St. Matthews Episcopal Church

Week of July 26th, 2016

Next Saturday, July 2nd, there will be a yard clean up at the church. All hands on deck - men, women and children.  If you get there as early as 8:30 am, you can grab a complimentary breakfast at the church.
 
Sunday, the 3rd, we will have a Morning Prayer service led by Debbie, followed by our pot-luck brunch.  There will be a lot of eating together this weekend!
 
There is a ice cream social planned for July 16 from 11 until 3 pm that will be open to anyone who might want to drop by.  We will advertise and Frank D. is hoping the ice cream can be home-made by those of us who have ice cream makers at home.  This will be a fundraiser with a portion of the money going to the Children's Home in Winston-Salem    http://www.tchome.org/    There will be more information in the God Spell on this, and there will also be an organizational meeting on Sunday, the 10th of July after the service. 
 
We have some openings for altar flower donations  later in July and also late August. Please check the sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex. For newer members, those who sign up need to  bring in their own flower arrangements on the morning of the service.  You may take them home with you after the service or give them to someone else.
 
We're doing well with our donations of food items to Crisis Control Ministries. Our goal was to donate 2,016 items in 2016.  We're halfway through the year and we have 788 items more to give.  Looks like we're going to surpass our goal.   Please continue to bring oil, margarine and sliced cheese on Sundays and put the margarine and cheese directly in the kitchen refrigerator.   Any other food items you can donate are so  very much appreciated by this organization. They are always in need of canned meats like Dinty Moore stews or Spam and right now they are also low on spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, toothpaste and toothbrushes, potato flakes, boxed dinners (like Hamburger Helper ) and baking items. In addition, if your zucchini and tomatoes start exploding in the garden, they will happily take fresh produce.  In 2015, Crisis Control Ministries provided food to over 6,000 families in Winston Salem and Kernersville, valued at almost a half million dollars!   This is an organization St. Matthew's has been a part of for decades, along with so many other churches in Kernersville.  How wonderful that we've stepped up on our donations.
 
For those of you traveling this holiday weekend, be safe and have a wonderful time. We'll see you soon!