Copies are available for purchase in the
Church Narthex for $15.00.  Get a friend or family member to
read along with you or you are welcome to join the Tuesday
home group as they take up this book; call Jim Garrison (215-675-1139).
 
Being Christian by Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury)
is a brief but thoughtful meditation on four key aspects of Christian life. 
Each of the short chapters offers unique insights on Baptism, Bible,
Eucharist, and Prayer.  This inexpensive book can be ordered through
Amazon.com for Kindle readers or in paperback.  Come along to the
Sunday Forum, 9 a.m. April 2, to discuss with others.
 
Learn a New Way of Reading Scripture
The Discovery Bible approach (DBS) is as simple as can be, accessible to anyone.
1) Read a passage, repeat it and retell it in your own words.
2) Ask: What does this passage tell me about God?  About people? 
3) Ask: If this is true, what will I do differently this week?
Would you like to see/hear/learn this approach?  DBS will be offered in the
Parish Library for you to try on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:15 p.m..
DBS is also offered every Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
 
Strengthen Your Prayer Life This Lent
On Sundays this Lent we’ll be offering introductions to ways of praying.
Meet in the Library. 
 
Father Dave will teach how to relax, calm and focus ourselves in prayer
through some very simple steps  Sunday, April 2, 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.
                                         
Adult Forum
Meets Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  
In April we will be looking at Rowan Williams' book "Being Christian"
April   2 -
Baptism
April   9 -
Bible
April 15 -
Easter Day - No Forum
April 23 -
Eucharist
April 30 -
Prayer

Ministries Opportunities

 
 
Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard 
Donations of baked beans, canned sweet peas, boxed instant mashed potatoes,
canned fruit, mixed fruit, pears, boxed snacks/crackers, coffee, tea, cocoa,
boxed cereals, hot cereal (oatmeal), pancake mix and pancake syrup are needed
for the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard.  Please bring these items to church
and place them in the collection box located under the coat racks outside the kitchen.
 

Youth News

Youth Group is open to all middle and high school youth and their friends.  We gather for two evenings each month, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. during the school year.  Each evening includes dinner, an activity, and an informal time of prayer or Eucharist. Please contact the Assistant to the Rector, Jay Walton for more information.
 
Tonight – PokeHunt 2017  Are you or your friends going to be the person to catch
                  the elusive Yanma or other rare Pokemon?  Dinner will be included.
April 23 –Miniature Golf Tournament – We will be leaving Saint Matthew’s at
                  4:30 p.m.  Can you win the Trophy for the lowest score?  Will you have the
                  most hole-in-ones?  Bring your friends for this fun competition.  Cost is $9.00
                  including ice cream.
 
Mission Trip 2017 – All youth completing 8th grade this year are invited to join us on the mission trip to Cape May, NJ from July 16-22.  We will be working with Habitat for Humanity of Cape May County and staying at Holiday House.  The permission slip and an initial $100 deposit are due to Fr. Jay by April 23.  If you would like more information or the paperwork, please see Fr. Jay

Upcoming Events

 

Monday Evening Bible Study
Will meet on April 3 and 17 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. We will be focusing  on Colossians. Please join us in the parish library (across from the offices.) Contact Lynn Robinson with any questions (215-628-3359).

Women’s Group
Will meet on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the home of 
Connie Dee to discuss the book The Underground Railroad by
Colson Whitehead,   Please contact Connie, 215-997-5538 to
let her know you are coming. Future readings include;  
The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro and Hillbilly Elegy
by J.D. Vance.  All women of Saint Matthew's are welcome
to attend.
 
Men’s Breakfast
Will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 a.m.  Join us for food,
meditation on scripture and prayer. 
 
Robin Mark Concert:   
Worship leader, singer songwriter,
Robin Mark is returning to Saint
Matthews for his 9th concert on 
Sunday July 16. This is a wonderful
night of Praise and Worship, lead by
Robin and the Arise band. Robin
is from Belfast Ireland and travels
the world to praise and worship
through his music. He is best
known for "Days of Elijah".
We sing many of his songs at the
9:00 service.  Don't miss this evening
of worship! You can purchase tickets
by calling the church office, 215-646-4092,
email Parsecy@verizon.net, or see
Martha Reynolds.

Scripture Reading for Today

 

Scripture Reading for Sunday, April 2, Fifth Sunday in Lent

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11 (7:45 & 9:00 a.m.)
Gospel John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

Preaching on April 2 is Jay Walton.

On-Going Announcements

Praying for Each Other
If you would like to be added to Sunday's Prayers of the People, please call the Office, or email with your request.  As always, late-breaking requests can be given to Father Dave on Sunday mornings. Names that we receive will be listed in the Sunday Bulletins for two weeks--unless you let us know to keep them on for another two-week period. And as always, if you have a prayer request for a longer-term for our Prayer Chain, please contact Chris Strittmatter, 215-412-3321or Judy Ermigiotti, 267-491-5286.

Sunday Morning Nursery Care
For infants and children through second grade is available every Sunday beginning at 8:55 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. service and 10:25 a.m. for our 10:30 a.m. service.   The Nursery is located in the downstairs Nursery Room directly beneath the Parish Hall.

The Knitwits
Invite all those who enjoy knitting
or crocheting to join them on Tuesday
mornings at 10:00 a.m.  
Contact Millie Graf, 215-822-2771.
 
The Service of Morning Prayer 
Morning Prayer provides a meaningful way to start the day.
Join us during Lent to see...Every Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
For information/questions contact
Treva McLaughlin, trevajohn@comcast.net, 215-643-5609.

An E-giving Option
Is now available for those who would like to make pledges and offerings through electronic funds transfer.  Please call the church office, 215-646-4092 on how to participate.

Weekly Bible E-notes
Brief comments on the upcoming readings for each Sunday are being sent by the rector to those who would like this way of reading scripture and preparing for our worship.  let Dave know if you'd like to be on the mailing list.

 
 

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