Dear St. Matthew’s Church Family,
Even though we might think that June and July are quiet months in the life of the Church, it only takes a quick glance at the calendar to realize that even though summer is upon us, St. Matthew’s Church is entering a busy and meaningful season of celebrations and ministry programs. I want to let you know about a few upcoming highlights and invite your participation and your prayers.
First, on Sunday (June 3) we will conclude our season of sermons about This Thing Called Church and recognize the members of the church family who will be graduating from high school, college, or graduate school. The final message in the series is entitled, “From Church to Kingdom.” We’ll talk about the fact that the Church is the Body of Christ, built on the foundation of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus, but is it is not God’s ultimate goal. The Scripture readings will be Luke 11:1-4 and Revelation 1:1-6.
Sunday June 10 will be Reverend Grace Han’s final Sunday at St. Matthew’s. Grace has served faithfully as one of the church’s associate pastors for the past four years and will be missed. She has a special message planned for her sermon and I know you will want to be here. Please note that this will not be her final day at the church but will be her last Sunday morning with us before she begins her new ministry as the pastor of Trinity UMC in Alexandria in July. We will also commission members of our summer mission teams on the 10th.
Our summer tradition of having Wednesdays on the Lawn continues in 2018. Our first Wednesday on the Lawn will be June 20. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee will host the evening, which will be a celebration of Grace Han’s ministry at St. Matthew’s and an opportunity for us to thank her and say farewell to Grace and her family. Sunday’s bulletin and the weekly announcements have more information about what to bring and how to RSVP.
The official transition for pastors who are moving to new appointments in the Virginia Conference takes place during the last week of June. This means that Nickie Moreno Howard’s first Sunday as St. Matthew’s new full-time associate pastor will be July 1. I hope you’ll join us if you’re in town to welcome Nickie and her husband Christian to the St. Matthew’s Church family.
There are other important programs coming up that I hope you’ll keep in your prayers. These include the Youth Handbell Tour in June and the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and Jeremiah Project (JP) mission trips, which are in July, as is Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Kids and Mission Projects (KAMP). These are meaningful opportunities for children and youth in our church and community to learn, grow, and serve and are worthy of your prayers and support.
That’s all I have for today. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.