Mother Carrie’s Sermon from January 18, 2015 and Psalm 139

Mother Carrie’s sermon from today focused on today’s Psalm. Both are included below.

Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-17 from BCP

1
LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
2
You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
3
Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
4
You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
5
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
12
For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
13
I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14
My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.
15
Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day,
when as yet there was none of them.
16
How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!
17
If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service and Learning

martin-luther-king-quotes-i-have-a-dream-2Join us on Monday, January 19th, from 10am – 2pm for a day honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mother Carrie is hosting a Day of Service and Learning for children and adults, who may be free that day and wish to give back to others in the community.

There will be activities for all ages, including:
– Cooking – bake cookies and make sandwiches for the Samaritan Center
– Bread-making – Learn how to make Communion Bread for St. Matthew’s – Knitting – Learn how to knit prayer shawls or scarves for the Samaritan Center
– Movie – We’ll have a screening of a movie dealing with racism and justice
– Reading – We’ll have books written by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. available to read
– Listen – We’ll play the famous “I Have a Dream” speech/sermon
– Story time – we’ll read children’s books about Martin Luther King, Jr.
– Prayer – we’ll gather in prayer for peace, dignity, justice, and reconciliation

… and perhaps even more activites!

Sign up sheets for participants and for donating supplies are posted near the kitchen. If you don’t get a chance to sign up, please call the church office at 457-4633.

mlk everybody

If you plan to attend and you wish to donate supplies for baking and sandwich making, please see the following list of items that are in need:

– Boxes of Cake (Any flavor – about 12 needed)
– Carton of Eggs (about 2 needed)
– Vegetable oil (1 needed)
– Parchment paper (2 boxes needed)
– Zip lock bags (sandwich size, 7 boxes needed)
– Loaves of Bread (10 needed)
– Bologna (3 packages)
– Sliced cheese (4 packs needed)
– Lunch meat (3 packs)
– Peanut Butter (3 jars)
– Jelly (2 jars)

mlk 1If you wish to donate money in addition to, or instead of the items listed above, the cost of hosting the Samaritan Center dinner is approximately $300 to feed about 250 people, so anything you wish to donate is greatly appreciated!

You can give your donation to Mother Carrie, or place it in the small church on the pedestal next to the entrance of the church.

The Desk In The Hall

ashby calendarHave you checked it recently?  There is plenty of valuable info on it… something for everyone really.

Below is a list of some of the things you can find there:

• Check the St. Matthew’s Christmas Card Drop Boxfor any possible Christmas cards left there that may belong to you;

• Check for your 2014 Contribution Statement;

• Contribution Envelopes for 2015. If you would like envelopes – please notify Sue Turo, Financial Secretary;

• New Worship Schedules that begin on February 2nd. Please pick up your copy. THANK YOU for your service to St. Matthew’s;

• Ashby 2015 Calendars are available. Please take one home for your use during the coming year. We are most grateful to Maurer Funeral Home for underwriting the cost of the calendars again this year, and

• The Book for Altar Flower Memorials and Thanksgivings. You are invited to reserve your special date for Sundays throughout the year. More than one memorial or thanksgiving may be given on a Sunday. The cost for each flower arrangement is $25.00. (Reminder: flowers are not placed on the alter during Lent.)

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

PageantThis year, St. Matthew’s will have a Christmas pageant at both our 12:30pm Christmas Eve service and our 7:30pm service.

Rehearsals will be held after the 10:15 service on December 14th and December 21st.

If you’d like your child to be in the pageant, please sign up on the bulletin board or see Stacy Balduf.