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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • All about Easter VI
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
  • Our Prayer List
  • Garden(ing) Party on May 15!
  • Welcoming You Back
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Thankful Stewards: A Joyful Community of Believers
  • Youth + Family Updates
  • New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Connect With Us
All About Easter VI

Introduction
This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.

Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Acts 10:44-48
While Peter shares the good news of Jesus with a Gentile soldier and his family, the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Recognizing that the Spirit works inclusively in the lives of both Jews and Gentiles, Peter commands that these Gentiles also be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Psalm: Psalm 98
Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands. (Ps. 98:4)

Second Reading: 1 John 5:1-6
God’s children believe that Jesus is the Messiah and love God by keeping God’s commandments. Thus the world is conquered not through military might but through love and faith.

Gospel: John 15:9-17
On the night of his arrest, Jesus delivers a final testimony to his disciples to help them in the days ahead. Here, he repeats the most important of all his commands, that they love one another.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, May 9 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
  • Bernadette Oberndorf & Mark Singleton, Cantors
  • Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
  • Jen Meusel, Lector
  • Leslie Neve, Usher
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:
  • 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
  • Jeff Uthe (Bernadette Oberndorf’s brother), hospitalized
  • Ernie Jackson & Carla Pantophlet-Laban (friends of Jenn Solaas and Ken Nilsen) as they recover from lasting Covid symptoms
  • The family and friends of Teresa Zemora (friend of Beatriz Ocampo) 
  • The family and friends of Diane Rose (friend of Courtney Kochuba)
  • Pat and Mary (sisters, friends of Leslie Neve) both diagnosed with  cancer
  • The family and friends of Clay Edens (Pastor’s cousin)
  • Ken Nilsen (member) as he recovers from knee surgery
  • Richard Long (member) as he recovers from knee replacement surgery 
  • 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)
  • Carol (friend of Leslie Neve)
  • Zoia “Charlie” Foster (Pastor’s niece)
  • Joanne Krayer (Joel’s cousin)
Garden(ing) Part on May 15!

Our Stewardship and Youth + Family committees invite you to our 2021 Garden(ing) Party! Celebrate spring, dig in the dirt, and join in the fun on Saturday, May 15 from 1-4pm.
 
SMT members and friends are invited to tend to the church garden in our 8th & Hudson courtyard. Gardening tools will be available for use.

Sunday School and Cradle Roll families, or anyone with young children, are invited to plant the SMT Center flower boxes at 8th & Washington. Each family will be provided their own flower box, plus there will a children’s craft.
 
Please RSVP here, so we can ensure to have enough supplies on hand. We also greatly welcome flower, plant and soil donations, which can be noted on the form. If you’re unable to attend, but would like to donate funds for gardening, you may do so here.
 
Finally, as we continue to set an example of compassion for all our neighbors, we ask all participants and visitors (ages 2 and above) to wear a mask. Safety protocols similar to our worship guidelines will be in effect.
 
All are welcome as we share the blessings of the new season with St. Matthew Trinity!
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.
Lunchtime Ministry

Hello from Lunchtime Ministry! The end of the month is always busy, and this week ten volunteers served coffee and meals (including the Johnny-Pepperoni pasta pictured here) to 253 guests. We also had a visit from WellCare to help our guests sign up for health insurance.

You can help us by volunteering (email volunteers@stmatthewtrinity.org), donating via our Amazon wish list (we just added plates and forks, which we need more of now that we're serving inside more), and by bringing sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soup (pop tops are best!) by LTM every Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to noon. Thank you for supporting this ministry!
Thankful Stewards: A Joyful Community of Believers

“The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”   … 1 John 4:21

Our pledges and deeds are indeed our tangible signs of showing love towards our brothers and sisters. What better time than this joyful Easter season to renew your commitment to SMT!  We have 100% participation from our Church Council! More good news….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.

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. Thanksgiving for the gardening party that will be held on May 15th from 1-4 (rain date is May 22). Time to show our gardens some love.  Thanksgiving to Seminarian Will Hearn for sharing the message this Sunday. Some takeaways from this week’s sermon: Even during this period of being disconnected, we are connected to Christ and to one another. In Jesus, you are never alone. Jesus’s love is in us and shines through us.  Please let us know who you would like to thank by emailing president@stmatthewtrinity.org
Our Stewardship Committee will meet on May 4th @ 7:00 pm. 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 president@stmatthewtrinity.org.

“Open our hearts to a world so filled with suffering, and make us always more generous with the gifts you have given us. Hear our prayers for a world of good will.”    …. from the prayers on Sunday, April 11th
Youth + Family Updates

In Sunday School this past week the children learned how Jesus loves EVERYONE and thus teaches us to love one another, too!  Join us next week as the celebration of Easter continues with a lesson in Friendship and what it means to "Abide in Love" (John 15: 9-17).  Join us any Sunday morning at 9:30am via Zoom, just request the secure login information from president@stmatthewtrinity.org.

Also, we are so excited for the children to see each other in-person at our Garden(ing) Party event on May 15 from 1-4pm.  We will not only plant flowers at the SMT Center, but we can also chat about additional in-person events for the summer, fall, and beyond!  Please RSVP here, so we can ensure to have enough supplies on hand. We also greatly welcome flower, plant and soil donations, which can be noted on the form. If you’re unable to attend, but would like to donate funds for gardening, you may do so here.
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 president@stmatthewtrinity.org.
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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Hudson & Eighth Streets
Hoboken, NJ 07030

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