In This Week's Newsletter:
- All about Transfiguration of Our Lord / Last Sunday after Epiphany
- This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
- Our Prayer List
- Next Week: Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday
- Virtual Sunday School Begins on Feburary 21
- Jardine Organ Update: Donations in Honor of Richard's Birthday
- New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
- Giving Back: A Pledge = Promise
- Connect With Us
- Update Your Church Community Builder
- Thankful Stewards
- Lunchtime Ministry
Transfiguration of Our Lord / Last Sunday after Epiphany
The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.
Readings and Psalm
First Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-12
Today’s reading centers on the transfer of power and authority from the prophet Elijah to Elisha. Their travels, which retrace the path of Joshua back to Moab (the place where Moses died) and the parting of the waters, demonstrate that Elisha and Elijah are legitimate successors of the great prophet Moses.
Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth in glory. (Ps. 50:2)
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
The spotlight of Christian ministry is not on the people who carry out ministry but on the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as God made light shine at creation, God makes the light of Jesus Christ shine in our lives through Christian ministry.
Gospel: Mark 9:2-9
Mark’s gospel presents the transfiguration as a preview of what would become apparent to Jesus’ followers after he rose from the dead. Confused disciples are given a vision of God’s glory manifest in the beloved Son.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, February 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:
- The Rev. Gary C. LeCroy, D. Min. Pastor
- Matthew Hummel, Organist
- Mark Singleton & Rebeka Scheifer, Cantors
- Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
- Sarah Reever-Pickerel, Lector & Usher
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:
Remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness:
- The family of Jaime Pombo who died from COVID-19 on Wednesday
- Marina and August as they battle COVID-19 as well as Parker
- Leslie Handler (friend of Bernadette Oberndorf)
- Gloria Honda and family at the death of Chris Honda (friends of Mindy Rostal)
- Sheila Hayes (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)
- John Weakland (Brian Weakland’s father)
- Joanne Krayer (Joel’s cousin)
- Those in our community lost to Covid19, the more than 1,800 deaths in Hudson County, the 459k 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)
Next Week: Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday
Believe it or not, Lent begins next week! We will be holding two virtual events to celebrate Shrove Tuesday and begin the Lenten journey. Mark your calendars with the below, then look to our website, social media and eblasts over the weekend for exact link and details:
Shrove Tuesday Zoom Gathering
Tuesday, February 16 at 6pm
Tune in via Zoom to see familiar faces and spend time catching up with other congregants! At 6:30pm, we will demonstrate how to create ashes at home in prep for Ash Wednesday. (Hint: have some dryer lint and a small dish on hand.) The evening will conclude with a (virtual) fireside prayer led by Pastor.
Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30pm
Begin the Lenten journey through our virtual Ash Wednesday service, which can be streamed through our Facebook page. Have your ashes on hand (see above) for imposition.
Virtual Sunday School Begins on February 21
Greetings from the St. Matthew Trinity's Youth and Family Committee! Our mission is to joyfully connect youth and families of the SMT community to each other and the love of God. We are delighted to share that virtual Sunday School will begin on Sunday, February 21. All are invited to welcome to join in the fun!
Below, you'll find more information on Sunday School and our other Youth and Family programs. To register your child, join our committee (we're always looking for new members) or for any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jardine Organ Update: Donations in Honor of Richard's Birthday
As you know, we've been working to repair and recondition our George Jardine Organ, which includes about 300 pipes, for some time. This process is managed by Peragallo Organ Company, who crates and takes the pipes to their workroom in New Jersey. Progress has been halted due to the pandemic, however we are aiming to begin the restoration progress again very soon.
In the meantime, we are striving to reach our $13,500 goal that will cover this work. As of February 2021, we have $3,475 more left to raise.
Until his passing this last fall, Richard 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. This February would have marked Richard's 70th birthday — so we would like to honor him by completing the fundraising for these efforts.
If you are interested in helping reach our goal, you can make a contribution to the St. Matthew Trinity “Music Ministry” fund or by sending a check to the office (St. Matthew Trinity, 57 8th Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030). Thank you, friends!
New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
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 email@example.com.
Giving Back: A Pledge is a Promise
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
—2 Corinthians 9:7
Our stewardship program is receiving pledges from our faithful members for 2021. This is the time when our talk turns into action. We will not give up. You may find a pledge card available online
, complete it, and submit. This is the first year that we have had the pledge card available online and many people have taken advantage of this convenience. Please send in your pledge, promise, to support our mission at St. Matthew Trinity. Give with a smile, do not give up, and share some joy!
All four Advent Zoom Temple Talks are available on YouTube or our website. Dan Stoll speaks of the warm feeling of home at church, Mark Singleton speaks of the invitation to be generous, Jen Meusel speaks of how she is the one who benefits from her giving, and Rebeka Schleifer speaks to the fact that her gifts are not hers alone but hers to share. You can also find their videos on our website or YouTube channel.
Join in our What Stewardship Means to Me craft! Sarah Reever-Pickerel has designed a PDF for families and individuals alike to print and share what stewardship means to them. You can find instructions and the printable PDF on our website (scroll down the homepage), our weekly Stewardship newsletter or on social media.
St. Matthew Trinity is grateful for all of the generous offerings that have continued to come in during these extraordinary times. Offerings continue to be received via check (our mail is picked up regularly) and/or online. You can learn more about the giving process here. Our continuous giving allows SMT to continue our mission in our corner of the world.
It is more blessed to give than to receive.” …Acts 20:35
Connect With Us
Especially during this time, connecting with each other is essential. Join our online community by following St. Matthew Trinity on Facebook, Instagram 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.
Update Your Church Community Builder!
Staying in touch with each other is always important, but even more so during this time. We encourage congregants to update their contact information and profiles on our Church Community Builder, so we know how best to reach you. Many thanks!
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace."
— 1 Peter 4:10
St. Matthew Trinity is blessed with faithful members who have worked diligently to keep SMT ministering to our community during these extraordinary times. Thank you to all the faithful members who help to provide a meaningful worship service each Sunday. Thank you to those who have the expertise and patience to allow us to connect virtually.
Thank you to the 17 faithful members who have submitted their pledge for 2021. The past two years we have had 26 pledges.The great news is that 100% of our Church Council have turned in their pledge (promise) for 2021. Please join this group as we support our mission to serve and share the joy of believing and belonging to a church family.
Thank you to Courtney Kochuba, our Church Council President, who is working diligently to organize activities, encourage fellow Council members, and keep all of our social media postings up to date. Thank you to Pastor Gary who has been called to shepherd our congregation during these challenging times. Some takeaways from Sunday’s meditation: There can be no healing without barriers being broken down. God gives purpose in a weary world. Interesting fact: Synagogue means to gather around.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” —1 Corinthians 12: 4-7
Thank you!!!! - Terri Matteo
Hello from Lunchtime Ministry! The snow this week meant that more of our guests than usual sheltered in place, but we still served 91 people throughout the week.
We are especially in need of glove and wipes, which you can order from our Amazon wish list. We are also in need of sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soup (pop tops are best!), which 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe and warm. As always, thank you for your vital support of this vital ministry.
- Spike Enzweiler