Dear St. Matthew’s Church Family,
It’s hard to believe that this is the first week of August. The summer seems to have gone by very quickly and whether we like it or not, fall is on the way. Just as families are getting ready for the start of school, around the church we are preparing for fall and, dare I say, winter (the first Sunday of Advent is only 121 days away.) Because everyone is so busy, I want to share a few important dates with you so that you can add them to your family calendar. Look for details about these and other services, programs, activities, and events in newsletters, worship bulletins and announcements, and weekly emails.
• August 26 – Youth Mission Sunday. Our youth will share experiences from the music tours and mission trips at all three services.
• September 8, 10:00 a.m. – United Methodist Women’s Welcome Back Tea. All women are invited for this fun event.
• September 9 – Fall Kick-Off. Inspiring worship followed by a church picnic on the lawn.
• September 30, 2:00 p.m. – Fall Service Day. We will partner with the United Methodist student ministry at George Mason to package 40,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger.
• October 14 – Children’s Sabbath. Our children help lead worship as we celebrate ministry with and for children in the church and community.
We have a couple more weeks in our school supply drive for Weyanoke Elementary School. But since Virginia’s tax-free weekend starts today and ends Sunday, I hope you will pick up a few items that will help the children at Weyanoke get a good start to the school year. In case you need it, here is a list of the supplies that we are collecting: inexpensive headphones (no ear buds), Ziploc bags (sandwich and gallon size), colored dry erase markers, Lysol wipes, tissues, backpacks, two pocket folders, composition books, and loose-leaf paper. You can put your donations in the marked bins in the church library. The deadline is August 19. Thank you for supporting this important mission project.
In last week’s eNote, I shared some information about the called General Conference of The United Methodist Church in February 2019. I want to remind you that, if you want to know more, there will be a General Conference briefing on Wednesday August 8 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Georges UMC (4910 Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030). The session is free, but participants are asked to register. Additional details and registration information is available at this link.
On Sunday morning, we will be continuing our summer sermon series about Moses. This week we will be talking about The Power of Stories. The stories of the Exodus have been told and retold for thousands of years. They encourage us to think about the stories of our own faith. Why are stories so important to us? Which stories of our faith are most encouraging? What helps us remember who we are and whose we are? I hope you’ll join us in worship as we think about these questions and more. The Scripture readings will be Exodus 4:27-31 and Exodus 13:3-10.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning.