Church Office Hours: June-July

Fr. Michael will not be here June 28-July 21 (The Rev. Canon Ed Morgan will be here on Sunday, July 1, 8, 15).  Christine, Parish Secretary will be out June 28-July 17. Barb, Bookkeeper will not be here July 7-July 21. If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Dixie Creason, or Kimberley Hubbs.

Loaves and Fishes 2018

On July 29th, we will hear the Gospel reading of “The Loaves and Fishes”, a story that most of us have heard many times since being young children in Sunday School. It’s a story of providing for all, by sharing of our bounty. Beginning Sunday, July 15th, St. Matthew’s parishioners will have the opportunity to follow Christ’s example of feeding those in need by supporting the Diocesan Wide Loaves and Fishes ingathering and donating non-perishable food items or cash to benefit the Parker Food Bank. This year, volunteers at the Food Bank have requested single serving “non-cooking” food items that can be easily place in school backpacks for children living in single adult households, allowing the kids to pack their “breakfast/snack items” when leaving home for the day. 

These single serving food items, have been requested by the food bank:

Canned fruit (with pop-tops)        

Healthy single serving Breakfast cereal 

Breakfast Bars                    

Cracker/Peanut Butter sandwiches

Pudding Cups                    

Granola (regular & non-nut)

Raisins/cranberries (dried fruit)        

Pretzel/Cracker dip                                   

If donating by check, please make the check payable to “St. Matthew’s” with “2018 Loaves and Fishes” in the memo field, then drop it in the offering plate.

All donations of food, grocery gift cards and checks need to be delivered to the church for Loaves and Fishes by Sunday, July 29th. St. Matthew’s parishioners will deliver the donations to the food bank on Tuesday, July 31st. For more information on how you may support this annual ingathering or other St. Matthew’s Community Outreach Events, please contact parishioners Dixie Creason at Dcreason01@gmail.com  or Susie Chapin at dwsjchapin@msn.com.  Thanks to everyone for being a part of this annual summer outreach tradition!

Mid-week Worship and  Discussion Group

Wednesday, July 11, 2018. We are starting a mid-week Worship and Discussion Group.  We’ll meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, upstairs in Balcomb House.  We begin with Evening Prayer followed by a topic for discussion.  Our first meeting will be July 11 where Mark Williams will present an outline for a Christian Rule of Life.  We all have a routine we follow for rising, eating, working and so forth.  An important part of Spiritual Development is to insure that God is part of our routine.  Future meetings will cover topics of interest to those who attend.

Questions or comment?  Contact Mark Williams at kf6yu@msn.com or 720-354-5199.

Men’s “Meat Burning” Gathering

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 5:30-8:00pm

All the men of St. Matthew’s, ages 21 and older are invited to a special time to meet and greet, eat and pray together. Please bring your favorite cut of “meat” (steak, hamburger, hotdog, pork chop, chicken, salmon, etc.) to be grilled outside the Parish Hall by YOU! You are also encouraged to bring another male friend (neighbor, relative, acquaintance) along with your favorite drink(s) (water, soda, and/or adult) and a side dish (appetizer, chip/dip, vegetable, fruit, dessert) to be shared with all of men attending.

We will eat, drink, meet and greet each other in the fellowship of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Ice, a pot of pinto beans, potato salad and plates, napkins, plastic ware. Sign up sheet located in Parish Hall. For more information, contact Danny Flores at: 575-937-3423, flores-dfloresdirector@yahoo.com or Graham Moran at: 303-789-1234, grahamandelizabeth@outlook.com.

St. Matthew’s Ministry Plan for 2018

Dear Friends,

We are behind in funding St. Matthew’s Ministry Plan for 2018. For May we are “down” about $25,000 for the year. Obviously we can’t continue to run the church this way and we need everyone’s help. We need your help. Please consider making a further gift to St. Matthew’s in the next few weeks as we enter into Summer.

I know that we have money in the congregation, because we just raised $24,000 from the Fundraiser! But ALL of that goes to the projects we raised it for, not for salaries or programs or lights or anything else. Our Ministry Plan gives us a way to know where we are spending money and how we are serving you. It’s not extravagant. Please help by giving to St. Matthew’s. You may put a check in the plate with “Additional gift” in the memo line or send it by mail. Or just start giving!

Thank You! 

Fr. Michael+


Church Pictorial Directory – Round 2

Bettinger Photography will be back at our church on August 17-18.  http://www.bettingerphoto.com/

The appointment calendar for St. Matthew’s is now online and ready to accept appointments for our in-house sessions on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18.


If these dates do not work for you, please contact Bettinger Photography NOW at 303-400-6023 to schedule your professional portrait session at a date/time that is convenient for you. 

You will still receive a free session, a copy of the directory and a free 5x7 for participating. And discounted portrait prices will apply.

If you have any questions contact Alice Ciaccio at 303-953-9954


Church Pictorial Directory – Round 2

I would like to have a table set up in the hall after each service to assist people with making their online photo appointments.  I’m looking for volunteers to help with this.  Must have a laptop or tablet with internet access. Please contact Alice Ciaccio at 303-953-9954 if you are interested in volunteering.

Wine Walks 2018

July 27, 5-8:00pm. St. Matthew’s will be participating in the Town of Parker’s monthly Wine Walks on the last Friday of every month. 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.  

Downtown Parker Wine Walks take place May through November. Enjoy wine samples provided by Parker Area Chamber merchants and learn more about the goods and services they sell and provide. Tickets are $20 and include 10 - 1oz. samples of wine, a wine glass, and a Wine Walk map. You must be 21 years of age or older to participate.


Centering Prayer

Saturday 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.

Co-ordinator for ECW

The ECW of St Matthew’s has been a popular ministry here at St Matthew’s and a great way to meet other women in our parish, we need a new coordinator, chair or co-chairs of this ministry with new ideas and organizing events such as bunco, holiday tea, cookie exchange and other fun activities . Please contact Barb McNish 303-910-9362 or mcnishcolo@aol.com with any questions  and I am willing to help the new coordinator transition . Thank you.

Volunteers needed for Lawn Mowing  

Now that we are approaching the summer season, it’s time mow the lawn.  A tradition at St. Matthew’s has been to have this weekly task (on Fridays or Saturdays) performed by members of the congregation, similar to snow removal.  All of the required equipment is available in the shed. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Building and Grounds section of the large bulletin board in the Parish Hall. If anyone knows how to tune and/or repair lawn mowers ours is in need of some attention. The self propelling feature is not working.  Questions???  Please contact Jr. Warden, Ruth Ann Nelson at: ruthann.nelson@smecp.org or 630-240-6266.

Youth Group News  

Officially our youth group year has come to an end with no more regular meetings. We still have exciting things coming up so here are a few reminders of our summer activities. 


We will be hosting one or two summer nights here at our house with games and fire pit time. Those dates will be set after I get back from the WV trip. I will send emails as we plan these hang out events. 

Faith Day at the Rockies - July 29

Family event, if you want tickets to Fatih Day please RSVP to:  youthgroup@smecp.org

Game time 1:10 vs the Oakland A’s

Concert Guest “Passion”

Mission Kids and Families

Please save the date now for the Shareholders Dinner

Sunday August 19, 4-7pm

All youth and families who participate in the mission trips need to be on board

To help serve and share our mission experience with the parish and as way to say “thank you"

for their support of our trips.

Save the Date!! Fall Quest October 5-7

Youth Group Planning Calendar:

July 9-16 Honduras Mission Trip

July 22-27 Denver JUICE Mission Trip

August 19 Shareholders Dinner 4-7:30 pm

September 9 Youth Group Kick Off and Potluck Dinner

October 5-7 Fall Quest

RM=Regular Meeting

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

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 St. Francis Center Update


Thanks to everyone for your continuing donations of clothing, toiletries (see below) and reading material to the St. Francis Center this past winter season. However, with the changing of the seasons, the needs of shelter guests are changing. The following items are currently in need: 

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 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! 

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, July 8, 2018

Old Testament

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Look, we are your bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The Lord said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inwards. And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.

The Response

Psalm 48  BCP page 651

Magnus Dominus

1 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; *
in the city of our God is his holy hill.

2 Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, *
the very center of the world and the city of the great King.

3 God is in her citadels; *
he is known to be her sure refuge.

4 Behold, the kings of the earth assembled *
and marched forward together.

5 They looked and were astounded; *
they retreated and fled in terror.

6 Trembling seized them there; *
they writhed like a woman in childbirth,
like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them.

7 As we have heard, so have we seen,
in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God; *
God has established her for ever.

8 We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, *
in the midst of your temple.

9 Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world's end; *
your right hand is full of justice.

10 Let Mount Zion be glad
and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments.

11 Make the circuit of Zion;
walk round about her; *
count the number of her towers.

12 Consider well her bulwarks;
examine her strongholds; *
that you may tell those who come after.

13 This God is our God for ever and ever; *
he shall be our guide for evermore.

The Epistle

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

The Gospel

Mark 6:1-13

Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.