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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • This Week's Worship
  • Our Prayer List
  • Join SMT for Holy Week: In-Person and Online
  • Easter Flower: Donations in Honor of Richard Brode
  • As Thankful Stewards: Faithful, Hopeful, and Generous Givers
  • Sunday School Updates
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Weekly Bible Studies: Join Us On Tuesdays & Wednesdays
  • New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Connect With Us
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, March 21 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:
  • The Rev. Gary C. LeCroy, D. Min. Pastor
  • Matthew Hummel, Organist
  • Bernadette Obendorf & Mark Singleton, Cantors
  • Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
  • Ken Nilsen, Lector & Usher
Prayer List

Please help us reconstitute our Prayer List. To add a prayer request, please email Pastor Gary. This week, we ask that you remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness:
  • The family and friends of Clay Edens (Pastor’s cousin who died on Thursday)
  • Richard Long (member) as he undergoes knee replacement surgery Wednesday, 3/17
  • Guy Schwanse (friend of Irene Murray) diagnosed with cancer
  • Jim Saha (friend of Leslie Neve) who was recently diagnosed with cancer
  • The family and friends of John Weakland (Brian Weakland's father)
  • Sheila (friend of Leslie Neve)
  • Humberto, the family, and friends of Richard Brode
  • Dena Calabrese (friend of Irene Murray)
  • Carol (friends of Leslie Neve)
  • Zoia “Charlie” Foster (Pastor’s niece)
  • Joanne Krayer (Joel’s cousin)
  • Those in our community lost to Covid19, the more than 2,000 deaths in Hudson County, the 532k 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), John Lescinsky (friend of Courtney Kochuba), Jaime Pombo (friend of our parish), and Raymond Kandler (friend of Leslie Neve)
Join SMT for Holy Week

As the close of Lent draws near, we look together towards the light. Join us for a celebration of hope & peace by attending Holy Week services in-person or virtually.

If you attend in-person, we do ask that you follow our COVID-19 safety protocols. Or, tune in virtually via Facebook Live or our website. See you then!

Palm Sunday
March 28 at 10:30am

Holy Thursday
April 1 at 7:30pm

Good Friday
April 2 at 7:30pm

Easter Sunday
April 4 at 10:30am
Easter Flower: Donations in Honor of Richard Brode

In lieu of donations for Easter flowers, we're asking congregants to donate to our organ restoration fund this season — while still maintaining the ability to honor their loved ones, per our Easter tradition.

Until his passing this last fall, Richard Brode led the organ project with a deep passion and commitment. He often remarked that he wanted the organ restoration to be his lasting legacy at SMT. We're delighted to share that within the last week, we have hit our fundraising goal for the organ restoration efforts! However, we will gladly continue to accept contributions, which will go towards future organ and music work at SMT.

Contributions can be made here. Please include the names of individuals whom you would like to honor and/or remember on Easter.

And never fear, there will still be a display of Easter lilies, hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips celebrating our new life in Christ on the altar! We will all enjoy the blooms on Easter Sunday, then share with the larger Hoboken community by featuring them in the SMT Center windows.

As Thankful Stewards: Faithful, Hopeful, and Generous Givers
 
 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God. 
 John 3:21 

Our pledges and deeds are done in God.  You may find a pledge card online that you may complete and submit. We have 100% participation from our Church Council! There is more good news…..SMT now has 23 pledges for 2021. Please send in your pledge to support our mission at St. Matthew Trinity. Give with faith, hope, and generosity.

SMT has a stewardship committee that will invite new ideas, new energy, and new voices. We have several dedicated members. One great idea has already been generated. During this season of Lent, think about the practice of almsgiving, kindness and charity towards others in need. Do something positive each day for others. If you would like to join this committee, please reach out to president@stmatthewtrinity.org.

Thank you for your continued offerings that are received via check (our mail is picked up regularly) and/or online. You can learn more about the giving process here. Our continuous generous giving allows SMT to serve in our corner of the world.  Please let us know who you would like to thank by emailing president@stmatthewtrinity.org Thank you to Pastor Gary for his leadership. Thank you to Mark Singleton for his sermon on the fourth Sunday in Lent.  Some takeaways: We have been saved by grace through faith! Grace is a free gift from God. This past year has been hard and we may be frustrated or angry with God, but God loves us anyway!

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.. 
Ephesians 2:14
Sunday School Updates
 
God's gifts of grace and healing were the subject in Sunday School this past week with "Moses and the Bronze Serpent."

Join us next week, March 21 at 9:30am via Zoom, for the lesson "Jesus Predicts His Death" (John 12:20-33) as we approach Holy Week.  

Email president@stmatthewtrinity.org for more information and the Zoom information.
Lunchtime Ministry
 
Hello from Lunchtime Ministry! We had lots to do this week, providing meals and coffee to 260 guests. We also received a timely donation of hand-knitted hats and scarves from Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake.

We are still in need of masks, gloves, and wipes, which you can order from our Amazon wish list. And of course, sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soups (pop tops are best!) can be brought by LTM every Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to noon. If you are interested in donating a hot dish or in volunteering, please email volunteers@stmatthewtrinity.org.
Weekly Bible Studies: Join Us On Tuesday & Wednesdays

We're delighted to share that Pastor Gary will be leading two weekly Bible studies on Zoom!

Tuesdays at 1pm
Click here for the Zoom link.

Wednesdays at 7pm
Click here for the Zoom link.

These studies will take a fresh look at Israel’s prophetic movement that undergirds the Christian understanding of Justice.

Note that we will be using the book The Prophets by Abraham Josua Heschel, which was first published in 1962 and recognized as a masterpiece of biblical scholarship. While the the book is not necessary for our study, it is recommended for further reading and insight. You can find it for purchase ($15) on Amazon.

For questions, please email Pastor Gary at pastorgary@stmatthewtrinity.org
New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccine

New Jersey has now opened up COVID-19 vaccination to health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, first responders and those at highest risk of severe disease. The high risk group includes: Individuals aged 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus.

If you are in one of these groups, we encourage to sign up for your vaccine as soon as possible. You get more information about New Jersey's vaccination program here.

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, there are generally three ways to get vaccinated: Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla announced the City of Hoboken launched a pre-registration process for seniors in Hoboken to receive a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. All Hoboken seniors 65 years of age and up are invited to register with the City of Hoboken here. Further, seniors ages 75 and up will be able to call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hotline at 201-420-5621 (9 am - 2 pm, weekdays) to pre-register if internet access is unavailable. Seniors can also leave a voicemail with CERT at that phone number starting Wednesday by providing first name, last name, age, address and phone number to pre-register. More information regarding obtaining a vaccine in Hoboken can be found here.

We encourage everyone to obtain the vaccine as soon as it is available to them, as it will allow us to return to normal services at which our entire congregation can take part! Love your neighbor and protect yourself. If you would like assistance in registering for a vaccine please contact Courtney Kochuba at president@stmatthewtrinity.org.
Connect With Us

Especially during this time, connecting with each other is essential. Join our online community by following St. Matthew Trinity on FacebookInstagram 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.
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Hudson & Eighth Streets
Hoboken, NJ 07030

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