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Joash Chest Sunday 2017

Just these lines, my friends …

… to say that my oh my, what a Sunday at Matthews United Methodist: remembering and honoring the Saints, the music of our Sanctuary Choir with Unclouded Day and Saints Bound for Heaven, Children’s Chimes, our 9:30 Praise Team (Amanda Hampton, Kristen Babb, Sue Oyach, Jeff Powell, Lou Hogue, Dave Powers, Tim Martin John Biggers, Tyris Washington), celebrating our babies, the Earn, Save, Give witness from Ken/Brenda Welty, and, of course, Holy Communion. You can watch here.

This Sunday (November 12) when we get together again, we will have our eyes open to 2018 with the expression of our financial commitments at the Joash Chest in all our worship services. This Sunday in The Deep (meets in the Gymnasium), we will be learning about Stewardship through music, skits and The Parable of the Talents in Matthews 25:14-30. In Centro Cristiana Hosanna (CCH) we will be in a new worship series titled, Leaving the Ordinary. Pastor Roldan will be preaching from Nehemiah 1. In 801South we will welcome a guest speaker, Charles Terry, who is a Certified Financial Planner and owner of Shepherd Wealth Partners here in Charlotte. Their vision is honoring God by guiding clients to better align, and live out, their faith through finances. Charles will provide some practical teaching on how we use our money.

Joash Chest Sunday this Sunday
Please remember to be prayerful in consideration of your financial commitment to our shared ministry for 2018. Our Joash Chest Sunday (Generosity Sunday) is this Sunday, November 12. The Chest will be open on November 19 and 26 as well. You can learn more about the upcoming weekend here.

It is always inspiring to watch the church pull together in generosity to bless our community and world. We may not bring the same gifts, but we strive to bring a united, sacrificial commitment to making God’s love real in our time. On Joash Chest Sunday, we intentionally celebrate our tithes and offerings for the coming year as an act of worship. By turning in a financial commitment card for 2018, we are saying, “I want to be a part of what Matthews United Methodist is doing in our community and world.” So, I invite you to have the conversation with your family, discern with your Heavenly Father, and bring your commitment card to worship this coming Sunday.

Vic Pentz tells the story of doing a memorial service for a wonderful lady who was very wealthy. It happened in Texas. This woman had grown up poor and didn’t like high society. She was in a small group that included a single mom, women of various races, and other regular folks.  In her will she left a million dollars to each member of her small group.  Over the years these women had prayed and walked her through a number of difficulties and losses. When Vic told me, her husband just shook his head and laughed. He said, “I tried to talk her out of it, but she was so excited.”

At the other end of the spectrum, one day when I walked into the Sanctuary I saw an offering envelope that had been left in the pew. Inside was ten dollars. Folded up was a note that said, “God, it’s been so long that I’ve been without you. It’s good to be back at church.  I’m sorry this is all I have…”  I’m sure those ten dollars were worth millions to God!

You and I were made to give. In the film Chariots of Fire, Olympian Eric Liddell said, “When I run I feel His pleasure.” We feel God’s pleasure when we give.

Rainbow Ark
An exciting new ministry called Rainbow Ark has launched at Matthews United Methodist to minister to families with special needs. To help us make this program the best it can be, we’d love your help with a very brief survey. Please click here. If you’d like more information about this amazing new ministry, please contact Autumn at 704-815-1919 or Autumn@MatthewsUMC.org.

Celebrating Pastor Stephen Knopp and Family
Pastor Stephen Knopp is beginning a new adventure in the days ahead. He is transitioning away from Matthews United Methodist to begin a new church here in Charlotte. We are so grateful for Stephen and his 4 ½ years of faithful service here in our midst. Please join us in celebrating Stephen on Sunday, December 3, from 12 to 1 pm in The Commons. The Staff Parish Relations Committee of Matthews United Methodist will host a reception and an opportunity for you to drop by and express your deepest thanks to Pastor Stephen, Emily and their beautiful family.

We will also be collecting a love offering for Pastor Stephen and his family during these final weeks of his ministry with us. If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to Matthews UMC with “Pastor Stephen Love Offering” in the memo line. His final Sunday/day to be with us will be Christmas Eve.

Please click here to read our exciting announcement regarding Pastor Corey. She will bring new leadership to 801South as she builds upon the strong foundation that Pastor Stephen has established! She will start transitional work in the days ahead, but her formal responsibilities begin on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Heartache, Once Again
“Oh, God, please end our days and nights of terror.” More senseless killing. More entrenchment. And the saddest thing is that I could write this on almost any Wednesday and little would need to be altered.

Are we, as a people, so collectively infested and diseased that we will never be healed? Perhaps it is indeed the time to throw up our hands and retreat into our cultural silos and just finish out the best we can.

But surely you’ve gotten to know me well enough over the last eighteen months or so to know I don’t believe that at all. I may ground down into despair for a day or three, but at the very core of my existence is inextinguishable hope (I Thessalonians 1:3). And hope points me/us to preparation.

Because of you, the faithful of Matthews United Methodist, we are continually looking for ways we can strengthen our safety and security:

  1. On Sunday mornings we have a police officer present on our site.
  2. We have 10 new radios that allow our ministries and on-campus police to listen to a common channel.
  3. We are updating our Usher training to cover radios, use of the panic system, assembly areas for fire evacuation, etc.
  4. Our Preschool has conducted fire, tornado and lockdown exercises.
  5. We have established relationships with first responders and other key people in our community.
  6. We are always working to improve emergency operations planning for every day, including Sunday mornings.

I’m soooooooooooooooo looking forward to seeing you on Sunday. You can’t imagine how grateful I am to be a part of a church where God is worshipped, and where reach, teach, praise and serve are our common practices … in ways both significant and small.

So grateful for each of you,

Dr. Charles (Chuck) W. Wilson II

Did you know that  the New Directions Sunday School Class gave nearly $9,000 to various efforts over the past 12 months? Recipients included Gordon Conwell, Intervarsity, Room in the Inn, Oasis Ministry, Youth Ministry at MUMC, Compassion International, Teachers at Matthews Elementary,  KLove Christian Radio,  Samaritan’s Feet, and MUMC’s Daily Bread Ministry.

Did you know Financial Peace University (FPU) leaders will be in the Sanctuary Reception Area this Sunday between services to answer your questions?

Did you know Valerie Layton and Liz Stollbrink celebrated their wedding on Saturday, October 28, in Apex, NC? Valerie is the daughter of Bob & Kim Layton.

Did you know that 9 members of our MUMC Youth Praise teams participated in the Heart for Monroe Fall Family Festival on Halloween night? These teens, along with their leader, Dan Meyer, played several of their favorite praise and worship songs and spread the love and light of Jesus to all who were there. The MUMC Youth, represented along with 14 other faith organizations, served approximately 1500 people at this festival, which was organized by Heart for Monroe Ministry.

Did You Know 21 members of Youth Choir and two adults traveled to Wesley UMC Sunday, November 5, to sing for their 9 and 11 am worship services?