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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • All about Pentecost II
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
  • Our Joys & Thanksgiving and Prayer Lists
  • Welcoming You Back
  • 2021 Annual Meeting: Sunday June 20
  • Team Spirit Vacation Bible School: Saturday, July 10
  • Thankful Stewards: A Faithful Community of Believers and Friends
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Youth + Family Updates
  • Connect With Us
All About Pentecost II

Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Genesis 3:8-15
Immediately after Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, they hide from God. Neither takes responsibility for their sin, instead blaming each other, the snake, and even God. The curse on the snake was understood as a messianic prophecy by the early church, who associated Eve’s “offspring” with Christ.

Psalm: Psalm 130
Wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love. (Ps. 130:7)

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1
Life in the present is transitory and cannot compare with the eternal home God has prepared for us. So we do not despair no matter what life might bring because we know that as God raised Jesus from the dead, God promises to bring us into eternal life.

Gospel: Mark 3:20-35
In response to charges that he is possessed, Jesus wonders aloud how anyone who is demon-possessed can cast out demons. Those who do the will of God are possessed by the Holy Spirit, siblings of Christ.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, June 6 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
  • Sarah Reever-Pickerel, 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
  • 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)
  • 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, 604,000 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, we remind you that our doors are open — and there is a pew waiting for you, whenever you are comfortable.

If vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask at our church. However, we ask that you do wear one if you are not vaccinated. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Learn more about our safety protocols here. We can't wait to see you!
2021 Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 10

Join us after worship on Sunday, June 20 for our 2021 Annual Meeting! This is an important time to review our church's past year of activity and growth, as well as some exciting plans for the future — including organ dedication and SMT Center opening events.

The Annual Meeting will be held in-person as well as on Zoom (invite link here). See you then!

Team Spirit Vacation Bible School: Saturday, July 10

Our Youth + Families committee invites children (ages 4-9) to our one-day, Olympics and sports-themed Vacation Bible School on Saturday, July 10 from 10am-4pm!

"Team Spirit: We Are One in the Spirit" VBS will be a celebration of diversity: emphasizing respect for all cultures and investigating how to truly love our neighbors.  

To register or volunteer, email We can't wait to share and celebrate the joy of togetherness this summer with you and your family. Go, Team Spirit!

Thankful Stewards: A Faithful Community of Believers and Friends

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”   ….. John 3.16

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 on Holy Trinity Sunday: We cannot wander beyond God’s care. God’s love is so expansive. Faith is not understanding - we do not know everything. Faith admits you don’t have all the answers. 
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 Stewardship Committee will meet 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. We are now gearing up for our fall stewardship program.  If you would like to join this committee, please reach out to

“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
Lunchtime Ministry

Hello from Lunchtime Ministry! This week, ten volunteers served breakfast and lunch to 255 guests. You can see our delicious Memorial-Day meal here. We also had a visit from Medicare outreach workers who helped our guests sign up for health benefits.

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 Thanks for all you do to support this ministry!
Youth + Family Updates

Last week in Sunday School, the children discussed Isaiah's vision of God (and how long God's clothes were!)  This week in Sunday School the lesson is about being "Sisters and Brothers of Christ" (Mark 3:20-35).  Join us for the last few weeks of virtual Sunday School at 9:30am by emailing for secure login information. Although we will take a summer break after June 20th, St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran welcomes your family any Sunday at 10:30am worship both in-person at 8th and Hudson or online.

Join us also for "Team Spirit" Vacation Bible School on Saturday, July 10!  Children (ages 4-9) are invited to our one-day, in-person Olympics-themed day-camp celebrating diversity, respect for all cultures, and how we can truly love our neighbor.  Email for more information, volunteer opportunities, and to begin the registration process!  

Have a great week!
Connect With Us

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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St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church
Hudson & Eighth Streets
Hoboken, NJ 07030


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