Women of St. Matthew’s

We had a great turn out for our bunco event last month so let’s try it again on Friday, October 19 at 6:00pm. It is such an easy dice game to learn and play. Please bring a dish to pass for the potluck and $6.00 to play bunco and you could go home a big winner. It is a great way to meet other women in the parish and a fun evening of fellowship. Hope you can attend! RSVP to Barb McNish at 303-910-9362 or mcnishcolo@aol.com.


Quarterly Pledge Statements   

Pledge statements for the 3rd quarter of 2018 are now available in the narthex. If you submitted a pledge card for 2018 you will receive a statement. If you have any questions, please contact church office @303-841-0121 or office@smecp.org.


Wine Walks 2018

October 26, 5-8:00pm.  If you would like to donate simple snacks, like cheese and crackers, cookies, etc. please drop off by 5:00pm. Thank you in advance!  St. Matthew’s will be participating in the Town of Parker’s monthly Wine Walks on the last Friday of every month, unless otherwise noted. We hope this will let people know who we are and where we are! Come on down and help pour and meet new people in our community. If you would like to help host any of these events, provide snacks, music, or contribute to the purchase of wine, please contact Jody Shoemaker at: jody.shoemaker@smecp.org or Ruth Ann Nelson at: ruthann.nelson@smecp.org.  

So far, 737 people have stopped by St. Matthew's. The Wine Walks have been a great way to open our church doors to the community!   Many visitors have lived in Parker all their lives and didn't know we were here. Everyone who has helped host a walk has had a great time interacting with visitors and answering questions about St. Matthew's. The Parker Chamber of Commerce has generously donated a case of wine for each event.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church presents: Shadows and Saints 

Sunday, October 28, 2018.  A celebration of Halloween and All Souls, featuring scary music and stories from the saints.  Dinner at 5:00pm followed by concert at 6:00pm. $5-$15.00 donation at the door. To RSVP by October 21 or for more information contact 303-364-3186 or office@ststephensaurora.org.  All proceeds benefit the youth group of St. Stephen’s. Mimi Munroe, Soloist, Members of St. Stephen’s Canterbury Choir and Gwen Blumenschien, organist.



2018 Annual Meeting

St. Matthew’s Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 4.

There will be only 1 service at 9:00am and the meeting will be held in place of the sermon. The Vestry and the Youth Group has graciously offered to serve brunch following the service. Sunday School and Children’s Chapel will take place during the meeting.

Note: Daylight Savings Time Ends. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night, November 3.


In Memory of... 

On Sunday November 4, All St. Saints’ Day prayers will be said for departed church and family members. If you wish to have someone included in these prayers please note their names on the form found on the table in the Narthex, or you may email names to office@smecp.org by Thursday, November 1.


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Cursillo Retreat

November 2-4, 2018. Cursillo is a moving retreat to deepen spiritual life.
This year Cursillo will be held at Cathedral Ridge. 

It’s a moving time of listening, praying, music, and reflection. Join us. 

Cost is $185, that includes lodging and all meals. Please contact Jenny Shaffer at jennifermoncier@gmail.com or Michael Shaffer at michaelshaffer5280@gmail.com for any questions.  



Breakfast Sundays

On the first Sunday of the month please join us at at 9am, between the 2 services and enjoying some fellowship time with folks from both services.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the Fellowship counter each month.  Please consider sharing your favorite breakfast casserole or favorite sweet bread and sampling yummy food from others.  Any questions, please email Jo Ellen Richardson at joellenrr@comcast.net.


Join us for the Mid-week Worship and Discussion Group!

Tuesdays at 7:00pm. Our Mid-week Worship and Discussion Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7pm, upstairs in Balcomb House.  We begin with Evening Prayer and then move to a topic associated with adult spiritual development.  Our goal is to offer group spiritual direction through sharing.  We’ve covered topics as varied as using the Book of Common Prayer, meditation and developing a Christian Rule of Life.  Future topics will be recommended by the group.


Questions or comments?  Contact Mark Williams, 720-354-5199 or kf6yu@msn.com


Riches of Grace Support Groups

August 22 - December 12, 2018 on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Are you or a loved one dealing with a mental health difficulty?

Life can feel chaotic, lonely and hopeless when you face challenges alone. We want to provide  a space for you to connect with others and learn tools to help. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, please visit our website at: www.smecp.org/richesofgrace.

To reserve a place in a group go to: ROG@smecp.org.  


Centering Prayer 

Saturdays at 9:00am. Centering Prayer is a renewal of an ancient form of Christian prayer. It is a method of consenting to the presence and action of Christ in the stillness of our being. It is an exercise of faith, hope and love, moving beyond conversation with Christ to communion. The fruit of this prayer is a growing sense of God’s leading us beyond anxiety into an inner stillness and peace, and outward in compassion and service. Anyone desiring to deepen his or her prayer life will benefit.

When:    Saturdays at 9:00am
Where: Balcomb House - Children’s Chapel room on first floor.
For further information, please contact: Donna Gardner at:
donnadgardner@q.com or 303-841-8054.


Sunday School meets on Sundays at 9:15am in the Balcomb House. 

The children and youth at St. Matthew’s enjoy fun, exploratory learning during the Sunday school hour each week of the school year. Please reach out to Whitney Tomlin (303-880-5689) or Kimberley Hubbs (303-803-6872) if you are interested in working in our Sunday school program this year. This does not have to be a weekly commitment and all lessons and materials will be provided.


Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School meets on Sundays 9:30am in the Parish Hall. Except for Breakfast Sundays.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Youth Group News

AMAZING Quest Weekend!!!

Thank you Peggy, Clay, Bobbi, Autumn, Megan and Niki for being our leader and work crew team!!


Regular meeting this Sunday, October 14, 4-6 pm

Care package planning and more!!

See you there!!

Sunday, November 4

Our youth group has been invited to attend a special presentation by Soul 2 Soul

This event includes dinner at the Cathedral after the presentation, should be a great afternoon. Here is the invite:

SAVE THE DATE of SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 3pm when Saint John’s will host a youth gathering with a presentation by the Soul 2 Soul Sisters, who are doing amazing, vibrant, exciting work on Racial Justice and are planning a program specifically for Episcopal Youth in Colorado. More info to come but check them out here: https://soul2soulsisters.org/about-soul-2-soul-sisters/

We will have two YG activities on November 4. First we will be assist the vestry with breakfast Sunday and begin selling our Christmas wreaths and Tamales. Then we will meet back at St. Matthew’s at 2:15 and drive down to St. John’s for the Soul 2 Soul Event.

Please RSVP for the Soul 2 Soul Event so we can arrange enough drivers.

Running Calendar of Events:

Oct. 14 RM

Oct. 21 Care packages to college kids

Oct. 28 Corn Maze Event

Nov. 4 Annual Mtg/Help w/breakfast Sunday

Wreath/Tamale Sales Begin—— Soul 2 Soul Event

Nov. 11 RM

Nov. 17-18 Tamale Weekend

Nov. 24 Wreath Pick up and organization 9-11 am

Nov. 25 NO YG Happy Turkey Day Weekend 

Dec. 2 Christmas Family Shopping 3-6 pm

Dec. 9 Murder Mystery Dinner

Dec. 16 Lessons and Carols 7-8 pm

Dec. 21 Family Caroling Event

Dec. 23-Jan 6 Winter Break11 am  

Check out our new YG web page on the St. Matthew’s website! 


This year we will begin using the webpage as a source of up to date info about YG and its events. Information updates will be made weekly so check in for all the current YG scoop.

To learn more about the Youth Group please contact Kimberley Hubbs, Youth Director at: 303-803-6872, or  youthgroup@smecp.org.


Children’s Chapel 

Children’s Chapel is for all children preschool through 3rd grade. The children join the procession at the beginning of the 10:30am service and gather together in the Balcomb House to hear the gospel story.  From there we discuss and learn the meaning of the gospel using activities and crafts to enhance the story.  The children come back to “big church” during The Peace. We always welcome additional teachers!  If you would like to join the teaching team or have any questions please contact Christine Rodriguez at cricket61980@gmail.com


Altar Flowers   

The flower chart for 2018 is in the parish hall on the bulletin board. To request a remembrance, please write your name on the chart.  Add appropriate language such as: In Loving Memory of…, In Thanksgiving for …, or in Celebration of ..., please print clearly. The suggested donation for Sunday flowers is $40 payable on or before date requested and may be shared with another family.  Please mark check in memo area Flowers for … If you have any questions, please contact Barb McNish @303-805-2414 or mcnishcolo@aol.com, or Christine at 303-841-0121, or email office@smecp.org.  Thank you for making our church beautiful!


The Parker Task Force Collection for October: Canned Chili & Beef Stew

Items listed each month are from the PTF’s current needs list and may be dropped in basket in the narthex. Thank you for your donations!

*Egg cartons are no longer needed.

The Parker Task Force is a non-profit organization operated entirely by dedicated volunteers.

The Parker Task Force is dedicated to providing individuals and families in our community with food, limited financial assistance and other support services to help them become self-sufficient. These services will be delivered with compassion, dignity and respect by their 100% volunteer staff. For more information about the PTF, please visit: parkertaskforce.org.


The St. Francis Center Fall Update 

Thanks to everyone for your continuing donations to the St. Francis Center. In addition to the items listed below, with cooler weather on the way the guests at the center will need warmer items like long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, coats,  long underwear, boots, hats, and gloves.

Clothing, Men’s New Underwear* (small, med. & large), Refillable Water Bottles, Ties, Men’s Tennis Shoes* (sizes 9-11), Men’s Jeans (all sizes), Men’s T-shirt* (All sizes), Shoe laces, Drug Store Reading Glasses*, Belts (all sizes), warm hats, Men’s work boots, New White Athletic socks, Men’s shoes. (* indicates in Great Demand)

Toiletries, Cologne and aftershave, Vaseline, Shaving Cream, Shampoo, (individual bottles), Sunscreen, Lotion, Bars of soap, Foot Powder, Hair gel, Deodorant (individual size), Feminine Hygiene Products, Peroxide and Rubbing Alcohol.     

Also, your continued donations of paper back books and magazines are greatly appreciated by the guests of the shelter. However, before donating, be sure to remove or “line through” any mailing addresses.

All donations may be dropped off in the St. Francis LARGE STORAGE BIN located in the parish hall. A friendly reminder, please keep your donations limited to the above listed items, or contact parishioner Susie Chapin  at 303.841.1789 or dwsjchapin@msn.com with questions regarding acceptable items. Thanks again for your ongoing efforts to help this Episcopal Diocese of Colorado’s Jubilee Ministry.


Shop at King Soopers: Support St. Matthew’s 

On the First Sunday of the month, we will have King Soopers Reloadable Cards - available in the parish hall following both services. Thank you for your support! 

For the period of 08/12/18 thru 09/08/18, parishioner’s cards were reloaded for $5,489.93, so we earned $274.50.

This is how it works:  Every time we reach $5000.00 or more in reloads within a 4-week cycle we earn 5% on total amount. If we don't reach $5000, the money carries over into the next 4-week cycle. We average +/- $300/month. The KS cards have $2.50 on each and were generously donated by a parishioner and can be given out free of charge.  If you are not familiar with how this works, we have instruction sheets available on how to use the card.  Basically, before checking out you will load an amount of money on the KS card using a debit, credit card, or personal check and St. Matthew’s gets 5% of that amount. Then use the KS card to pay for groceries,  gas, prescriptions, etc. If you have questions, or would like to help this ministry, please call or text Whitney Tomlin at 303-880-5689.


For the Complete Calendar of Events Go to: www.smecp.org

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Readings for Sunday, October 14, 2018

Old Testament

Amos 5:6-7,10-15

Seek the Lord and live,
or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, 
and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.

Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
and bring righteousness to the ground!

They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.

Therefore, because you trample on the poor
and take from them levies of grain,

you have built houses of hewn stone,
but you shall not live in them;

you have planted pleasant vineyards,
but you shall not drink their wine.

For I know how many are your transgressions,
and how great are your sins—

you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
and push aside the needy in the gate.

Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
for it is an evil time.

Seek good and not evil,
that you may live;

and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
just as you have said.

Hate evil and love good,
and establish justice in the gate;

it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

The Response

Psalm 90:12-17 BCP page 718

Domine, refugium

12 So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

13 Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants.

14 Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

15 Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.

16 Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.

17 May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands;
prosper our handiwork.

The Epistle

Hebrews 4:12-16

The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The Gospel

Mark 10:17-31

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”