In This Week's Newsletter:
- All about Pentecost XXII
- This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
- Our Prayer List
- Share Your Memories of Richard Brode
- 2020 Annual Report: Lunchtime Ministry Report
- Music Ministry: In-Person & Virtual Town Hall on November 15
- In-Person Bible Study
- Connect With Us
- Giving Back
- Thankful Stewards
- Lunchtime Ministry
- The George Jardine & Son Organ of 1877 Update
All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. As November heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. At the Lord’s table we gather with the faithful of every time and place, trusting that the promises of God will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in the new Jerusalem.
Readings and Psalm
The book of Revelation is written to seven churches in western Asia Minor during a time of great oppression. Today’s reading is a response to the question asked in 6:17: “Who is able to stand?” The writer gives the faithful the assurance of God’s protection and a vision of victory.
Taste and see that the goodness of the Lord.
1 John 3:1-3
A saint is one who has been set apart by God for God’s purposes. God, out of divine love, set us apart to be the children of God. Our holy hope is that we shall see God as God really is.
In the Beatitudes, Jesus provides a unique description of those who are blessed with God’s favor. His teaching is surprising and shocking to those who seek wealth, fame, and control over others.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, November 1 at 10:30am ET for community and worship!
We invite you to attend in-person by following our COVID-19 safety protocols, or tune in virtually via Facebook Live or our website A PDF of our bulletin will be available on our website this weekend.
We give thanks to our worship team this week:
- Ushers: Courtney Kochuba, Leslie Neve, Sarah Reever-Pickerel
- Lector: Sarah Reever-Pickerel
- Organist: Matthew Hummel
- Cantor: Courtney Kochuba, Bernadette Oberndorf
- Assisting Minister: Mark Singleton
- Preaching / Liturgist: The Rev. Gary C. LeCroy, Pastor
Please help us reconstitute our Prayer List. You may send a request to the church office or text Pastor Gary. This week, we ask that you remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness:
Remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness:
- The family of Janie Johnson, Sexton St. John Lutheran Church, Newark
- Humberto, the family, and friends of Richard Brode
- The family of Curtis Goff (pastor’s cousin)
- The family of Carl Hartman Jr. (Bert, Cassie, and Lydia)
- Bill Goffi (Shelter Church pianist)
- Dena Calabrese (friend of Irene Murray)
- Brian and his family (friends of Courtney Kochuba)
- Carol and Donna (friends of Leslie Neve)
- Zoia “Charlie” Foster (Pastor’s niece)
- John Weakland (Brian Weakland’s Father)
- Dida Hagen (friend of MIndy R recently diagnosed with lung cancer)
- Joanne Krayer (Joel's cousin)
- Those in our community lost to Covid19, the more than 213k deaths in our country, and those who suffer worldwide: Gilberto and Janet Diaz-Granados (friends of pastor), Francis Ng (friend of Dan Stoll) Charles Powers (friend of the Meusel family) Rosa Reyes (funeral by our parish), Richard Altomare (friend of our neighborhood), Barbara Wolfshorndl (funeral by our parish), Dawn Ennis (sister-in-law of Pamella Pater-Ennis) Arthur Jusu-Davies (member) and Florence Dombrowsky (funeral by our parish)
Share Your Memories of Richard Brode
There is no way to thank our dear brother and friend, Richard Brode, for all that he has done for SMT and the mission in Hoboken over the past many years. His life is a testament to living a life full of faith, dedication, and work. We will continue to work and honor his memory. Visit this page if you would like to share your memories of Richard, which will then be included on a web page devoted to remembering his life.
2020 Annual Report
Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing highlights from our 2020 Annual Report. Today, we share an excerpt from Spike Enzweiler's Lunchtime Ministry Report.
One year ago, had anyone suggested to me that the goals for LTM in 2020 would include "keep our doors open," I would have laughed at them. At that time, we were a thriving drop-in center where our guests could do the crossword with friends, sit down for a good meal or a cup of coffee, receive a free haircut, or learn to play the guitar.
During autumn of 2019, we built strong partnerships with Hoboken Charter School and Hoboken Catholic Academy. At the start of 2020, we began working with Computers for People, a nonprofit run by an All Saints Episcopal Day School alum who got to know LTM through his time volunteering with us.
COVID-19 changed everything. As the state shut down, we had to rethink our policies overnight. We decided to “furlough” our volunteers, cut our sit-down services, and distribute to-go coffee, food, and toiletries. From March through September, this is how we have been operating. We've been moved and amazed by our community's response, as they have donated money, masks, hygiene supplies, and food items.
In order to maintain and expand our services going forward, while continuing to keep everyone safe, we have applied for grants from the Episcopal Diocese of Newark's Alleluia Fund ($6,000 granted at the end of 2019), the New Jersey Synod Fund for Mission ($10,000 granted at the end of 2019), the Wawa Foundation ($2,500 granted during 2020), and Walmart Community Grants ($1,000 granted during 2020). We are also counting on another $6,000 from ELCA World Hunger, as 2021 will be the final year in their three-year commitment of $6,000 annually.
Read more of Spike's report here.
Music Ministry: In-Person & Virtual Town Hall on November 15
Music accesses and expresses deep feelings far more powerfully than words alone. If we experience worship as boring, that feeling is most likely to come from a deficit in either the sermon or the music. We are thankful to have a pastor who excels in giving sermons. And, at the same time, we are devastated to have lost our fabulous music minister, Richard Brode. Now, we need to figure out where to go from here.
It is extremely important that we know what we want when we search for and call a new music minister. To that end, we will hold a “town hall” style in-person and Zoom meeting after church on November 15, so everyone who wants to will have a voice in shaping the future of music at SMT.
Think of the high points in your church year such as on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. Music may well be the first thing that comes to mind. What brings you closer to God? Chances are that the kind of music you hear and are asked to sing is integral to your feelings.
Music is something we both hear and sing when we worship. This is related to the fact that worship is both call and response. The call of God reaches the depths of our hearts with special power through music, and our singing expresses with special power the deepest response of our hearts to God.
We encourage each of you to join our meeting to discuss the future of music at SMT. More meeting details, including a Zoom link, to come soon.
Join us for in-person Bible Study at The SMT Center on Tuesdays at 2pm ET. It is during this time that we will take a look at next week's scripture readings and enjoy the new Center. Note that all participants are expected to wear a mask and be physically distant. Thank you!
Connect With Us
Especially during this time, connecting with each other is essential. Join our online community by following St. Matthew Trinity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for church updates, sermon excerpts, and more! Plus, don't forget to check out our website to learn more more about SMT, our history, beliefs, and programs.
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
— Maya Angelou, American poet
St. Matthew Trinity is truly grateful for all of the generous offerings that have continued to come in during these extraordinary times. Offerings continue to be received via check (our mail is picked up regularly) and/or online. You can learn more about the giving process here. SMT sincerely appreciates your financial and spiritual support so that our congregation may continue to minister to our community in Hoboken during these challenging and unique times. We are stronger when we give together!
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace."
— 1 Peter 4:10
St. Matthew Trinity is blessed with so many faithful stewards who have ensured that our church has been caring and serving in our Hoboken community during these extraordinary times. We gain strength from the commitment of each other. Our fall Stewardship outreach will be focused over the next few months as we commit ourselves to the mission of SMT. As we enter the season of giving, Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will be featuring Zoom Temple Talks as we adjust to the "new normal." There will be a letter and pledge card coming from Pastor Gary. The past two years we have had 26 pledges to the mission of SMT….we are hopeful that this year there will be an increase in pledges to join us in the important work that SMT does in Hoboken to the glory of God.
There are many people who work quietly and diligently behind the scenes. Thank you to our dedicated member, Mark Singleton, for all that he does as he uses his talents to support the mission of SMT. Mark performs an amazing service as he oversees our property assets and ensures that SMT is managing our property in a very competent and prudent manner.
Thank you to Pastor Gary who is called to shepherd our congregation through these tumultuous times. His heartfelt sermons speak to us and lift us up. Observations from Sunday’s sermon: We come from Earth and to Earth we shall return. Sin is defined as not trusting Jesus and being self centered. Freedom is knowing the truth about yourself and allowing that knowledge to guide your life.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
—1Corinthians 12: 4-7
Thank you!!!! - Terri Matteo
Greetings from Lunchtime Ministry! We're excited to have our friends from Hoboken Family Planning visit LTM this past week: They performed health screenings and sex education.
As we begin reopening our space and serving more hot food, we are encouraging people to donate hot dishes (soups, chilis, casseroles, etc): anything that can be made in bulk and frozen. Containers to store these, as well as other needed items, can be found on our Amazon wish list. We are also in need of sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soup (pop-tops are best!), which can be dropped off during LTM hours. Thanks for all you do to support this ministry!
- Spike Enzweiler
Our George Jardine Organ Update
Work is being done to repair and recondition almost four ranks of pipes - about 300 pipes. They will be carefully crated and brought to the workroom of the Peragallo Organ Company in Paterson, New Jersey. Because of working through these months of the pandemic, the workroom has not been able to schedule the crating and work until sometime in November / December. Considering that we've waited more than a decade for this work to happen, a couple more months is not so bad. We thank those who have been so generous in donating to the upkeep and restoration of this historic organ. The instrument will be celebrating its 144th anniversary in 2021. (And we're still striving to reach the $10,000 goal for this work!)
If you are interested in helping reach our goal, you can make a contribution to the St. Matthew Trinity “Music Ministry” fund or by sending a check to the office (St. Matthew Trinity, 57 8th Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030).