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Our Condolences to the family of Joan Sievers
We are sad to share that Monday afternoon, June 18, 2018, Joan Sievers passed away after being ill for awhile with congestive heart failure. Joan was the loving mother of our Children's Ministry Director, Becky Kerr and grandmother to fellow church member, Sara Black. Our prayers and love are with their family at this time. Joan's celebration of life and memorial service will be held in Iowa.
Condolences may be sent to the office and will be given to Becky:
St. Matthew UMC, Attn: Becky Kerr
2540 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202
This month at St. Matthew United Methodist Church
Thank You Pastor Denny & Well Wishes: Pie & Coffee
Please join us for pie and coffee on Sunday, June 24th after church in the Activity Center. We want to thank Pastor Denny and wish him well at First UMC Phoenix. Hosted by the SPRC and Leadership Team of St. Matthew.
Vacation Bible School and Super Saturdays Return!
June 23 & 30, July 7, 14 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM For children: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
Join us for on-site presentations, crafts, games, and movies. Themes are: Butterflies, Reptiles, Construction, Space & Rockets, Water Day, Back-to-School
Two great activities have been held already! Join us for more fun.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS):
"SHIPWRECKED, RESCUED BY JESUS"
Sundays: June 24, & July 1 Music, crafts, stories!
Join us as we venture onto an Uncharted Island, where we survive and thrive, because Jesus carries us through life's storms.
Back to School Drive - Bring to church June 24, July 1 or July 8
We are collecting the following: Backpack; 1" 3-ring-binder; pocket folder; wide-lined notebook paper; #2 pencils (10-12 ct.); 24 pack crayons; 10 pack Crayola markers, scissors, ruler and Elmer's school glue (bottle or stick). Items will be distributed to attendees of Super Saturdays and to Washington Elementary School.
Welcome Pastor Brooke
This is an exciting time and there will be plenty for everyone to do in welcoming our new pastor! Dennis Dunning will be the contact person for both Pastor's during this time of transition. Below, he has listed a few things you could do, but please contact him if you have any ideas for receiving and celebrating our new pastor! Dennis can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 480-839-3524.
Please help us by doing the following:
Pray daily for our church.
Write welcome letters/cards/emails to our new pastor. We've created: email@example.com, so please help us fill her email box with warm welcomes!Let Dennis Dunning know if you would like to host a small getting-to-know-you party in your home.
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
Attention Youth Parents! UMYF Mission Trip: Cortez, Colorado this July 15th. Please attend the parent mission trip meeting on Sunday, June 24th immediately after the 9:00 a.m. service.
UCYC Fall Retreat
The Fall Retreat is scheduled for September 8 and 9 in Prescott, AZ. This is a must for all youth. Fifty dollar ($50) deposit required by June 24. Scholarships available.
Share the Blessing
Habitat for Humanity
United Methodist Women-Morning Glories
Join us for monthly breakfasts out! We meet at Denny's, at Rural Rd and the 60 at 9 a.m. Please be sure to RSVP for all the breakfasts so we can make reservations. Or if you have to cancel, we need to know that also. Please advise Karen Anderson at 480-892-2082 or Bev Sechrist at 480-345-9420. If e-mailing, be sure to send to both Bev Sechrist and Karen Anderson.
Next gatherings will be July 10 and August 7.
United Methodist Men
Men's Bible Study: July Hiatus
The Thursday men's bible study, which meets at 6:45 am in room C6/C7, will be taking a short hiatus for the entire month of July. We will resume regular meetings when we convene on August 2.
Games are Wednesday nights starting May 30 through July at 7:00 p.m. at various Methodist churches around the Valley. Practices are Sunday evenings at St Matthews UMC located at 2540 W Baseline Mesa AZ 85202 (Dobson and Baseline).Join us for an awesome summer of youth volleyball excitement and fun.This activity is open to both genders, ages 11-17 (grades 6 through 12) All skill levels welcome.
Contact Eric Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org or text- 602-516-6900 to start an amazing volleyball experience!
See Youth Page for more; also see below in the "Just Past Events"
Monthly Book Readers Group
The current read for the St. Matthew Book Club is "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe. We will meet on July 22, 10:30 a.m. in B13 to discuss it.
All are welcome, happy summer reading!
Financial Peace University
Monday evenings from April 23 to June 25, take Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Class. For more information and to sign up, e-mail email@example.com.
Wellness Support Group - now meeting weekly
Come to a non-judgmental environment to share, discus wellness goals and gain tips from each other! All are welcome. We meet Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in B12.
There will be no class on June 29, July 3 or July 6. In the meantime, here is daily 'homework' to help reach your goals: twists, shoulder rolls, seated hands on thighs rolls, and breathing exercises 5.
Tuesday Coffee Group
The group will continue to meet throughout the summer. Come join us for coffee and conversation on Tuesdays at Village Inn, Southern and Dobson (1115 S. Dobson Rd.) in Mesa, at 3:00 p.m. Everyone welcome. No reservations needed.
Mesa Hydration Campaign is underway through September 14th
Visit the site here: mesa-hydration-donation-campaign-underway-to-save-lives.doc
From Desert Southwest Conference
You are encouraged to pray for the churches and pastors of the East District of the Desert Southwest Conference. The churches have been divided by the months for the Appointment Year beginning July 2018. For each month, a list of those churches will be in your church newsletter and/or weekly bulletin, ask your prayer teams to include those churches in prayer, and involve the whole congregation in praying. July: White Mountain UMC, Show LowWesley UMC, PhoenixWesley Foundation at ASU, TempeVelda Rose UMC, MesaAugust:UMC of Casa GrandeTongan UMC, MesaThe Fountains, A UMC, Fountain HillsThe Bridge UMC, Phoenix
Opportunities- St. Matthew Needs You:
Sound Booth help is Urgently needed!
We need people who can do slides and sound! If you are new to it, no problem, because it is not as hard as it sounds and we are happy to train you! If you are interested, please e-mail Bill Stone ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Mother's Day Sunday Adam, Terrance and Alysa worked the Sound Booth and did a terrific job.
We need volunteers for Sunday Greeters. Contact email@example.com if interested.
We need volunteers for Communion Prep by giving time cutting bread and arranging for Communion Sundays.. You will be reimbursed for bread and juice purchases. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Join the Sanctuary Choir! Or the Bell Choir!
Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. and the Bell Choir rehearses on Thursdays at 6 p.m. We would love to have you be a part of a choir this season. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to sing or learn to play the bells, and a little bit of time! For more information on the choir or any of our other Music Ministries, please contact Ben Shafer at email@example.com or at 480-358-7923 for the Sanctuary Choir and Cullan Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Bell Choir.
Join the Hands of Joy Sign Language Choir
Join us Wednesdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Chapel. All are welcome! You do not need to know how to sign. If you would ever want to just learn some sign language but never perform with the choir, you are more than welcome to join us. You only need a love for the Lord and an adventuresome spirit! Contact Gail Hahn at email@example.com if you are interested.
The Church Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Did you know we have a Lost and Found?
If you have lost an item, please check with the ushers. The Lost and Found is located at the end of the counter near the door to the Chapel.
Where to Find Forms on the Website.
New forms have been added under the Forms tab. If you need visitation, medical equipment, or use of a room or space on the patio, please check for the proper form. Youth forms are also located in that section.
*Just Past Events at St. Matthew:
The St. Matthew Volleyball Team won its first game on June 6th! Congratulations!
Our Lay Leader, Greg Beihl, gave a powerful sermon "Called to Serve" enumerating the many ways each of us can serve the church. The Music Ministry "Friends" was sung by members Sue Edman and Sandy McPherson, as was the Offering music "Love Without End, Amen". Organist Steve Edman joined in on that. Every father was given a token of appreciation at the end of the service.