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GREETINGS FROM FATHER JOSEPH – March 2021

St. Matthew’s family, near and far, I share a devotional vision from the writings of Thomas Merton as he described a life changing revelation in his book, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. As we journey this Holy Lent, I pray that our time will open our eyes to the realization of the image of Jesus Christ in all we meet. I am praying …

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Greetings from Father Joseph – February’s letter

St. Matthew’s family, near and far, It was a year ago this week that the Corona Virus was just a rumor, if that, and we were gathering in the upper room of the Old Bag of Nails Pub. It was a time of planning for a growing year both in mission and spirituality for St. Matthew’s. Little did we know …

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Epiphany – ~ submitted by Douglas Argue

Not being a life-long Episcopalian and not coming from a family of faith, the twelve days of Christmas was always a long song filled with weird gifts. Who in their right mind gives eight maids a milking? Seriously…who does that? Somewhere in my adulthood the concept of giving God lavish praise for the gift of Jesus suddenly made sense. One …

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STEWARDSHIP- F.L.A.S.H. – Feel Love And Share Hope

Greetings fellow superheroes! It has been my pleasure to bring the F.L.A.S.H. stewardship program to you again this year. St. Matthew’s has been making me feel loved and has shared hope with me for over 50 years now. Our congregation has more recently been focused on sharing that hope, love, and resources with our surrounding community. There is no greater joy in life …

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GREETINGS FROM FATHER JOSEPH

Dear beloved children of God who call St. Matthew’s home, I invite you to prayerfully consider how you can use your gifts and assets to support our mutual mission at St. Matthew’s. As we look back at 2020, we have had to adapt and pivot our witness to Christ in more ways that I can count, but we have prevailed. …

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What do you like most about St. Matt’s? – Survey results

We are thrilled with the results of the recent St. Matt’s survey. Here are some responses to the question, “What do you like most about St. Matt’s?” The warmth and friendliness of the congregation, the shared joy in worshipping together, spiritual guidance, being part of a global church, the music ministry, opportunities to serve, etc. There are more, but those were …

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GREETINGS FROM FATHER JOSEPH

Dear Siblings of St. Matthew’s, An Advent Birthing comes upon us! A church cannot exist in a vacuum. During this current pandemic, it has become exceedingly clear that faith communities (especially ‘mainline” denominations), already fragile before its appearing, are now wondering how they will recover. This fragility was evident even before the pandemic by an exodus of those who decided …

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Alpine Glow – submitted by Julia Baker – Swann

Alpine Glow When you notice the sun climb the granite wall covering each day-warmed crevice with dusk’s purple robe, stop and watch, so you don’t miss the goodnight kiss, when each gnarled twist of Juniper root clung to the ridgeline’s stone, is revealed. When you wake cocooned in your sleeping bag, only your eyes daring exposure, go out into the …

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Greetings from Father Joseph – November e blast

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well (Psalm 139:14) What is your narrative, the story that you tell yourself? Have you surrendered to the tyranny of the perfect? What scars do you have that you are ashamed of? Why are you ashamed of them? What is your disability and …

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MESSAGE FROM FR JOSEPH: How We Will Be The Church Moving Forward

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER JOSEPH HOW WE WILL BE THE CHURCH MOVING FORWARD, as of March 18, 2020   In light of the rapidly changing landscape of the coronavirus, it is imperative that we remain the Church in prayer, connection, and service in creative ways Know that the Episcopal House is our Command Central as we navigate these days.   …

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