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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • All about Lent III
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
  • Our Prayer List
  • Weekly Bible Studies: Join Us On Tuesdays & Wednesdays
  • Youth + Family 
  • Jardine Organ Update: Donations in Honor of Richard's Birthday
  • New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Giving Back As Thankful Stewards: Generosity, Compassion, & Gratitudes
  • Thankful Stewards
  • Connect With Us
All About Lent III

Introduction
The third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history: the gift of the law to those God freed from slavery. The commandments begin with the statement that because God alone has freed us from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives. When Jesus throws the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the ways commerce and profit-making can become our gods. The Ten Commandments are essential to our baptismal call: centered first in God’s liberating love, we strive to live out justice and mercy in our communities and the world.

Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Exodus 20:1-17
After escaping from slavery, the Israelites come to Mount Sinai, where God teaches them how to live in community. The Ten Commandments proclaim that God alone is worthy of worship. Flowing from God, the life of the community flourishes when based on honesty, trust, fidelity, and respect for life, family, and property.

Psalm: Psalm 19
The commandment of the Lord gives light to the eyes. (Ps. 19:8)

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
The word of the cross is pure foolishness and nonsense to the world because it claims that God is mostly revealed in weakness, humiliation, and death. But through such divine foolishness and weakness, God is working to save us. The center of Paul’s preaching is Christ crucified.

Gospel: John 2:13-22
Jesus attacks the commercialization of religion by driving merchants out of the temple. When challenged, he responds mysteriously, with the first prediction of his own death and resurrection. In the midst of a seemingly stable religious center, Jesus suggests that the center itself has changed.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, March 7 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
  • Mark Singleton & Courtney Kochuba, Cantors
  • Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
  • Leslie Neve, Lector & 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:
  • Guy Schwanse
  • Jim Saha (friend of Leslie Neve) who was recently diagnosed with cancer
  • The family and friends of Raymond Kandler, who passed of COVID, as they grieve him and recover from COVID themselves (friends of Leslie Neve)
  • The family, friends and congregation of the Reverend Bill Weiser (Rebeka Shleifer's former pastor)
  • The family and friends of John Weakland (Brian Weakland's father)
  • Ken and Jack Nilsen, as they recover from their accidents
  • Leslie Handler (friend of Bernadette Oberndorf)
  • Sheila (friend of Leslie Neve)
  • Humberto, the family, and friends of Richard Brode
  • Brian and family (Courtney’s friends)
  • Dena Calabrese (friend of Irene Murray)
  • Carol (friends of Leslie Neve)
  • Zoia “Charlie” Foster (Pastor’s niece)
  • Joanne Krayer (Joel’s cousin)
  • Those in our community lost to Covid19, the more than 2,000 deaths in Hudson County, the 511k 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), John Lescinsky (friend of Courtney Kochuba), and Jaime Pombo (friend of our parish)
Weekly Bible Studies: Join Us On Tuesday & Wednesdays

We're delighted to share that Pastor Gary will be leading two weekly Bible studies on Zoom!

Tuesdays at 1pm
Click here for the Zoom link.

Wednesdays at 7pm
Click here for the Zoom link.

These studies will take a fresh look at Israel’s prophetic movement that undergirds the Christian understanding of Justice.

Note that we will be using the book The Prophets by Abraham Josua Heschel, which was first published in 1962 and recognized as a masterpiece of biblical scholarship. While the the book is not necessary for our study, it is recommended for further reading and insight. You can find it for purchase ($15) on Amazon.

For questions, please email Pastor Gary at pastorgary@stmatthewtrinity.org
Virtual Sunday School Begins This Week!

Last week in Sunday School the children learned about the Faith of Abraham (and Sarah)-- a lesson in trust and sacrifice. The children also discussed things they have sacrificed for the season of Lent-- like juice and a favorite lego. Thank you to Emily and all our families who "sacrificed" some of their weekend to join this week! 

For Sunday, March 7th, the Sunday School lesson is "The Ten Commandments" based on Exodus 20: 1-17.  To join, just email President@StMatthewTrinity.org for the Zoom link. 
Jardine Organ Update: Donations in Honor of Richard's Birthday

As you know, we've been working to repair and recondition our George Jardine Organ, which includes about 300 pipes, for some time. This process is managed by Peragallo Organ Company, who crates and takes the pipes to their workroom in New Jersey. Progress has been halted due to the pandemic, however we are aiming to begin the restoration progress again very soon.

In the meantime, we are striving to reach our $13,500 goal that will cover this work. As of February 2021, we have $3,475 more left to raise.

Until his passing this last fall, Richard led the organ project with a deep passion and commitment. He often remarked that he wanted the organ restoration to be his lasting legacy at SMT. This February would have marked Richard's 70th birthday — so we would like to honor him by completing the fundraising for these efforts.

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). Thank you, friends!
New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccine

New Jersey has now opened up COVID-19 vaccination to health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, first responders and those at highest risk of severe disease. The high risk group includes: Individuals aged 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus.

If you are in one of these groups, we encourage to sign up for your vaccine as soon as possible. You get more information about New Jersey's vaccination program here.

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, there are generally three ways to get vaccinated: Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla announced the City of Hoboken launched a pre-registration process for seniors in Hoboken to receive a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. All Hoboken seniors 65 years of age and up are invited to register with the City of Hoboken here. Further, seniors ages 75 and up will be able to call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hotline at 201-420-5621 (9 am - 2 pm, weekdays) to pre-register if internet access is unavailable. Seniors can also leave a voicemail with CERT at that phone number starting Wednesday by providing first name, last name, age, address and phone number to pre-register. More information regarding obtaining a vaccine in Hoboken can be found here.

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.
Lunchtime Ministry

Greetings from Lunchtime Ministry! We stayed busy this week, serving a total of 255 guests. But there was always time here and there to enjoy each other's company and even play some music.

We are still in need of masks, gloves, and wipes, which you can order from our Amazon wish list. And of course, we can also use sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soups (pop tops are best!), which can be brought by LTM every Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to noon. If you are interested in donating a hot dish or in volunteering, please email volunteers@stmatthewtrinity.org.

As always, thank you for your vital support of this vital ministry.
As Thankful Stewards: Generosity, Compassion, & Gratitudes
“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” … Galatians 6:9

Now is the time when our talk turns into action. You should have received a recent stewardship letter and pledge card. You may also find a pledge card available online that you may complete and submit. We have 100% participation from our Church Council! Please send in your pledge to support our mission at St. Matthew Trinity. Give with a smile, do not give up, and share some joy!

SMT has formed a stewardship committee to invite new ideas, new energy, and new voices. We have several dedicated members. One great idea has already been generated. During this season of Lent, think about the practice of almsgiving, kindness and charity towards others in need. Do something positive each day for others. If you would like to join this committee, please reach out to terrimatteo@mac.com.

Thank you for your continued offerings that are received via check (our mail is picked up regularly) and/or online. You can learn more about the giving process here. Our continuous generous giving allows SMT to serve in our corner of the world. Thank you to all of our young families who have zoomed into virtual Sunday school. This opportunity is available every Sunday @ 9:30. Thank you to Pastor Gary for his impactful sermons each Sunday. On the second Sunday in Lent the message was that ‘we gain the meaning of life when we realize that our lives belong to God.’

“For nothing will be impossible with God” … Luke 1:37
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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