In This Week's Newsletter:
- All about Pentecost XXI
- This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online (Remember to wear red!)
- Our Prayer List
- Welcoming Our New Council!
- 2020 Annual Report: Dan Stoll's President Report
- Share Your Memories of Richard Brode
- In-Person Bible Study
- Connect With Us
- Giving Back
- Thankful Stewards
- Lunchtime Ministry
- The George Jardine & Son Organ of 1877 Update
Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. We celebrate the good news of God’s grace, that Jesus Christ sets us free every day to do this life-transforming work. Trusting in the freedom given to us in baptism, we pray for the church, that Christians will unite more fully in worship and mission.
Readings and Psalm
The renewed covenant will not be breakable, but like the old covenant it will expect the people to live upright lives. To know the LORD means that one will defend the cause of the poor and needy (Jer. 22:16). The renewed covenant is possible only because the LORD will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. Our hope lies in a God who forgets.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Paul’s words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and other Reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God through works of the law. We are brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates us from sin and empowers our faith in Jesus Christ.
Put on the spot by the Pharisees, Jesus displays wisdom by summarizing the law of God in just two commandments and by demonstrating the Messiah must be more than the son of David.
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, October 25 at 10:30am ET for community and worship! And remember, whether you are joining in-person or virtually: wear red!
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, Bernadette Oberndorf
- Lector: Bernadette Oberndorf
- Organist: Matthew Hummel
- Cantor: 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:
- The family of Janie Johnson, Sexton St. John Lutheran Church, Newark
- Humberto, the family, and friends of Richard Brode
- The family of Curtis 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 R recently diagnosed with lung 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)
Welcoming Our New Council!
On Tuesday night, our 2020/21 Council came together to meet for the first time. We give a warm welcome to our two new members, Sarah Reever-Pickerel and Rebeka Schleifer, and great thanks for all who are volunteering their time! Please join us in celebrating these lay leaders:
Courtney Kochuba (President), Dan Stoll (Vice President), Jennifer Meusel (Secretary), Carol Cusack (Treasurer, non-voting), Terri Matteo (Stewardship), Leslie Neve (Hospitality & Altar Guild), Stephen Nemy, Sarah Reever-Pickerel, Rebeka Schleifer, Mark Singleton (Property, non-voting), and Pastor Gary LeCroy.
Interested in giving back with your time and talents? We're always in need of committee members! Email Courtney Kochuba at email@example.com for more information.
2020 Annual Report
Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing highlights from our 2020 Annual Report. Today, we're kicking off with an excerpt from Dan Stoll's President Report:
It has been an honor to serve as St. Matthew Trinity’s president for the past +2 ¾ years. Below are some of the highlights at SMT from the past year.
Read more of Dan's report here.
- Pastor Gary LeCroy was called to St. Matthew Trinity and installed on December 1, 2019. Our congregation has been blessed by his love, compassion, commitment to service and his thoughtful and inspiring sermons that have helped deepen our relationships with God.
- The shock of the passing of our beloved Minister of Music Richard Brode will be felt for a long time. I shared what I learned about Richard in my interview with him a few years ago in the Music Ministry report. His impact on all of our lives will be cherished forever.
- Church attendance was growing throughout the year to over 60 people in February 2020.
- After COVID-19 forced us all to stay home during the lockdown, we continued worship service through Zoom and Facebook Live. Over 400 people viewed our first “Virtual Worship” on March 22nd.
- The congregation was able to participate in Lunchtime Ministry, when we created a monthly “LTM at Night” dinner for those who are hungry, seek a warm meal and the fellowship of community.
- LTM was granted a “Streatery” on 8th Street to serve our guests practicing the necessary physical distancing required during COVID.
- The congregation’s dream to renovate our space on Washington and 8th Streets was completed in the past few weeks. The SMT Center is a dynamic and attractive storefront on Washington Street bringing more visibility to St. Matthew Trinity!
- The congregation voted in January 2020 to approve the sale of Al Poletti's house; and for funds to be used to finish the SMT Center, make repairs to the church property, and create an investment fund to help secure the future.
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.
Join us for in-person Bible Study at The SMT Center on Tuesdays at 2pm ET. It is during this time that we will take a look at next week's scripture readings and enjoy the new Center. Note that all participants are expected to wear a mask and be physically distant. Thank you!
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.
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
— Maya Angelou, American poet
St. Matthew Trinity is deeply grateful to everyone who has been able to generously give offerings 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 sincerely appreciates your financial and spiritual support so that our congregation may continue to minister to our community in Hoboken during these challenging and unique times.
“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 so many faithful stewards who have kept this church caring and serving in our community of Hoboken during these extraordinary times. Thank you to John Meusel for his expertise in enhancing the sound and video for the worship services. The option of viewing on Facebook was enhanced dramatically by this improvement.
There are many people who work quietly and diligently behind the scenes. Thank you to our dedicated treasurer, Carol Cusack, who has done an amazing job checking the mail, depositing checks, keeping scrupulous records, and paying all of the bills that come due each week. Carol works tirelessly to complete all of these tasks and does it with a smile. We are so very grateful for her expertise.
Thank you to Pastor Gary who is called to shepherd our congregation through these tumultuous times. His heartfelt sermons speak to us and lift us up. Observations from Sunday’s sermon: This was a great Stewardship passage that spoke about rendering to God the things that are God’s (Matthew 22:21). We are made in God’s image and our lives are from God. All that we have is from God and therefore all that we give back comes from God in the first place.
“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.”
—1Corinthians 12: 4-7
Thank you!!!! - Terri Matteo
Hello again from Lunchtime Ministry! We're grateful for this week's beautiful autumn weather as well as the opportunity to serve hot food again. We can always use sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soup (pop-tops are best!), which can be dropped off during LTM hours. You can also contribute via our Amazon wish list. Or if you're interested in donating a meal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for all your support! We couldn't do this without you.
- 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).