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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • All about Palm Sunday
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
  • Our Prayer List
  • Holy Week: In-Person and Online
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Thankful Stewards
  • Youth + Family 
  • Weekly Bible Studies: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
  • New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Connect With Us
All About Palm Sunday

Introduction
This week, the center of the church’s year, is one of striking contrasts: Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory, only to be left alone to die on the cross, abandoned by even his closest friends. Mark’s gospel presents Jesus in his complete human vulnerability: agitated, grieved, scared, forsaken. Though we lament Christ’s suffering and all human suffering, we also expect God’s salvation: in the wine and bread, Jesus promises that his death will mark a new covenant with all people. We enter this holy week thirsty for the completion of God’s astonishing work.

Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
The image of the servant of God is one of the notable motifs in the book of Isaiah. Today’s reading describes the mission of the servant, whom early Christians associated with Jesus. Like Jesus, the servant does not strike back at his detractors but trusts in God’s steadfast love.

Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)

Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Christ did not act to attain status and glory but was obedient to God even to the point of death. Following Christ’s example, we do not seek personal status or glory but care for others as God cared for us in Christ’s death.

Gospel: Mark 14:1--15:47
The passion story in Mark’s gospel presents Jesus as one who dies abandoned by all. He shows himself to be the true Son of God by giving his life for those who have forsaken him.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, March 28 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 & Mark Singleton, Cantors
  • Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
  • Jen Meusel, Lector
  • Leslie Neve, 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:
  • Pat (friend of Leslie Neve) diagnosed with breast cancer that has metastasized
  • Sister Mary (friend of Leslie Neve) suffering recurrent heart problems, arrhythmias
  • Anna (friend of Leslie Neve) having hip replacement surgery on Wednesday, 3/24
  • Benjamin LeCroy (newborn nephew of Pastor Gary and Wyatt, hospitalized)
  • The family and friends of Clay Edens (Pastor’s cousin who died on Thursday)
  • Ken Nilsen (member) as he recovers from shoulder surgery
  • 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 540k 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)
Holy Week: Join In-Person or Online

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
Lunchtime Ministry

Hello from Lunchtime Ministry! We served 264 guests this week. But more importantly, we administered over 100 COVID vaccines to our homeless guests, volunteers, SMT folks, and community members.

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.
As Thankful Stewards: Creative, Spiritual, and Generous Givers
 
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

Our pledges and deeds are renewed each year for the glory of 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 pledges are increasing each week. Please send in your pledge to support our mission at St. Matthew Trinity. Give with joy, renewal, and hope.

Our Stewardship Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month. We have several dedicated members and we welcome your ideas and input. 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. One specific example was the vaccination of 110 souls last week at LTM.  Please let us know who you would like to thank by emailing president@stmatthewtrinity.org Thank you to Pastor Gary for his leadership and his meditations.  Some takeaways: What must die within us so that we can truly follow Jesus? Die to old prejudices and the limitations of God’s love. We do not create God to our liking…He creates us in His image.

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
Youth + Family

Last Sunday, the children began preparing for the passion: learning about how Jesus predicted his own death and discussing sacrifice.  Join us virtually next week at 9:30am for Palm Sunday as Holy Week begins with the gospel of Mark.

Email president@stmatthewtrinity.org for details and the Zoom information.
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 continues to update its vaccination eligibility — learn more 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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