As a Christian community on an exciting journey of faith, we strive to follow God’s loving ways by growing spiritually, reaching out to all and seeking truth and justice.
The first church, for the Lewisporte Mission, was a log cabin which was constructed in 1876, the same year of settlement and served the Methodist community as Church, Sunday school, and Day school. Then in 1903, Lewisporte became a separate charge, had its own resident minister and a new church was built on the present site of the Loyal Orange Lodge. Due to its boggy conditions, at the time, the congregation deemed this second church to be unsuitable and a new church was built very close to our present building and opened in the Spring of 1916.
In 1925, the Methodist church of Newfoundland entered into a Church Union and became a part of the United Church of Canada. In 1957, our church was officially given the name "St. Matthew's United Church." Due to a significant growth in our congregation, it was decided that a new church building was needed.
And on March 15th., 1964 St. Matthew's celebrated the official opening and dedication of our present church.
St. Matthew's United Church has played a very important role in the life of the Town of Lewisporte. Its past has been one of continual physical and spiritual growth.
OUR STAFF , BOARD & COMMITEES
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETING
The Board of Management Meeting has been changed to Tuesday, December 6th, @ 1:30pm. at the church.
Session meeting has been changed to Monday December 5th
@ 1:30pm and it will be in-person only at the church.
Choir practice will be held in the church parlour every Thursday night at 7:00pm., until Christmas,.
HAMPER AND WHITE GIFT
As Advent and Christmas approach, and we all want to be of help especially at this special time of year, we are asking this year that you offer gifts of money to our Compassionate Fund in lieu of items to fill Christmas Hampers.
On White Gift Sunday (December 11) we will encourage you to offer gifts of non-perishable food items
(which we will share with the Goodwill/Foodbank) as well as monetary donations in an envelope marked White Gift.
Maybe in the past you gave toiletries or food for hampers
but we are encouraging those in need of a Christmas dinner to apply directly through the Christmas Hamper program at the times listed below.
As a church family, we will still offer a Christmas gift to some but in order to offer what is most helpful and needed, we would appreciate having monetary donations so that we can purchase the items we need and things that will be of the most help to the people we will offer gifts to.
As we were given the greatest gift ever in Christ at his birth, may we be generous and loving in our gratitude for that gift as we share his love in this season.
To register for a Christmas hamper, please call the Salvation Army @ 535-2504. Only call during the following dates & times: December 8 & 9 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Hamper Pick up will be Drive-Thru & by appointment.
LOON BAY CAMP
If anyone is interested in sitting on the Board of Loon Bay Camp or interested in the treasurer position for the Camp, please contact Derek White @ 541-0766.
We are a scent free Church, due to life threatening allergies; especially perfumes, cologne, fragrances of any kind, flowers etc... We also need to be NUT FREE -peanuts and tree nuts. Thank you for your attention to providing a safe environment for all.
Items to be included in the bulletin are due at the church office by 4:00 PM on Thursdays. Any items received after this time will be included in the following week’s bulletin. Thank you for your consideration.
Food Bank Sunday: Food Bank Sunday is the third Sunday of every month and members of the congregation are asked to bring item(s) for the Food Bank. The food bank has given us the following list of the most frequently used foods for your convenience: Cereal, Pasta (spaghetti/macaroni), Pasta Sauce, Dessert Items (cookies, can fruit, jelly, etc.), Can Soup, Can Vegetables, Juice, Tea/Coffee, Sugar/Sugar Twin, Jam, Peanut Butter, or Cheese Whiz, Ketchup or Miracle Whip, Can Beans, Meatballs or Pasta, Crackers, Can Milk, Can Sandwich Meat and Kid’s Snacks (Pudding or Fruit cups, Cereal Bars, & Juice Boxes). Thank you.
Sunday, December 4th. - 11:00 a.m.
Join us for Sunday Morning Worship at St. Matthew's United Church.
Sunday Dec. 11 th – White Gift Sunday – worship will be lead
by our Youth and will feature special music. We encourage you to offer gifts of non-perishable food items (which we will share with the Goodwill Foodbank) as well as monetary donations in an envelope marked White Gift so that we might purchase the items we need and things that will be of the most help to the people we will offer gifts to who especially need our help.
2:30pm Porterville with Holy Communion
Sunday Dec. 18 th – Advent 4 - 11am St. Matthew’s, 2:30 Lay
Reader at Porterville. 7:00pm Quiet Christmas Service of Hope at St. Matthew’s (A service of quiet reflection and music for all and especially for those who do not, for many varied reasons, feel as if they can get into the joyfulness that is so much part of the celebrations of the Christmas season.)
Saturday Dec. 24 th – 7:00pm Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols (We ask that you mask as much as you are able, especially for singing, and every other seat will be roped off – we still have lots of room for everyone, though!) Sunday Dec. 25 th – no worship services today
Wednesday Dec. 28 th – Christmas Carolling – Weather permitting,
ST. MATTHEW’S UNITED CHURCH MEMORY TREE
November 27th – December 24th.
FAITH & FRIENDSHIP
Faith & Friendship is asked to see the sign-up sheet in the parlour for the crafting for shut-in gifts afternoon and potluck supper taking place on December 7th starting at 1pm. Be in touch with the office or Rev. Paula if you have any questions
*Out of care for those around us, masks are highly recommended for all in-church activities.”
NEWS & EVENTS
HOW TO DONATE
Your donation to the Life and Ministry of St. Matthew's United Church is greatly appreciated.
You may contribute in either of Three ways
Simply place your gift in the Collection Plate during our worship service. You may make cheques payable to St. Matthew's United Church. Please ensure that you identify the ministry that you wish to donate to. Envelopes may also be dropped off at the church office.
St. Matthew's are now able to accept E-Transfers through our email address email@example.com
Pre-Authorized Remittance, or PAR, allows you to support our church through an automatic monthly withdrawal from your bank account. Please consider PAR, if you wish to make regular contributions throughout the year. PAR is a convenient way to support both the church and M&S.
Being able to count on regular donations means increased financial stability for the times when you are away.
For more information please contact our Secretary at
the Church Office.
St. Matthew’s United Church, Main Street, P.O. Box 67, Lewisporte, NL A0G 3A0
Office: (709) 535-2629 • Fax: (709) 535-2689 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9a.m. - Noon, 1p.m. - 4 p.m
Friday 9a.m. - 1p.m.
Minister: Rev. Paula Gale 709-884-6356
Minister Emeritus: Rev. A.G. Elliot
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