In This Week's Newsletter:
- All about The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
- This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
- Our Prayer List
- Jardine Organ Update: Donations in Honor of Richard's Birthday
- New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
- Giving Back: A Pledge is a Promise
- Connect With Us
- Update Your Church Community Builder
- Thankful Stewards
- Lunchtime Ministry
The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
In Isaiah the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars also strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up and healed to serve. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.
Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Isaiah 40:21-31
The Judeans in exile have a good reason to be hopeful: the one who will bring them to freedom is the God who created the world, the God who subdues the rulers of the earth and gives strength to those who are weary.
Psalm: 147:1-11, 20c
The Lord heals the brokenhearted. (Ps. 147:3)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
God entrusted Paul with the responsibility of bringing the gospel to diverse people. Hence the focus of Paul’s ministry is not his own rights or privileges as an apostle but the privilege of serving God by freely sharing the good news of Christ with others.
Gospel Mark 1:29-39
Everywhere Jesus goes, many people expect him to set them free from oppression. Everywhere he goes, he heals people and sets them free. Disease, devils, and death are running for their lives. The forces that diminish human life are rendered powerless by Jesus.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, February 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, Guest Organist
- Bernadette Oberndorf and Rebeka Scheifer, Cantors
- Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
- Leslie Neve, Lector & Usher
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:
Remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness:
- The friends and family of Ashley Gaines Cannon (friend of Courtney Kochuba)
- The family of Jaime Pombo who died from COVID-19 on Wednesday
- Marina and August as they battle COVID-19 as well as Parker
- Gloria Honda and family at the death of Chris Honda (friends of Mindy Rostal)
- Sue Lescinsky (friend of Courtney Kochuba) as she battles COVID-19 and grieves the loss of her husband, John, to the virus
- Sheila Hayes (friend of Leslie Neve)
- The friends of Joe Protokowicz (former SMT sexton and Hoboken Shelter employee)
- The family and friends of Thomas Sorenson (former member)
- The Nilsen family at the death of Ken’s mother Dorothy
- Humberto, the family, and friends of Richard Brode
- Brian and family (Courtney’s friends)
- 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 )
- Joanne Krayer (Joel’s cousin)
- The family of Jaime Pombo who died from Covid 19 on Wednesday
- Those in our community lost to Covid19, the more than 1,800 deaths in Hudson County, the 406k 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)
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 Vaccines
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving Back: A Pledge is a Promise
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
—2 Corinthians 9:7
Our stewardship program is receiving pledges from our faithful members for 2021. This is the time when our talk turns into action. You may find a pledge card available online and submit it there. This is the first year that we have had the pledge card available online and many people have taken advantage of that convenience. Please send in your pledge, promise, to support our mission at St. Matthew Trinity. Give with a smile and share some joy!
All four Advent Zoom Temple Talks are available on YouTube or our website. All four conversations focus on the joy of giving, the comfort of having a home in which to worship, and how giving truly benefits the giver. You can also find their videos on our website or YouTube channel.
Join in our What Stewardship Means to Me craft! Sarah Reever-Pickerel has designed a PDF for families and individuals alike to print and share what stewardship means to them. You can find instructions and the printable PDF on our website (scroll down the homepage), our weekly Stewardship newsletter or on social media.
St. Matthew Trinity is 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. Our continuous giving allows SMT to continue our mission in our corner of the world.
It is more blessed to give than to receive.” …Acts 20:35
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.
Update Your Church Community Builder!
Staying in touch with each other is always important, but even more so during this time. We encourage congregants to update their contact information and profiles on our Church Community Builder, so we know how best to reach you. Many thanks!
“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 blessed with faithful members who have worked diligently to keep SMT ministering to our community during these extraordinary times. Thank you to all the faithful members who help to provide a meaningful worship service each Sunday. Thank you to those who have the expertise and patience to allow us to connect virtually.
Thank you to the 17 faithful members who have submitted their pledge for 2021. The past two years we have had 26 pledges.The great news is that 100% of our Church Council have turned in their pledge or promise for 2021. Please join this group as we support our mission to serve and share the joy of believing and belonging to a church family.
A belated thank you to Ken Nilsen who helped with the purchase, installation, and decoration of the beautiful Christmas tree that adorned our yard in front of the church. Thank you to Mindy Krayer who serves on our reopening committee and has a wealth of scientific knowledge to share as we navigate the best way to move forward. Thank you to Pastor Gary who has been called to shepherd our congregation during these challenging times. Thank you to Mark Singleton who delivered the meditation this past Sunday. Some takeaways: We all have demons in us. What does Jesus want from us? God needs us in the conflicts of life and He meets us there!
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 It was a joy to serve hot meals, sandwiches, and innumerable cups of coffee to 260 guests this week.
Thanks also to Courtney for these delicious homemade cookies, which helped us get through the nor'easter this week. If you are interested in donating a hot dish or in volunteering, please email email@example.com.
We also continue to be in need of 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. You can also order items from our Amazon wish list. Thanks for all you do to support this ministry!
- Spike Enzweiler