The Weekly Link
Week Link for November 24 to November 1, 2013
SunNovember 24, 2013
- Morning Prayer Rite II
- Bible Study - Rehearsal
MonNovember 25, 2013
TueNovember 26, 2013
WedNovember 27, 2013
ThuNovember 28, 2013
FriNovember 29, 2013
Intercessions and Thanksgivings
THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are given to the glory of God by Helen Dunnington in loving memory of her husband, Paul; her brother, Lucien Peyronnet, Nellie Peyronnet, Drew and Richard Hogan; and by Bill Selden in loving memory of his parents, William and Audrey Selden.
WE PRAY FOR THE SICK AND THOSE RECOVERING: Scott Alcorn, Judy Aliotti, Trigg Archibald, Elwood Austin, Hal Baird, Carol Bell, Jean Biscoe, Glenn Briody, Frances Chaffins, Lauren Cherry, Libby Cowgill, Melvin Fornoff, Thomas George, Tucker Gordon, Mary Guengrich, Gary Harton, Joan Jones, Day Jordan, Beverly Lee, Marianne Micks, Jed Norment, Rita Purcell, Larry Sharpe, David Simpson, Henry C. Smith, Bruce Sullivan, Ashley Tucker, Deidre Turner, Dick Turner, Dorothy Vanhersh, Barbara Weick and Claire Youngman.
WE PRAY FOR THOSE UNABLE TO JOIN US PHYSICALLY FOR WORSHIP: John Andrako, Jule Bolio, Virginia Brinton, Gloria Brown, Helen Dunnington, Gertrude Gault, Pi Harwood, Bea Johnson, Foster Jennings, Stewart Peery, Nita Rhett, Alice Wilson, and Helen Wilson.
WE PRAY FOR ST. MATTHEW’S FAMILIES EXPECTING BABIES: Caroline and Matt Baldwin, Holley and Ken Curell, Ashley and John Easter, Jenny and Michael Larkum, Beth and Lev Lewis, Tracee and Keith McDonald, Johanna and Will Montague, Beverly and Cory Payne, Ashley and Chris Racine, Heidi and Chris Wilkins, and Ashley and Harry Wilkins III.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
We invite you and your family to a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 8th at 5 PM. Come hear traditional Advent readings and carols along with special choir selections. Works by J.S. Bach and arrangements by Willcocks and Rutter will be included.
VCU OPERA - OPERA SCENES
Choral Scholar, Ryan Blevins, will be featured at the VCU Opera Scenes production on Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 24th at 4:00 PM. Come help celebrate the milestone Birthdays of Verdi, Wagner, and Britten. The performance will be at Vlahcevic Concert Hall in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Free and open to the public.
Choral Scholar, Lexie Gruber, will be a featured soloist on Vivaldi’s Gloria, part of the VCU Choral Ensemble’s Concert on December 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be at Vlahcevic Concert Hall in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts.
VESTRY NOMINATING COMMITTEE is seeking nominations for this upcoming Vestry class. We ask that you prayerfully consider serving our Lord through this service at St. Matthew's. Please contact anyone on the Nominating Committee to nominate yourself or a fellow parishioner. If you are a confirmed member in good standing with the Episcopal Church, you are qualified to serve on the Vestry. Please contact January Britt, Jim Cocke, John Knight, Mac Pace, Jacob Piersol, Jean Ray, Dave Vachet or Steve Witmer to nominate someone. Forms are available in the Narthex for nominations. Please complete the form and place in the offertory plate or give it to a committee member.
SPIRITUAL SNACK – Because Scripture is God-breathed it’s not … weak. “God’s Word is powerful. It was with His Word that He created the entire Universe. He said, ‘Let there be,’ and there was. When Jesus, God the Son, came to Earth the power of His Word was on full display. When He spoke demons cowered, winds and waves retreated, diseases fled, and dead people came back to life. God’s Word is unimaginably powerful. It’s by God’s Word that any of us can be saved. God uses His powerful Word to break into cold dead hearts and give them eyes to see Jesus, who was raised from the dead by God’s Word. And it’s by this same Word that God continues to reveal Himself to us. The book that sits untouched on your shelf is the Word of Almighty God. It is holy, sacred, true, and unimaginably powerful. When God Himself speaks it should change the way we listen” (5-words-vs-5-lies).
FOOD BANK COLLECTION Please help the Sunday School collect non-perishable food to donate to the Food Bank. Food may be put in collection boxes located in the Education Wing by Sunday December 8.
SHOPPING 101 – Spending Thanksgiving away and need a host/hostess gift? Want to make your holiday meals and entertaining easier? Is your Christmas shopping finished? Need some bling for those Christmas outfits? Don’t stress! Help is available! St. Margaret’s Circle has lined up a plethora of possibilities for your Thanksgiving and Christmas needs. Saintly Seasonings (our versatile and delicious spice mixes), beautiful notecards & original paintings (by a St. Matthews’ artist!), cookbooks, medallions and Bling (yes, Bling) are for sale beginning today. (Hmmm . . . a cookbook and spice mix would make a nice hostess gift!) Proceeds from these sales benefit the circle’s charitable giving which have included purchases of library books for our Preschoolers, funds to help youth attend mission trips, donations to help provide scholarships to our Preschool, and have helped the Jaime Cocke Fund at Georgetown Hospital, Young Lives, CHAT, and Vacation Bible School among others. Come to the parish hall after the service and see what’s new this year!
St. Margaret’s Circle would like to thank the congregation for your past support in purchasing Saintly Seasonings and our other items we have had for sale. Because of your generosity of $1200 we were able to donate to CHAT, Friends of China, Young Lives, St. Matthew’s Preschool –scholarships, Georgetown University(Jamie Cocke Fund) and St. Matthew’s Vacation Bible School. These organizations are in keeping with St. Matthew’s emphasis on missions both locally and internationally as well as outreach to our own parish. We look forward to your continued support so that we may help others again in such a generous way.
A CHRISTMAS PAGEANT REMINDER that the first Bible study and rehearsal for all 2nd - 5th graders interested in a speaking role will be held today in the library immediately following the 10:30 service today. Lunch will be provided. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, please contact Virginia Witmer - 467-7885 email@example.com.
We also need to herd our critters and gather our angels (age 3 and up). A sign-up sheet for shepherds, sheep, donkeys, and angels is posted in the hall of the education wing - on the wall to the right of the infant room.
Bible Study/Rehearsal Schedule for Speaking Roles -
Sunday, December 8 immediately following the 10:30 service until 1:30 - lunch will be provided (library)
Sunday, December 15 immediately following the 10:30 service until 1:30 - lunch will be provided (library/run through in costume in the Sanctuary)
Final Dress Rehearsal and Party for All Children -
Saturday, December 21 3:00 - 5:00 pm (meet in Sanctuary)
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS if you would like to give a Poinsettia at Christmas in loving memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special blessing, please fill out the bulletin insert and place it in the offering plate along with your check for $12 payable to St. Matthew’s Altar Guild; or call Marlene Schue at 282-8201. The absolute deadline is December 8th. The poinsettias that adorn the church will be given to shut-ins.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WAY TO VOLUNTEER at Saint Matthew's that won't take up too much time? Please consider being part of the Greeters who welcome everyone to the 10:30 service. We would like to add a third greeter for the door from the library, and so need additional volunteers. The only requirement is having a smile and a cheery welcome. It is important to make everyone, visitors and members, feel welcomed each Sunday. Greeters serve once every five or six weeks. If interested please contact Linda Davidson at . Please join us, as a regular or as a substitute.
VCU'S INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HOLIDAY VISIT PROGRAM, specifically for Thanksgiving Day. We match international students with Americans who are interested in showing friendship and hospitality by inviting international students and scholars into their homes to share Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for international students to be in a home, to share a meal and their culture with Americans and to gain a better understanding of American culture.
To help out please visit our website and download a volunteer form at http://www.global.vcu.edu/pdf/American_Volunteer_Thanksgiving.pdf.
YOUTH LEAF RAKING RAFFLE - LAST CHANCE to buy a raffle ticket for the opportunity to have your yard raked by an enthusiastic group of our St. Matthew's youth! Tickets are $5.00 each and will be on sale in the parish hall for the last time on Sunday November 24th between services and after the 10:30 service. The drawing will take place at the Nov. 24th youth group meeting and the winner's yard (or yard of choice) will be raked on Saturday, December 7th. Proceeds from the raffle support mission efforts. Many thanks to everyone who purchased pies and supported our primary youth fundraiser for missions. There are a few pecan and pumpkin pies still available for purchase on a first-come-first-served basis. Pies are $10 each and anyone wishing to purchase an extra pie should contact Mark Hopkins.