SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Don’t Forget to Wear Red Sunday, September 23

Sunday, September 23 we will celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew as well as the 39th anniversary of St. Matthew’s in Parker. Traditionally many parishioners wear red to commemorate this special day.

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Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to Hurricane Florence

We respond to storms in the United States and U.S. territories through our U.S. Disaster Program. Through our partnerships with Episcopal dioceses, we offer resources and training to help people prepare for disasters and provide emergency support so vulnerable people can make a sustained recovery after the storm. The benefit of our partnership with Episcopal churches is that these congregations are already deeply integrated within their communities. In other words, the Episcopal Church is there before responders arrive and will remain long after the news cameras have gone. You can help provide critical relief to affected communities by donating to our Hurricane Relief Fund. To donate and read the latest updates, visit https://support.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief.

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Wine Walks 2018

September 28, 5-8:00pm.  If you would like to donate simple snacks, like cheese and crackers, cookies, etc. please contact Jody or Ruth Ann. 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, 610 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.

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St. Matthew’s Dinner Groups 

Do you like to meet new people?  Do you like to eat?  If the answer to both of those questions is ‘yes!’ you may be interested in joining our St. Matthew’s Dinner Groups.  This is a social activity that was restarted last year to help members old and new get to know each other and make connections in our parish.

Dinner groups get together once a month to share a meal and have fun.  Groups of eight adults total, couples and singles, will be put together with some consideration for mutual interests as is possible.  Contact information will be exchanged for all members of the group, and then each group can decide what days and times will work best for all to hold their dinners.  A good starting point is to try to keep the dinners to the same day/week each month, such as the second Saturday of each month.  Each household will host twice over the course of 8-9 months.

If you are interested, please either sign up in the parish hall or just let Sandy Dinan (sandy@dinans.net) know that you are interested. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Men’s Group

Saturday, October 6 at 8:00am. We will meet in the parish hall for breakfast (sausage gravy & biscuits) provided by your host, Danny Flores. We will follow the rite of St. Andrew’s Brotherhood for fun and fellowship at this particular meeting. For questions, or more information please contact Danny Flores at 575-937-3423. See you there!

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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.  

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ONGOING EVENTS

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

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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Adult Sunday School

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

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Youth Group News

Looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday as we settle into a routine of regular meetings on Sundays from 4-6 pm. We will have the completed YG calendar ready for you this week with your added ideas and corrections. We will have copies for the youth to bring home and you will also find it in our weekly email and web page. 

See you all this Sunday!!!

September 23 RM 4-6pm

September 30 RM 4-6pm

October 5-7 Quest Retreat

Meet at St. Matthew’s at 3:45pm for a 4:15pm departure on Friday, October 5

October 14 RM 4-6pm

October 21 College Care Packages

October 28 Corn Maze Event 

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

https://www.smecp.org/youth/

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.

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Breakfast Sundays

Sunday, October 7. 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.

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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

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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!

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The Parker Task Force Collection for September:

Spam, Soup and Salsa

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.

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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.

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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.

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Readings for Sunday, September 23, 2018

Old Testament

Proverbs 3:1-6

My child, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;

for length of days and years of life
and abundant welfare they will give you.

Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them round your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and of people.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.

In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

The Response

Psalm 119:33-40 BCP page 766

Legem pone

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, *
and I shall keep it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
I shall keep it with all my heart.

35 Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
for that is my desire.

36 Incline my heart to your decrees *
and not to unjust gain.

37 Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
give me life in your ways.

38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, *
which you make to those who fear you.

39 Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
because your judgments are good.

40 Behold, I long for your commandments; *
in your righteousness preserve my life.

The Epistle

2 Timothy 3:14-17

As for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

The Gospel

Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”