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?