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

Introduction
Christ is risen! Jesus is alive, and God has swallowed up death forever. With Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, we may feel astonished and confused, unsure of what to make of the empty tomb. But this is why we gather: to proclaim, witness, praise, and affirm the liberating reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. In word and feast, we celebrate God’s unending love, and depart to share this good news with all the world. Alleluia!

Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Acts 10:34-43
Peter crosses the immense religious and social boundary that separates Jews from Gentiles in order to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, so that God’s forgiveness in Jesus’ name would reach out to all people.

Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
The core of the Christian faith and Paul’s preaching is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the crucified and risen Christ appeared to the earliest of his followers, so we experience the presence of the Risen One in the preaching of this faith.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, April 4 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, Bernadette Oberndorf & Mark Singleton, Cantors
  • Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
  • 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:
  • Pat (friend of Leslie Neve) diagnosed with breast cancer that has metastasized
  • Sister Mary (friend of Leslie Neve) suffering recurrent heart problems, arrhythmias
  • The family and friends of Clay Edens (Pastor’s cousin)
  • Ken Nilsen (member) as he recovers from shoulder surgery
  • Richard Long (member) as he recovers from knee replacement surgery
  • 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 2,100 deaths in Hudson County, the 545k 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 us for Holy Week!

Now, we look together towards the light. Join us for a celebration of hope and 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!

Holy Thursday
April 1 at 7:30pm

Good Friday
April 2 at 7:30pm

Easter Sunday
April 4 at 10:30am
Lunchtime Ministry

Happy Easter from LTM! We appreciate all of our community's support as we continue to reopen.

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. If you are interested in donating a hot dish or in volunteering, please email volunteers@stmatthewtrinity.org.
Hoboken Food Pantry

The Hoboken Food Pantry is distributing food on Wednesdays April 7 and April 21 from 10am-12:30pm at the following locations: 
 
1301 Washington (Hoboken Community Center)
124 Grand (Multi Service Center)
601 Jackson (Jubilee Center) 
 
Residents can pick up pre-packed grocery bags at any of the listed locations. If you have not registered, you can do so at any of our distribution sites and receive a bag of food the same day. 

Additionally, HFP Family2Family program is available for Hoboken residents in need of any non-food items. Items include (but are not limited to): diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, hygiene items, sanitary supplies, adult diapers, pet food, etc. They will be available at 1301 Washington (Hoboken Community Center) on:
 
Tuesday, April 13, 9-11am
Tuesday, April 27, 9-11am
 
If you or someone you know is facing food insecurity please contact the pantry at 
hobokenfoodpantry@gmail.com.
Thankful Stewards: Joyful, Faithful, and Humble 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. What better time than the rebirth of Easter to renew your commitment to SMT.  Please find a pledge card online that you may complete and submit. We have 100% participation from our Church Council!  Please send in your pledge to support our mission at St. Matthew Trinity. Give with joy, renewal, and faith.

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. Through our donations to the NJ Synod we support work in new and renewing congregations, to the Cross Roads Reserves Fund for camps, and seed money for a new Bishop’s Challenge for anti-racism education and reparations.  Thank you to Mike Guglielmo for his generous donation of three large boxes of latex gloves for our LTM which were greatly needed. Please let us know who you would like to thank by emailing president@stmatthewtrinity.org

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? . African American spiritual
Youth + Family Update

On Palm Sunday, Sunday School students learned about Judas' betrayal of Jesus and the desertion of his disciples, according to the gospel of Mark.  Join us next week as we celebrate Easter Sunday with the children of SMT.

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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Hoboken, NJ 07030

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