ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR December 9, 2018
Welcome to St. Matthews By-the-Sea. It is our hope that during our time of worship you will experience the presence of the risen Christ. As a courtesy to other worshippers, please check now to make sure that your cell phones are turned off. Thank you.
This morning's flowers were given by Pamela Woodside in memory of her mother, Alice Mitchell Woodside, on her birthday December 7.
We will worship only a 10:45am throughout the Advent season beginning December 9 so that we can observe this special time together as one large church family. The 8:30am service will resume January 6, 2019.
Your 2019 Offering envelopes are waiting for you in the narthex. Pick up the "gift that keeps on giving" and be so good as to use them regularly. Thanks.
Plan on attending this year's Annual Church Conference are held in the sanctuary this afternoon at a 3:30pm.
The Prayer Group invites all who believe in the power of prayer are invited to join them in the Baker Parlor every Monday at 9am for an hour of praise and supplication. What a great way to begin the work week. Add your prayers to those of our Prayer Group.
The United Methodist Women will meet in Clendaniel Hall this Tuesday at noon. It's the annual Cookie Exchange and Officer Installation. Bring three dozen cookies and your recipe. Cathy Morgan will provide the Christmas music. All the ladies of the church are invited.
Get in the Christmas spirit by "ringing the bell" for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive at Hocker's G&E at Salt Pond outside of Bethany Beach. SMBTS will provide ringers from November 26 until December 24 in two hour shifts. Contact Phil Drew (703-402-5735) or at moc.e1544931365gagtr1544931365omGFA1544931365@lihp1544931365 for more information and to schedule your ringing hours. Last year our ringers raised $5000 and we hope to do even better this year.
This year's Advent Bible Study continues this Wednesday at 3:30pm.
An election to fill four vacancies on the church's Board of Trustees will be held following worship on December 23.The Committee on Lay Leadership have nominated Mike Houser, Burt Laham, Dottie Moore, and Charles Zonko. Both full and associate members are eligible to vote.
This year's Memorial Communion Service will be held on December 30 during the 10:45am service. If you have a close relative that passed away this year and you would like them remembered, contact Rev. Miller. Members of St. Matthews By-the-Sea are automatically included.
With all the charitable drives that take place at Christmas, it would be easy to overlook the fact that hunter is not a December phenomenon. Remember to bring a food item with you when you come to worship. We'll see to it that your donation gets to the Pyle Center from whence it will find its way to someone who otherwise would hear hunger knocking on the door. There are bins in our narthex to receive your food gifts.