St. Matthias
Episcopal Church
Announcements for
August 13th

Services at 8:00am and 10:00am
We welcome Don Moro as our guest organist this week!
Progressive Dinner 2017:
A Night at the Matties
Saturday, August 19th is approaching, and the votes are tallied!  Thank you to all who sent in their RSVPs and turned in their ballots.  We hope that everyone attending is bringing out those fancy clothes for the paparazzi and preparing your acceptance speeches! Your host for the dinner portion of the evening should be contacting you by August 12th.  If you have not heard from your host by Saturday, August 12th, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 410-353-9150.
 
If there is a threat of inclement weather on August 19th, please remember to check one of these various sources for updates on location of the hors d’oeuvres:
  • Text Alerts: Sign up to receive alerts by texting UBUNTU to 84483
  • Website alert by going to www.stmatmidlo.com
  • Visiting our Facebook page www.facebook.com/stmatmidlo
  • Follow us on Twitter @stmatmidlo 
  • Call the church at 272-8588 extn. 300
Finding Joy in the Simple Things
Ponderings of the Priest
Finding Joy in the Simple Things
VBS T-shirts
Everyone wants one of these much sought after shirts with St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church on it!  In   response, we are offering VBS t-shirts for sale.  You can choose either blue or red for the color.  Sizes offered are:  Adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL - $12.00 per shirt;  Youth XS, S, M, L, XL - $10 per shirt.  Send order information (your name, shirt color, and shirt size) to Kristen Ketron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 14th.
 
College Students
Don’t forget to let us know your new college address, email and birthday so we can keep in touch with you this coming school year. You don’t want to miss getting your Halloween box of goodies!  Send all information to Kristen Ketron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Navajo Team
August 13th the Navajo Team will be presenting their slideshow from their trip in June.  Following the 10am service please join us in Morrison hall for a special time of stories, pictures and reflection.
 
St. Matthias invites all Sunday schoolers (Kindergarten through 12th Grade) and their parents to a Back-to-Sunday-School Cookout on Sunday, August 20th, directly after the 10:00 am service.  Join us for a time of food, fun and fellowship.  And while the kids are off playing games, the parents will have a brief informational meeting regarding the upcoming SS year – information regarding the new structuring of classes, meet the teachers, learn about our curriculum, and find out about the new goals for each class.  Burgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  RSVP to Kristen Ketron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday, August 14th.
 

Labyrinth

A labyrinth is not a maze. There are no dead ends or ways to get lost, no high walls, no tricks. It is repetitive walking path on a level ground that allows you to slow down, to reflect, pray, sing, rejoice, think, cry, contemplate, sort out a concern or simply to be open to the Divine.  You will have the opportunity to experience this process Oct. 8-14 and Dec. 3-9. Think about stepping on the path.

The youth group will be heading to Sandy River Adventure park on Thursday August 24th.  This is a traditional team building activity that St Matthias has been doing for the past 3 years!  A minimum of 8 people are needed in order to make this trip.  Please reserve your spot by August 18th.  Cost: $25  
Date: August 24th (August 18th payment deadline), Time: Depart at 10:30am – Return at 3:30pm  See Crista Cruz for more details and sign ups
September Channel
Articles for the September issue of the Channel are due in the office by noon Tuesday, August 15.
 
Food Pantry Volunteers Needed!
Do you have 2 hours a month to spare?  The Pantry could use your help greeting our guests, packing for our guests, shopping at Central Virginia Food bank or picking up donations from our local sponsors.  You can pick your day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Contact Linda Hudgens at 804-347-4243 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Teacher Supplies for John B. Cary Elementary School
As the 2017-18 school year begins, we are asking the members of St. Matthias’ to help purchase school supplies for the Kindergarten and First grade teachers at John B. Cary Elementary School in Richmond; we partner with Cary through the Micah program.  A giving tree with the teachers’ requests is set up in the Commons.  Please take as many apples/requests from the tree as you can.  After you have purchased the items, please return them to the church by Sunday, August 27 and place them in the container in the Commons.  The teachers are all so appreciative of your support.  Thank you to each of you for your help. 
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
Cereal ~ Crackers
Mustard ~ Ketchup

Chanco Events

Summer is quickly going by and Summer Camp is in full swing at Chanco on the James. Almost all of our camp sessions are at full capacity. If you or your child were unable to attend one of the camp sessions, don't worry we offer many other opportunities for all age groups.  Below is the schedule for this year.  Please visit our new website at www.chanco.org.
Cursillo #163: Co-Ed Weekend: September 28-October 1, 20187.  Rector: Jim Thurmond, St. George’s, Newport News. Cursillo is a movement within the Episcopal Church. It is an adult retreat designed to help us grow closer to Jesus Christ. It's also a community where we're encouraged to live joyfully and serve faithfully in grace.  For more information on Cursillo or to apply to be a candidate or a team member, please visit the Cursillo website at www.cursillodiosova.org or contact Jim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Happening #67: November 10-12, 2017 (Open to grades 10-12 and adult advisors who have never attended Happening). The focal point of this weekend is learning and experiencing the love of Christ.  The weekend format includes a series of talks, movies, small group activities and worship, as well as opportunities for fellowship, fun, and making new friends. Questions?  Contact Youth Missioner Ashley Scruggs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
November Weekend: November 17-19, 2017. (Grades 6-12). Join with teens from all over our diocese for a weekend of great music, small groups, socials and games, meaningful discussions, a dance and really incredible worship experiences.  Come experience the presence of God in community Registration will open soon. Questions?  Contact Youth Missioner Ashley Scruggs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Women’s Advent Retreat: December 1-2, 2017. Save the date! Due to the overwhelming response and success of our Women’s Lenten Retreat, Chanco is hosting an Advent Retreat this December.  Be on the lookout for more details and registration soon! Questions? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Chanco 50th Anniversary Event: Save the date! Chanco will be celebrating our half century birthday on May 4-6, 2018.  This will be one of our biggest, most exciting events to date and you won’t want to miss it! Mark your calendars now and stay tuned to this newsletter and our website for more details as this special event gets closer.
 
Are you an acolyte, LEM, usher or any one of the many people who make St. Matthias Rock on Sundays?  Check the schedules here!
Volunteer Calendars
 
Are you scheduled to be an Usher, LEM, Acolyte or Greeter this sunday? Check your volunteer calendar to be sure! 

Youth Group: Be sure to watch our website for a list of dates for upcoming events through August