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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • All about the Ascension of Our Lord
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
  • Our Prayer List
  • Garden(ing) Party this Saturday, May 15!
  • Welcoming You Back
  • Cross Roads: Special Donation Challenge
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Thankful Stewards: An Active Community of Believers and Friends
  • Youth + Family Updates
  • New Jersey & COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Connect With Us
All About the Ascension of Our Lord

Introduction
In today’s readings the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples are told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus (Acts 1:11); we find his presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the Easter feast. We long for the Spirit to enliven our faith and invigorate our mission.

Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Acts 1:1-11
Before he is lifted into heaven, Jesus promises that the missionary work of the disciples will spread out from Jerusalem to all the world, and that the disciples will be accompanied and empowered by the Holy Spirit. His words provide an outline of the book of Acts.

Psalm: Psalm 47
God has gone up with a shout. (Ps. 47:5)

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
The risen and exalted Christ reigns over the entire universe. The author of Ephesians prays that we are given the wisdom to know the power of the risen Christ and the empowering hope that the knowledge of this inheritance provides.

Gospel: Luke 24:44-53
On the day of his ascension, Jesus leaves his disciples with a commission, a blessing, and a promise of the Holy Spirit.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, May 16 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, Assisting Rebeka Schleifer, Cantors
  • Sarah Reeves-Pickerel, Lector
  • Leslie Neve, Usher
Prayer List

Remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness: 

  • Karen & Gene Telker (Kimberly Telker’s parents) as they address Karen's hospitalization
  • 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
  • Ernie Jackson & Carla Pantophlet-Laban (friends of Jenn Solaas and Ken Nilsen) as they recover from lasting Covid symptoms
  • The family and friends of Pat (friend of Leslie Neve) diagnosed with cancer
  • 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
  • Those in our community lost to COVID-19 and the more than 2,200 in Hudson County, 580,000 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 from our neighborhood), Barbara Wolfshorndl (funeral by our parish), Dawn Ennis (sister-in-law of Pamela Pater-Ennis), Arthur Jusu-Davies (member), Florence Dombrowsky (funeral by our parish), John Lescinsky (friend of Courtney Kochuba), Jaime Pombo (friend of our parish), Raymond Kandler (friend of Leslie Neve), and Teresa Zemora (friend of Beatriz Ocampo)
 Please help us reconstitute our Prayer List. To add a prayer request, please email Pastor Gary.
Garden(ing) Party this Saturday!

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.
Cross Roads: Special Donation Challenge

Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center has a goal is to receive at least 500 new gifts of any size in the month of May 2021. Every gift made by May 31 will receive an additional $200 added to it, up to $100,000!

There’s more to this challenge: The first 100 donors to register for recurring monthly gifts online will receive an added $400. An automatic monthly gift of $15 becomes $580: $15 monthly gift + $200 challenge match + $200 recurring monthly gift match! Visit here to donate, or for more information.

Lunchtime Ministry

Greetings from Lunchtime Ministry! Now that so many of our guests and staff are vaccinated, LTM is starting to feel like it used to...just a bit cleaner!

We can always use more masks, gloves, and wipes, which you can order from our Amazon wish list. And of course, sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soups (pop tops are best!) can be brought by LTM every Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to noon. Thanks for all you do to support this ministry!
Thankful Stewards: An Active Community of Believers and Friends

A faithful friend is a strong defense; And he that hath found him hath found a treasure. 
        Ecclesiasticus 6:14

Our pledges and deeds are indeed our tangible signs of showing love and caring towards our friends @ SMT.  What better time than this Easter season to renew your commitment to SMT!  We have 100% participation from our Church Council!  SMT has 27 pledges for 2021! This is the most that SMT has had in the past five years. This reflects the faithfulness 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 first 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 this May 15th from 1-4 (rain date is May 22). Time to show our gardens some love. We have had a fantastic response to this party and look forward to showing our gardens some love with our friends!  Thanksgiving for Pastor Gary and his spiritual guidance. Some takeaways from Sunday’s sermon: What new thing is God nudging us towards in our lives? We are God’s friend and He has chosen us! God is in charge of the friendship.  Please let us know who you would like to thank by emailing president@stmatthewtrinity.org.

Our Stewardship Committee met 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.

 
“Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us."   …. from the bulletin on May 9, 2021
Youth + Family Updates

In Sunday School this past week, Emily and the children learned about Friendship.  Who is a friend to everyone? God!  What a gift!  So, we, too, are called to be a friend to all, sharing the gifts of love and friendship.  We welcome you and your children to join us any Sunday at 9:30am.  Just email president@stmatthewtrinity.org for the secure Zoom information.  This week the children will learn the story of Matthias and what it means to witness (Acts 1:15-17, 21-26).

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.

Finally, the Youth + Family committee wishes everyone who "mothers," teaches, and shares their love and learning with all our children both a Happy Mother's Day and a Happy Teachers, Staff, and Nurses Appreciation Week!! Have a beautiful week!
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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