In This Week's Newsletter:
- All about Pentecost XXIV
- This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
- Our Prayer List
- Share Your Memories of Richard Brode
- Music Ministry: In-Person & Virtual Town Hall on November 15
- Welcoming Katie Colaneri's Daughter!
- Connect With Us
- Giving Back
- Thankful Stewards
- Lunchtime Ministry
- The George Jardine & Son Organ of 1877 Update
Our readings during November speak of the end times. Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the LORD will be filled with wrath and distress. Paul says it will come like a thief in the night and urges us to be awake and sober. Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to use our gifts, while we still have time, for the greater and common good. In a world filled with violence and despair, we gather around signs of hope—word, water, bread, and wine—eager to welcome the good news of Christ’s coming among us.
Readings and Psalm
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Zephaniah (like the prophet Amos in last week’s first reading) presents the day of the Lord as one of judgment and wrath. Descriptions of the last day in the New Testament include details taken from Old Testament accounts of the day of the Lord.
Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Though we do not know and cannot calculate the day of Christ’s return, we live faithfully in the here and now as we anticipate the day when we will be given eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells a parable about his second coming, indicating that it is not sufficient merely to maintain things as they are. Those who await his return should make good use of the gifts that God has provided them.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, November 15 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:
- Ushers: Leslie Neve, Jen Meusel
- Lector: Jen Meusel
- Organist: Matthew Hummel
- Cantor: Rebecka Schleifer, Mark Singleton
- Assisting Minister: Mark Singleton
- Preaching / Liturgist: The Rev. Gary C. LeCroy, Pastor
Please help us reconstitute our Prayer List. You may send a request to the church office or text 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:
- Humberto, the family, and friends of Richard Brode
- Brian and his family (friends of Courtney Kochuba)
- The family of Kirtis Goff (Pastor’s cousin)
- The family of Carl Hartman Jr. (Bert, Cassie, and Lydia)
- Bill Goffi (Shelter Church pianist)
- Dena Calabrese (friend of Irene Murray)
- Carol and Donna (friends of Leslie Neve)
- Zoia “Charlie” Foster (Pastor’s niece)
- John Weakland (Brian Weakland’s Father)
- Dida Hagen (friend of MIndy R recently diagnosed with lung cancer)
- Joanne Krayer (Joel's cousin)
- Those in our community lost to Covid19, the more than 213k 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)
Share Your Memories of Richard Brode
There is no way to thank our dear brother and friend, Richard Brode, for all that he has done for SMT and the mission in Hoboken over the past many years. His life is a testament to living a life full of faith, dedication, and work. We will continue to work and honor his memory. Visit this page if you would like to share your memories of Richard, which will then be included on a web page devoted to remembering his life.
Music Ministry: In-Person & Virtual Town Hall on November 15
Music accesses and expresses deep feelings far more powerfully than words alone. If we experience worship as boring, that feeling is most likely to come from a deficit in either the sermon or the music. We are thankful to have a pastor who excels in giving sermons. And, at the same time, we are devastated to have lost our fabulous music minister, Richard Brode. Now, we need to figure out where to go from here.
It is extremely important that we know what we want when we search for and call a new music minister. To that end, we will hold a “town hall” style in-person and Zoom meeting after church on November 15, so everyone who wants to will have a voice in shaping the future of music at SMT.
Think of the high points in your church year such as on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. Music may well be the first thing that comes to mind. What brings you closer to God? Chances are that the kind of music you hear and are asked to sing is integral to your feelings.
Music is something we both hear and sing when we worship. This is related to the fact that worship is both call and response. The call of God reaches the depths of our hearts with special power through music, and our singing expresses with special power the deepest response of our hearts to God.
We encourage each of you to join our meeting to discuss the future of music at SMT. If joining online, find the Zoom link here.
Welcoming Katie Colaneri's Daughter!
We are beyond delighted to share that former member, SMT staff and dear friend Katie Colaneri has had a daughter! Katie and her husband, Cory Steeley, welcomed Madeline Rose Steeley into the world on November 3, 2020. Mom and baby are both doing very well!
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.
Giving Back: Giving Our Advent Zoom Temple Talks!
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
— Maya Angelou, American poet
St. Matthew Trinity is truly 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. SMT sincerely appreciates your financial and spiritual support so that our congregation may continue to minister to our community in Hoboken during these challenging and unique times. We are stronger when we give together!
We are in the process of organizing our fall stewardship outreach although SMT has been having stewardship outreach throughout the year. SMT has put an emphasis on the daily joy of giving, the Biblical inspiration for giving, and the benefits that our congregation and neighbors receive due to our faithful stewardship. SMT will feature four Zoom interviews with various members of our congregation regarding the impact that stewardship has on their daily lives. The interviews will be featured on the four Advent Sundays. If you would like to participate in one of these interviews, please contact Terri Matteo (626-716-6226 via text or firstname.lastname@example.org).
“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 so blessed with faithful stewards who have kept this church serving in our community during these extraordinary times. Thank you to everyone who participated in the worship service this past Sunday. Thank you to Courtney Kochuba who is the President of our Church Council. She is leading us in worship through singing, leading us with Reopening Meetings that focus on the wellness of our congregation, leading us with Church Council get togethers, and leading us by facilitating this weekly newsletter! We are grateful!
Thank you to Pastor Gary who is called to shepherd our congregation. He had a much deserved weekend off. Thank you to Mark Singleton for leading us in worship. Observations from Sunday’s meditation: We have all been invited to the banquet and are already there. We should be a light to the world in our actions and invite others to the banquet. Grace is available to everyone ~ wise and foolish alike.
“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
Warmest of greetings from Lunchtime Ministry! Rain or shine, we have been serving those who need it every day we are open. Our community has come through with numerous hot dishes and, occasionally, homemade banana smoothies!
We are excited to announce that we have begun another fundraiser with the ELCA's Daily Bread Matching Grants! This one will go through November 22nd. ELCA World Hunger will match up to $500 of what you donate. If you would like to help, click here.
We continue to be 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. You can also order items from our Amazon wish list. If you are interested in donating a hot dish, please email email@example.com.
- Spike Enzweiler
Our George Jardine Organ Update
Work is being done to repair and recondition almost four ranks of pipes - about 300 pipes. They will be carefully crated and brought to the workroom of the Peragallo Organ Company in Paterson, New Jersey. Because of working through these months of the pandemic, the workroom has not been able to schedule the crating and work until sometime in November / December. Considering that we've waited more than a decade for this work to happen, a couple more months is not so bad. We thank those who have been so generous in donating to the upkeep and restoration of this historic organ. The instrument will be celebrating its 144th anniversary in 2021. (And we're still striving to reach the $10,000 goal for this work!)
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).