In This Week's Newsletter:
- All about The Second Sunday of Epiphany
- This Week's Worship: In-Person and Online
- Our Prayer List
- Music Ministry Town Hall Update
- Connect With Us
- Update Your Church Community Builder
- Synod Feature: Seafarers International House
- Giving Back: 2021 Pledges
- Thankful Stewards
- Lunchtime Ministry
- The George Jardine & Son Organ of 1877 Update
The Second Sunday of Epiphany
All the baptized have a calling in God’s world. God calls not just pastors and deacons but also the youngest child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn’t important; it’s where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to Jacob, who had a vision in a place he called “the house of God, and . . . the gate of heaven” (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael will meet God.
Readings and Psalm
First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
At a time when visions are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the divine word. Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to respond. This marks the beginning of Samuel’s prophetic ministry.
Psalm: 139:1-6, 13-18
You have searched me out and known me.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Paul helps the Corinthians understand that God has claimed the entirety of their lives through the death of Christ. Hence Christian relationships and conduct, including areas of human sexuality, are to reflect the reality that we belong to Christ and that the Holy Spirit lives within us.
Gospel: John 1:43-51
In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see.”
This Week's Worship
Join us this Sunday, January 17 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:
- Ushers: Sarah Reever-Pickerel
- Lector: Sarah Reever-Pickerel
- Organist: Matthew Hummel
- Cantor: Courtney Kochuba, Mark Singleton
- Assisting Minister: Mark Singleton
- Preaching / Liturgist: The Rev. Gary C. LeCroy, Pastor
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 Nilsen family at the death of Ken's mother Dorothy
- Dan Pickerel's mother Patricia at the death of his Uncle Steve McCarthy
- The friends of Joe Protokowicz (former sexton, current resident and employee of the Shelter)
- The family and friends of Thomas Sorensen (former member)
- Humberto, the family, and friends of Richard Brode
- Brian and his family (friends of Courtney Kochuba)
- Dena Calabrese
- Carol and Donna (friends of Leslie Neve)
- Zoia “Charlie” Foster (Pastor’s niece)
- John Weakland (Brian Weakland’s Father)
- Dida Hagen and Chris Honda (friends of Mindy Rostal diagnosed with cancer)
- Joanne Krayer (Joel's cousin)
- Those in our community lost to Covid19, the more than 1,500 deaths in Hudson County, the 350k 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)
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.
Music Ministry Town Hall Update
Many thanks to the many members of our congregation who attended the Music Ministry Town Hall conversation this past November, 2020. We gained a lot of valuable information and insight into what we as a congregation would like to see for the future of our music ministry.
After the Town Hall, the Church Council had an extensive discussion about what our next steps should be. Our conversation turned to our current guest organist, Matthew Hummel, who has been with us since early October. Everyone who has interacted with Matt agrees that he has been doing a great job and is skilled, dedicated and a pleasure to work with. In addition, we realized that while the pandemic continues to be a concern, we don’t have any need for the extra services, which would be provided by a Music Minister.
To that end, the Council offered Matt a continuation of his Guest Organist position through June, 2021 — at which point, we will resume the discussion of a Music Minister Search. We are delighted to share that he agreed to stay on with us!
Please join us in welcoming Matt to our community! Then, click here to learn more about the Matt's history, as well as notes from our Music Ministry Town Hall.
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!
Synod Feature: Seafarers International House
The ELCA NJ Synod supports and works with many different organizations. What's more, as a church within the NJ Synod, some of our offerings go towards them — as well as our volunteer work. Throughout the year, we'll be sharing ways that our community is making a difference through NJ Synod.
Today, we're highlighting Seafarers International House (SIH), which is the Lutheran response to the urgent needs of vulnerable seafarers and sojourners. Be sure to head to their homepage and watch the short video to better understand their mission.
Founded in 1873 by the Augustana Lutheran Church, SIH was initially a mission to Swedish seafarers in the Port of New York and shortly thereafter as a mission to both Swedish seafarers and Swedish immigrants. SIH became an affiliated mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1987. Today, it is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization.
You can view more about their history here. Of note, in 2008, visitation to ships and transporting of seafarers has increased with seven port chaplains in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Southern New England. Around the same time, they established a visitation program to nearby Detention Centers to encourage asylum seekers and offer them a transitional home once released. (Please note, some of these activities have been put on hold temporarily due to COVID-19.)
Interested in volunteering with SIH? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving Back: 2021 Pledges
“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
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. SMT is extremely appreciative of your financial and spiritual support so that our congregation may continue to minister to our community in Hoboken and beyond during these challenging and unique times. We are stronger when we give together!
Our stewardship program is in the process of receiving pledges from our faithful and generous members. Now is the time when our talk turns into action. A pledge is a promise. A pledge is your best estimate as to how you can support our mission. You may find a pledge card available online and submit it there. Please send in your pledge as soon as you have prayerfully considered your giving for 2021 and join the joy of sharing.
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.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” …Acts 20:35
“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 provide a meaningful worship service each Sunday. Thank you to those who have the expertise and patience to allow us to connect virtually. Fun Fact: Today had the most viewers on Facebook this past Sunday, other than Christmas Eve.
Thank you to the dozen faithful members who have submitted their pledge for 2021. The past two years we have had 26 pledges so we are far short. Please join this group as we support our mission to serve in our corner of the world.
Thank you to Pastor Gary who has been called to shepherd our congregation at this point in time. After this very difficult week for our country, Pastor delivered a very meaningful sermon. Some takeaways: Sermons launched the Civil Rights movement. We need to listen to science that is a gift from God. Repentance means to take a look at one's own life and actions. Christians are called to bring light to the world.
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
Hello from Lunchtime Ministry! As you can see here, our kitchen has been getting some use, and we've been enjoying homemade dishes prepared by our volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering or in donating a hot dish, please email email@example.com.
We continue to be in need of sandwiches, socks, bottled water, and canned soup (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 your support, and stay safe!
- 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 early this year. 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).