May 21st ~ Weekly eNews  

Times are a changing:  Mark your calendars!  We will begin our summer worship schedule next Sunday, May 28.  Our services will be at 8:00 & 10:00 AM.


The Annual Parish Picnic is TODAY after the 11 a.m. service and we'll have fun in the sun for all ages!

The picnic will take place on the Lawn. St. Matthias' will provide hamburgers and hotdogs and lemonade and water. Please bring a dish to share or just join us!  Remember - we need everyone’s help for clean up!


Lemonade on the Lawn will begin on May 28 – following the  10 a.m. service.  We are going to have Lemonade on the Lawn (or in the Commons) every other week this year. There is a sign up poster in the Commons. Please contact Mary Morsch with questions. Remember- we’ll provide the lemonade for you to make and you provide the cookies. More information on this tradition will be in the next Channel.


Church Office Closed:  The Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.


Summer Office Hours:  Starting Memorial Day week the church office hours will change to Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and closed on Fridays.


Pentecost

  • We will celebrate Pentecost on June 4 with our traditional Strawberry Sunday. We’ll have strawberry shortcake after the 11 a.m. service. Please bring either poundcake or sliced strawberries with sugar. Fellowship will set up the strawberry shortcake buffet and punch. There is a sign up poster in the Commons for pound cake, strawberries, and help with serving.
  • PENTECOST PROJECT!!: For Pentecost this year, we would like to replicate, in a fashion, the experience of the first Pentecost. If you know the Lord’s Prayer in another language, please provide a written copy of it to the office either by email or by hard-copy.  Whatever is submitted will be part of the Pentecost bulletin publications so everyone can (try to) read them! Then, during the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer during the Eucharist at both services, we  will all simultaneously recite the Lord’s Prayer in as many different languages as we can muster.
  • Pentecost celebration:  On Sunday, June 4th, as part of our festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus, we would like all our young parishioners to join in the processional.  There will also be a special object handed out before the service so everyone can participate in celebrating the church’s birthday!  We will do this at both services so please arrive a few minutes early so we can organize our children/youth for the processional.

PARISH-WIDE RETREAT!! The deadline for registering has been extended through Sunday, May 28. If we have not met a minimum of 30 attendees, the retreat will be indefinitely postponed until we can achieve that minimum. The theme of the retreat is, “Imago Dei - In the Image of God—the implications of this for our faith lives.” This retreat will be a mix of fun activities, rest, workshops, and worship. Participants will be able to mix and match as they choose. To register, simply submit a refundable deposit of $35 per person with a notation that this is for the retreat. We are looking forward to this fun and exciting event !


VBS Volunteers:  Our Mighty Fortress VBS program is not until July, but volunteer sign-ups are happening right now.  Sign-up sheets are located in the office hallway (same location as CARITAS ones) and include job descriptions and hours.  Please reflect and pray on how you could help with this ministry that nourishes our St. Matthias family as well as the whole community.


Save the Date:  The Progressive Dinner is coming!  Put August 19 on your calendar.  In the next few weeks you’ll betting some hints about the theme for this year.  If you would like to host the dinner portion, please let Veronica Kirkland or Jill Griffith know.


Youth Group : Please see the website - stmatmidlo.com - for a list of dates for upcoming events scheduled through August!


Thank You: To our St. Matthias’ family, THANK YOU, for your generous outpouring of Agape Love in the form of prayers and cookies, cookies, and more cookies!  The men and women of Sussex and CVCU were richly blessed during their Kairos Weekends. Lives were restored, forgiveness was given and received, hope and joy replaced despair and sorrow.  Through your love and support, prisons became Holy Ground. May God bless you for being a part of this amazing ministry.   In humble gratitude, Debbie Vance and Scott Volmer.


Teacher Recognition

Today we recognize our parishioners who give their time and talents to the younger members of our congregation.  We are truly thankful for their dedication, their energy, and their patience!  Please join us in the Commons after the 11:00 am service for some cake honoring the folks who give their time to this important ministry.

Sunday School Teachers Children’s Liturgy Teachers
Ned Armstrong – Grades 11 & 12 
Merriann Clark – Grades 9 & 10 
Chuck Cruz – Grades 6-8 
Valerie Doebler – Grades 11 & 12 
Laura Duke – Grades 11 & 12 
Bob Franklin – Grades 4 & 5  
Jill Griffith – Grades 9 & 10 
Gary Hershner – Grades 9 & 10 
Rob Ketron – Grades 1-3
Margaret Kolster – Grades 1-3 Children’s Choir
Sharon Lowe – Pre-K & K Veronica Kirkland
Patrick McElhinney – Grades 6-8
Ed Mendenhall – Substitute
Jane Mendenhall – Substitute
Jonathan Page – Grades 11 & 12
Tammy Reinhardt – Grades 1-3
Mary Deas
Dawn Fiske
Ruby McCowan
Audrey McElhinney
Nicole Page
Michelle Ramkey
Tammy Reinhardt
Michele Riedel

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Train up a child in the way they should go: and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6


 Are you scheduled to be an Usher, LEM, Acolyte or Greeter this sunday? Check your volunteer calendar to be sure!

Whats going on this week in Children's Liturgy, Sunday School, Nursery and Adult Forum, Click here to find out?

May 14th ~ Weekly eNews  

Women of the ChurchTammy Reinhardt has graciously invited the Women of the Church to a TGIF get together at her house on Friday May 19 at 6:30. She will provide non alcoholic drinks and a beautiful outdoor setting! Please bring you own alcoholic beverage if you prefer and an appetizer to share. Let's have a evening of catching up with old friends and meeting new friends before our summer activities start. Please spread the word to anyone not on my distribution list.

 Tammy's address is in our directory or call her at 804-594-0092 for directions.  Hope to see you all there


 

Senior Recognition:  Today we honor the high school graduates of 2017 – Tori Isenberg, Hayden Kirtley, James Morsch, and Sarah Wescott.  Congratulations to you all!  


PARISH-WIDE RETREAT!! The deadline for registering has been extended through Sunday, May 28. If we have not met a minimum of 30 attendees, the retreat will be indefinitely postponed until we can achieve that minimum. The theme of the retreat is, “Imago Dei - In the Image of God—the implications of this for our faith lives.” This retreat will be a mix of fun activities, rest, workshops, and worship. Participants will be able to mix and match as they choose. To register, simply submit a refundable deposit of $35 per person with a notation that this is for the retreat. We are looking forward to this fun and exciting event !


VBS Volunteers:  Our Mighty Fortress VBS program is not until July, but volunteer sign-ups are happening right now.  Sign-up sheets are located in the office hallway (same location as CARITAS ones) and include job descriptions and hours.  Please reflect and pray on how you could help with this ministry that nourishes our St. Matthias family as well as the whole community.  Click Here for a sneak peek video of our theme this year!!


Attention all graduates: Let us know what school and the degree/program you (or your family member) are completing this spring or summer, including college/higher learning degrees and Ministry Educational courses/programs completed.  Send all information to Kristen Ketron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Graduate Recognition  : The weather is warming up and the school year is coming to a close! We have lots of opportunities for fellowship coming up.

Please join us in the Commons today after the 11 a.m. service today, for cake and punch in honor of our 2017 graduates.


Annual Parish Picnic:

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Mark your calendars now for the Annual Parish Picnic. It's Sunday May 21 and we'll have fun in the sun for all ages!

The picnic will take place, weather permitting, on the Lawn after the 11 a.m. service. St. Matthias' will provide hamburgers and hotdogs and lemonade and water. Please bring your favorite picnic fare to share - fruit, vegetables, salads, side dishes, chips and dip, desserts - anything is game.

We'll have seating on the Lawn but feel free to bring your picnic blanket and chairs if you prefer. There will be games and activities for kids of all ages.

We do need help to set up tables and chairs, set up the buffet and help in the kitchen. And we need everyone’s help for clean up! There is a poster in the Commons.


Times are a changing:  Mark your calendars!  We will begin our summer worship schedule on May 28.  Starting that Sunday, our services will be at 8:00 & 10:00 AM.


Did you get your gift!?  It’s waiting for you!!  Come to our Spiritual Gifts Workshop, Saturday, May 20 from 10 to 2 and discover what your spiritual gifts are and how to use them!! Completely FREE and lunch provided! Sign up in the Commons.  Have questions? Want to sign up to attend?  Call or email Whitney Sears at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 804-852-7977.


Chanco—May weekend:  registration for grades 6-12 is now closed.  If you have signed up please let Crista know so that she can make sure transportation is coordinated.


PENTECOST PROJECT!!

For Pentecost this year, we would like to replicate, in a fashion, the experience of the first Pentecost. If you know the Lord’s Prayer in another language, please provide a written copy of it to the office either by email or by hard-copy.  Whatever is submitted will be part of the Pentecost bulletin publications so everyone can (try to) read them! Then, during the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer during the Eucharist at both services, we  will all simultaneously recite the Lord’s Prayer in as many different languages as we can muster.


Save the Date:  The Progressive Dinner is coming!  Put August 19 on your calendar.  In the next few weeks you’ll betting some hints about the theme for this year.  If you would like to host the dinner portion, please let Veronica Kirkland or Jill Griffith know.


Youth Group : Please see the website - stmatmidlo.com - for a list of dates for upcoming events scheduled through August!


Thank You: To our St. Matthias’ family, THANK YOU, for your generous outpouring of Agape Love in the form of prayers and cookies, cookies, and more cookies!  The men and women of Sussex and CVCU were richly blessed during their Kairos Weekends. Lives were restored, forgiveness was given and received, hope and joy replaced despair and sorrow.  Through your love and support, prisons became Holy Ground. May God bless you for being a part of this amazing ministry.   In humble gratitude, Debbie Vance and Scott Volmer


 Are you scheduled to be an Usher, LEM, Acolyte or Greeter this sunday? Check your volunteer calendar to be sure!

Whats going on this week in Children's Liturgy, Sunday School, Nursery and Adult Forum, Click here to find out?

May 7th ~ Weekly eNews  

Youth Group Meets today at 4:00 PM:. This Sunday is our last regular youth group meeting.  Grades 6 – 12 will meet from 4 – 5:30pm in Morrison Hall.

Please see the website - stmatmidlo.com - for a list of dates for upcoming events scheduled through August!


Ushers:   New schedules are available in the Commons.


Attention all graduates: Let us know what school and the degree/program you (or your family member) are completing this spring or summer, including college/higher learning degrees and Ministry Educational courses/programs completed.  Send all information to Kristen Ketron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES :  Our movie for May 13 will be Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith. Join us at 6:00 PM in the teen classroom. 

When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. When his notes bring unexpected personal responses, he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Directed by: David Frankel

Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris, Kate Winslet, Rated PG-13. Free!


Annual Parish Picnic:  Mark your calendars now for the Annual Parish Picnic. It's Sunday May 21 and we'll have fun in the sun for all ages!

The picnic will take place, weather permitting, on the lawn after the 11 a.m. service. St. Matthias' will provide hamburgers and hotdogs and lemonade and water. Please bring your favorite picnic fare to share - fruit, vegetables, salads, side dishes, chips and dip, desserts - anything is game.

We'll have seating on the lawn but feel free to bring your picnic blanket and chairs if you prefer. There will be games and activities for the little ones, too.

Please keep your eyes open for sign up posters in the Commons and a Sign Up Genius online seeking help with setup and clean up on Sunday 5/21.

Please let us know if you have questions!  Meg Griffin, Beverley Norman


Did you get your gift!? It’s waiting for you!!  Come to our Spiritual Gifts Workshop, Saturday, May 20 from 10 to 2 and discover what your spiritual gifts are and how to use them!! Completely FREE and lunch provided! Sign up in the Commons.  Have questions? Want to sign up to attend?  Call or email Whitney Sears at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 804-852-7977.


Chanco—May weekend:  registration for grades 6-12 is now closed.  If you have signed up please let Crista know so that she can make sure transportation is coordinated.


Times are a changing:  Mark your calendars!  We will begin our summer worship schedule on May 28.  Starting that Sunday, our services will be at 8:00 & 10:00 AM.


Save the Date:  The Progressive Dinner is coming!  Put August 19 on your calendar.  In the next few weeks you’ll betting some hints about the theme for this year.  If you would like to host the dinner portion, please let Veronica Kirkland or Jill Griffith know.


 Are you scheduled to be an Usher, LEM, Acolyte or Greeter this sunday? Check your volunteer calendar to be sure!

Whats going on this week in Children's Liturgy, Sunday School, Nursery and Adult Forum, Click here to find out?

Riders for Readers, R4R, is a community partnership of motorcyclists, public schools, and non-profit organizations which promotes literacy for children in the Richmond are. The goal of R4R is to enable students to begin the process of establishing personal home libraries, and increasing opportunities for the children to read and for family members to read to them.

 

St. Matthias’ sponsored a R4R rally at John B. Cary E. S. on Friday, April 21st. On a warm, sunny day, 4th and 5th grade students gathered in front of the school to watch motorcycles roar into the parking area. The students were able to sit on the motorcycles, and talk to the bikers about how their reading skills have enriched and enhanced their lives. The children also received R4R T-shirts, refreshments, AND they were able to select two books to take home.

 

It was such a pleasure to be a  part of this beneficial program!  St.  Mathias’ members who attended the event or who worked behind the scenes were:  Jane Cox, Tammy, Reinhardt, Janice Dial, Shirley Fraser, Jane Griffin and Margaret Kolster.

 

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