Wow! Is anyone else having a hard time believing it’s August already?  The Back-to school commercials are already on (if I was a kid, I would hate that!). Personally, I look forward to fall each year; it’s my favorite season, especially in New England. But I am especially excited for it this year because we will be launching our NextGen program at all three campuses. You should start to see transformation taking place in our “Sunday School” space. This new endeavor is a lot of work and comes at significant cost, but it’s an investment that I believe will be well worth the time and money. 

I spent a day up at Soulfest last week. Someone asked me which band I wanted to see, I told them, “I didn’t care” as I just wanted to spend time with our group and share in the “experience” that is Soulfest. (OK, I cheated a little,…. I didn’t sleep on the ground, get sun burn or stuck in a torrential downpour which happens at least once during the week.) But what I did get, was to see some of the kids that I had in youth choir quite a few years ago, that have grown into some pretty terrific young adults, thriving in that environment. Aside from feeling a little old, I felt proud and fortunate to see how these kids have grown in their faith and relationships with one another and their leaders! I attribute much of that to their faithful attendance in church and Sunday school, at youth group and in choir and to parents who were diligent and teachers and leaders who were dedicated. Our message won’t change but how we deliver it has to. There’s too much at stake to not make every effort in providing an environment that kids want to come to, where they feel welcomed and can learn how to develop their own relationship with Christ.

Meetings for all volunteers/leaders of NextGen will be Aug 20th and Sept 3rd, immediately following worship. 

 

     Open Invitation

 Every year thousands of babies die from sudden infant death syndrome.   Kristen Gondolfo is organizing a special remembrance celebration for her daughter, Isabella who passed away to SIDS in 2006. This will take place at St. Matthews on Thursday August 10th at 6:00 pm.  The Gondolfo family would like to extend an invitation to all, not only to celebrate the life of Isabella on her birthday but also remember the life of each of these babies who are no longer with us.  This is an open invitation to our church family and community. 

 

              Our last FREE Family Movie Night will be Aug 25th at 7pm .

Our last movie of the summer will be ~ SING.

Invite your friends ~ FREE popcorn and snacks, games and give aways 

 

Reminder that the deadline for donating School Supplies is Aug 20th.  If making a financial donation, please make your check out to CARE ministry with school supplies in the memo line.

 

HERO CENTRAL DAY CAMP will be held the week of August 14th – 18th at our Rock Church Plaistow location (currently only $39 for registration!).  If you have a child going into K-8th grade, or know someone who may be interested in attending, we’d love to have them!  We’re also in need of volunteers to help out before, during and after the week so if you have some time and a desire to bless our community while pouring into the next generation, we’d love to have you!  Registrations for campers or volunteers are available online at http://2017.cokesburyvbs.com/rockchurch.

                 Coming up in SEPTEMBER              

September 9th  Sandown Old Home Day

      FOR OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Starting bright and early at 7:30 am, we will be hosting a FREE pancake breakfast at the Rec Center.  In addition, we will have a booth offering FREE water and freeze pops throughout the day. 

               Many volunteers will be needed.                

 

September 10th - Rally Day (NEXTGEN begins) 

Our annual Church BBQ and Baptism service will be on Sept 10th at Camp Tasker in Newton, NH. If you are interested in being baptized in the lake this year, please contact Kristen at: kristen@stmattumc.org

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy this lovely summer weather and while you may be taking time away for vacation that you stay faithful in your alone time with the Lord. I hope to see you all in worship this Sunday!       God Bless, Pastor Beth

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