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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online (Wear Red!)
  • Our Prayer List
  • Thank you, Garden(ing) Party!
  • Welcoming You Back
  • Thankful Stewards: A Working Community of Believers and Friends
  • Youth + Family Updates
  • New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Connect With Us
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, May 24 at 10:30am ET for community and worship. Remember to wear red in honor of Pentecost!

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
  • Bernadette Oberndorf & Mark Singleton, Cantors
  • Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
  • Leslie Neve, Lector
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:
  • Karen & Gene Telker (Kimberly Telker’s parents) as they address Karen's hospitalization
  • The family, friends, congregation of St. John Jersey City at the death of Denise Copeland from Covid 19
  • The family and friends of Dawn Gist (Friend of Dan Stoll) at her death from Covid19
  • Ernie Jackson & Carla Pantophlet-Laban (friends of Jenn Solaas and Ken Nilsen) as they recover from lasting Covid symptoms
  • Sheila (friend of Leslie Neve)
  • Dena Calabrese (friend of Irene Murray)
  • Carol (friend of Leslie Neve)
  • Zoia “Charlie” Foster (Pastor’s niece)
  • Joanne Krayer (Joel’s cousin
  • 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
Those in our community lost to COVID-19 and the more than 2,200 in Hudson County, 580,000 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), and Teresa Zemora (friend of Beatriz Ocampo)
Thank you, Garden(ing) Party!

We had a beautiful day last weekend for our Garden(ing) Party! Many thanks to the Youth + Family and Stewardship Committees for organizing, plus all those who attended and rolled up their sleeves to dig in the dirt.

Be sure to pop by the SMT Center and the church courtyard to check it out — or, see our latest posts on Instagram and Facebook.  
Welcoming You Back

As we move towards brighter days, St. Matthew Trinity reminds you that our doors are open — and there is a pew waiting for you, whenever you are comfortable.

Learn more about our safety protocols here. We can't wait to welcome you home.
Thankful Stewards: A Working Community of Believers and Friends

“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

Our pledges and deeds are indeed our tangible signs of showing love towards our brothers and sisters in every season of the year. What better time than this spring season of rebirth to renew your commitment to SMT!  We have 100% participation from our Church Council! We have 27 pledges for 2021! This is the most that SMT has had in the past five years. This reflects the love of this community of believers.  Please send in your pledge (or complete online) and continue to send in your offerings to support our mission at St. Matthew Trinity. Share with the abundance that we have been given.

Thanksgiving for the gardening party that took place on May 15th and all the hard work that was done to beautify and care for our church block.  Thank you to everyone who showed up and worked so hard with joy and laughter. We had over 30 people working up and down our church block. Take a walk by and enjoy the fruits of this labor of love.  Thanksgiving to Pastor Gary for his spiritual guidance. Some takeaways from this week’s sermon: We can become openminded to see our place in the world of God and the possibilities of God. Be the change that the world needs and what God has made us to be. 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 loving and generous giving allows SMT to serve in our corner of the world. 
Our Stewardship Committee met on May 4th @ 7:00 pm.and will meet again 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.  If you would like to join this committee, please reach out to

“And that plants be nurtured for their fruit and beauty, we pray: Be with us in power and mercy.  . from the prayers of the church on Sunday, May 16th 
Youth + Family Updates

Who is Matthais?  In Sunday School this past week, the children learned that he is the only "original" disciple to have been chosen after Jesus ascended to heaven.  Then in Pastor Gary's sermon, everyone learned how God has chosen all of us to do a special job unique to each of us.  Next week we will celebrate Pentecost! (Acts 2:1-21)  Join us any Sunday at 9:30am!  Just email for the secure Zoom link.  

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for the Garden(ing) Party!  It was such a joy to see everyone together and make plans together for the summer and fall.  Stay tuned for exciting announcements!  

Thank you also to Emily, our SMT Sunday School teacher! Emily is a Stevens University student who will be beginning her summer internship next week.  After weeks of being on the computer with her, the kids all LOVED seeing her in-person at Saturday's event.  We look forward to spending more time with her at Sunday School in the fall.

Never fear, however, virtual Sunday School will continue through June led by Stephen and Jess, our other experienced Sunday School teachers.  Thank you, Stephen and Jess!

Have a beautiful week!
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:
  • You can make an appointment directly with one of the many designated vaccination sites across the state. Click here to view a full list of these designated vaccination sites.
  • You can pre-register for the vaccine on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, and you will be notified when you are eligible to make an appointment. Click here to to visit the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System.
  • Select healthcare facilities, including many hospitals, are offering vaccines directly to their workers. If you work at one of the facilities, you can contact your employer to learn if the vaccine is available to you from your employer.
  • Please note that the CDC is recommending that everyone accept the first type of vaccine that they are able to get an appointment for. 
As more age groups and other qualifying groups are eligible for the vaccine in Jersey, please use the above links or go here to learn more.

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


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