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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • All about Lent I
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
  • Our Prayer List
  • Virtual Sunday School Begins on February 21
  • Jardine Organ Update: Donations in Honor of Richard's Birthday
  • New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Giving Back
  • Thankful Stewards
  • Connect With Us
All About Lent I

Introduction
On Ash Wednesday the church began its journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This year, the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes in the Hebrew Scriptures and to use them as lenses through which to view baptism. First Peter connects the way God saved Noah’s family in the flood with the way God saves us through the water of baptism. The baptismal covenant is made with us individually, but the new life we are given in baptism is for the sake of the whole world.

Readings and Psalm
First Reading:  Genesis 9:8-17
Today’s reading is the conclusion to the flood story. Because of human sin, God destroys the earth by flood, saving only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark. Yet divine destruction gives way to divine commitment. As in the first creation, God blesses humanity and establishes a covenant with all creatures.

Psalm:  25:1-10
Your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness. (Ps. 25:10)

Second Reading:  1 Peter 3:18-22
As God acted through Christ’s suffering and death to bring us to God, so God acts through baptism to save us from a sinful existence. This spiritual cleansing marks our new life in Christ.

Gospel:  Mark 1:9-15
The Spirit that comes upon Jesus at his baptism sustains him when he is tested by Satan so that he might proclaim the good news of God’s reign.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, February 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
  • Courtney Kochuba & Rebeka Scheifer, Cantors
  • Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
  • Leslie Neve, 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:
  • Ken and Jack Nilsen, as they recover from their accident
  • The family of Jaime Pombo who died from COVID-19 on Wednesday
  • Leslie Handler (friend of Bernadette Oberndorf)
  • Gloria Honda and family at the death of Chris Honda (friends of Mindy Rostal)
  • Sheila Hayes (friend of Leslie Neve)
  • Humberto, the family, and friends of Richard Brode
  • Brian and family (Courtney’s friends)
  • Dena Calabrese (friend of Irene Murray)
  • Carol (friends of Leslie Neve)
  • Zoia “Charlie” Foster (Pastor’s niece)
  • Brian Weakland at the death of his father, John
  • Joanne Krayer (Joel’s cousin)
  • Those in our community lost to Covid19, the more than 1,900 deaths in Hudson County, the 481k 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)
Virtual Sunday School Begins This Week!

Greetings from the St. Matthew Trinity's Youth and Family Committee! Our mission is to joyfully connect youth and families of the SMT community to each other and the love of God.  We are delighted to share that virtual Sunday School will begin this Sunday, February 21. All are invited to welcome to join in the fun!

Below, you'll find more information on Sunday School and our other Youth and Family programs. To register your child, join our committee (we're always looking for new members) or for any questions, please email president@stmatthewtrinity.org
Jardine Organ Update: Donations in Honor of Richard's Birthday

As you know, we've been working to repair and recondition our George Jardine Organ, which includes about 300 pipes, for some time. This process is managed by Peragallo Organ Company, who crates and takes the pipes to their workroom in New Jersey. Progress has been halted due to the pandemic, however we are aiming to begin the restoration progress again very soon.

In the meantime, we are striving to reach our $13,500 goal that will cover this work. As of February 2021, we have $3,475 more left to raise.

Until his passing this last fall, Richard 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. This February would have marked Richard's 70th birthday — so we would like to honor him by completing the fundraising for these efforts.

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). Thank you, friends!
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.
Lunchtime Ministry

Greetings from Lunchtime Ministry! It's been a quiet week here with lots of delicious homemade meals donated by local volunteers. We served meals and coffee to 205 guests.

We are especially in need of masks, gloves and wipes, which you can order from our Amazon wish list. As always, we can also use sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soup (pop tops are best!), which 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.
Giving Back:  Pledge = Promise

“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”   … Galatians 6:9

Our stewardship program continues to receive pledges from our faithful members for 2021. Now is the time when our talk turns into action. We will not give up and it is never too late. You may find a pledge card available online, complete it, and submit. This is the first year that we have had the pledge card available online and many people have taken advantage of this convenience. Please send in your pledge, promise, to support our mission at St. Matthew Trinity.  Give with a smile, do not give up, and share some joy!

Join in our What Stewardship Means to Me craft! Sarah Reever-Pickerel has designed a PDF for families and individuals alike to print and share what stewardship means to them. You can find instructions and the printable PDF on our website (scroll down the homepage), our weekly Stewardship newsletter or on social media.

St. Matthew Trinity is grateful for all of the generous offerings that have continued to come in during these extraordinary times. Offerings are received via check (our mail is picked up regularly) and/or online. You can learn more about the giving process here. Our continuous grateful giving allows SMT to serve in our corner of the world.  

It is more blessed to give than to receive.” …Acts 20:35
Thankful Stewards

So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. 
 Galatians 6:10 

St. Matthew Trinity is blessed with faithful members who have worked diligently to keep SMT ministering to our community during these extraordinary times. Thank you to all the faithful members who provide a meaningful worship service each Sunday. Thank you to those who have the expertise and patience to allow us to connect virtually.

Thank you to the 17 faithful members who have submitted their pledge for 2021. The past two years we have had 26 pledges.The great news is that 100% of our Church Council have turned in their pledge (promise) for 2021. Please join this group as we support our mission to serve and share the joy of believing and belonging to a church family.

Thank you to Sarah Reever-Pickerel for doing all of the research and outreach to have our virtual Sunday school classes begin. This is an important ministry for our young families and their children. Thank you to Pastor Gary who has been called to shepherd our congregation during these challenging times. Some takeaways from Sunday’s meditation ~ The Transfiguration of our Lord. We often want clear signs that Jesus and prefer him on the shining mountaintop. The God we get is the One who knows our fears and our valleys. 

For nothing will be impossible with God.    Luke 1:37
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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