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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • All about the Holy Trinity
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
  • Our Joys & Thanksgiving and Prayer Lists
  • Welcoming You Back
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Thankful Stewards: A Peaceful Community of Believers and Friends
  • Youth + Family Updates
  • New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Connect With Us
All About the Holy Trinity

Introduction
When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.

Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8
This reading narrates Isaiah’s vision of the Lord surrounded by angels. They sing “Holy, holy, holy,” a song the church sings at the beginning of the great thanksgiving. This liturgical text invites the church and all creation to sing in praise of God’s glory. That glory is God’s mercy toward sinners.

Psalm: Psalm 29
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. (Ps. 29:2)

Second Reading: Romans 8:12-17
In describing the new life of faith, Paul refers to all three persons of the Trinity: the Spirit leads us to recognize that we are children of God the Father and joint heirs with Christ the Son.

Gospel: John 3:1-17
Jesus’ miracles prompt Nicodemus to visit him in secrecy. Jesus tells him about being born of the Spirit and about the Son who has been sent by God to save.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, May 30 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
  • Leslie Neve, Assisting 
  • Rebeka Schleifer Courtney Kochuba, Cantors
  • Jen Meusel, Lector 
  • Leslie Neve, Usher
Joys & Thanksgiving and Prayer Lists

Please help us reconstitute our Joys & Thanksgiving and Prayer Lists. To add a prayer request or prayer for thanksgiving, please email Pastor Gary. This week, we ask that you remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness:


We give glory to God for the goodness in our lives! Join us in celebrating the below:
  • Katie & Allen (Courtney's cousins) on the birth of their son, Ward
  • Jonah & Mike (Courtney's friends) on finalizing the adoption of their son
  • Our Youth+Family and Stewardship Committees, plus all who attended our terrific Garden(ing) Party this month
  • Our families with children graduating in May
  • Our friends and family who have recovered from ills and accidents: Ken, Richard, Jeff, Donna
  • Our members celebrating birthdays in May: Aaron Singleton, Emily Martinez, Curtis Lane, Siobhan Stevens-Miles, Brian Weakland, Sara Wendt, Joshua Lebron, Nicholas Pickerel, Andrea Erichsen, Charlene Borelli, Patricia Borelli, Lamuel Charles, Krystal Del Valle, Fernando Lebron, Philip Lazorchick, Robert Lazorchick
  • Out of the mouths of children: Hazel says she is thankful "that we have a house and clothes and cozy chairs and food that we can eat!" 
Remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness: 
  • The family of Jeffrey Scott Smith, who died suddenly this week at the age of 42
  • Wynn Beery as she battles pulmonary embolism, and her mom, Diana Soong (friends of Leslie Neve)
  • Karen & Gene Telker (Kimberly Telker’s parents) as they deal with Karen's hospitalization
  • Ernie Jackson & Carla Pantophlet-Laban (friends of Jenn Solaas and Ken Nilsen) as they recover from lasting Covid symptoms
  • The family and friends of Pat (friend of Leslie Neve) diagnosed with cancer
  • Guy Schwanse (friend of Irene Murray) diagnosed with cancer
  • Jim Saha (friend of Leslie Neve) recently diagnosed with cancer
  • Sheila (friend of Leslie Neve)
  • Dena Calabrese (friend of Irene Murray)
  • Carol (friend of Leslie Neve)
  • Zoia “Charlie” Foster (Pastor’s niece)
  • Joanne Krayer (Joel’s cousin)
  • Those in our community lost to COVID-19 and the more than 2,200 in Hudson County, 588,000 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 from our neighborhood), Barbara Wolfshorndl (funeral by our parish), Dawn Ennis (sister-in-law of Pamela Pater-Ennis), Arthur Jusu-Davies (member), Florence Dombrowsky (funeral by our parish), John Lescinsky (friend of Courtney Kochuba), Jaime Pombo (friend of our parish), Raymond Kandler (friend of Leslie Neve), Teresa Zemora (friend of Beatriz Ocampo), Dawn Gist (friend of Dan Stoll), and Denise Copeland (member at St. John, JC).
Welcoming You Back

As we move towards brighter days, St. Matthew Trinity reminds you that our doors are open — and there is a pew waiting for you, whenever you are comfortable.

Learn more about our safety protocols here. We can't wait to welcome you home.
Lunchtime Ministry

Greetings from Lunchtime Ministry! Congrats to everyone who is graduating or finishing up a year of classes. We will certainly miss our Stevens students this summer and will need your help. If you are interested in donating a hot dish or in volunteering, please email volunteers@stmatthewtrinity.org.
It was an exciting week for us because we got featured in Hoboken Girl. You can check out the article here.

We can always use more 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. Thanks for all you do, and please have a fun and safe Memorial-Day weekend!
 
Thankful Stewards: A Peaceful Community of Believers and Friends

“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
    … John 20:21

Thanksgiving for all of our members and friends who share their time and talent with St. Matthew’s Trinity in so many different ways. There are so many gifts and talents among our members that allow us to minister and be a beacon of hope in our corner of the world. There are gifts of organization, reading, singing, planting, teaching, sharing, giving, cleaning, cooking, serving, writing, playing, and caring. 

Thanksgiving to Pastor Gary for his spiritual guidance. Some takeaways from this week’s sermon: All who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Pastor shared that the interpretation of the word saved in this context means to be made whole and to receive healing. In God there is healing and hope. Let’s have the audacity to be awesome!

Thank you for your continued offerings that are received via check (our mail is picked up regularly), in person in church, or online You can learn more about the giving process here. Our caring and generous giving allows SMT to serve in our corner of the world.

Our pledges and deeds are indeed our tangible signs of showing love towards our brothers and sisters in every season of the year. What better time than this spring season of rebirth to renew your commitment to SMT!  We have 100% participation from our Church Council! We have 27 pledges for 2021! This is the most that SMT has had in the past five years. This reflects the love of this community of believers.  Please send in your pledge (or complete online) and continue to send in your offerings to support our mission at St. Matthew Trinity. Share with the abundance that we have been given.

Our Stewardship Committee met on May 4th @ 7:00 pm.and will meet again on June 1st.  We have several dedicated members and we welcome ideas and input. We are better when we share ideas and, indeed, help each other.  If you would like to join this committee, please reach out to president@stmatthewtrinity.org.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. “   
     .Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2
Youth + Family Updates

Happy Pentecost!  The Sunday School Team apologizes for last week's technical issues, however, we hope you enjoyed the coloring pages as a supplement to worship.  This coming week, Sunday School will discuss "Isaiah's Vision of God" and celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday (Isaiah 6: 1-8)  Join us virtually any week this spring by emailing president@stmatthewtrinity.org for the Zoom login information.  


Families, be on the look-out for updates as the SMT Youth + Families Committee plans and announces in-person events this summer and fall!  If you would like to be a part of our dynamic, fun-filled committee, just email president@stmatthewtrinity.org for more information.  The Y+F committee meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm, next on June 10th via google meets.  Feel free to drop in and say hello!  

Have a great week!
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:
  • You can make an appointment directly with one of the many designated vaccination sites across the state. Click here to view a full list of these designated vaccination sites.
  • You can pre-register for the vaccine on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, and you will be notified when you are eligible to make an appointment. Click here to to visit the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System.
  • Select healthcare facilities, including many hospitals, are offering vaccines directly to their workers. If you work at one of the facilities, you can contact your employer to learn if the vaccine is available to you from your employer.
  • Please note that the CDC is recommending that everyone accept the first type of vaccine that they are able to get an appointment for. 
As more age groups and other qualifying groups are eligible for the vaccine in Jersey, please use the above links or go here to learn more.

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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