In This Week's Newsletter:
- All about Pentecost XXIII
- This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
- Our Prayer List
- Share Your Memories of Richard Brode
- 2020 Annual Report: Hospitality & Altar Guild
- Music Ministry: In-Person & Virtual Town Hall on November 15
- In-Person Bible Study
- Connect With Us
- Giving Back: Join our Advent Zoom Temple Talks!
- Thankful Stewards
- Lunchtime Ministry
- The George Jardine & Son Organ of 1877 Update
Today the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word of life and the feast of victory—the marriage feast of the lamb.
Readings and Psalm
In the days of Amos, people thought that the day of the LORD would be a time of great victory, but Amos announced that it would be a day of darkness, not light. He said liturgy is no substitute for obedience. The LORD demands justice and righteousness in the community.
You are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Some of the Thessalonians are worried that dead Christians will be excluded from the resurrection to eternal life when Christ comes again. Paul reassures them with the word of hope that all Christians, living or dead, will be raised into everlasting life with Christ.
Jesus tells a parable about his own second coming, emphasizing the need for readiness at all times.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, November 8 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, Ken Nilsen
- Lector: Ken Nilsen
- Organist: Matthew Hummel
- Cantor: Courtney Kochuba, 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.
2020 Annual Report
Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing highlights from our 2020 Annual Report. Today, we share an excerpt from Leslie Neve's Hospitality & Altar Guild Report:
First, I need to thank everyone including (and I sure hope I am not missing anyone) Bernadette, Beatrix, the Jennifer’s – Nilsen, Marsh and Meusel, Mindy and Joel. Siobhan and Max, Avis, Cristin, Chise, Melissa, Courtney, Laurie, Terri, Al and Katie. You all brought such good, sweet and healthy snacks for our hospitality hour after service. Maybe when we do our little Zoom chat after service now, we should all be eating something scrumptious. Hopefully we will soon be able to share our goodies in person, again.
At Pastor Gary’s suggestion, in January this year we started celebrating the month’s birthdays on the first Sunday with a cake and a round of Happy Birthday (and no one was washing their hands). Bernadette, Courtney and I baked or bought a cake each month. I am looking forward to the start of that sometime soon, also.
And now that we are not getting to eat all that cake and all those sweets maybe we have all lost some weight. We all wish!!!!! So, until we can get together again – keep up those baking skills.
Read more of Leslie's report, including updates on Altar Guild, here.
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. More meeting details, including a Zoom link, to come soon.
Join us for in-person Bible Study at The SMT Center on Tuesdays at 2pm ET. It is during this time that we will take a look at next week's scripture readings and enjoy the new Center. Note that all participants are expected to wear a mask and be physically distant. Thank you!
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 caring and serving in our community of Hoboken during these extraordinary times. Thank you to everyone who participated in the worship service yesterday. It was a very healing and calming worship experience for me personally. I continue to thank John Meusel for his technology expertise as watching the live recording on Facebook is almost just like being there. The audio and visual are so much improved and make the worship experience so meaningful.
Thank you to our many talented musicians who blessed us with their talents. The organ playing by Matthew Hummel and the singing by Mark Singleton, Courtney Kochuba, Bernadette Oberndorf and Rebeka Schleifer was simply beautiful. The singing of the psalm hymn, Taste and See, was just gorgeous, so peaceful, and very much needed!
Thank you to Pastor Gary who is called to shepherd our congregation. His heartfelt sermons speak to us and lift us up. Observations from Sunday’s sermon: We have already won the election that strives for Shalom that is peace and justice. We are elected in this time and in this place to be a blessing to those who are in need. NOW! God always wins!
“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
Greetings from Lunchtime Ministry! Despite the ever-changing weather, we have continued to provide our guests with hot food and coffee every day we're open. The above pictures features masks from Bella's Bloom. We also had pasta from Johnny Pepperoni's this week!
We continue to be in need of sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soup, which can be dropped off during LTM hours. You can also order items via our Amazon wish list. If you are interested in volunteering or in donating a hot dish, please email email@example.com. Thanks for all you do to support this ministry!
- 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).