Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Feb. 17, 2015

St. Matthew/San Mateo

Please join us for our traditional pancake supper, Tuesday, February 17th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. We will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, with applesauce and toppings, along with coffee, tea, and milk. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children 3-12 years old, and children under 2 are free. It is "all you can eat," so please join us. Please call the church office for further information (301-559-8686) or email Karen Cassedy ( if you would like to purchase tickets in advance.


Thoughts by Rev. Ana

While I was recovering from surgery, I read a book by Dallas Willard about spiritual practices. I was glad to see that he includes "celebration" as a prime Christian discipline. Willard says that by celebrating God's goodness we can avoid falling into despair. If we celebrate God's 'come down' love, no matter what we might be going through, we will find that it makes us stronger and more joyful.

Do you and the persons closest to you have special celebrations? How do you celebrate personal milestones and important family events? How do celebrate the Christian feasts? How do you "celebrate" your relationship with God? I remember visiting Salvadoran refugees in Nicaragua who had lost everything. They had an active committee called "the Committee for Joy," that organized folk dances, games, skits, etc. I remember two African women who said, "We sing and dance in order not to cry," after which they sang a hymn full of trust in God.

I've learned that, even when we deplore injustices around us, or suffer personal setbacks, we can celebrate God's faithfulness by sharing our hopes and joys, our faith and laughter. It does make us stronger. So, let's consciously include celebrating God's limitless goodness in our daily lives. It will make us not only more joyful, but more importantly, it will bring great pleasure to our loving Creator.


En la paz de Cristo,
Rev. Ana


St. Matthew's Church