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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • All about Lent IV
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
  • Our Prayer List
  • Easter Flowers: Donations in Honor of Richard Brode
  • Weekly Bible Studies: Join Us On Tuesdays & Wednesdays
  • Virtual Sunday School: The Ten Commandments
  • New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Thankful Stewards: Generosity, Kindness & Abundant Gratitude
  • Connect With Us
All About IV

Introduction
The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses: those who look on the bronze serpent will live. In today’s gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.

Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Numbers 21:4-9
Though God provides food and water for the Israelites in the wilderness, they whine and grumble. They forget about the salvation they experienced in the exodus. God punishes them for their sin, but when they repent God also provides a means of healing: a bronze serpent lifted up on a pole.

Psalm: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
You deliver your people from their distress. (Ps. 107:19)

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
While we were dead in our sinfulness, God acted to make us alive as a gift of grace in Christ Jesus. We are saved not by what we do but by grace through faith. Thus our good works are really a reflection of God’s grace at work in our lives.

Gospel: John 3:14-21
To explain the salvation of God to the religious leader, Nicodemus, Jesus refers to the scripture passage quoted in today’s first reading. Just as those who looked upon the bronze serpent were healed, so people will be saved when they behold Christ lifted up on the cross.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, March 14 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:
  • Mark Singleton, Leading & Preaching
  • Matthew Hummel, Organist
  • Courtney Kochuba & Bernadette Obendorf, Cantors
  • Sarah Reever-Pickerel, 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:
  • Guy Schwanse
  • Jim Saha (friend of Leslie Neve) who was recently diagnosed with cancer
  • The family and friends of Raymond Kandler, who passed of COVID, as they grieve him and recover from COVID themselves (friends of Leslie Neve)
  • The family, friends and congregation of the Reverend Bill Weiser (Rebeka Shleifer's former pastor)
  • The family and friends of John Weakland (Brian Weakland's father)
  • Sheila (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)
  • Joanne Krayer (Joel’s cousin)
  • Those in our community lost to Covid19, the more than 2,000 deaths in Hudson County, the 519k 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), and Jaime Pombo (friend of our parish)
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.

As you know, we've been working to repair and recondition our George Jardine Organ for some time. Progress has been halted due to the pandemic, however the restoration progress will begin again. As of March 2021, we are close to meeting our $13,500 goal with only $1,875 left to raise.

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 would like to honor him by completing the fundraising for these efforts this spring.

If you are interested in helping us reach our goal, you can make a contribution here. Please include the names of individuals whom you would like to honor and/or remember on Easter; an accompanying list will be included in the Easter bulletin.

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.

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
Virtual Sunday School: The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments was this week's topic in Sunday School.  Emily and the children discussed how rules are there to keep us safe and help us to listen to each other.  Some examples of rules our students follow at home and school are:
  • Make your bed 
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Pay attention at school.
  • Don't cheat at school.
For Sunday, March 7th, the Sunday School lesson is "Moses and the Bronze Serpent" based on Numbers 21: 4-9.  To join, just email President@StMatthewTrinity.org for the Zoom link. 
 
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! This week we served coffee and meals to 246 guests. One of the high points of the week was serving a meal of pizzas and salads from Panera Bread, thanks to Panera gift cards donated by St. Mary Advocates Thrift Shop. The salads especially were very popular, so if you would like to donate some salads or salad supplies, let us know!

We can still use masks, gloves and wipes, which you can order from our Amazon wish list. And of course, sandwiches, socks, bottled water and soup (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: Generosity, Kindness & Abundant Gratitude

“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 

Now is the time when our talk turns into action. You should have received a recent stewardship letter and pledge card. You may also find a pledge card available 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 a smile, be persistent, and share some joy! 

SMT has formed a stewardship committee to 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 terrimatteo@mac.com.

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. Thank you to all of our young families who have zoomed into virtual Sunday school. This opportunity is available every Sunday @ 9:30. Thank you to Pastor Gary for his leadership. Thank you to Spike Enzweiler, our Lunchtime Ministry Administrator, for his sermon on the third Sunday in Lent. Some takeaways: People are searching for God during this past year of disruption, illness, and death. Interactions with others can be risky and tough but it is one reason that this church matters to so many. Sometimes we need to turn things over in our own lives to find deeper, clearer meaning. 

“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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