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Dear Fellow Christians,

Our ministry is hope. Admittedly, hope often felt in short supply this past year. The belief that things will turn out better is little more than a dream for many. That is why it is so important to name the ways that life is better — and more hopeful — for many because of our shared ministry at St. Matthew Trinity.

  • In the past year, this church has never missed a week of offering worship as a respite to a weary world. We worshiped online and safely distanced.
  • We gave hope at home and worldwide through our Synod benevolences that support 19 colleges and five seminaries.
  • A present hope literally sits in 8th Street and provides a safer place for our guests to eat and be at home. Lunchtime Ministry has not closed for even a single day during the pandemic.
  • We presented a hopeful vision for a better society by raising our voices in protest (some in the streets and some with prayers) against the double demons of injustice and racism.
  • We completed our long awaited SMT Center as we hopefully await the day when it will be a safe place of welcome for the community to gather.
  • With a sense of hope in our future, our Council and members worked to discern the best way to keep our congregation safe during the pandemic. 
  • And, we committed dear friends to peaceful rest with the promised hope of life eternal.
This is what hope looks like! Thank you.

A sure and certain hallmark of our hope has been the generosity of time and treasure that our members and the larger community have shared. The pandemic decreased the monetary resources that we gain from the use of our property. Generous giving to lessen this impact has remained steady and even increased in some areas. Lunchtime Ministry is especially blessed by an increased hopeful generosity.

There is more we can do. Please consider your ministry this year by pledging your offering, time and/or talents. You can pledge via the mailed form or online here.

How is this helpful? You probably know that pledging allows our parish to plan with better accuracy a faithful budget for the year to come. Pledging allows each of us to discover the abounding gifts and talents that we have and need in our church. These gifts may include teaching, singing, reading in worship, cooking, organizing, welcoming, performing maintenance tasks, cleaning, gardening, computer skills, technology expertise…to name a few. Taking this inventory builds our community into a stronger and more diverse place of hope. Pledging is a hopeful prayer and not an obligation.

May we launch into this new year with the Spirit’s hopeful presence that continues to sustain us. Along with St. Paul, I give thanks for the ministry of hope to which we have been called. As we say in worship…Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Gary

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