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Election 2020 & Generosity

23rd Sunday after Pentecost in Ordinary Time | November 4, 2020 Just these lines, my friends … … to say thank you for the many of you who came by the church on Sunday for our drive-in Holy Communion. It was so good to see you and tell you how much we love and miss you. These connections mean so...
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Generosity & Fake Emails

22nd Sunday after Pentecost in Ordinary Time | All Saints Day | October 28, 2020 Just these lines, my friends … … to say thanks be to God for the following persons who have committed to sharing the adventure of deepening their relationship with Matthews United Methodist (MUMC) through membership: Larry & Melinda Jones (grandparents of the incomparable Hunter Adcock)...
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Caring for Our Congregation

21st Sunday after Pentecost in Ordinary Time/October 21, 2020 Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I loved driving by the church this weekend, and seeing all the people meeting in the parking lot. One night there were Boy Scouts and their leaders all over the place and then the next night our United Kids and their...
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Anger, Gratitude & Forgiveness

20th Sunday after Pentecost in Ordinary Time | October 14, 2020 Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I walked in the door of my house on Sunday afternoon and my wife, Karen, said to me, “That Corey can preach.” That was after she’d said to me the week before when I came in the door from...
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Ways to Demonstrate Generosity

19th Sunday after Pentecost in Ordinary Time/Youth Sunday/October 7, 2020 Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Sunday was a beautiful day involving the “Blessed Sacrament” (C.S. Lewis). It was World Communion Sunday. A special “thank you” to so many of you who came by the church to receive the Sacrament. By the time we started, just...
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Heigh Ho, It’s Off to Work I Go!

16th Sunday after Pentecost in Ordinary Time/September 16, 2020 Just these lines, my friends … … to say that what a weekend!  I loved coming to the United Kids Block Party on Friday night and seeing all the young families participating with their kids.  It was safe, distanced and so filled with joy. By the way, did you see Alix...
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Live Intentionally in My95

15th Sunday after Pentecost in Ordinary Time/September 9, 2020 Just these lines, my friends … … to say “thank you” for your remarkable support for our church. These days, your generosity means everything to your church. We are at work in so many innovative and creative ways to make God’s love real to the people of God called Matthews, to...
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Mercies in Disguise

12th Sunday after Pentecost in Ordinary Time/August 19, 2020 Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Karen and I have returned from our road trip adventure to and from Shawnee, KS. We got Karen’s mother all moved and returned with a bunch of her beautiful things. You would have loved watching us bounce down the freeway in...
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Patient Trust

11th Sunday after Pentecost/Ordinary Time/August 12, 2020 Just these lines, my friends … … to say that in the past few days two families have joined our Church: Joe and Christie Thomas (Sienna,10) and Mike and Alix Arndt (Andrew, 18, Daniel,16, Caroline, 13, and Abigail, 10).  By the way, Alix is a part of our staff community here at Matthews...