The mission of St. Matthew's is to make disciples:
Our next Church Fellowship Dinner will be after the service on February 26th in the Bethany Room. Plan on enjoying hot roast beef, with mashed potatoes and gravy, and a delicious array of sides and desserts from the buffet table. All are welcome. Come and enjoy.
Ash Wednesday will be on March 1st. The evening service, including the traditional Imposition of Ashes, will be at 7pm. Please do make every effort to be there as we begin a new Lenten journey.
Do you think of Lent as 40 days of sorrow and gloom? Friend, walk the Lenten way with me this year, and I'll show you that it's not. Yes, the journey of Lent is the Way of the Cross, but we who belong to Jesus know that our final destination with Christ is not the cross but the empty tomb. The writer to the Hebrews tells us "for the joy that was ahead of him Jesus endured the cross" (12:2). Did you hear that? --for the JOY!
For the 5 Wednesday evenings following Ash Wednesday, join me in our Bethany Room for food, friendship, and a heart-warming, spirit-lifting study experience:
CHOOSE JOY, Because Happiness Just Isn't Enough, by Kay Warren
With the exception of the 7 pm service on Ash Wednesday, our Lenten midweek gatherings (March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5) will be in the Bethany Room. A meal will be served beginning at 5:30 pm; program and family devotions will begin at 6 o'clock.