We need you to help clean Saint Matthews UMC’s Samaritan Garden on Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your energy and enthusiasm and we will provide everything else. For more details, contact Karlah Burton.
Hot food or drink in single-use cups and take-out containers made of what is often called “Styrofoam” leach toxins (Styrene and Benzene—both suspected carcinogens and known neurotoxins). Some ultimately will be absorbed into our bloodstream and tissues. Keep that in mind. Demand and use alternatives such as glass, ceramic, aluminum, and multiple-use plastic ware. Speak up for your health and the health of the environment.
The Outreach Ministry is looking for participants for the Loving Hands Crochet & Knitting Ministry, which will begin with an orientation session Saturday, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. until noon. This ministry is open to all with varying degrees of crocheting and knitting skills, as well as those who want to learn to crochet (we will teach you).
Activities will include praying for each other and our community, crocheting and knitting items during group sessions and participating in at least one craft fair per year. Proceeds from the fair will be distributed between reinvestment of materials for future projects and the SMUMC Food Pantry.
If you are interested in participating in the Loving Hands Crochet & Knitting Ministry, please contact Ramona Miller.
Western North Carolina Conference UMC will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Service on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at 10 a.m. The service will be at Saint Luke United Methodist Church (52 16th Avenue NW, Hickory, NC 28601).
The theme of the event is Remember! Reflect! Act! Building a Beloved Community in a Wounded World, and the focus scripture is Micah 6:8. Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis, president-dean of Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, will be the keynote speaker.
In addition, there will be a Children and Youth Art/Poetry/Essay Contest in the categories of Elementary, Middle School and High School Students. The prompt is “We Can Build a Beloved Community in a Wounded World.”
The response to this contest may be any of the following:
Participants will be required to submit a short video of their submission. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 30, 2023. Submit contest entries to Tina McLendon (see SMUMC Sunday Bulletin, Dec. 10, for contact information).
Three cash awards will be given in each category. Winners, along with their winning submissions, will be formally recognized at the Commemoration Service.
This event and contest are sponsored by WNCC Black Methodist for Church Renewal (BMCR), WNCC Commission on Religion and RACE (CORR), WNCC-Justice and Reconciliation Team (J&R). Contact: Rev. Tamara Ingram (see SMUMC Sunday Bulletin, Dec. 10, for contact information).
Beginning Dec. 31, Saint Matthews UMC’s Outreach, Shepherding and Witness ministries will present Faith, Family and Friends Day every fifth Sunday at the 10 a.m. worship service.
Congregants are encouraged to invite family, friends, co-workers and others in the community to join us for worship. A reception will follow in The Coley Hooker Jr. Fellowship Hall to ring in the New Year.
For more information, you contact Wanda Edgerton, Ramona Miller, Lydia McNeill, Ouida Scarborough or Vallerie Boger Bass.
The United Methodist Men of Saint Matthews United Methodist Church will have its annual Thanksgiving Concert on Sunday, Nov. 19. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Be certain to bring canned and/or nonperishable items for the Food Pantry.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, all announcements and videos for the Sunday, Nov. 26, worship service and Saturday, Nov. 25, phone tree are due in the church office no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 20.
Ministry leaders, have you determined your calendar of events for 2024? If so, please submit a facility request form to save the dates, which will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. This includes rehearsals, Bible studies, meetings, gatherings, etc. Except for Sunday worship services, 2023 events will not automatically carry over to 2024.
Performance and non-performance positions are still available for the Liturgical Arts Christmas program that will take place Sunday, Dec. 17. If you are interested in participating, contact Gwen Poole as soon as possible.
Join us at the third annual Saint Matthews UMC Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After the festival, stay and participate in the Trunk or Treat activity that will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Candy donations are requested.
Contact the church office for details.