In This Week's Newsletter:
- All about Christ the King Sunday
- This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
- Our Prayer List
- Share Your Memories of Richard Brode
- 2020 Annual Report: Stewardship
- Connect With Us
- Giving Back
- Thankful Stewards
- Lunchtime Ministry: Daily Bread Matching Grant Donations
- The George Jardine & Son Organ of 1877 Update
Christ the King Sunday
On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel is Jesus’ great story of judgment. In the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. In the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks the lost, weak, and injured and feeds them with justice. We gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet we await the consummation of all things yet to come. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.
Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Because Israel’s kings proved to be bad shepherds, Ezekiel declares that the Lord will assume the role of shepherd in Israel. The Lord will also set over them a shepherd-messiah, “my servant David,” who will feed and care for the people.
We are the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of God’s hand.
In this passage, God is praised for revealing ultimate divine power in raising Jesus from the dead. The resurrected, exalted Christ is Lord of both the church and the entire universe, now and in the age to come.
Jesus compares himself to a king who moves among his subjects to see how he is treated: what is done for the least of those who belong to his family is truly done for him.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, November 22 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: Leslie Neve
- Organist: Matthew Hummel
- Cantor: Bernadette Oberndorf, 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:
- Mindy Rostal and her family at the death of her grandfather
- 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 Rostal recently diagnosed with lung cancer)
- The family and friends of Pastor Scott Nessel at his death (close friend of Pastor Gary)
- Chris Honda (friendo f Mindy Rostal diagnosed with 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: Stewardship
Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing highlights from our 2020 Annual Report. Today, we're featuring an excerpt from Terri Matteo's Stewardship Report:
SMT has consciously worked to have stewardship challenges be an important part of our message for our church family. These stewardship activities have involved dedicated efforts for the completion of our renovated SMT Center, energized support for the continuation and adaptation of the LTM ministry, and the faithful giving for the daily operations of St. Matthew Trinity.
In 2019, we had 26 pledges for the year. This has maintained the modest increase in pledges for SMT over the past five years. SMT is a grateful recipient of consistent, dependable, and faithful stewards over the years. We do, indeed, have much work in front of us as we strive to share the word of God in Hoboken. We are called to be stewards. May we do our very best every day!
Read more of Terri's report here.
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 is extremely appreciative of your financial and spiritual support so that our congregation may continue to minister to our community in Hoboken and beyond during these challenging and unique times. We are stronger when we give together!
We are in the process of organizing our fall stewardship outreach. SMT has made a concerted effort to have 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 (11/29, 12/6, 12/13, & 12/20). Our intension is to be inclusive so we would welcome any voices in our community to share their feeling about giving back. 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 extremely blessed with many faithful stewards who have allowed this church to keep serving in our community during these extraordinary times. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Music Ministry Town Hall today as we shared our memories, dreams, and hopes for continued music ministry at SMT. Thank you to Jen Meusel for leading this discussion. Thank you to Sarah Reever-Pickerel who took such comprehensive notes to capture the extended conversation.
Thank you to Pastor Gary who is called to shepherd our congregation. Observations from Sunday’s meditation: God will lift up the outsider. God speaks harshly to those who would discriminate. We are aware that the outer darkness is very crowded and that we are sometimes there. God will wipe away every tear and be with us always.
“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
Thanksgiving greetings from Lunchtime Ministry! We are grateful to our sister program, the Hoboken Shelter, for showcasing some of our guests' art last weekend.
Are you looking for a way to give back to our community for the holidays? You can donate to our Daily Bread Matching Grants fundraiser here. ELCA World Hunger will match up to $500 of what you donate.
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).