Thought of the Week

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Relative Harmony in Concert
Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 pm
Go to the concert page for details.

Announcements

January 20 & 27 – Sunday Services: 8:00 am Holy Eucharist (BCP); 9:15 am Contemporary Family Eucharist; 11:00 am Choral Eucharist.
February –  Sunday Services: 8:00 am Holy Eucharist (BCP); 9:15 am Contemporary Family Eucharist; 11:00 am Choral Eucharist
Incense will be used on February 3 at the 11:00 am service.

On behalf of Altar Guild, thank you to the people who stayed around to help remove decorations after the 10:30 service last Sunday.  The extra hands are always greatly appreciated!

There will be two study groups this season: Daytime group, which meets for a bag lunch on the second Thursday of the month at 11:00 am, will be exploring the prophets of Hebrew scripture and their relevance for today. The group begins on February 14.  The second group will meet on Tuesday evenings during Lent beginning March 10 at 7:00 pm. Although open to everyone, it is also a training session for people who would be like to be licensed as lay readers. The sessions will be Liturgics (why do we do that in church); Hebrew Scriptures and their relevance for Christians in our era; Christian Bible as history or myth; Prayer as a response to baptism; for people to be licensed lay readers, there will be an interview with a diocesan staff person. 

137 pounds of food were donated in December for a total of 1905 pounds in 2018, exceeding our goal of 1800 pounds! Thank you, everyone for your loyal support of this important outreach program. January will be ”Souper Sundays” month, when cans of soup are greatly appreciated in addition to our special items for the month, high fibre cereal or instant oatmeal, and peanut  or soy butter. We do ask that people donate only items named in the announcements or from the Donation Request List available at www.stmattjam.org, on the Community Partners page.

On February 3, we will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. At the service, we will bless a candle for each household in the parish. Incense will be used at the 11:00 am service. The candle decoration day will be Thursday, January  24 at 11:00 am. Sandwiches and bubbly will be supplied.

Prayer requests are to be sent to the office, stmattjam@gmail.com, 519-822-1061. Space will be made each Sunday for people to add extra prayers of their own.

People who would like to try their hand at bulletin design are invited to make photo/vector/watercolour sketches for the Holy Week and Easter covers. We cannot guarantee which ones we will use but the services will range from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday (the last supper), Good Friday, Easter Eve and Easter Day. Less literal and more metaphorical is the goal. 

Next date for baptism is January 20 at 11 am. Adults or teens who would like to receive baptism are invited to speak to Trudy about the process. Adults are usually baptized on Easter Eve, and babies or toddlers in the day. 

Prayer requests are to be sent to the office, stmattjam@gmail.com, 519-822-1061. Space will be made each Sunday for people to add extra prayers of their own.

Contact / Directions

  • 519-822-1061
  • stmattjam@gmail.com

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