The Day of Pentecost: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wear something red and celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension! All are welcome to join The Pentecost Picnic, Sunday School & other Ministries Year End Celebration which takes place right after the 10:30 service. If you would like to bring something please see Sign Up:


St. Matthew’s Ministry Plan for 2018

Dear Friends,

We are behind in funding St. Matthew’s Ministry Plan for 2018. Last month we were about $13,000 behind and now we are about $19,500 in the red 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. Thank You!  Fr. Michael+



Wine Walks 2018

May 18, 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. The first one is May 18 (because of Memorial Day weekend). 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, please contact Jody Shoemaker at: or Ruth Ann Nelson at:  



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.



Calling all VBS Staff!

Sunday May 20 - The final planning meeting (mandatory) during Sunday School (9:15 – 10:15am).  It’s that time of year again! VBS is just a few months away and we have started our planning. Our theme is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. VBS is June 11 - 15, 4:30 – 8:00pm (for volunteers).  We will decorate the Parish Hall Sunday June 10 after the 10:30 Service. If you have any questions about VBS, please contact Bobbi Scheinin at



2018 Spring Cleaning Time benefiting “Ugly Quilts”  at the

First Presbyterian Church in Brighton-A BIG SUCCESS!

Thanks to everyone who donated clean, used Sheets, Pillow Cases, Drapes, Bedspreads, Mattress Covers, Batting, thread, yarn to the 2018 Spring Cleaning Event supporting The First Presbyterian Church in Brighton’s ongoing My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Ministry. A big thank you to St. Matthew’s parishioners Christine & Jenna Greene for dropping off the material, which will be used to assemble “Ugly Quilts” helping keep Denver’s homeless men and women warm and dry. Given the success of this ingathering, we hope to make this an annual event! For additional information regarding St. Matthew’s Community Outreach please contact parishioner Susie Chapin at 303.841.1789 or Again, your support for this event was greatly appreciated by the Ugly Quilt Ministry! 



Cathedral Ridge Summer Camps

Join us this summer as we embark on a wonder-filled time of exploration, adventure, and growing together in God’s grace and love amidst the beauty of Cathedral Ridge, the camp and retreat center for The Episcopal Church in Colorado. Each  camp offers a unique week-long experience

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For more information about Cathedral Ridge summer camps, please visit our Summer Camp Information Page or contact us at





New Ministry Team

Sunday, June 3.  Where do people go when they or a loved one find themselves struggling with anxiety, depression or some other mental health diagnosis? Feelings of frustration, helplessness and isolation leave many wondering where to turn. Have you ever thought you would like to make a positive difference but have no idea how to start? St. Matthew’s is building a new ministry team to provide hope and support to those suffering in our community, not as counselors but as friends to walk along side other friends. Please come to our introduction meeting to hear what our congregation can do to bring Christ's compassion and healing to those affected by a mental health challenge. Sunday, June 3 from 4pm to 5pm in the Parish Hall.

"Anyone can recover, Everyone has a role.”



Dive in for FUN!
Shipwrecked VBS sets sail June 11-15, 2018 for Preschool thru 5th grade
.  We will venture onto a deserted island where kids strive and thrive. Your kids will be anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through all of life’s storms. Join us from 5:00 – 8:00pm. Sea vouchers are $25 per child, $20 each additional sailor. Bring your friends and neighbors – the more sailors, the merrier on the high seas! If you have questions about VBS please contact Bobbi Scheinin at Sign up online at: 





More Photography in August

In an effort to include our entire church family, the photography has been extended for our new pictorial directory.  Bettinger Photography will be back at our church for an additional photography session August 17-18.  Stay tuned for more info and scheduling if you would prefer to be photographed at our church.


However, you may now be photographed at Bettinger Photography over the summer.  A beautiful time of year in Colorado for an outdoor portrait at their exclusive outdoor studio.  You will still receive a free session, a copy of the directory and a free 5x7 for participating.  And discounted portrait prices will apply. Call 303-400-6023 NOW if you are ready to schedule your professional portrait at Bettinger."


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





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 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: or 630-240-6266.



Lay Eucharistic Visitor 

Finding Jesus today is in one another.  The ministry of Lay Eucharist Visitor stands at the heart of that understanding.  It may be the finest gift of ministry you can offer to our church, and it may be the greatest blessing you will ever receive.   What you will share of yourself depends on the gifts of ministry God has given you, and different from any other L.E.V.   God himself resides in our hearts.    Now He has only our hands, our feet, our hearts to do the work that must be done. 

An on-line diocesan course is required to acquire a two-year license.   Quarterly, you could sign up to make the commitment once a month, once a quarter or more.  There is a schedule of those parishioners who look forward to their once a month visit.  Personal training available as well as going with licensed L.E.V. until you are ready to go alone or as a team.   Pray about this ministry and contact Dixie Creason, or Fr. Michael Richardson,  with any questions.



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: or 303-841-8054.



Sunday School for Children/Youth  

It has been a wonderful year of Sunday School!  Thank you for sharing your children with us this year.   May 6 was our last week of regular Sunday School,  but we'll be celebrating together on Sunday May 20th at the Pentecost Picnic.  If you would like to volunteer with Sunday School for the 2018-19 school year, please contact Whitney Tomlin 303-880-5689 or


And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Brody Tomlin for capturing “Spring 2018 Sunday School Best Attendance” Award. Brody took home approximately 155 Boxtops for Education for him to share with his Cougar Run 4th grade class. Thanks to all parishioners who saved and contributed Boxtops for Education to St. Matthew’s Sunday School Ministry September through Sunday, May 6th. For additional information on this fun, rewarding Sunday School activity please contact Sunday School Director Whitney Tomlin at or parishioner Susie Chapin at



Adult Sunday School    

Meets at 9:30am in the Parish Hall, except for Breakfast Sunday’s on the first Sunday of the month. May 27 will be our last meeting and we’ll resume in the Fall. Have a wonderful Summer!


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. 


Sunday May 20, VBS Meeting in the YG room at 9:15-9:45, 

At 9:45 we will have a West Virginia Mission Trip meeting to go over schedule and packing list. We will have a quick Q & A for any last minutes questions. 


Pentecost Picnic and Year End Celebration takes place right after the 10:30 service. 

See Sign Up:



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:

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:

June 3-9 WV Mission Trip

June 10 VBS Set up at noon till we are done

June 11-15 VBS 4:30-8:00 pm

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



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, or Christine at 303-841-0121, or email  Thank you for making our church beautiful!



Parker Task Force Collection for May: Salsa

The Parker Task Force Food Bank is a non-profit organization operated solely by dedicated volunteers.  The Mission of the Food Bank is to provide short-term support to those in need in the Parker, Franktown and Elizabeth areas and we at St. Matthew’s have a long standing history of supporting The Parker Task Force. The items listed each month are from the PTF’s current needs list. You may bring your donations to church and put them in the basket in the Narthex.  Thank you! Your donations are greatly appreciated.



The St. Francis Center Spring 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 with questions regarding acceptable items. Thanks again for your ongoing efforts to help this Episcopal Diocese of Colorado Jubilee Ministry.



Grocery Card Update

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.


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Readings for Sunday, May 20, 2018


The First Lesson

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.


The Response

Psalm 104:25-37 BCP page 736

Benedic, anima mea


O LORD, how manifold are your works! *

    in wisdom you have made them all;

    the earth is full of your creatures.



Yonder is the great and wide sea

with its living things too many to number, *

    creatures both small and great.



There move the ships,

and there is that Leviathan, *

    which you have made for the sport of it.



All of them look to you *

    to give them their food in due season.



You give it to them; they gather it; *

    you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.



You hide your face, and they are terrified; *

    you take away their breath,

    and they die and return to their dust.



You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *

    and so you renew the face of the earth.



May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; *

    may the LORD rejoice in all his works.



He looks at the earth and it trembles; *

    he touches the mountains and they smoke.



I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; *

    I will praise my God while I have my being.



May these words of mine please him; *

    I will rejoice in the LORD.



Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, *

    and the wicked be no more.



Bless the LORD, O my soul. *




The Second Reading

Acts 2:1-21

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-- in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

`In the last days it will be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.

Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.

And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.

Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' “


The Gospel

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Jesus said to his disciples, ”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.