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Pastor Brooke's Blog is now live. Click on 'Pastor's Blog' from the About Tab drop down list above; then click on '+more..' to open the blog. Pastor Brooke has added Wednesday evening office hours. She will be available from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.on Wednesdays. No appointment needed.
Memorial Announcement for Janet Spears
We are sad to announce that our dear member of the church, Janet Spears, passed away Sunday evening, November 4, 2018, after suffering a pulmonary embolism earlier in the weekend. The memorial service for Janet will be held on Tuesday, November 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2540 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85202. Please send your condolences to: The Spears Family, c/o Paul Spears, 2904 N. Cheri Lynn Ct., Chandler, AZ 85225. We invite you to give thanks to God for Janet's life and to offer prayers of support for her family and friends.
This month at St. Matthew United Methodist Church
St. Matthew’s 2018 Adopt-a-Family will begin on Sunday, November 25
We will be adopting children (7-8) from Washington Elementary School. Starting November 25, please take a “Christmas Tag” from our “Angel Tree”, located in the Sanctuary Narthex.
Purchase the item on the “Christmas Tag”; wrap the gift; and tape the “Christmas Tag” to the gift. In addition, there are $25 Fry’s Gift Card, “Christmas Tags”, so these families can purchase groceries for their Christmas Dinner.
Please return the wrapped gifts or gift cards by Sunday, December 16.
WHEN YOU RETURN THE GIFT CARDS, PLEASE GIVE DIRECTLY TO AN USHER OR BECKY KERR.
Thank you for making a child’s Christmas more “Merry and Bright”.
NOVEMBER 19th PIE COLLECTION
Washington School has asked St. Matthew to provide pumpkin pies for their Turkey Trot. If you could not bring one on the 18th, please bring a pumpkin pie to the office on Monday, November 19th. Becky Kerr, our Children's Director, will drop them by the school for the Turkey Trot November 20th.
HAVE A WONDERFUL, BLESSED THANKSGIVING! The Office will be closed Thursday and Friday.
*See Just Past Events for October Functions*
This Week -Youth Band November 18th
Special music was provided by the Youth Band playing "Blessed Be Your Name" with vocals by Destiny Nehrkorn and Mya Asher.
Receiving New Members November 18th
We were pleased to welcome Wendy Hagaman into our congregation. She was joined by her sister, Peggy Jones, who renewed her vows.
Bells of Joy Handbell Choir November 18th
Bells of Joy Handbell Choir, under the direction of Kay Cook, blessed us with a beautiful Music Moment.
Mission Moment - Habitat for Humanity
Chairman Pat Reed, explained the ways to support Habitat for Humanity. You may contribute online at http://www.habitat.org or by sending a check. Be sure to indicate St. Matthew on the memo line on your check and where indicated online. You may also get an Advent Bank from Pat next Sunday on the patio and fill it with the suggested items on the Advent Calendar. These include such things as adding $.50 for each person that lives in your home, or $1.00 if you have a garage door opener, and add up quickly. The banks may be turned in following Christmas. Help is also needed at the next build which begins in January, and sign-up sheets are available for both construction and providing food for those doing construction. (Photos from previous build under Outreach)
Preacher for Today, Eric Everett
Eric's sermon, entitled "Celebrate!" reminded us to remember and celebrate the little things that occur daily, and to be fulfilled by those blessings. A wonderful sermon, Eric, thank you.
Children's Choir provided the Special Music at the November 11th Service
The Choir sang "A Gift To You" with three solos by Trenton, Landon and Nolan. Great job!
United Methodist Committee on Relief Kit Assembly November 11th
School kits, clean-up and hygiene kits were assembled by St. Matthew volunteers. Thanks to all of you who came to help. These will be going to areas highly devastated by Hurricane Michael.
You may contact Jerry Van Rennes at 480-899-1476 with questions or for more information.
SMOABS November 10th
Saturday, November 10th nine singles toured the Olive Mill It was a nice tour, with good weather, and delicious samples. Plan to join us on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 801 E. Camelback (south side, just east of 7th Street), Phoenix to hear the Phoenix College Choirs.
For questions, contact Ellen Sassano at (602) 885-6345 or email at email@example.com.
November 4th Celebration of All Saints Day and Pastor Brooke Receiving Her Doctorate
We celebrated the saints, past and present, during our 9:00 a.m. service. Candles were lit as the names of those who had joined the Heavenly throng since last All Saints Day were read. Communion was held and following that everyone was welcome to light a candle in memory of their saints. The choir sang a rousing rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" with E. J. Everett on the clarinet and Eric Everett on the drums. The congregation joined in the last chorus.
We celebrated after service in the Activity Center with pie. We also shared the joy of Pastor Brooke having been awarded a Doctorate in Theology as she was unable to participate in the official graduation ceremony.
November 4th Visit with Girl Scout Troop
This afternoon the Rev. Dr. Pastor Brooke Isingoma came to our Girl Scout troop 841 meeting and spoke to us about her experiences in Uganda for 5 years. She also gave us a geography lesson on where it is, right on the equator! She said that she really felt like an outsider most of the time because she didn't speak any of the 36 different languages!! We learned a new word "mzunga", which means different than us! She told us she had not been a Girl Scout, but really thought that our Promise and 12 Laws that we follow are great. Our troop is learning about self esteem and acceptance of others. All of the girls enjoyed having her join us.
TOUR OF THE CAMPUS
Do you ever wonder what parts of our church campus you have never seen? Are you curious about our children and youth facilities? Confused about the new numbering system on the buildings? You are invited to take a tour - abut 20 minutes long - of our St. Matthew campus. If you could not make it on November 18th, let a Trustee know or call the office so we can schedule another tour soon.
November 20th - 9:00 a.m. Room C6/7 Join us for "The 'I am' Sayings of Jesus: The God we Can Know." Program by Janette Gann.
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The November book is "The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.. We will meet Sunday, November 25th in room B 13. All are invited, whether or not you have read the book. Please join us. We welcome newcomers. Happy Reading!
Scout BSA Troop 853 is holding its annual Thanksgiving Pit Roast this year. Come drop off your fully thawed turkey, ham, chicken, ribs or whichever you choose between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 in the St. Matthew parking lot. Pick up your cooked item Thanksgiving morning between 8:30 and 9. For a donation as small as $25, you can send a scout off on their next outdoor learning adventure. Donations will be collected when you drop off your items. Please limit your meat to under 20 pounds to ensure it cooks completely, no stuffing in birds and enclosed in a tightly sealed oven bag with any seasoning you may want. The Scouts will wrap your meat in foil and wire before tagging it with an ID tag. Please bring a cooler to transport your items home to keep them warm before dinner. All money raised directly go to the Scouts and to our Glen Greathouse Campership Fund which helps our Scouts who may need it. Please reserve your spot as we only have space for 100 items! Call or text Kris Walkinshaw at 480-229-8323, or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety Task Force Event Training
One hour training for volunteer parking lot external greeters on December 13th in C4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A preview of some of the Safety Task Force duties was presented during the 9:00 a.m. service on November 11th.
Photo Orders Reminder
If anyone wants to order copies of the photographs taken for the Directory for gift-giving at Christmas, please let Karen Neuberg know as soon as possible. Prints are available in 11x14, 8x10, 5x7 and 4x6 sizes. The photos taken in 2017 and up to March, 2018 will only be available until December 31, 2018. Photos taken in October, 2018 will be available until June 30, 2019. Please submit your request to email@example.com. Thank you!
Intergenerational Worship Service
These will take place on all three-day holiday weekends and 5th Sundays. Children will remain in worship following the children's moment. All generations will have role in these worship services and if you are interested in participating please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Methodist Women-Morning Glories
Our regular meetings are first and third Tuesdays. The first Tuesday we meet in Room C6/7 of the Activity Center at St. Matthew at 9:00 a.m. The third Tuesday is normally a breakfast out. Co-chairs are Karen Anderson, (480) 892-2082 and Bev Secrist (480) 345-9420.
Hands of Joy Sign Language Choir
The Hands of Joy choir will meet on Saturday, at 10 a.m.for an hour and a half in the choir room in the B Building. This will be our regular rehearsal time.
FOURTH FRIDAYS OUT
This school year (September 2018 - April 2019) we will offer eight 4th Fridays Out from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The dates are BLACK FRIDAY November 23 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., December 28, 2018 and January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, 2019.
Share the Blessing
Help us spread the word! Every other Saturday, St. Matthew is proud to serve families who are in need of food assistance by passing out non-perishable food boxes from 8:30 am until the boxes are all distributed. Each box is given on a first come, first serve basis and feeds a family of four for 3-4 days. Please share the program and invite people to come to our church campus every other Saturday to make use of our program. For questions, email email@example.com. Join the crew and find joy in serving. We have fun too. (See pictures on the Serve/Outreach page.) Next distribution dates: December 1 and December 15
We need more canned food, especially canned meats, i.e. chicken, tuna.. If you would like to donate, bring canned food to building B on the Thursday morning (around 9 am) prior to a Sharing-the-blessings-Saturday so they can be packed! Thank you!
Youth Band Practice takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 11:30 a.m. All instruments, all skill levels welcome. For details email Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have instruments hiding in a closet that are no longer used, please consider donating them to the band. They are very excited about this opportunity.
Girl Scout Troop 841 meets every Sunday from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the B building. We would love to have anyone interested in joining us to come on by and check us out! Christmas sales coming soon. Look for our table and help support our troop! For information about joining the troop, contact the church office at 480-838-7309.
Monthly Book Readers Group
This group normally meets in Building 2B, room 11 every fourth Sunday at 10:30 a.m. following the 9:00 a.m. service. (We are booked into B13 for September, October and November.) Watch the Upcoming Events or Current Events for information on the next book we will discuss. We read and review a different book each month. Come and join us whether or not you have read the current epistle. Happy Reading!
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. 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. In November, please pray for: Primera Iglesia Unida Methodista, Phoenix; Payson UMC; Paradise Valley UMC; and Phoenix Native American Fellowship. In December, please pray for: Orontes Project - Scottsdale; North Scottsdale UMC, Scottsdale; Journey UMF, Maricopa; and Grace UMC, Mesa.
Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study
Fall study takes place on Thursday morning, 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. in room C6/7 of the Activity Center. The current Study will be a continuation of Fruit of the Spirit by Beth Moore and will end December 13. All women are invited. Please join us.
Contact Jo Sprankle at email@example.com or Anne Dutton at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or receive further information.
Thursday Morning Pastor’s Bible Study
The Pastor's Bible Study meets on Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in C6/7. This Bible Study is discussion based, and no preparation is needed. Just come as you are able and join us! Pastor Brooke will offer some international interpretations of selected parables as we consider what we can learn and take away from these stories intended to teach lessons and exhort to action.
United Methodist Men
The Thursday Men's Bible Study, meets at 6:45 a.m. in room C6/C7. Please join us for study and fellowship.
Monday Evening Bible Class C4 Activity Center
All Men and Women are invited for a Study of Galatians Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. in the Activity Center, Room C4. This class is designed to give us a history of the beginning of the church and the involvement of some Apostles. You will need your Bible. Child care will be provided if needed.
Contact Anne Dutton at (602) 620-2188 or email@example.com
Sunday Morning Searchers Bible Class C4 Activity Center
Adam Hamilton’s Unafraid is the current book the Searcher Bible Class is studying. A widely admired mainstream pastor shows how people and communities can flourish as beacons of hope and serenity in an anxious age. If anyone is interested in joining this discussion, contact Leroy Hirsch at Leroy.firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in room C4 of the Activity Center.
Come stretch and release tension! We meet Tuesday and Friday, every week, at 9:30 AM in the Activity Center for gentle restorative body work in a chair or on a mat.
Tuesday Coffee Group
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. Pastor Brooke will be joining us.
Habitat for Humanity
ST. MATTHEW MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN SING! AN IRISH CHRISTMAS:
Opportunities- St. Matthew Needs You:
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 at email@example.com. Our youth have responded and are filling some Sundays that were in need. Thanks to those who have participated. More help is always welcome, so contact Bill if you are interested.
We need volunteers for Sunday Greeters. Contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com if you can help.
Join the Sanctuary Choir! Or the Bell Choir!
Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (480) 358-7923.
Join the Hands of Joy Sign Language Choir
The Hands of Joy choir will meets on Saturday at 10 a.m. for an hour and a half in the choir room in the B Building. All are welcome to join us whether you know how to sign or not. We’ll teach you! If you’d like to learn a few signs or just enjoy the sounds of the season, you are welcome to join us. Keep an eye out for our Christmas concert and come enjoy an afternoon as we share some Peace on Earth. For questions, contact Gail Hahn, Hands of Joy Director, at 480-732-0209 or email@example.com.
The Church Office hours are 9:00 a.m to 1:00 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 About/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.