|Dear St. Matthew’s Church Family,
I want to start by thanking everyone who helped with and participated in St. Matthew’s Holy Week and Easter services and programs. There are too many people to mention by name, but I am especially grateful to the church staff, musicians, altar guild, worship committee, tech team, youth and children’s ministry teams, office volunteers, ushers and greeters, and everyone else who made it possible for us to remember and celebrate the gift of new life that God has offered us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Please know that your faithful service is much appreciated by our church family and our surrounding community. Approximately 1,000 people attended one of our Easter services and an estimated 300 people participated in the Easter Egg Hunt. These numbers represent people who experienced the life-changing Good News of Jesus’ resurrection thanks to St. Matthew’s commitment to being God’s Church in our community.
In my Easter message last Sunday, I shared my belief that when we experience Easter hope, three things happen to us. First, we believe that the message of Jesus is truly God’s message. Second, we see Jesus everywhere we go, because he goes before us. And third, we are not afraid to tell someone the Good News. To that end St. Matthew’s Church family is going to partner with several organizations in our community for our Spring Service Day tomorrow April 7. There are a variety of projects planned for the day, both at the church and in the community. It’s not too late to sign-up and plan to participate in our efforts to bless our community. All ages can participate. Breakfast starts at 8:30am. Come and join us and help spread the Easter hope. Additional information is available in Wednesday’s weekly email announcements and at this link.
This Sunday (April 8) will be United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Sunday at St. Matthew’s. Members of the UMW will help to lead the services as we honor and celebrate the way UMW serve God in the church, in the local community, and around the world. Mrs. Mary Wright will be preaching at our traditional services (8:15 and 11:15) and St. Matthew’s member Mrs. Amanda Hill will be preaching at the modern worship service (9:45). Mary is the Spiritual Growth Coordinator for the Virginia Conference United Methodist Women and a member of Cokesbury UMC in Woodbridge.
Then on Sunday April 15, we’ll be starting a new sermon series called The Greatest Commandment. In this two-sermon series we’ll consider the meaning of Jesus’ response to a question about the greatest commandment in God’s law: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matthew 22:37-39) Join us as we learn more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus who obeys The Greatest Commandment.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.