Weekly News

First Sunday in Lent – February 18, 2018

Dear Church Family & Friends,

We remember our dear friend of St. Matthew’s, Fr. Frank O’Donnell, who went home to be with the Lord on 1-28-18. His Requiem Eucharist is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd, at St. Matthew’s, with Bishop Grundorf officiating. There will be a luncheon following: if you can contribute food for this and/or help in the kitchen, please let Alma know. Thank you.

Lenten Schedule:

We have Lenten services each Wednesday until Holy Week at 6 p.m. that will last around 30 minutes.

Holy Week schedule: Maundy Thursday Holy Communion Service at 7 p.m. Good Friday will also be at 7 p.m., and will include our version of the Stations of the Cross (drawn only from biblical events), and the Tenebrae Service based on Christ’s seven last sayings from the Cross.

Easter Sunday is normal schedule.

This year’s Anglican Province of America Lenten Appeal is for our educational missionary work among the poorest folks in India- please see the bulletin insert or bulletin board notice for details. The Bishop is asking those who can to give $1.50/day of Lent (total of $60). Please make checks payable to St. Matthew’s, with “Lenten appeal” in the memo section. Thank you!

The First Sunday in Lent – February 18, 2018:

9:00 a.m.: spoken Communion service.

9:45-10:30 a.m.: Christian education and Choir practice.

11:00 a.m.: Holy Communion with music. The First Lessons is Isaiah 58:5-9, and the Psalm is 3. The sermon is entitled Things Could be Worse in a series through the Book of Exodus.

Hymns: “Forty Days and Forty Nights” 55; Lord, in This Thy Mercy’s Day57; “All Things are Thine” 732; Bread of the World196; O Saving Victim209 (2nd tune); “Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days” 59.

The Reader is Mark Canter. The Chalice Bearer is Neil Grant. The Acolytes are from among Caleb Allen, Thomas Kopp, Spencer Roane, and Brookelyn Weaver. The Ushers are Andrew McKinney and Steve Miller.

Altar Flowers are not used during the penitential season of Lent. Donations are being accepted for Easter flowers. Please sign up on the 2018 flower chart on the bulletin board.

There are activity packets for younger children available for use during the service hanging on the coat hooks by the organ.

This Sunday is a Finger-food Fellowship in the Parish Hall following the 11 a.m. Communion Service. You don’t need to have brought anything to join us for the food and fellowship.

Our St. Matthew’s Cook Team is scheduled to help in the kitchen and serve food at the ABCCM Veterans’ Restoration Quarters (VRQ) on the first Monday evening of each month. Close to four hundred meals are served each day, and donations are needed to offset the cost of meals. If you would like to donate toward this ministry, please make checks payable to “St. Matthew’s Anglican Church,” and in the memo line write “VRQ food.” [NOTE: please remember that special offerings should be in addition to your tithes for the maintenance and mission of St. Matthew’s.]

There will be a sign-up sheet for volunteers for our March 5th Cook Team. We need eight volunteers and two alternates who can fill in at the last minute if needed: those who were not able to be part of the February Cook Team should sign up first. We also could use donations of cookies again for that evening. Thank you!

A basket for ABCCM North food donations is located near the church main entrance.

The Vestry encourages us all to wear our name tags as a help for visitors, and a way for our newest members to get to know one another by name.

Saint George Anglican Church (427 Batesville Road, Simpsonville, SC) will be holding a Lenten Quiet Day on February 24, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you plan to attend, please do let Fr. Paul Rivard know by email (frpaul@stgeorgeapa.org). Coffee and light snacks will be available during the day.

Can’t make it to church on Sunday? Whereas there is no substitute for the real thing, don’t forget that there are sermons and devotionals on the church website (stmatthewsweaverville.org) posted each week for your edification.

Prayer Needs: Thank you all for your continued ministry of prayer for those on the St. Matthew’s Prayer List, each other, and the other needs of the world around us. Special prayers are asked for the following folks of the St. Matthew’s Church family: Alma & Tricia (ongoing medical treatments). Tricia came through her surgery well.

Prayer is also requested for Brenda Canter’s friend Windy, Eleanor’s sister Ruth (surgery pending for 2-26-18), Larry Farr’s friend Gary (surgery pending for 2-19-18), Cheryl’s Aunt Kathleen (in post-surgical rehab), the Rhines’ friends Susan & Dan, Andrew McKinney’s uncle Gerald (needs kidney transplant), Janice Larson, Genevieve Gaea (cancer), Derek (Pat’s nephew). Orene (Reva’s sister on hospice care), and those recovering from a variety of ailments.

Fr. Greg