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In This Week's Newsletter:
  • All about III after Pentecost
  • This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
  • Our Joys & Thanksgiving and Prayer Lists
  • Welcoming You Back
  • 2021 Annual Meeting: Sunday June 20
  • Team Spirit Vacation Bible School: Saturday, July 10
  • Thankful Stewards: A Faithful Community of Believers and Friends
  • Lunchtime Ministry
  • Youth + Family Updates: In-Person Sunday School & VBS
  • Connect With Us
All About III Sunday after Pentecost

Introduction
The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.


Readings and Psalm
First Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
Tree imagery is used in a messianic prophecy to tell how the Lord will choose someone from Judah’s royal family (the cedar tree) to reign over all creation. This tree will be planted on Mount Zion, the location of the holy temple.

Psalm: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
The righteous shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon. (Ps. 92:12)

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17
Paul encourages believers to live by faith and not by sight. We do not consider Jesus from a human perspective but through the eyes of faith, believing he died for all and was raised. All who are in Christ are now in God’s new creation.

Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
Jesus frequently uses parables to teach ordinary people as they are able to hear and understand. Images of sowing and growing show the vitality of God’s kingdom.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, June 13 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
  • Bernadette Oberndorf & Mark Singleton, Cantors
  • Mark Singleton, Worship Assistant
  • Leslie Neve, Lector
Joys & Thanksgiving and Prayer Lists

Please help us reconstitute our Joys & Thanksgiving and Prayer Lists. To add a prayer request or prayer for thanksgiving, please email Pastor Gary. This week, we ask that you remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness:

We give glory to God for the goodness in our lives! Join us in celebrating the below:
  • Katie & Allen (Courtney's cousins) on the birth of their son, Ward
  • Jonah & Mike (Courtney's friends) on finalizing the adoption of their son
  • Our Youth+Family and Stewardship Committees, plus all who attended our terrific Garden(ing) Party this month
  • Our families with children graduating in May
  • Our friends and family who have recovered from ills and accidents: Ken, Richard, Jeff, Donna
  • Our members celebrating birthdays in May: Aaron Singleton, Emily Martinez, Curtis Lane, Siobhan Stevens-Miles, Brian Weakland, Sara Wendt, Joshua Lebron, Nicholas Pickerel, Andrea Erichsen, Charlene Borelli, Patricia Borelli, Lamuel Charles, Krystal Del Valle, Fernando Lebron, Philip Lazorchick, Robert Lazorchick
  • Out of the mouths of children: Hazel says she is thankful "that we have a house and clothes and cozy chairs and food that we can eat!" 
Remember in your prayers and with acts of kindness: 
  • The family of Jeffrey Scott Smith,
  • Karen & Gene Telker (Kimberly Telker’s parents) as they deal with Karen's hospitalization
  • 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)
  • 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, 594,000 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), Teresa Zemora (friend of Beatriz Ocampo), Dawn Gist (friend of Dan Stoll), and Denise Copeland (member at St. John, JC).
Welcoming You Back

As we move towards brighter days, we remind you that our doors are open — and there is a pew waiting for you, whenever you are comfortable.

If vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask at our church. However, we ask that you do wear one if you are not vaccinated. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Learn more about our safety protocols here, updated June 2021. We can't wait to see you!
2021 Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 20

Join us after worship on Sunday, June 20 for our 2021 Annual Meeting! This is an important time to review our church's past year of activity and growth, as well as some exciting plans for the future — including organ dedication and SMT Center opening events.

The Annual Meeting will be held in-person as well as on Zoom (invite link here). See you then!

Team Spirit Vacation Bible School: Saturday, July 10

Our Youth + Families committee invites children (ages 4-9) to our one-day, Olympics and sports-themed Vacation Bible School on Saturday, July 10 from 10am-4pm!


"Team Spirit: We Are One in the Spirit" VBS will be a celebration of diversity: emphasizing respect for all cultures and investigating how to truly love our neighbors.  

To register or volunteer, email president@stmatthewtrinity.org. We can't wait to share and celebrate the joy of togetherness this summer with you and your family. Go, Team Spirit!

Thankful Stewards: A Faithful Community of Believers and Friends

“Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart.” 
 2 Corinthians 4: 15 - 16a

Our Stewardship Committee met on June 1st.  We are planning for our fall stewardship program. The theme we agreed upon is The Little Church That Could. We are planning on sharing a creative video to highlight the resilience of our community of believers over this past year and before. We will be sharing four Temple Talks and already have two volunteers to share their personal journey regarding stewardship. We would like to invite anyone who would like to share to reach out to president@stmatthewtrinity.org.

Thanksgiving for all of our members and friends who continue to share their time and talent with St. Matthew’s Trinity. There are so many gifts and talents among our members that allow us to minister and be a beacon of hope in our corner of the world. There are gifts of organization, reading, singing, planting, teaching, sharing, preaching, giving, cleaning, cooking, serving, writing, playing, and caring!  

Thanksgiving to Pastor Gary for his spiritual guidance. Some takeaways from this week’s sermon: Our Lord’s healing knows no discrimination! Religion is not for the religious, it is for the marginalized and lonely. Our mission is to bring about healing and wholeness to all.

Thanksgiving  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 caring and generous giving allows SMT to serve in our corner of the world. 

“Growing in Christ, we plant seeds for the kingdom; we follow in faith what’s begun! Lord, set in our hearts the power of your word to spread the news of your Son!” … the refrain from the hymn, Build Us Up Lord, sung in church on Sunday, June 6th
Lunchtime Ministry
Greetings from Lunchtime Ministry! This week, we served breakfast, lunch, and coffee to 249 guests, including 82 on Memorial Day! We also had the joy of wishing Andy (center) well as he graduates from Stevens after four years at LTM, and of welcoming Rose (right) back to our volunteer roster.

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. If you are interested in donating a hot dish or in volunteering, please email volunteers@stmatthewtrinity.org. Thanks for all you do to support this ministry!
Youth + Family Updates: In-Person Sunday School & VBS

As the hot days of summer are ramping up, our virtual Sunday School is ramping down.  THANK YOU to all the families who participated, our teachers, Pastor Gary, and Youth + Family committee members who made it happen.  Sunday School will be back in-person beginning in September 2021.  We have exciting plans and will share them over the coming weeks.


Over the summer, your children (ages 4-9/ rising pre-K4-Grade 3) are invited to "Team Spirit" Vacation Bible School on Saturday, July 10: our one-day, in-person Olympics-themed day-camp celebrating diversity, respect for all cultures, and how we can truly love our neighbor.  Email president@stmatthewtrinity.org for more information, volunteer opportunities, and to begin the registration process!  

And finally, your family is always welcome to join us for worship services at 10:30 every Sunday, virtually or in-person.  The sanctuary has plenty of room for the children to safely spread out, and congregants are asked to wear masks when engaging with any child.  SMT is a safe place to be.  

Have a great week!
Connect With Us

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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